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A Weekend Trip & $500 Hotel Giveaway!

A Weekend Trip

A couple of weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed out of town for a quick little weekend adventure! We snuck away and took Henry to Sacramento, which is actually where we tied the knot. We’ve been wanting forever to go back to the places where we hung out while we were planning our wedding, and it was so cool to do that now with little dude in tow.

A Weekend Trip

We cozied up at the Comfort Inn® Hotel, which was totally perfect — an awesome home base to come back to in between adventures. They’ve been hard at work, updating and creating change that makes a stay there even better. Big white fluffy beds to snooze on (or jump around on; see the little video we made for evidence), Wi-Fi and charging stations aplenty for working during Henry’s naps (crucial, because we always work on the road!), and an even better breakfast (you know I love a wafflemaker)! They even provided a crib for Henry, which was awesome. We’re so used to traveling with a crib for him that it seemed like such a luxury to have one on site. It was a perfect spot to rest up and recharge for all three of us.

The hotel was right by the American River Bike Trail so we brought our bikes and took Henry for a spin. Did you know that there’s a whole field of sheep on the trail? They all had little lambs and we stopped to hang out. We ran around downtown a little the next day, hitting a few great restaurants and spending a good chunk of time in the Capitol. It was so quiet and empty inside and I loved every second. I could sit in the senate chamber room forever. And they were putting the lights on the big Christmas tree outside, which melted my heart.

A Weekend Trip

A Weekend Trip

On our last night we took Henry to Old Sac, which is where we had our wedding reception! It’s so funny to go back to a place and see it through a different lens, now as a wife and mom. Before, I probably was mostly concerned about fitting as many things into a day as possible. Now I’m thankful for things like quiet hotel rooms and an easy, healthy breakfast that I can feed my son. Perspective, huh?! Traveling with Henry along for the ride as a party of three is definitely different than the old footloose, fancy-free days of traveling just as a pair. But every trip we take with him is better than the last, and I’m so grateful to be able to have him along. As parents though, I think our number one travel tip is to stay somewhere that suits little one. And on this trip, Comfort® helped us head out every day totally ready to tackle some killer adventures.

A Weekend Trip

We had such a gorgeous couple of days that we want to give you the same! We’ve partnered with Comfort Inn & Suites, by Choice Hotels to give one lucky winner a $500 credit to stay at your favorite Choice Hotel! Pick a destination and see for yourself just how awesome they’ve become with their new upgraded experience. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us about a trip you’ve taken (near or far!) that changed your perspective on things. Be sure to also leave an email address where we can reach you in case you win! Giveaway will close on Friday November 27th at 8 am PST. Happy travels! xoxo

A Weekend Trip

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels. The opinions and text are all mine.

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69 thoughts on “A Weekend Trip & $500 Hotel Giveaway!

  1. We took a trip to see my husbands grandmother in Indiana. It was like being in a totally different world from where we live. It changed my perspective to see what a smaller town is like. His grandmother has lived in the same house almost all of her life and some of her children live just a few houses away. It was a totally different environment and awesome to be able to see her life there and feel connected to it.

  2. From my amazing Cancun honeymoon…to a week in Chicago…a few days in Old San Juan Puerto Rico…a backroads drive in Kentucky…an Alaska cruise…a yearly trip to the Central Coast…lots of weekends in Strawberry…. Every trip changes my perspective just a little.

  3. I am a planner, type-A to my core, but after some bad weather on a trip to Chicago a few years ago forced us to change plans on the fly I’ve embraced travelling with loose plans that can be modified at any time. This worked to our advantage for our last 2 vacations as my sister and I planned a 10 day road trip from Calgary to Victoria only booking a few days in Vancouver to start and then booking hotels in cities on days that had the best weather; we got to spend days in the city, in a surf town, at the beach, in wine country, and the rockies on the best days by being flexible. This year we packed up the SUV and spent a week in the mountains alternating between hiking, sightseeing, luxe hotel stays with hot tubs looking over mountains and nights car camping. Flexible travel is my absolute favourite way to do things now. Up next, San Francisco!

  4. On a recent trip to Chicago with our 5 and 7 year old I learned to just go with the flow. And to not depend on our GPS, as we drove around Chicago for two hours trying to find something. haha

  5. This summer, my husband and I went on a two week trip to an island in Nicaragua. Definitely had to learn to let go off any and all planning the minute a cow on the runway delayed our plane from taking off!

  6. Danny’s mini donuts?? ?

    This one time, a super cool high school teacher took us on a trip to New York to compete (and place!) in a national competition and it definitely made me realize how lucky I was to have an amazing teacher who wanted to take us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! ?

  7. I took a trip to New Orleans earlier in the year. It was incredible to see the culture there- like another world. I’ve always felt the need to travel abroad to experience a new culture like this and it really changed my perspective on travel in general. Although I still love the idea of traveling abroad, there is still so much to see and experience right here in the US.

