Broke-Ass Category: Honeymoon Planning

5/19


Hello gals & gents. I’m back to recant a bit of my experiences in the Twin Cities with my partner, Kristofer. He’s spent a lot of time there, being a Minnesota native himself, but it was my first time. Below are just a few of the places we hit.

Wise Acre Eatery is a great place for lunch — they’re known for their INSANELY amazing bacon.

The beautiful McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo & Park in St. Paul. You guys, there’s a sloth. Enough said.

The set of King Lear at the Guthrie. Such a cool, modern theater!

Traveler Tip: The Guthrie is linked into a bunch of the hotels in the area, so you can get discounted rates if you book in advance.

On our way to lunch, we stopped at Minnehaha Falls and enjoyed this crazy waterfall. It’s surrounded by a really beautiful park, with a scenic trail for runners and a great spot for picnics. (If you’re digging my yellow jacket, you can pick up a similar one from Old Navy here.)

Other places I recommend?

Shopping: Calhoun Square
Italian Food: Bar La Grassa
Museum: Walker Art Center (An AMAZING gift shop)
Coffee: Dogwood Coffee Co.
Brunch: French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
When You’re Starving: Brasa Premium Rotisserie

Enough of that, let’s get to the packing.

If you’re going in the winter, expect to see a lot of snow and get chilly gusts. Though cold, it’s a beautiful time of year in Minneapolis and St. Paul and there’s still oodles and oodles to do. In the warmer months, you’ll still want to make sure you pack a sweater and a light jacket just in case a night chill blows in. Also, it’s wise to bring a raincoat, as the weather has a tendency to be pretty wet year round.

For the Cold

Levi’s Trucker Jacket, $200 from Men’s Wearhouse


Lems Boulder Boot, $115 from Huckberry


Wallace & Barnes Workshirt, $88 from J. Crew

For Warmer Times


8″ Club Shorts, $19.99 from Target


K-Way Anorak, $49.98 from Huckberry


Saucony Originals, $26–$65 from Amazon

If y’all want to see more of our excursions in Minnesota (travels to Duluth & Grand Marais, the grandness of Lake Superior, playing slot machines way out in the woods …), follow me on Instagram (@jellybeanmagician)! Also, I love recommendations, so let me know if you have haunts you like to frequent.

Do you have any great trips planned? Where are you going? Share below!

  • 4/19

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    Hello, it’s me … that Broke-Ass Bride who has been MIA for a bit.

    Life has been nuts!

    But let’s not dwell on that; let’s talk about fun, happy things … like a honeymoon with your new husband. Russel and I both love to travel. He’s spent time in Europe and Colombia among other places, and I just got back from my third cruise to some fun, exotic locales. But when it came to our honeymoon, we decided to keep it simple — and cheap! Would it have been amazing to take a long trip across the pond or to a tropical oasis? Of course! There are so many places I am dying to see, and getting away for 10 days or two weeks is always fantastic in my book. But because we paid for our own wedding, it’s not like we had a lot of spare change lying around to finance something extravagant, and that’s okay! Our day was awesome, and we do not regret spending what we did. It just meant that we chose to stay close to home, which turned out to be super relaxing and just what we needed.

    We’re outdoorsy (hello, engagement while fishing), so it was easy for us to choose a cabin in the woods as our getaway. Luckily, we live a very drivable distance from some fantastic mountain ranges, so we had lots of cool locations to choose from. I am not even sure what swayed our decision, but in the end, we chose North Carolina.

    Easy drive, mountains … beer!

    I knew I wanted to visit Asheville after hearing so many friends rave about it, so we used that as a guide when selecting our cabin. We found the perfect little place on AirBnb that was only 45 minutes from the city. It was a small, cozy place for two, newly-built, and completely secluded. It had a pond to fish in, plus an amazing screened-in porch that was perfect place to sit and relax and watch for the adorable little deer that were all around. There was a grill, so we stocked up on steak, veggies and other food and made three meals every day, which was obviously much cheaper than eating at restaurants. Bonus! It was also close to state and national parks, so we spent a day exploring the area and going on a long hike. The best part? It was $75/night.

    Hell yes!

