Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom partners with Embassy Suites to create this post. Although I received some form of compensation, all opinions are my own. When I first became a mom and later a grandmother, I didn’t let my children replace the romance in my marriage. Years later, I’m still celebrating love with the kids in tow. This past Valentine’s Day weekend, we enjoyed the holiday at a hotel. Here are a few tips for you to experience a romantic winter as well. Choose a Location That’s Kid & Adult Friendly We booked a room at the Embassy Suites in Old Town Alexandria. Since we don’t live far, it gave us a chance to explore a historic area we often take for granted. Alexandria has ferry rides, historic sites and a beautiful water front with shops and dining. For adults, there are breathtaking views, spas, wine tastings and art galleries. The kids can enjoy Friendship Firehouse, riverboats and fun shops. You want to make sure there are activities for both kids and adults. Otherwise, someone will be an unhappy camper. Book a Roomy & Romantic Room Old Town Embassy Suites provided plenty of space to play games in the living room and enjoy a meal together in the dining area. Since the room was a suite, it also gave some space for alone time when my baby girl went to bed. My husband and I enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Allot Time for Planned & Spontaneous Activities We went into the weekend with a plan. We packed swimsuits, water pull-ups, warm clothes and a bag of toys. There were some things that we planned to do over the weekend but our schedule was flexible. It was not so rigid that we would be disappointed if our plans did not come through. It was a good thing our plans were not set in stone. The weather was so cold it kept us inside. OK, the word cold doesn’t do it justice. The temps dropped to six degrees with the wind gusts, so we spent much of our time enjoying the room, the heated pool and room service. Pack your bag with crayons, coloring books, stickers and stories. Where’s the romance you ask? The whirlpool! Dine in & Eat Out Many hotels offer guests complimentary breakfast. If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks, have your meal delivered to your room. When’s the last time you had breakfast in bed? Feed your husband, even if it makes the kids a little sick to their stomach! At dinner, go somewhere that’s kid friendly yet serves up a mature menu. Indulge in a wine tasting and of course chocolate cake. There is no need to skip the romance because you have small kids in tow. It takes a little planning to find the right location, hotel, and activities but it is possible. Go for it. Keep the love alive, your marriage and your kids will benefit from the fun. Hey DFTM Fam–How do you keep the spark in your relationship during the winter months? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.