the weekend before last, our family spent a fun few days with friends upstate in the beautiful catskill mountains! we had never been before, and always hear such great things about the area year round (can’t imagine how gorgeous it must be in the summer!)
homeaway, a vacation rental marketplace, had reached out to us to help celebrate their 10 year anniversary this month, and as we began going through their property listings around the country, we became really excited to try our their service!
after a bit of searching, we decided on a weekend in woodstock, new york, and found this vacation property. the home is on 8 acres of land (space! freedom!) and was big enough to fit our family of five plus friends. there was also the most darling little treehouse in the back of the property. josh made sure to shovel our way out back so we could access it, because we have two toddler-explorers on our hands. how could we pass that up just because of snow!?
this way of vacationing, choosing a home over a hotel, is new for us. it depends on what your trip is like and where you’re going, but we really enjoyed changing things up and having more space to cook and eat big meals together and mingle, with enough space for the kids to play and feel at home, and being right in the little town of woodstock.
we spent a day out on the ski slopes with the little ones and had one of the best diner meals ever at phoenicia diner together afterwards. we also ventured into woodstock to explore a bit (this toy store was so charming!), but it was also nice to be tucked inside cooking and eating and hanging out for the majority of our time since it snowed pretty much nonstop all weekend.
one of my favorite parts of our time was gathering around the wood burning fire place in the living room in the evenings with our friends. after the littles would go down for the night, it was relaxing to gather as just the adults to chat and eat (and maybe catch up on the bachelor!) together. it was a welcomed break from our city living pace.
a few photos from our weekend below, as well as a quick video i made of the weekend, too!
^^^the only way to cut onions. ^^^
^^^LOL if we ever think we’re going to get a morning to sleep in ever again.^^^
^^^half the group during a lunch stop for pizza in woodstock!^^^
^^^that gorgeous treehouse in the back of the home we rented! can you even believe it? it had french doors on the back side and everything. like, i wouldn’t mind moving in.^^^
^^^our little skiers! we spent a day on the slopes at belleayre and eleanor and samson did fantastic! it was just their second time skiing, but i think i’m going to need to get out there one of these days and learn how to stand up on my own pair of skis or something, because i have a feeling this might become a major “davis family thing,” this skiing thing, and i certainly don’t want to be left out.^^^
^^^the diner i mentioned above! i’m really not kidding when i say it was just so good. i had stuffed french toast with a cream cheese filling and a homemade orange zest syrup with fresh berries and whipped cream. i’m not sure any other french toast will ever compare.^^^
^^^lots of “red light, green light,” “simon says” and “duck duck goose!” games in the evenings before bed. ^^^
^^^on sunday, we had breakfast burritos before church and came home to make tacos after!^^^
^^^these friends of ours are such good people. both families that came up for the weekend live outside the city (calling connecticut and philly home) so it’s always special when we get a lot of time together.^^^
^^^we needed a picture with this festive cute front door. obviously.^^^
^^^and this. gathering around a fireplace inside or out, can’t be beat.^^^
this post is in partnership with homeaway. thank you so much for having us!