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East Coast Hound Honeymoon

My fiance and I are wrapping up a very pleasant overall but disappointing meal-wise extended weekend to a B&B in Staunton, VA. (We live in DC.) Of the last three nights of meals, only a few dishes are memorable. We're planning our wedding and honeymoon for late June, and would like to be wowed on that trip!

We're thinking a B&B in a pretty, scenic location (not in a downtown area) with reasonable proximity to a week's worth of truly great, hound-approved restaurants would be an awesome honeymoon. We're not vegetarians and ethnic food is A-OK. Beaches not required. We will travel anywhere on the East Coast, from Maine to Florida. DC, obviously, is home and thus out of the question. :)

Any suggestions for where to look?

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  1. Consider Providence, RI. There is a wonderful historic B&B called The Old Court (www.oldcourt.com). There are wonderful old neighborhoods to explore, including Portuguese, Asian and Italian, as well as all sorts of interesting new cuisines with lots of outdoor places from formal to very casual. They have Waterfire at that time of the year (google it to see exactly what it is and when) and it is just an easy city to spend time in. It was recently named one of the undiscovered/underrated cities by Travel and Leisure magazine and is well worth a long visit. I moved away 13 years ago and still miss it.

      1. re: shaebones

        Throw on a ferry trip to Vinalhaven and you're talkin'.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          Thanks for the suggestion. I've posted a couple inquiries in the Northern and Southern NE boards. I've been to coastal Maine once before - scenery was just amazing!

          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            North Haven has more class. Check out the Nebo Lodge.
            Rockland/Camden
            Bar Harbor, too many tourists.
            Portland, lots of facilities.
            By the 3rd week in June, many Maine coastal tourists spots will be crowded.
            Rent a cabin on a lake?

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Charleston was my first thought as well, and other than the heat I think it would be perfect.

            Asheville, NC and Savanah, GA would also be nice.

            1. re: mpjmph

              Asheville, NC is also a good suggestion. Biltmore is the main attraction and its gardens are extensive and beautiful--when I was there one spring I remarked the only thing missing while I sat on a bench was a pina colada (it was hot). We got up, and 100 yards later was a refreshment stand offering pina coladas, daquiris, etc ;)

              You can easily spend 2 days at this estate alone, between the mansion, gardens, winery and special tours (check out the rooftop tour, the scenery is amazing.) There are several reastaurants on the estate and they were all excellent. Also, don't miss Rezaz in Asheville for its excellent seafood Paella and the Chocolate Fetish in town for, well, chocolate.

              1. re: mpjmph

                North Carolina is generally stunningly beautiful, IME. A great choice.

                Charleston and Savannah are also lovely but I'd think the heat might be an issue for some. Wouldn't bother me but most of my family would melt down into puddles -- grumpy, sticky puddles! ;)

                1. re: LauraGrace

                  Yep, I'm one of those grumpy, sticky puddles, which is why my visits south are in April, October or even December.

                  On a different note, tripadvisor.com voted Cape May, NJ the second best beach destination in the US after Myrtle Beach.
                  http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/04/05...

                  1. re: gaffk

                    Yeah....after thinking about it I doubt we'll want to go south. Fiance likes heat but I'm firmly in the grumpy sticky puddle category during humid summers! :) Also we'll be on the Outer Banks later in the summer so will already be getting some Carolina this year. That reminds me, I'll need to check back to get BBQ recs!

                2. re: mpjmph

                  Charleston was my first thought as well.
                  It might be a little toasty, be anywhere in the deep south would be. They could just dress light, dig in and enjoy :) I lived there for 6 years and didn't melt.

                1. if you like mountains, take a look at woodstock, vt and some places in the hudson river valley (new paltz ny).