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

  1. A funny thing happened when I went to D.C. for the first time as an adult after visiting the sites as a teenager. I saw the city in this whole new way and it made me really think hard about where I could see myself living outside of NYC.

  2. The trip sounds like fun. I love taking little trips, even close to home! One of my favorite trips was driving with my dad from Florida to San Francisco for college. It was so much fun getting to experience driving straight across the country.

  3. This past summer my mother, sisters, and I took a trip to San Fran together. It was so fun to explore and dive in to another “culture” – We are from Dallas so BIG DIFFERENCE! The most memorable part was when my mom was trying to stop so we could get out and see the Golden Gate bridge and she missed t he turn off. All of a sudden I hear ” Ohhhh no….. quick look – the bridge!!!” It was so funny. I only got to see it from a window!

  4. I took a trip to Poland quite a few years ago that became the catalyst for me moving to Europe. I’m back in the US now but it was definitely life-changing!

  5. We got to take a no-baby weekend trip to Cincinnati, where we just moved away from, a few weeks ago and it changed our perspective by letting us enjoy all the good things that we loved about the city – it was all friends, dinner, drinks, shopping, brunch… And then when we came back home to our new city we appreciated our new home and the new routines too.

  6. My favorite trip was to Tybee Island a couple of years ago when I was pregnant. We went in the fall and it was like a ghost town. We were able to wander about and it felt like the whole area was “ours.” It was completely different than going during peak time and I want to go on trips on the off season all the time now!

  7. I’ve been living in the US for 12 years now and taking trips back to Costa Rica put things into perspective every time. It is hard to forget the many advantages we have here in the US: from clean roads to affordable prices in clothing.

  8. A recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina completely changed my perspective on…pimento cheese! It may seem trivial, but seriously, I thought pimento cheese was an icky, gelatinous, hot pink-colored substance that I would push around my plate so as not to offend an elderly relative. But no, the real Southern thing — a blend of sharp cheeses, grilled veggies, homemade mayo — is LEGIT. I was so wrong. Now, that I know the secret to making the good stuff, I’ll never badmouth pimento cheese again.

  9. We took our first overseas trip with our toddler son a few months ago and it was so different! Before, my husband and I could travel with just a small backpack and do things on the fly, but this trip was a lot more planned out (and full of stuff). Wouldn’t change it for the world though!

  10. My first ever trip to Europe really opened my eyes to how new our country really is. I was in Italy and to see the thousands of years of history, art, culture and religion was an amazing experience. The Italians also have such a different way of living and priorities than Americans. I hope that I carry some of that with me today.

  11. Love this post! My now-husband and I took a trip to Paris + London right after I graduated from college. It was our first big trip together and our first time to Europe. Not only did it help us understand what kind of lifestyle we love best (definitely prefer the countryside to the big city!), but it taught us so much about each other and how we worked as a couple! We had no idea then that we would be married almost 2 years later, but through the photo ops, travel arguments, and learning experiences, we grew to understand each other’s needs and quirks better . And how can you not fall in love under the Eiffel Tower or on the London Eye!?

    We’re coming up on our one year wedding anniversary and continuing our travel tradition with a trip to Belize 🙂

  12. I think it was the first time I went out of the US – to Germany with my parents. It was soo cool getting to see what the rest of the world (to a little kid) was like!

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  13. My husband and I rented a room at a hotel not far from our house for two nights last week… One night for each of us to get a full uninterrupted night of sleep! It was amazing.

    Our baby will be one in a couple weeks and sometimes I think I will die from lack of sleep. Lol

  14. My husband and I took a detour to check out downtown Martinez, CA. We had no idea how charming it was, so many cute shops and houses. They even have a ton of bocce ball courts near the marina, next time we will bring our bocce set!

  15. i did not know i Lived in a shell in Florida! I went to the olympics in Australia and it blew my minds. So many different counties were there to cheer on their teams of every nationality. It was a melting pot of learning other cultures and getting to know people from all over the world. If i had the chance i would do that again. I want to learn it all. I had the time of my life

  16. When you are visited new city and you are in a lack of time (1-2 days for a big city) try to create travel map. This could save you some time and you will see more interesting places. I used and similar services. It helps you with tourist routes, sad that it works bad with active rest. You will not skiing faster 🙂

  17. We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon ( a long time ago) and it was beautiful but I was glad when we landed back in the good old USA. We really are lucky to be citizens and enjoy all the freedoms we have in America.

  18. i wen to mexico with my late fiance and it broadened my horizens to how amazing the world is. so much color and such amazing people!

    it made me so much more excited and full of energy to go out and explore!

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