One Last Time

What to Do

While we wanted to blend action and lounging, a couple's interests can run the gamut between a complete spa bliss-out and an Andean trek, which one couple who contacted Petrocelli desired.

Package trips may make the independent-minded recoil, but they really do ease the planning process when you're already busy with work, baby planning, and just staying healthy. Three-quarters of the visitors to, a website focusing on luxury babymoons around the world, come in search of a formal package, says Jennifer Levey, the site's North American sales and marketing director.

These packages can include spa treatments like prenatal and couples massages, "cravings" menus (with pickles, ice cream, and other pregnancy-themed treats), personal shoppers, or chefs that teach you how to cook healthy meals for babies once they start eating solid food. One new trend, says Petrocelli, is packages that offer childbirth education programs, letting couples focus on preparation for labor and delivery without the distractions of daily life. But whatever you want to do, don't overdo it—part of this escape is about downtime, enjoying the quiet and the rest that will dissolve from your life during the first months of parenthood.

And remember to remain flexible. I'd had my heart set on kayaking Tomales Bay, a shallow estuary northwest of San Francisco Bay. But on the morning of our excursion, the wind was whipping up whitecaps on the water outside of our cottage at Nick's Cove. Over lemon-blueberry pancakes at breakfast one morning, we learned from the morning paper delivered to our door that winds were forecasted for 25 to 35 miles per hour, with a small-craft warning in effect. Kayaking was out.

Instead, we explored the town of Point Reyes Station, enjoying the unencumbered freedom that would soon fade. We lingered in the small bookstore without being interrupted, navigated the community garden without a stroller, and spontaneously decided on a cheese-making tour at the Cowgirl Creamery. After sampling six kinds of (pasteurized) cheeses, we took a round of Red Hawk cheese and sandwiches from the creamery's deli to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Then we took a five-mile loop hike up Mount Wittenberg, the park's highest point. The 1,300-foot climb was slow-going for me, but this allowed us to stop and chat with one of the rangers out on her lunch-break hike, who identified the calls of the red-shouldered hawk and suggested that we look for osprey in the trees once we reached the top.

Published: 28 Dec 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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