apricot / 370 posts
@ChitownRo:@Pancakes: It's the Watervale Inn : https://watervaleinn.com/
They fill the cabins pretty far out for summer because there are so many families that come year after year. We usually book in February for July, but depending on the week, you may be able to find availability. It's a little more on the rustic side, but imo that just adds to the character there.
honeydew / 7463 posts
@Iced Tea: I think trips with one other family with kids are great. Kids end up entertaining themselves quite a bit. My older son is 3.5 and we spent a long weekend with friends who have a 6yo and 4yo and the 3 of them just played and I got to just lay around and do nothing for 3 days. I was 32 weeks pregnant so that was wonderful.
I think that sounds like a great trip idea!
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
@shabang: bookmarking this place! I love Lake Michigan and haven’t been able to go in years.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
I also think part of what makes a vacation relaxing for me is to do some planning upfront. I take my time planning out what I need to pack, if I need to organize a delivery to the place where we are staying, if I can purchase event tickets online in advance...all so that once we are actually there, we don't have to rush around.
We also plan at least one day where we don't leave our hotel or resort, and we just lounge by the pool. My son was never the type of kid that we could leave him at a kid's club (we tried!!!), so the best thing that we can do right now is switch off so that one of us is with him and the other has some down time. I realize this only works with one kid, but bringing grandparents on vacation with us is not an option.
clementine / 806 posts
@bhbee: were you at Hyatt hill country or Marriott? we live in Dallas so SA is an easy destination for us. I've also heard good things about Jade Waters at the Hilton Anatole here, for a staycation.
Our most amazing vacation was when we went with family friends. The kids are approx the same age, and the adults parent very similarly to us, so it was a great laidback mix. We rented a house and just relaxed, but had 4 parents and 3 kids, so everyone could play together and any parent was comfortable being in charge at any given time.
@MrsLonghorn: we are in DFW too. We love the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch. It’s the time share property across from Hyatt Hill Country (you can drive across the street and use their amenities if you want although we never did). They rent/manage it like a hotel also. They take beautiful care of it and it is perfect for families - a condo is make or break for us being relaxed - and a lot cheaper for what you get vs Hill Country. I heard about it from other moms and it is a hidden gem!
@bhbee: awesome! Thanks for the tip
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