Looking for a quick and relaxing getaway before your bundle of joy arrives? Doctors generally agree flying is okay, especially in the second trimester, so pack a long weekend bag before reassembling it for your hospital bag at some great couples spots.
Just about a two-hour flight from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK), Bermuda’s downtown is easily walkable and safe. Lots of couples trekked to this beachy paradise recently to escape any worries of the Zika virus, and discovered secluded sands and secret coves. Spa treatments abound at hotels like Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa, the Loren at Pink Beach and Fairmont Southampton.
Of course Venice is always great for a romantic couples getaway, but pizza and pasta can also satisfy some special pregnancy cravings. Afterwards, take a gondola ride while enjoying Luna Hotel Baglioni’s babymoon package with breakfast, a deluxe room, a discount at the hotel restaurant and boutique, gift for expectant mothers, a mocktail and a cooking class with meal recommendations for young kids.
Indulge in the Mommyhood Menu of spa treatments at the Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. Acupuncture, reflexology, prenatal Pilates and more are organized by trimester, and you can also do a bump photo shoot here. Take a relaxing stroll at this 30-room hotel at the nearby nature preserves or go antique shopping for the nursery.
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Peter Island Resort even focuses on the dads with pregnancy spa treatments like massages and private picnics on the island’s five beaches, along with a baby album at turndown. But the hotel one-ups the package with Baby Week, when three or more couples sign up for the same time period. Charlene L. Stokamer, MPH, MS, teaches the course “How to Relax and Have Your Baby,” with five two-hour classes on topics including breastfeeding prep, along with his-and-hers massages.
The Lavender Inn & Spa in Ojai is about much more than deep-tissue (although that’s an option, too) — private classes with lactation counselors or with doulas on birth planning, breast feeding and newborn care are popular here. Enjoy a discount at the inn’s kids clothing store, Cowboy Babies, with every stay, and prenatal massages for pregnancy partners.
The Bundle of Joy package at Westin Keirland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale includes a partnership with SpOILed Mama skincare for some extra pampering. Enjoy a gift care set, in-room movies with ice cream sundaes, sparkling cider and chocolate-covered strawberries, a couples massage and breakfast in bed. Those ready to shop for the baby’s room also get a discount at nearby Kierland Commons shopping center.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).