Destination: Off the Beaten Path

Keep an eye out for the lesser known, smaller destinations for your honeymoon.  You just may find the attention to detail and quality of customer service is better than you’ll get from the mega resorts.  We’ve found this to be the case with friend-recommended Inn at Lake Joseph – a little known golden nugget in the Catskill Mountains of New York – where we got engaged and subsequently went back to for our 3 year anniversary.


We were personally greeted by the owners, shown the highlights of the Inn and surrounding area while being escorted to our suite.  The Inn is pet friendly and has a gratis kitchen in the lodge with snacks, desserts, sandwiches, salads and drinks.  The Lodge has a cozy library, with chessboards, a pool table, board games and comfy couches and chairs for reading and lounging.  There is a swimming pool, plenty of boats and other water sports equipment at the Lake, bonfire pits and swings dotted throughout the property for relaxing or reading under a shade tree.  They’ve designed the property with adult “relaxing getaway” in mind – no kids allowed!  It’s a great spot for foodies to take charge of their kitchens for dinners, since the inn is breakfast-only.  You can head to local restaurants if cooking isn’t for you.


So don’t always choose the beaten path – sometimes the road less traveled leads you to a better experience.  We believe that Smart Honeymoon fits this mold, and found Inn at Lake Joseph to do the same.  Pay attention to friend recommendations and use sites like Trip Advisor to help you decide on your own golden nugget.

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5 Responses to “Destination: Off the Beaten Path”

  1. Honeymoons Says:

    Great advice for those considering an off the beaten path honeymoon! I totally agree that service is not always as good as expected in major resorts as there are more guests to deal with where as if you choose a smaller resort the staff are more likely to have more time for you and work harder to meet your every need.

  2. twin centre honeymoons Says:

    Great idea, I think the main factor that puts people off when doing this for their honeymoon is the potential risk of the place not being what they expected and spoiling what is ultimately the most important holiday of your life. That said with a few tips from people in the know, I completely agree that you can find some real gems off the beaten track which can make your honeymoon even more special.

  3. sally Says:

    We aren’t a honeymoon specialist holiday company but we are off the beaten track and we are getting more and more people booking their honeymoons with us!

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  4. Craig Says:

    Me and my wife went to safari in Botswana, it’s not a place particularly well known for honeymoon but we had an unforgettable time- looking for somewhere a little off the map is definitely worth it.

  5. Kate Says:

    Great advice. I’ve just booked a great honeymoon package to a small boutique hotel in Malaysia and the owner’s have already been in touch to see if we had any special requests!

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