HONEYMOON: Las Vegas #DecadentFun #VegasHoneymoon #MoreisMore #Overthetop

Fun-loving honeymooners looking for a decadent, and excitement-filled vacay should consider Las Vegas. This is the perfect honeymooning locale if your vibe is the sizzling-hot, stay-up-all-night, live-life-to-the-fullest variety! VEGAS, the city that never sleeps, has, well, everything. Where else can you visit Paris, Egypt AND Venice within a couple city blocks? Throw in an erupting volcano, pirate ships, show girls and pink flamingos and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember forever! And, in addition, this is a city that introduced the world to the pink cupcake ATM. Clearly, this is the most important site in town. You WILL be needing a Sprinkles cupcake at 4 am, and you can have one. In Vegas, “yes” is the answer to all your wants.

During your stay, be sure to stop by the 24-acre Paris Las Vegas to snap your pic atop the Eiffel Tower. This resort includes amazing replicas of not only the Eiffel Tower, but also the Arc de Triomphe, plus the facades of the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. So many selfie sites!! Grab some croissants at one of the 8 French eateries and then take a ride on the glass elevator up to the observation deck for a gorgeous, panoramic view of Las Vegas. C’est Bon!

The Luxor, a Vegas landmark resort, transports visitors to Egypt, where you can experience wonders such as a sphinx and a pyramid that shoots an intense beam of light into the night sky. A light that can be seen in space. Definitely another great photo op situation!

Every couple needs to take a romantic gondola ride. Preferably in Venice. But, hey, Vegas works too. Especially in the extraordinarily luxurious Venetian hotel. The hotel uses VeniceItaly, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of so many Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo DucalePiazza San MarcoPiazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. Your honeymoon photo album is becoming quite impressive at this point, right?

If you do manage to catch some shut-eye, we suggest you do so in the fanciest, oozing-luxury-est, snazziest resort in town. The Bellagio. Sigh. The rarefied air of money is piped into this wonderland of awesomeness. And it feels so good to breathe it in. Plus they have a sky-high chocolate fountain, a spectacular fountain and an amazing art glass installation by Chihuly.

Oh, and an indoor conservatory of beauty. The nicest things in Vegas are free.

If you do wake up in Vegas, at any time of day or night, you can be sure to have amazing food. Todd English P.U.B. offers the world’s most overflowing Bloody Mary. Waffles are piled high with things like Thai Chicken. And EggSlut offers pillowy bricoche egg sandwiches so tasty folks stand in line for them.

Be sure to stop by the crazy-cool, retro Fremont East District where you’ll find old school casinos, showgirls randomly wandering the streets, an overhead light show, and block after block of neon lights. Oh, and a giant, fireball shooting, metal preying mantis.

Another fantastic thing about Vegas is the lovely desert landscape. If you need an escape into nature after all the glitz of town, just take a short drive to Red Rock Canyon.

Or, wander about an hour away to experience the Valley Of Fire. World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Cool, huh?

Thirty-five miles to the south of town, you can visit the historic and awe-inspiring Hoover Dam

But the lure of excitement will surely draw you back to town. Where you can enjoy more of everything Vegas has to offer: An over-the-top exuberance! Lights! Action! Amazing Food! Sights To See! Gambling! Shows! 24/7 FUN! Fancy Hotels! Luxury! Decadence! Art! Entertainment!

All told, we think your favorite part of honeymooning in Las Vegas, won’t be the amazing sights and sounds you’ve soaked up. Nor will it be your winnings at the casino. (Although that WOULD be nice!) We are pretty sure your takeaway will be the amazing people you will meet along the way. Everyone is so friendly, from the cab drivers, valets, hotel staff, casino workers, waiters to the locals who are happy to strike up a conversation with you. They want to make sure you have the time of your lives while you are in their city. And they do. #VegasStrong

 

 

HONEYMOON: Seaside, Florida #BestBeachVacaySpotEver

Are you planning your honeymoon? Your first vacation together as a married couple, where you can unwind from all the wedding hustle and bustle and just enjoy each other? If so, consider one of the best spots to visit in the US…Seaside, Florida!

This scenic beachfront town is one of the most charming places we’ve been. Situated on the sugar white sands of the panhandle of Florida, Seaside offers turquoise waters, amazing architecture, Airstream food trucks, America’s smallest post office, colorful art galleries, awesome restaurants, green lawns, ocean air, picket fences, bicycles and superb shopping. The perfect spot to connect as a married couple. And we love that you can park your car and not use it again for the entire trip. Everything you need is within walking or biking distance. And it is so pretty, you’ll want to experience the town up close.

The entire town of Seaside was master-planned to utter beachfront perfection. The town is so camera-ready the famous 90s movie “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey was filmed here. It’s fun to watch while you’re staying here:

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For lodging, rent yourself a cottage or condo in Seaside. They are all STUNNING and most come with bicycles (the best means of transportation in town). There are cheaper options located close by in surrounding towns, but we strongly encourage you to stay in Seaside proper for the optimum honeymoon experience.

We sourced this adorable one-bedroom cottage, located 60 ft from the beach on airbnb, for $175 per night, here.

For a bit more space, check out this 3 bed – 3 bath charmer on VRBO for $438 per night:

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We adore the porch culture of the town. If you bike down the charming tree lined streets, people will say hello from their porches and engage in a neighborly chat just like folks did in the old days. Everyone is happy, and basking in the collective glow of the community.

Seaside has several elements that set the stage for its picturesque vibe architecture-wise; towers, picket fences, porches, roof pitches, and coastal colors. Another signature landmark of the town are the eight pavilions set at the bottom of the streets that allow pedestrian foot traffic to pass through the protective dunes and get to the beaches. I mean, come on, this is the way to enter a beach in style!

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No trip to Seaside is complete without a leisurely chunk of time spent browsing in SunDog Books and Central Square Records. This establishment, with an eclectic and well stocked bookstore downstairs and  super-cool record store upstairs, keeps their front door open so you can shop for beach reads and groovy tunes with ocean breezes wafting through.

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Open air restaurants and shops abound. Even the grocery store, Modica Market, is adorable. If you don’t feel like eating out, just browse Modica’s yummy gourmet-to-go meals and don’t forget dessert! There are tons of outdoor cafe options for grabbing a quick bite too.

Seaside offers an awesome array of food trucks, most of which are housed in vintage air stream campers. Perfect for picking up a quick bite in a festive atmosphere, day or night.

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For a delicious sit-down meal we recommend Bud & Alley’s for lunch or dinner. Their rooftop deck features ocean views, a great atmosphere and you will literally feel your cares slipping away (especially if you sample their frozen drinks).

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The open air shops are filled with enticing products from sun hats and bathing suits to jewelry and souvenirs:

 

Suggested Day Trips.

  1. Take a ride down scenic highway 30A and check out the neighboring beach towns of Santa Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach, Grayton and Dune Allen.Image result for 30a
  2. Venture into Panama City to visit Pier Park: a shopping/eating/entertainment complex with an awesome pier into the ocean.
  3. Check out Shell Island in St Andrews State Park: an uninhabited, unspoiled island where you can collect shells, swim with the dolphins and experience nature at its finest. You have to ride a boat shuttle to access the island. Watch for dolphins on the quick trip to Shell Island:
  4. Hit famed hotspot The Red Bar in Grayton Beach for some nighttime entertainment and sample their outrageous Bloody Marys. (Celebrities hang out here when they are in town.)

 

Happy Honeymoon! Let us know what wonderful places you discover during your stay in America’s paradise!