There are a million reasons why I love summer. While long days by the beach and the ice cream man are at the top of my list, vacation takes the cake for me. A week of downtime and a change of scenery does wonders for my head. Traveling is something that my husband and I have always shared a passion for, and although life since children has changed the way we travel a bit, passing on the travel bug to our kids is important to us.
Today I'm linking up to Centsational Girl's Favorite Destinations Link Party to share a newfound favorite destination of ours. Last summer, this beach girl went to the mountains. We planned a trip to New York's Catskills region, Phoenicia, to be exact, having absolutely no idea what to expect. We were skeptics to say the least, but the affordable price tag and two and a half hour drive won us over. Big time.
We spent days playing in the creek behind the house we rented, exploring nearby Woodstock, local antique fairs, farm stands and taking picturesque drives. Most nights were cool and breezy, and spent roasting marshmallows by the creek or on the deck watching stars that are impossible to see back in suburbia. I really thought I would miss the roar of the ocean, and while nothing can replace that sound, it was great to experience something so close to nature in a totally different environment. Phoenicia was a lucky choice for us providing opportunities to do as much or as little as possible, from hiking, waterfalls, camping and tubing, to great restaurants, shops and beautiful scenery.
|view from deck by dusk|
|the beautiful stream behind our rental home|
|Dancing in the rain|
|bliss by the campfire|
|The Catskill Mountain Railroad|