This is the second in our series on Zika-free babymoons. We mapped out three easy beach destinations last time, so now we’re talking about cities, focusing on smaller, easy-to-navigate settings with great hotels, good food and a nice dose of culture. Who says a great babymoon has to be on a beach?
Oh, Charleston...there’s just so much to love. From the famous restaurants such as FIG and Husk to more casual eats at Bowens Island and Roadside Seafood, the city’s culinary offerings alone could fill a long weekend. Add in some market shopping, exploring the antebellum plantation homes and gardens and strolling the waterfront park, and it’s pretty much perfect for a grown-up getaway that requires minimal effort and maximum returns.
Where to Stay: Zero George is so small, sweet and hip that it’s almost impossible to score a room. But if you do, you’re in for a treat. Our other go-to is the Belmond Charleston Place, which has gorgeously renovated rooms and a great pool and spa.
Calling all music lovers and wannabe cowboys! Austin’s easy flights, warm weather, and excellent music scene make it equally good for babymoooners as for couples just looking to get away. For expectant mamas who can’t stay up late at a rock concert, don’t worry: the city’s eats are epic and blessedly casual #noheelsrequired. Taco truck lunches, sandwiches from Noble, outdoor dining at Contigo and the famous brisket from Franklin’s are just a sampling of the legendary meals to be devoured when dining for two.
Where to Stay: While there are some great city hotels, for a babymoon we like the Lake Austin Spa Resort, which sits outside the city in picturesque Texas Hill Country and has a great spa, sprawling grounds, two outdoor pools and a lakefront walking trail and hammock swings that just beg for an afternoon nap.
Get the European vibe without the red-eye flight by zipping up for a weekend in Montreal. Warm it is not, but there’s no reason to mourn the cold when you’ll spend most of your weekend cozied up in romantic bistros, exploring the Jean-Talon market and scoping out the galleries in Mile End. Book tables at Joe Beef and Au Pied de Cochon well ahead of time as these are tough reservations to get.
Where to Stay: The Hotel St. James wins our hearts with its classic decor and Old World vibe plus great service. You could bring your kids here, but it’s small and quiet enough that we think this is the one to do when you’re traveling sans bebe. For those who like a bigger home base, the new Ritz-Carlton has beautiful rooms plus an indoor heated saltwater pool on the rooftop.
P.S. We’re super smart obvi but we’re nowhere close to medical experts. Be sure to talk to your doctor and stay up-to-date on the CDC recommendations and travel warnings.