What’s the best thing about falling in love and settling down? You’ve got a whole new set of adventures to be planned! For me, the next big thing on the agenda is a babymoon.
As much as I love traveling abroad, being pregnant makes me want to stick a bit closer to home. Between the logistics of doctor’s appointments and concerns over the Zika virus (which, yeah, is still a very big deal for pregnant women), staying stateside just makes sense.
From luxury babymoons with all of the bells and whistles to chill weekend escapes, having a babymoon in the USA offers a world of options.
However, if you are looking to go internationally, check out my list of best babymoon destinations around the world!
Inspire your little one with a case of wanderlust from the very beginning with some of the best babymoon destinations in the USA.
Treat yourself, mama! With endless white-sand beaches, lush forests, and dramatic cliff sides, Maui will take your breath away at every turn. Go diving through the rainbow of coral and tropical fish or just put your feet up poolside.
If you’re looking for luxurious babymoon destinations in the USA, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is a must. This effortlessly chic destination will make you feel like a pampered goddess. Even if it’s just one night, treat yourself to at least one five-star experience in Maui.
While Maui is my top pick, there are so many other places throughout Hawaii that would make an excellent spot for a babymoon.
One of my top picks for honeymoon destinations in the United States, Nantucket is the perfect place to get away from it all.
This charming island off of Cape Cod is known for being a popular and posh summer destination. With gorgeous dune-backed beaches, beautiful cedar-shingled buildings, and manicured privets, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular! And don’t even get me started on the cobblestone streets of Nantucket Town!
Lined with restaurants, high-end boutiques, and steepled churches, Nantucket is the ideal babymoon destination for those that love the coast, history, and relaxation.
Take a stroll down the Sconset Bluff Walk (aka Cliff Walk) for some of the most beautiful views in New England. Soak in the most stunning vistas on a sunset cruise through the harbor, and take a day trip over to Martha’s Vineyard.
Certainly a lesser-known destination in the United States, Stowe is famous as “Fall’s Color Capital.” Every year, the small town comes alive with the vibrant colors of autumn.
And it’s one of my fave babymoon destinations in the USA at any time of the year. Explore the snowy slope of this winter wonderland or hike the sun-soaked killed during the summer. This place is gorgeous 365 days per year, and the cultural events calendar is non-stop.
As a plus, just outside the Green Mountain town of Stowe, this place is an ideal stop for serious cider fans. Foodies will also be delighted as there are many Vermont-made treats—like caramel sauces, jams, and maple candy available at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, too.
If it’s apple orchards you’re after, there are several historic ones scattered across the state.
Asheville, North Carolina
Another small city with major charm is Asheville, North Carolina.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is popping with cool activities and its vibrant art scene. Fall in love with the historic architecture — like the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, or the iconic 19th-century Biltmore Estate.
The countless goodie hotspots, antique shops, cute coffeehouses, and chic galleries make this one of the best destinations for babymoons in the South.
If you want to extend your babymoon, take a day trip over to Charlotte.
Montage Palmetto Bluff (just outside of Hilton Head)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
With 12 miles of flawless beaches, this place is a taste of heaven. Soak in the sun then explore the Lowcountry culture. Hilton Head Island is home to some of the top museums, golf courses, art galleries, and theaters in the region.
Hilton Head packs a whole lot into one small island so it’s easy to plan a dream break here without a lot of travel (shoutout to my motion sick moms!).
While I was road-tripping in the South, I found out first-hand just how delicious Southern cooking is…so if you’re keen on trying up some of the most delectable dishes in the country, this may be the place for you!
While it’s just outside of Hilton Head Island, I stayed at Montage Palmetto Bluff and had the most incredible and luxurious getaway. I’d highly recommend looking into it!
Charleston, South Carolina
Take in the antebellum architecture as you explore the historic streets of South Carolina’s biggest city. Once you’ve explored the wonders of the city, then get pampered with Charleston’s famous babymoon packages.
