#9. Finger Lakes NY
Why You Should Honeymoon Here: Named for the 11 lakes that spread like fingers across this region, the Finger Lakes region is a romantic retreat with wineries specializing in rieslings, plus boutique hotels and plenty of scenic spots for outdoor adventure.
Go Here Instead Of: Iceland. The Finger Lakes region has dramatic waterfalls of its own; 40 in fact!
Average Nightly Hotel Price: $109
Where to Stay: Live out your own fairytale at Belhurst, which has three properties, including Chambers in the Castle. The 1800s stone castle overlooks Seneca Lake and rooms are decorated with antique furnishings and artwork, and feature soaking tubs, fireplaces and lake views.
What to Pack: It can get chilly in the winter, with temps ranging from 25 to 30 degrees. Bring waterproof boots and cold-weather accessories for winter months, layers in the spring and fall and cool, relaxed clothing for the summer. Of course don’t forget your swimsuit in the warm months to take a dip in the famed lakes or wade near waterfalls.
Romantic Date Night Spot: F.L.X. is an intimate spot for dinner, with only 14 seats in the restaurant and a menu based on seasonality. Reservations open up a month in advance.
Can’t-Miss Experience: Head to the opera or catch a theatrical performance at the Smith Center for the Arts.
Sweet Spot: Ever heard of grape pie? If not, give it a try at Cindy’s in Naples, NY. Or, indulge on a “sweet treats” trail.