Staycation: Five Stars, Highly Recommend

I am almost certain that I have mentioned somewhere in earlier posts our family's failure to plan vacation this year.  Prior to becoming parents, we did not take frequent vacations, but we did manage to get out of the country to do something interesting once every few years or so.  Since becoming parents, we have utterly failed to get away from life, with or without the now-toddler.

After surviving the purchase of our first house, new parenthood, job changes, the sale of the first house and purchase of the second in another state, the cross-country move, and the acclimation of said child into three different daycares throughout that process, we are experiencing a (likely brief) lull in drama.  We navigated our first northern winter in four years and it wasn't so bad, so around January or so, I felt that I could power through the rest of winter and be fine without getting away.  I was wrong, and by the end of February, I was stir-crazy and in serious need of a change in the routine.