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Vintage Reflections of a Time Forgotten

Vintage Reflections of a Time Forgotten

The Mary Stegmaier Mansion – Wilkes-Barre, PA

The bride and groom-to-be will experience the singular charm of stepping back in time to the early twentieth century at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Built in 1910 by George and Mary Stegmaier, the beautiful, newly renovated fifteen-thousand-square-foot property sparkles with art nouveau décor, period-style furnishings, and artwork that delights wedding parties and their guests alike. The serenity and romance of a time forgotten resonate in surroundings that accentuate beauty for its own sake.  

Vintage Reflections of a Time Forgotten

The property boasts a grand ballroom that seats in excess of one hundred fifty people, and an exquisite stained-glass solarium casts a luminescent glow on the festivities that evokes feelings of intimacy and nostalgia. 

Vintage Reflections of a Time Forgotten

The property is open for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding celebrations, receptions and brunch, and the mansion’s dedicated staff works tirelessly with each couple to personalize their own unique wedding.

Vintage Reflections of a Time Forgotten

Celebrate the best moments of your life at the Mary Stegmaier mansion, where the past and present merge to create magic and memories that endure forever.

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Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home. Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.

Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home.  Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Exuma.   Even the names sounds exotic.   But this chain of islands in the Bahamas is so close to home for many on the east coast, it makes for a quick, easy and absolutely amazing honeymoon destination for those seeking solitude and relaxation.

 Great Exuma Island is home to a well known all-inclusive resort, as well as villa/residential and smaller boutique accommodations.   This destination is a truly relaxing one, but still offers numerous adventure activities.   The scenery is stunning, with white sand beaches and crystal clear multi-blue colored water.   The weather is ideal….balmy and breezy.

Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home.  Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.

Great Exuma Island has a population of around 4,000 and offers a serene and peaceful time.     Compared to other islands, Great Exuma is not overrun by tourists or cruise ships, making for a truly relaxing getaway.   The island is relatively secluded and offers couples the chance to hide away on a white sand beach, or enjoy a picnic for two in a private cay.   There are no beach vendors selling their wares….just quiet, calm and relaxing places to sun yourself and let the day drift by.  

 But it’s not all relaxation time for those looking for some excitement.  There are options to play golf at a championship golf course with views that you can’t imagine.   Couples can play tennis, visit a spa, go scuba diving, participate in world class fishing, along with a host of other water sports.   Experienced guides are for hire and they are happy to add some extra adrenaline into your Caribbean honeymoon. Truly something for everyone.

Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home.  Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.

Great Exuma offers an abundance of history and culture as well. Couples can visit the remains of cotton growing and salt farm plantations at Williams Town.  History abounds at Elizabeth Harbor which was once a favorite stop for pirates. The harbor is home to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park as well.

Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home.  Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.

Couples seeking adventure will be enticed by the endless amount of activities available on Great Exuma Island.   Couples won’t want to miss a boat tour to visit the famous swimming pigs!  For anyone who follows a popular “dating” show on TV, you may remember the cast visiting these well-known swimming pigs!    In addition, couples can visit an nearby island where you can go ashore and feed grapes to the hundreds of iguanas that emerge from the foliage when they hear your boat pull up.   Truly a sight to see!

Make your honeymoon a great experience… with a getaway close to home.  Enjoy the calm, relaxing sun in Great Exuma.Greg Norman 18 Hole Golf Course

 A honeymoon in this romantic Caribbean location will surely be memorable.   Great Exuma guarantees lasting memories of days in the sun, fun and romance!   A truly relaxing destination, off the beaten path, but so close to home.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel


Photos provided by Grand Isle Resort & Spa – Great Exuma

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

The Emerald Isle – Ireland

Many thinking of a honeymoon conjure up thoughts of a warm-weather, all-inclusive style getaway.   But some newlyweds who want to veer away from the typical honeymoon spots, may want to consider the romantic Emerald Isle… Ireland.

Flights from the east coast are fairly short, at about 6 1/2 hours, with many airlines offering non-stop service to Dublin and Shannon.  Couples may not find an abundance of sunshine, but they will be transported into a misty land of rainbows and jagged cliffs, castles from fairytales that overlook blue lakes and warm, cozy pubs for sipping a pint of Guinness.

