Is July when you celebrate your anniversary? While it's thoughtful to exchange cards and presents, many couples who wed in the summer consider the greatest gift they can give and get to be a vacation. Below find ideas for planning and booking a July anniversary getaway that both of you will love.
Hot Times in July
When the summer is steamy, the best places to go are those where you can cool off. So the top choices are beaches, mountains, or air-conditioned love nests that you will only have to leave for sustenance once in a while.
A Patriotic July Anniversary
July doesn't only mark your anniversary; it's the anniversary of the founding of the USA as well. Across the country, towns host Fourth of July celebrations. Whether you want to celebrate in New York City, where Macy's annually puts on a spectacular fireworks show; in Washington, DC; or in beach towns across the country, there'll be parties and concerts, ice cream and fun this holiday.
Smooth Sailing in July
July -- the entire summer, in fact -- is prime time for cruising. It's when couples have the widest selection of itineraries. Whether you want to explore the islands of the Caribbean south of the hurricane zone (Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Barbados) and enjoy time on their sun-drenched beaches, visit the great cities of Europe, or even sail to even more exotic ports, you have a wide selection of cruises and itineraries to choose from.
In addition to the fun and romance of cruising, you can also celebrate your July anniversary onboard by arranging special perks or even a vow renewal ceremony on the high seas.
Hint: Tell the restaurant maitre'd the exact date of your anniversary if it falls during your cruise, and he may surprise you with something special at dinner.
Our Neighbor to the North
Western Canada is at its most alluring in summer. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, boasts the best temperate climate in the country. It's right on the water, which you can view from inside the iconic Fairmont Empress as you succumb to its irresistible afternoon tea.
Across the water, Vancouver is more of a big city, and has attractions that will appeal to couples who love the outdoors. It's also a foodie paradise, particularly Granville Island.
Want to see snow? Then include a train ride on Via Rail. Departing from Vancouver, the train snakes east, providing magnificent views of the white-capped Canadian Rockies. If you don't have time to ride all the way to Toronto, exit at Jasper. Experience the national park and cocoon yourselves in the standalone honeymoon cottage at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
USA Destination Pick in July: Portland, Maine
Summer is short and sweet in Maine, so make the most of it. Gobble lobster rolls in Portland to your hearts content, swim, hike, pick blueberries, and even enjoy the beach.
Exotic Destination Pick in July: Fiji
July is an optimal time to visit Fiji on your anniversary. Although the temperature is always around 80 degrees, July is a cooler and drier time of year, with lower humidity. Gorgeous, eye-dazzling natural beaches, extraordinary resorts (think overwater bungalows), and warm turquoise waters optimal for scuba divers and snorkelers draw couples from around the world.
And Now for Somewhere Completely Different...
Summer weather in Norway is blissful: Temperate and sunny, with long nights and plenty to occupy your days. Start in the capital, Oslo, a city on the water that is one of the world's most beautiful. There's public art everywhere, a myriad of restaurants to suit all tastes, some magnificent architecture, and beautiful people proud to show off their country.
Of course, you'll want to see the fjords, pristine waterways surrounded by towering cliffs. The best way to experience them is by ferry, which calls at charming small villages that seem untouched by time.
Keep in Mind
School's out in July, and families are on vacation. If your idea of a romantic anniversary does not include children, you'll be happiest at adult-only hotels and casino resorts. And book early to avoid getting closed out of the best places.