By: Jamie Mackey
There comes a time in every couple’s planning process when the idea of scrapping all the plans and just eloping sounds really great. What could be more romantic than just running away together? No guest list, no months-long to-do list, and way less stress. If the ease of eloping sounds right up your alley, but you’re not sure where to go or how to start, these five hotels are here to make the whole thing simple with their intimate elopement packages. Before you sign those vendor contracts and pay those deposits, take a look!
Hotel Vermont – Burlington, VT
This downtown hotel is located on the shores of Lake Champlain and perfectly combines modern and rustic elements for a stay that’s relaxing, exciting, indulgent, and totally homey. Their Sweet & Simple package will have you tying the knot in true Vermont style, with an in-house officiant, bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) from a local florist, house champagne, and a delicious six-inch cake for that first sweet bite. Settle in to a top floor king room — but cross your fingers for the
upgrade to a room with a whirlpool tub and fireplace for extra romance.
The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, MT
Dreaming of exchanging vows on the banks of a mountain river? Look no further than The Resort at Paws Up, whose elopement package puts a little pampering into the Wild West. Check in for three nights in a luxury cabin — or “rough it” in a honeymoon glamping tent with a tub for two — that includes meals, beer, and wine. Spend your days exploring the property, whether on horseback or
snowshoes. When it’s time to say “I do,” you’ll do so at a private sunset ceremony on the banks of the Blackfoot River or near the Garnet Mountain Range, riding in on horseback or in a private carriage. Carry wildflowers down the aisle, then indulge in a private dinner at your cabin. Unwind with a 60-minute couples spa treatment, too!
Malliouhana – Anguilla
How about an elopement and honeymoon all at once? If you’re heading to Anguilla to wed at Malliouhana, you may want to stay for a few days. This intimate oceanfront resort is one of the finest on the island (and just underwent an Instagram-worthy makeover!). The upgraded Island Elegance package is all about getting your romantic getaway started. Unwind with a 90-minute
couple’s massage, then pamper your fingers and toes with a bridal mani-pedi. Exchange vows on the beach beneath a floral arch, led by an officiant who will help process all those legal documents to make sure you’re actually hitched. A photographer will capture the details as a guitarist serenades you. Celebrate the evening with a four-course private dinner, French champagne, and a wedding cake, then wake up as newlyweds to a full breakfast served in your room. Don’t forget
your bridal-white bikini!
The Gant – Aspen, CO
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, an Aspen elopement is the perfect mix of luxury and the great outdoors. The Gant makes it easy, offering packages that fit seamlessly into your trip’s reservations. Say “I do” at the property and you’ll get a 25% discount on your room rate (plus a complimentary upgrade!), a special rate for friends and family to attend, a champagne and charcuterie welcome, 10% off flowers from Mountain Flowers of Aspen, and 25% off photography from Robin Proctor Photography. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also get a free night for your
anniversary so you can come back and relive all the romance.
Farmhouse Inn – Forestville, CA
Elope to wine country? Sign us up! This bed and breakfast-meets-luxury hotel is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Their Luxury Package includes everything you could need to celebrate your wedding. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of local wine and artisan cheeses. On your big day, walk down the aisle with a customized bouquet as a local photographer captures every moment. After The Kiss, toast your newlywed status with a four-course meal at Michelin-starred Farmhouse Restaurant, complete with the sommelier’s wine pairings, then slice into a cake from award winning bakery Patisserie Angelica. Slip out of your wedding dress and into a candlelit tub (champagne on ice included!), then the next day, really relax with a 60-minute couple’s massage. Plus, the on-site coordinator will handle all of the details.