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

Dublin is a great city for walking, with plenty of things to do.  Couples will witness Dublin’s rich history in its classic architecture while walking the city streets.   They can taste the farm-to-table dining in one of many organic restaurants, and find the city’s poetic side with its varied literary, music and art scenes..

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Moher – Ireland

After spending some time in and around Dublin, honeymooners can rent a car and get out into the romantic countryside.   As they travel around the various towns, they will find beautiful scenery, lush foliage and rolling hills. Couples will enjoy some quiet time together is part of the allure of escaping to the countryside.   The sightseeing options abound.   Kissing the Blarney Stone, visiting the Cliffs of Moher, driving the Ring of Kerry, and so much more.   Ireland will hold an even greater draw for those honeymooners with Irish heritage.

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

Honeymooners can choose from various types of accommodations….everything from quaint B&Bs to historic castles, many of which offer a secluded retreat for romance.   There are 5-star hotels, to moderately priced boutique properties…a wide choice of where to stay and cost to stay there.   The options are endless.

Celebrate your luck with love…take a honeymoon getaway on the romantic Emerald Isle of Ireland.

So for couples looking for something different from the norm….why not head to the romantic Emerald Isle.   An Ireland honeymoon is an enduring experience that will stay with a couple forever.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel


Go wild for your honeymoon and continue your unforgettable experience with a destination of adventure…an African Safari

Go wild for your honeymoon and continue your unforgettable experience with a destination of adventure…an African Safari

The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Zambia

Most honeymooners don’t immediately think of Africa for their destination of choice, but heading off on an African safari is an incredibly romantic and magical way to start off their life together

Couples will find romance and adventure with an unforgettable safari honeymoon. 

Victoria Falls

Unique luxury accommodations in jaw-dropping locations, combined with impeccable service and amazing cuisine, make for a once in a lifetime experience they will always remember.   Why not kick off married life together by crossing this amazing experience off the bucket list?  

Many don’t realize, but couples can indulge in things like candle-lit dinners for two under starry skies in the wilderness, or soaking up the sun in their own private pool.   They can hot air balloon while game viewing, or even get lucky and witness phenomenal wildlife migrations.   Imagine seeing elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, rhinoceros and more.  Heading out on game drives will allow couples to witness these majestic animals up close and personal.

Accommodations range from luxury resorts, to luxury tent-glamping.   What a unique and amazing way to spend your honeymoon….imagine the pictures and stories you can share with family and friends when you return home.

Many tour operators who specialize in African Safaris will custom design a trip specifically for a couples wants, time-frame and budget, insuring the perfect honeymoon.   They can not only arrange accommodations, transportation and activities, but also special add-ons such as spa treatments and romantic dinners.

This combination of adventure and relaxation is a perfect remedy to all the stress of a wedding, and an unforgettable shared experience to kick off married life together.   It may not be your typical honeymoon, but it’s sure to be something you will never forget.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel

Photos provided by The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Zambia

Take your passion to the heart of the Canadian Rockies.. Enjoy a breathtaking and scenic honeymoon in the great outdoors.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Some may think the Canadian Rockies is reserved for retirees or grandparents, but it can in fact be very romantic, making it an ideal destination for honeymooners who enjoy the outdoors and keeping active.

Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and places like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Yoho National Park offer an extraordinary backdrop for one of the most scenic honeymoons a couple could ask for.  The emerald blue and green waters, the mountain peaks and reflective lakes, make for some amazing photos for keepsake memories as a couple begins their life together.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – The Castle in the Rockies

There is a new generation of couples who are active in numerous outdoor pursuits.   Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and so much more, are in abundance in the Canadian Rockies.    

Honeymooners can book a horseback riding excursion, go whitewater rafting, go boating or on heli-tours.  And the views along the way are an incredible bonus.  Couples can enjoy waterfalls, an abundance of places to hike, see glaciers, drive the Icefields Parkway, take a snowcoach tour on the Athabascan Glacier, take a gondola ride to the top of a few mountains and view wildlife. 

After full days in the outdoors, couples can relax at the spa, visit hot springs, stay in luxurious accommodations and enjoy some great dining options.  The Canadian Rockies boasts some incredible accommodations….everything to 5-star resorts to intimate log cabins…something for everyone’s taste and budget. 

In the Canadian Rockies, it is truly possible to have a first-class honeymoon.  If you love the outdoors, scenery that will stop you in your tracks, and being in nature, then the Canadian Rockies is an excellent choice.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel

Resort photos provided by Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Celebrate your love… with a bottle of wine.. and a honeymoon in Napa Valley. Romance fills the air with a panoramic view of wine country

Auberge Du Soleil

Not all couples want to head off to some far-flung international destination for their Honeymoon.  For those who don’t want to leave the U.S., why not consider the romantic and luxurious Napa Valley in sunny California?  Few places can rival the rolling hills and world-renowned vineyards of California’s wine country, an hour and a half north of San Francisco.

Napa Valley and Sonoma County both offer breathtakingly gorgeous countryside for those who love the outdoors, amazing restaurants for foodies, and endless tasting rooms for wine-lovers. Honeymooners can easily spend a week here—but couples that just have time for a mini-moon can pack in plenty of adventure as well.  There are dozens of romantic, luxurious resorts, inns, lodges and B&B’s….someplace for everyone.   Many rooms have their own fireplace, private patio or balcony, Jacuzzi tubs and more.  Many properties have spas for a little, or a lot, of pampering too.

With more than 400 vineyards that dot Napa and Sonoma valleys.   Couples can visit large wineries for impromptu tours and tastings, but some boutique wineries may require reservations.  Venture underground too, below Rutherford Hill in Napa Valley, for some of the largest wine caves in America.  Couples can see the valley by train during a 3-hour brunch, lunch, dinner or theme ride from Napa to St. Helena and back on the Napa Valley Wine Train.   There are even some wineries where couples can make an appointment to create their very own wine.   What could be more romantic than that?

The town of Calistoga is famous for its spas and hot springs.   And for those interested in antiques, the town of Petaluma in Sonoma, offers Sebastopol’s Antique Row (with hundreds of dealers) and the Collective Shops of Healdsburg.  In downtown Napa, visit Alice’s Napa Vintage Market.

Napa Valley Aloft

Romance fills the air with a panoramic view of wine country, even San Francisco and the Sierras on a clear day, in a tranquil hot-air-balloon ride.   Couples can also enjoy a wonderful picnic after visiting one of the many delis or cafes.   They can purchase their picnic items, grab a bottle of wine and a blanket, then head out to one of several spots for a secluded picnic for two.

Napa and Sonoma are romantic destinations that can be enjoyed by honeymoon couples who love great resorts, amazing food and superb wines, along with numerous outdoor activities.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel

Resort photos provided by Aberge Du Soleil

Courtyard Marriott service that speaks for itself

Courtyard by Marriott, located at 879 Schechter Drive Wilkes-Barre, PA, is the newest hotel in the area. Equipped with the beautiful and modern decor, including 42 in flat screen TVs, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury, all at an affordable price, too. Their on-site bistro offers a bar-like atmosphere at night and fresh food to-go.

They offer discounted room blocks for weddings, as well as a shuttle service to bring you to and from events. During your stay, you and your guests can relax on the outdoor patio with fire-pit, where you can just sit and take in the day’s events.

The hotel and staff have a proven track record for exceptional customer service. They’ve received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and are rated 4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor. Ranked in the top 5% of 1,000 Courtyard hotels worldwide, Courtyard by Marriott Wilkes-Barre’s achievements in quality speak for themselves.

Your convenience is always of utmost importance. So, in order to offer you the most value, and a great reception option, the hotel has partnered with Whitewoods, a brand new reception venue that opened last year.

When looking for a hotel to host your wedding guests, be sure to check out Courtyard by Marriott. You’ll have the newest of everything at your disposal, and a staff who goes above and beyond to make sure you get the experience you deserve every day.

Courtyard Marriott – Wilkes Barre Arena

Honeymooners looking for the perfect postcard scenery, look no further than endless sunshine with incredible sunsets at Cabo San Lucas.

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort

For honeymooners looking for endless sunshine, great nightlife and activities to fill your day, look no further than exciting Cabo San Lucas.

This part of Mexico boasts around 300 days of sunshine per year, and an average temperature of 78 degrees.  Though a bit cooler from October to April, it warms up from May to September, sometimes reaching the 90’s.  This area gets about 10 inches
of rain, most falling between August-October.  This near-perfect weather lends itself to gorgeous sunsets and tons of land and water activities.

Los Cabos consists of two towns connected by a 20-mile corridor. Cabo San Lucas is to the west and is a lively town with famous clubs and a large, active marina area. San Jose del Cabo to the east, is a calm, quiet, picturesque and charming colonial town with cobblestone streets. The area in between is lined with residential areas, golf courses and fantastic resorts. The whole area is referred to as Los Cabos or just Cabo.

Honeymoon couples who venture to this part of the world will find so much to do…. spas, world-class golf courses, whale watching, horseback riding and tons of other activities.   The waters around Cabo have strong currents, so most visitors spend their time at their resort’s magnificent pool as swimming in the sea is not recommended.   

Nightlife and dining are centered in Cabo San Lucas where couples will find lively bars for drinking, dining and dancing.  But Cabo is really for romantics, with its postcard perfect scenery and incredible sunsets.  

During the day, couples can take part in numerous activities.   There are 9 golf courses, zip-lining, off-road buggy adventures, sport fishing, whale-watching (Dec. – March) and natural wonders such as the El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
The area also offers great All-inclusive resorts, and a number of very high-end luxury properties.   Cabo is easy to get to from most U.S. cities and provides a wonderful action-packed, yet romantic destination for honeymooners.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel

Photos provided by Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort

Set your voyage of love…with a honeymoon cruise.

Princess Cruises

This is where the Love Boat got its start….setting off on the high seas for a romantic getaway.   Cruising is actually a great way to spend a Honeymoon.   After the stress and anxiety of all the wedding planning, most couples are ready to slip away to relax and be pampered.   What better way to do that and visit multiple destinations while only unpacking once.   

Taking a cruise on your honeymoon is a great way to hit up several destinations while taking in the views.   Couples can choose cruise itineraries to exotic destinations, while having their accommodations, gourmet meals, professional entertainment and transportation — all in one easy place.   A cruise delivers all that for one price. 

Most couples know that there are a multitude of choices for both destinations, types of cabins and onboard activities.    Some mega-ships could simply sail the ocean and honeymooners could find plenty to do without ever going ashore.

When planning an unforgettable honeymoon, there are so many reasons to choose a cruise. They offer convenience, a variety of shows and activities, relaxation and pampering in the spa.  A honeymoon cruise let’s couples simply pick their dream itinerary and just coast, letting the attentive staff take care of the rest. With numerous onboard dining and entertainment options the ship becomes their stress-free sanctuary at sea.  Cruises offer the ideal blend of activity and leisure. And, with all these details taken care of, the couple can focus on what’s really important…each other.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel

Photos provided by Princess Cruises

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort: 72 Years of Quality Service

The length of time something lasts is almost always an indication of its quality, this is true of Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort. Family run for 72 years they have cultivated excellent customer service, providing brides and grooms with an unmatched experience.

Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the view from Ehrhardt’s property is stunning. Facing the west guests are treated to vibrant sunsets all year long. Combined with the view and their years of experience are creative and talented chef’s. Moderately priced and delectable; brides, grooms and their guests have a memorable and delicious dining experience.

When asked about what guests love most about Ehrhardt’s, their wedding planner Karen said, ‘Brides love the one on one attention, the way our staff anticipates their needs and they can relax on their wedding day, knowing everything will be taken care of by us. Grooms love our food and the guests always enjoy the view!”

Special to Ehrhardt’s, wedding parties can stay at the resort, extending the experience by boating on the lake, making s’mores in the fire-pits down by the water, and making a ‘lake’ weekend out of it!

Ehrhardt’s combination of service, beautiful views and excellent food has garnered them acclaim as a premier venue to celebrate your wedding. Check them out for yourself and start planning your lakeside wedding!

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort

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