The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.

You’ve spent the last year planning every detail of your big day — from the seating charts to the music to the bridesmaid dresses. You’ve devoted countless hours to choosing wedding favors and centerpieces and writing heartfelt wedding vows. Now that you’ve finally traded, “I do’s,” with your new husband or wife, it’s time to celebrate with a hard-earned vacation.

Maybe you’ve always envisioned yourself drinking Pina Coladas on the beach in Maui. Or you’ve dreamt of hopping a plane to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. But, if a lavish getaway just isn’t in the cards – due to financial constraints or a hectic work schedule – you can still have an amazing getaway right here in the Garden State.

After all, a honeymoon isn’t about how far you travel or how much money you spend. It’s about making memories with the one you love, and there are plenty of places to do that in New Jersey.

Here are our top 5 picks for perfect honeymoon spots in the Garden State:


W Hoboken

West Hoboken Skyline (2)

Address: 225 River Street, Hoboken
Price: Rooms from $329 per night
Details: If you want a big city experience on a small city scale, look no further than Hoboken. With views of the Manhattan skyline and stylishly modern amenities, the W Hotel sits in a downtown filled with bars, restaurants and shopping. Pamper yourselves at the renowned Bliss Spa and enjoy the legendary brownie buffet.
Why I like it: Want to catch a Broadway play or see an art exhibit? You’re just minutes from New York City, by car or by train.
More info: www.whoboken.com or 201-253-2400


The Beach Shack

Beach Shack Beach Service

Address: 205 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Price: Rooms from $280 per night
Details: Those in search of a beach vacation have plenty of Jersey shore towns to choose from, but one locale takes the cake…Cape May. Home to great beaches and grand Victorian houses, you won’t run out of things to do here. You can go antiquing, sip craft beer at a local brewery or mingle with zebras at the Cape May Zoo.
Why I like it: The winter months offer a quieter side of the seaside town, when you can take a romantic carriage ride and view the twinkling holiday lights of the Congress Hall Christmas tree.
More info: www.caperesorts.com or 877-SHACK-07


Black Creek Sanctuary

BlackCreekSanctuary

Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon
Price: Rooms from $320 per night
Details: Perhaps you’d like a wintry honeymoon locale, for which Vernon’s Mountain Creek is perfect. Rent a fully furnished condo (with your own hot tub!) for the week and enjoy all the amenities the resort has to offer, like skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding.
Why I like it: If you’d prefer the mountain escape during the warmer months, you’ll find a swimming pool, hiking on the Appalachian Trail and zip-lining!
More info: www.blackcreeksanctuary.com or 973-827-3088


El Coronado Resort

El Coronado Resort

Address: 8501 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood Crest
Price: Rooms from $125 per night
Details: Wake up to salty breezes and spectacular ocean views when you book a room at El Coronado Resort, located on the beach in Wildwood Crest. For fun, head to the boardwalk in Wildwood or plan a night out to Atlantic City. The resort also has a list of tourist activities that it will gladly arrange for you, like wine tastings, a tram car ride or an osprey nature cruise.
Why I like it: Get the best value with a three, four or five night midweek package that includes your room, select meals and activities.
More info: www.elcoronado.com or 1-800-227-5302


The Woolverton Inn

Woolverton Inn (3)

Address: 6 Woolverton Road, Stockton
Price: Rooms from $155 per night
Details: Beautiful fall foliage makes this bed and breakfast the top pick for a fall honeymoon in the Garden State. Book a cottage or choose a room at the inn, which always includes a three-course country breakfast. At Woolverton, you’re minutes away from New Hope, Pennsylvania, a fabulous excursion for shopping and people-watching.
Why I like it: Can’t bear to leave your pup behind? The Woolverton Inn is pet-friendly, as are many of the local restaurants.
More info: www.woolvertoninn.com or 1-888-264-6648


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