I'm excited to launch a new series here on 101 things i love. STAY is a series dedicated to discovering your own backyard...the ultimate staycation experience, if you will. The idea came to fruition after countless nights of my husband and I sitting with laptops on our laps and furrowed brows wondering when our next opportunity would be to truly disconnect. Hence, the quick STAYcation was born with the opportunity to scoop the girls up and drive somewhere just to indulge in spa robes, hotel pools and copious happy hours...and plenty of cocktail peanuts.
Fortunate for us, this past weekend kicked off with a STAYcation at the gilded Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Just 1.5 hours north of our cozy neighborhood, sits a gorgeous hotel with luxury accommodations in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Teeming with blushing brides, proud parents, local students and young families - you'll find impeccable service and tasty food all housed within these four walls.
Each morning, we rock, paper, scissored on who's job it would be to head down to the cafe for the requisite Starbucks and scone field trip. Hardly a horrible chore! Everything is freshly baked each morning. I can't think of a corner in this hotel where I didn't bump into a smiling staff member. It's like Pleasantville in the best way possible.
In between our breakfast situation and dinner we spent time visiting the 3rd Ward and sightseeing. But, like any good parent knows, toddlers need a moment of quiet before serious meltdowns ensue. This is generally my favorite time of day. A 30-minute siesta before we hit the pool + happy hour.
My husband and I would trade off each day. The first day I hit Blu for a couple glasses of wine whilst knocking off a bit of my social media work. The views cannot be beat. Lakefront 180 degree views at the top of the Pfister Hotel Tower offer up a window to the world and almost the entire landscape of downtown Milwaukee. It's not a bad place to perch...rich in velvet blue, club chairs, I sat and enjoyed people watching as guests milled in and out between the various hotel functions. It's simply gorgeous. You might have saw my post over the weekend, too.
Behold the hotel pool! The true highlight of the trip for anyone under the age of 10! All it took was one physically exhausting hour of play with our girls before we hit the showers and headed out for dinner. (this is a genius move because all we had to do post-dinner is come home, change and flip on Zootopia and it was light's out, sister!)
Might I recommend ordering a nice bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir from room service? My husband and I laid in bed sipping wine before we, too passed out with empty wine glass in hand.
This STAYcation away was exactly what my little family needed. We explored an old friend - downtown Milwaukee - spent QT with our girls uninhibited by work emails and conference calls. We will indeed be returning to The Pfister Hotel. It felt like a home away from home with tons of fun things to do with the kids including Children's Museums and the Public Market.
Next time I'll be booking a package - preferably the Bed + Breakfast so I don't have to scare anyone away with my morning bed head!
The opportunity to truly relax are few and far between...this applies to all of us, which is why a staycation was in order for my husband's recent birthday. I'd like to say that we do these all the time but the truth is we talk about it all the time. Not a whole lotta action behind those words. It's the thought that counts right?
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
The finalé of our Guadalajara trip was unpredictable which is about the only thing that remained consistent about this vacation. Every turn resulted in some sort of cultural surprise that I am quite sure I'll never be able to replicate again. The little details make writing these posts so challenging because one detail missed makes the story incomplete...I'll do my best!
If you're going to do Mexico right, you have to drink tequila. As an aside, I also drink tequila in Illinois. I'm versatile like that. My husband is so lucky.
Day 3 was one for the books. We experienced our biggest surprise yet...as if this trip couldn't get any better. We woke up to our usual program and were dressed and ready to go early. We knew one thing and that was that we were going to tequila country to learn and tour for the day. No complaints there. But how we were getting there was the big question mark.
Bit my bit, and surely through my social media, I'm sure you are aware of the amazing trip I just returned from. A select few Chicago influencers were invited to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience the vibrant culture, art, music, cuisine and so much more that this magical city has to offer. And it was magic!
Summer arrived and I wasn't even prepared. In the best way possible! Packing up warm weather tops and cut-offs for Mexico seemed only temporary but Chicago had something special in store when I returned!
Hey you! Yeah...you! Are you a mom? Are you stressed, run down, low on patience and tired of stepping on Barbie's shoes or Batman's legos?
This is a PSA: You need a vacation! And you can trust your ol' girl Johanna, here because I just returned from an incredibly fulfilling trip to Mexico. <full recap next week> I didn't think it would ever be possible but I ACTUALLY relaxed. The kind of "relaxed" that makes you so chill that even your girlfriend looks at you one day and asks if you're okay because you are sooo quiet. Quiet, for me, at least = blissed out.
One tequila. Two tequila. Three tequila. Floor!
Hi folks! I just returned from a stint in Guadalajara, Mexico with some amazing Chicago influencers. I cannot wait to share the 4-day recap with you...but that's going to take some time to curate. On the other hand...now you understand my radio silence last week. Sorry...#notsorry. It was AMAZING!
Coming off of Spring Break is pretty much the ultimate low point...especially that first Monday. Ahem...yesterday. My kids have gotten much more mature and have become quite the little travelers which makes every vacation easier and easier. That said, we kind of have a drill down or strategy, I should say, when it comes to the preparation part.
It's no secret that the best way ditch the winter blues and speed up the Spring vibes is to opt for color, color, COLOR! Luckily for me, I got my dose two weeks ago on my trip to AZ!