If you want to know where all the crowds of people were not this past holiday weekend, it was the Kona Seaside Hotel! We had booked a room there months ago, looking for a mini-vacation to spend our Thanksgiving weekend, and it ended up being the best experience for our family. I'm so happy we went!Not only did we have sunshine and blue skies, but a quiet weekend practically alone! It was a peaceful, and calming weekend, relaxing and spending time together.
|The kids were captivated by the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby.|
|8 hours in the pool and counting....|
|One of my favorite ways to relax with my toddler.|
This was actually our third time staying here, and each time I have been impressed with the friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. The rooms are very clean, cozy, and inviting. When we weren't hanging out poolside, we were chilaxing in the room, watching the "Shrek Forever After" movie marathon on cable. Yes, cable, one of the perks of being lazy in a hotel room, flipping channels on the boob tube. However, this movie was hilarious. We were still laughing after the third viewing!
|Shrek Forever After, again?|
|Jonah loving the hotel bed and his half-eaten bagel.|
|Hotel bathroom fun!|
|Kailua Bay at Sunset|
Kona is much like the mini-Waikiki of the Big island. This area is especially popular for tourists, as the bay is lined with restaurants, bars, and shopping. However, unlike Waikiki, it is very tiny, and there are no hookers or wild parties on the beach. It's mostly filled with people enjoying the sights and sounds of beautiful Hawaii.
I can't boast of any amazing restaurant experiences because we ate at Taco Bell one night, and had cold turkey sandwiches and PB&J's the other night. What can I say, sometimes we like our food cheap and kid-friendly!
However, It was also Micah's birthday on Saturday, so we had a little party on the hotel room balcony Friday afternoon. I picked up an ice-cream cake from Baskin Robbins, which was was not cheap, but tasted amazing!
|Opening presents on the lanai|
|Happy Birthday MMMMMMMicah!|
Overall, we had such a fabulous time! I hope we can make this a yearly tradition, especially since it's just a 2 1/2 hour drive from our house in Hilo. If you're feeling bad for us that we didn't eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal, fear not because we kinda did! Thursday morning before we left our house, Micah had whipped up 2 Turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a chocolate pie. That's my man! And that's why we look so happy in these photos--Thanksgiving was fulfilling in every way!