The Honeymoon Hotspots: Where You Need To Go In The Asheville Mountains

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Advice on how to go about choosing where to go on your honeymoon in the Asheville Mountains.

So you’re engaged…congratulations! One of the most fun parts about getting married is planning that honeymoon trip of a lifetime. And if you haven’t even narrowed it down to a destination, don’t worry–many (if not most!) honeymoon couples are in the same boat.

Some couples start by leafing through travel or bridal magazines and looking for pictures that are appealing and romantic-you can do this, but you’re more likely to settle on the best-MARKETED destination rather than the best destination for your wants, needs, and style.

The following are questions you should ask yourself–it’ll help you figure out what your options are, and help you ask better questions of your travel agent…which will help you plan that perfect honeymoon.

When are you going?

Every destination has its high and low seasons–and this is typically a combination of weather and the times of the year that their tourists typically take vacations. Some destinations, such as Hawaii, have very little variance in their weather year-round; others, like the Caribbean have a definite hurricane season. The Ashville mountains are beautiful in both spring and summer, and in fall, they are hopping, as tourists come to see the leaves changing colors.

Also, ask yourself if you’re willing to delay the start of your honeymoon a couple of weeks or months. Summer months are very popular for weddings, as it tends to be easier for family and friends to get to the wedding; plus, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, the odds of good weather are more in your favor. However, this also tends to be the expensive (and sometimes more crowded) season for many honeymoon destinations. Giving yourself a month off after the wedding before leaving on your honeymoon can give you time to relax and wind down from the wedding, write your thank-you notes, and take advantage of the lower prices of what’s known as the “shoulder season” (between high and low season).

Travel time/vacation time in the Asheville Mountains

How much time off work are you going to take? And how much of it are you willing to spend on an airplane?

If you’re going on an African safari, you’re going to consume about a day and a half traveling each way from the U.S. This is fine if you’re going to be there a couple of weeks, but if those days are coming off your total of 7 days on vacation, you might consider someplace closer. And distance isn’t the only factor: how many stopovers is it going to take to get where you’re going? If you’ve got to land on a main island, then wait around for 4 to 6 hours for the “island hopper” flight to take you out to your remote private island retreat, that’s going to consume your vacation time too.

A great option, if it’s available, is a red-eye flight, where you sleep on the plane and wake up at your destination, saving a day of vacation time.

Cost

The big question! First, some statistics: the average U.S. couple spends about $3700 for their honeymoon package…and this doesn’t included expenditures once they’re at their destination. Take some time to research the area and find out what meals cost, what a hiking trip costs, what taxis cost, etc. Tourist bureau sites are a good place to start.

Costs of excursions and meals can easily add up to much more than your airfare and hotel, and you need to be realistic and prepared for this. Consider staying at multiple hotels on your honeymoon–perhaps one or two nights at someplace really nice to start, then a more moderate property with perhaps less of a view for the remainder.

People, people, people

There are a number of important considerations here. First off, who else is going to be at your resort? Are most of the guests at the resort in your age group? Are they young and adventurous, or older and mostly interested in golf? Does the resort market to families-are you going to find a ton of kids splashing around in the pool when you’re trying to have a romantic, relaxing time? Is the bar going to be lively, with your kind of music? Are you going to feel right at home, or a bit out of place?

Next, let’s talk about density: do you prefer to be in the middle of the action, with lots of other happy honeymooners all around, or quieter and more secluded? Think about whether you want to be in a hotel with 400 rooms, or a secluded inn.

Accommodations

How sensitive are you to humidity and temperature? This can determine not only the destination, but also the choice of resort, as not all A/C systems are created equal. How close do you want to be to nature?

How important is your living space in your hotel room? Do you feel claustrophobic easily? Do you like to lounge around in the morning, have breakfast in bed, or do you like to get up and out there exploring the mountains? Is a spa on-property important to you? Is a view of the mountains from your room important to you?

Also think about how you typically spend your day on vacation. If you go back and forth from the room to the pool and the restaurant, you might want a place with ground-level villas. If you’re going to spend most of your days out exploring the area, this might not matter so much.

Food in the Asheville Mountains

How adventurous of an eater are you? How about your fiance? Do you like to try the local food, try many different restaurants? Often resorts will have very good menus, but for authentic local cuisine you’ll have to venture outside the resort.

In Asheville, you have lots of choices for dinner.  If you’re staying at a secluded and isolated resort, it’s possible that you have no choice but to dine at the resort (and pay their prices, if it’s not included!).

