A Weekend in Connecticut

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Midsummer feels like a whirlwind of activity, and we’re choosing to see that seasonal glass as half-full. There’s still a ton of gloriously spontaneous weeks to enjoy – and like previous summers – we like to take off on micro-adventures with minimal planning.

Connecticut is truly a gem for family travel, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my home state. Whenever we head back to visit my mama, I think about how it’s such a lovely spot to explore.  And so we decided to make a mini-vacation out of a weekend (on a whim), complete with a hotel pool – which equals guaranteed happiness for a six and eight-year-old.

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Our days were filled with letting the kids loose in my childhood backyard, visiting a local park, enjoying home cooked meals (and tasty restaurants in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square), checking out the historic Bushnell Carousel – and people watching droves of Pokémon Go players on the lawn of the capitol building. That said, thunder and lightening challenged all we sent out to do, but the messy weather was definitely combated by our comfy stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Farmington CT. Unlike the hotel hub of Hartford, we appreciate the ease of being able to park our car in the enclosed lot, and adore the comfortable room layouts while traveling with our children.  Naturally, the kids went bananas over the pool  – and all of the yummy options at the complimentary morning breakfast – while the adults praised the separate living room area for the early morning risers to indulge in coveted cartoons!

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My husband was the one who suggested this trip  – and Hilton’s TravelMANager makes the vacation planning straightforward and simple when staying with Homewood Suites or Home2 Suites by Hilton.  He’s even planning our next getaway and taking advantage of their 25% savings on weekends!

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We may have had to alter our plans but the comfort of our weekend digs allowed us to embrace the unexpected summer storms and enjoy the pleasures of cozying up indoors as a family.

Thank you to Homewood Suites by Hilton for hosting us.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

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Kalahari Resorts Trip Giveaway!

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Did you all catch our story a few months ago about our family trip to Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains? The entire family is obsessed (adults included!).  So much so that the kids continue to talk about our time at Kalahari.  As Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari is seriously a blast for all ages and the sort of memorable fun for the entire family. We’re so excited to partner with this incredible family vacation destination to giveaway a trip to one lucky family!

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With impeccably clean African themed grounds, lazy rivers, fun waterslides, a designated kiddie area, spa, Flow Rider, adults-only swim-up bar, mind-blowing entertainment center, incredible dining options and so much more – Kalahari is truly a blast for all ages. And the comfortable, spacious room accommodations provide great respite for passing out after a solid day at the waterpark. Which you absolutely will do!  Check out all the details of our family travel story – where we tested out all that Kalahari has to offer.  We can’t think of a better place to beat the heat this summer!

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Win it! Enter to win a one night stay (which includes two full days at the waterpark!) for a family of four to Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Ponocons.  Enter via the rafflecoter below. Best of luck and thanks for visiting.

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Winner chooses stay between Sunday-Thursday dates. If needed, the winner may add two additional guests for $25 per person.  Prize expires within one year of issue date. 

This is a sponsored post.

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