Bethany Beach, DE
June 10-15 2021
Bethany Beach is THE cutest-mini-family-friendly beach in DE (I think!). We liked it because it’s got a warm and friendly environment for the kids complete with a boardwalk full of food, fun and plenty of places to spend your paycheck on your kids.
The kids love the beach so the beach is always, well, a win! However….the beach patrol did not let us erect our pop-up tent b/c apparently the rule is that you must rent their beach umbrella or purchase one. Not a huge deal but we wanted OUR tent, not THEIR tent. Clearly, not a deal-breaker but still noteworthy!
Recommend the Turtle Cafe for anything coffee.
For accommodations, we chose a 2-level townhouse as the Sea Colony. Pros: tons of space and able to stretch out after a long day at the beach. Cons: you gotta DRIVE to the beach (or bike). It actually isn’t that bad IF you know how to do it (which we didn’t but learned). Get a parking pass from the PD and if you’re going on a weekend, start your parking space hunt 3-4 blocks away. After all, who couldn’t use a little exercise when you’re otherwise lounging around consuming fried food, beverages and all things caloric!
April 15-19 2021
Massanutten was truly a colorful experience. It’s the only place I’ve ever been to where a real, live gopher knocked on our door asking for food! Yep, that lil guy was definitely a highlight of our mini-vacay.
We stayed in the Massanutten resort in unit 91, where apparently 20 feet past the back porch a cute, fat, bold little gopher lived. He saw us eating breakfast and wanted to partake. Us, being the animal lovers that we are, gladly passed the little fatty a few biscuits through the door. (Bojangle’s biscuits, mind you.) Needless to say, he joined us for breakfast…….and every other meal where the ‘caught’ us starting without him – for the duration of the trip!
We also took our 2yo and 5yo to the Massanutten indoor water park. If the park had a motto, it would be “Great fun for kids, and tons of hardcore physical labor for parents.” (haha). It really is a great place for the little ones to splash around and there’s no water that’s deep – not even in the water slide area. There’s tons of room to run around and get splashed and all that good stuff. But look, if you’re a parent, here’s my best advice: volunteer to work in the baby pool for the day or just brace up and get comfortable with the fact that YOU WILL BE RUNNING and you will not sit down and rest unless you have a battalion of nannies with you. But hey anything for the LO’s right?
Luray zoo! Go to it! It’s a rescue zoo that houses animals who couldn’t quite make it on their own. We love a place that has a heart! Petting farm included. Not to mention a gift shop where, if YOU have a heart like the zoo owner, you’ll get a few exotic animal figurines or a stuffed koala for yourself and/or your family. Proceeds to go keeping the zoo awesome.
Lastly, we went to a farm where sadly, I forget the name but there were tons of cute baby animals that were brilliantly arranged in one area where parents could actually relax for a minute while the kiddos pet and played with the little fuzzies. They even had a staff member dressed as a giant chicken to boot! (Dang I really wished I remembered the name of that place.) They had a super long slide and huge play area which we appreciated because it gave both kids and parents a break from our semi-urban small-yarded yet still very blessed life!
October 15-19 2020
First of all, who goes to Doylestown? Is that even a real place? Yes. It is. Sesame Street is apparently also a real place, which happens to be located in Langhorne, PA – just a hop, skip and a car ride from Doylestown. Before we went on this trip, my kids informed me that Sesame Place was real and that they wanted to visit. Given that we spoil our kids, we said ‘OK’ and packed up the truck and went.
Off to Doylestown we went! We stayed there because the Hilton is there and we’re fans (fully equipped kitchens and space for the kids), plus there were other attractions in the vicinity such as a pumpkin farm with animals, a train ride through history, and um…..yea that’s about it. I wouldn’t recommend for going for more than a long weekend (lol).
What made this trip memorable?: Well for starters, my 2 year old made a b-line for the hotel potty and dropped her toys in there within 60 seconds of checking in. She thought it was a pool for her toys. (I don’t blame her). Then, on the day we went to Sesame Place, we actually did see ‘real Elmo’ popping out of a window near Hooper’s Store. It was crazy; I don’t think there’s anywhere else on Earth where you’d see so many people excited and taking pics of a 2.5 foot tall furry red animal held up by a pole. But I admit, I was just as excited as anyone else there to see Elmo (bucket list?…nah but still fun). Lastly, we learned that you should NEVER partake in free continental breakfast unless it’s NOT served in a box located behind the front desk. Again, thank God for DoorDash. We still recommend the Doylestown Hilton and we certainly don’t hold the yucky cold eggs in a box against them.
Jacob and Kadi petting goats. She absolutely loves them because they are gentle.
Me and Jacob posing outside of Snipe’s Farm (highly recommend).
The train ride. The commentator was absolutely hilarious.
Ocean City, MD
June 24-28 2020
Most years after the kids were born, we have journeyed over to the east coast of MD for some much needed beach-time! Sometimes we go alone and sometimes with other family. Either way, it’s always a good time basking in the sun on a beach we’ve been to seemingly 500 times, as it never really feels old or boring. Each experience is new in some way. This particular trip was unique because it was our then 1-year old’s first time going and we had a few other little cousins join us for some amplified play time (for both the adults and the kids)! What’s not to love about a beach that’s only a few hours away by car, and where each time you go, you add another ‘patch’ to the quilt of experiences collectively known as our annual trip to ‘the beach’. It’s warm, it’s comforting, and we’ve gained some useful knowledge along the way, such as: there is no such thing as a beach cart that is actually able to carry cargo through sand easily…and…that getting a room on ‘poolside’ may be a good idea if you like the whole prison bars look and feel. Go oceanside top floor or go home! We recommend the Hilton Suites.
Me and Kadi in the kiddie pool. She absolutely loved it.
My hub and son eating on the balcony. Thank God for DoorDash.
Kadi strutting her stuff with the elephant outfit I got her.