You family is growing! Whether you are having your first baby or third, you deserve a little downtime before you start caring for a brand new person. Take these last weeks to enjoy sometime alone or with your partner with a romantic getaway. While traveling a long distance may be more of an undertaking then you can handle, there are plenty of perfect spots only a short drive away. Check out our top picks for the perfect babymoon.
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 MoPOP. 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
Just a three hour drive away, Mt. Rainier offers parents-to-be opportunities to take in the beauty of winter, and engage in winter activities that are easy on the expecting. The mountain offers spectacular views that you won’t find anywhere else, and if you leave your cozy cabin you are sure to run into wildlife including dear and elk. If mom is up for it, ranger guided snow shoe walks are available inside Mt. Rainer National Park. If you are looking for something a little more gentle and relaxing, a ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola will take you over 2,400 vertical feet to the summit where you will find expansive views of Mt. Rainier and the beautiful Cascade Range. While you are there, you'll want to grab a bite at the Summit House, Washington’s highest elevation restaurant serving locally sourced and Northwest inspired cuisine. For a romantic base camp, stay at one of Three Bears Lodge seven cabins just outside the year-round Paradise entrance to the national park in Ashford. They are private, luxurious, and fully stocked with everything you need.
Three Bears Lodge
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.
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Head to the mountain and book your babymoon stay at the Timberline Lodge. Timberline Lodge is an iconic spot that features a year-round outdoor heated pool that mom-to-be will love floating in. It also has a hot tub and sauna and luxurious rooms to relax in. If mom is up for it, it's a great basecamp for a short snowshoeing adventure. You can rent snow shoes right there, go on a trek and then come back to the lodge to warm up and enjoy the game room or a light read from the lending library. There are multiple onsite dining options including the Cascade Dining Room and Rams Head Bar & Restaurant. You can stay for days without leaving the lodge, except for gentle treks in the snow.
27500 W Leg Rd.
Timberline Lodge, OR
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! Stay at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend. Not only are the rooms extra luxurious, amazing restaurants and shops are all in walking distance (even for tired, pregnant feet). And if you are too tired to make you way out for dinner, the Oxford has a stunning restaurant called Roam that offers delectable dishes on site.
The Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
The quaint town of Sisters is just about three hours southeast of Portland, or half an hour north of Bend in the shadow of Black Butte and the Three Sisters. This gorgeous road trip will make you feel like you're a world away with the old-fashioned storefronts, lots of shopping and the stunning beauty of the surrounding area. For the most relaxing and romantic stay, book a room at Five Pines Lodge. You can stay at the grand lodge which is a blend of modern and rustic architecture and features a 30-foot rock fireplace, or in one of the cozy cabins located amidst a sprawling pine forest. While shopping is just steps away, mom might prefer to indulge Five Pine's Shibui Spa offerings or take in a flick at Sisters Movie House which is also located on the Five Pine Campus. In fact, you don't even have to leave the campus to grab food, just stroll over to Three Creeks Brewing.
Five Pine Lodge
1021 Desperado Trail
Cozy, but not too sleepy: If that’s what you’re looking for in your beach vacation, Cannon Beach is perfect. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy whale watching with your partner. 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. Stephanie Inn, with its ocean view rooms overlooking Haystack Rock, is the place to do it. Offering the comfort and elegance of a boutique luxury hotel, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn provides and opportunity to retreat, relax, and indulge yourself. With a full range of spa services, specialty experiences and classes, and the finest Pacific Northwest cuisine on the Oregon Coast, your baby moon is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
2740 S. Pacific
Cannon Beach, OR
Bingen is just a short car drive away. But, if you want a fun adventure, this quaint town is only two stops away from Portland and three stops from Seattle by Amtrak. If she's up for it, Bingen sits next to the stunning Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail which makes for great gentle bike ride or hike. Book a stay at The Society Hotel, which is only five blocks away from the Amtrak station and features a community gathering space and 20 cabins that encircle a grass area with a fire pit, bathhouse and spa. For a truly relaxing experience, spend lots of time in the brand-new sunlit spa which features a warm saltwater soaking pool mom can float in, as well as a cold plunge and hot tub. Massage services are available. Along with the spa café, she'll have everything she needs to ease her muscles. The cabins have cozy beds, a sitting and dining area and a small kitchenette where you can cook your own meals.
The Society Hotel
210 N Cedar St,
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. Make the Embarcadero Resort your basecamp for your getaway. The Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina is quietly tucked away at the end of the Newport’s Historic Bayfront located on the central Oregon Coast. This picturesque Oregon resort is a favorite destination for travelers looking for a touch of luxury. Every well-appointed guest room has a private balcony overlooking beautiful Yaquina Bay.
1000 Southeast Bay Blvd.