Leave your passport behind, don’t worry about changing money, and get ready to have a babymoon you’ll never forget.
Babymoons don’t have to require a passport, and they certainly don’t have to include quarantine periods or threats of rare mosquito-borne diseases. In fact, some of the most amazing and luxurious babymoon destinations are only a short drive or plane ride away right here in the U.S. We’ve picked 15 U.S. babymoon destinations where you’ll find the best resorts and activities for preparing to meet your little traveler. Gear up—sans baby gear…that time is coming soon!—get ready to treat your baby bump at the best babymoon destinations in the U.S.
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There’s simply nothing like the scenery here—rugged high desert, soaring red-rock cliffs, and jagged mesas—which you can marvel at from the luxurious environs of Amangiri. One of just a handful of U.S. properties operated by the famously luxurious Aman resort company, this ultra-plush 34-suite compound lies just a few miles north of Lake Powell, where you can explore the canyons by boat or indulge for two on the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise. Whether you explore by boat or by foot (with plenty of water breaks, of course!), end your day back at the resort by cozying up around your outdoor fireplace on your private terrace, cooling your feet in your private pool, or stargazing from your ensuite sunken tub. Don’t miss the prenatal massages and wellness experiences at Aman Spa, where treatments take place both indoors and out.
The island’s miles of perfect beaches, lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes have made it an international favorite. You’ll be spending your time on the island sipping Mai Tai mocktails and exploring waterfalls. Avoid tackling the entire Road to Hana route if you’re still suffering nausea, opting instead for an edited version by stopping at mile marker 2 for a fresh coconut juice and dip in Twin Falls. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea was made for babymoons, with its poolside cabanas, beautiful courtyards, and luxuries such as 24-hour room service and twice-daily housekeeping. The spa has indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, expertly staffed by well-trained practitioners, doctors, astrologers, and more.
Sunny Isles Beach
Bound by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, this barrier island city sits just north of bustling Miami Beach–yet it feels worlds away. The sands are white and the water is warm at Sunny Isles Beach, where you can stroll along the 2-mile boardwalk or just plant your pregnant body along the shore at the nearby Haulover Beach Park. Sunny Isles beach weather is almost always good–hot months (with averages of 85-90°F June through September), warm shoulder seasons (April through May and October through November) see less muggy days averaging with a high in the low 80s. Cool winters, December through March average high at about 78°F. There’s really no bad time to go. And if you do, the Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach sits on 4.5 acres along the beach, where each guest room offers an intimate experience for its guests. Check out the Acqualina Spa by ESPA’s 80-minute maternity massage before indulging in handmade pasta at the onsite restaurant Il Mulino New York.
WHERE: North Carolina
Asheville’s made a name for itself over the years with its eclectic yet welcoming mountain-town vibe. The things to do in Asheville, North Carolina include myriad restaurants, cool boutiques, and thriving art galleries. Babymoons in this Blue Ridge Mountain town include dinners at restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs—like Cúrate by chef Katie Button—and leisurely strolls through the immaculate grounds of America’s largest home, Biltmore. Sleep nearby the former Vanderbilt mansion at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, a posh seven-story hotel that echoes the look of Biltmore House with a French-manor-inspired interior and an Edith Vanderbilt-worthy spa.
Long a retreat of artists and writers, Big Sur is a place of ancient forests and rugged shoreline, stretching 90 miles from San Simeon to Carmel, which makes a Big Sur Babymoon a perfect getaway. The luxurious Post Ranch Inn, designed exclusively for adult getaways, has remarkably environmentally conscious architecture. The redwood guesthouses, all of which have views of the sea or the mountains, blend almost invisibly into a wooded cliff 1,200 feet above the ocean. Pop in to the Henry Miller Memorial Library for an intimate concert or simply stay on-site at the inn for everything from yoga to stargazing.
WHERE: South Carolina
Charleston’s charming mix of antebellum architecture and world-class dining comes wrapped in a southern-sweet package that’s ideal for a pre-baby vacation. Stroll the streets of historic Charleston or hop on board a private Palmetto horse and carriage tour while staying nearby at The Spectator Hotel. This boutique hotel’s Jazz Age vibe acts as an homage to the lively history that’s still felt in and around this French Quarter and Market Street location. Each of the guest rooms and suites comes with a personal butler who assists in everything from planning itineraries during the stay to coordinating a lavish (and complimentary) breakfast in bed.
WHERE: New Mexico
Artists, chefs, and wellness seekers have long been attracted to this high desert location, where there are almost as many art galleries as there are sunny days of the year (anywhere between 250-300 of each depending on the year). There’s an easy pace of life and an endless list of experiences that pervades this picturesque town, where guests of the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi are luxuriously treated to the finest of both that pace and elegance. Prenatal massages are offered in-suite in any of the guest rooms, where a roaring gas-lit kiva fireplace creates a cozy ambiance regardless of the season. Dine al fresco on the patio or book a romantic table for two at the Anasazi Restaurant for a customized meal of Latin-influenced southwestern cuisine based on you and your partner’s preferences.
