Finding the right spot for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon stay takes as much planning and thought as the wedding itself. When the wedding bells have rung, the toasts have been offered and dances danced, it’s into the limo and off you go to your first night as a married couple. The place you pick has to be the best. Choices are many. From a city experience to the quaint towns of the nearby foothills and Lake Tahoe, you are sure to find that perfect spot for your honeymoon and a lifetime of memories. Choose from a rich bouquet full of B&Bs and hotels that want to be among the first to wish you all the happiness in the world.
1000 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Delta King has one of the most unique honeymoon suites in Sacramento. The Captain’s Quarters honeymoon suite is located on the top forward deck of this wonderful paddle wheeler, and has a panoramic view of the river and Old Town Sacramento. Honeymooners will be greeted with a dozen red roses in the suite. There is a private staircase to the bridge and an outside deck exclusively for the honeymooners. Breakfast for two in the fine dining room comes with your stay. The gentle up and down of the river simply can’t be duplicated anywhere else. Old Sacramento is just off the gangplank. Carriage rides through Old Sacramento and visits to the Train Museum and other venues add to the ambiance. Downtown Sacramento, complete with museums, art galleries, gardens and great restaurants, is just a short walk away. The Delta King offers a truly special venue for creating lasting memories for newlyweds.
Lake Natoma Inn
702 Gold Lake Drive
Folsom, CA 95630
With six suites available for a memorable honeymoon, the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom is a wonderful place for newlyweds. The premium suites are on the top floor of the Inn. They face Lake Natoma and all of the wonderful urban forests and greenery that surround the lake. Each suite has a wood-burning fireplace for added ambiance. When the newlyweds get to the room, they will find a romantic fire in the fireplace. The suites have a sitting areas, whirlpool tubs and two flat-screen TVs for the comfort of the guests. Looking out at the lake has its own rewards. Situated just off the American River Bike Trail, it is easy to take a stroll or a bike ride along the lake. Historic Old Folsom is just across the street. With plenty of shops and fine restaurants, meandering about the eclectic downtown is a natural for the new couple. The Inn has an impeccable reputation of taking very good care of those choosing to spend their honeymoon with them. Pampered is a good way to describe what to expect here.
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The Albert Shafsky House
2942 Coloma St.
Placerville, CA 95667
The Ablert Shafsky House is a fine, restored Queen Anne Victorian located in the historic Gold Rush town of Placerville. This intimate B&B should be on the list of anyone looking for a quiet and memorable honeymoon. The very special B&B is lovingly cared for by Rita Timewell and Stephanie Carlson. Honeymoon guests can expect rose petals in their room, along with champagne or sparkling cider. Each room has a private bath, Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, along with very comfortable and cozy Cypress robes and slippers. Local El Dorado County wine greets each couple. Breakfast, homemade and mouth watering, is served each morning. Historic Placerville is rich in history, fine restaurants on Main Street, a robust art gallery scene, eclectic shops and is a very short walk from the B&B. Exploring the town is must. This is a heart-warming place to spend a honeymoon, cradled in the foothills of El Dorado County, just a short drive from Sacramento.
Emma Nevada House
528 E. Broad St.
Nevada City, CA 95959
The Emma Nevada House is the place to check into for your honeymoon. This beautiful B&B will make your stay as wonderful and memorable as you have imagined it should be. Gorgeously appointed rooms with comfort in mind will envelope you from the moment you arrive. Rose petals sprinkled about your room in a heart shape on the bed will bring a smile as you enter your room. Breakfast is cooked each day by Susan Howard, chef and innkeeper supreme. Enjoy seasonal and local dishes and a relaxing time on the sun porch or in the dining room. Take your time strolling through Nevada City and all of the history embedded here. Great shops, fine dining and art galleries are liberally spaced throughout this fine old town. Easygoing and friendly, the entire experience here will bring smiles back with every memory of your honeymoon.
2019 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Elegant, sumptuous and spectacular all describe Vizcaya. For newlyweds, pampered attention by an attentive and professional staff makes the stay here beyond wonderful. Vizcaya is a stunner on the outside and the inside more than matches the outside. Italian marble tiles the bathrooms, which have body soothing soaking tubs. Bathrobes and personal amenities are provided for an oh-so-comfortable apres-bath lounge. The rooms are designer decorated, complete with antiques and up-to-date complimentary Wi-Fi. Located in vibrant midtown Sacramento, guests have more than enough choices for spending time exploring. Walks in the park, a visit to the State Capitol and a walking tour of Old Sacramento are all on the menu. Of course, a day relaxing in the comfort of your suite is hard to beat after a perfect wedding. Enjoy this fabulously renovated historical landmark while creating lifelong memories of a fantastic honeymoon.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. He retired from teaching after 36 years in 2010. He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.