Seattle Business Trip with Babies
Let’s say Seattle beckons your husband for business reasons and there’s an open invite for your family to join him. Sounds like a fun little vacation, right? All the new places you haven’t seen, it’s your infant’s first trip, and timing couldn’t be better to visit downtown Seattle.
Then, logistics settle in…two children under two in a city you’ve never navigated by yourself? Instead of thinking it’s overwhelming, just plan ahead and it’s completely manageable. Let’s start with your families’ residence for the next week.
Vacation Rental Homes – It’s the Small Things
Hotels are nice, but here’s a list of reasons to choose a vacation rental home near downtown Seattle instead. First off, the noise factor. Kids make noise, you make noise because of your kids, and you need noise to stop at a certain time of the day for naps and bedtime. You just can’t fight noise in any hotel. There will always be some amount going on. A vacation rental home will have separate rooms, so baby can nap while you and the toddler jam out to Yo Gabba Gabba. Secondly, when there are bottles to keep cold, food to make for a demanding child, and a favorite sippy cup to wash again and again, you’ll need a kitchen. Average hotel rooms aren’t usually equipped with a decent kitchen, but rental homes most certainly are. Lastly, kids have so much stuff that explodes all over. You will want room to walk around, maybe even an area you can designate for all fort making and tummy time actives. Homes have lots of room. Hotels, not so much.
Wear ‘Em Out
Now that you’re near Seattle’s bustling downtown, here’s what you do with your babies while he’s at boring meetings all day. Getting around downtown Seattle is a snap with the monorail. Children 4 and under are free, adults are $2.25 for a one-way ticket, and they are stroller friendly. Easier than a rental car, car seats, and you get to see the city. It’s a no-brainer. While you’re out, visit the Seattle Aquarium, ride the ducks at Westlake Park or check out indoor activities in Seattle’s community centers. There’s so much to do and see, even for the littlest of kiddos.
Dining for the Whole Family
Of course, what is a family vacation without trying out some of the local fare? It may be difficult to find something that everyone can enjoy equally, but here are a few suggestions. Highly recommended through Yelp, Chace’s Pancake Corral is open at 6 am and closes at 2:30 pm. There’s kid favorite breakfasts like waffles and buttermilk pancakes as well as adult versions, like red potato (interesting!) and crepes. A fantastic lunch option is Vios. Traditional Greek fare and a kid friendly menu with things like chicken kabobs and macaroni and cheese. Added bonus: there’s an indoor play area with toys and puzzles to pacify them while you eat your food while it’s still warm. Dinner at the fabulous Costal Kitchen will be enjoyed by all. The traditional kid’s menu is vast for even the pickiest eater (buttered noodles, check) and the adult palate will be pleased by the many American fare options, like delicious fresh oysters.
Enjoy all of downtown Seattle with your family and don’t miss a great opportunity to venture out. It’s a fantastic place and be sure to take full advantage of your vacation rental home while you’re there. You will not be disappointed.
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