Everyone is familiar with the term ‘honeymoon’, but taking a ‘babymoon’ is a fairly new concept. New or not, however, I was convinced – from the moment I became pregnant – that I wanted to do something special like that with my hubby. It’s the chance – for a few days – to forget that your life now revolves around getting ready for baby and to focus on the romance, love, and fun that brought you together as a couple.
Our original plans didn’t work out, due to the exorbitant car expenses as of late. But we did receive a free night’s stay at a Best Western recently thanks to travel points (YAY!); so we decided to have a Babymoon Day, complete with hotel room that night. And honestly, just staying away from home for one night ended up being our best option. Apparently there’s a reason why it’s recommended to take a Babymoon before your third trimester. 😉 I was tired by the end of the day…
The one day of fine dining and fun, however, was absolutely perfect… and magical… and a day that I’ll always treasure. So without further ado, I give you our Babymoon Day! 🙂
It’s actually been awhile since Nate and I have gone on an official date. I hadn’t really realized that until we were walking – hand in hand – through the beautiful Boston Gardens. I was positively giddy with excitement; and I took in the sights, sounds, and smells as though visiting my favorite city for the first time. Then again, the whimsical lightposts, beautiful roses, historical statues, and the large weeping willows never get old. I snap a picture every time I’m there, because it’s just so beautiful.
And being there with my guy only makes the experience that much more special!
After meandering through the Gardens for awhile, we decided to walk down Newbury street. Even though most of the shops are way too expensive for my wallet, I love window-shopping and seeing the latest city fashions. We also stopped in a Chocolate House that I’ve always wanted to explore (and that sold small bags of rich, hot chocolate for $20)! That must be some chocolate!!
Our explorations also led us to the famous Tortoise and the Hare statue’s…
AND an adorable farmer’s market. The market was a pregnant woman’s paradise, complete with seasonal veggies and fruits, local cheese, fresh crusty bread, and every Danish or cookie you could imagine. I’ll take one of everything, please!
It was from this general area that we could see the Prudential Center just ahead of us. It’s a great place to shop and has a healthy mix of high-end and more familiar (Loft, Ann Taylor, Victoria Secrets) shops. But this time, our destination was the very top of the building (shown in the pic below). We had reservations for Top of the Hub!
Top of the Hub is a fine-dining restaurant located at level 52 of the Prudential Center and overlooks Boston’s Back Bay. I’ve only been once, but it has always been on my Life Sparkle’s List (a.k.a. my Bucket List) to eat a romantic meal there with my husband (who had never been). The food is amazing, and the ambiance can’t be beat. The dining room is absolutely beautiful and surrounded by glass walls that allow guests to look out over the city. The staff are courteous and treat those sitting at their tables as though they were royalty.
And honestly, to me, this is how eating out should be. It’s an experience. Something a little bit magical.
When making the reservation, I had let the restaurant know that my husband and I were celebrating our Babymoon and that – if it was at all possible, we’d love to have a window-seat. The restaurant didn’t disappoint and had a lovely window-seat waiting for us when we arrived. The views were spectacular!
My only complaint about the food was that I couldn’t decide what I wanted. 😉 I ended up ordering the Chicken Pot Pie (my ultimate favorite comfort food), although the 10 oz Sirloin, Shrimp Scampi, and Baked Haddock Rockefeller all sounded as though they were to-die-for! We also ordered the Crabmeat Cake with salsa verde for an appetizer, and it was out of this world. Seriously, best crab cake I have ever eaten! When Nate took a bite, his eyes widened, and he said, “Oh, wow!”
He also said that he wished he had ordered the crab cake sandwich for his meal, because he could have eaten another one! 🙂 (Don’t worry though, his Ravioli with Parmesan Cream Sauce was absolutely amazing too)!
When we finished our meal, we declined dessert; but as we pulled out our wallet to prepare payment, our waiter arrived at the table with a piece of Mousse Cake… on the house! He told me that he wasn’t sure if we were expecting a boy or a girl, so he had put both a pink and a blue candle into the cake. And in chocolate, the word ‘Congratulations’ had been written on the plate.
It was delicious… and SO special! I couldn’t believe the kind gesture, although it is these little touches that make Top of the Hub so incredible. 🙂 I decided that giving the kind waiter a hug would probably not be the appropriate thing to do in such a setting, so I just kept thanking him, flashed him my happiest smile, and made sure we left him a really good tip! 🙂 Seriously, this meal was one of the top meals I have ever eaten out, and the experience itself definitely made the top of the list. So magical!
After dinner, the head cold I’d been trying to fight off started to prove itself stronger than me… 😉 So we decided to forego too much more walking by going to see a movie. The Maze Runner was really good, following along the lines of such movies as Hunger Games and Divergent. It was definitely intense (sometimes violent, often suspenseful, and a cliff-hanger since we’d never read the books); but we enjoyed it!
Dinner that night was a cupcake from Sweets for each of us, since calories don’t count when you’re on a Babymoon. 😉 Nate chose the Lemon-Blueberry cupcake, and I chose the Boston Cream Pie. So unbelievably delicious!
We walked around a bit more after that, but I was quickly becoming quite tired. So we left the city soon afterward and headed to the hotel, which was just outside of town.
The next day, as I mentioned above, kind of turned into just a drive home… (Although we did stop at an apple orchard just outside of the city to walk around a bit… and to pick up some Apple Cider Donuts, obviously). 🙂
The entire experience was so much fun, and it was a great way for us to do something special before Brady arrives and our next chapter begins. I’d definitely say that taking a Babymoon, even if it’s just for one night, is totally worth it if you’re expecting your first child!
Have you ever gone on a Babymoon?
If you had to pick a favorite restaurant, what would it be?