Last month we took a family trip to Vermont. We often visited when we lived in Boston and we were thrilled to be back for a dear friend’s wedding.Though we missed the fall leaves, late summer Vermont is one of the best places to be. Mild days and comfortable nights present opportunities to be outside anytime. One of Vermont’s most charming towns is Stowe and we were pleased to book a lovely stay at the Field Guide, a Lark Hotel.
Located in the heart of Stowe, the Field Guide offers access to much of what Stowe has to offer. Hiking and biking trails are just a couple of blocks away. Bike rentals are a block away and the staff are happy to assist visitors with selection of the right set of wheels for a city tour or a rugged mountain bike ride! We were so close to so many restaurants we left the car. Stowe features several breweries, including The Alchemist, and Idletyme, which features a fantastic restaurant and grounds for big events like weddings or rehearsal dinners.
A family with a child at Rainier’s age is super tricky. They are all over the place, constantly on the move, wanting to get into things and aren’t quite mindful of mommy and daddy. Fortunately, we found the Field Guide to be friendly and accommodating. Field Guide is, in fact, designed to be family friendly. We found a bookshelf full of board games, toys about the lobby and restaurant, picnic tables painted for chalk scribbles, a bonfire to snuggle by, and a relaxing pool at the ready for our entertainment.
One thing we absolutely loved was the Picnic Social which starts at 4:00 PM everyday in the lobby. The Picnic Social encourages family fun with other guests at the hotel. Activities such as Corn-hole, Connect Four and jumping around on the fluffy ottomans were a favorite of our little one! The fluffy ottoman trampoline fest may not be on the picnic social agenda, but I don’t think anyone objected.
Also, the general managers of the Field Guide go above and beyond to help their guests. We couldn’t bring baby to the wedding and we had no babysitter options in the area. I mentioned our dilemma during a phone call to Marie-Pier, and she worked her magic! She put us in contact with a local babysitter to watch Rainier in our room while we celebrated our friends’ nuptials. What a relief and amazing service! They truly care about their guests’ experiences at the Field Guide.
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This past weekend we took a trip to visit the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. It is a shame we waited so long to check it out. I was definitely taken by surprise! The collection of birds is pretty remarkable for a little aviary in the corner of our local park. We had such a great experience with some 5-week old West African baby cranes that were out for a walk. Rainier was all giggles and laughter as they poked at his pants and buttons. It was the cutest thing!
We attended the Outdoor Bird Show, which features some well trained birds flying, hopping and running among the audience! My favorite was the Wrinkled Hornbill. I had no idea that birds could be trained so well! The show was such a delight. The birds would often fly right over your head, making you duck, and you could literally feel their draft in your hair. Rainier marveled and kept saying “OOooooo!” over and over. Of course they ended the show with us in a standing applause.I was surprised all around about the beautiful grounds, the birds, the show and how entertaining it was for adults as well as children!
Tracy Aviary was an outstanding place to trial our new G-LUXE travel stroller from UPPAbaby. We recently picked this up to replace our other bulky stroller The G-LUXE is a lightweight, easily compatible stroller – ideal for car, or air vacations. One thing we noticed about our other bulky stroller is that it doesn’t allow for the baby to recline very far limiting Rainier’s nap potential. After the aviary, we ran into nap time and baby ended up falling asleep in the stroller. We were able to recline the stroller and adjust the seat to fold OUT and UP, much like a living room recliner (think: Laz-e-Boy). This helps him to be more comfortable and helps keep him napping longer, which we all know is KEY for children (and the sanity of the parents!). All in all we love the stroller for day trips around town and it’s been put on our packing list for our upcoming East Coast travel.
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Think back on your childhood. Your fondest memories, do they involve toys? Or do they involve you exploring the great outdoors with your siblings or friends and enjoying the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and the dirt on your hands?
I’ve been thinking about this lately, and what is the point of packing up the entire car, driving hours each way to a campsite and then unpacking the car, setting up your campsite only to have baby sit on a blanket and play with man made toys? There isn’t anything natural about that. I want baby to explore, I want him to jump over logs, to feel the bark on his skin when he misses and falls on it. I want him to learn. I want him to learn to take risks, to try new things. To get muddy. I want him to catch bugs. I want him to marvel and say “OOOOOOohhhh!!!” at all the wonderful new things he can explore and learn about.
So after our last camping trip to the Grand Staircase National Monument in Escalante, UT, I’m making that a promise to my family and myself. No toys, no distractions. All, good, natural fun.