Many second time honeymooners aren’t necessarily looking for that “barefoot in the sand” experience and are looking for a more sophisticated and cultured destination. Europe is incredibly expensive this season, so why not consider Canada.
Quebec City’s Old World charm has been captivating such visitors for decades. The former battlefields and churches dating back more than 400 years in “Old Quebec” are sure to delight history lovers while the cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, art galleries and museums provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll. I suggest exploring the Old City in a horse-drawn carriage. Just picture snuggling together under a warm blanket as snowflakes dance around you and your honey.
Le Château Frontenac, a century-old castle overlooking the St. Lawrence River is an attraction in itself and also happens to be my pick for most romantic hotel in Quebec City. Catering to honeymooners, their “Isn’t It Romantic” Package adds on special delivery of chocolate dipped strawberries, 60-minute couples massage and breakfast for two. For a real treat, splurge and book an Entree Gold room located in the hotel within the hotel on the 12th, 14th and 15th floors. Entree Gold rooms afford guests a private check-in desk, complimentary breakfast and daily hors d’ oeuvres.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when planning a second honeymoon. Decide whether or not you will be bringing your kids with you. Most beach resorts have kid’s clubs and plenty of activities for the family. Likewise, there are many adult-only resorts if you’re looking to have a kids free getaway.
Budget may play more of a significant role when planning a second honeymoon. It is essential to determine what your budget is and if you’re working with a more restricted one, you might want to consider booking a trip during the “off season.” You’re going to get much better deals in the Caribbean in August, for example, than you would in February.
Make sure you plan your vacation together. When selecting the destination make sure that there are things that both of you will enjoy doing and can participate in as a couple. And most importantly, keep your sense of humor. As is true for all things in life, no matter how much planning you do, sometimes travel plans can go awry. There is no better way to start off your journey together than with patience, understanding and a good laugh!
For more honeymoon and wedding ideas, check out:
- Kimberly’s article on the Top 5 Places to Propose in 2012
- Ask Peter: Last Minute Deals & Honeymoon Planning
- Green Honeymoons
- The Wedding & Honeymoon Archives