So, I’ve been quiet for a few weeks and it’s for a good reason. I took an epic road trip with my fam! We left Kansas, ventured through Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, stayed the night in Georgia, and pulled into Universal Studios Orlando at noon. A few days later we traveled up through St. Augustine, South Carolina, and stayed the night again in North Carolina. The next day we drove up through Virginia and planted ourselves in D.C. for a few days. We drove up to Baltimore to see the Orioles play and then woke up the next day and drove through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky where we visited with my sister for a couple of days. We were going to make stops in St. Louis and K.C., but we’ve been there and done that and we were ready to be home.
While we traveled we stayed at three different Air B&Bs and I loved each one. We were able to fit 5 adult bodies into one space and pay less than renting two hotel rooms. Each space offered amazing communication, accommodation, and location. I couldn’t be happier.
The house in Orlando was off the beaten path, but it offered 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. It had a screened in pool, 2 living spaces, dinning room, and large eat-in kitchen. It was perfect for our family and my sister-in-law and nephew were able to join us in our rental. Here is the best part…we only paid $105/night! