While we’re easing back into travel and getting out, we’re starting with some family friendly day trips.
I’ll be honest, we are really out of practice when it comes to travelling… especially with kids. We haven’t taken a big trip in quite some time. We have two kids, ages 4 and almost 2. The last time we really travelled to somewhere new – a real vacation – our youngest was 2 months old!
So, now that we’re chasing kids and working in nap times and making sure the food whereever we go is toddler friendly, our travel looks a little different.
I wanted to share a few day trip ideas here to get your own ideas flowing and help with ventur- ing out beyond when summer really gets rolling whether you’re traveling on your own or with family in tow.
We had a great visit to Westport recently with so many offerings that are outdoors and appropriate for small kids. Recommended stops include the fishing docks (seen on the cover) and the businesses along the water. On the highway in or out, stop by Lilly Lane Flower Shop (above) for flowers and gifts or Brady’s Oysters (below) for some fresh seafood!
A historic hotel with plenty of quirk and a little bit of creepiness (they say it’s haunted!), the space is owned by Seattle Chef Heather Earn- hardt and serves up delicious southern fare as well as a variety of yummy baked goods! The ho- tel is opening for overnight stays on June 1 with renovated rooms, making this an option for an overnight if you’re feeling brave. Not to mention, the drive from Grayland to Tokeland is incredi- bly majestic, especially on a clear day.
On a sunny day, while everyone else is heading to the beach, I love to take my family east to farm country! Driving on winding country roads, visiting farm stands and plant nurseries. Our favorite is Juel’s Unique Nursery in Satsop. Bring a basket and pick fresh berries and veggies in the summer or pick up plants for your own garden. For lunch, stop at the Elma Farm Stand & Pub- lic Market for groceries, snacks and ready to eat food.
Astoria is a tiny coastal town with so much to offer including historical attractions, shopping, restaurants, and plenty of natural scenery. It’s incredibly walkable with paths along the water- front away from traffic, making it kid friendly. They also have many breweries, making it parent friendly too! The scenic drive over the Columbia River never fails to fascinate the kids (and even me too).