More about the Asheville Mountains

 

North Carolina Top Attractions: Discover The “Tar Heel” State

By the Reynolds Mansion B&B, your gateway to Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate

Explore the monumental beauty of the “Tar Heel” state. From soft sand beaches to gorgeous mountain ranges, cityscapes to country roads, whatever you want, you will find it here in spades.

Of course, with so much to see and do in this unique Southern state, it isn’t difficult to get overwhelmed – so instead of planning to see “everything,” just book a few nights at a selection of North Carolina B&Bs near some of the nation’s top attractions and hit the road!

Not sure what the top attractions are? No problem! According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, the state’s top have-to see sights include:

1. Historic Ocracoke – Ocracoke, NC. Listed on the Nation’s Register of Historic Places, this little barrier island community features a significant district made from more than 200 homes and buildings, including the Ocracoke Lighthouse, which was built in 1823 and is the oldest continuously operating light on the eastern seaboard.

2. Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC. After breakfast at your North Carolina hotel, make your way to the shocking 250-room Biltmore House.  Set on 8,000-acres, you can spend the day doing everything from horse riding to rafting, and wine tasting to shopping.

3. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park – Chimney Rock, NC. Whether you’re up to the challenge of a led rock climbing session or simply searching for a breathtaking place for a relaxed stroll, Chimney Rock State Park’s 75 miles of trails makes it all practical. You can also take a lift built within the mountain twenty-six stories into the sky for a scenic view you will not find any place else.  (Handily located just twenty-five miles southeast of Asheville’s North Carolina hotels, you can easily combine this attraction with a trip to the Biltmore Estate).

4. Old Salem Museums and Gardens – Winston-Salem, NC. Explore the lives of those who lived and worked in the early South at Old Salem Museums amp, Gardens. Made up of 3 museums, including the Significant Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Humanities (MESDA), and the Old Salem Toy Museum, it is a perfect destination for history buffs.

Grandfather Mountain – Linville, NC. As one of the planet’s most environmentally various nature preserves and a United Countries World Ecosphere Reserve, this one-off destination is a delight for out of doors enthusiasts of every age.

5. Hanging Rock State Park – Danbury, NC. This 6,968-acre state park features more than 18 miles of trails, which lead to gorgeous vistas, waterfalls, sparkling streams, and a 12-acre lake where you can spend the day fishing, cruising and swimming.

6. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Pittsboro, NC. Fishing, swimming, hiking and boating are all in a day’s fun at this 14,000-acre state recreation area – which is simply a brief drive from many North Carolina hostels in the Raleigh-Durham area.

7. Lake Lure – Lake Lure, NC. Named “one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world” by State Geographic, this lovely spot offers everything from sailing and fishing to dinner cruises and days spent basking on the beach. (And for you “Dirty Dancing” fans, you’ll want to take a guided cruise, in which your captain will mention some of the locations featured in the film.)

8. Battleship North Carolina – Wilmington, NC. Learn about the battles fought by this ship’s brave crew during WWII, as you walk the decks and explore the belly of the North Carolina.

9. Carolina Beach State Park – Carolina Beach, NC. With fishing and sailing, and miles of hiking trails (where you may encounter the rare Venus flytrap) and golden beaches, this shocking park is a coastal paradise.

Whether you opt to explore one attraction or one or two, North Carolina has many great B&Bs to select from. And with a knowledgeable concierge staff to help you during your stay, you can make the maximum of your time at every destination.

Visit us at the Reynolds Mansion, #1 ranked Asheville B&B, offering specials and packages for the Biltmore Estate.

Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC Ranked #2 B&B in the Nation, #12 in the World

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel reviews site, recently honored the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards, naming The Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn in Asheville, NC among the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in America and in the world!  The Reynolds Mansion took the #2 spot in US rankings and #12 in the whole world.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of customer reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe.  The Reynolds Mansion has been reviewed by 203 visitors to the historic inn, making it the #1 ranked Asheville bed and breakfast out of 42 B&Bs in Asheville, North Carolina.

Innkeeper Billy Sanders is proud of the historic ambiance visitors can experience when staying at the mansion.

“It touches you.  It has an aura about it.  Anybody who stays in it, they leave thinking about this place,” he said.

As co-owner, Sanders wears many hats, including innkeeper and chef duties.  He believes the great rankings reflect a commitment to making sure visitors have a great stay.

“You do this because you want people to have a good time,” he said.

To see the full story, view the news video: http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_6602.shtml.

To stay with us at The Reynolds Mansion B&B Inn when you visit Asheville, NC, make your reservation online now.