Saturday morning that plan was put into action and we ventured 70 miles up the coast for an overnight getaway to the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Neither family has school-aged kids yet, so we didn't intentionally pick the tail-end of February vacation week for our trip. I was a little worried that the resort would be too crowded, but there was just the right amount of guests for a good energy without feeling like we were on top of everyone else.
It was unseasonably warm this past weekend (almost 50 degrees on Saturday!), so we walked the property after dropping our stuff off in our rooms. The resort is perched on a hill overlooking Penobscot Bay. An 18-hole championship golf course fills the stretch between the hotel and the shoreline. The warm temps and fog had cleared most of the snow from the greens, so there was plenty of room for the older kids to run around. The babies hitched rides in Baby Bjorns strapped to the Burnells (thanks for carrying our kid, Shawn!).
CedarWorks indoor playground. The staff also hosts an arts & crafts activity a few times a day, which is how we became the proud owners of a baggie of green slime.
Unfortunately we couldn't take advantage of the temporary ice skating rink they had set up on the property. The warm temps had turned it into a 100' x 50' puddle with a pretty view. We also missed out on their Glacier Ice Bar. It's an outdoor bar that's carved each January out of 20,000 pounds of glacial ice (we might need to head back without the kids for that one).
Sunday morning the guys picked up an easy breakfast from Hole in the Wall Bagels in Rockland. We ate in the room then clocked in some more pool time. We originally had hopes of walking around outside again, but the temps had dropped back down into the 30's and high wind gusts made an outdoor stroll seem a little less appealing. Instead, we wrapped up our 24 hours at the Samoset before lunchtime to time the drive home with the babies' nap schedules, ensuring a peaceful ending to our trip.