Top Babymoon Activities in Sonoma County
Top Babymoon Activities in Sonoma County
Before your lives revolve around midnight feedings and diaper changes, take the time to relax, reconnect as a couple, and enjoy a personalized blend of pampering, luxury, and romance on the perfect Sonoma County babymoon.
Typically scheduled for the second trimester, this pre-baby getaway for expecting couples can ease the stress and woes of pregnancy, and provide a loving interlude before you enter (or re-enter) parenthood. Whether you have one day, a few days, or a week or more, luxuriate in Sonoma County's beauty and bounty on your final trip together before sippy cups, bibs, and diaper bags become required traveling gear.
Based in Sebastopol, Cindy Scott-Fuchs of Mellow Mommy presents a variety of personalized babymoons at locations throughout Sonoma County, creating an intimate, private retreat for the daddy- and mommy-to-be. Her classic babymoon package includes two nights at your choice of lodgings, and a one-day visit from Mellow Mommy that includes a 90-minute prenatal massage for mommy, a 60-minute daddy-to-be massage, and a private 'art of relaxation' coaching session offering valuable skills for coping with parenthood, all provided in your room.
Or you can choose your own lodgings, and Scott-Fuchs will bring her services to you. Other options might include meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, or a belly casting. Scott-Fuchs also offers group retreats twice a year, and periodically presents a Prenatal Art of Relaxation Coaching Session in Sebastopol for a limited number of students.
Whether you work with Mellow Mommy or plan your own getaway, Sonoma County offers a rich variety of settings for your babymoon, from a cabin in the redwoods to a delightful B&B in a quaint and walkable town, or an oceanview hotel room with a welcoming fireplace and private balcony.
Whether you want to get away from it all or be in the heart of appealing shops and restaurants, and whether your style is casual, classy, or a combination of the two, Sonoma County has the ideal spot for your babymoon. Getting to Sonoma County, north of San Franciso, is easy by air or car. Here are some of the top Sonoma County babymoon destinations, by region.
With its rocky bluffs, sandy coves, and miles and miles of stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Sonoma County’s coastline provides the perfect romantic setting for a nature-loving expecting couple.
Fort Ross Lodge
With 16 oceanfront rooms in the main lodge and six additional hilltop rooms in their own extraordinary world, the Fort Ross Lodge offers a spectacular natural setting for a babymoon. Even the onsite general store has an ocean view, as well as deli delights, beer, wine, and a range of items from postcards to fishing bait. Below the lodge, a cove offers shelter for seals lounging on rocky outcroppings and migrating grey whales resting with their young calves. Details: Fort Ross Lodge, 20705 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3333
River’s End Restaurant & Inn
With no TVs, no telephones, no cell service, no Wi-Fi, and no data ports, River’s End offers couples the chance to completely unplug and rejuvenate in a one-of-a-kind setting, where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean. The only sounds are the river and the ocean, and the sunsets are particularly spectacular. All the cabins offer private balconies with stunning views of the romantic Sonoma Coast, and most include a gas fireplace. Wonderful views are also available in the restaurant’s small and intimate dining room, where the eclectic menu blends international influences with fresh seasonal ingredients. Details: River’s End Restaurant & Inn, 11048 Coast Highway 1, Jenner
Timber Cove Resort
For those seeking a secluded and romantic getaway spot, the Timber Cove Resort nestles on a high bluff where the rugged Sonoma coastline dips slightly inland toward the canyon surrounding Timber Cove Creek. Recently remodeled, Timber Cove Resort offers 46 rooms, with a breathtaking view of either the ocean, the cove, or the surrounding forest. Most rooms include a fireplace, and there’s a large stone fireplace in the lobby. The onsite restaurant provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and serves fresh seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Timber Cove was named one of Sunset Magazine’s “Top 10 Hideaways by the Sea.” Details: Timber Cove Resort, 21780 N. Coast Highway 1, Jenner
When you're ready to go out for a bite to eat, coastal dining options vary from fresh crab sandwiches and clam chowder on the picnic tables in front of Spud Point Crab Company to the casually trendy neighborhood setting of the nationally acclaimed Terrapin Creek Cafe. To explore all the possibilities, from down-home to gourmet, check our listings of Sonoma Coast restaurants.
Stroll fern-lined paths under ancient trees, follow the winding waterway as it makes its way to the sea, and explore unique shops and restaurants in dusty river towns on your getaway to Sonoma County’s Redwoods & Rivers region.
Surrounded by English gardens and framed by towering redwoods, the pet-friendly Inn at Occidental (3657 Church St., Occidental, 707-874-1047) offers spacious rooms and a laidback atmosphere. With 16 guest rooms and a two-bedroom cottage, this graceful clapboard mansion is larger than a typical B&B, but just as cozy. The changing daily breakfast menu showcases local ingredients.
Nestled at the base of a redwood-forested hillside, the pet-friendly Occidental Lodge (3610 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, 707-874-3623) lets you feel surrounded by nature while being just steps from town. The 28 rooms (all non-smoking) include a refrigerator and microwave, and the property offers a large seasonal swimming pool and sun deck.
