I have to start by saying this post is loooong over due.
In effort to stick to my goal for this blog in 2018, I decided that instead of starting with new posts and letting all the photos I took go to waste, I would still post the old photos before diving into any new content.
So let’s talk about our Family Staycation!
In November, the day after Thanksgiving actually, we loaded up the SUV and headed out to Newport Beach for a little weekend staycation. I had originally planned this little getaway in October after staying at The Duke hotel with Hubs for our wedding anniversary. It was such a nice hotel and priced just right so much so, that on our last day all I could think about was when we would be returning. Before we even left the hotel I was already checking out deals and to my surprise I found really great rates for thanksgiving weekend.
We arrived at The Duke Hotel around 5pm. Check in was at 3pm. Of course in my excitement, I wanted to get there before 3 O’clock but there were a few obstacles standing in the way. Once we got to the valet to park our car we found out that the hotel lobby was under construction. That sucked, considering the front of the hotel is definitely a selling point as it’s so gorgeous.
We got to the room and got our things settled. The kids and I went out so I could give them the grand tour. This really was our first vacay as a family of six and I think the very first vacation period for Preston and Penelope.
We ordered pizza from a local parlor around the corner from the hotel and ate out by the pool. Great way to relax into Friday night. We ended the night back in the hotel room for sweet treat and movies.
We spend the day on Saturday relaxing and hanging out. I started my morning out with a 5:30am Gym workout. I basically channeled my inner yogi and did about 30 minutes of vinyasa style flow. Immediately following my workout I went outside to the jacuzzi for a private and peaceful soak. The Jacuzzi, hands down, has got to be my favorite part of the hotel. It’s so beautiful out by the pool and at 6 am, I’ve got the space all to myself. This was perfect because it was the much needed quiet time I craved. I mean, part of the whole point of a vaycay is to escape reality and get a little peace and clarity right?
On Saturday, we spent a great deal of time out soaking up the glorious California sun. We swam, played basketball and a few rounds of tennis. Then returned to the pool for a couple hours of night swimming.
On Sunday morning I woke up again around 5am to get myself prepared for my 5:30am yoga session. This morning I was even more excited to get to the gym than the morning before. I quietly got dressed and snuck out to enjoy another morning of what I like to call bliss! I love waking up early in the morning to tend to my self-care routine. Especially at hotels. The luxury gym and early morning hot tub just enriches the experience.
After I returned from my peaceful morning I got the littles situated for breakfast. We packed well for food so cereal and milk it was LOL. I took off on a coffee run… well I didn’t run anywhere, but I did enjoy a brisk walk to the local Starbucks about a block from the hotel. When I arrived back to the room I sat in the window and enjoyed my white chocolate mocha coffee and a cold slice of pizza.
After everyone woke up we took one last dip in the pool then packed up our things to check out. I really love this place and can’t wait to return again soon. Last stop on our trip… the Beach.
Because you don’t come into the city of Newport and not visit the ocean.
We spent some time on the pier, in the sand and playing at a local park next to the beach.
Overall I must say I am so pleased with how the weekend turned out. We had a great time and I surely can’t wait to go on our next weekend getaway. I was nervous about having all the kids at a hotel and I will admit that traveling with children is much- much different than traveling alone. I made sure to prepare myself and the kids by finding games and activities the kids could do in the hotel as well as on the drive. I printed off simple games like “I Spy” and “Road Trip Bingo.” I also made the girls travel books with fun journal pages to fill in about each day of the trip.
I am so looking forward to the upcoming new year and it is my hope to take a weekend getaway with all of us at least three times in 2018.
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