While waiting for your baby to arrive, relax and enjoy a getaway in the scenic Southern state of Alabama. Contemplate baby names while strolling the white sand beaches of Orange Beach, or let stress melt away with a spa day in Florence. Play golf and watch the world go by from Mentone, high atop Lookout Mountain; or fish the Tennessee River and the lake in Guntersville. The Yellowhammer State is full of seafood, Southern dishes, and unforgettable attractions. Book a stay at one of numerous Alabama vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon. Get ready for your special delivery with a babymoon in one of these cities and towns in Alabama.

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1. Orange Beach

Gracing the Gulf of Mexico, the town of Orange Beach features tranquil white-sand beaches and blue-green waters, especially soothing when summer crowds are gone. Tour the interactive gallery at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, and make your own piece of art at the Clay Studio there. Try a ham and three-cheese omelet for breakfast at Brick and Spoon, and then head for the beach. Plan your baby shower with your spouse while lounging on beach chairs under umbrellas from Perdido Beach Services. A manicure and pedicure at Fusion Spa at The Wharf gives you the pampering you deserve. When you get hungry again, enjoy short rib nachos and a fried seafood platter at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill.

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2. Mentone

Perched on top of Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, Mentone offers a perfect place to unwind amid clear mountain streams. Walk the trails at Desoto State Park nearby, or go swimming at Little River Falls. Carts are available to play the nine-hole, par 63 course at Saddle Rock Golf Course year round. Downtown provides relaxing experiences in stores like Kamama, a coffee shop, art and antique gallery, and music performance venue combined. When hunger sets in, savor the flavors of fried green tomatoes, smoked pork chops, and buttermilk pie at Green Leaf Grill.

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3. Florence

Scenic Florence provides numerous places to be active or relax. Tour Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace, or take a workshop at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. Spend time at The Retreat Day Spa and Salon, including a couples massage with your loved one, and then take in a show at the Shoals Theater. Unwind with a round of golf at Blackberry Trail, an outstanding 18-hole municipal course. If fishing relaxes you, head for the Tennessee River with tackle from Burch Fishing Tackle Co. No luck? Console yourself with a sausage and mushroom pizza baked on the stone hearth at Ricatoni’s Italian Grill before returning to your vacation rental in Florence, Alabama.

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4. Guntersville

On the southern tip of the Tennessee River in Alabama, Guntersville features a beautiful lake that’s perfect for eagle watching, or fishing while floating in a boat from Lake Guntersville Boat Rentals. Downtown, Fant’s Department Store offers unique items in a retro environment, and King’s Row is full of vintage and antique offerings. Visit the Guntersville Museum for the flavor of local history through art, artifacts, and gems. Good food flavors are everywhere–enjoy a burger at Old Town Stock House, steak, seafood, or pizza at the Rock House Eatery, or pecan-encrusted chicken at Aqua Restaurant.

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5. Fairhope

As a popular waterfront vacation destination in Alabama, Fairhope provides amazing views of the natural bay and river scenery. Celebrate the sunset from Fairhope Pier, or go to Five Rivers, where the Mobile, Spanish, Apalachee, Blakeley, and Tensaw Rivers converge into Mobile Bay. Felix’s Fish Camp offers delicious seafood enhances by the bay views. Enjoy an old fashion hayride or walk the nature trails at Oak Hollow Farm. See mansions and learn local culture on one of the Landmark Tours through the area, and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Victorian-style home of Punta Clara Candy Kitchen. Enjoy seafood while sitting outdoors at Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina. Treat yourself to a de-stress day of a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure at Spa Blue before heading back to put your feet up at your Fairhope vacation rental.

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6. Foley

Situated near the Gulf of Mexico, Foley offers the rest you need before your new family member arrives. Enjoy the serenity of Gulf State Park, featuring beaches, pier fishing, and walking trails. Stop at the Foley Welcome Center for an overview of the area, and see the trains exhibit at the Foley Museum and Archives nearby. At Foley Art Center, view works of local artists in wood, glass, and other mediums, and pick out pieces to complement your wardrobe and home. You may find a unique gift for someone special at Heritage Antique Mall, which offers a large selection of vintage and antique items. Get your fill of southern cooking at Lambert’s Cafe III, with meals featuring pork chops, meatloaf, and barbecue pork steak, to hold you for your trip back home.

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