Over the Moon: 5 Trending Travel Options from Bridal to Baby and Beyond! Part 1: Mini-Moon
Hey there Social Butterflies! Rosalyn Cooper, here. If you've been keeping up with SBE, you probably already know that I work with couples, families, and groups of all sizes on planning dream romance and recreational trips, including destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversary trips, girls/guys trips, etc - you name it, I can help book it! Because I build strong and lasting connections with my clients, it’s not uncommon for me to be a long-term part of their journeys (both literally and figuratively speaking!) from the wedding to the honeymoon to family vacations and beyond.
Traditionally speaking, this path starts with the wedding itself (shout out to my Destination Brides!) or dreamy honeymoon, and then my clients head back to reality at home before the travel itch strikes again and we start planning their next trip. But as our “new normal” takes shape - complete with closed borders, travel advisories, and gathering restrictions - couples and families alike are forced to go back to the drawing board on their original plans and get creative with alternatives...and what we’ve seen emerge are modern new twists on traditional romance travel!
Now, we'll be giving you the low down on 5 of our favorite alternative travel trends over the coming weeks with our five-part Over the Moon series.. Step aside, honeymoon, SBE is over the moon for these alternative “moon” trips!
Part 1: Mini-Moon
This year especially, we’ve seen a lot of couples who have been forced to postpone or change their honeymoon plans. But postponing the dreamy honeymoon you’ve been planning into next year or beyond doesn’t mean you can’t get away in the meantime!
Mini-moons are becoming increasingly popular these days for couples to take as they put off going on their actual honeymoon for a year or more in some cases. Mini-Moons are usually less than a week long and typically to distances that are within a short drive or flight away from home.
Your Mini-Moon can even be accomplished right in your own backyard! Another bonus - this gives you a really cool opportunity to get a whole new perspective or appreciation for the region you live in.
Social Butterfly Express is based in Cleveland OH, which is just under a 2 hour drive away from one of our favorite Mini-Moon destinations, Belamere Suites in Perrysburg, OH. The short travel time is especially convenient for couples who want to leave for their trip the day after their wedding while remaining somewhat close to home, or for couples who want to sneak in a getaway in anticipation for a larger trip in the future.
Belamere Suites offers romantic private suites that fit all comfort levels. Upon check in, you will receive your keys and garage door opener from the front desk, allowing for a quick check in process to kick off your unplugged, romantic mini-moon. One major plus about Belamere Suites is that there are no windows which means complete privacy (wink, wink!)
Pro Tip: Belamere Suites books up fast and offers reservations up to a year in advance. The good news is, you’re not charged until a week before your arrival date!
Belamere’s most popularly requested suite is The Grand Royal Swimming Pool Suite.
This suite comes with your own private swimming pool (perfect for maintaining social distancing), continental breakfast and so much more. Take advantage of adding surprise amenities that will ramp up the romance such as rose petals, candles, chocolate covered strawberries and so much more. Feel free to bring some of your own personal items to make your stay as comfortable and romantic for you and your significant other. You can get out for a date night by dining at one of the nearby restaurants, or since many of those restaurants maintain partnerships with Belamere Suites, you can also enjoy the same great eats in the privacy of your suite with their in-room dining options.
For a short drive west, Belamere Suites is a great option for keeping the romantic flame burning bright!
Pro Tip: Special rates are available for stays Sunday-Thursday.
This year may not have turned out to be what we expected - or anywhere near it! - but a Mini-Moon is a great way to make lemonade out of lemons and give you a reason to celebrate in the meantime. Some couples have even opted to skip the big honeymoon altogether and enjoy a Mini-Moon instead!
We'll be back next week with Part 2 in our Over the Moon series!
Social Butterfly Express specializes in 100% custom travel experiences including destination weddings, honeymoons, bachelor/bachelorette parties, anniversary trips, and more! Get your custom quote here, and let us help make your travel dreams a reality!