Take the time to stroll two-block-long “downtown” Occidental, filled with galleries, gift shops, and renowned dining establishments. Founded as a railroad saloon and boarding house in 1879, the Union Hotel and Restaurant is now a lovely Italian cafe, bakery, and pizzeria. And Occidental's famous Negri’s Italian Dinners & Joe’s Bar, with its vintage trattoria ambience, has been serving Italian classics since 1943.
Drive south from Occidental down the enticing Bohemian Highway and you’ll find the amazing Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary (209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-823-8231), where you can relax in the authentic meditation garden with a cup of organic herbal tea (see photo), and enjoy a pregnancy massage designed to support and nurture the mother-to-be.
Other options for basing your babymoon in the Redwoods & Rivers area include:
Ratna Ling Retreat Center
Connect with the natural peace and beauty of nature at this retreat center tucked away in Sonoma County’s beautiful hills and coastal redwoods. Deluxe, spacious cottages offer living and dining areas, gas fireplaces, high ceilings, and a private partially-covered deck with stunning views of forest, rolling green hills, and meadows. The lodging package includes organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals, and the center offers free classes in relaxation, meditation, Qi Gung, yoga, moving meditation, and other topics. A self-guided hike lets you stroll the serene and beautiful woods paths, to reflect and meditate, and the Mandala Wellness Center offers a range of massage and body work treatments. Details: Ratna Ling Retreat Center, 35755 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero
Raymond’s Bakery B&B at Elim Grove
Aptly named after the Biblical area of Elim, where the Israelites found refuge by springs of water in the wilderness, this off-the-beaten-track property is nestled along Austin Creek, by a 1,200-year old redwood grove. It’s connected to the award-winning Raymond’s Bakery, which draws fans from far away. The five private cottages sit in a romantic compound, overlooking the bakery garden. During the day you can relax in the garden, stroll along the creek, play bocce, kick back under the gazebo, or nap under an apple tree. In the evenings you can unwind by the campfire. Friday nights the bakery features wood-fired pizza, drinks, and live music. Details: Raymond’s Bakery B&B at Elim Grove, 5400 Cazadero Highway, Cazadero
And there are so many other Rivers & Redwoods possibilities. The Applewood Inn & Spa, in Guerneville, offers a tranquil, romantic hideaway in elegant lodgings on a gracious hillside property, with a spa that offers a gentle mother-to-be massage. The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville, offers gorgeous guest rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant featuring farm-fresh food, and a seasonally inspired spa, all on a beautiful rural property.
Filled with rows of vineyards, open pastures, and delightful towns, the lush valleys and gently rolling hills of Sonoma County offer a nurturing and peaceful getaway for two.
Blessed by natural mineral hot springs, this elegant Spanish Mission-style inn in the Sonoma Valley offers some seriously luxurious pampering for the mommy-and daddy-to-be, in a beautifully tranquil setting. Its Willow Stream Spa offers a wide variety of treatments, including a pampering pregnancy massage using unscented oils and support cushions for optimum comfort. And the inn’s Santé restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an emphasis on elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves. Or, dine casually at The Water Tower, a seasonal and poolside outdoor café. Details: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma
Hope-Merrill House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Enjoy a delicious home-cooked gourmet country breakfast every morning in this lovingly restored Eastlake-style Victorian Inn in the Alexander Valley. Listed on the Sonoma County Landmarks Register for its architectural and historic significance, extensively renovated, and furnished with wall-to-wall Victorian décor, the inn offers eight air-conditioned guest rooms. Its signature Peacock Room offers a Jacuzzi for two tucked behind French doors, as well as a fireplace, tall windows overlooking gardens, and glittering European silkscreened peacock wallpaper. Relax with a prenatal massage and other treatments at A Simple Touch Spa in downtown Healdsburg. Details: Hope-Merrill House Bed & Breakfast Inn, 21253 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
Built in 1881, this classic European mansion is surrounded by wooded and landscaped grounds, providing an enchantingly romantic and historic setting for your babymoon. Tucked minutes away from charming downtown Healdsburg, the manor offers gloriously antique-laden guestrooms and suites, where you can cuddle up in front of your fireplace. Enjoy an elegant, candlelight dinner in the five dining rooms of the manor’s Michelin-starred restaurant, which features inventive New California cuisine made with the finest local ingredients. Details: Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg
If you’re in the mood to shop for the coming addition to your family, in the town of Sonoma you’ll find Half-Pint (450 1st St. E, Sonoma, 707-938-1722) on the historic Plaza, featuring trendy boutique clothing for babies and children.
You’ll find unique fine children’s clothing (newborn to 10 years old) and hip maternity wear at Cupcake Children & Maternity, with two boutique locations, in Santa Rosa (641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-579-2165) and Healdsburg (107 Plaza St., Healdsburg, 707-433-3800). These are perfect places to find one-of-a-kind outfits, gifts, and diaper bags.
And in the central Sonoma County town of Cotati, Sweet Pea Children’s Boutique (70 W. Cotati Ave., Cotati, 707-794-1215) is a locally owned and operated consignment shop offering gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, equipment, and maternity clothing, plus beautiful new locally-handmade sweaters, skirts, tutus, headbands, and other items.
With so many options to choose from in Sonoma County, you’ll be able to create the babymoon that’s perfect for the two of you.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Henley.