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A stay on the Sonoma Coast makes for a relaxing retreat – Jenner’s Timber Cove Resort offers special babymoon options. Rooms overlooking the ocean, balconies with firepits, and an “Art of Relaxation" hands-on session taught by Cindy Scott-Fuchs, which includes relaxation skills and simple massage techniques, will help parents-to-be relax. Couples can also enjoy a picnic on the beach, farm-to-table breakfasts in bed and leisurely walks along the coastal trails surrounding the hotel. 21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, timbercoveresort.com.
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The Timber Cove Resort was originally built in 1963 as a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired A-frame with redwood beams. In 2016, renovations were completed and the new resort has a cozy, modern hippy vibe with chic, mid-century accents. (Courtesy photo)
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At night, the Great Room lobby area at the Timber Cove transforms into a lively gathering place for resort guests. For some old-fashioned fun, there are classic boardgames, including backgammon, battleship and chess. (Courtesy photo)
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For a soothing spa experience, make your way to Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn – a luxury resort just outside the town of Sonoma. The hotel's Willow Stream Spa has been rated among the best in the United States and features mineral hot spring pools and a variety of pampering treatments. This is the perfect spots for sipping nonalcoholic beverages poolside or taking a water yoga class. 100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, fairmont.com/sonoma. (Courtesy photo)
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Couples who are looking for a more adventurous babymoon can spend some time at the Sonoma Serengeti, aka Safari West in Santa Rosa. The 400-acre preserve welcomes visitors to explore its exotic African animals via jeep tours; you can also extend the adventure with an overnight stay in a glamping tent. Watch baby animals being born in the sanctuary's nursery, maybe it will inspire some new parenting instincts. As an added bonus there's no cellphone reception here – making it even easier to connect. 100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, fairmont.com.
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Baby giraffe and mom at Safari West in Santa Rosa. (John Burgess)
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Outdoorsy types will find plenty of local hiking trails suitable for pregnant ladies. The trails at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park just outside of Kenwood are gorgeous any time of the day, but the star-scattered Sonoma sky is particularly captivating after 8 p.m. The trails around Spring Lake in Santa Rosa make for a gentle yet rewarding outing. For more great hikes, check out our roundup of favorite hikes in Sonoma County and trails with spectacular views. (Photo courtesy of Jack London State Park)
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Enjoy lunch or happy hour at Palooza Brewery & Gastropub, a neighborhood gathering place in Kenwood. The venue features live music on Thursdays and comedy on the first Friday of every month, which pairs well with fried pickles (if you’re craving something salty, sour, and delicious), wood-fired pizza, or deviled eggs made with house-smoked salmon. 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, paloozafresh.com (Courtesy photo)
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Couples who want to savor the experience of staying up late, without being woken up in the middle of the night by a crying baby, should plan a Healdsburg babymoon. With one of the most lively nightlife scenes in Sonoma County, Healdsburg serves up some of the best bars and restaurants in the world. If you are looking to splurge on a bucket list meal, make a reservation for SingleThread’s elaborate Japanese-inspired kaiseki tasting menu. The Michelin-starred restaurant also has a small hotel dedicated to creating the ultimate customer experience. 131 North St, Healdsburg, singlethreadfarms.com.
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Photogenic food presentations at SingleThread in Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)
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In Healdsburg, book an appointment for a tea facial and tasting at the Taste of Tea and sip some non-alcoholic MarTEAnis on the patio. Bravas Bar de Tapas also has a rotating lineup of seasonal mocktails for anyone looking for a nonalcoholic refreshment (more Sonoma County bars with delicious mocktails). Share several tapas dishes on the patio, like duck meatballs, heirloom tomato and lemon cucumber salad, and Dungeness crab-stuffed piquillo peppers. 109 North St, Healdsburg, tasteoftea.com; 420 Center St, Healdsburg, starkrestaurants.com.
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Mango Ginger Brew mocktail from Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg. (John Burgess)
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Stop by the Cupcake Boutique in Healdsburg to shop for some adorable Wine Country-chic baby clothes. If you're suddenly hit by intense cupcake cravings (we don't blame you!), you're in luck: Moustache Baked Goods is just around the corner. The dessert shop incorporates local flavors into all of their cupcakes, cookies, dessert bars, and cakes. 107 Plaza St, Healdsburg, shopcupcake.com; 381 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, moustachebakedgoods.com. (Christopher Chung)
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Gender neutral clothing is all the rage at Cupcake boutique in Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)
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For the spiritual mama-to-be, head to Sonoma West County. The Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in the town of Freestone offers great prenatal massages. While you can't try their famous cedar baths while pregnant, resting in their outdoor hammocks in the Zen garden while listening to some meditative music is another wonderful way to destress. 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, osmosis.com.
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Find your inner zen in one of the hammocks at Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary in Freestone. (Courtesy photo)
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If you'd like to spend the night in West County, check out the Mellow Mommy retreat - guests get discounts at off-the-beaten-path hotels in the area, including the Inn at Occidental (a luxury property nestled among the redwoods in the quaint town of Occidental). Across the street is Barley & Hops, a local favorite for craft beer, live music, and farm-to-table gastropub fare. 3657 Church St, Occidental, innatoccidental.com; 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, facebook.com/BarleyHopsOccidental.
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If you'd really like to enjoy some kid-free fun, head to adult-only Boon Hotel & Spa in Guerneville. The boutique hotel is a zen retreat with a quiet pool and spa area, and it's walking distance from downtown Guerneville. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is only a quick drive away for short walks or longer hikes in the shade of giant redwood trees. (Here are other ideas for a Russian River getaway). 4711 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, boonhotels.com; 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, parks.ca.gov.
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Have breakfast in bed at Boon hotel + spa in Guerneville. No kids allowed, but you can bring your dog. (Courtesy photo)
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In Guerneville, El Barrio is a good place for mocktails - pair them with the house pickle plate. The modern Mexican cocktail lounge is known for its handcrafted cocktails, which are focused on tequilas, mezcals, and bourbons, but their nonalcoholic drinks can add some spice to your life, too. 16230 Main St, Guerneville, elbarriobar.com. (Courtesy photo)
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For local women who are approaching their due date and are eager to jumpstart labor, rumor has is that eggplant parmesan can offer some help. I will say from experience that it didn’t help me, but it doesn't hurt to give it a try – at least you'll have a satisfying meal, if not a baby. Try the eggplant parmesan dish at Cafe Citti in Kenwood, Risibisi restaurant in Petaluma (pictured) or any one of these top Italian restaurants in Sonoma County.
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