Let me start by saying I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to traveling with my kids. It always seems my friends are whisking their kids away to exotic locations without breaking a sweat and then there is me: worried and anxious about planning short weekend getaways with mine. That being said, I’m gaining confidence and there are a few things that have helped me get to where I am now. My husband and I are awful at planning big vacations—we have a hard time pulling the trigger on them. We usually opt for a few California-based getaways a year. We absolutely love traveling within California. There is so much to see and do and you can experience different things like sun, snow, camping, etc. We’ve also started doing family trips with my best friend and her family (see our family-friendly trip to Ojai last year). This is great and gives us a fun couple to do adult things with while our kids play together. It’s become an annual tradition I really look forward to.
Another thing is that I discovered Kid & Coe. One of the biggest hassles of traveling with another family for a group vacation is that staying at resorts can be expensive and hard to coordinate. We often have cramped sleeping situations, pay a ton in food deliveries to our room and have to constantly plan where and when we are going to meet. Plus, the kids get bored in their hotel rooms. So, my friend and I were super excited about Kid & Coe and staying at one of its beautiful home rentals.
Kid & Coe offers beautiful and stylish kid-friendly family vacation homes. It’s pretty amazing. You don’t have to pack as much because there are kid toys, beds, books and typically an outdoor area where the kids can play! So when Kid & Coe contacted me about staying at The Dry Creek Residence in Healdsburg, California during my birthday weekend, I couldn’t resist.
I was a little curious how we would manage to stay in wine country with four kids under the age of 6! However, renting a family vacation home is definitely the way to do it. We also planned fun activities that allowed the kids to play while we got a chance to enjoy some wine tasting and Healdsburg’s popular spots.
First off, this home is beautiful. It’s like a rustic modern farmhouse (my dream home) and was filled with gorgeous natural light. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and worked perfectly for our two families. One amazing detail is the owner had given us a great list of kid-friendly places to see, eat and play during our visit. She also left a super sweet birthday basket and flowers for me when we arrived. It was full of yummy treats and birthday candles! Such thoughtful touches.
The living area got a lot of use. The kids loved playing in there and so did the adults. One night after the kids went to bed, we had a fun time playing Cards Against Humanity with wine.
The house sits on 16 acres, and while it rained most of our visit, we did get a few breaks to appreciate the view. I can’t wait to go back during the spring or summer and sit out there with wine and a picnic.
The girls playing with water balloons on the deck—they didn’t care about the rain.
One of the biggest hits for the kids was the area in the living room that had a giant bean bag! They played on that thing constantly. It was also the perfect spot to snuggle up with the baby. We also fit all the kids on it one night with blankets and they got to watch a movie!
One of my personal favorite areas of the home was the enclosed patio. It has a wood-burning stove, couches and such beautiful views of the property. I actually really liked the cozy rainy vibes that you got when sitting in there. It was kind of magical and made us feel like were were nestled far away in the countryside.
My daughter and I spotting things from the deck. We saw a horse (or maybe a donkey!) down by the water.
My husband loves to cook. It’s one of the things that we usually miss when vacationing. It’s also hard to always eat out with kids who are usually bored and rambunctious. We chose to cook both nights during our stay because it was so much fun. We all contributed! The house has a lot of herbs, veggies and fruits on the property, so it was so fun for the kids to get involved and help. The large kale bush got a lot of use from us! The kitchen has an open floor plan that allowed us to see the kids playing in the living room. I love the memories you make when cooking with friends.
The hot tub was a huge hit with the kids and overlooked the property on this gorgeous deck. It was so cozy. Plus, there are outdoor showers that made it super fun and easy to rinse off after a dip.
I couldn’t be happier with our stay. Although, one more day without pouring rain would have been ideal. I can honestly say that it made me feel so much more comfortable vacationing with the kids and I plan to rent Kid & Coe homes whenever I can in the future. Is tomorrow too soon?!
Kid-Friendly Things To Do Nearby
- Quivira Vineyards: Not far from the house is a local winery that has delicious wines and chickens for the kids to see.
- Dry Creek General Store: I love this place! It’s a specialty market where you can get sandwiches, pastries, a few groceries and gifts. The blueberry scones are to die for. We picked up ingredients for a delicious charcuterie platter. Just get there before noon because it gets super busy.
- Healdsburg Farmers’ Market: If you’re visiting on a Wednesday or a Saturday, this is a must to take the kids to.
- Campo Fina: Here, you can enjoy yummy pizzas and dining al fresco on the back patio while you play a mean game of bocce.
- SHED: We love this place (we went twice!). A beautiful marketplace with delicious coffee, food, artisanal gifts and more.