Where to go when you’re expecting? Vacation as a pregnant couple for a soothing, just-us sojourn before the newborn takes center stage. Here are five suggestions for the perfect babymoon getaway, including a beach, a desert and even a mountain:
Take a Babymoon Trip to Pensacola, Florida
A couple couldn’t ask for much more in one of the best babymoon beach destinations. Begin with a stroll hand-in-hand on miles of white quartz sand. Watch the sun go down at Peg Leg Pete’s on Pensacola Beach before dining at locally revered Jackson’s Steakhouse. Explore the revamped downtown with pastel-colored 19th century cottages and the renovated Spanish Baroque Saenger Theatre, home to operas and popular musicals. Dad- and mom-to-be spirits will soar at the National Naval Aviation Museum, which is packed with flying machines from past eras. Then, head back to your own private condo in Portofino Island Resort for some R&R.
Discover California Babymoon Ideas for Palm Springs
Slip off to this desert oasis to indulge in some serious prenatal babymoon his-and-her treatments. Studio M Salon and Spa is just one of many day spas that earn high marks. Retail therapy is close-at-hand on Palm Canyon Drive—on Thursday nights, it becomes a pedestrian mall with booths selling the work of local artisans, snacks, clothing and more. Stop by Baby La La for infant wear, then treat yourself to a date milkshake at Great Shakes. When your feet get tired, lounge next to your own private pool in this chic desert home.
What to do in Vail, Colorado as a Pregnant Couple
You don’t have to ski to enjoy clean mountain air and alpine vistas. Spring, summer or fall, this destination has it all for expecting twosomes. Take walks on wildflower-covered slopes, ride a gondola 11,000 feet up and applaud an act at the Hot Summer Nights music fest. Reserve a table at rural Pine Creek Cookhouse for views of fall foliage or winter vistas. Plant lovers shouldn’t miss the popular Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which is open 365 days a year. At night, cozy up fireside in a private condo at Lion Square Lodge.
Plan a Getaway to Orange Beach, Alabama
What could be more relaxing for your babymoon than spying kestrels, blue herons and hummingbirds on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail? Or how about chartering a boat for some of the finest freshwater and ocean fishing in the nation? Some couples simply spend days lazing on 32 miles of white-sand beach and nights savoring good eats any way you like them. Rent your own private beach cottage for some coastal peace and quiet.
Spend an Affordable Babymoon in Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
OK, mom-to-be, this one’s for you. Hunt for Tennessee mountain crafts, antiques and pretty much anything your heart (or infant) desires at more than 500 shops in Gatlinburg. Locally-made candy, jams and beef jerky will satisfy cravings, and a ramble on a rustic trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a scene-setter for romance. Even more romantic? Sharing a cozy cabin nestled in the woods.
Kitty Bean Yancey is a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning former USA TODAY travel writer. She freelances for publications including AARP Magazine and AAA publications.