The Inn at Harbour Ridge
By Bethany Christo
Before having a baby, a mother typically selects a name, has a shower, and preps the nursery.
Today, she might also get a full-body massage, drink non-alcoholic champagne, and relax in plush quarters for a weekend getaway that couples have dubbed a “babymoon.”
Babymoons are exactly like honeymoons, except they take place before a child is born, usually during the second trimester. The point of a babymoon is to indulge in some much-needed pampering and R&R with a spouse before the whirlwind of a new child hits the family and the idea of sleep and couple-time becomes a distant memory.
Tammie Franck, who has handled PR for Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, didn’t take a babymoon herself, but she did babysit when her sister was having her second and third children. “I didn’t call it a getaway or a babymoon,” she says. “I called it an ‘Aunt Tammie.’ Believe me, I knew how gracious I was being.”
Although Tammie saw the growing interest in babymoons firsthand at Hotel Phillips, it’s only been within the past five or six years. She believes the trend started on the East and West Coasts, where people would head to luxury destinations, such as Hawaii and California or shop in New York.
Luckily, you don’t need to jet across the country to a hotel or resort that offers special packages for mothers-to-be. We’ve created a list of some that are offered in Missouri. Prices vary depending on the type of package, room, and how far in advance reservations are made.
This idyllic nineteenth century bed-and-breakfast mirrors the Victorian elegance of Downton Abbey. The babymoon package offers a bottle of sparkling juice and Bissinger’s chocolates or a fresh fruit and cheese tray, along with two one-hour massages—a pregnancy massage for you and a Swedish massage for him. You can also purchase an additional horse-drawn carriage ride through the statues, fountains, and lily ponds of Tower Grove Park, as well as a four-course dinner at the inn. The six-hundred-thread-count sheets, feather beds, and plush bathrobes are sure to make you sleep like a baby. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast of ricotta cheese and blueberry pancakes, crème caramel French toast, baked eggs with Brie cheese, or bananas foster French toast. We can’t promise that Humpty Dumpty wasn’t harmed in the making of your breakfast.
Prices range from $465 to $565 a night.
This luxury spa offers total privacy for the parents-to-be with vineyard views and a location next to the Missouri River—itsy bitsy spiders not included. Although being adjacent to Missouri wine country isn’t helpful for mothers abstaining from alcohol, you could reasonably settle for the babymoon gift basket and body pillow. Besides the ultimate relaxation of a pedicure and a full-body massage that is perfect for those aching backs, Hermann also hosts a walking tour of its historic district.
Costs range from $375 to $455, two-night minimum.
Treat yourself at an elegant 240-room, all-suite hotel in the middle of bustling Kansas City with complimentary valet parking and a full breakfast at the iconic 12 Baltimore restaurant. They might not know the muffin man, but they can satisfy those twenty-four-hour cravings with your choice of a pint of ice cream or nine-piece box of artisan chocolates, teddy bear, and baby blanket at check-in.
Prices range from $235 to 293 per night
Twinkle, twinkle little star; this retreat is far above par. Explore a wooded romantic bed-and-breakfast that overlooks a quiet cove of the Lake of the Ozarks. Meander through the cobblestone gardens and covered gazebo, stretch out your swollen feet in the feather beds, or use complimentary coupons to shop for baby clothes at the local Osage Beach outlet mall.
You can’t talk about luxury relaxation without mentioning The Lodge at Lake Ozark and its fifteen-thousand-square-foot spa, Spa Shiki. If the award-winning spa experience isn’t enough to entice you before your bundle of joy arrives, perhaps the bundle of goodies in their “Putt and Pamper” couple package will. Along with two nights lodging and two rounds of lakeside golf, you get a twenty-fi ve-minute neck-and-shoulder massage and oxygen facial from Spa Shiki. A mother-to-be must keep those head and shoulders, knees and toes in tip-top condition.
Prices range from $612 to 956 for a two-night minimum.
Mary had a little lamb—Su Casa has a whole petting zoo: resident llamas, goats, ponies, and mini donkeys graze at this Southwestern-style retreat. Receive a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries, a chilled bottle of non-alcoholic champagne, and a dozen roses your can take home as part of the babymoon package. Take advantage of the movie theatre (with free popcorn!), game room, fully stocked guest kitchen (pickles and ice cream, anyone?), and pool.
Costs range from $175 to $215 per night.