We took this family vacation last year and wanted to start to share our adventures of traveling with a young child with you. I was 15 weeks pregnant with our second baby (soon to be Remi), and we were looking for a place to relax and get away for a week. Vera was 1.5 years old at the time.
We stayed at a unique Airbnb: a 115-year-old church which had a lot to offer. Who doesn’t want to stay at a church in a beautiful pine forest with a saltwater pool, hot tub, and fruit trees?
Here are some quick facts about the airbnb we rented:
The master bedroom was a loft bedroom and was hard to navigate at night and the stairs were narrow and there was no door to close.
Kid Friendly: YES
Internet: YES, but SLOW!
Dog Friendly: NO
Laundry: NO (this wouldn’t be a big deal but as there was a pool, it would’ve been very useful.)
Kids toys: YES
Bathtub: YES (and even better: a hot tub, see notes below).
Extra amenities that make traveling a bit more magical: It was an old church with a beautiful open and private backyard, saltwater pool, a screened-in porch, a fireplace in the porch area, and best of all: a hot tub in the woods surrounded by forest. Magical!
Downsides: One of the bedrooms was lofted and didn’t have a door to close. It also was upstairs which was hard to navigate with kids at night–especially as I was pregnant and used the bathroom A LOT at night.
Little lizards got into the heated saltwater pool at night.
Part of the reason we choose to go to the Hudson Valley is because we were heading to NYC the next weekend for a few family sessions. We wanted to drive and stop somewhere along the way that was relaxing and non-stressful for a family vacation with young kids and offered great kid-friendly activities.
One of the highlights of the trip was we hiked the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. It’s a quick hike to the waterfall–quick enough for a young child. The view was stunning, and it was worth every step.
Right down the street from the Airbnb is Kelder’s Farm where we went apple picking, and our little one had a great time with the animal at the animal petting farm there. They also had fresh apple cider donuts (which we didn’t taste), and fresh vegetables from the farm for sale, (which we did buy and were delicious). They also had amazing PIES for sale that we highly recommend you buying if they are in stock while visiting.
Even though October was the very end of the season, we decided to go raspberry picking at the Westwind Orchard, as well. Raspberries are just too delicious to pass by. Not quite full from the raspberries, we decided to grab a bite at their restaurant. We sat outside and enjoyed pizza. Music was playing. The food was incredible. They were super family-friendly there–a big plus for anyone traveling with children.
While we were vacationing, we couldn’t help but think that some of these places would be perfect for family film sessions. Family photos at Westwind Orchard while you raspberry pick and grab fresh wood fired pizza, portraits at Kelder’s farm while you Apple pick and visit with the animals, or even a lifestyle in-home session in the airbnb you’re visiting at. If you are interested, we’d love to talk to you about a Hudson Valley family session. We’ll be back in Rhinebeck, New York at the end of October 2019 and have one spot available for a family session in the Hudson Valley Area. Email us today to reach out and learn more!