“Wahoo! This is the coolest place ever, mom!”
Jubilant shouts could be heard as we pulled through the trees into an opening that enclosed our hideaway for the next couple of days. We were hear to unplug, to unwind, and to reconnect as a family. We packed food, books, our coloring pencils and watercolors ready for time to slow down and savor. I’m always pretty exhausted after a weekend of speaking at a conference and we knew that we were preparing to move into a new and busy season for our family, so this seemed like the perfect time to sneak away for a break.
It’s become a bit of a tradition in our family. Starting back 5 years or so when we’d escape to a cabin with my parents, sisters and their families.
While I love to drag my kids to all kinds of cool museums and historical sites, tucking all 6 of us into a hotel room is not on my list of relaxing and enjoyable things to do… While it is fun to go out and see new sites, I have to say that my favorite way to vacation with kids is to rent a house or cabin somewhere and flee from the distractions and business of civilization. I’ve shared about our “cabin” experiences before here because I’ve found them so refreshing. There is something magical about escaping into nature to simply enjoy God’s creation and each other. My hubby is not the camping kind of guy, so renting a cabin is the way we go. I must say that I do like having access to a kitchen and hot showers!
This year was no different. For three days we disappeared. We didn’t see a single other human being and simply enjoyed hiking the trails on this property. It was a truly magical set-up with cute trails, hidden “man-caves” and a huge porch and big lawn to play on. We played hard, read books, went on nature walks, napped often, and of course played games (Everyone but Greta can now play Dominion! #win}. And the best part? My phone didn’t work there, so it was truly an opportunity to unplug, unwind and delight in cultivating relationships with my favorite people.
How do you like to vacation?
Our various cabin experiences: