The months when you’re expecting are a magical time that seems to fly by. However, when you crave relaxing quality time with your partner, plan a getaway together with a babymoon. From cozy cottages with stunning water views to comfy cabins tucked away near a lake, there are plenty of Massachusetts vacation rentals to choose from. Spend a few days or a week taking romantic walks along the beach and effortlessly dining out at romantic restaurants. Check out the six best babymoon vacation destinations in Massachusetts.
1. Martha’s Vineyard
Start your romantic babymoon with a ferry ride out to Martha’s Vineyard, where you can stroll through the harborfront town and check out the quaint art galleries, such as Edgartown Art Gallery and North Water Gallery. Hold hands as you stroll along the trails at the Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy a picnic lunch from Waterside Market that includes lobster rolls. Enjoy the sunset on Menemsha Beach, and then walk to a romantic dinner at Larsen’s Fish Market. Choose side-by-side horses when you take a ride on the Flying Horses Carousel, a retired carousel from Coney Island. There’s something romantic about a lighthouse, and this island has five for you to see and explore, including Aquinnah Lighthouse and Cape Poge Lighthouse.
Step back in time to the Gilded Age with a visit to Lenox. At the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, you can unwind and relax with a couple’s massage or other spa treats. The spa treats guests celebrating a special event to a glass of champagne or sparkling juice. Find the romance of the early 20th century with a tour of The Mount Edith Wharton’s Home with its sprawling rooms and marble floors, and in spring or summer, enjoy the gardens in full bloom after touring the home. Book tickets for a performance at the Shakespeare and Company theater, or enjoy an evening of music at Tanglewood. The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum includes a renovated train station that dates back to 1903 and several train cars.
Home to Yankee Candle Village, Deerfield is a great place to escape for a babymoon. Start with a visit to Yankee Candle Village to find new scented candles to help you relax, as well as candle holders for the nursery. At Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, stroll through the tropical warm indoor gardens to enjoy the flutter of butterfly wings against your skin. Pick up a picnic lunch from Back Porch BBQ for the short drive to the Bridge of Flowers, where you can take selfies by the flower-covered bridge and find a shaded spot to enjoy your lunch. At Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, pick up a box of chocolate-covered strawberries to enjoy in front of a fire at your vacation rental.
If you can get away for your babymoon between May and mid-October, Stockbridge should be high on your list of possibilities. During this time period, the Berkshire Botanical Garden is in full bloom. Walk through the gardens, holding hands and sniffing all the flowers and flowering plants. The gardens host numerous special events, so check the schedule before choosing a day to visit. Several historic homes in the area feature formal gardens, such as the Chesterwood and Naumkeag. See original works of art at the Norman Rockwell Museum, and stay for one of the frequent talks. For a romantic meal, select a table in a quiet corner at the Once Upon a Table restaurant to enjoy a meal of favorite American classics.
Another island hideaway for your babymoon is upscale Nantucket. After leaving the ferry, stretch your legs in the charming downtown area with its eclectic blend of shops. Stop at Nantucket Country Antiques or Val Maitino Antiques to select the perfect addition to your home or decor piece for the nursery. Jetties Beach is the place to toss out a blanket to watch the sunset before a romantic dinner. Get dressed up in your best for a romantic, luxurious dinner at the White Elephant, and ask for a table on the patio to enjoy the sea breeze.
Relax and unwind with a low-key vacation in Concord with its rich history that dates back to the beginning of the United States and the American Revolutionary War. Walk together through Minuteman National Historical Park, cross the North Bridge that dates back to the 1700s, and take a tour of the area to learn more about its revolutionary history. See the home of the author of “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott, and take a tour of the Orchard House. At the Merchants Row restaurant, take part in a traditional afternoon tea. Head to 80 Thoreau for a romantic dinner in a rustic setting with “farm-to-fork” dishes that rely heavily on American favorites.
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