2014 Solo Mom Takes Flight Wrap-Up

Its incredible to think of the year we have had. Thank you all so much for your support and for following along. Here is the year wrap up of exactly what me and 2 crazy kids go up to in 2014.

2014 Wrap Up

January

We started the year off with a bang checking out the new Luxury villas at Beaches Turks and Caicos, doing our first Pay it Forward post with Sandals Foundation and even snorkelling in the wide open ocean.

Beaches Turks and Caicos

February

The coldest month of the year brought new adventures in the Canadian frozen tundra. Okay it was just Muskoka but trust me it was COLD. We checked out the JW Marriott (The Rosseau), went ice fishing and snowmobiling and met the cutest sled dogs in the world.

Muskoka

March

Although by this point, I was ready for a break from the cold, we decided on some more winter adventures in Toronto and Michigan. We started off with a day exploring Maple Syrup farms. After that we crossed the border to check out Boyne Ski School and a pretty awesome water park at Boyne Mountain.

March

April

April brought not only my 35th birthday but an unexpected invite to join TravelingMom.Com. With that news, we jumped on the chance to head to Orlando and visit the Nick Hotel, the New Fantasy Land at the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel.

april

May

May brought beautiful Spring weather to our hometown of Toronto and we spent time on Toronto’s Centre Island, at Canada’s Wonderland and even at the Four Seasons Toronto enjoying some time off.

Cool things to do with your kids Toronto

June

June meant farm visits, hospital visits for Charlie’s broken arm and a much needed escape to Deerhurst Resort. It was back to the hospital after that for a quick cast removal and then a weekend at Horseshoe Resort to celebrate! Once we returned home, we capped off the month with a trip to Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan.

June 2014

July

Smuggler's NotchBy the time July rolled around, we were ready to take this show on the road. So we did. I grabbed a map, packed our minivan and the two kids and I headed south.

We started the trip traveling through Ottawa and Montreal and into Vermont where we tested out childcare and played in the trees at Smuggler’s Notch.

After Vermont, we headed to New York state to meet some friends for a Jimmy Buffett concert in Bethel Woods the home of the original Woodstock. Then, it was off to Sesame Place in Pennsylvania where we learnt that not all family parks are built for families of 3.

Then it was off to the America’s Capital city Washington, DC where we had a goldfish in our Kimpton suite and ditched the traditional tourist zones to find some kid friendly fun.

We loved D.C. but needed to keep rolling on and soon we found ourselves living the life in Virginia Beach and exploring budget family fun in Myrtle Beach.

Virginia Beach

To be frank, that was enough budget travel for a little while and we stepped it up a notch visiting one of my top 5 favorite places in all of America, The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay long but the next few days brought a reunion with family and a visit to another one of my favourite cities, Savannah, Georgia where we slept and ate like royalty at The Brice, another Kimpton Hotel.

july 2014

We wrapped off the month in style by visiting a destination I had never visited but had dreamed of seeing, New Orleans, Louisiana where we ate delicious gumbo and disgusting bugs and took the time to learn a lot about the history of the city.

August

baton rouge SnowballsBy August, we had been gone for a while but we didn’t let that slow us down. In fact, the further we traveled the more we wanted to keep on going.

Our first stop of the month was Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the kids and I held gators, did nature walks and most importantly discovered snowballs (seriously fly to Baton Rouge and order one).

Once we left Baton Rouge, we hit our goal as we crossed into Texas and Will found his favourite city ever in Houston. After spending some time at NASA, it was time to see real Texas and we found more than just deer and BBQ at the Mayan Dude Ranch.

A somewhat surprising city that we all fell instantly in love with was San Antonio. We spent a few days in the city and then were treated to a perfect weekend of relaxation and fun at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Next, we were off to the Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Austin, Texas that can be credited with inspiring the whole trip. Apparently, if you post a nice photo on Twitter when its snowing in Toronto, I literally will drive 5000 KM to get to you. The resort was everything I had dreamed of and more and I owe them a lot for the summer of memories that they helped me create for the kids.

Texas

After leaving Lost Pines, we had a very bad travel day and I realized it had been our first in over a month on the road. Still, as we kept driving we found unexpected fun in a mall in Dallas, Texas while staying at the Westin Dallas.

As we traveled across the Texas border, a gloom took over the minivan. We were finally headed home but we at least had some travel left in us.

The kids and I fell head over heals in love with our next stop, Memphis, Tennessee. We had a lot less luck in Nashville where we were left questioning if it’s a great city to visit with kids.

After Tennessee, we received an incredibly warm welcome from friends as we arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although Charlie fell ill and we saw more of the hospital than the city, we truly loved it and would return in a heartbeat.

Indianapolis zoo

Soon, we were already back in Michigan but visiting places I had never heard of. We simply fell in love with St. Joseph, and nicknamed it the cutest town in the world. Next, we were blown away by how much cool stuff there was to do in Kalamazoo.

Carousel

By the end of August, we returned home almost 10,000 kilometres later and showed new friends around the city for an entire week. After visiting Canada’s Wonderland, seeing the Blue Jays, heading up the CN Tower and eating poutine it was time for a break. School started 3 days later.

September

By the time the kids had found their bearings in school and I learnt how to spend my days truly solo, September was almost over. Still I was able to squeak in a trip to check out Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio with a few girlfriends. It truly is the best amusement park in the world for roller coaster lovers.

Cedar Point

October

I spent most of September promising my husband I wouldn’t travel in October but my wanderlust got the best of me and before I knew it, I had arranged a trip to California. I had my Pretty Woman moment at the Beverly Wilshire in L.A., found the best glamping in Yosemite and found my inner John Muir under the sequoia trees of Sequoia National Park.

Yosemite

After I had broken my no travel vow, there was no stopping me. I jumped at the chance and on a flight to meet my sister for a girl’s weekend in Whistler, Bristish Columbia.

November

I almost wrote that I didn’t travel in November. Buy alas I did as I headed for another quick trip to Detroit, Michigan. Other than that we stayed busy exploring Leslieville, hanging at Nintendo events and prepping for Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market.

December

December is meant for families and that is what we did. The kids are I ate our way through Toronto starting at one of our favourites Pizzeria Libretto and ending with some great mom’s nights out at CC Lounge and the Four Seasons d Bar.

We ended the year in style with a visit to Sudbury, Ontario to check out the Towneplace Suites over Christmas and a day at the Drake Hotel Devonshire Inn. Both posts will be up soon.

2015

There’s already so much to look forward to in 2015! So far, here is what we have planned for the Winter and early Spring:

  • January- The Ice Hotel in Quebec City, a trip to Miami, Florida and Caribbean Disney Cruise
  • February- San Diego and L.A.
  • March- Boyne, Michigan and the Women’s Travel Summit in Boston where I am an official speaker!
  • April- Disney World and the Four Seasons Orlando

All this is leading up to another epic road trip that is already in the planning stages!

Thank you again for following along with Solo Mom Takes Flight and we wish you all the best in 2015!

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3 Comments on this post

  1. Hola!
    Does your Disney cruise take you to Cozumel ????

    Adrian / Reply
  2. Wow, what a travel year you and your family had! I remember those days! Mine are all grown up now and almost out of the house, but I can assure you that they remember every trip! (even if they get some of them mixed up)

    Cacinda Maloney / Reply

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