Since we wanted our honeymoon to reflect us and what we enjoy, we decided to rent a cabin just a few hours away. This way, we could take the dogs and all four of us could relax and just enjoy spending time together. And let me tell you, it was a great decision. Not only was it an inexpensive alternative but it was a much needed break after the two wedding. We really had the best time.
The cabin we rented was adorable, the pictures we saw online did not do it justice at all. It was an open concept log cabin inside with an outdoor shower and a screened-in porch. There was one bed on the main floor, two little ones in the loft and another on the porch. When we watched movies on the on the porch at night, we could hear the coyotes howling.
The owners of the cabin lived on the property, a little ways away but they left us alone and told us to come down to their house if we needed anything. They were very nice and even left us an amazing bottle of local wine! They also left wood for the fire pit charcoal and lighter fluid for the grill and all the little things we needed. It was very sweet of them.
While we were there, we went hiking to a nearby creek (which we were told was "just down the hill" but was really like a mile) and the boys loved it because it was safe to be off-leash the whole trip and they got to run free. There was also a good size fenced in area connected to the porch so they could run in and out of the cabin as they pleased. I am so glad we were able to bring them because they really enjoyed themselves and we had fun with them.
We also got to go antiquing in the little teeny town. I was in my glory looking through all the shops and Steve had a good time too. I know I always pictured spending our honeymoon sunning ourselves on a beach somewhere but this was much more us, and much more fun! We stopped for lunch and a group of ladies overheard us talking about the wedding and the next thing we knew, we were being asked by shop owners if we were the newlyweds on their honeymoon. We felt like small-town celebrities for the day.
By the end of the trip, we had accumulated two scarves, a necklace and earring set, a wooden crate and a vintage gold mirror. We also, of course, hit a garage sale on the way home and I got an awesome new coat for $1 (it had no buttons but those were easy to add), a shirt for Steve (which we now refer to as "the honeymoon shirt") and a set of white plates and bowls. Of course we would garage sale on our honeymoon.
One of the best parts of the honeymoon was the road trip there and back. It was great to not have to board a plane anywhere and deal with long lines in airports and end up being just as tired (if not more) when you get home. We had a really fun time listening to music and singing and talking and taking A MILLION pictures of the beautiful landscape as we drove and the boys were angels in the back seat. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I really hope we get a chance to go back again soon!
If anyone is in the Western NY area and wants to know where this cabin is so you can rent it, let me know and I will send you the link. We are seriously considering going back there within the next couple months because it was the perfect getaway and that is just what we need.