Serenity Now: Babymoon Ideas for NYC Parents-to-Be

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Expecting? Congrats! Also: you might want to think about one last trip as a couple before the bundle of joy arrives, AKA, a “babymoon.” We’ve scouted the best babymoon destinations near NYC, many of which offer babymoon packages and are a short car or train ride away! Here’s where you can get away from it all and rest up for the big day (and nights).

photo: Walker Greenwich Village

For Art Deco Details in Greenwich Village

Book a room with a deep soaking tub and balcony to retreat from every single thing on your to-do list. Best of all, the Walker Greenwich Village is just a quick subway ride away. Tucked on 13th Street, this art deco-inspired boutique hotel exudes peace, calm and tranquility. Plan to dine at the hotel’s Society Café and be sure to ask for a banquette table near the skylights and relish in an oh-so-peaceful meal.

Room rates start at $295/night

52 W. 13th St. 
Greenwich Village 
212-375-1300
Online: walkerhotels.com

photo: Delamar Greenwich Harbor

For a Waterside Retreat in Connecticut

In less than an hour on Metro North, you can be whisked away to the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut, tucked right on the picturesque Greenwich Harbor and a quick walk from the train. The deluxe property offers full spa services and a gorgeous marina to stroll. While you’re in town, don’t miss shopping along Greenwich Avenue or a fascinating visit to the nearby Bruce Museum, both of which are within walking distance from the front desk.

Room rates start at  $239/night

500 Steamboat Rd.
Greenwich, CT
203-661-9800
Online: delamar.com

photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

For a Deluxe Spot in DUMBO

The minute you inhale 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s delish pumped-in scent in this greenery-filled lobby, you’ll immediately exhale the stresses you’ve been under lately. Be sure take a long stroll around the waterfront and save room for pizza (Juliana’s, Grimaldi’s and L&B Spumoni Gardens is opening soon) and ice cream (Ample Hills and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) as every one of these epic local faves are located within a few blocks of the front desk. And, sure, the rooftop pool is full of micro bikini-wearing singles but, if you head up to the roof early for a dip—since let’s face it you probably can’t reset your mom clock just because you’re not sleeping in your own bed—you may just end up having the infinity pool and breathtaking views of the downtown skyline—pretty much all to yourself.

Room rates start at $399/night

60 Furman St.
347-696-2500
DUMBO
Online: 1hotels.com

For Vintage Chic in Hudson

Hop aboard Amtrak for a gorgeous two-hour trip along the mighty Hudson before pulling into Hudson, the ultra-chic river town boasting eight blocks of antiquing, boutique-ing, and excellent coffee along Warren Street. At the Hudson Whaler, you’re steps from the funkiest shops around (just be sure to visit later in the week as many shops are closed mid-week). Once you check in, you’ll feel right at home—and you might never want to leave—thanks to original details from local artists, a super-luxe spa tub and a bed you will sink right into.

Tip: While you’re in town, be sure to stop in for books (or an ale) at Spotty Dog and have dinner at Wunder Bar Bistro, just a few blocks away from the hotel’s front door.

Room rates start at $169/night weekdays, $349/night on weekends

542 Warren St. 
Hudson, NY
518-217-4334
Online: hudsonwhaler.com

photo: The William Vale

For the Busy Babymoon

Not everyone wants to lounge the days away, even during the last "solo" trip. The William Vale is another hyper-local option, and there is always something going on here, from fun rooftop programming to art installations and more. (The neighborhood is also, obviously, a place where it's hard to run out of things to do and see.) When you are ready to chill, take advantage of the heavenly-scented Le Labo amenities, your private balcony with prime city views and breakfast from the hotel's Leuca — which, of course, you can enjoy in bed if you like!

Room rates start at $320/night

111 N. 12th St.
Williamsburg
718-631-8400
Online: thewilliamvale.com

photo: MC Hotel

To Scope Out Montclair in Style

Some people will tell you you're going to end up here eventually, so why not hop aboard New Jersey Transit and check in 45 minutes later at the MC Hotel in Montclair, located right in the heart of this buzzing village. The hotel boasts an impressive on-site art collection and is home to the town’s only rooftop bar with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Don’t forget to pop into Allegory, the hotel’s ground-level restaurant, for "clean, healthy cooking" featuring locally sourced ingredients from the Montclair Farmers’ Market. 

Room rates start at $149/night

690 Bloomfield Ave. 
Montclair, NJ
973-329-5500
Online: marriott.com

photo: Mohonk Mountain House

For a Classic Option Upstate

Hop a train or car ride to the Hudson Valley for rest and relaxation at this NYC-area favorite getaway. In under two hours, you could be relaxing and taking in breathtaking views from the Mohonk Mountain House. (The resort offers specials during the fall for people making the most of the incredible foliage displays.) This Victorian castle surrounded by 40,000 acres of forest is the place to recharge in nature, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and get a treatment or two at the award-winning spa.  

Room rates start at $700

1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, NY 
845-765-3286
Online: www.mohonk.com

photo: Oheka Castle

For a Historic Mansion on Long Island's Gold Coast

Nestled between New York City and the Hamptons, you will find Oheka Castle. This historic property is a romantic venue that is popular for weddings, but it's also a deluxe spot for a getaway. Oheka is a quick train or car ride from NYC, but feels like a world away! (Or at least a French chateau.) Inquire about their “Last Night of Sleep” package ($975) which features a three-course dinner, an in-room massage, tour of the castle and more.

Room rates start at $250 for a weekday rate

135 West Gate Dr.
Huntington, NY 
631-659-1400
Online: www.oheka.com

photo: Garden City Hotel

For a Quick & Convenient Country Visit

If you feel like you need some fresh air, a speedy LIRR train ride to the Garden City Hotel, located across the street from the Garden City LIRR station, doesn’t disappoint. After an afternoon spent reading a book on an Adirondack chair on the property’s seven-acre lawn, a stroll through the quaint village, dinner at David Burke’s Red Salt Room and a night of deep sleep in a luxurious room, you’ll feel restored for whatever your new babe may bring.

Room rates start at $359/night

45 Seventh St. 
Garden City, NY 
516-747-3000
Online: gardencityhotel.com

— Lambeth Hochwald

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