After months of snowy and cold weather, sicknesses, and being stuck inside, Chuck and I decided that we needed a break from home and a change of scenery. We spent some of Chuck’s Hilton honors points and booked a room at the Homewood Suites down in Stratford, CT (just outside New Haven.) Okay so it was not Paris or NYC, but good enough for a much needed weekend getaway!
We headed out shortly after breakfast. I kept hoping that Izzy would sleep in the car since her afternoon nap would likely be delayed… well that didn’t happen, but she was pretty good on the drive as long as she had her snacks, books and toys.
Our first stop was to walk around downtown New Haven. Being from Europe, I very much miss “authentic” outdoor city shopping areas and I’m not too fond of malls or Walmart. The small cities in our part of CT don’t really have the same vibrancy and energy I’m used to from back home. So I was very pleased to find that the shops at Yale and the theater district in downtown New Haven were super nice to walk around! Of course it would have been even more pleasant in the spring, but we all had fun checking out the shops (LOVE Urban Outfitters!!) and eating lunch at a downtown restaurant. Chuck had spinach/Gorgonzola flatbread, Izzy had a grilled cheese sandwich and I had a Caesar salad.
After lunch we checked into the hotel, put Izzy down for a nap in the pack n play and hung out. When Izzy woke up, we got changed into bathing suits and went for a nice swim in the pool. Izzy got to show Daddy everything she’s learned in swim class!
We got semi-dressed up and headed out to dinner in the center of Stratford. Chuck picked the restaurant “The Sitting Duck.” Izzy devoured half a plate of mac and cheese, I had shrimp pasta, and Chuck celebrated St Paddies Day with an Irish lamb stew. With a Guinness and a white Sangria, it was a yummy dinner for sure!
We slept okay. But that was okay since we got to wake up to a delicious breakfast buffet! We all enjoyed the omelet, fresh fruit and French toast. Yum! Izzy ate like a pie eating contestant, and kept signing for “more”! I guess she will soon grow out of her 18mo sized clothes…
After breakfast, we packed up our bags and checked out. We ended our getaway with a short stop at IKEA. We picked up a few things for the house, and had lunch and Swedish dessert in the restaurant. A trip to IKEA is always kind of like “coming home” for me!
All in all, our little trio had a nice getaway with lots of yummy food, walking around, snuggles and playtime with Izzy, and a break from house chores. I’d call it a success!