At the Restoration Hotel, you can get a two-night babymoon package complete with in-room couples massages, chocolate truffles, and keepsakes for your future explorer.
Or you can luxuriate in the Jazz Age vibe of The Spectator, with a Baby on the Way package offering everything from cushy maternity pillows to rose petal turndown service. Keep pregnancy cravings well satisfied with chocolate-covered strawberries while you sip craft mocktails in a candle-lit lavender bath.
While I was in Charleston, I opted to stay at 86 Cannon and it was an absolute dream.
I actually found myself not wanting to leave in the morning! That is more than a little rare for me, but the welcoming inn was a key part of what made Charleston so charming.
On top of all of that, Charleston is such a foodie city and has some of the best restaurants in the country!
Definitely check out my Charleston foodie guide to start planning out your meals. You could easily spend three days in Charleston, and then if you wanted to extend your trip, you could pop on over to Savannah (it’s about two hours from Charleston).
Sea Island, Georgia
What mom-to-be couldn’t use a little sojourn to a private island?
One of Georgia’s Golden Isles, this luxury retreat is perfect for a quiet pre-baby escape. With five miles of private beaches and a spa menu filled with prenatal treatments, it’s a dream babymoon escape.
Want to find out why this is the only resort on the planet to get four Forbes Five-Stars 13 years in a row? Find a place to lie your head at Sea Island, and you’ll know.
For an extended stay in the area, pop on up to Savannah for three days (it’s about an hour and a half away)!
Not only are there tons of things to do in Miami with kids, but it’s perfect for a pre-baby escape. Live it up like a queen in some of the most luxurious destinations in the country, or pound the pavement sampling Cuban street food and admiring the street art.
Plus, the beaches are an absolute DREAM!
Whether your adventure takes you, be sure to plan plenty of time to explore the stunning South Beach neighborhood.
If you’re really looking to live it up and your feet aren’t *too* tired — you’ll find some excellent places to go dancing in the area, too!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sure, this is a great party city, but that’s just the beginning. Scratch beneath the surface and explore the world of wonders beyond Bourbon Street.
Because it has such a dynamic blend of cultural influences, some of the top things to do in New Orleans are unlike anywhere else in the United States; you’ve got jazz shows, Vodou tours, swamp excursions, Cajun cooking classes, and more!
Treat yourself to beignets on beignets and all the eclectic charm of this magical city.
This is definitely the place to be when it comes to cravings. This one-of-a-kind blend of French, African, Native American, Spanish, German, and Italian influences is any mama-to-be’s dream come true.
Eat your way around town sampling these iconic New Orleans foods.
Spend 4-days in New Orleans strolling the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, taking in all the gorgeous mansions of the Garden District, and sampling all the foodie delights!
Amangiri in Utah
I’ve called it one of the most romantic hotels in the world, and I’ve called it one of the best mother-daughter getaways in the United States. Now I’m here to add it to my list of the best babymoon destinations in the USA.
What can I say? I’m always looking for an excuse to hide away in Amangiri!
Located in Utah, Amangiri is surrounded by beautiful desert vistas. The design elements include white stone floors, an outdoor lounge with a fireplace, and a beautiful pool that overlooks the landscape.
Start a fire and cuddle up with your partner for stargazing while sipping on hot tea.
During the day, you can explore the Grand Circle. Amangiri is within easy reach of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Monument Valley, making it an ideal choice for couples who love the outdoors and want a luxurious getaway.
Whether you want to hike or live like a queen in the lap of luxury, Amangiri is the place to be. Trust me, this five-star all-suite Amangiri resort in Utah is well worth the trip.
For those dreaming of a desert babymoon, this is the spot!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
There is something so serene about the bold and beautiful landscape of the desert. And that is exactly why Sante Fe is one of my top picks for a babymoon in the USA.
With 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s always a good time to visit.
