By Marian Amini
CLEAR YOUR TRIPADVISOR SEARCH: WE FOUND SOME GREAT HONEYMOON LOCATIONS ONE, TWO, FOUR AND EIGHT-PLUS HOURS FROM THE MILE HIGH CITY. START YOUR COUNTDOWN NOW!
Got one hour?
TRAVEL TIME: Less than one-hour drive
READY TO GO? Have time for just a quick escape? Boulder may be under an hour away from home, but it’s truly its own world. Start your trip with a day at the award-winning spa at St Julien. If you want five straight hours of pampering, splurge on the Day of Decadence package, featuring a signature St Julien scrub, full-body Swedish massage, signature facial, pedicure and manicure—finished with a glass of Champagne and a fruit and cheese plate. When the sun’s out, take a hike at Betasso Preserve. Come dinnertime, explore the town’s culinary scene at OAK at Fourteenth or Frasca Food and Wine.
TRAVEL TIME: One-hour flight
READY TO GO? For a honeymoon that’s all about winter sports, Durango is the place to be. Once snow falls, the town is synonymous with Purgatory Ski Resort as well as snowmobile tours, sleigh rides and ice fishing. Watch the legendary Bar D Wranglers perform cowboy songs, poems and comedy at Bar D Chuckwagon and stop by Animas Chocolate Company for an award-winning chocolate truffle.
Got two hours?
LOCATION: Scottsdale, Arizona
TRAVEL TIME: Two-hour flight
READY TO GO? With 330 days of sunshine a year, an annual average temperature of 72 degrees and more than 200 golf courses in the area, you can’t go wrong with “the West’s most Western town.” Brush up on your golf game at TPC Scottsdale, relive the days of cowboys and saloons in Old Town and browse the galleries of the Arts District.
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California
TRAVEL TIME: Two-plus hours
READY TO GO? Fine wine, great food and plush hotels—those are some of the highlights of this oceanside city. Things you’ll also want to put on your to-do list: Hike to Lizard’s Mouth for the perfect California sunset, kayak through sea caves at Channel Islands National Park, catch a match at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club or take in coastal views at the Deep Sea Winery tasting room.
Got four hours?
LOCATION: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
TRAVEL TIME: Four-hour drive
READY TO GO? Condé Nast’s No.1 resort hotel in America, Brush Creek has it all. Set on 30,000 acres of private land in the Platte River Valley of southern Wyoming, it offers fly-fishing, horseback riding, archery and target shooting. Afterwards, relax with the Arnica Montana deep tissue massage at the Condé Nast Reader’s Choice No.1 spa in the nation. Tip: Opt for the 90- minute session ($285). Don’t forget about hearty feasts in the main lodge overlooking the Sierra Madres and the 800-bottle wine cellar.
LOCATION: Charleston, South Carolina
TRAVEL TIME: Four-hour flight
READY TO GO? This laid-back town is the country’s most romantic city, perfect for honeymooners. Take sunset strolls along the Battery, stop and smell the roses at Middleton Place mansion, veg out on Folly Beach and try the fish stew at Fig—word is it’s the best rendition around. For a full-on Southern experience, stay in a Charleston historic mansion. On our list: The John Rutledge House, Governor’s House and Wentworth Mansion.
Got five hours or more?
LOCATION: Santa Fe, New Mexico
TRAVEL TIME: Nine-hour train ride to Lamy, New Mexico
READY GO TO? Art lover? History buff? Adventure junkie? Santa Fe activities cover a variety of personality types. Search for treasures in the art galleries on Canyon Road, wander about the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and hike (or snowshoe) through Hyde Memorial State Park. And, with more restaurants per capita than most major cities, Santa Fe’s culinary scene is sure to deliver when the need to nosh hits.
LOCATION: Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia
TRAVEL TIME: Three-hour flight from Denver to Vancouver, one-hour flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy and one-hour helicopter ride from Port Hardy to Nimmo Bay—layover time included
READY TO GO? One of the most remote resorts in the world, with no road access, this tucked-away destination is well worth the flight time. Self-schedule your trip with bear watching, a picnic atop a glacier and cocktails on the floating fire dock. Or work with the resort to create a customized Couple’s Getaway package. A few options: a gourmet picnic lunch on a secluded island, an outdoor rain shower, an afternoon canoe trip on a private lake and private helicopter tours. Package rates start at $1,895 per day.
Got 10 hours or more?
LOCATION: Yorkshire, U.K.
TRAVEL TIME: Nine-hour flight to London, two-hour train ride to Yorkshire
READY TO GO? With more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in Britain (and anywhere else in the world, for that matter), Yorkshire will meet all foodie couples’ culinary expectations. The Michelin-approved list of eateries: The Box Tree, Yorke Arms, The Pipe and Glass, The Black Swan, The Star Inn and The Man Behind the Curtain. Want to create a culinary tour of your own? Try the roast breast of wild mallard at The Old Vicarage, located in a Victorian country house, or the Iberian pork loin at The Burlington Restaurant, set in the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey Estate. Or walk the streets of Malton in search of the best butcher, baker and gelato master on one of Malton’s food tours. Finally, for some of the best fresh fish around, make a pit stop in the quaint coastal village of Staithes, where you can catch and filet your meal yourself.