The Retreat in Laguna
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA
With eight villas set just steps from the water (with floor-to-ceiling windows that afford spectacular ocean views), the Retreat In Laguna offers parents-to-be a luxurious Tuscan village-inspired atmosphere in Laguna Beach. The property's fantastic location gives guests easy access to downtown, as well as the sand and the sea. Better yet, the retreat provides complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas and beach towels, and the villas are equipped with the kitchens of your dreams (think stainless steel appliances and granite counters).
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa
If a spa day is your idea of perfect pre-baby bliss, consider the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, a beautiful old restored sea captain's estate. The inn is within walking distance of the heart of Provincetown, and it's an easy 15-minute walk to the beach. Crowne Pointe offers pre-baby tranquility with its adults-only policy. And whether you want a prenatal massage (choose from indoor and outdoor massage facilities), a facial or a manicure, this well-reviewed Kiehl's spa will satisfy.
The spa at Shrewsbury's Crisanver House, a country hideaway with spectacular views of Vermont's Green Mountains, offers couples massages as well as a host of spa services for guests. But the relaxation extends well beyond the spa: Enjoy an outdoor swimming pool; 120 acres of meadows, ponds and walking trails; outdoor games such as tennis; and spacious guest rooms with fireplaces and jetted tubs.
The day begins with a three-course organic, locally sourced breakfast. Complimentary afternoon treats are served, and a four-course gourmet dinner is available at additional charge.
Gateway Guesthouse is a boutique B&B in Austin, Texas, where a variety of cooking classes are on offer courtesy of professional chef Bess Giannakakis. From topical small-group classes and chef-led cook and dine programs to dinner parties and holiday meals, the property features cooking-themed events nearly every day of the week.
When you get hungry, choose from a multi-course gourmet breakfast, late night snacks, and even five-course custom lunches and dinners (available for an additional fee). Local ingredients dominate the inn's menus.
Foster Harris House
Cooking classes are a big draw for foodies at Foster Harris House in Washington, Virginia, where guests prepare a meal alongside the inn's chef before sitting down to dine. Set in the historical village of Little Washington (about a 90-minute drive from the nation's capital), the property is a foodie's haven. Foster Harris House serves a complimentary four-course gourmet breakfast, and five-course prix fixe dinners are available Thursday through Saturday.
Bridgeton House on the Delaware
At Bridgeton House, located on the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, couples have their choice of outdoor activities including hiking, bike riding, kayaking and berry picking. For hungry guests on the go, the inn offers an assortment of dining packages, including lunch and dinner picnic baskets. Plus, afternoon tea with homemade sweets and snacks, as well as an evening reception are complimentary.
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins
Carson Ridge offers private luxury cabins with amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding mountains. It's set just 45 miles from Portland, Oregon, and provides parents-to-be with an intimate escape amid three acres of meadows and woods in the Pacific Northwest. On land, there's hiking and biking, as well as fantastic golf courses nearby. For those drawn to the water, there's boating, whitewater rafting and kayaking. Take a drive along the Columbia River Highway, where 70 waterfalls (and plenty of scenic views) await.
GLEN ELLEN, CALIFORNIA
Exploring art galleries is just one option for guests at peaceful Gaige House, where hammocks hang among tall oaks and spa-like bathrooms have granite soaking tubs. The property has complimentary parking, breakfast, wine and cheese served in the evening, cookies, and beverages. The location is fantastic, too: The town of Glen Ellen is set in Sonoma County, where high-end art galleries mingle with major performing arts centers like the Green Music Center and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
Art House of East Hampton
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
Owned and operated by professional artists Rosalind Brenner and Michael Cardacino, Art House of East Hampton is the perfect spot for a quiet, relaxing getaway in a beautiful setting. Think if it as a one part B&B, one part museum and creative studio: The art-filled property serves as a gallery for the owners' works, and guests are welcome to visit the hosts' studio space.
The house is located about one block from the Clearwater Beach Preserve and Marina, but we can't blame you if you simply stay on-site. From a 66-foot lap pool and a heated indoor pool to a media room with a full library of movies and an extensive game room, the B&B has an array of activities to keep you regaled and relaxed for days.
—by Sharon Jayson