So many couples have had to postpone their honeymoon due to COVID-19, or decided to just deal with the that “little detail” later (there’s more pressing concerns.) If that’s you, let me be an advocate for planning a minimoon! And to inspire your planning, I’ve created a guide with 6 beautiful minimoon destinations in Washington State.
I think it’s so important for newlywed couples to actually ENJOY the feelings of excitement and joy after saying “I do.” This means not immediately going back to work and life’s other commitments the next day like nothing ever happened!
Especially for couples who may have decided to postpone their “big reception,”and have an intimate event now. The least you can do for yourselves is take a couple days to get away and celebrate as newlyweds!
And the beauty of a minimoon is that it shouldn’t require too much time, money, or travel. It is realistic and doable for just about any couple. (And you can still take that big honeymoon in the future!)
Plus, if you live in the greater Seattle area, like me, then you know that we are SO fortunate to live within driving distance of an endless list of beautiful destinations. No air travel required!
I know it can be hard to choose where to go, so I hope this guide to minimoon destinations in Washington State helps you get started. Happy planning!
As a lot of these destinations are more rural by nature, PLEASE be respectful of the local communities. Always wear a mask and follow guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which can be so detrimental to smaller towns that don’t have easy access to medical facilities.
Check the websites for specific businesses to confirm whether they’re open/closed during the pandemic (as the situation can change quickly.)
Lastly, I must acknowledge that as a resident of the greater Seattle area, I inhabit the traditional land of the Coast Salish people, including the Duwamish People. I would like to express my respect and gratitude for the land, and for the Duwamish People. Each of the destinations listed here are also on the traditional lands of indigenous peoples, which I hope to acknowledge, as well. (I’d love to be corrected on any inaccuracies.)
Acknowledging the land on which we live and visit is just one small means of honoring and respecting the past and present of the indigenous communities. I hope you’ll join me in committing to learn more about the history of the lands that we occupy and how we can act in solidarity with indigenous communities. (If you live in the greater Seattle area, one small thing you can do is pay Real Rent to the Duwamish Tribe.)
There are so many resources for hiking on Mount Rainier. Here’s a links to a few to get you started:
Being a literal mountain, Mt. Rainier is not your mecca of fine dining. Plan to pack in the bulk of the food you’ll need during your stay. If you’re craving an actual meal, here’s a few spots in the vicinity: