Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, you belly is bulging and before you know it life will forever be changed (say hello to the 2 a.m. wake-up calls). If you’re considering taking a babymoon (aka your last relaxing, romantic vaca before baby arrives), but don’t want to travel a long distance, we’ve rounded up nine babymoon-worthy destinations all within an easy drive from Seattle. Scroll down to see them all.
Located just three minutes south of SeaTac Airport is where you will find Cedarbrook Lodge. Once you turn off the main road and wind down the luscious, tree-lined drive, you will suddenly feel hundreds of miles from home. This well-hidden gem works hard to preserve the peace and tranquility that you are sure to experience here.
The magic of Cedarbrook lies within the carefully selected, Northwest inspired ambience. From the natural restored wetlands surrounded by giant cedars, to original artwork wherever you turn, you will feel surrounded by the best our region has to offer.
Once you get settled, take advantage of the property’s many amenities. Take an afternoon stroll on the walking paths that wind throughout the property, enjoy the fresh, outdoors while overlooking the on-site gardens (instrumental in growing the fresh farm-to-table ingredients served in the restaurant), visit the property's state-of-the-art gym or dine at Copperleaf Restaurant. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared and inspired by the bountiful ingredients found within our region, and vegetables are grown on-site with additional elements sourced from locally selected farmers, fishermen and artisans.
Make sure to take advantage of the Alder Living Room, which is also the location of (potentially) the best part of your Cedarbrook Lodge experience. This relaxing space, with comfy seats and books, is stocked with a 24-hour refreshment bar. That’s right! During your stay, you get to enjoy a fully-stocked snack bar, anytime day or night. Perfect for any of those pesky cravings. Delight in string cheese or individually packaged yogurt or go for a variety of gourmet malted milk balls (a signature for Cedarbrook). Last but not least, when the 2 a.m. ice cream cravings come on, hit the freezer for mini containers of Haagen Daaz ice cream.
In the morning, delight your taste buds in the Northwest-inspired complimentary breakfast. Served daily and filled with popular selections such as freshly baked banana walnut bread and Lummi Island smoked pink salmon, this breakfast is sure to cap off your peaceful night’s sleep.
Ready to be pampered? Head down to the on-site spa and get ready for some serious relaxation. The Cedarbrook Spa offers a selection of services, including the Mother-to-Be Massage. Choose from a 50- or 100-minute session and let the aches and pains slip away with this specialized treatment.
18525 36th Ave. S.
SeaTac, Wa 98188
Situated right on the ocean and just a few hours drive from Seattle, you’ll find Seabrook—one of the quaintest towns our area has to offer. North of Ocean Shores, on the central Washington coast known as the North Beach, this darling, pedestrian-friendly community offers a wide variety of cottages for rent, from small one-bedroom studios to large multi-room homes (if your extended family is crashing your babymoon). Offering a handful of cute shops, two restaurants, a small grocery store and an oh-so-relaxing spa, you can’t ask for a better place to get away from it all.
Take an easy stroll down to the beach for spectacular views and ample beach roaming when the tide is (waaaay) out or rent a beach cruiser for a pedal around town. Don’t forget to wander through the fairy and gnome trail and visit one of the evening bonfires. One of the area’s only heated indoor pools is available to guests (along with a hot tub), and the Spa Elizabeth offers a truly tranquil environment and skilled pampering.
With a multitude of weekend events, Seabrook delights with its beachy community vibe and picturesque homes, all with their own kitchy names like Beach Glass House and Clamdigger Cottage.
Seabrook Cottage Rentals
24 Front St.
Pacific Beach, Wa 98571
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
One of the perks to living in the Pacific Northwest is the proximity to nature. A 90-minute drive (or short ferry ride and drive) will put you not only on the doorstep of the great outdoors, but also at Alderbrook Resort & Spa. This beautifully constructed lodge rests on the edge of Hood Canal while enveloped in lush landscapes and tree-filled panorama. Spend your time here exploring the many nature trails readily available right outside the front door, take a waterfront yoga class or rent a paddleboat or kayak for some serious laughter and fun.
Looking for an adventure? Alderbrook guests can check out complimentary GPS units for a sleuth-filled geocaching tour. Find different geocaches on site and log your hunt as you go. Ready for some relaxation? Enjoy a Maternal Bliss massage or Organic Aloe Wrap at the Alderbrook Spa or relax in the glass enclosed, indoor waterfront pool. Or when the weather warms up on the Canal, get in touch with your creative side when a weekly en Plein Air class is held on the waterfront lawn. Led by local artist Rob Kamin, the waterfront painting class is open to overnight guests at no charge.
