When I started planning our Babymoon, I knew I wanted to go somewhere beautiful but close to home. With Zika still an issue, I didn't want to hit up Mexico or the Caribbean, which only left us with a few choices. I ended up picking Sedona because it would be slightly warmer when we went in October. It was a great pick for the perfect Babymoon. Below is what we did:
Hiking and Walking: We started our first day by driving the Red Rock Scenic Byway. This is a drive that goes from North to South and includes many beautiful pull offs for hiking and walking.
Along the way we stopped at Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Parking fills up early at all of these locations, so I recommend trying to go first thing in the morning. We stopped at Bell Rock and did a little bit of hiking, but my pregnant body wasn't up for too much. I started off in a light pullover and my favorite maternity leggings, but it quickly got very warm. Pack your sunscreen and a LOT of water in your backpack. The views were just incredible!
Shopping: The hotel is walking distance to many of the shops in Sedona. In addition to your regular touristy shops, you will also find great craft shops and crystal shops! I also recommend hitting up and walking around the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
Eating: We only ended up with two nights to eat dinner out and we loved both of the restaurants. We ate at SaltRock Kitchen, which had gorgeous views of the red rocks and really, really fantastic food. We also at Cress, which is the upscale dining restaurant at the L'auberge. I was a little nervous to eat at Cress because of their set menu. I was pregnant and gluten free and had a ton of eating restrictions. They were incredibly helpful and the waitress had no problem offering me tons of options and subtitutions. They also have great mocktails!
Star Gazing: I have never been star gazing before, but I had read that the sky in Sedona was incredible this time of year so we gave it a try. We used Sedona Star Gazing and did their two hour tour. During the tour you get a chance to look through a gigantic microscope and to learn about the constellations you can see from Sedona. The night sky was absolutely gorgeous, but it gets very, very cold out there. They provide a parka and blanket for you, but layer up for this cool experience.
Where to Stay and Spa: We decided to stay at the L'Auberge de Sedona. There are so many beautiful resorts in Sedona, but I liked the location and reviews of this one best. The L'Auberge has an amazing river running through it that makes it a beautiful and scenic resort.
I book the hotel using American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts with my Platinum Card. When booking through Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts you get free breakfast daily, a room upgrade (if available) and a $125 food and beverage credit. The free breakfast is a great deal because they serve a gorgeous, gorgeous breakfast out on the river each morning.
There are heaters out there and it is the perfect romantic stop. We were also easily able to use our food and beverage credit by grabbing drinks and dinner the night we arrived at the hotel. You could also use it for a quick lunch or room service (of course :)).
I loved the hotel for many reasons, but especially because the rooms are like little bungalows with fire places and patios. In my opinion, you could never leave your room and still feel like you are in paradise.
I also got a prenatal massage at the hotel and it was fantastic! You will need to be in at least your second trimester, but they do an incredible job. This was my first prenatal massage and really helped me relax and unwind.
Maternity Photos: I really wanted to take maternity photos while we were on our babymoon to preserve the memories from our final trip as a party of two. I found a fantastic photographer on Instagram and Jayde met us at Cathedral Rock to take our photos. Before the photos I had my hair and makeup done by Sedona Beauty Team. Jayde took a good mix of couple shots and solo shots.
We did the photos around 5pm so we still had time to hit up dinner afterward. I am so happy we have these precious photos to remind us of my pregnancy and our babymoon.
The dress I wore for my photos is sold out, but here are a few similar ones:
We had the absolute best time in Sedona on our babymoon! I would highly recommend it, especially for a Fall babymoon. The weather was lovely and it is such a great town to explore.