The Close-To-Home Babymoon

Go to bed early, sleep late and do all the other things you won't be able to do when the baby arrives.

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Travel is expensive, especially around the holidays. And family festivities can be particularly draining when you're pregnant. Avoid the hassles and enjoy some pre-baby alone time with your partner by booking a stay—even one night can do the trick—at a local hotel or resort that offers a "babymoon" (aka "last hurrah") package. "This is your last time for spontaneous romance, without a baby in your arms or a child at your side," says family therapist Gayle Peterson, LCSW, Ph.D., author of Making Healthy Families (Shadow and Light). "Celebrate this important transition in your relationship with a getaway that deepens your commitment to one another." Here's a sampling of destinations around the U.S.:

  • The Viceroy Santa Monica's New Beginnings package in California features in-room couples massage (prenatal for her, Swedish for him). "Nine months of preparing for the arrival of a baby can be stressful,so we created an offering that helps couples reconnect before the baby comes," says director of sales and new mother Kate Jerkens.Viceroysantamonica.com

  • W Hotels nationwide offer Baby Me packages with a Womb Service Menu and Spa-tacular Bliss Foot Patrol to soothe pregnancy-stressed tootsies. Starwoodhotels.com

  • The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago's Expecting You package includes a late-night visit from the Ice Cream Man, who'll also serve up pickles to satisfy your cravings. Fourseasons.com

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