Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mooning Over a Babymoon

"Across the sand the warm air blows, from her eyes you know she was half a world away" ~ Esthero

Is it wrong to fantasize about a babymoon when you are already a parent? Oh, and for those of you who think I'm talking about naked baby bottoms, a babymoon is a getaway for parents-to-be. Preferably pampering, ultra-relaxing, and indulgent. You know, before the sleepless nights and all-consuming newborn phase hits when leaving the house to go to the grocery store seems like a spa visit. I think it's all of the summer getaway lookbooks I've been seeing from my favorite online boutiques. Like, yes, I'd want that bikini and floppy hat and maxi dress, but I have nowhere to wear it.

T and I never really took one when I was pregnant with Q. I'm not sure if I even knew what a babymoon was at that time. (Oh, those silly travel marketers and their made-up terms.) We went on our annual camping trip, but that doesn't count (even though it was lovely and with some of our favorite people). But this year we're not even able to go on our annual camping trip because a four hour car ride is too far to travel at 8 months pregnant. We have zero travel plans for the summer at this point.

Anyway, I'd like to do something special. Even just one night away. T and I could use a little R&R before we enter the world of two tykes. While in my wildest daydreams we'd jet off to Kauai or Mexico or Costa Rica, it will have to be somewhere closer (and less costly). And it's okay because we are crazy lucky to be living in the Bay Area with so many beautiful destinations just a short road trip away.

Some possibilities . . .
I have been to Costanoa once before with two of my besties and it was so much fun. It's essentially luxury camping (I refuse to use the word "glamping," travel marketers!) with comfy beds, real bathrooms, hot tubs, a cafe, etc. And only about an hour down the coast in a gorgeous setting, walking distance from the beach. I enjoy less glamorous camping, too, but this would be more my preggo belly's cup of chai.

Sonoma Mission Inn

The Sonoma Mission Inn is part of the Fairmont Hotels chain and is therefore quite luxurious. But we happen to have a little connection there, so it's possible that we could get a discount. Again, only an hour or so away and in beautiful wine country. No wine for me, but lots of great restaurants in the area and opportunities to stuff this ever-growing belly.

Little River Inn

In this case, we'd be headed north up the coast to Mendocino to stay a night at the beyond charming Little River Inn. This spot used to be a favorite getaway for my parents. We'd all spend time in Mendocino as a family, wandering through town and perusing the quaint shops, but I don't recall staying at the Little River Inn myself. I would love to go with T and discover the kind of romance my parents once experienced there.

What do you think, dear readers? Would you go on a babymoon before your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) child? Where would you go?


  1. So, really, my only question is if one can go on a babymoon without being preggo!? ;) All of those look FABULOUS, Mich! I've been dying to go to Costanoa, love the restos in Sonoma, and stayed at Little River Inn once upon a time like 20 yrs. ago. :) I vote an emphatic YES for babymoon before LL arrives!

  2. I am hoping for a babymoon, but the closer it gets for the baby to come, the less it seems likely. :( I wanted to do a cruise, but learned that most won't allow pregnant women aboard if they're 27 weeks+ (which is what I would be for most of the cruises of interest). I considered doing a resort, but can't find any good deals. Perhaps, if you have any luck planning a baby moon, please share your tips with me!