I hope everyone had a great holiday, and a happy and safe New Year. Jill and I have been very busy these days and Lylah is growing up quickly. She’s 2-1/2 now and this is the first Christmas that she actually “understood” that Santa was coming and that she was going to get gifts. That made for a fun holiday season for us. As usual, we cut down a tree that had not been traditionally trimmed, but instead, had a more natural, crazy look to it.
For New Year’s, we decided to take a trip up North, like we used to every year before we had kids! However, with Lylah this time, we decided to make this winter trip much more kid friendly.
We stayed at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in Conway as we had heard it was very child friendly and had a lot of activities to keep busy. When we drove up to it, we saw that it had a great sledding hill out front which we decided to try out later in our trip. The room was spacious and we had a great view of the Moat Mountain Range from our window.
During our stay, we took advantage of the indoor water park onsite, as well as the sledding hill and story time. We ate at a couple of our favorite restaurants in Conway, the Black Cap Grille and The Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company, and had breakfast at a favorite, Peach’s. For New Year’s Eve, we traveled over to Jefferson, via the Pinkham Notch and went to Santa’s Village which was great, but very, very cold (negative degrees)!!! My favorite part, though, was the mountain scenery which was beautiful!
Overall, it was a great and successful trip up north with the little one. One thing I’ve learned from having a toddler is that a vacation up north isn’t as relaxing as it used to be (when it was just Jill and I) but does bring us just as much joy and happiness! Soon, we’ll have another little one to keep us company when we travel up there as well!