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According to the website huffingtonpost.com, North American newlyweds are staying close to home—honeymooning in the U.S.—RATHER THAN far-flung destinations like Europe.

That opens up a world of affordable and unique possibilities to stir up a little romance—from road trips and beach breaks to pampering at a resort or historic property. Have we got ideas for you!

Think Massachusetts as the spot to spend time together by escaping on a romantic getaway to cosy hotels, to enjoy a fireside glass of wine or stroll along cobblestone streets. Boston, nicknamed “The Athens of America,” offers literary tours in the spot considered the launch pad of American Romanticism. Just outside the city, take a romantic walk on the tree-lined carriage paths of World’s End, with sweeping views of the Boston skyline. In town, indulge in chocolate for an afternoon with Boston Chocolate Tours. massvacation.com

Maine is a perfect destination for the outdoorsy, fit-minded couple. Maine Huts & Trails offers off-the-grid, hut-to-hut adventures, connected by a series of backcountry trails, coupled with comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, rivers and forestlands, this experience gives couples time to unplug and focus on each other. Just outside Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park’s trails are perfect for walking, bicycling and horseback riding. The town of Bar Harbor is a hub of upscale hotels, inns and harbourside seafood restaurants. visitmaine.com

Romance is always in the air in Texas, making the Lone Star State the perfect place to plan an intimate getaway. From the Wild West to the big city, visitors can find a special way to celebrate romance that’s just their speed. A top favourite is San Antonio’s River Walk, the winding, tree-lined walkway along the San Antonio River, filled with restaurants and cosy spots for a romantic rendezvous. The city is alive with Latin flare, historic Spanish Missions, colourful Mexican markets and luxurious resorts and spas. Meanwhile, Texas Hill Country is home to 52 unique and visually stunning winery properties, where couples can sip, swirl and gaze into each other’s eyes surrounded by Texas wildflowers, lush greenery, rivers and lakes. Austin, Texas, offers romance around the calendar. Luxe resorts like the Four Seasons Hotel Austin are a soothing home base for couples drawn to the city’s world-renowned music and arts scene. Cap off a night of tunes with a glass of wine from one of the Texas Hill Country’s 30+ wineries. TravelTexas.com

North Carolina boasts a large choice of places to elope, honeymoon and relax. The 32-square-kilometre  Biltmore Estate in Asheville can host destination ceremonies and honeymoon stays at the property’s two hotels and private cottage. And a visit to The Spa at The Inn on Biltmore Estate is the place for couples to indulge and de-stress. At the Five Star/Five Diamond Relais & Châteaux Fearrington House near Chapel Hill, couples can get married in the barn, on the terrace or in the gardens. The luxury-meets-comfort rooms are perfect for honeymooners. Sanderling Resort, on the Outer Banks, has created grown-ups-only spaces including a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a resident outfitter to guide land, air and water adventures. visitnc.com

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