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Perfect "mini-moon" destinations

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If you and hubby don't have time to take a ten day honeymoon right after the wedding, why not plan for a long weekend mini-moon? These three properties located within a few short hours of major cities offer the perfect escape to celebrate your wedded bliss without cashing out all your vacation days.

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From Los Angeles -
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Going on a honeymoon almost always means jetting off to an exotic location, but when you have only four days to spend with your honey, you want to keep travel time to a minimum. For LA residents, there's no need to lose days in transit when a less than two-hour flight puts them on the relaxing shores of the Sea of Cortez. The east coast of Baja California is home to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, an 181-suite resort and full-service Sabila Spa and Wellness Center. While hubby enjoys fishing, kayaking, ATV tours, paddleboarding or one of the five pools, treat yourself to an Aromatic Sea of Cortez Mud Wrap to melt away the stress from your wedding day. The resort also offers an all-inclusive plan in addition to their a la carte pricing that includes all meals at most of the on-property restaurants and premium cocktails.

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From New York City -
Golden Pheasant Inn

Only 90 minutes from New York City and 60 minutes from Philadelphia lies Golden Pheasant Inn, a quaint three-story fieldstone inn nestled between the banks of the Delaware River and Canal. The tranquil retreat, located in Bucks County, PA, is the definition of refined elegance due to its historical charm (the property was established in 1811) and contemporary elements. After a full restoration in 2012, the 4-room inn debuted a look of relaxed luxury featuring exposed fieldstone walls, en suite baths with marble counters and custom mosaics, upholstered headboards and European luxury linens. Newlyweds will love the Delaware Suite, which features River and Canal views, an in-room fireplace, en suite marble bath and a plush king bed. Golden Pheasant Inn is also home to a fine-dining restaurant that serves New American cuisine with traditional French influences and utilizes hyper-locally sourced ingredients. Celebrate wedded bliss over a candlelit dinner of Joe Jurgielewicz & Son's Duck Confit and Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée in the airy solarium dining room.

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From Houston, Texas -
The Inn at Dos Brisas

What began as a simple family ranch retreat is now a tranquil 300-acre ranch resort for Austin and Houston citizens brimming with Southern hospitality and charm. The Inn at Dos Brisas, located in Washington, Texas, is surrounded by rolling green meadows, home to the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texas and features the second largest privately owned indoor equine arena in the state. Couples honeymooning at The Inn at Dos Brisas can choose to stay in one of two types of Spanish-style lodging options. The 730-square-foot casitas overlook pastoral fields and feature a country chic decor of distressed leather furniture, gas-burning fireplaces and 1,200-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. In addition to the previous amenities, the 1,795-square-foot haciendas offer extra luxury and privacy with patios enveloped by tiered gardens and private dipping pools. For a unique experience, throw on a cowgirl hat and try your hand at the Inn at Dos Brisas' Cutting Horse Program to learn how to work a herd of cattle.

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