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Your Guide to a Relaxed Babymoon

It’s a time-honored tradition not taken advantage of often enough: scheduling a relaxing getaway when you’re expecting a baby. You deserve a brief respite before that little bundle of joy arrives, and South Walton offers all the right ingredients.

Popular lifestyle and personal style blogger Krystal Faircloth enjoyed a babymoon here in South Walton and shared her thoughts. “Of course, getting the okay from the doctor at our 34-weeks appointment also gave us a little added motivation,” she notes.

First up – we know all our moms-to-be are going to eventually have some sweet cravings. Luckily, our 16 beach neighborhoods are more than fortified with decadent options that really hit the spot. We even have our own little sub-culture for donuts alone! But don’t worry – we also have all other dessert needs covered too, regardless of what time of day you want them.

Chocolate Dessert at La Crema Tapas & Chocolate

If you’re seeking a variety of tastes all in one place, The Big Chill in WaterSound is one option to check out. Krystal agrees: “We head here at least once a trip for dinner because of the open-air seating and the ability to hit up all of the different food options!”

When you’re ready for a little retail therapy, there are countless colorful boutiques to explore. Peruse all the lotions, candles, scents and luxury skincare products at Pish Posh Patchouli’s. Browse for designer clothes and accessories at Willow + Mercer in Inlet Beach or Alys Shoppe in Alys Beach. While in Alys Beach, nurture your nesting instincts with some stylish home decor from MAST. Over in Seaside, Bump + Baby has stylish maternity clothes, as well as adorable outfits for all those beach babies soon to arrive. “I finally had a reason to stop in there and they have THE cutest stuff!” says Krystal.

Exterior of Alys Shoppe in Alys Beach

Getting ready for a new arrival can leave you a little frazzled at times. You may be ready to decompress at one of our incredible day spas or wellness centers. Located in The Pearl Hotel, Spa Pearl offers a variety of innovative treatments and therapies to help you feel fully relaxed. And Serenity by the Sea Spa at Hilton Sandestin has been named on several lists of top spa experiences, with exclusive areas for both men and women.

You may not be able to savor any of the stronger spirits, but that’s the perfect excuse to introduce yourself to some of the tastiest mocktails you’ve ever encountered. Over in Miramar Beach, Emeril’s Coastal Italian serves up artful creations including a Faux-jito, Coastal Cooler and Faux-75. Or you can drop your tourist status and become a local at The Citizen. They offer a selection of “zero proof” drinks that transcend typical concoctions. Or watch a stunning sunset as you sip something appropriately fruity at the rooftop bar of Pescado in Rosemary Beach. “I love this beautiful beach community!” says Krystal.

Interior of Pescado in Rosemary Beach

As an added bonus, South Walton is an easy drive from anywhere in the Southeast, so getting here is half the fun. Nothing like a little road trip to play some favorite old tunes and talk about all the excitement coming soon. So, make your plans today! The only time we might suggest you avoid is Labor Day (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).

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