Pregnant? Take a Babymoon!
If you're reading this post, I think it's safe to assume you're pregnant. Congratulations!!! This is such an exciting stage in your life and the beginning of a brand new adventure. I'm there with you. I'm currently 32-weeks pregnant with my first child and Siya and I couldn't be more excited to meet the newest member of our travel tribe. Before this new babe makes its debut, Siya and I planned wanted to take a babymoon to spend time together, reflect, rest and adventure before we become parents. Now, I've been travelling pretty much non-stop since finding out I was pregnant, but decided on Mont Tremblant as a last hurrah before the babe comes.
This was our third time to Mont Tremblant over the last three years. We've been during the winter time and also for Wanderlust Festival that happens each summer. It's kind of become a yearly tradition to spend a few days in this adorable Quebec ski village. We absolutely love this part of Canada and so does the rest of the world, as many flock to this part of Quebec at all times of year. So, what does it Mont Tremblant have to offer, and specifically as a babymoon destination? Keep reading.
Quick Stopover From Toronto
For my GTA crew reading this, Mont Tremblant is such a quick getaway from Toronto, you'll wonder why you haven't gone yet. Mont Tremblant is only an hour flight away from Toronto, making it a great destination choice when you're very pregnant. The last thing you want when you're flying pregnant is to spend hours sitting on a plane.
The easiest way to get to Mont Tremblant is by flying with Porter Airlines from Billy Bishop Airport (yes Toronto has two airports), located in the heart of the city. What's great about Billy Bishop is that it's such a small airport, making it easy to navigate. There are short security lines, meaning you don't have to get there 2-3 hours before departure. Just an hour will do. Billy Bishop also has free snacks and drinks at the gate, making the wait time more enjoyable.
One you board your flight, have been served a drink and snack from the Porter Airlines crew, peed a few times (I feel ya mama), you will be touching down at the most beautiful airport Siya and I have ever seen (and we've seen A LOT). The Mont Tremblant International Airport is literally a log cabin, complete with a totem pole. How Canadian, eh?
Great Place to Relax and Rejuvenate
Finding time and different ways to relax each and every day is important to maintain a balanced life. In fact, it's one of the main ingredients of self-care. When you're expecting, relaxation plays a vital role in a healthy pregnancy for mother, father and baby, especially closer you get to the due date.
Now, I am a HUGE fan of spas. Whenever I find one during my travels, I need to go. I've been to a fully nude spa in Germany, a Mayan spa in Mexico, a Nordik spa in Ottawa, Finnish sauna in Finland, and the list goes on. Mont Tremblant is home to the Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant. Nestled on the shores of the Diable River, Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant is the perfect place to relax, reflect and rejuvenate your mind and body. There are hot and cold baths, saunas, steam rooms, resting areas and massage rooms. Expecting mamas, you need to listen to me when I tell you that treating yourself to a pre-natal massage is one of the best things you can do when you're pregnant. Oh-my-goodness, it-is-SO-good! The Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant has a certified masseuse in pre-natal massage, so you will be in good hands. The masseuse will make you feel very comfortable and leave you feeling like you're floating on a marshmallow cloud....mmm marshmallows.
Try Something New
Siya and I have been together 14-years! We are high school sweethearts who grew up and experienced much of this world together. Although 14-years is a long time, there are so many things we have yet to do together. Having new experiences together is what helps keep our relationship so exciting. Something new we tried in Mont Tremblant this time around was going to the casino! Crazy right?! I mean, we aren't gamblers, and we've both been the casino numerous times separately, but never together.
Casino Mont-Tremblant is a great place for fun, entertainment, drinks, good food (the on site restaurant is SO good with the best view), play and dance. It's probably the only casino in the world where you can be at a slot machine beside a window with a deer on the other side of it. True story.
You don't have to spend much to have fun. We spent $100 on the slots (which I have no idea how to play but had a blast anyways) and $100 on dinner. While we didn't win anything, we had a blast together, laughing, chatting and blushing (yes he still gives me butterflies).
Another thing we did together for the first time was ride the Tremblant Gondola up the mountain, where we popped non-alcoholic bubbly and made a cheers to an exciting future. We also went to Tonga Lumina Tremblant, which was is a trip! You take the ski lift up the mountain where they drop you off in the most magical forest, filled with colourful lights, fog and psychedelic music. As you follow the magical path, you uncover the story of the forest giant. That's all I'll tell you. You'll have to go to Mont Tremblant and experience it for yourself...
Make Something for Your Baby
,For anniversaries, birthdays and holidays, Siya and I have always made gifts for each other. So, while in Mont Tremblant, we wanted to not just buy something for the baby, but make something extra special. We ended up getting extra creative and making three very different things for the baby.
At the T Bar, we made our babies first onesie. Since we don't know the sex of the baby, we went with a black onesie. While there was a big selection of graphics to choose from, we decided to come up with our own. In big gold letters, our baby onesie reads "What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Always Stay In Vegas." If you know what we mean...
At Univers Toutou, we made a stuffed sloth dressed up in PJ's. This shop is like a better version of Build-a-Bear because you can choose between 20 different characters including unicorns, farm animals and exotic animals. We chose a sloth because...well it's a sloth. We got to stuff it, put in a realistic heart beat, wishing stars (where you make a wish and put a piece of star shaped fabric inside the animal), dress it up and name it. As you'll see in the photo, our sloth who we've named Zooboo even has his own passport. Very appropriate.
Lastly, we went to Studio Crétif where we picked out an owl piggy bank, painted it and sent it to be fired in the kiln. We figured we'd put our baby to work as soon as possible, so it can save up for its own travels. I kid, I kid. But really, I started my first business when I was three. I sold paintings to my family in order to save up for a cabbage patch doll. You're never too young to have a piggy bank.
What's one of the things that keeps a 14-year relationship fresh? Going on dates! This will be especially important for when the baby comes.
Since Siya and I are both foodies, dining out is a perfect date for us. We love trying new restaurants and indulging in all types of cuisine. Luckily, Mont Tremblant has many incredible restaurants to try. One of our most memorable meals was at Choux Gras, at the Fairmont. We started with the Quebec Buffalo Mozzarella Salad made with locally grown yellow and red tomatoes and grilled frisée. My mouth is salivating as I write this. Siya also had a few oysters. For our main course, Siya had the juicy Filet Mignon, and I had the Orzo Risotto. For dessert, we had the Crème Brulée and Chocolate Gâteau. Everything was so good, we made sure it fit in our stomachs.
Mont Tremblant will continue to be a place we escape to again and again. There's so much to do in this little village all year round, and we have yet to travel there in the spring or autumn. We'll save that to experience with our new little adventurer.
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A special thanks to Mont Tremblant for sponsoring this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.