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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  1. I would love to take a trip to Connecticut with the family one day. I’ve seen some gorgeous footage, but I’ve never had the chance to actually get there.

  2. I love all the swimming pictures. My kids used to be little fish when we traveled, so hotels with great pools were a must.

  3. You have such lovely photos. We live in NJ and we do a bit of exploring in CT – it’s so close and lots to do there!

  4. I have a friend who lives in CT and she really loves it. I would love to take my family for a visit.

  5. I’m in love with your photography and word pairing, as usual. You paint a magnificent story.

  6. Great photos.. the underwater one is FUN! CT is a state I have not yet visited.

  7. Jeanine says:

    Awesome photos! Looks like a lot of fun was had! Sounds like a great place to visit, if I’m ever able to would love to visit!

  8. Looks like a fun time, CT really is a beautiful place to visit and stay. Loving all of the summer fun photos you shared, glad you all were able to get away!

  9. We love staying at Homewood Suites. It’s such a great place to stay as a family!

  10. Oh what a nice way to spend a weekend. We’ve never taking a trip to Connecticut but it sound fun!

  11. Micro adventures with minimal planning – that sure sounds like me and my family when midsummer comes. In fact, I’m already lining up short family trips in the next two weeks, lol. We always stay in Hilton hotels too – always a great hotel to stay at!

  12. I’ve actually never been to Connecticut. Looks like you had a great time in the state. Great food and fun!

  13. I love all your photos! Looks like you had a really great time! Would love to visit Connecticut one day!

  14. Nikki Wayne says:

    Oh, nice! I like to stay there too and have fun like yours! Maybe, we deserved to go on vacation!

  15. Meagen Brosius says:

    We have only been to CT in passing but it always looks so lovely! Hopefully someday we will get to go for a few days and stay 🙂

  16. I’m glad you had a lot of fun together despite the issues that came your way! It looks like the kids were very happy with the mini vacation as well. No matter what happens, it’s always nice when you’re with family.

  17. This is one of those states I’ve never been able to visit before and would love to. It looked like you guys had fun!

  18. Great pics! I’ve never been to Connecticut but it’s on my list!

  19. That pools look fantastic and so does that breakfast! I think we need to travel to Connecticut next!

  20. I have often wondered about Connecticut as a place to visit. I really didn’t know much about it, so I was glad to find out some facts from this post. I do want to visit there someday.

  21. One of my favorite vacations was going home to Long Island last summer. My son played on the playground at my old junior high and enjoyed all the wonderful food my Mom cooks.
    Hotel suites are ideal for families because of the room size and amenities.

  22. Nicole Escat says:

    Oh, I like the pool! I want to have a vacation in something similar to this place in our country.

  23. The pictures on your blog always tell a story in themselves. CT looked like a blast and now I’m thinking I need a weekend away…

  24. As always these photos are stunning! Looks like your family had a really fun time. Although, I’ve lived in New York City for 13 years we haven’t explored CT much but I sparked my interest.

  25. Leslie Roberts says:

    I like the picture of the Homewood Suites, I was born in New Britain CT but raised in Maine

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