Torrey Pines is a babymooner’s paradise, with year-round temperatures in the seventies and near-constant sunshine. Afternoons are for shopping the boutiques along Prospect Street or sunbathing on the La Jolla Shores, but nights are for the theatre, and any performance at the award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is sure to delight. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a beautiful Craftsman-style lodge that sits on a bluff between La Jolla and Del Mar and commands a coastal view. The warm and understated rooms are spacious and the service is excellent, but it’s the restaurant, A. R. Valentien (named after a San Diego en plein air artist of the early 1900s), that will leave a lasting impression on you and your growing family. Beyond the grounds are scenic trails that lead to the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve; the village of La Jolla is a 10-minute drive away.
It’s easy to see what draws so many people to Sedona. Red-rock buttes reach up into an almost-always blue sky, and both colors are intensified by dark-green pine forests. Allow the uncanny likeness of Snoopy Rock to inspire your baby room décor or simply stock up on décor at the shops at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The elegant L’Auberge de Sedona resort consists of private hillside units with spectacular views and cozy cottages in the woods along Oak Creek. Phoenix couples flock to this hideaway to dine in the hotel’s French restaurant, one of the most romantic eateries in Arizona, while film-buffs book their seats to the late February Sedona International Film Festival months in advance.
There’s so much more to do than ski or drink beer in this all-season Colorado gem. It may feel like you’re walking through a Swiss ski village when you stroll the charming streets of Vail Village, and that’s by intent. Fill up on wiener schnitzel and raclette at the Swiss Chalet or opt for French baguettes and truffle French onion soup at La Tour Restaurant and Bar after an afternoon spent strolling the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens or relaxing by the soothing sounds of Gore Creek. The alpine-inspired Grand Hyatt Vail offers a luxurious starting point for any Vail vacation, where gondolas take guests (skiers or not) to the top of the mountain for scenic photoshoots and breathtaking views. Maternity massages and alpine rituals in the spa offer the ultimate in high-altitude relaxation for mothers-to-be.
Uniform lines of grand oak trees cloaked in Spanish moss will set a mystical tone as you pass through the marshlands, causeways, and bridges to arrive for your relaxing Sea Island babymoon. The island is part of Georgia’s Golden Isles, and this barrier island steeped in history and romance is home to The Cloister at Sea Island, a luxury retreat with a distinct old-world elegance. You’ll choose your room based on which view you’d prefer—the Black Banks River, the Atlantic Ocean, or the lush landscaping surrounding the resort—and then you’ll be free to luxuriate on the five miles of private beach or unwind with treatments (multiple prenatal options available) at the onsite spa, which also features a meditative labyrinth. Don’t miss the chance to join in on a traditional sea turtle education and night walk with a local naturalist if you happen to be in town June-August. This is where you’ll scout out nesting females, hatchlings, and newly laid nests.
The Palm Springs area’s year-round sunshine attracts Hollywood A-listers and weekend warriors, but it’s the laid-back vibe and cool offerings that make this desert oasis a popular U.S. babymoon getaway. Two pools, fire pits, and an expansive spa are just the tip of the iceberg at the Parker Palm Springs. Relax around the pools or settle into a comfy nook on an evening walk through the manicured gardens before ending your day with a soul-warming cup of tea on your private balcony or patio, hammocks included. You’ll want to check out the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for a star-studded maternity shoot, but the best backdrop (and views of the area) can only be found at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
If Southern hospitality, good food, boutique shopping, and stunning architecture suit your interests, then so will Savannah. This southern city is dripping with history, charm, and beauty…but also with romantic Spanish moss that acts as the perfect backdrop for any spur-of-the-moment photos of you and your growing bump. The pedestrian-friendly sidewalks of Forsyth are a great place to start, where you can wander—by foot or by horse-drawn carriage—past impressive gardens and fountains before stopping for a nibble (or a mocktail) at Collins Quarter at Forsyth café. The Mansion on Forsyth Park is sophisticated and artsy all at once, where the rooms are as chic as the curated art that line the walls. Every turn delivers something unexpected—the antique hat collection; the pool with its creative water wall, and a canopied patio that looks like it’s out of the Arabian Nights; a Nordic-looking full-service spa; back-lit onyx panels and 100-year-old Italian Corona–marble pillars.
In the warmer months, Central Vermont shines with its sparkling lakes and vibrant farmers markets while the cool season is for cozying up for sightseeing treks to covered bridges and frozen waterfalls. Stock up on maple treats for postpartum pancakes at the New England Maple Museum in Rutland or get your dairy fix (pasteurized dairy, at least) at the Billings Farm and Museum. A stay at Twin Farms in Barnard will put you back at least $1,000 a night, but it’ll be a memory you won’t soon forget. The hotel is frequently recognized as one of the best resorts in America, if not the world, and its adults-only policy makes it a perfect babymoon destination so you can tell your baby all about your experience until they’re old enough to experience it themselves…in 14 years.
Napa and Sonoma
So what if you can’t indulge in the wine? The natural setting of the Napa and Sonoma area is simply sublime, but so are the culinary offerings, from world-renown cookies at Bouchon Bakery to the plentiful options inside the Oxbow Public Market. Taking a cue from the olive-tree-studded landscape, Auberge du Soleil, with its renowned restaurant and spa, cultivates a luxurious look that blends French and California style—with lavish amenities that include private terraces, jetted soaking tubs, and extra-large showers. Immerse yourself in the fruits of wine country with a grapeseed crush body exfoliation at the spa, or simply indulge in the spa’s sumptuous prenatal massage.