While you’re preparing for your new bundle of joy to arrive, it’s important to make time for you and your partner to indulge in relaxation. Plan for a babymoon in Maryland if you’re looking for a cozy cottage on the beach with stunning ocean views, or a hideaway in a small town where time seems to slow down. When you’re ready to unwind and spend quality time with your sweetheart, book one of many vacation rentals in Maryland and look forward to an unforgettable getaway.

1. Sharpsburg

Delve into a little American Civil War history when you opt to stay in Sharpsburg. One of the most beautiful and most photographed sites in town is the Burnside Bridge. Located in the Civil War Antietam National Battlefield, the bridge is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll and to talk about the future. Grab a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the tables at the park before your guided tour. See the home that once belonged to the ancestors of the American president, John F. Kennedy, and take a walk around the farm at the John Brown’s House. The Marketplace Of Sharpsburg is a small farmer’s market, where you two can pick up fresh ingredients to prepare a meal together back at your vacation rental, or opt for a romantic meal out at Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse.

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2. Chesapeake Beach

Nothing says romance like a long walk on the beach and pitching a blanket on the sand to sit and watch as the sun dips below the horizon. Chesapeake Beach is the right beach for your relaxing babymoon. For your first day in town, book an appointment at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa for a hot stone massage to work out all your pregnancy kinks and help you unwind. Experience the natural beauty and lush greenery with a stroll at the Chesapeake Arboretum and learn more about the group’s work on conservation. For something a little off-the-beaten-path, head over to the Bergey’s Dairy Farm for a tour and a large bowl of ice cream made fresh at the farm to satisfy any craving you may have.

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3. McHenry

Imagine sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket with your sweetie in front of roaring fire and looking out the window and watching snowflakes fall gently to the ground, and you have an idea of the romance that awaits you in McHenry. Explore your love of art and craftsmanship with a visit to the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. At this location, artists still practice skills that date back to Colonial days. Watch as a blacksmith forges metal or enjoy a demonstration on quilting, or opt to visit the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop and select a beautiful item to put in your nursery together. Canoe On the Run is the best spot in town for a hearty breakfast that you can eat in front of the cafe’s fireplace.

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4. National Harbor

Located on the Potomac River and within sight of the nation’s capital city, National Harbor offers you all the excitement you want to leave your worries behind. Cuddle together as the earth slips away from beneath you after you board The Capital Wheel that rises high into the sky and provides you with stunning views of the river and capital city. You can pick out an outfit to wear home from the hospital when you go shopping in the downtown area with its Tanger Outlet Mall, featuring all your favorite shops, including Eddie Bauer, Coach, and Carters. SUP Yoga offers yoga classes on a paddle board where you can stretch as much as you feel comfortable doing. For a romantic dinner, Capital Chicken and Waffles has what you’re craving, but for ambiance, Fiorella Italian Kitchen is the place to be.

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5. Chevy Chase

Slow down and relax in the town of Chevy Chase that offers you the best of both worlds; it’s within easy driving distance of Washington D.C. and home to the Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Order juicy burgers to go from Jetties and eat them on a blanket on the grounds of the nature sanctuary. Stroll around part of the 40 acres that make up this beautiful area and take a tour of the historic mansion on the grounds that dates back to the 1600s. In the spring months, Brookside Gardens is worth the short drive. This garden comes to life with flowers in a rainbow of colors and there are benches placed around the gardens to sit on when you get tired. For a romantic lunch, stop by Lia’s and select a table outside close to the fountain.

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6. Easton

If you’re craving small-town life, then Easton fits the bill. Start your trip with a tour from Eating Easton. This three-hour walking tour gives you the chance to nibble on the signature dishes of the best restaurants in town while taking in the charming downtown area and learning a little local history as you walk from one eatery to the next. Located in an art deco building, Avalon Performing Arts Theater offers a fun night out to dress up and enjoy a live performance from musicals to dramas. Stop by the Amish Country Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, and other items for a romantic dinner alone.

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