Baby is on the way. Pretty soon your perfect duo is going to become a terrific trio. Take these last weeks to enjoy your alone time together with a romantic getaway. While traveling a great distance may be more of an undertaking then you feel you can handle, there are plenty of perfect spots only a short drive away. Check out our top picks for the perfect baby moon. Read on to find out more.
photo: Seattle skyline by brookcatherine53 via flickr
For a more active vacation, head to our neighbors to the north to take in some culture. If you haven’t been to Seattle lately (or ever), do the tourist thing and hit up Pike Place Market and Seattle Center with the Space Needle and Experience Music Project. If that’s old hat to you, explore the Old Ballard neighborhood from the comfort of the Hotel Ballard. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Mexican food at La Carta de Oaxaca, and get the molé.
5216 Ballard Ave. NW
photo: Johnathan Miske via flickr
The Columbia Gorge is perfect for a babymoon because it’s gorgeous year round and because of its close proximity to your Portland birthing center. Portlanders usually make this a day trip, but a longer stay will allow you and your sweetie to really relax and take in the natural splendor. Skamania Lodge has long been a favorite of Portlanders, as it’s only 45 minutes away from town, but has both a lovely natural setting and plenty of things to do. You may not feel up to ziplining this time around, but there are plenty of other things to do: a ride on the Sternwheeler, a photography tour, local waterfalls, or a mani/pedi at the spa. Or, get in a bucket at the driving range, or leave that up to your partner to tackle while you’re getting those toes you haven’t seen in awhile fancied up.
photo: Ilya Gorenburg via flickr
Choose your adventure: Stay outside of town at a vacation rental to enjoy the high desert air and mountain views, or stay in town to check out arts, food, and entertainment. The High Desert Museum, just south of town, doesn’t just have historical exhibits, but also houses native animals like a bobcat, lizards, and birds of prey. In town, you’ll also find a few spas that offer prenatal massage, like the Jinsei Spa, which also offers couples’ massage if you’re so inclined. Dads-to-be get stressed, too! The Hillside Inn Bed and Breakfast is in a hip neighborhood, so you can walk to coffee shops and cafes. Plus, the balcony suite offers a little more privacy, being the only guest room on that floor.
Hillside Inn Bed and Breakfast
1744 NW 12th St.
photo: Brian Johnson and Dane Kantner via flickr
Cozy, but not too sleepy: If that’s what you’re looking for in your beach vacation, Cannon Beach is perfect. There are art galleries to peruse, shopping to do, and tasty food to eat, but we won’t blame if you if you just want to lounge in your chair, read a book, and watch the ocean for a few days. And the Stephanie Inn, with its ocean view rooms overlooking Haystack Rock, is the place to do it.
2740 S. Pacific
Cannon Beach, Or
photo Ryan Harvey via flickr
While Cannon Beach trades in tourism, art and postcard-perfect views of Haystack Rock, Newport has a bit more hustle and bustle, with its touristy Mariner Square (with Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Waxworks, and Oregon Undersea Gardens), busy Bayfront district serving the busiest fishing harbor in the state, lighthouses, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. If you’re feeling up to crabbing or boating (those of you with stable stomachs and solid balance), the Embarcadero Resort has a marina, private crabbing dock and crab pot rentals. If you’d prefer to take it easy, enjoy the harbor view and floating in the resort’s salt water pool.
1000 Southeast Bay Blvd.
—Kelley Gardiner and Annette Benedetti