Family Travel Turned Couples Getaway

June 5, 2012 in Travel– Ciao Mom

Trips to see family are usually just that…trips to see family. Time to visit, time to maybe explore a new place, time to be yourself with those that love you.

Except, that when you take a trip to see family during their major house renovation, making sleeping everyone in one place difficult, a family trip can also turn into a mini couples getaway if you are lucky.

As luck would have it, during our recent trip to Norfolk to see my parents, the work on their house was no where near completed. And, although very cute, their pull out red sofa, is …how should I say this…un-sleepable. Which as it turns out, translated into Rocket and I staying (thank you to my parents) at a historic bed and breakfast just around the corner, while Principessa stayed with my parents.

To say that three nights at the Victorian Style Freemason Inn Bed and Breakfast for a couples getaway was a treat for Rocket and I…would be an understatement. Apart from the obvious not of not getting woken up at 8:01 am (except that of course, while staying without us, Principessa actually slept in), we were treated to a DELICIOUS breakfast by the talented Lesley (the Resident Inn Keeper) each morning. As in, we partook in Mimosas (yes plural) on our first morning, and got to take our breakfast in a beautiful garden amidst my favorite Jasmine plants growing all around us.

The other bonus of our alone time? The gigantic and spa like bathroom equipped with fireplace and sitting area, that, had Principessa been with us, I would have had to share. Perhaps the funniest thing about our potential couples getaway time? Was that Rocket and I stayed up late with my parents each night (as in, we watched The Blindside until midnight one evening) so that by the time we got back to our quiet sanctuary, we were too tired to take advantage of the jacuzzi tub or even to stay up reading. Had we been smart (or more awake) we would have brought a bottle of champagne with us (or um, asked my parents for one) to enjoy late into the night.

Except of course, that It WAS after all, a family trip :) Which meant that we were out exploring and enjoying the Botanical Gardens, the beach, and the pool…where some of us might not have put on enough sun tan lotion leaving our back a bit…burned.

For better or worse, the next time we travel back to Norfolk, the renovation work will be done, providing us with ample room to stay and sleep under one roof. Which is how it should be of course…but breakfast in the magical garden at the Freemason Inn Bed and Breakfast… might just have to be arranged. I might even invite the rest of the family.   :)

Ciao Mom