Honeymoons on the Cheap
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Do an art crawl down Canyon Road, where more than 100 galleries cluster in a one- mile stretch. Source ghoulish Mexican Day of the Dead toys at Pachamama, which specializes in Spanish Colonial art and Latin-American folk art. The town is surrounded by red rock mountains; schedule a night hike so you can catch the moonrise.
Stay at: Inn on the Alameda (from $170; innonthealameda.com).
Get there: 7-hour flight, plus 90-mintute train; from $398.
Ski the fabled slopes of the Matterhorn, one of the highest summits in the Swiss Alps at 14,000-plus feet. Wake before dawn to make the first run of the day. The early lift ticket will cost you an extra $10 or so, but you’ll have the slopes practically to yourself. Choose one of 42 on-slope restaurants for an après-ski pint and raclette.
Stay at: Mirabeau Hotel & Residence Zermatt (from $242; hotel-mirabeau.ch).
Get there: 8.5-hour flight, plus 4-hour train; from $884 for flight, $300 for train.
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Once the summer hordes decamp, Nantucket’s flat topography and dramatic coastline make for great cycling. Pack a picnic basket with lobster rolls and a good blanket, and pedal the three-mile path to Surfside Beach.
Stay at: The White Elephant (from $275; whiteelephant.com).
Get there: 4.5-hour drive, 2-hour ferry; from $260 (ferry).
Get close to alligators and herons by canoe with a half-day tour (Everglades Rentals and Eco Adventures). Avoid Art Basel during the first weekend of December.
Stay at: Fountainebleau Miami Beach (from $249; fountainebleau.com).
Get there: 3-hour flight; from $396.
Make like a local and dine on salt cod and veal knuckles at Bica do Sapato, a former boat factory. Afterward, head to Alfama, Lisbon’s medieval quarter, for live fado, Portugal’s longing-filled folk music.
Stay at: York House (from $77; yorkhouselisboa.com).
Get there: 8-hour flight; from $864.
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Autumn is high hurricane season in the Caribbean, but the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are largely protected from big storms. Choose Bonaire for its diving—the island is ringed by a pristine reef teeming with sea horses, frogfish, and the occasional shark.
Stay at: Deep Blue View (from $1,250 per week; deepblueview.com).
Get there: 8-hour flight; from $1,068.
From the Summer 2009 New York Wedding Guide