And, I’m not alone in loving this New Mexican city; countless artists, wellness gurus, and chefs have migrated here over the years. This has created a rich cultural landscape full of incredible restaurants, galleries, yoga centers, and other babymoon musts.
Some of the best things to do in Santa Fe include renting a bicycle and exploring the city on wheels, or riding one of the many local trails. A visit to the historic Santa Fe Plaza is a must – it’s full of unique shops and restaurants.
You may even want to don your cowboy hat and head to the Santa Fe Opera for a unique desert performance.
The stunning opera house is partially open-air, which allows for fantastic views of the sunset and night sky.
Sedona makes for an excellent pitstop on a Southwest USA road trip. This funky town is famous for its dramatic red rock landscape, and is a nature lover’s paradise.
HIke along the 200+ trails that surround the Sedona area. Then do something a bit different…Head to an energy vortex for a one-of-a-kind yoga session to get a psychic reading from one of the countless fortune-tellers whose shops line the streets of Sedona.
It’s truly a unique and memorable way to spend your babymoon!
It’s very important to note that there are an incredible array of spas in Sedona! From day spas to weekend-long indulgences, it’s all about unwinding here.
Once you’ve had your fill of spa days (is there really such a thing though?), you’ll want to sample the Southwestern cuisine.
Sedona is a multi-cultural wonderland, and it’s reflected in the eats! Experience raw chocolate at Chocola Tree Organic Eatery, have an old-school cowboy cookout at M Diamond Ranch or Cowboy Club, or indulge in a homemade tamale at Tamaliza.
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs is one of the top destinations for a girlfriend getaway, and everything that makes it great for your gals makes it amazing for couples. Unwind at a spa in Palm Springs then head about an hour out of town to Joshua Tree where the Mojave and Lower Colorado deserts meet.
It’s a dream destination for indulgence; with natural hot-water spas, luxury resort oases and yoga retreats galore, you can give mom-to-be the VIP treatment here.
In addition to all the spas and yoga retreats, a big part of Palm Springs’ draw is the fabulous weather! And what’s better than just chilling poolside with a book, a cool mocktail, and an umbrella?
If you’re coming from Los Angeles or San Diego, it’s just a two-hour drive. If you’re coming from farther afield, you can fly directly into town.
For those that are into modern meets funky architecture, Palm Springs serves that up in spades! Plus, you might find some serious steals while vintage shopping. How cute would a Palm Springs momento be in the baby’s nursery?
Anytime I get a chance to explore Northern California, this is at the top of my list. It’s a rare opportunity to take a step back and breathe in the fresh coastal air.
One of the greatest gems of Northern California, the quaint villages and incredible natural beauty of the Mendocino Coast make it perfect for a laidback babymoon.
Surrounded by dramatic mountain cliffs and dense forest, a visit to Mendocino County will show you another side of California: one filled with quiet little seaside towns, friendly locals, and first-rate seafood.
Here, you can canoe, hike in the forest or along the coast, and truly surround yourself with nature, while finding a myriad of farm-to-table restaurants.
Big Sur, California
One of my favorite glamping destinations in the USA, these ancient forests have long been a retreat for generations of writers and artists. This rugged coastline, running from San Simeon to Carmel, is full of 1,2000-foot cliffs and towing redwoods.
Spend your afternoons wandering through the eucalyptus forests and splashing in the ocean, then get off your feet for a much-needed treatment in some of California’s best spas.
For a true retreat, book your stay at Ventana Big Sur.
As a note, If you’re coming from San Francisco, Big Sur is a no-brainer and a popular place to road trip to.
The trip from San Francisco south to Big Sur is about three hours in total; however, I’d highly recommend making a stop in Monterey (about two hours from San Francisco). In this case, the journey is just as incredible as the destination.
My recommendation: Start early to get to Pebble Beach. From here, you can explore the famous 17-Mile Drive for some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States. Be sure to check out the iconic Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach! From Monterey to Big Sur, it’s only about an hour’s drive.
