Each spring, Tim and I try to plan a little getaway trip. Last April we took our first baby-free trip to California where we explored San Francisco, Napa Valley / Calistoga, the Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, and then flew home from Los Angeles. (See Part One and Part Two of our California Dreaming trip!) This was such a great trip – one of my favorites that we’ve ever taken. It was so nice to have those five days to ourselves, and to reconnect after becoming parents the year before.
In 2013, we took an April trip to Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA where we ate plenty of good food, explored the cities, and just relaxed. It was too cold to lay by the pool or the beach, so we found other ways to fill our time including putt-putt, shopping, and taking a day-trip to historic Savannah. In 2015, we skipped our spring travel in favor of a June trip for our babymoon to Jekyll Island, GA. The island was incredibly secluded and beautiful, and it was the perfect babymoon spot for doing nothing except relaxing, recharging, and exploring the island. We mostly spent our time at the hotel pool – we stayed at the Westin Jekyll Island – walked along Driftwood Beach, the marshlands and nature preserves, crossed the bridge to St. Simon’s Island for a night to have dinner and see the lighthouse, and went on plenty of beach walks. It was the perfect pre-baby getaway!
Later this month, we’re taking a spring trip that will be the first for just our family of three! Jack has already been on quite a few trips including Ft. Lauderdale last May and Myrtle Beach last August, but those have always been with extended family. This time we are doing a getaway to Orlando with just our little family of three.
We will be taking Jack to Disney so that he can see Mickey and all his friends! Jack is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and we think it will be a big hit seeing Mickey everywhere and on everything. Whenever we are out and about and Jack sees the Disney store or Mickey on someone’s t-shirt or a book, he smiles and starts chatting away! While we’re there, our plan is to take him to Chef Mickey’s for brunch one day, and to spend a second full day at Magic Kingdom. After doing a little research, I decided we would get the most ‘bang for our buck’ at Magic Kingdom, so that’s the only park we are going to visit this time. We also plan on spending plenty of time swimming at our hotel’s pools, and also spend an afternoon / evening at Disney Springs.
I am looking forward to our trip and experiencing Disney through the eyes of my son. I’ve been to the Disney Parks quite a few times, but I’ve heard there’s nothing like experiencing the magic with our own children.
- For those of you who’ve been to Disney / Orlando with small children, do you have any advice on what we must do, see, visit?