From luxury resorts to cozy cabins, these babymoon destinations are made for relaxing, reconnecting, and romance
September 13, 2018
| Updated November 7, 2018
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Get Your Fill of Art in L.A.
Sure, you can check out the big-ticket art collections at The Getty, The Broad, MoCA, and LACMA. But for a more off-the-beaten-path tour-de-art, spend your trip in the creative enclave of Los Feliz. See kitschy counter-culture works at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, stroll by theHollyhock House andEnnis House, two Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, and don’t miss theMarciano Art Foundation (pictured), a free gallery showing cutting edge contemporary art, including the long-awaited solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (run September 28, 2018 through March 3, 2019).
Stay:Ventana Big Sur, a luxury cliffside retreat in the redwoods with refreshed rooms, brand new safari-style glampsites, an infinity hot tub, and stellar spa.
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Satisfy Food Cravings in Portland
Pregnancy cravings can be fickle. While the ice cream and pickles combo is more myth than reality, sometimes unusual hankerings crop up. Tame those pangs on a food tour of Portland. Hit Southeast Division Street, a.k.a. Restaurant Row, for fried pickles atThe Woodsman Tavern, papaya salad and fish sauce chicken wings atPok Pok, potato dumpling sliders atBollywood Theater, and a triple scoop of life-changing ice cream atSalt & Straw.
Stay:Modern Guest House, a gem of a vacation rental within walking distance of all the food action.
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Unwind along Oregon’s Rogue River
There’s an art to doing nothing. First you have to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life (no phones or TV), then you have to sink into your surroundings. Nature helps anchor you in the present and let all your cares slip away. The Rogue River delivers on scenery and blissful living in the moment.
Stay:Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, a low-key lodge on the banks of the Rogue River built for relaxation. Stroll the stunning grounds, kick back in an Adirondack chair, nap, curl up with a book, listen to the river, hear the birds. Just be.
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Hit up the Spa in Tucson
Pregnancy brings with it plenty of body—and life—changes. And then baby enters the mix and all bets are off. That’s where a destination spa comes in, a time to get prepared and pampered, whether you’re rolling solo or with your special someone.
Stay:Miraval Tucson, an Oprah-approved, all-inclusive resort set on 400 glorious acres in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. It offersclasses in “Mindful Relationships” and “Mindful Parenting,” lavish spa treatments to iron out all those pregnancy aches and pains, plus a Zen garden, yoga center, labyrinth, lap pool, healthy cooking classes, and 85 miles of hiking trails.
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Feel the Sand Between Your Toes in Sayulita
Beach babymoons mean lazy lounging in the sand, chilling in the ocean breeze, and bobbing weightlessly in the ocean (a true luxury especially in your third trimester and approaching peak baby belly). Skip the crowds of Puerto Vallarta and head 25 miles north to Sayulita, a hidden gem surf town that’s big on local artisan boutiques, taco stalls, cute coffee shops, and bohemian vibes.
Stay:Aurinko Bungalows, a colorful boutique hotel right off the main square with an on-property yoga studio.
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Travel to a Different World in Palm Springs
There comes a point in pregnancy when you can’t fly to, say, Morocco. However, you can still feel like you’ve been whisked away to another continent on an escape to Palm Springs, a picturesque desert town high on style and exotic allure.
Stay:Korakia Pensione, a Morocco-meets-Mediterranean sanctuary with European-inspired suites, a lush courtyard, hanging lanterns, fire pits, and two saltwater pools with stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Stay:Airbnb Dreamy Tropical Tree House, a bucket-list high-rise 15 feet in the trees flooded in light and nature. The solar-powered jungle paradise includes a hanging bed, wrap-around porch, and indoor-outdoor shower that uses naturally caught rainwater.
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Live out Your Airstream Dreams in Santa Barbara
Camping isn’t usually a pregnant gal’s calling, and neither is hauling an Airstream, but you can get the best of both worlds—and more—in Santa Barbara.
Stay:Autocamp Yosemite Santa Barbara, atrendy compound close to downtown and the beach with six artfully restored vintage Airstreams with plush interiors, luxe queen beds, bathrobes, soaking tubs, fancy toiletries, flatscreen TVs, patios, lounge chairs, and cruiser bikes.
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Cozy up in a Cabin in Washington
Is there anything more romantic than holing up in a cabin? Head to Skykomish, a quiet railroad town set in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. Outside your door is kayaking, hiking, scenic waterfalls, and alpine lakes; inside is lovey-dovey firelight and romance.