    We stayed Monday-Thursday and then packed up and headed into Asheville for a couple days. We stopped at the Biltmore on the way and took the tour, which was fascinating to me. I like to go on very long and twisty Wikipedia deep dives (as my friends and I like to call them), and I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time reading about the entire Vanderbilt clan and their famous home, so I loved seeing it in person. We were not huge fans of the $75 price of admission … hi, that’s an entire night of lodging for us … but I do think it was worth it.

    We got settled into our second-and-also-cheap Airbnb of the trip and then took an Uber into the city to check out all of their awesome and well-known breweries. It was so much fun! We both love beer, so we had a good time tasting a ton of different brews, and the vibe around town is so nice and chill. Burial and Green Man were both excellent, so if you’re ever in the area, go to them! Asheville definitely lived up to the hype, and we’d love to go back and spend more time there.

    The end of the week rolled around too quickly, but we truly felt so relaxed and refreshed due to our lazy, slow-paced itinerary. The drive back to Ohio was actually really great. Russel’s old Durango only has a CD player, no radio … and I can only listen to the same discs over and over before they get old. So I downloaded the first season of Serial, and we listened on the trip back. We were way late to the game, but we’re all caught up on both seasons now, yay us!

    All in all, it was a wonderful trip.

    After the hectic and stressful months and weeks leading up to our big day, it was exactly what we needed to unwind. Add in the fact that five nights of lodging and six days of food and activities were insanely cheap, and yeah … we were happy honeymooners.

    What are you doing for your honeymoon? How are you keeping it broke-ass friendly?

     

  • 3/15

    Paradise, a place of timeless harmony. Yes, sign me up! That's exactly what I need after months of planning and a day of the best case of sensory overload that I anticipate I will ever feel. We just don't want to invest a TON of money into an amplified vacation, better known as our honeymoon. With that in mind, Travis and I sat down and mapped…

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    2/24

    Harwick Duffel Bag, $98 from J. Crew Let's talk about baggage (no, not THAT kind of baggage). Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii? A getaway wedding in New Hampshire? No matter what the occasion is, when it comes to prepping for a trip, quality luggage should always be the first thing you consider. Shoddy luggage will wear quickly with all the throwing around and your stuff…

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    1/23

    Hi BABs, I’ve noticed that there are a few common questions people ask you when you tell them that you are engaged. They consist of “ohmygosh! Let me see the ring!” “How did he propose?” "Do you have your dress yet?” “When’s the big day?” and finally, “where are you going to go for your honeymoon?” As much as I love talking about myself, and…

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    1/13

    I don’t know about y’all, but I’m NOT a fan of the cold weather. Like, at all. Give me all the 70-degree temperatures and sunny days — AKA: margarita weather. That’s why, after Thanksgiving, my galpals and partner decided to escape the cold Texas rain and head to warmer weather. Destination: Tulum. You guys, BEST IDEA EVER. While our friends and family were teeth-chattering through…

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    10/7

    Scrapbook overlay available from Etsy seller MyScrapbookDesigns Hello, beach babes. This post is all about one of the most temperate beaches in the U.S., Myrtle Beach. It’s a great honeymoon destination because of all the amusements, parks, entertainment and dreamy sunsets. It’s also a great place for the low-cost honeymoon, since there are so many things to do under a tight budget. Alright, fellas. You’ve…

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    1/15

    Photo: Persimmon Images It's no wonder these distant islands are a popular trip destination; it's always beautiful, the climate is fairly temperate year round, and there's TONS to do! When you're packing for your Hawaii honeymoon, be sure to consider all the activities you'll be doing. Bring appropriate footwear, outerwear, and swimwear. And as always, I recommend bringing at least one outfit that's dressy enough…

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    11/20

    Chicago Skyline Print from Etsy seller TheWildlands Ahhhhh, the Windy City. It's definitely one of the most romantic cities on the continent. All the aphrodesiac-inducing shopping, the sparkling lights, the snuggle-worthy breezes — it's no wonder couples choose this location for their honeymoon. Plus, there's tons to do, from museums and gallery shows to view, live performances, to cuddly strolls through the town. No matter…

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