Tip: Before you arrive at Big Sur, check out the Esalen Institute to look at their program options and public hours. They’ve also got a 6,000-year-old cliff-side hot spring that you’ve got to experience.
Carmel by the Sea, California
I couldn’t mention the beautiful places on California’s coast without noting Carmel by the Sea!
In case you missed my 10 places to visit in California that aren’t Los Angeles, this is one of California’s best-kept secrets: Carmel by the Sea. This adorable little town is dotted with unique boutiques, chic art galleries, and cottages that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale.
And let me tell you…it’s love at first sight.
Whether you want to couple Big Sur and Carmel by the Sea together, or have it be its own trip, it’s up to you. They’re both spectacular destinations that offer a relaxing getaway surrounded by gorgeous scenery and charming small towns.
The area is known for the iconic 17-Mile Drive, which takes you on an enchanting stretch of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, green golf courses, and beautiful forests. It may just be one of the most scenic drives in the world.
If you’ve been thinking about a coastal California road trip, Carmel by the Sea definitely deserves a spot. While it’s a little sleepy, that’s part of the charm that makes it oh-so-romantic.
As a bonus, Carmel by the Sea is one of those gorgeous American cities that feels like Europe, and it’s an ultra dog-friendly destination so be sure to bring along the fur baby.
Ojai is the ideal spot for a relaxing weekend getaway. For those that live in Southern California, Ojai is a perfect 2-3 day escape — ideal for relaxing, relaxing, and more relaxing.
Located just a couple of hours’ drive from Los Angeles, Ojai is famous as a modern-day hippie utopia. Ojai is all about small businesses and sourcing goods locally. From retro motels to vintage bookstores to palm readers, everything here is unique.
Sample the olive oil infused with “Pixie” tangerines, bite into a fresh Valencia orange, and go for a stroll around town.
Fun fact: Corporate chains are actually banned in Ojai. Rather than reaching for the same old Starbucks, you can try a local brew. Goodbye, In-N-Out. Hello, roadside farm stand. Farm-to-table is the norm here.
One of the highlights of my visit was staying at the Ojai Valley Inn, a massive wellness resort perfect for a poolside escape.
We started the day with a poolside yoga class, soaked in the sun while we biked around the property, then swung by the spa for a massage. Whether you want to hike the beautiful surrounding area or take a load off with prenatal spa treatments, this is the place to be.
Debating when to plan your babymoon? Here’s what you should know about the best time to travel to Southern California!
Lake Tahoe, California
Just between California and Nevada, nestled beside the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is a nature lover’s paradise.
Ever since taking a girlfriend getaway in Lake Tahoe, I’ve been in love with this spot. Whether you want to make a beeline for the city or plan a California national park road trip, this is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Swim the turquoise lakes, hike the endless trails, then sit back and roast some s’mores while you take in the incredible stunning vistas of the Sierra Nevadas.
One thing I especially love about Lake Tahoe is that you can enjoy the great outdoors and get away from the whole wide world…then head in for a night on the town (or not — completely up to you, mama!).
San Juan Islands, Washington
Want to get some much-needed me-time before that little bundle of joy arrives? Just an hour ferry ride from the mainland, you’ll find this tranquil oasis.
Kayak and hike your way along the shore to take in some of the best whale watching in the world. Feed those pregnancy cravings with farm-to-table dining. This is the perfect place to disconnect and refresh before you take on your biggest mission ever.
And you’ll find plenty of places ready to make your babymoon perfect. Check in to the Tucker House Inn for homemade cookies and baby-friendly vino. They’ll send you over to the nearby Coho Restaurant for a candlelit tide-to-table dinner then bring you in for a couple’s massage.
Hey, moms! Be sure to check out my Smart Baby Gadgets for Tech-Loving Parents for the must-haves that’ll make traveling with your little peanut easy.