Local Romantic Honeymoon Spots

Maggi Gallaspy

Staying local for your honeymoon may have more pros than you think. From a private oasis in the West Texas desert to a hip, new hotel in the center of downtown Austin, a local honeymoon can still be luxurious and tailored to fit your needs as a couple. 

Unique culinary experiences, top-notch accommodations, and relaxing trips to the spa are just a few reasons why Texas and New Mexico are home to some of the best honeymoon destinations in the United States. Even better, there’s something for everyone! 

What type of couple are you? Adventurers, foodies, music lovers, nature enthusiasts, artsy, or laid back? Decide together which description suits you best and check out our list of local honeymoon ideas.

The Outdoorsy Couple

Nestled on 250 acres of private land, Willow House is the perfect spot to unwind for a week after your big day. With unobstructed views of the Chisos Mountain Range, close proximity to Big Bend National Park, and access to the Rio Grande River, booking a private casita is a nature-lovers’ dream. 


This desert retreat is tranquil and its setup encourages guests to slow down, enjoy nights around the fire, stargaze, sip on cocktails, and soak in the beginning of the rest of their lives.  

The ghost town of Terlingua has drawn more attention over the last few years because of social media, and there’s no doubt why. Honeymooners can enjoy a hike around the South Rim of Big Bend and make it back to the communal kitchen at Willow House in time for a dinner under the West Texas setting sun. 

Besides hiking, Terlingua is also home to many other outdoor activities, including horseback riding, rafting, canoeing, and mountain biking. Honeymooners can opt for a relaxing day soaking in the Boquillas Hot Spring and enjoy local favorite restaurants like Espresso y Poco Mas and Starlight Theatre. 

Whether you want to bask in the desert’s quietness, adventure through the national park, or a combination of both, Terlingua may be the perfect place for your local honeymoon. 

The Foodie Couple & Music Lovers

Austin, Texas

Home to the Live Music Capital of the World and known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tacos, and barbecue, Austin, Texas, makes the perfect local honeymoon destination for foodies and music lovers alike. 

The LINE Austin markets itself as the place where downtown meets Lady Bird Lake. And its location is only one of many things that makes this accommodation perfect for a honeymoon. Its unique mid-century modern suites complement the vibe of its host city. And the heated saltwater infinity pool is surrounded by lush greenery, making it an escape you’ll never want to leave.

At LINE, there is plenty to do within its walls if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy sips and snacks at the P6 club with incredible views of the lake and sunset, taste some of Austin’s best tacos at Veracruz, and book a dinner by Top Chef winner Kristen Kish at Arlo Grey.

When music lovers venture out, be sure to stop by the legendary South Congress spot, The Continental Club or the Red River Cultural District. Here, you’re sure to find a local or touring act that’s music to your ears. 

There are opportunities to enjoy comedy shows, swim in Barton Springs, bat watch over Congress Avenue Bridge, visit a winery, and more. Add some quirk to your newlywed life with a honeymoon to Texas’s Capitol. 

The Artsy Couple

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Only a five-hour drive or flight from Lubbock, Santa Fe is known for its galleries and museums. Honeymooners can act as tourists visiting some of its top spots, including the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, San Miguel Chapel, Meow Wolf immersive experience, Canyon Road, and the Rio Grande River. 

Couples wanting to take a laid-back approach to their honeymoon can spend an evening tasting cocktails down Santa Fe’s margarita trail, a few hours soaking in one of many hot springs, or a trip to the Four Seasons Spa during their stay. 

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is a luxurious step away from downtown. Surrounded by nature, guests can enjoy a slow-paced vacation with many pre-planned activities at their disposal. Aside from being a New Mexico wedding venue, the Four Seasons has an incredible honeymoon package. 

Each suite and room is secluded and offers an escape for couples. The Four Seasons also offers candlelight dinners in their on-site restaurant or in the privacy of your suite. Guests can take advantage of other offerings, including spa packages, a fireside Champagne breakfast, and an excursion across the red rocks of Abiquiu.  

The Staycationers

Lubbock, Texas

Exploring your own backyard is never a bad idea! In “Hub City,” art, music and culture collide to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all who choose to indulge in what it offers. From live music to the downtown art scene and everything in between, take advantage of Lubbock’s best honeymoon spots. 

First, book your stay at the Woodrow House. Dawn and David Fleming have owned and operated the bed-and-breakfast since its opening in 1995. This charming spot offers a honeymoon suite and makes the perfect home base for your staycation. Guests seeking a more unique experience can opt to stay in their Santa Fe Caboose, a converted train car turned unique getaway spot. 

A stop at The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is a must. Depending on the time of your stay, you may have the opportunity to listen to the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, enjoy a broadway show, or catch your favorite artist. 

Planning a romantic dinner in the 806 is easy with fine-dining options like The Nicolett, West Table, and Rave On. A stop by The Farmhouse for breakfast or lunch is also a treat. 

When enjoying your honeymoon in Lubbock, take a day trip to hike Palo Duro Canyon, dive into history at the Buddy Holly Center, or book a couples treatment at the Woodhouse Day Spa. 

No matter where you choose to visit, these four locations have a lot to offer. It’s time to start planning your dream honeymoon!