If you need a break from baby showers and visits to the doctor, spend an extended weekend or week-long vacation away with your sweetie on a babymoon. April brings ideal weather, so you can easily explore a new city, hit the beach, enjoy a massage at a spa, and eat all your favorite foods. As for accommodations, stay at a waterfront vacation rental or a cabin tucked away in a wooded area for peace and quiet. To help you plan, check out the eight best April babymoon vacation destinations.
1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
In April, college kids flock to Panama City Beach and Myrtle Beach for spring break, which leaves Hilton Head Island the perfect place for a beach babymoon. Book a massage at the Indigo Spa to start your trip off right and unwind before soaking up the sun on the beach. With Vagabond Tours, you can treat yourself to a romantic cruise out on the water on a luxury yacht to see the dolphins playing or to watch the sun disappear over the horizon. For a romantic night of great food and even better music, The Jazz Corner is the place to go with its upscale Southern food and local musicians who play most nights.
2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Enjoy warm days and cool nights with a babymoon in Santa Fe. This small town has an amazing downtown area, where you can easily spend the better part of the day wandering through the art galleries and stores that sell a little bit of everything. When cravings strike, follow the side streets to Todos Santos Chocolates for a sweet treat and sit at one of the outside tables to take a break. For breakfast, stop by the Chocolate Maven and find a small table upstairs to enjoy a romantic meal and plan your day. Rustic romantic meals are the star at Luminaria Restaurant and Patio. Select a table outside to enjoy the cool evening air.
3. Hershey, Pennsylvania
Just a couple hours north of Philadelphia sits the town created by Milton Hershey, who began the Hershey chocolate empire. At the Hershey Hotel and Spa, you can make an appointment to spend a half day or whole day being pampered with chocolate. This includes massages with chocolate lotion and body wraps featuring – you guessed it – chocolate. Most of the spa packages include a quiet lunch in the spa’s private dining room. Stop by the Broad Street Market to pick up the freshest ingredients available to cook a special meal together, or opt for a romantic dinner at The Mill in Hershey that’s set in a historic mill and offers American classics made with locally sourced ingredients.
4. Raleigh, North Carolina
Home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh combines the best of a big city with a small-town feel. Whether you want to learn more about how they make those wonderful candies or you have a craving for it, the Videri Chocolate Factory tour is a great way to satisfy both. After your tour, settle into one of the tables for a little sampling. One morning, head over to The Flying Biscuit at Cameron Village for biscuits so large that they almost don’t fit in your mouth, and meander around this outdoor, upscale shopping center afterward.
5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
While it’s too cool to swim, you can still take long walks on the beach when Carmel-by-the-Sea is your vacation destination. This artist community has a welcoming downtown area filled with art galleries and eclectic stores selling everything from souvenirs to handmade clothing. Carmel Beach is the best place in the area to watch the sunset. Unwind completely with a couple’s massage at Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, or opt for a pedicure to get your feet in shape to show off your toes in the sand. Dine outside at the Casanova restaurant, and choose between Italian and French dishes.
6. Friday Harbor, Washington
Take the ferry that navigates the San Juan Islands for your babymoon in Friday Harbor. It’s a little cooler in April, so you may need a sweater in the mornings and evenings, but you can snuggle in front of the fireplace in your vacation rental. Grab a pizza from the Bakery San Juan, and head over to the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at Westcott Bay Reserve for a picnic. Afterward, stroll around the park to see the amazing sculptures and take in the stunning views of the Roche Harbor. Vinny’s Ristorante provides a cozy vibe and scrumptious pasta dishes for a romantic evening on the town.
7. Lexington, Kentucky
Experience Southern hospitality in the center of horse country in Lexington. Take a tour of the Kentucky Horse Farm that includes the stables. After the tour, settle into a comfy seat for the Horses of the World show that includes rare horses from far-flung locations and riders dressed in outfits from their horse’s country of origin. Pack a picnic lunch for a day at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. This nature preserve offers 10 miles of hiking trails that wind through open meadows and past bubbling streams. Located in a large Southern manor home with a covered patio, the Merrick Inn restaurant is the ideal place for a romantic evening.
8. Tampa, Florida
Let the spring break kids enjoy Panama City and Orlando while you enjoy the water in Tampa. Ben T. Davis Beach is the best place in the area to enjoy a low-key day at the beach and the ideal location to watch the sun go down. Check the schedule and book tickets to one of the events at the Tampa Theatre. This theater was a movie palace in the early 20th century and offers a stunning interior that’s worth the price of the ticket alone. Putt around Tampa Bay when you rent a boat from eBoats. These 21-foot boats are available from a kiosk and only go six miles per hour.
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