Best Way to Vacation

So ever since Sunday, we’ve been on what’s become our family’s favorite low key vacation.  It started two years ago, when, thanks to a Rite Aid promotion program, I couponed my way to two free nights at a Hyatt.  We ended up picking one in Philadelphia, because it was a city that we hadn’t visited before.  That year, we learned a very important secret.  And that is, that the best way to vacation is to find a place where you can truly just rest and not have to really do a lot of anything.  

Don’t get me wrong.  We are actually big fans of travel and have been on some pretty spectacular trips both with and without our kids.  We love the adventure of trying different things and seeing new and amazing places.  We’ve also enjoyed many trips to visit our families in Michigan, Arizona and Seattle.  But when it comes to our immediate family we’ve discovered that we really, truly love (and quite possibly need ever so often) is time to just rest, relax and recuperated somewhat from the craziness that is our lives.

So this is our current formula.  We get a good set of nights at the Embassy Suites.  Because they have a spectacular breakfast with made to order omlettes and a fun snack hour every evening.  Our kids are old enough that in the morning, they’ve been getting themselves up and down to breakfast early, so they can bring it back to our room and eat in bed.  They find this super fun because, well, it is.

We also like our hotel for its amenities.  It has a small gym, which I’m proud to say we used every day.  The kids enjoyed the treadmill and elliptical and I logged nine miles of walking/running as well (mostly just to try to counter all of the fun food I ate on our trip).  It also has an indoor pool and hot tub which the kids loved, especially this one.  She happily utilized it every day, though she found it more enjoyable when she had the whole thing to herself (as opposed to the first day we were here when the hotel was hosting a hockey tournament and it was overrun with elementary aged hockey players).

The other key to our vacation is that we are only a five minute drive from the largest mall in America.  The King of Prussia mall is kind of amazing, with its 400 plus stores.  To be honest, we aren’t even big mall people, but for some reason we all love this mall.  Jeremy and Christian entertain themselves at the Apple Store which is right next to a Tesla store so they are pretty much set.  And Ellee and I have a blast just shopping our hearts out.  Well, kind of.  It’s all in fun moderation.  Our newest discovery this trip was a store called Primark, which is apparently the IKEA of clothing stores.  Their fun fashions at crazy low prices kept us coming back each day to discover new and interesting treasures.  

And in addition to our shopping, we also enjoyed a fun variety of what I would say is he best mall food ever.  For fact, they have the best Golden Dragon roll ever and take note, Long Island malls, it’s right between a Chipotle and a Chick-fil-A.  We also enjoyed gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches at Melt Shop and a few stops at Shake Shack as well and that again explains why I felt the need to log in a little bit of exercise on this trip.  Thankfully, because the mall is so huge, we also logged some good miles just getting around to all of the stores.  

So yes.  Even though it might not seem like the most extravagant or crazy of family vacations, it truly is one that we love.  In the past four days, we’ve been able to rest and relax and just take a needed break from everything.  It’s been fun and re-energizing and even though it comes to an end tomorrow, for us, it was the very best way to vacation and I know we will cherish our time together very much.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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