An unplugged weekend getaway was just what the doctor ordered for my family. Since school has started back, we have once again been on our daily grind of hustling and bustling to and from everywhere starting at 5 am and going as late as 9 pm most nights. Needless to say, with just three weeks into the school year, it was time for a much-needed mini-getaway for our family.
If there is one thing that I can say about our family as a whole, it’s that we love our devices. However, I don’t want to confuse that with being addicted to them. We have done pretty well with allow the kids to self-regulate and teaching them about using it in moderation while making sure that we are leading by example at the same time.
Making sure that every few months we take time to get away from it all, and unplug is important to our family. It’s not just about making memories with them, it’s about teaching and showing them that no matter how busy our lives are (and theirs) that we (mom & dad) will always make time for family.
Our trip was courtesy of Getaway House.
“We created Getaway to create a counterbalance to the noise created by our cities, technology, and work. By disconnecting and recharging in a beautiful tiny cabin nestled in nature, my hope is that we help our guests live life a little more deeply.”
Our weekend escape was at an outpost in Suches, Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest. To say the drive up there was beautiful and serene would be putting it mildly. It was possibly one of the best (and longest we’ve taken as a family).
Our tiny cabin came with everything we needed for a relaxing tech-free weekend. There was a even a cell-phone lockbox in case anyone was tempted. While we didn’t need the lockbox (because our cell phone didn’t have service, nor was there Wifi) it stayed in my purse the entire weekend.
Quietly nestled away on 57 acres, Getaway House offers two types of cabins at the Atlanta Outpost; a cabin for two or four. Both cabin types come equipped with queen size beds, while the cabin for four has queen bunks. All cabins come with a hot shower, Shampoo + conditioner, Two-Burner Stove, Sink, and Drinking Water, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Private Toilet, Chairs + Picnic Tables, and a Campfire grill grate.
The kids didn’t complain about the lack of technology, and loved being able to explore and walk the nearby trails. We even brought along our favorite wooden block set from Water & Lightening.
Since we have never had an experience like this before, it was definitely a unique one for us. We decided to cook our late night snack, chicken quesadilla’s over an open campfire, as well as making strawberry and brownie s’mores!
For our family, family vacations are essential. They make our, kids (and us) happier and allow us to build bonds and create lasting memories that each of us will cherish. Giving our kids the gift of an experience, such as a family vacation, is more of a connecting present than any material possession could ever be.
Take advantage of this time and relax
If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you understand that having a stress-free trip can be a lot easier said than done. Since the entire purpose of our vacation was to relax and unplug, we started by slowing down and consciously enjoying our getaway before we even got there.
With any and every getaway, the goal should be to savor the experiences and increase your resilience in dealing with frustration, to create a wonderful trip for you and your little tykes.
How do you and your family getaway?
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Our accommodations were provided by Getaway House. All opinions are my own.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.