There is nothing better than escaping the monotony of life to find a quiet place to slow down and enjoy moments with the ones you love. In America this doesn’t happen as often. We opt for quick escapes through entertainment or hobbies. But truly getting away and with the intention to make the most of the moments at hand is hard to come by.
Well, maybe it’s not for you. Maybe you schedule your getaways a year in advance and save and plan and organize. That’s not me. I decided I need some R&R at 4 o'clock on a Friday morning before one of my Girls Night Outs. Coordinating events, running a blog and all the social media marketing that goes along with that is a bit intense.
So I hopped on the web and searched “suites in Corpus Christi, Tx”. I was pleased to find this sweet little condo vacation place called Multi-Resorts Puerta Vista on the North Padre Island. It had everything I wanted from a water view, multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, and a pool. I picked 3 nights between 2 events I had to attend and went back to bed.
Slept like a baby.
Just knowing that I could sit back and relax for a few days with my kids and mom was enough to lullaby me back to sleep.
Our stay there was exactly what I wanted. I was still going to have to work a bit but my goal was to do that only in the morning and late night and hang with the family in between.
We were welcomed at check-in easily and our room even had flowers in it ( I am a suck for fresh flowers, swoon!!) After my kids took a quick dip into the pool we headed over to a local steakhouse favorite that was recommended by some friends- Texas Flame Steakhouse (see my review here).
The best part of dinner was the cheesecake. If you know me you know I don’t do dairy (other than cheese) and I am not a dessert person (unless it's wedding cake or a piece of dark chocolate.) So that is saying a lot.
The next day the beach beckoned us even though the winds were high it was quite warm. Sun burns, sandy hair and seashells made the day memorable. All the boys tried to boogie board on the waves and enjoyed themselves greatly. My daughter dove straight into the water. Unconcerned about the waves crashing or the temperature or the wind.
She came up crying and fighting and wanting to dive in for more.
She is fearless.
That evening we hit a Padre Island local favorite, Skuttlebutts. There menu was enormous with sushi, burgers, oysters, steak and peanut butter and banana sandwiches with honey dipping sauce.
I bet you can guess what my kids choose :)
What a fun restaurant to take the kids to enjoy live music and a shark hanging from the ceiling. Happy hour had the best prices on sushi and my mom choose a Lemon Drop Martini that was superb. (read my review here)
The next day was windy again and with our sun burns we decided just a walk around Port Aranas would do with a game board and popcorn movie night to close out our stay.
Spending time with my kids and enjoying them playing card games and shooting popcorn in each others mouths is my kind of vacation. Some people like to hit all the hot spots and be super busy. But that's me at home. That’s my line of work. So sitting and doing nothing, watching the waves and thinking about life or nothing or shoes is my perfect getaway.
What do you like to do when you get away?
Disclaimer: I was compensated in some manner for my reviews but all opinions are my own.
San Antonio became my family's home only two years this February. Coming from the beautiful state of Colorado where feet of snow dumb for 8 months out of the year (I lived in the mountains), San Antonio was a breath of fresh air. So we have spent lots of time checking out all the great parks, dined at many restaurants and experienced an event or two.
1. First thing I love about SATX is the parks. There are so many that are well developed. We visit Yanaguana at Hemisfair Park. They have the best rope tower, disc swings, ping pong, a play house, splash pad, sand box and more! My boys always race to the top of the rope tower.
This park is super urban and parking is pain some days (they have a new parking lot that is $2 every thirty mins...WHAT!!) But on the off days we can go and enjoy a picnic at the lounge chairs, play hula hoop or chess.
2. I love the weather! The short winter and long warm summers invite us to the pools, the rivers and BBQ backyard parties. The weather really was a bonus of us moving here. I don’t mind the humidity any more and the breeze that comes through every few days helps when the dog days of summer get long, drawn and HOT!
3. Don't forget the River Walk! I know it sounds all touristy of me but it is one of my favorite things to do with my kids or on a date night with my husband. The River Walk is inviting if you want to rent a bike for a romantic ride down on the lower South Side or if you just want to stroll along after a dinner at the Pearl District (I am found of La Gloria at the moment).
My kids and I like to spot wildlife and we are always sure to see lots of turtles, snakes and frogs over near South Town and the Blue Star District. I am always surprised to hear how many locals don't visit down town or the River Walk often. I love the city too much to stay away!
4. The taco’s in San Antonio are the best ever. In mountain town Colorado they don’t have a taco craze like they do here. Most Mexican restaurants favor the burrito there. But I have running joke that "if your Mexican restaurant doesn't have a drive-through then it might not be really Mexican". All jokes aside, SATX delivers breakfast tacos, street tacos, fish taco, you name it, it TACOS. And I can’t even give a shout to a one in particular cuz I don’t want to cause a jealous riot.
!!BOUNUS!! San Antonio has created quite the food frenzie. And even though we don’t eat out a ton as a family when we do there are some sweat restaurants that have a playground, a huge playfield or sand boxes (my least fav...can we say #beachproblems. Ha!!)
Again I won’t shout out to an in particular but there is one with Big Burgers and another with Brotherly BBQ. Just do do a google search for restaurants with playgrounds and you will find more choices. Having a playground to entertain the kids while the hubs and I visit is a nice distraction. Also the typical McDs style gets old after awhile and we all know how bad it is for us :/
So that’s a few thing that I love about San Antonio Texas. I could go on with more but I want to hear from you. What do you love about this city? Where is your fav coffee shop (oh that will be another post for sure!!) and what park do you take your kids to the most?
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"Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness" -Oprah Winfrey
This is my mantra on life and how I live. I am not scared to fail because that motivates me more if I do. I learn to live one day at a time and will never be too old for it.
I enjoy spending time with boyfriend whether it's traveling, reading a book, trying new eateries or playing with my dog. I find myself as easy going as it gets.