August is one of the most ideal times to travel, especially since the summer heat starts to taper. When you have a baby on the way, it’s important to find a destination where the temperatures are pleasant, and not too hot. Numerous towns and cities across the country fit the bill. Look forward to waterfront towns with rolling beaches to explore, as well as small mountain cities perfect for sightseeing. Book a stay at one of numerous vacation rentals across the country for your August babymoon. Check out the best summertime babymoon destinations.
1. Monterey Bay, California
With Monterey at the south and Santa Cruz at the north – as well as cute towns such as Capitola in between – Monterey Bay provides an ideal mix of city amenities and natural splendor for a babymoon in August. High temperatures during the month average just below 70 degrees, warm enough to explore beaches in shorts and a T-shirt but cool enough to avoid exhaustion when pregnant. No matter where on the bay you find a vacation rental, you have quick access to scenic drives along the Pacific Coast, including Big Sur just to the south. Downtown Santa Cruz has a variety of eclectic shops where you can find clothes and household goods for yourself or your upcoming baby, such as the Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge. Nearby, you can relax at Well Within Spa or Tea House Spa. Unplug for a while as you sip tea at Hidden Peak Teahouse, which doesn’t allow electronic devices to be used in the shop. In Monterey, visit the renowned aquarium, then check out the shops at Cannery Row or get a massage at Monterey Day Spa, which is just blocks from the aquarium. Top of the day with dinner overlooking the bay at Cooper’s Pub and Restaurant.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
Enjoy the best of cities and beaches on your babymoon with a vacation rental in Charleston. August is an ideal time to visit the city for sunbathing during the day and pleasant evenings to explore downtown. Think dining, shows, or relaxing strolls through Waterfront Park or past the colorful colonial houses of Rainbow Row. As temperatures do reach the mid to high 80s, it may be best to head indoors during the hottest part of the day with a massage at Elyon Massage and Boutique Spa or the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. Treat yourself or your partner to some new outfits from boutique retailers, such as House of Sage or MOSA Boutique. Share a romantic French meal with your partner at 39 Rue De Jean, or if steak is more your style, consider Halls Chophouse.
3. Aspen, Colorado
Tucked into the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is well known for its winter sports. However, in August, the small city has a temperate climate ideal for exploring the beautiful scenery surrounding the valley. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the Rio Grande Trail, which follows the Roaring Fork River from the center of town. If a little more activity is in order, head out on the Cathedral Lake trail or the American Lake trails to view mountain wildflowers. To get views from the top of the mountain without the strain of walking, take the Silver Queen Gondola up Aspen Mountain. At the top, you can even eat lunch while soaking in the views. If fine dining is on your to-do list, Aspen has you covered with restaurants such as Element 47 and Pyramid Bistro. You can also pick up some fresh ingredients at the Aspen Saturday Market and cook a romantic meal back at your vacation rental. Slow life to its most relaxing with a visit to the Aspen Club & Spa for an aromatic massage, or pause to meditate at the John Denver Sanctuary. Cap off a night with a play or musical performance by Theatre Aspen at the Hurst Theatre.
4. Burlington, Vermont
A vacation rental in Burlington puts you in the middle of the entire state, allowing quick day trips to scenic mountain views and short hikes such as Mount Philo. See the city with the locals with a walk along the Burlington Bike Path, which connects numerous beaches and parks. If you prefer to sit and contemplate Lake Champlain, stake out a picnic spot at Waterfront Park, or you can head out on the water. The Spirit of Ethan Allen conducts numerous cruises each day throughout the summer, including cruises with live entertainment and murder mystery cruises. For a little pampering, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa has you covered. In addition to massages and other treatments, the spa has soaking tubs complete with waterfalls flowing over rock formations.
5. Madison, Wisconsin
Set between two lakes, Madison provides ample opportunities to explore the natural spaces and neighborhoods of the city at your own pace. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which includes outdoor spaces as well as an indoor conservatory full of aromatic flowers and plants. You can also stroll around downtown. While there, indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier or Candinas Chocolatier, both of which sell unique confections and chocolates that make a great dessert after you dine out. Speaking of dining, try the Boathouse at the Edgewater for dinner with an eye-level view of Lake Mendota. Complete your evening out with a visit to the Ivory Room for a dueling piano performance. Work out with your baby-to-be with a prenatal class at Dragonfly Hot Yoga or at The Studio. During August, Madison averages temperatures with highs around 79 and lows around 59.
6. Ocean Shores, Washington
Located on a peninsula midway up the Washington coast, Ocean Shores is an ideal location for a beach getaway to focus on your loved one and the baby to come. The best part is that the August climate is nearly perfect, with average high temperatures in the mid-70s. The town is about a 3.5-hour drive from Seattle or Portland and acts as a great jumping off point to explore the Olympic National Forest and the more remote stretches of beaches to the north. Spend a day in the car and visit the Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach. Stop for a sunset dinner at Kalaloch Lodge before driving back to your Ocean Shores vacation rental. In town, you can spend your time strolling along the wide stretches of sandy beach, watching the waves roll in from the Pacific Ocean. For even more relaxation, visit Quinault Spa for a massage, or try your luck at the nearby Quinault Beach Casino.
7. Ithaca, New York
Venture into the mountains around Ithaca to spend your babymoon surrounded by the natural beauty of waterfalls and canyons. There are more than 150 waterfalls within 10 miles of the town, including Buttermilk Falls State Park and Lick Brook Falls. For more outdoor beauty and a little adventure at your own pace, rent a boat from Finger Lakes Boat Rentals and head out on Cayuga Lake for a picnic. At night, Ithaca’s music scene is a great way to let loose a little before your little one comes. Venues such as The Dock and AGAVA Restaurant host regular shows. Before the concert, visit Just a Taste for Spanish cuisine or Madeline’s for a meal and dessert.
8. Sun Valley, Idaho
A well-known ski town, Sun Valley features pleasant temperatures and minimal crowds during the summer, perfect for a relaxing getaway. The spa at the Sun Valley Lodge offers a range of massage therapies to help you find that relaxed state. You can also step beyond massages with body ritual treatments, such as skin rejuvenation and Ayurvedic body wraps. You can also get a massage at Sun Valley Remedies, which sells lotions and oils so you can massage each other back at home, or at your vacation rental. Enjoy the views from the top of Bald Mountain, as well as a meal at Roundhouse Lodge, by taking the ski lift, which operates throughout August. If you’re up for it, you can hike or bike back down to town.
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