New England babymoon hot spots
First comes love; then comes marriage; then comes a much needed babymoon before your life becomes pushing that carriage!
Isn’t that how the jingle should go?
More couples are babymooning — that is, taking one last vacation while expecting before the baby arrives. Here are a few belly friendly New England destinations you may want to consider if you’re looking to babymoon just a drive away. But before you hit the road, check out these travel tips to keep you safe and healthy.
Kennebunkport is a coastal town just 90 miles north of Boston. This destination is ideal if you’re looking for some quiet relaxing strolls on the beach, whale watching, or perhaps a little canoeing or kayaking (all belly-friendly activities).
Prime destination for: couples looking for an active vacation.
Where to stay: Maine Stay Inn & Cottages – This Bed & Breakfast knows how to cater to expectant couples. No stairs are necessary to access your room; pregnant couples are given preference when it comes to rooms on the first floor. Breakfast and even a light snack is delivered to your room. They even offer a nonalcoholic chilled bottle of sparkling cider for couples to celebrate.
Outlet shopping may immediately come to mind when you think of Freeport, Maine, and that’s OK. With a baby on the way, chances are you’ll need as many discounts as you can get. Of course, there are other things to do in Freeport — enjoy the beach, take a boat ride, or even do some bird watching, but shopping is the main hit here.
Prime destination for: couples looking to shop, shop, shop.
Where to stay: White Cedar Inn – This bed and breakfast has the perfect “Pickles and Ice Cream’’ babymoon package. Yes, among other goodies, they’ll give you a jar of pickles. And yes, they’ll give you a gift certificate to Ben & Jerry’s. Whether you decide to put them together is up to you.
Forget the shopping and forget the stroll downtown. If babymooning to you means hiding out for a few days (or longer) with your partner, consider spending time in Westbrook. Sure, the Tanger Outlets are nearby, and it’s a coastal town with beautiful landscapes where the crowds may flock, but it’s also a town with some jeweled spots for privacy and relaxation. With a destination like Westbrook it’s all about where you stay.
Prime destination for: Couples looking for a secluded retreat.
Where to stay: Captain Stannard House Country Inn — You’ll never have to leave the grounds to find things to do here. Their babymoon package includes a couple’s massage (which includes a prenatal massage for the mom-to-be), a romantic carriage or sleigh ride, and some nonalcoholic champagne.
Lenox is located in the heart of the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts. The town is known as the summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra because it houses Tanglewood, the popular spot where the Orchestra performs during the summertime. While studies haven’t confirmed that babies who listen to Mozart in the womb actually turn out smarter, there’s no harm in playing a little music for the belly. The Berkshires also has some of the best wellness spas in the state. If you’d like to keep up with your prenatal yoga, indulge in detoxifying spa treatments, and eat healthier; if your focus solely on your body and wellbeing, Lenox is the destination for you.
Prime destination for: couples who want to feel rejuvenated and pampered.
Where to stay: Canyon Ranch – Dubbed an “all-inclusive health resort and luxury spa,’’ Canyon Ranch is the ultimate relaxation destination for babymooners. It includes daily fitness classes, a full menu of belly-friendly spa services, and a full menu of nutritious foods and snacks to keep you focused on staying well before birth day.
The mansions in Newport scream luxury, and some will even offer you (plus one-and-a-half) a lavish place to stay. Wake up to amazing views of the ocean water splashing into the cliffs, and take a romantic stroll on the Cliff Walk. There are many high-end dining and shopping options in town, and plenty of opportunities to tour mansions and wish you could call one home.
Prime destination for: luxury lovers
Where to stay: The Chanler at Cliff Walk – This oceanfront residential mansion turned hotel sits right next to Easton’s Beach and a mile down the road from downtown Newport. The hotel provides a complementary private SUV and driver to chauffeur you to most popular spots in town.
You probably won’t be able to hit the slopes by your second trimester, but that doesn’t mean a visit to the mountains is off-limits. If you’re looking to babymoon in the wintertime, a ski resort in Stowe is a great place to cozy up with your partner by a fire, indulge in some hot chocolate and even take a sleigh ride.
Prime destination for: mountain lovers and winter hibernators
Where to stay: The Topnotch Resort and Spa – The executive suites and resort homes give this resort a feel of a private getaway. Some rooms even include a fireplace and mountain views to give you a winter hibernation feel. Just bring your favorite fuzzy slippers. Don’t forget about the spa portion of this resort.
The Cape. It’s a go-to vacation spot for many local families, so why not consider it a babymoon destination. With so many family friendly restaurants, activities and beaches, chances are you’ll come back here once baby’s born anyway.
Prime destination for: couples ready for a family feel
Where to stay: Cape Codder Resort & Spa – This kid-friendly oceanfront resort will give you a little taste of what your near future might look like. You can enjoy the indoor wave pool that’s always a hit with kids staying at the resort, or just retreat to the spa for a couples massage.
Which is your favorite?