Before your little bundle of joy arrives, enjoy a relaxing getaway with your partner on a babymoon. September is a great time of year for a babymoon — late summer and early autumn offers pleasant weather for a beach trip or a mountain hideaway. Book a stay at one of many incredible vacation rentals from Maine to California. When you’re ready to start planning your babymoon, take a look at these superb September getaway destinations.

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1. Bar Harbor, Maine

In September, New England comes alive with the beautiful colors of fall as the trees turn red, gold, and orange, and Bar Harbor is a great babymoon location to experience that beauty. Wake up early your first morning for the brief drive to Cadillac Mountain. It’s the highest location on the North Atlantic Seaboard and the best place to snuggle together and watch the sunrise. Spend the afternoon on the rooftop of the West Street Hotel with its adult-only bar that includes an infinity pool. You can enjoy a snack from your pool float to go with your juice.

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2. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Often overlooked, Chattanooga is a cozy little mountain with a lot of romantic offerings for your babymoon. See the fall colors and all the major sites as you set sail on the Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. After enjoying the included dinner, find a spot along the railing and snuggle together as the land glides by. Take a tour of the downtown area with Chattanooga Horse Trams, and enjoy cuddling up together in your private carriage. Located in a historic building, St. John’s Restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner of upscale American classics.

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3. Savannah, Georgia

With tree-lined streets and towering Spanish moss, Savannah is the city for exploring and enjoying romantic walks. Start your walking tour of the city in Forsyth Park. This area is known for its beautiful brownstones, bubbling fountains, and lush greenery. Stop by Back in the Day Bakery for a bag of goodies to snack on while you enjoy the fresh air and lush greenery. River Street offers an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for an afternoon stroll. Make sure to stop by River Street Sweets for fresh pralines or Olympia Cafe for ice cream when a craving strikes.

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4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The kids return to school in late August, leaving you and your sweetie plenty of quality romance time on the beach in Myrtle Beach. Feel all your cares melt away with a massage at the Hibiscus Spa at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes. If your baby bump gets in the way, opt for a pedicure in this tranquil oasis to get your toes ready for a moonlight walk on the beach. Express Watersports offers sunset cruises for an amazing evening on the water. For a romantic dinner, you can’t go wrong with a table at Benny Rappa’s Trattoria with its intimate setting and delightful Italian food.

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5. New Orleans, Louisiana

Cooler fall temperatures make New Orleans a popular vacation destination, and despite the city’s reputation as a party town, there’s plenty of romance to be found here. Learn to make some spicy dishes at New Orleans School of Cooking, which offers couples’ cooking classes featuring Creole classics. At the City Park, stroll through Storyland to see the amazing sculptures that look like they fell out of your favorite childhood tales, and hop on the antique carousel for a ride on ponies that are side-by-side. When you’re craving something sweet, stop by Cafe du Monde for scrumptious beignets.

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6. Santa Barbara, California

Slow down and take life easy in Santa Barbara with the beach at your door. Pick up sandwiches from Sam’s to Go, and visit Chase Palm Park for a picnic lunch. This 10-acre park offers stunning beach views and the only carousel in town for a romantic ride. In the afternoon, snuggle up for a movie together in the vintage Arlington Theatre that features a red tile roof, tower spire, and Spanish Revival architecture. Butterfly Beach is the best place in town to watch the sunset followed by a romantic dinner at Zaytoon outside on the patio among the lush palm trees.

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7. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Slow down and unwind in the small seaside town of Cannon Beach. Head to the beach to see the sunset over the iconic Haystack Rock. Come back the next day to fly a kite and explore the tide pools. Book a specialized pregnancy massage at Cannon Beach Spa to ease your aches and pains, or opt for a couple’s massage. Afterward, stop by Cannon Beach Chocolate Cafe for some rich chocolate to go with your herbal tea. Spend a few hours eating dinner at Sweet Basil’s Cafe, which features small-plate American classics.

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8. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer a couple on a babymoon. Spend one evening at the Triple Door, a dinner theater that features Asian -fusion meals with a peppy live show in a historic building. You can choose a spot on the upper deck when you set sail on Lake Washington with Argosy Cruises. Learn more about the local area and history as you cruise slowly past some lovely spots. Don’t worry about cravings, since the boat offers a concession stand with drinks and snacks. Pike’s Market is the place to go for fresh meats, cheeses, veggies, and other items you need to make a meal together back at your vacation rental.

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