By Tish Petty
Summertime was the perfect chance for us to get away. I was three weeks into my second trimester and starting to feel like myself again. But I knew the possible discomfort of the third trimester was coming, so we quickly made plans to have one last relaxing time with each other before our very first bundle of joy arrived.
But where should we go? I was in need of a relaxing massage, gourmet dining and exquisite accommodations on my babymoon: The mountain-enveloped, 5-star Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, offered these luxuries–and so much more.
Driving up the winding mountain road to the resort, breathing in the smell of fresh pine trees, was nothing short of amazing. Then we had our first glimpse of the resort, tucked away like a hidden treasure on the mountain top, and were completely at a loss for words. It was breathtaking. From that moment, we knew our babymoon was going to be something we would never forget.
Dinner at Manzanita
After settling into our room, complete with a fireplace and walk-out porch, we made our way to Manzanita, the resort’s French-inspired Californian cuisine restaurant, for an early dinner. Both the king salmon and seared Alaskan scallops were delicious. I didn’t think the meal could possibly get any better until I set my eyes on their decadent, warm brownie bites served with toasted almond ice cream and chocolate chip cookie streusel. Pure perfection!
Pamper Yourself to a Mellow Mama Massage
My therapist made sure to use an oil with high omega fatty acids to help strengthen my skin and keep those stretch marks away. She also filled me in on the importance of infant massages (check with your hospital) and used specific prenatal techniques to increase circulation and reduce water retention.
If visiting before or after snow season, take in the stunning mountain landscape surrounding The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe by jumping on their gondola. For $14, you can ride this scenic 10-minute lift up the mountain and capture plenty of picturesque views. There’s also fun hiking trails to explore, plus adventurous mountain bike runs if your husband needs an adrenaline rush!
Evening S’mores Around the Firepit
The resort marshmologist creates different flavors for these special outdoor treats every evening. We had a chance to sample the homemade passion-fruit-flavored marshmallow.
Stay on the 5th Floor for Access to Club Lounge
Mai Tai mock-tails, white-chocolate cranberry scones, short rib bruschetta, crudites, and the best beef soup ever are just a few of the culinary treats the club lounge offered. It presented spectacular views and was a great place for us to relax and unwind. The lounge is open all day, so if those naughty cravings happen to strike, a good snack isn’t too far away.
We spent many hours relaxing poolside taking in the sights of the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lunch at The Backyard Bar & BBQ was yummy, and the bartenders were very creative offering me delicious non-alcoholic drinks. This soon-to- be mama was in heaven!
Whether you visit during the summer, like we did, or decide to cozy up by the fire in the winter, the relaxing vibe, friendly staff, amazing cuisine, and exquisite rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, will surpass all your babymoon expectations.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Plan a Lake Tahoe Day Trip
Just 15 minutes away from the resort, we visited Carnelian Bay located on the beautiful north shore of Lake Tahoe. If visiting during summertime, take some time to relax on the beach and enjoy more of the scenic views surrounding you and your growing bump.
• Date night on the lake. Enjoy a delicious dinner and unforgettable sunset at Gar Woods Grill & Pier.
• Do some nursery shopping. Visit antique shops and specialty stores in Carnelian Bay to find the perfect babymoon souvenir.
• Best breakfast in town. Stop at The Old Post Office Cafe for a delicious breakfast or brunch treat! Local
favorites include crab cake benedict, home potatoes, plus biscuits & gravy.
• Pull over in Trukee. About 5 minutes away from the resort, the charming little town of Trukee has more mom & pop shops and restaurants all with a small town feel.