To round out your experience, dine at Alderbrook's mouthwatering restaurant where locally sourced ingredients are the highlight of the menu. Fresh from the shores of Hood Canal, menu offerings will practically jump off the page, eager to delight your taste buds. Make sure to save room for dessert (there’s always room for dessert, right?) and end your evening with the vanilla bean creme brûlée - you (and baby) won’t be disappointed!
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
10 E Alderbrook Dr.
Union, Wa 98592
Blaine is a town you might have driven past on your way to Canada, but this is one place worth stopping for a babymoon. Cozied up on the Semiahmoo Spit (think of a long stretch of beach that separates Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor), Semiahmoo Resort is a world of its own. Relax waterside as you stroll down the beach exploring tide pools and resident wildlife or start your morning off with sunrise yoga and end with a tranquil bonfire by the beach.
Be sure to visit the Spa at Semiahmoo and take in a relaxing spa treatment. We suggest the Mother-to-Be massage or the Togetherness massage, both are a perfect way to relieve any pre-parenting aches. Or unwind with a cooking class. Learn how to prepare a gourmet meal with a variety of themed cooking classes - the perfect jumping off point for when you start preparing baby meals at home (or a fond memory when preparing yet another week-long mac and cheese binge for a picky toddler).
Semiahmoo takes pride in being a pet-friendly hotel, so if you have fur babies at home (who also might benefit from a relaxing vacation before baby arrives) bring them along! Enjoy Yappy Hour (offered during the spring and summer) with your four-legged friend along with pet-friendly dining on the outdoor terrace.
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy.
Blaine, Wa 98230
Cave B Resort
You may have been to the Gorge, but if all you’ve seen is the amphitheater and a campsite, you’re missing one of the most dramatic Gorge locations. Located 900 feet above the Columbia River, Cave B offers breathtaking views not only from the hotel’s guestrooms, but from its standalone Cliffhouses, cavern rooms and desert yurts (don’t worry, they still have a king size bed and indoor bathroom) – making your babymoon one you’ll never forget.
Take a dip in Cave B’s cliffside pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), enjoy a stroll around the grounds (touring one of the few estate wineries in Washington State), take a guided hike down to the river with a glimpse of a waterfall or rent bikes for a pedal around the vineyard.
Better yet, indulge in full relaxation at the Spa at Sagecliff. Specializing in signature treatments from the Cave, the spa makes use of materials indigenous to the area including basalt and river stones, lavender, grape juice and seeds. Be sure to schedule your appointment for a Mom-to-Be customized facial or massage. And if your partner is feeling parched the award-winning Cave B Estate Winery tasting room is steps from the resort. Not only that, the onsite Tendrils Restaurant offers property-grown, locally-sourced and creatively-inspired cuisine.
Note: The Inn, Sap & Tendrils Restaurant are currently closed until February 7 for winter closure. They will reopen on February 8, 2018.
Cave B Resort
344 Silica Rd N.W.
Quincy, Wa 98848
If you are looking for a closer-to-home babymoon option, Willows Lodge is going to be right up your alley. Located a short jaunt off I-405 in Woodinville, Willows Lodge is a showcase of Northwest elegance. From the exposed wood architecture, to the rustic stone fireplaces, the natural ambiance will allow your senses to unwind and savor each leisurely moment.
Each room comes equipped with impressive soaking tubs (built for two), a gas burning fireplace and a bed that makes sleeping in a legitimate art. Enjoy the Barking Frog restaurant where the seasonally inspired, locally sourced selection of food will make you delighted to be eating for two. Take a walk through the onsite gardens or unwind all day at the spa, with a Pregnancy Massage and a wealth of other services available to assist you in your achievement of relaxation.
Local highlights include the 26-mile paved Burke Gilman Trail, Apple Farm Village (locally owned and operated retail shops) and Woodinville Lavender, where you can go for a pleasantly fragrant saunter through the lavender field or hit the u-pick field where you can harvest your own stems. Make sure to finish your visit off with a taste of lavender ice cream. Anyway you choose to spend your time at Willows Lodge, you're sure to leave feeling rejuvenated and ready for the next chapter baby will bring.
