August 13, 2019

Blue Ridge Babymoon

Posted in: Story of Us, Travel

If you saw my Instagram stories in the middle of July, you know Weston and I went on a babymoon.  We had a lot of questions about it, so I wanted to share about our babymoon experience and some photos!

What is a babymoon?

Babymoon is a term that I mistakenly thought most people knew.  However, just about every time we would mention our babymoon plans to someone, they said, “What is a babymoon?”  If you’re not familiar with the term, a babymoon is a relaxing vacation taken by the parents before their baby is born.

Where did you go?

We typically only go on one vacation a year, but we saved some money when we had to move our Alaskan cruise and we had money left in our travel budget for the year.  We figured we might as well get one last vacation in before Baby CAM made her big debut.  I was going to be right at 32 weeks during our babymoon weekend.  My doctor said I couldn’t travel farther than an hour after 32 weeks and we didn’t want to spend most of our time in a car.  We also didn’t want to go to the beach since it would be really hot.  We searched for a nice, relaxing destination in the mountains.  After many weeks of trying to figure out where to go for our babymoon, we finally decided on Blue Ridge, Georgia.

What did you do?

Day 1

We had planned to start our babymoon early on Thursday morning, but my doctor’s appointment landed on that Thursday morning.  We started the day with a 4D ultrasound (see below!), regular checkup, and breakfast at Chickfila.  Then we grabbed coffee at Starbucks and hit the road!

Our main goal for the weekend was to relax.  Neither of us are the type of people to just sit and do nothing.  We have never taken a vacation without making a plan for each day of the trip.  The only item on our to-do list for our first day in Blue Ridge was to get to our secluded cabin to relax.

For dinner, we found a bar and grill in downtown Blue Ridge called Chester Brunnenmeyer’s that made us feel like we walked into Cheers.  We walked around downtown and bought fudge at Three Sisters Fudge.  Then made it back to our cabin before the rainstorm hit.  The best part about the rain is that we could actually enjoy it since our only objective for the weekend was to relax.  We didn’t have to go anywhere or do anything, so the rain didn’t ruin any plans.

Day 2

Friday was a slightly different story because we actually did have it planned ahead of time.  Weston and I have never been to a spa.  So in the spirit of relaxation, we arranged a morning at the spa.  Google led us to Serenity in the Mountains and we booked our appointments the week before our trip.  We booked a couples maternity massage, which was heavenly.  I don’t think we have ever slowed down long enough for our muscles to fully relax.  It was a pleasant change that we mutually agreed we should experience at least once a year.  Weston has also never had a pedicure, so he reluctantly agreed to a couples pedicure after our massages.  He said it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be – in fact, he enjoyed it!  If he had to choose between the massage or pedicure though, he would definitely pick the massage.

For lunch, our pedicurists recommended that we try Hansen’s Grill, which was delicious.  They also recommended that we stop by The Sweet Shoppe for cupcakes made by the winners of Cupcake Wars Season 6!  It was a sweet treat 😉

As we walked around the shops downtown, we discovered a really cool mural that quickly captured my attention.  It was too hot for me to have any desire to take a trendy photo in front of it, so I settled for a selfie.

Our cabin had an awesome jacuzzi that helped us hone our relaxation.  We probably got in it 3 or 4 times during our short stay there.  Even though the temperature was low enough for me to safely get in it while pregnant, Weston insisted that I only stick my feet in it.  He’s pretty protective of both of his girls and it’s one of my favorite things about him!

We read that Southern Charm Restaurant was a must for any trip to Blue Ridge.  The wait-time for dinner proved this was true.  This was definitely our favorite meal of the trip.  All the comfort foods!

Day 3

Saturday was our 6-year anniversary.  We slept in and then got in the jacuzzi.  When we started getting hungry, we got ready at a leisurely pace and drove to Mercier Orchards.  I had these grand plans of taking super cute photos in their peach orchard, but there were two problems.  The peach orchard was not open to the public due to a frost earlier in the year.  And it was crazy hot, so my energy levels were too low to set up my tripod and take our photos.  In fact, I took the majority of our babymoon photos on my phone so that I could be more present and not worry about getting perfect photos.

Mercier Orchards was even better than we expected.  It was much larger and they literally had apple-flavored and apple-themed everything.  The appetizers at the restaurant were apple donut holes!

One of Weston’s favorite fruits is blackberries.  He was excited to learn that Mercier Orchards had a U-Pick blackberries.  I have never seen him move so fast to get fruit haha.  It was such a joy to watch him!

After we filled our basket with blueberries, we went back to the main building and had a refreshing apple slushy.  I wanted to buy ALL the apple things, but we left with just our blackberries and some apple cider.

Day 4

Our final day was Sunday and we slept in again, which was absolutely wonderful for this pregnant lady!  After loading up the car, we got one final photo outside of the cabin.  I wish I had taken a photo of the makeshift bipod we made from a stick to prop up my phone so we could take this photo.  It was quite pathetic, but it got the job done!

We had such a fun and relaxing babymoon!  I’m so thankful we were able to get away for a few days and just be together before our little one arrives.

  1. Douglas N. Shelton says:

    I was really nice to read about your baby moon weekend. Your description made it seem that I was there with you. I am glad you had such a great, relaxing weekend!

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