Making the most of a two-day road trip with a young toddler and a not-so-set itinerary. Do-able? Yes. Fun? Tons.
Joe and I have always had fun with our spontaneity. Before we got married, we would do so much on a whim: random date-nights, little getaways, and last-minute dinner parties. Now that we’re parents, we’ve integrated a bit more structure into our planning. I like to think that we’ve found a fine balance between heavily-scheduled activities and unplanned family outings.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a last-minute trip to Toronto. With it only being about 500 km away (a little over 300 miles), we knew it’d be the perfect destination for a quick two-day road trip.
Making the Most of a Two-Day Road Trip
Where Will You Go?
Research cities that are no longer than a 5-7 hour drive. This way, if you leave for your trip early in the morning, you can spend a huge chunk of your day actually enjoying your destination.
Entertainment For the Road
I packed new toys, snacks, and downloaded videos on the family iPad to keep Leo entertained. This trip was the longest car ride he’s ever taken, so we needed to find multiple ways to keep it interesting.
The Perfect Accommodation
Making the most of a two-day road trip means finding the right hotel. For years, I’ve been a fan of Delta Hotels for their flawless customer service, amazing breakfasts, and high-end rooms. For our two-day road trip, we opted to stay at the Delta Toronto and you know what? Best. Decision. Ever.
I wasn’t surprised to have checked into a room that was clean, classy, and ultra-welcoming. It’s what I’m used to with Delta hotels. But for our room with Delta Toronto… safe to say that they really outdid themselves. The bathroom took my breath away: marble for its walls and floors, a bathtub with a view, and ceiling-to-floor windows. Absolutely gorgeous.
So here’s my unsolicited advice: when booking a hotel for a shorter trip, make it count. Your trip is a quick one, so settle somewhere that’s beautiful. It’ll be more comfortable for you and your family.
Don’t Overbook Your Itinerary
I know it’s tempting to fit in as much as possible on your itinerary. A lot of us are set with the idea of wanting to do more in order to make our trips “worth it.” Over the years, I’ve found it more beneficial to focus on quality activities.
On our trip, we lucked out and planned the perfect evening. We visited Delta Toronto’s The Roof at SOCO: another great decision made for our weekend getaway.
The Roof at SOCO is part lounge, part bar, part restaurant, and 100% fun. Their DJ was on-point, playing throwback pieces that Joe and I truly appreciated. With Leo by our side, it was totally family-friendly, filled with games for the kids to play with.
I may not be the coolest/hippest mama on the block, but The Roof at SOCO is definitely the coolest place to spend time in Toronto. We went in for a feast and sipped on a glass of sangria and everything was absolutely perfect.
Best weekend getaway… ever.
Have you ever been to Toronto, Ontario? Where do you usually stay/what do you usually do when you go there?