From baby showers to seemingly endless visits to the doctor, it may be time for a much-needed getaway with your sweetheart. Plan a relaxing babymoon in July when beaches and mountain towns throughout the country boast warm temperatures and exciting attractions. When you stay at a vacation rental in a historic downtown area, you’ll be in the center of all the action. For unparalleled privacy and tranquility, opt for a mountainside cabin or lakefront cottage. To help you start planning your July getaway, here are the top eight summer babymoon destinations.
1. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Hop on the ferry for the brief journey over to Martha’s Vineyard to start your babymoon. Menemsha Beach is the place to spend a day soaking up the sun and then stay to watch the sun set from the best location to see it on the island. Hop on the trolley and snuggle close together for an hour and a half tour of the island and small villages with Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing. For a romantic dinner, dine on exquisite French fare at l’etoile or opt for your favorite Italian meals at Chesca’s — try to snag an outdoor table for a spectacular experience.
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2. Mackinac Island, Michigan
A charming village awaits you after a short ferry ride to Mackinac Island. Stroll through the downtown area and duck into the shops for a souvenir or adorable decoration for the baby’s nursery. Make sure to pick up a box of fudge at Joann’s Fudge or May’s Candy Shops, two of the best chocolate shops on the island. Rent a horse-drawn carriage and follow the tree-lined trails around the island. For a romantic, upscale dinner, dress up and ride over to the Grand Hotel Main Dining Room. After dinner, settle on the expansive front porch in a rocking chair and watch the sunset.
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3. Sackets Harbor, New York
Stay close to the water in Sackets Harbor. Holding hands, explore the quaint downtown area that’s filled with art galleries and eclectic shops, including Calla Lillies with its unique stock. When a craving strikes, Pennocks Icecream offers a great cone or hot fudge sundae. Spend a day out touring Boldt Castle and the grounds. Located on a private island, this home was built by George C. Boldt, meant as a gift for his wife, but she died before building concluded. Feel a spark of romance when you sit down on a blanket in the sand at Westcott Beach State Park and watch the sun go down.
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4. Millersburg, Ohio
Slow down and unwind in the heart of Amish country in the small town of Millersburg. Watch the buggies pass by as you explore the downtown area. Find some real treasures for your home or new nursery at Starlight Antiques. Guggisberg Cheese is a small farm just outside of town where you sample a large variety of Amish cheeses before you make a selection to enjoy back at your vacation rental. Pick up a loaf of fresh bread to go with the cheese at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery.
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5. Rapid City, South Dakota
Take in amazing national monuments and enjoy outdoor activities in Rapid City, with its easy access to Mount Rushmore and the Badlands National Park. Sign up for a Rapid City Historic District Tour to have a knowledgeable guide share stories about the town’s history as you wind your way through the downtown area and see the statues of past presidents. At Great Harvest Bread Co., grab sandwiches for a picnic lunch at a table under the shade of trees with a stunning view of Mount Rushmore.
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6. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Enjoy a babymoon in the country’s third oldest city, Portsmouth. In the evening, head down to the harbor area to watch the sunset over the water. Portsmouth Harbor Cruises can take you out onto the water for an afternoon. You might get to see dolphins playing in the water or do some fishing together. Hop into the small van owned by New England Lighthouse tours and ride up the coast to see the best New England lighthouse, and then end the day with great American dishes and a romantic meal at The Wellington Room.
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7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is a great place for a July babymoon. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the amazing sights with an afternoon hiking around the Garden of the Gods park and see the stunning rock formations. They offer a variety of trails so you can tackle one as easy or as difficult as you can handle in your delicate condition. Take to the skies with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company and rise in the air to see for miles in any direction.
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8. Casper, Wyoming
Learn more about the Wild West and America’s expansion into the west with a babymoon to Casper. Start your trip with a visit to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. This town is the meeting point of several of the old trails, such as the Pony Express Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Mormon Trail. Featuring a Caribbean Island flair, the Bamboo day spa is the spot to unwind with a pre-natal massage or a couple’s massage. Heat your romance up with a dinner at the Silver Fox with its classic American dishes.
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