Before we had kids, my husband and I would travel to Napa and Sonoma Valley each spring. In 2003, we figured that it would be our last trip, since we’d wanted to start a family. Wine tasting plus pregnant lady doesn’t exactly sound like a great idea. And since we knew our next 18 or so years would involve family vacations to Walt Disney World and other family-friendly destinations, we bid Napa adieu. It was the end of a chapter.
In 2005, I had a five-month old little daughter when I was invited to my friend’s wedding in Sonoma at a winery. I’d always dreamed of going to a wedding in wine country, and I really wanted to go to my friend’s wedding. After thinking about it, we decided to take my daughter with us for a family vacation to Napa and Sonoma – and didn’t regret it one bit.
Sonoma and Napa with a Baby
We started our trip in Sonoma for the wedding. There were no kids invited to the wedding, but we used a babysitting service that provided in-room child care for our daughter. The day after the wedding, we headed to Napa – I’d booked the hotel on Priceline and it worked out great for us. We visited a few wineries, but also had outdoor picnics and took lots of nice walks. We also spent lots of time in the hotel pool. My daughter, only 7 months at the time, was quiet and happy in a baby carrier. During lunch time, I spread out a blanket and let her roll around to get some energy out (she wasn’t walking yet).
That ended up being our last trip to Napa and Sonoma (although I can’t wait to get back), but I’m so glad we did it. We were still able to visit our favorite “adult” vacation spot, with our baby, and we enjoyed lots of fun time together.
Have you traveled to an “adult” vacation spot with a baby?
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