5 Incredible Honeymoons Inspired by Your Favorite TV Shows
You're marrying the person you want to travel the world with—who happens to be the same person you want to sit on the couch with, binge-watching your favorite show. Once you've made it official, set out on a honeymoon that celebrates both sides of your relationship, by planning a trip based on your favorite TV extravaganza. For your viewing (and vacationing) pleasure, we present the following very special episodes of your honeymoon.
The "Downton" Delight
You love: Downton Abbey
The British blockbuster wrapped up its last season in January (although a movie is said to be in the works) and you told yourself that all good things must come to an end. But must they? Really? Extend the fantasy by going to Grantham. Highclere Castle, the Berkshire, England manse, which played Downton Abbey on TV, has been open to the public for tours, but they just turned two smaller buildings on the property into a hotel, London Lodge, in December. Naturally, they're sold out through 2016. But if you book one of the two lodges, built in the 1840s, for 2017, you'll find a wood-burning stove in your sitting room (you always wanted a sitting room, didn't you?), a full kitchen, plus a bedroom, bathroom, and dressing area (your lady's maid will be so pleased. She hates having to dress you in your bedroom like a commoner). As for what to do when you're not walking the grounds, following in Lady Mary's footsteps? Day trip possibilities include Oxford, with its famous university; the antique market in Hungerford, and the mysterious Neolithic stone circles at Stonehenge. All worth seeing if you have the time between sitting down to tea and changing for dinner.
The Hamptons "Affair"
You love: The Affair
You know a couple is secure in their relationship when their show of choice is about cheating lovers. But with scenery as compelling as the plotlines, The Affair makes it impossible to look away. And while you don't want Allison and Noah's lives, you do covet their beachfront location. So ditch the drama and stick with the surf by honeymooning in Montauk, at the very tip of the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. Check into The Surf Lodge which balances a relaxing waterfront location on Fort Pond (think stand-up paddleboarding on the pond and yoga on the deck) with a buzzy, boho-chic bar and acclaimed restaurant. What to do? Go riding or hike the trails at Deep Hollow Ranch (which appears on the show as the Lockhart Ranch). Surf the beach at Ditch Plains, where Allison and Cole's house is meant to be located. And of course, you'll stop at The Lobster Roll restaurant in Amagansett, where the two met, while driving into and out of Montauk.
Croatia's Newlywed "Game"
You love: Game of Thrones
One way to celebrate the fact that your nuptials didn't end up like the Red wedding? A Game of Thrones-inspired honeymoon. Yes, it's geeky, but the heart wants what it wants—and besides, you're not alone. There are tours in Northern Ireland and Wales that will take you to visit various castles and coves where the fantasy series films. But those strike us as a little more bromance than romance. For a postnuptial trip, head to Dubrovnik, Croatia, the site of the series' Revelin Fortress, Rector's Palace, Ploce Gate, and St. Dominic Street, where Cersei underwent her Walk of Atonement. Once you've finished paying homage to the show, you can explore the rest of the medieval walled city or swim or sail in the Adriatic Sea. To feel like royalty yourself, make your home base the Villa Dubrovnik, which has a Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa, an indoor pool overlooking the ocean through glass walls, and a Venetian-style vaporetto that you can use to cruise 10 minutes to the Old Town.
You love: Scandal
Scandal's Fitz and Olivia will probably never get to live out their fantasy of moving to Vermont, where they'll relax, retreat, and make jam (and sweet, sweet love). But you two can. Check into The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property in Warren, Vermont. There you can escape the demands of the Oval Office (or, you know, your office) by skiing nearby Sugarbush in winter, kayaking the Mad River in warmer weather, or exploring the charming village of Warren, with its famous country store arranged around a welcoming pot belly stove (did we mention it's right across the street from the Inn)? Back at the Inn, you can linger over dinner at 275 Main, the elegant farm-to-table in-house restaurant, or sit by the fire in Tracks, the more casual tavern. If you need to discuss top-secret business, book a private dinner in the wine cellar. The staff can also arrange in-room massages or direct you to sleigh rides, hot air balloon flights, hiking trails, or whatever else your little heart desires.
The "Broad City" Escape
You love: Broad City
If the two of you love laughing at the misadventures of these outer-borough besties, hit the city that doesn't sleep for a honeymoon that's more Broad City than it is Broadway. Skip staying in midtown Manhattan and check in to the McCarren Hotel and Pool in Brooklyn, where Ilana lives. (Truth: Ilana lives in the Gowanus neighborhood, but you're on your honeymoon. You want McCarren's rooftop bar with Manhattan skyline views, and the party that is that pool. Plus, you maybe want the Japanese soaking tub in the penthouse suite.) Not to mention the fact that the hotel's Williamsburg location is both Brooklyn-cool and convenient for hopping the subway into Manhattan. Which means you can walk to Soulstice, where Abbi works (it's actually Williamsburg's Chalk Gym IRL), then hit Manhattan to walk the High Line, the incredible elevated park where the girls have been known to grab some lounge chairs, and indulge in bone marrow and brisket burgers at Swine, where Abbi lost her cell phone. And if you feel the need to dance topless, Central Park is just a subway ride away.