SENECA FALLS — A website called livability.com has ranked Seneca Falls as the ninth-best affordable honeymoon location in the country, although Geneva is more prominently mentioned.
The website article was written by Brittany Anas who says that a couple should honeymoon in Seneca Falls because it is part of the Finger Lakes Region, which she described in a Jan. 30 article as “a romantic retreat with wineries specializing in Rieslings, plenty of boutique hotels and plenty of scenic spots for outdoor adventure.”
Anas writes that this would be a better honeymoon spot than Iceland. “The Finger Lakes Region has dramatic waterfalls of its own, 40 in fact!” she writes.
The average nightly hotel price is said to be $109. As to where to stay, the site recommends the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, an 1800s stone castle that overlooks Seneca Lake. It has rooms decorated with antique furnishings and artwork, soaking tubes, fireplaces and lake views.
As to what to bring, Anas writes that it can “get chilly” in the winter. She recommends waterproof boots and cold-weather accessories for winter months, layers in the spring and fall and cool, relaxed clothing for the summer.
“Of course, don’t forget your swimsuit in the warm months to take a dip in the famed lakes or wade in nearby waterfalls,” she notes.
A “romantic date night spot” is identified as FLX Table on Linden Street in downtown Geneva. It is described as “an intimate spot for dinner, with only 14 seats and a menu base on seasonality. Reservations open up a month in advance.”
Honeymooners are advised to head to the Smith Opera House for entertainment. They also recommend trying a grape pie from Cindy’s in Naples or following the Finger Lakes “sweet treats” trail.
“If you’re planning a honeymoon, there’s no need to book an expensive post-nuptial vacation overseas. You can stay close to home, with several romantic retreats here in the United States eager to host your honeymoon, offering experiences surprisingly similar to tropical paradises and European adventures, for a much, much lower price,” the website proclaims.
“These ten honeymoon destinations are worth swooning over. No passports required,” the website states.
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