Enter the mini 'moon: With modern-day weddings rivaling Cirque du Soleil in scale and complexity, sometimes you need a quick escape before you walk down the aisle.
Four months prior to herwedding, Neha Goswami, 34, was knee-deep in nuptialmultitasking: Designing invites, choosing flowers, and then, "my DJ bailed on me," she says."I had to start from scratch." To counter the stress, she and her ?ancé jetted off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but before take-off, they made a solemn pact: "No wedding talk for a whole weekend."
And, once the (real) honeymoon's over, there's no need to stay home. Couples intent on baby-making can opt for conception 'moons: for relaxation—and procreation—and the baby 'moon: when you're pregnant and in need of one last escape before mini-me arrives!
Here, three destinations guaranteed to seduce.
Head outside for a romantic night of skygazing in the Poconos, then make s'mores under the stars (the resort will provide the flames, as well as the sweet supplies). By day, choose your own adventure: fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and tractor-drawn hayrides are just a few on offer. Rates from $400 per night.
Looking for some serious alone time? Skip the hotel and book a private villa (a.k.a. home for two) where you'll be living la dolce vino: Wander the vineyards, meander to the local market, and at sunset slip into the hot tub and sip Napa's best. Rates from $895 per night, three-night minimum.
Take one last stab at unfettered relaxation with a private casita (tucked into 40 acres of hibiscus gardens) overlooking Acapulco Bay before baby arrives. Already have a brood? Let the little ones live it up in the kids' club while you relax on the private beach—or plunge into one of two saltwater pools. Rates from $217 per night.