Marco Island (Our First Flight and Resort Vacation with a Toddler)
We’ve been back almost a week now from our first trip to Marco Island, Florida. Nick and I haven’t been on a real vacation (one that requires a hotel stay or a flight) since after we got engaged.
I had some anxiety about flying with Austin but he did better than I thought he would. We had plenty of cartoons ready to go on our iPad and he even napped during our layover in Charlotte on the way there. I had a bloody mary on the way there and on the way back. That helped too 🙂
I did some research to find the right vacation for us this year. We needed a trip that wasn’t too kid based since Austin probably won’t remember anything but also something not too adult oriented either.
Marco Island on the Gulf coast on the Southern tip of Florida was perfect. We stayed at the Hilton. It was off season so it was pretty quiet which was exactly what I needed.
There weren’t any lines at any of the restaurants and there were always chairs at the pool. It was calm. We made a promise ahead of time that we would not rush anything.
We are constantly rushing. Wake up, rush to work, super hectic busy days, rush home for dinner, play a little bit and feed Austin and then rush through making his lunch and our dinner so I might be able to enjoy an hour of so of free time before we rinse and repeat.
This vacation couldn’t have come at a better time. We so, so, so desperately needed a break.
I made some mental notes when we were there. It’s funny how you can spot everything you should change when you take a step back and are outside of your normal routine.
The biggest thing I want to do from now on is make a dedicated effort to linger on some of the smaller pleasurable moments through out my day and maybe even seek more moments like this out.
There is a cute little privately owned coffee shop down the street from my office. I’m planning to force myself to do some work from there for an hour or so once a week with a fancy mocha latte.
Of course there were so many pina coladas.
A couple days during Austin’s nap Nick napped with him. This allowed me to sneak away down the pool and read with a drink in hand — pretty much my favorite thing ever. It takes me awhile to put my phone down and stop photographing my self relaxing and just RELAX. Does anyone do that too? Damn technology.
Nick did some research and found an awesome play spot near the Hilton called Mackel Park. Austin loved it and we got some great photos.
There was a “Kids Cove” and then a little “Splash Park” too. Here is a cheesy tourist video I found online, wait for the water park, it really was awesome. .
We had rain every night. Lucky for us my mom was able to join us on the trip and Nick and I got to sneak away to the pool one night and got caught torrential downpour. It was pretty romantic 😉
The rain storms also made for some really amazing sunrises.
Austin liked the beach but what he really liked were the carts the resort used to tow beach chairs and clean the beach. He would play for a few minutes and then take off back toward the carts.
I think boys are born knowing how to make that “vroom, vroom” noise.
More of these because you know how I roll.
These are the tiki huts at the Marriott, another popular hotel down the road. The Marriot is a little bigger than the Hilton and has more than one pool which is great for older kids.
Nick and I had a drink at their tiki bar one night (I finally got one of these and it was the best thing I’ve ever had, I’m still craving another one).
This was the sunset on our last night. Perfection.
On our last night we also ate at Marco Island Fish Co. and it was the best meal we had all week. Our waitress was awesome and everything was delicous. I highly recommend checking it out if you are ever on the island.
Get the corn bread appetizer. It’s a must (it tastes like cake) and the key-lime pie was amazing.
See you later Marco Island. We will be back!