Does the idea of planning a two-week honeymoon while also organizing a wedding leave you cold? Try a “minimoon” in Portland, Maine; Newburyport; Boston; Atlantic City; and Burlington, Vermont, instead.
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PORTLAND, MAINE: Less than a two-hour drive from Boston (or take Amtrak’s Downeaster from North Station), this city is home not only to some of the freshest seafood and hippest restaurants on the East Coast.
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PORTLAND, MAINE: It’s also a manageable city with both artsy and outdoorsy things to do. Pictured: the Old Port district
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NEWBURYPORT: This coastal town has its own lively boardwalk, numerous nearby beaches, and various boutique stores and art galleries — perfect for stocking up on pieces to transform two households into one home. Plum Island Kayak offers seasonal rentals of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
BOSTON: Quarantine yourselves in the Back Bay at the deluxe Eliot Hotel and feast on room service cooked at Clio, one of the city’s finest French restaurants.
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BOSTON: Step outside your room, and try one of chef Ken Oringer’s three tasting menus that are offered in the restaurant — choose from seven, 10, or 14 courses with wine pairings.
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BOSTON: Should you choose to venture beyond the hotel, play tourist during the day and stroll through the romantic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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BOSTON: Or take a walk along the Charles or through the Common.
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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY: Lucky in love? Then Atlantic City might be the perfect destination. Beyond the casino resorts, this beachfront New Jersey city offers a wide range of activities and attractions: art shows, concerts, shopping, surfing lessons, and museums.
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BURLINGTON, VERMONT: If you’re looking for adventure, plan a few days in Vermont. Set up a home base in Burlington. There you can see Lake Champlain like a native with a ride along the Burlington Bike Path, stopping to picnic at North Beach. Then head to Church Street Marketplace for casual dining and window shopping.
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BURLINGTON, VERMONT: Forget maple syrup tasting, though, and check out some of Vermont’s many breweries instead. You can make a road trip of it, spending each night in a different place (the Vermont Brewers Association has a useful map on its website).
BURLINGTON, VERMONT: The Willard Street Inn in Burlington (800-577-8712, willardstreetinn.com; from $150) is a restored Victorian mansion with 14 rooms and elegant English gardens. Plus, they’ll deliver a plate of chocolate chip cookies to your room each day.