Why You Should Take A Baby Free Vacation
The first year of parenthood is filled with many highs and lows. Of course, you fall in love with this little person you both created and it can be blissful and fufilling, but it also comes with many challenges, like arguing with your partner over swaddling strategies at 3am. I won't lie and say having a baby made marriage any easier. It surely made us work harder on our relationship, trying to find time for just the two of us, in between all the feedings and diaper changes. Our time to connect was limited and we didn't have a night to ourselves until Ava was 13 months - and that was it one night and back to baby duties the next morning.
I'm fortunate that since that first sleepover at my parents' house, Ava loves sleeping and spending time there. So, when the opportunity to go to Bermuda for a friend's wedding came, we jumped right in and decided to leave Ava at home with my parents.
The time away from her was just what we needed. It was only for 3 days, but it was nice to be carefree and have some freedom that gets lost when you become a parent. Matt and I had time to really talk, hike and go paddle boarding, stay out past midnight, and lounge in bed until 11 am.
We missed Ava, of course. Every time we saw a parent and their toddler in the pool, we would turn to each other and say how much Ava would love it here. We also bothered my mom to send us pictures to see what they were up to. The time apart made me appreciate being a mom and as you know, distance makes the heart grow fonder! I highly recommend parents getting away, even if it's just for a small trip. You deserve a break and quality time together.
Where to Stay in Bermuda
Now I'll get into how Bermuda was... it's probably one of the most beautiful islands I've been too. The pink sand beaches were breathtaking and the landscape was dotted with beautiful pastel colored homes. The locals were friendly and always had a smile. We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, which was walking distance from some of the island's best beaches.
What to Do in Bermuda
We spent one morning exploring the different beaches. We started out at Horseshoe Bay and walked the trail to Warwick Long Bay. We took our time and went to the tops of the cliffs that overlooked the small beaches and followed the footpaths to Chaplin Bay, Stonehole Bay, and Jobson's Cove. Once we reached Jobson's Cove we took a dip in the chilly water and enjoyed having an almost private beach to ourselves. We went back to Jobson's Cove and climbed up one of the cliffs to get a beautiful panoramic view.
Our friend's wedding ceremony was at Stonehole Bay and it was a gorgeous background. In the waves behind them, you can see brightly colored parrot fish. The weather was perfect. You really couldn't ask for a more perfect night. They held the reception on a boat that sailed around the harbor. We caught the most magical sunset!
We had plans to do so many other things, but the day after the wedding we ended up moving very slowly after one too many Dark and Stormy's. Instead we lounged around the hotel and relaxed by the pool, which was so refreshing. The flight from JFK to Bermuda is 1 hour and 40 minutes, so we're already planning a trip back, maybe this time with Ava! I would have liked to have seen Crystal Caves and the St. George's area.
Where to Eat and Drink in Bermuda
We had a long list of places to eat, partially thanks to my brother who spent some time on the island for work. We had breakfast and lunch at our hotel, which was delicious.
One night, we met up with my friend and the rest of her wedding guests at the Royal Naval Dockyard and we ate at Frog and Onion, and had your usual pub food. Matt and I each got a flight of beers from Dockyard Brewing Co., which is Bermuda's only microbrewery. The same restaurant catered the food for the wedding and I couldn't get over how good the pulled pork was!
Another spot we went to for drinks was Calico Jack's, which is a pirate themed floating bar, even equipped with a plank where you can jump into the water.
On our last night, Matt and I took a ferry into the city of Hamilton and walked around a bit. We stopped at Harry's for a pre-dinner drink and it was clearly a popular happy hour spot. Bermuda is home to many financial service companies, so it felt like we were at a NYC happy hour, except everyone had a healthy tan. So we opted to keep walking and went to the 1609 Bar, which is located at the Hamilton Princess, where we were having dinner. The bar was outside on a marina. Afterwards, we ate dinner at Marcus, which is chef Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant. The food was delicious, I would highly recommend the duo of crudo and the churros for dessert!