14580 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
The Island Inn at 123 West
Hop on a ferry to San Juan Island to find our next babymoon destination! Located in Friday Harbor, The Island Inn at 123 West combines quintessential island charm with good old fashion relaxation. A short drive from the ferry terminal, The Island Inn offers sleek and modern guest rooms that overlook the sparkling harbor. Local shops and restaurants are also available within reasonable walking distance. (Psst! Check out Cask & Schooner for a casual island vibe and comfort cuisine).
If you are looking for some spa time, take a short walk to Lavendera Massage to treat yourself to a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. If you are looking for an adventure, check out Lime Kiln State Park (aka Whale Watch Park) which has the reputation of being the best site to spot Orcas in the San Juan Islands. Pack a picnic (or grab a sandwich to go from Spring Street Deli) and spend some time enjoying the sweeping waterfront views and stay to enjoy a ravishing sunset.
While on the island, make sure to check out Pelindaba Organic Lavender Farm. Here, you can craft your own freshly harvested lavender creations, snack on lavender infused treats and sip on, you guessed it, lavender lemonade. End your trip with an evening stroll on the waterfront or relax near a beach bonfire. The only difficult part of this delightful babymoon will be having to leave the island behind.
The Island Inn at 123 West
123 West St.
Friday Harbor, Wa 98250
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
While a European babymoon may sound enticing, it’s not necessarily budget friendly. The solution can be found in convenient Leavenworth where you will find European flare without having to travel halfway around the world.
Book a night or weekend at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort to get your fill of relaxation, Bavarian-style. The rustic lodge rests amidst the picture-perfect Cascade Mountain range alongside calmative Icicle Creek. The Lodge itself offers a variety of room choices, each living up to the rustic charm found around the rest of the property. Wake up to a Cinderella-esque scene where birds are singing outside your window and your first instinct is to twirl around your room to take in the splendor (or at least pull up the luxurious down comforter and let them lull you back to a rich slumber).
Onsite Aspen Leaf Spa offers services ranging from the Earth Mother Pregnancy Massage to the Nature’s Radiance Organic Foot Scrub - the perfect answer to tired feet. The property also features rock pools that are heated throughout the year as well as a naturally-lined rock swimming pool.
Head out to nearby Leavenworth town center, where depending on the season you may find yourself admit a glorious snowy wonderland. Regardless, you will find amazing food and festivities ready to please you year-round. Break out the lederhosen (or perhaps consider buying a mini one for baby) and enjoy the charming tunes from the Glockenspiel or take in a visit to the Nutcracker Museum. Weather permitting, make your way over to the Ski Hill Amphitheater where you can enjoy a performance of the beloved classic, The Sound of Music.
Back at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, there are three onsite restaurants to choose from; each offering locally sourced and inspired selections. Try the crab cake sandwich at O’Grady’s Pantry or the steel cut oatmeal for breakfast at the Kingfisher Restaurant. With so many choices you are sure to please your palate.
Bonus: Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is a canine friendly establishment. In fact, you will likely be greeted by doggie ambassador Roki; resident Icelandic shepherd. Canine friendly packages are available that include a soft spot for Fido to sleep and treats to keep him happy.
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
7375 Icicle Rd.
Leavenworth, Wa 98826
Super easy to get to (assuming Snoqualmie Pass is not closed for snow, blasting or bumper to bumper traffic) Suncadia offers a posh yet casual and a bit of an adventurous experience. Set on the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascades, 80 miles east of Seattle, babymooners visiting Suncadia for the night or weekend can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including golfing, biking, hiking trails and horseback riding. Lodging accommodations include the Lodge at Suncadia, the more intimate Inn at Suncadia (with pet-friendly rooms), the base-camp inspired Trailhead condominiums, or any number of unique vacation rental homes. Resort amenities including a swim and fitness center (with two water slides and an indoor and outdoor pool!), fine and casual dining and an outdoor amphitheater.
If you prefer to spend your time relaxing indoors, the Glade Spring Spa offers a variety of treatments with an emphasis on balance, relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a 50- or 80-minute Maternity Massage or pair up for the Couples Ritual Massage, for the ultimate in relaxation. Psst...check Suncadia’s website for special weekend packages.
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, Wa 98922
Have you been on a babymoon lately? We’d love to hear about your last pre-baby trip in the comments below!
—Kristina Moy, Jennifer B. Davis & Jenifer Castillo