If you follow me on Instagram, no doubt you’re oh-so-sick of seeing my vacation photos. If so, lucky you—I’m home and back to reality. But can I just say that we had the most amazing time? It was every bit as relaxing and pleasant as I’d hoped for.
Part babymoon, part belated anniversary trip, we went all out and stayed at the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara. Brian coordinated everything, and he did a spectacular job. The concept of the babymoon is still relatively new, I think, but it’s one that I was really glad to get on board with. In essence, it’s sort of a last-hoorah vacation before your baby comes and travel becomes a lot more challenging.
All in all, it was by far the most relaxing trip we’ve ever taken (well, maybe tied with our honeymoon), and we’re already dreaming of the day we get to go back. Here’s a peek at our time away in Santa Barbara…
Fish and chips (and a tasty Arnold Palmer) for lunch at Arch Rock
The view, plus the beautiful lobby/restaurant area. Love its East Coast vibe.
Poolside essentials: Arnold Palmer, aviators, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (which I can’t stop reading!!)
The (salt water) pool: where we spent 95% of our daylight hours.
Nothing says luxury like a giant neck pillow in your hotel room.
First night at dinner—a mocktail for me, a G&T for Brian, and a decadent dessert (spiced chocolate cake with salted caramel gelato).
Espresso by the fireplace in our room. Perfect way to start the day.
After dinner drinking & lounging—mocktail for me, sangria for Brian.
Ice cream on the pier.
Me and Jack—growing, growing!
Sunday morning reading in bed. A dreamy end to a dreamy getaway.
What does a relaxing getaway look like for you? Would you ever take (or have you taken) a babymoon?