About 10 months ago, while going through a pile of junk mail, I came across an offer from Maui Westin Resort and Spa. When living in Seattle, Eric and I had spent three Thanksgivings in Hawaii and we loved it. Longing for a beautiful Hawaiian vacation, we decided to book a family Maui trip. “How bad could it possibly be– travelling to Hawaii with a toddler?” naively we told ourselves. Fast-forward to November 20, 2016. Not only do we have a rambunctious toddler, we also have 7 months pregnant Jane. On the way to Maui, we decided to stop over in Seattle for a couple of days to visit uncle Anson and aunt Rachel.
After what seemed like a never-ending flight, we finally made it Maui, and I tell you it was all worth it
We quickly developed a vacation routine, starting off each morning with a few hours on the beach, playing in the sand, making new friends, and splashing in the waves.
Our lunch breaks included a car ride in hopes that Noah would nap, which only happened twice the entire week we were in Maui.
This was followed by an afternoon excursion:
1. Hike to Twin Falls. There is a juice stand on the way in, which serves awesome juice and smoothies made with local pineapple, apple-bananas, and sugar cane.
2. Hike in Iao Valley National Park
3. Downtown Lahaina where we got to listen to a native drum band and see the coolest tree ever – Banyan Tree
4. New Hotel – Maui Coast Hotel in Kihei
5. Maui Ocean Center
We’d conclude the evening with a scenic dinner. Duke’s was one of our favorite spots with live entertainment, beautiful sunsets, and delicious food that the entire family could enjoy.
Eric and I were anxious for our return flight. We had a redeye flight and a four hour layover in Portland. But the flight back could not have gone any smoother. The Portland airport rocks! It has a children’s area with a playground! On both flights, Noah watched the takeoff and two minutes later was passed out snuggled up to dad all the way until landing.
What a fabulous trip! Too bad it’ll be a few years until we do something like this again. Now it’s time to nest in anticipation of baby brother.