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

Kid Friendly Hotel

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

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

Room Service

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

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?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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