  8. A few years ago I spent about a week traveling and camping in Utah with my dad. We started off at Archs national park to Moab where we took afloat trip down the Colorado and visited Dead Horse State Park. Headed then to Canyonlands where we ate dinner and slept in the truck as there was a massive rain storm that flooded our campsite. From there we went to Natural bridges monument (the first ever established apparently) then stopped for lunch where the Colorado meets the dirty devil river before heading to Lake Powell and continue to Capital Reef. National Park where there’s a working orchard and a freshly baked pie shop. We hike up to Butch Cassidy’s hideout.

    Then it was off the beaten path to Grand Escalade, and other little state park off the highway where we hike to a stunning waterfall and made a huge fire.

    We ended the trip with camping at Byrce and hiking in Zion. It was a wonderful road trip with lots of fun times with my dad. Playing silly trivia games in the car, cooking at our campsite and our personal inside joke anout emergency ponchos. I realized though, sadly, that this was more than likely my dads last tent camping trip as it was painful for him to sleep and hard on him psychically. So grateful for our trip together.
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  9. I grew up in Calgayr hating snow and cold weather – it was a blessing when I moved to Vancouver! But then, I was invited to go up to Whistler to teach a lecture and it was during December during the Whistler Film Fest. Not only did I fall in love with Whistler and it’s culture, I fell in love with the snow again! I go up a few times a year to indulge!

  10. Hands down, best trip, was my very first adventure into outdoor recreation to Yosemite NP. Our high school took seven of us to Yosemite and there I got my first taste of backpacking, wilderness, and adventure…and I haven’t stopped since! This trip drastically changed my life, and now I work full time in outdoor rec because of it!! We, get this, even finished our trip in San Francisco, and stayed in a Comfort Inn on our final night before flying back to the Midwest! I love traveling and adventure!!

  11. My guy and I took a trip to the Grand Canyon. We hiked to Supai and stayed near the gorgeous waterfalls. It was amazing. That’s also where he proposed.

  12. Ooh, I would love to win this! Quick weekend getaways are always so refreshing. The trip that comes to my mind is the one we recently took to Iceland. I’ve always had pretty “typical” dream destinations (Paris, London, Santorini, etc.) but my husband picked Iceland and I agreed since he was so excited about it, not really expecting much. But I LOVED IT. It made me realize that while big cities are certainly fun, it’s even more amazing to get out in nature and see something majestic and so different from what I’m used to. It definitely captured my imagination and now I’ve expanded my list of dream vacation spots!

  13. My wife and I traveled to France in April for two weeks. After staying in Paris for awhile, we took a train into Provence and rented a tiny apartment in a very very small village. Our apartment had electricity but no Wifi, TV, or even radio! It was a quiet few days we spent there, but it was so good for us and our relationship 🙂

  14. I bet you already know what trip I am going to say 🙂 The day I graduated with my BA in Theatre, I got on a plane for the first time in my entire life, flew to New York City, and house-sat for two weeks the one person I knew in the entire state. While I was there, I fell in love with that amazing city, which is why I moved myself there a month and a half later. Those four years in NYC were like nothing before or since, and I still miss my city. I haven’t been on a “real vacation” in a couple years (at least!), and Joel has never been to NYC, so our trip in January can’t come soon enough!

  15. Growing up in a rural area, my perspectives on the world changed greatly when I started to travel. Although I enjoy visiting scenic locations, I seem to learn the most when I travel to bigger cities. I recently visited New York City for the first time, and had a blast! I can’t wait to return.

  16. I thought my perspective would change when traveling internationally, gaining this great worldly perspective and cultural experience (which is wonderful) but really it changed after a road trip with my husband traveling from Nashville to Savannah. It was one of those trips that everything seemed to go wrong. Car rental experience that certainly amped up the number of gray hairs in my bangs, stomach bug while driving in the worst rain storm I have ever seen and just a lot of those mishaps that you now look back on and laugh. What I learned is to keep smiling. My husband and I are building a foundation together and how we will handle the twist and turns of this journey. We want our children to learn to always see the silver lining in a rain cloud and just enjoy being together where we go.

  17. Probably my trip to Cancun, Mexico.. despite how cliche that was. It was really interesting to finally visit Mexico and meeting everyone.. the workers were BEYOND friendly and grateful. Although its not necessary to tip, we did and they were BEYOND grateful for merely $2! It’s insane. We learned that they travel from far parts of Mexico to come to these resorts and work long hours for very little pay. It was an eye opener. I plan to go back because of the great hospitality.

  18. I went to NYC for the first (and only) time while in collage. It was such an amazing experience! I had never seen snow fall (grew up in FL and Sacramento) and it hadn’t snowed in a while in NYC. I was walking through beautiful central park when it began snowing, beautiful snowflakes in a beautiful city. It’s an experience I will never forget!

  19. We just got to attend a wedding at the same place we got married in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia! It was so fun going back as a guest and imagining what everyone was thinking about during our wedding.

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