Pregnancy has a funny way of making it almost impossible to focus on the present. It’s even in the verb choice we use—expecting—and the plans, lists, and anticipation are all hallmarks of the process.
Maybe that’s why the idea of the babymoon sprang up, as an opportunity for a couple to shift their focus from all the ways their lives are about to change to a celebration of who they are now, in this moment. Whether it’s a weekend staycation in your own town or a weeklong visit to a bucket-list locale, taking the time to intentionally spend time together outside of Lamaze classes and nursery furniture assembly is a great way to connect with your partner.
Try to plan your trip for the second-trimester; it’s when most women feel the best and have the most energy. Of course, clear your travel plans with your doctor or midwife and make note of the nearest hospital to your destination—don’t forget to double-check your health insurance network.
With the whys and hows answered, it’s time to turn our attention to the most fun question: where to go? Here are six spots that are perfect for the babymoon getaway of your dreams.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville is a quirky, artsy city with a wide streak of outdoorsyness. From gallery-hopping to touring the Biltmore (the Vanderbilt family’s famous estate), there’s plenty to do in town. A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers one scenic vista after another, and don’t leave the Land of Waterfalls without exploring a couple. Looking Glass Falls and Moore’s Cove Falls are easily-accessed, bump-friendly options.
When to go: April-May for springtime blooms or October-November for peak fall foliage
Located off the coast of Seattle, San Juan Island is the perfect destination for an outdoor-loving couple. Explore tidal pools and take advantage of some of the best whale watching anywhere, while also enjoying charming towns and delicious food options.
When to go: April - October
Where to stay: Friday Harbor House has a special babymoon package that includes complimentary Midnight Munchies to satisfy your cravings and a pillow menu to make sure you have exactly what you need to sleep comfortably.
Despite its desert location, Sedona’s temperature range is extremely moderate, meaning you get to enjoy all the beauty of the red rocks without, you know, melting into a pregnant puddle. The thriving arts community means a stroll through town can be every bit as beautiful as the natural surroundings. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, book a Jeep tour or plan a day trip to the Grand Canyon; Sedona is located about two hours from the South Rim.
When to go: Sedona’s temperate climate makes it a great choice year-round, but March-May is the spring blooming season and especially beautiful.
Picturesque Cape Cod is the location babymoon dreams are made of. You have your pick of idyllic towns to wander, beaches to lounge on, and whale watching tours (fingers crossed the nausea has passed), in between eating all the fresh seafood you can manage.
When to go: May - October
Where to stay: Enjoy the ambiance of an adults-only locale one last time at the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn.
Sometimes, all a mama-to-be wants to do is lie on a beach chair, fruity mocktail in hand. For peak relaxation in perfect weather, San Diego is calling your name. Catch a sunset at La Jolla Cove, and the San Diego Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon (plus, enjoy your last jaunt through a zoo without anyone begging for a stuffed animal, spilling snacks everywhere or having a meltdown outside the penguin exhibit because they can’t take one home).
When to go: September - November is ideal, but let’s be honest—it’s San Diego. It’s never not dreamy.
Where to stay: The famous Hotel del Coronado, for the ultimate in relaxation.
If you live for the lights and excitement of the big city, Chicago might be the perfect babymoon escape for you. Soak up culture at the Field Museum, stroll Navy Pier, and take in the best views of the city from the top of Willis Tower. You can also grab tickets to a Cubs game or whatever Broadway show is in town.
When to go: April-May or September-October
Where to stay: The Langham, for the ultimate in luxury and an award-winning spa retreat center.