Whether it's your 5th wedding anniversary, your 20th, or the anniversary of the first time you made love, don't hesitate to celebrate it in September by traveling. That's because September is the start of couples season (cue a sigh of relief among the childfree and averse). It's the best time of year to hit the road: Kids are back in school, weather is not as hot as in the summer, attractions aren't crowded (but they haven't closed yet), rates are down from summer highs, and the crispness of fall can be felt in the air.
Below find ideas and recommendations for a September wedding anniversary trip.
Early September Anniversary Getaways
If you are one of those couples who said your vows around Labor Day, you're in luck. Many state fairs run through the first week of September or at least until the holiday that signals the end of summer. Not only are state fairs fun, they're very affordable for the entertainment they offer. Are you a more sophisticated couple who prefer to spend your anniversary celebrating the grape harvest? September is also a gorgeous time to book a room at a romantic inn and go wine tasting.
Late September Anniversary Getaways
Later in September, it's the beginning of fall foliage season and traditionally a time for couples to embark on a romantic driving trip that includes a good amount of leaf-peeping. Regardless of where you live, if you head far enough north you'll start to see leaves of gold and orange, red and purple and you can steal a kiss in a pumpkin patch.
Europe in September
Cooler weather and sparser crowds make Europe the best bet for a September anniversary. If you've already visited London, Paris, Rome, and Venice, consider exploring some of the continent's other impressive cities -- Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Prague, to name a few. These days just about everyone speaks English, so you shouldn't have difficulty getting around.
A First-Class Anniversary
For a gourmet getaway, consider the inns and hotels that belong to the Relais & Chateaux group that represents the highest standards of hospitality. Each of the properties -- which are located all over the world -- is unique and charming in its own way. They are not inexpensive. In addition to top-notch service and beautiful decor, guests can expect meals that are exceptional in both taste and presentation. It's no wonder that many couples choose a Relais & Chateaux to celebrate a honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion.