New Travel Trend: 'Local Destination' Weddings

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 Say "I do" in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a hot spot right now for "local destination" weddings.

Eloping to Europe or a secluded island with your whole wedding posse is soooo 2014. A new report from Wedding Salon suggests that the definition of a "destination" wedding is broadening—and moving much closer to home, especially for couples who have long guest lists.

This could be the year of the "local destination" wedding: ceremonies held at "beautiful resorts just a drive away from home, providing couples with venues for their large weekend weddings," the site says. Think historic country inns rather than beach resorts, though smallish wedding parties often still choose the Caribbean for their "travel destination" vows. (The classics never go out of style.)

Wanna hop on the trend? Or just book a long weekend for your second honeymoon? Here are a few luxe local resorts that cater to couples looking to get away for their nuptials—but not that far away.

The Inns of Aurora, in Aurora, NY

Get married right on Cayuga Lake in New York state's Finger Lakes region at a property that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The property's three buildings are all historic, from an 1833 Federal-style building to a stone mansion—Frette linens to sleep on and decorative antiques to gaze at come standard (from $150 per night, innsofaurora.com).

The Inn at Leola Village, in Leola, PA

A private wedding "vows garden" and an outdoor pool surrounded by restored farmhouses and a tobacco barn are focal points at this hotel, in Amish country. The property has a wine cellar and two on-site restaurants, plus a spa, and can accommodate up to 250 guests (from $148 per night, theinnatleolavillage.com).

Bushkill Inn, in Bushkill, PA

Run for the hills and have a wedding with up to 250 guests in the woodlands of the Pocono Mountains. This inn's "Panorama room" has full-length windows with mountain views: Say your vows there or outdoors, and stay in your own cottage with jacuzzi afterward (from $139 per night, bushkillinn.com).

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