Expecting? Congrats! Also: you might want to think about one last trip as a couple before the bundle of joy arrives, AKA, a “babymoon.” Whether it’s your first time at the birth rodeo or you’ve been through it before, a little “R and R” will do any couple good. We’ve scouted destinations near (and some far), where you can get away from it all and rest up for the big day (and nights.)
Grace Vanderbilt Hotels, Newport RI
A fairly walkable city, Newport, Rhode Island, hosts water views from the Cliff Walk and Gilded-Age mansions. During the summer months, you can listen to live music at one of the festivals at Fort Adams Park, and any time of year you can enjoy the culinary scene and fresh seafood. There are many beautiful hotels and inns, but the Grace Vanderbilt Hotel is a top pick for a for the mom-to-be. The hotel is in the middle of all of Newport’s happenings and has a special “Mommy Getaway” Package. Rates start at $257 41 Mary St. Newport, Ri 401-846-6200 Online: www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt
Grande Lakes, Orlando FL
Active mamas may be tempted to flyaway to Florida sunshine and the luxury of the Grande Lakes. The property – which includes the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott as well as an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, gym and two pools – also houses a 40,000 square foot spa. From facials to afternoon tea, parents-to-be will be fully relaxed.
Rates start at $279 (JW Marriott) or $549 (Ritz Carlton)
4040 Central Florida Pkwy.
407-206-2300 (JW Marriott)
407-206-2400 (Ritz Carlton
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
Nature-loving mamas can take a train or car ride to the Hudson Valley for rest and relaxation. In under two hours, you could be relaxing and taking in breathtaking views from the Mohonk Mountain House. Whether you spend the day using a guest pass or stay overnight, inquire about their “Hello Baby” spa treatment.
Rates start at $379; “Hello Baby” spa treatment $325 per couple
1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, Ny 12561
Mount Cinnamon Hotel, St. George's GD
Island-hopping mamas will love Grenada and the Mount Cinnamon Hotel on Grand Anse beach. The boutique hotel has grand views of the water. Take a short walk from the hotel, and you will greeted by the friendly staff of their beachside restaurant, Savvy’s, where you can enjoy cold drinks and delicious food. A few steps from Savvy’s is the beach, where you can lounge in a chair with toes in the sand. A quick call to the concierge and mom-to-be can have her aching back or swollen feet massaged in the outdoor cabana with sounds of rushing waters in the background.
Rates start at $334
Oheka Castle, Huntington NY
Nestled between New York City and the Hamptons, you will find Oheka Castle. This historic property is a romantic spot that is popular for weddings. Moms-to-be can easily seek refuge by train or car to this relaxing location. Inquire about their “Last Night of Sleep” package which features a three course dinner and an in-room massage.
Rates start at $395; “Last Night of Sleep” package $975 per couple
135 West Gate Dr.
The Essex, Essex VT
Foodie moms-to-be will love the Essex, a culinary resort just outside of Burlington, Vermont. The inn is charming with beautifully-decorated rooms and common space. The two restaurants, the Tavern and the Junction, feature seasonal meals, and are quite popular. Guests can also register for cooking classes at the Cook Academy. The property offers many onsite activities (swimming pool, tennis courts, trails) and is accessible to the area’s top attractions. If it’s relaxation you’re seeking, be sure to visit the pool and spa.
Rates start at $131
70 Essex Way
Where are you going for your babymoon? Tell us in the comments!
— Shnieka Johnson