Salish Lodge. Photo credit: Salish Lodge
For the romantics: Snoqualmie Falls
There’s plenty of good reasons why Snoqualmie Falls is a classic choice for a babymoon. It feels a world away from the city, but is only a short drive from Seattle, and even less outdoorsy pregnant mamas will be fine taking the short hike to the bottom of the falls. (Of course, there’s no shame in driving between the lower lot and the observation deck up top — especially on wet days when the trail can be slippery.)
For couples, the beautiful falls are famous as a romantic getaway, but they’re deeply spiritual, too. The falls are sacred to the Snoqualmie people, who believe mist from the falls carries prayers to the creator. Could there be a better place to connect and release your wishes for the miracle you’re living?
Stay: The staff of the Salish Lodge is as attentive to new parents as it is to new lovers. The lodge’s one-night “Babymoon at Salish” package includes a room with rose petals sprinkled on the bed and sparkling cider, a special pregnancy pillow and a baby gift. Parents also receive two spa treatments and a $50 dining credit (consider ordering breakfast in bed).
Relax: In addition to its other offerings, the on-site Salish Spa has an entire maternity services menu, while visiting couples can spring for an in-room couples’ massage. If spas aren’t your style but you still want to do something special, contact the lodge’s “Romance Concierge,” Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., at least a week before you go, and she’ll help you come up with the perfect plan.
Eat: The Salish Lodge specializes in Northwest cuisine, keeping bees for honey and growing its own herbs for the two on-site restaurants. Enjoy a romantic dinner in The Dining Room or a more casual meal in The Attic. Naturally, you’ll want to ask for one of the tables with a view of the falls — unless you decide to stay in and order room service.
Getting there: 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Located 30 minutes east of Seattle and Bellevue on Interstate 90 to the Snoqualmie Parkway.