As you count down the weeks until your due date, you’re spending time painting the nursery and planning for your new bundle of joy. This is an opportune time for you and your partner to get away for a few days to relax and enjoy a babymoon. It’s your chance to enjoy long walks on the beach and leisurely romantic dinners. The month of May is a great time to travel to cities all across the country from California to North Carolina. Book a stay at one of many cozy vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon. Check out the eight best May babymoon destinations.

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1. Hershey, Pennsylvania

Chocolate and spa are two keys to romance and unwinding, and Hershey combines both. Schedule a full day of pampering at the Hershey Hotel Spa, and slip into a copper tub filled with foaming cocoa water. Enjoy a couple’s massage with chocolate-scented lotion before the included gourmet lunch in the spa’s private dining room. The spa offers salon services to get your hair done for dinner at the Circular. This upscale restaurant features dishes such as pan-roasted duck and king salmon. Save room for the chocolate cherry bread pudding for dessert. The perfect spot in town for a romantic walk is Hershey Gardens, which is in full bloom this time of year.

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2. Mackinac Island, Michigan

The romance starts on the ferry ride over to Mackinac Island and continues as you step into the island’s small town with its charming buildings and lack of cars. In the afternoon, take a carriage ride along tree-lined roads over to the Grand Hotel for afternoon tea that includes small sandwiches, scones, and other pastries. Before returning to town, relax in a rocking chair on the hotel’s long porch, which offers amazing views of the water. The island is known for its fudge, and some of the best shops include Joann’s Fudge and May’s Candy Shops.

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3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Imagine a vacation destination that includes long walks on the beach and picnics on the sand while the waves crash over the rocks, and you have an idea of your trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Stroll through the upscale downtown area to appreciate the selection of art galleries and eclectic shops, and stop by the Kush Day Spa for a couple’s massage or a detoxifying mud wrap. Romantic restaurants abound throughout town, but the Treehouse Cafe offers outdoor seating at its rooftop location, where you can enjoy the sophisticated global cuisine.

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4. Asheville, North Carolina

Find a vacation rental with a fireplace to curl up in front of during the cool nights, and let go of your stress as you breathe in the mountain air in Asheville. This town is known for its art galleries and hip food scene that’s always at the cutting edge. Take a foodie tour while in town. Asheville Farm to Table Tours takes you to local farms for amazing cheese and fruits, while Creative Mountain Food Tours sponsors a walking tour where you can taste all the best the city has to offer. Pick a restaurant from your tour for a romantic dinner, or try Zambra for small plate tapas from locally sourced ingredients.

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5. Cannon Beach, Oregon

With the warmer weather at this time of year, Cannon Beach is a great place to fly a kite on the beach and explore the critters in the tide pools before checking out Haystack Rock. Pick up a picnic lunch from Sweet Basil’s Cafe, where you can get delicious wraps and sandwiches, and take the brief walk to the hidden waterfall at Hug Point for the perfect spot to enjoy it. Schedule a romantic massage at your vacation rental with Cannon Beach Mobile Massage. For a romantic evening, put on your best duds and pick a table at Newmans at 988 to enjoy French and Italian dishes.

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6. Sarasota, Florida

Feel the warmth of the pristine white sand under your feet as you walk hand in hand along the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota at Siesta Beach. This upscale Florida town was home to many winter vacation homes of America’s wealthiest citizens, including the Ringling brothers. Smell the flowers when you take a stroll at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and see the orchids and bromeliads in full bloom in May. Watch the sun go down over Sarasota Bay with a picnic at the Rose Garden at the Ringling Museum. If you prefer to be on the water, enjoy a sunset cruise with Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans.

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7. Ellijay, Georgia

Settle into a secluded cabin in the mountains with a hot tub on the back deck, and you might not want to leave your Ellijay retreat until it’s time to go home. If you do, the downtown square is a great place to explore and shop in stores, such as Green Willow Soap and New Ground Market. Ask for a honey tasting at New Ground Market for a sweet treat. At Carter’s Lake Marina, rent a pontoon boat for a fun day of soaking up the sun, and in May in Georgia, it’s warm enough for a quick dip.

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8. Friday Harbor, Washington

Tucked away in the San Juan Islands is the friendly, charming town of Friday Harbor, where everything is within easy walking distance. Hold hands as you walk through the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at Westcott Bay Reserve to marvel at the modern art and amazing views of the Roche Harbor. While staying in town, get breakfast from Bakery San Juan at least once, or opt to pick up a pizza from the same place for a quiet evening at your vacation rental. Romance is in the air, or maybe it’s the lavender blooms at Pelindaba Lavender Farms, where you can take a tour and pick up goodies at the gift shop.

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