Alderbrook Resort and Spa on Hood Canal. Photo credit: Alderbrook
For the introverts: the Olympic Peninsula
It’s easy to forget the Olympic Peninsula has more to offer than vampire tourism. In fact, people travel from all over the world to visit the peninsula. While a pregnant mama might pass on the more strenuous hikes or kayaking, there are still plenty of beaches, tide pools and walking trails to explore at her leisure. Find a collection of romantic spots along the Waterfall Trail or contact Experience Olympic to arrange a pregnancy-safe adventure in the national park.
Stay: Two classic choices: the babymoon packages at Lost Mountain Lodge in Sequim (room rate includes a one-hour massage and a special memento for baby) and Alderbrook Resort and Spa on Hood Canal (its spa features a “Maternity Menu”). For something a little bit off the beaten track, visit A Hidden Haven Bed and Breakfast near Port Angeles. Enjoy gentle walks with plenty of deer and bird sightings on the 20-acre property; the private cottages offer comfort in the form of deep, heart-shaped tubs and individualized décor.
Relax: Unlike Lost Mountain Lodge and Alderbrook Resort, Hidden Haven doesn’t have an on-site spa, but you can drive to Port Angeles and book an appointment at the local Renaissance Massage and Wellness.
Eat: Guests at Lost Mountain Lodge can order breakfast on site; the babymoon package includes a gift certificate for dinner at one of two restaurants in Sequim. Meanwhile, the restaurant at Alderbrook specializes in “shore to plate” local seafood. Stop for brunch on your way home at the eclectic Chestnut Cottage.
Getting there: Whether you take the ferry and drive U.S. Hwy. 101 (preferred) or drive all the way around on Interstate 5 and Hwy. 101, Port Angeles is just about three hours from Seattle.