Forget about the summer; the winter is one of the best times of year for elopements. Couples can plan ceremonies at a fraction of the cost of the high season. If you're thinking about tying the knot, the following destinations area ideal for small, intimate ceremonies. These romantic winter getaway locations are filled with romantic inns and B&Bs so you can retreat to your room and start your honeymoon in the same town!

1. Cape May, New Jersey

Historic Cape May, New Jersey, is popular during the summer months as a beach destination, and it is blissfully quiet during the winter. If you’d like a traditional winter wedding with snow outside, don’t head south; check out the historic inns or bed and breakfasts in Cape May. Here you can elope free of distractions and then hibernate in your cozy room with a fireplace and bathtub for two.

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Many couples planning to elope are looking for destinations with character and history. Charleston is a great fit for this, and it also offers mild winter temperatures. Many Charleston bed and breakfasts are small historic inns with wraparound porches that make gorgeous backdrops for a small ceremony with your closest friends and family. Start your marriage with a little Southern hospitality during an elopement in Charleston. Couples that love food will also be drawn to the developing food scene in Charleston for honeymoon dining. Pictured: Wentworth Mansion

3. Fredericksburg, Texas

If you’re thinking about eloping, you probably have a small, private ceremony in mind. A charming Fredericksburg bed and breakfast is the perfect location for this type of wedding. Located in the Texas Hill Country, this friendly town is home to over 100 B&Bs. Get married at one of these inns or one of the many nearby vineyards, then celebrate in the privacy of your room or at one of the live music venues on Main Street.

4. Napa, California

Napa has a quiet pace during the winter months. After the bustle of wine harvest in the fall, a slower atmosphere settles into the vineyards. Plan your elopement during these peaceful months and take advantage of lower off-season costs. After the ceremony, spend a few days exploring the region, sipping wine, and sleeping late in comfortable Napa bed and breakfasts. There are so many wineries and small towns to explore in the region that this could make a great annual anniversary trip.

5. Savannah, Georgia

Few destinations in the country are as romantic as historic Savannah. The elegant mansions, manicured squares, and huge trees with hanging moss set the stage for a beautiful wedding ceremony. Temperatures are mild in the winter and prices are down for quaint inns or bed and breakfasts. Savannah B&Bs are located near excellent restaurants, and many offer room service if you’re looking for a private evening after your elopement. The innkeeper at your bed and breakfast will be able to point you in the direction of the best local things to see and do.

Eloping in the winter isn’t only about getting more for your money, but creating a unique and memorable experience. When a destination isn’t full of tourists, you will have more individual attention and fewer distractions. The winter naturally has a slower pace, allowing you to savor the time around your wedding instead of it whizzing by.

By Emily Starbuck Crone