During the month of December, you and your sweetheart can enjoy winter wonderlands and the cheery holiday ambiance. Whether you want to partake in winter sports, take a stroll along a Christmas-themed downtown area, or take a dip in hot springs, you can do all that and more on your babymoon getaway. After settling into your vacation rental, venture out and explore your picturesque surroundings. That said, take a look at the top winter babymoon destinations.
1. Park City, Utah
Park City isn’t just about the skiing – though if your baby bump doesn’t get in the way of time on the slopes, then have at it – it’s about culture, fresh mountain air, fun, and relaxation. Explore the snow-dusted mountains with your honey via some snowmobiling. Adventures at Thousand Peaks, Backcountry Snowmobiling, and Lofty Peaks Adventures and Snowmobiling offer a mix of snowmobile rentals, private tours, and guided activities. Relax and let someone else do the work, namely a team of huskies, with some dog sledding. All Seasons Adventures Dog Sledding and Rancho Luna Lobos offer a variety of options, including a romantic two-person ride, just the two of you and the beautiful outdoors. After getting your fun on, revel in holiday cheer at the annual Snowfest and the Torchlight Parade, or just walk hand-in-hand through the quaint downtown area to do some holiday shopping. Finally, after coming in from the cold, warm up at Aura Spa.
2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is another mountain town that offers romance mixed with holiday cheer. For instance, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride for two with Saddleback Ranch or Haymaker, and enjoy each other’s company. Stop at Ragnar’s for a romantic dinner featuring game and seafood, candlelight, and a spectacular view. If you want a horse of your own, try some horseback riding at The Home Ranch or Vista Verde Ranch. A babymoon here isn’t complete until you stop at Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs, where you can soak in the heat and maybe enjoy a massage. If you feel up to leaving your vacation rental, stop at the town’s annual Torchlight Parade for a festive touch.
3. Kennebunkport, Maine
Kennebunkport, located on Maine’s southern coast, might not be the obvious location for a babymoon, but this December vacation destination gives you snowy beauty and solitude, the perfect way to rediscover your couple connection. Think beach walks without crowds, snow-draped rocks, and misty mornings. Kennebunkport is also one of the most Christmassy towns in New England. Take part in the annual tree-lighting ceremony where you can enjoy a small-town feel, drink some hot cocoa, and maybe pick up a few Christmas gifts at the shops. There’s also the multi-day Annual Christmas Prelude with live music, craft fairs, entertainment, and Santa (because you’re never to old to appreciate the jolly guy in red).
4. The Berkshires, Massachusetts
While you can most likely expect snow in the Berkshires during your December trip, the white stuff just adds beauty and romance to your babymoon and gives you that Norman Rockwell holiday experience that you’ve always wanted. Enjoy the wintry woodlands with some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Canterbury Farm, Notchview Reservation, or Hilltop Orchards. Because the Berkshires is known for its farm-to-kitchen food scene, enjoy a delicious, romantic dinner at Alta Restuarant, Mazzeo’s Ristorante, or Chez Nous. Afterwards, explore the Norman Rockwell Museum and Stockbridge Main Street Christmas.
5. Sedona, Arizona
If you want to get away from major snow, head to Sedona, Arizona. While the red rocks might have a dusting of white powder, temps stay in the 50s. Plus, this is Sedona’s off-season for tourism, thinning out the crowds and giving you a little one-on-one time with your significant other. With temperatures well above freezing, you can go hiking through the gorgeous red rocks. Check out the Cathedral and Devil’s Bridge trails. Wildland Trekking offers guided hiking tours. Sedona doesn’t need snow to get into the spirit of the holidays; during December, it uses luminaries, lights, and outdoor decorations to become Holiday Central. Enjoy the warm Christmas glow, pick up some crafts, and watch a performance of “The Nutcracker.”
6. Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach offers an unlikely but fantastic babymoon getaway with its mild temperatures and limited precipitation during December. Enjoy the windswept, rocky shores with your lover beside you, or walk along the beach. The winter currents bring in some interesting shells and sea glass, so keep your eyes peeled. If you really want to enjoy the scenery, take a drive down the coast, and be rewarded with jutting rocks, pine-covered forests, turquoise waves, and turbulent skies. Spend some time enjoying a couple’s massage at the Cannon Beach Spa followed by a romantic dinner at Newmans at 988 or Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge.
7. Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
If you’re more of the sunshine and sand sort of person, then Kauai, Hawaii is the place to go. One of the smaller major islands, it’s a bit out of the way with little towns and plenty of nature. Hanalei on Kauai lies on the coast, perfect for sunning at Waioli or Hanalei beach parks. Explore the warm waters by renting paddleboards, kayaks, or boats at Hanalei River Watersports or Surfski Kauai. Look below the surface with a snorkeling excursion. Plenty of tropical fish thrive in the area (think Nemo and his friends). Afterwards, go on a romantic hike on Kalalau Trail.
8. Key West, Florida
Key West, all about a laid-back lifestyle, slows down even more during December. Try something new, such as a historic inn tour, an annual event that includes treats for visitors. The buildings are all lit up in their Christmas best, a glowing display from a different era. There’s also an annual lighted boat parade, culminating in a festival of food, fun, and entertainment. Take advantage of island life, and enjoy fresh seafood at Eaton Street Seafood Market; nothing says love quite like fresh lobster or oysters. In fact, the Southernmost Food Tour is a guided tour of not just the island’s unique cuisine but the architecture and culture as well. Finish your trip by relaxing in the sand as the waves lap at your feet.
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