Many couples today are opting for mini-moons; typically a 3-4 day vacation immediately following the wedding -- but, if you're feeling overwhelmed during the planning process there's no one stopping you from taking one before your big day!
Why take a mini-moon instead of a honeymoon? Whether it's because you're waiting to save up for the honeymoon of your dreams, or your lifestyle or schedule just doesn't allow for you take off the necessary time to enjoy a week or two away then a mini-moon may be just for you!
A few reasons we think a mini-moon is a good idea:
- Cheaper; a long weekend away will be much kinder on your bank account -- opt to splurge on a spa day or a nice dinner out.
- Less Vacation; sometimes weddings force us to use more vacation time at work than we have from engagement parties, bachelor/bachelorette trips, and more -- if you don't have the vacation to spare, a mini-moon is a great option.
- No Travel Fatigue; choosing a destination within driving distance or a quick flight will allow you to begin relaxing immediately with little to no travel fatigue...no one enjoys jet lag!
- Less Planning; wedding planning is a lot to take on and often planning an extended and adventurous honeymoon abroad is just as exhausting -- plan a mini-moon to getaway while avoiding the headache of planning the real deal. Consider taking the honeymoon of your dreams for your 1st Anniversary.
The Dove Inn
Nestled in beautiful Golden, CO, The Dove Inn is a charming, renovated Victorian home turned bed and breakfast. Operated on a complete behind-the-scenes service model, you'll barely know the team is taking care of your every need from fresh towels, breakfast in the fridge each morning and so much more! Breakfast is sourced locally when possible and coffee comes from the best local roasters like Huckleberry, Coda, and Two Rivers. They want you to feel at home, like a local!
Explore Golden, then Relax
The Dove Inn is the perfect destination for a short mini-moon following your big day. It's easy to get to whether you had a wedding nearby or if you flew into Denver International Airport. We love The Dove Inn for a magical mini-moon destination because of their hands-off approach -- especially after a wedding. Choose from one of their 10 rooms to stay in. For optimal relaxation, choose one of the rooms with a large soaking tub; The Aspen Suite is one of our favorites! We suggest taking a warm bubble bath with a nice glass of red wine the night you arrive to unwind after hosting a large number of guests.
Spend the next day snuggled up in bed with your honey watching Netflix, or get out and explore Golden. There's no stress of having to spend hours searching Yelp or Google for places to go or things to do. The Dove Inn provides all the recommendations you need from where to hike or bike to the best places to sit down for a bite to eat. Choose to do as little or as much as you'd like.
If you're looking for a little relaxation after months of planning and executing your wedding, we recommend heading to The Woodhouse Day Spa with your new spouse for a spa day -- it's within walking distance.