With breathtaking fall foliage and pleasant weather, October is a favorable time for a babymoon getaway with your partner before your bundle of joy arrives. From New England to the Pacific Northwest, cities and towns across the United States offer plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. Southern beach towns offer a quiet, charming ambiance once the summer crowds are gone and before winter vacationers arrive. Discover your new home away from home by booking a vacation rental for your upcoming babymoon. Take a look at the top October getaway spots.

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1. Aspen, Colorado

Book a vacation rental in downtown Aspen for a babymoon with easy walking convenience to dining, shopping, spas, and more. The city’s namesake aspens turn a brilliant yellow in October to decorate the countryside surrounding town. If you’re up to it, take a hike along the easy-going Rio Grande trail to take in more of that gorgeous scenery. For a day of pampering, head to the Remede Spa at St. Regis. Customized spa treatments are available for both men and women, including specialized pre-natal programs. With delicious food delivery available from the St. Regis dining room, plus fireplaces in many of the treatment areas, you’re going to want to spend some time simply relaxing while the staff exfoliates, hydrates, and massages you into a state of bliss. Be sure to make reservations for dinner at one of Aspen’s five-star restaurants while you’re in town. Element 47 offers delicious dishes made with locally sourced produce and hormone-free meats, or check out the Wild Fig for large plates of veal loin scallopine or caprese spaghetti.

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2. Ballston Spa, New York

Feast upon the autumn beauty of the Catskill Mountains with a babymoon in Ballston Spa. Take a drive along Route 29 to view that sumptuous scenery from the comfort of your car or take a leisurely stroll in Congress Park to see many pretty trees dressed up in their autumn colors. A stop at Ellms Family Farm lets you relive your own childhood while making plans for your own little one while strolling hand in hand through an oversize corn maze. Pick up fresh produce and baked good for savoring back at your vacation rental. For relaxation, head to The Day Spa at Medbery Inn for one of the mineral soaks the area is famous for plus a recharging side-by-side couple’s massage.

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3. Lenox, Massachusetts

Make Lenox in the Massachusetts Berkshires your babymoon vacation destination if you’re hoping for beautiful fall vistas and plenty of opportunities to connect and recharge. Hilltop Orchards is the place for relaxed hikes to take in the views, as well as for freshly-made cider donuts. Eat one while it’s hot and bring some back to your vacation home for breakfast the next morning. Head to Nudel at dinnertime for delicious, chef-created dishes featuring local ingredients. The menu changes with the season to ensure freshness, and desserts are a highlight, so be sure to save room. The Old Inn on the Green is another dinner option with a cozy dining room and plenty of old-world charm. If you love art, spend an afternoon browsing the collection at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art and the Clark Art Institute. If theater is more your thing, Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group regularly put on shows at various venues throughout the area.

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4. Astoria, Oregon

For a great combination of ocean views and fall colors, plan your October babymoon for Astoria. The Astoria Riverfront Trolley offers a picturesque way to get around town, making it easy to peek into area museums, such as the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Flavel House Museum, and the Garden of Surging Waves. Take the short hike along the Cathedral Tree-Coxcomb Hill Trail to be rewarded with a panoramic of the autumn landscape and the Pacific Ocean, or head to the East Basin to watch the boast and enjoy fresh sea breezes. After a day of outings, check out the relaxing treatment options at the Columbia River Day Spa. In addition to pregnancy massages, the spa offers couple’s packages with facials, foot baths, and hot stone treatments sure to leave you refreshed and ready for your new journey together as parents.

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5. Brattleboro, Vermont

Vermont is known for its fantastic autumn leaf display, making it a great spot for an October babymoon. Start your day right with a couple’s pregnancy massage at Jasmine Day Spa. Then, for the freshest food, grab lunch at the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market and take some time browsing the fresh produce, baked goods, and handicrafts offered by local farmers and artisans. Take in the vivid orange and crimson’s of the landscape with a drive to Sweet Pond State Park. A level 1-mile trail weaves through the wood around the pond offering the chance of wildlife sightings as well as the splendor of the seasonal colors.

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6. Sante Fe, New Mexico

For a romantic atmosphere in a historical setting, Sante Fe is the perfect babymoon location. Book a vacation rental in town for bonding walks among the historic buildings, or select a rental in the mountains outside the city for seclusion and a wonderful view of the fall scenery. Take a drive along the Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway to take it all in stopping at the Aspen Vista overlook for photos and reflection. Enjoy a romantic dinner at La Plazuela, featuring Southwestern staples with a twist served under a ceiling full of skylights serenaded by the sound of flowing water in the restaurant’s centerpiece fountain. For breakfast head to the Chocolate Maven Bakery for freshly-baked pastries and Mexican hot chocolate.

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7. Bozeman, Montana

Add a little adventure to your babymoon with a getaway in the mountain country of Montana. Yellowstone National Park is right outside town, and autumn is the perfect time for a few foray’s into its beautiful wilderness. Check for trail closings, which stagger throughout the month depending on the weather, and then head out on a hike or drive enjoying a view full of colorful grasses and leaves while watching for wildlife preparing for winter, including elk, pronghorn, and majestic eagles. When you’re ready for pampering, head to Bozeman Hot Springs Spa & Fitness or the Chico Hot Springs day spa for a relaxing mineral soak and massage.

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8. Gulf Shores, Alabama

If your perfect retreat includes miles of beach and warm waves lapping the shore, make Gulf Shores your October babymoon vacation destination. October is a great time to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf Shores beaches without the summer or winter crowds. Reserve a vacation rental near the beach to spend as much time as possible out-of-doors. Head to Louisiana Lagniappe for Gulf seafood with creole spices. Their couples menu makes it easy to sample a selection of dishes together. If you’re looking for a little excitement, spend an afternoon or evening at The Wharf. Offering a selection of shops and live entertainment venues right on the water. It’s a great way to share some couple’s only time before your baby is born.

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