Your honeymoon is a very special time for you and your spouse; it is your opportunity to spend some romantic time enjoying the celebration and the end of the stress of planning the wedding. When my husband and I were married I spent countless hours trying to figure out where to go on our meager wedding funds. Looking back at the time, I realize that even though we didn’t take some $5,000 trip to the Caribbean, we still had an amazing time and I always think fondly of that trip.
We ended up taking a 4 hour road trip to Mears, Michigan, home of the Silver Lakes Sand Dunes.
We stayed at the Dunes Waterfront Resort which is a lake front resort. Across from the lake is a giant Dune which is great to climb. Once you climb over, you will find a breath taking view of Lake Michigan. The resort offers:
Dune Buggy Rentals
Dune Scooter Rides
4 Golf Courses nearby
The room we stayed in had a great view of the lake, a balcony, and a giant Jacuzzi right in our bedroom! The hotel also has an indoor heated pool and a hot tub. We really did not spend that much money in the three days we were there. We rented a boat for about three hours for around $30 and cruised around the lake. At least until our motor died, and then we spent an hour trying to row ourselves to shore! We were saved though by a friendly man on a wave runner who pulled us part of the way.
The town is very small and has a few diners. I was not a fan of the restaurants, but I did enjoy the café next door which offered tasty pizza. For the most part, my husband and I took free walks along the lake, indulged in treats like a shop that had homemade fudge, visited the Lighthouse which was beautiful, and rode bikes around the town. It was a stress free trip that allowed us to come home and not feel guilty or worried about spending a bunch of money. The car ride gave us time to really talk and blast Aerosmith, and stop at some fun roadside shops along the way. So if you’re wondering how you and your hubby can afford a honeymoon, remember that there are great places nearby that can be romantic and fun. Think about what you hope to gain from your trip, and make that the main focus-not how luxurious you can make it.