Before your new bundle of joy arrives, take a special vacation to unwind and relax with your sweetheart. Take a trip to Mesa, Arizona to gaze at the planets through the university astronomer’s powerful telescope. Visit Santa Barbara, California to watch international independent movies and meet filmmakers during a two-week film festival. See a volcano and sip kava in Pahoa, Hawaii; or enjoy a custom massage and unique flavors of ice cream in Clemson, South Carolina. As for accommodations, there are an abundance of cozy vacation rentals to choose from. Wherever you decide to go for your February babymoon, you can expect fun, memorable food, and relaxation.
1. Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona, offers unique vacation experiences in February for expectant parents. Take in a show like “Ice Worlds” and see the moon and planets through a powerful telescope during Astronomy Nights at the Mesa Community College Planetarium on the first Friday each February. Pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure at Fuchsia, or a facial and massage at Skin Glo Studio, with customized prenatal massages and stretching tips from an experienced masseuse. Don’t miss Organ Stop Pizza, where talented organists play the world’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ while you enjoy traditional or gluten-free pizzas, or sandwiches, pastas, and salads.
2. Pahoa, Hawaii
Conversations with locals about Pahoa’s close encounter with lava from Kilauea, an active Hawaiian volcano, and high temperatures in the 70s and 80s are not the only reasons to visit this Hawaiian island paradise in February. Learn about the island’s volcanoes on a boat tour with Kalapana Cultural Tours or Lava Ocean Tours, Inc. Let the soothing aroma of cedar and forest view at Jacob Tuft Massage enhance your spa day. Afterwards, relax and do some people-watching at La Hiki Ola Kava Bar while sipping kava. The non-alcoholic, non-addictive, locally sourced beverage has an earthy taste and calming effect. When you get hungry, ask for locally caught fish when you order fish and chips at Pahoa Fresh Fish.
3. Clemson, South Carolina
Home of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, offers numerous venues for relaxing. Stroll for miles on the nature trails through the South Carolina Botanical Gardens on the campus, During your walk, visit the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the gift shop and art exhibits in the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, and the restored Hunt Cabin, built around 1826. Schedule a consultation for a customized massage and treat your dad-to-be to a gentleman’s facial at Simplicity Salon and Spa. Choose a cozy table for two and enjoy a steak or prime rib, lobster bisque, or a vegetarian-friendly meal at Pixie and Bill’s. For a nightcap, get big scoops of freshly made ice cream in unique flavors like salted caramel cheesecake or blue cheese at Clemson Ice Cream-’55 Exchange, a student-run business.
4. Santa Barbara, California
In addition to lounging on beautiful beaches, there’s plenty to do during February in Santa Barbara, California, making it a top vacation destination for parents-to-be. The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers movie lovers more than 200 films to watch over a two-week period, and stars are everywhere in the city. Get ready for an evening out with a couples massage in an intimate setting at Santa Barbara Sparkling Spa or at Cielo Spa Boutique. Later in the month, Santa Barbara Restaurant Week means special menu selections and prices for dinners all over town. Share a meal and a Pacific Ocean view with a loved one at Convivo, where portions of dishes like split roasted chicken and strip steak are intentionally large enough for two.
5. Guthrie, Oklahoma
Full of 1800s charm, Guthrie, Oklahoma, provides options for entertainment and relaxation during February. Bundle up for a walk through the downtown district rich in architectural history. Tour the Oklahoma Frontier Drug Store Museum and the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and learn more about the region and its structures. Spend time in aromatherapy and massage at Serenity Now Spa and contemplate baby’s arrival. Savor a steak or seafood dinner in the quiet atmosphere of Gages Steak House, and watch a live dramatic performance at the Pollard Theatre before returning to your Oklahoma vacation rental.
6. Reading, Pennsylvania
When you visit Reading, Pennsylvania, start your day with a made-from-scratch breakfast at Cafe Sweet Treat and get a few slices of zucchini loaf cake for later snacking. Don’t miss the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum for a fascinating look at the planes that help win World War II. At the Reading Public Museum, sit and watch the ducks, listen to the birds, or view the paintings and art displays. For head to toe relaxing, treat yourself and your loved one to a facial and couples massages in the soothing atmosphere of Alisha’s Spa Euphoria. Find out what’s playing at the Genesius Theatre, a venue for live performances, or the Reading Comedy Outlet, a comedy club, and plan a special night out.
7. Madison, Georgia
Spared from destruction during the Civil War, Madison, Georgia, offers numerous examples of architectural histories, such as the Rogers House and Rose Cottage. Learn more during a relaxing stroll through the Madison Museum of Fine Art. Visit the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, an 1895 restored schoolhouse, to see a concert or play in February. Include a facial, manicure, massage, and foot detox when you schedule your day at The Spa at The James Madison Inn. Try fried catfish, brisket, and collard greens, popular favorites at Big Kev’s BBQ, an eatery housed in a renovated old train car.
8. Denton, Texas
February’s a great time to get exercise and fresh air along the lakeside path at Lake Lewisville in Denton, Texas, and see fascinating exhibits at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. Enjoy a lavender pedicure and reflexology treatment at Bella Salon and Spa, or get pampered at King Spa with reflexology and a Tibetan foot massage. Before you return home, join local music lovers for the burgers, ambiance, and rooftop patio views at LSA Burger Co., which honors the state’s music industry legends.
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