Nanomoons? That's Right, Check Out this New Take on the Perfect Honeymoon Getaway

Staying locally is the newest honeymoon trend. Give it a whirl at one of Minnesota’s finest getaways.
Written by
Megan White


Minnesota Bride Spring/Summer 2021

Step aside, honeymoons - nanomoons are the new thing. But what is a nanomoon? It’s a slightly pared-down honeymoon—the focus is still on rest and relaxation after your big day, sans a long journey to get there.

Newlyweds are opting for nanomoons for all kinds of reasons. Whether it’s because of travel restrictions for health and safety or concerns about time off and budget, nanomoons are the answer. Some couples are still planning a big, traditional honeymoon down the road, when health and budget may be less of a concern. And whether you’re going nano or a full-blown honeymoon, there’s good news: Honeymoon options in our gorgeous state are abundant and diverse. Be it an extended weekend in the city or a week on the lake, we’ve got some prime places for you to visit. So pack your bags, lovebirds!


After the decision overload of planning a wedding, give your brain a break and let an all-inclusive resort take care of your every need. Grand View Lodge is centrally located in Nisswa, with a serene waterfront setting. From its boutique hotel to its lakeside cabins, this resort hosts a cadre of lodging options to fit every taste. And their array of activities is unrivaled: Let hubby hit the links while you luxuriate in soothing spa treatments. Then regroup for a romantic dinner at one of their numerous restaurants. And if you love winter, an evening in one of their whimsical igloos is a must.


Are you a country girl craving a little taste of metropolitan life? Minneapolis’ Hewing Hotel has what you need. This modern gathering spot in the hip North Loop neighborhood is a reimagined farm implement showroom and warehouse that still features much of its original historic character in exposed brick and timber.

Or head to the other half of the Twin Cities and live it up with a different type of historic adventure at The Saint Paul Hotel. When it comes to timeless elegance and sophistication, you can count on this local landmark with a storied history. Having hosted a range of celebrities and dignitaries over the years, this iconic venue will give you the star treatment.


Looking for a little retail therapy or a place to cash in all those gift cards you just received? Unwind with a stay at the trendy Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Attached to the mall by a skyway, everything is just steps away. From shopping to an aquarium to mini-golf, there’s something for everyone—and if you’re planning a winter honeymoon, it’s a great way to enjoy Minnesota without its notoriously frigid weather.


If immersing yourself in nature is your Shangri-la, head south for a quaint, quiet getaway at the Sacred Clay Inn. This inviting bed and breakfast is located on over 100 acres in Minnesota’s lush bluff country. Indulge your senses in their English gardens or venture out for hiking and trout fishing, then stroll the streets of historic Lanesboro nearby. This hidden gem boasts small-town charm and is home to cute boutiques and enticing restaurants.


The North Shore, a staple of family vacations, will bring out the kid in you. With a variety of lodging options, Grand Superior Lodge and Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors offer idyllic settings for a tranquil hideaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In nearby Lutsen-Tofte, you’ll be swept away by the breathtaking scenery of Bluefin Bay, Surfside on Lake Superior and the luxury log homes of Temperance Landing. Surrounded by hills, state parks and lake views, you can soak up the North Shore in comfort.


Stay and play at Mystic Lake Casino, Minnesota’s largest. Located in Prior Lake on the southern edge of the Twin Cities metro, you can try your odds at blackjack or tee up for a round of golf. This one-stop shop has a wide selection of restaurants and bars to keep you refreshed and a spa where you can relax. Looking for lively entertainment? Mystic Lake also hosts a variety of concerts and comedy tours throughout the year.


Escape to the historic Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove in the east metro for a fun-filled stay in their whimsical Tree House Honeymoon Suite. Nestled among the sturdy limbs of a 150-year-old oak, it’s everything childhood dreams are made of. Look for the “secret room” or climb to the top of a 40-foot tower that’s home to a telescope, perfect for a romantic evening of stargazing. It features four levels, four outdoor decks, two fireplaces and a Jacuzzi, making it a dreamy retreat for all ages.