November is a great month for a relaxing babymoon. Both the summer heat and tourist season have passed, so many destinations take on an easygoing, quiet atmosphere. From the New England coast to the South Carolina Lowcountry to the mountains of California, there are plenty of unforgettable cities and towns across the country. Book a stay at one of numerous cozy vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon getaway. Take a look at the top spots for a November vacation.
1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Make Gatlinburg your November babymoon vacation destination for a quiet place to relax surrounded by beautiful late fall scenery. Book a vacation rental in the tranquil Smoky Mountains, and enjoy relaxing strolls through Smoky Mountain National Park with picturesque babbling brooks and beautiful waterfalls around nearly every corner. For a special night out, head to the Iris Theatre for unique shows featuring magic, illusion, and a touch of comedy, or reserve seats at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre for a vaudeville-style revue show that’s sure to have you laughing. Take in the wide expansiveness of the mountain scenery with a gentle trip on the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, or ride the glass elevator to the top of the Space Needle for a fantastic view of Gatlinburg surrounded by the mountain countryside.
2. Big Bear Lake, California
Head to Big Bear Lake for colorful fall foliage and plenty of cozy vacation rentals perfect for a relaxing babymoon. A porch or patio on your vacation rental makes it easy to enjoy the crisp mountain air, and with daytime highs in the 60s, it’s warm enough for leisurely strolls around the lake but still cool enough in the evening for cuddling in front of the fireplace. Take a drive down Mill Creek Road to see some of the best of the area’s leaf show from the comfort of your car, stopping to take photos at overlooks along the route. Then, enjoy a fabulous dinner of California cuisine in the cozy dining room at Nottingham’s Tavern, complete with fireplace. Your babymoon is a great time to enjoy live music alone together, and Chad’s Place offers a variety of acts plus karaoke nights, or check out the excellent cover bands at The Cave to relive some of the music of your youth.
3. Anna Maria Island, Florida
For a warm climate and great beaches without the crowds of the big resort towns, check out Anna Maria Island for your November babymoon. Wade hand-in-hand in the warm, gentle waves that lap the white sand beach on this barrier island’s western shore, and be sure to time at least one beach visit to take in the gorgeous sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. For fabulous Floridian fare, grab dinner at the romantic Beach Bistro, where you can eat on the cozy patio or inside the artsy eatery. Keep your eyes open for leaping pods of dolphins along the horizon, or book a dolphin tour at the Bradenton Beach Marina for even more chances to see the playful creatures up close.
4. San Antonio, Texas
With average daily highs in the low 70s and an abundance of clear, sunshiny days, San Antonio is a great place to visit in November. Explore the city’s beautiful Riverwalk by day, stepping into intimate art galleries at La Villita Historic Arts Village or doing some last-minute baby shopping at The Shops at Rivercenter. If you’d rather ride than walk, hop on one of the city’s river barge cruisers for a narrated tour of the historical sites along the river. When night falls, enjoy a quiet dinner at Bella on the River for delicious paella or roasted lamb, and make sure you save room for their specialty desserts, such as Virginia’s pistachio cake and homemade salted caramel ice cream. The Republic of Texas Restaurant is another option for a romantic dinner for two, with authentic Texas cuisine, such as sopa do tortilla, Texas catfish, and arroz y frijoles.
5. Sedona, Arizona
Get some rest and relaxation in before your little one arrives with a vacation rental in Sedona. Enjoy some pampering with a couple’s chocolate massage package at Uptown Massage. This relaxing experience takes place on side-by-side tables with a view of Sedona’s famous red-rock landscape and includes luscious chocolate body butter for your skin and delicious chocolate truffles to enjoy back at your vacation home. The center offers a pregnancy bolster system and therapists specially trained in pregnancy massage perfect for your babymoon. Daytime temperatures in Sedona in November run in the 60s for outdoor comfort without being too hot, and cloudy days are rare. Take advantage of those clear skies and Sedona’s low levels of light pollution on a nighttime excursion with Sedona Stargazing Tours, or simply enjoy watching the night sky together on your patio or deck. For a romantic dinner, head to SaltRock Southwest Kitchen for seasonal Southwest cuisine in a beautiful dining room with a sumptuous view of the desert landscape.
6. Rockport, Massachusetts
Relax in the comfort of a small, friendly town with a November babymoon in Rockport. Located on the tip of Cape Ann, Rockport offers fresh ocean breezes and beautiful coastal views, and a November visit provides a quiet getaway after the fall foliage crowds have passed through but before the winter weather hits. Choose a vacation rental near the coast to facilitate early morning walks to catch the gorgeous sunrise over the ocean, as well as easy access to the many open artist studios along the beach. In the afternoon, head to the Shalin Liu Performance Center for a musical interlude presented in a state-of-the-art auditorium that includes an ocean view behind the musicians. Have dinner at Feather & Wedge, a fun gastropub, or split a wood-fired pizza from Short & Main. Later, head to Helmut’s Strudel for coffee and dessert from their fresh-baked selection of European-style treats, and be sure to pick up a pastry for your breakfast the next day while you’re there.
7. Bluffton, South Carolina
For a great small-town feeling with warm coastal breezes, choose Bluffton for your November babymoon. Located in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Bluffton enjoys an extended summer season, offering you a warm vacation spot without the tourist crowds. Spend leisurely days browsing quaint small-town shops, including Old Town Dispensary for that little-bit-of-everything general store vibe and Storybook Shoppe for baby-friendly picture books and other items to complete your nursery decor. Take a hike at Pinckney Wildlife Refuge to see herons, bald eagles, and armadillos in their natural environment, and check out the lunch menu at Old Town Dispensary for some one-of-a-kind burgers. Be sure to stop by Heyward House for a look at some of the area’s history, and while you’re there, pick up a walking tour map for Bluffton’s Old Town district, where you can see more historical sites and browse the farmer’s market for fresh produce and local food items to take back to your vacation rental. If you’d rather dine out, Cahill’s Market offers delectable Southern comfort foods, including fried chicken, grilled pork chops, and meatloaf.
8. Savannah, Georgia
Choose Savannah for your November babymoon vacation destination, and benefit from the city’s laid-back atmosphere and historical charm. For easy access to shopping, dining, and historical sites, book a vacation rental in or near Savannah’s historic district. Sample the selection of sweet and savory croissants at Goose Feathers Cafe for breakfast, or opt for a hearty slice of huevos rancheros quiche at The Coffee Fox. Pack your comfortable shoes, because Savannah is made for walking, and the moderate November temperatures invite you to stay out and play. Take a long walk in Forsyth Park to admire the many historic monuments and fountains as well as the flora of the deep south. When you’re ready to get off your feet, local companies, including Carriage Tours of Savannah and Historic Savannah Carriage, offer horse-drawn rides through some of Savannah’s most beautiful neighborhoods. For a dinner you won’t soon forget, settle in at the white cloth-covered tables at The Olde Pink House Restaurant. Entrees run the gamut from sophisticated classics, such as filet mignon and crispy half duck to Southern staples, including the chef’s fried chicken served with macaroni and cheese.
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