Last month, when we went to my hometown on vacation, between the four of us and my sister’s family, there were seven of us. Even in the house I grew up in, that would have been a tight squeeze, but my mom has downsized since then, so it definitely wasn’t going to work. So, we decided to get a rental house together. Best. Decision. Ever.
We found a three-bedroom house about 20 minutes from town in the Bucks Lake Wilderness. We weren’t looking for anything fancy – room for everyone to sleep, and a place for the grown-ups to hang out after bedtime, plus a kitchen to make meals easier for the nine days we were there. The house exceeded all of our expectations.
It was two stories, with a back patio looking into the woods, a dining room and breakfast nook, living rooms upstairs and downstairs, and every amenity we could think of. Honestly, we knew it was furnished and basics provided like towels and kitchen supplies. But there were also staples in the pantry, kids’ dishes, a high chair, a pack and play, movies, board games, video games, toys. It was an easy drive to town, and to nearby lakes where my sister and I relived childhood memories. We were so impressed.
Every morning, the girls entertained themselves with a box of blocks. And eventually, they discovered the piano upstairs, and played that, too.
But in all honesty, the amenities were just the icing on the cake. The real benefit of renting a house was all the quality time we got to spend together. Yes, we saved money by cooking some of our meals rather than going out. Yes, it was nice to not have to go to bed when the girls went to bed (raise your hand if you’ve ever hung out in a hotel bathroom while your kids were sleeping!).
But watching my niece and daughters play together as soon as they woke up in the morning, having a comfortable living space for other family members to drop by and see us when the girls were so far off their routine that going out was not an option? That’s the kind of stuff that’s hard to replicate in a hotel.
It’s harder and harder for my sister and I to get together as our families grow. Having that quality time, the chats after bedtime and coffee on the patio in our pajamas in the morning as the girls played, was really special. And watching our girls together is just priceless.
This is our third experience renting a house on vacation – previously it’s just been me, Mr. G and the girls. I think it is really the way to go when traveling with kids for more than one night or so. And I’m so glad we had this time together with my sister and her family!
This is not a sponsored post. We just really had a great experience!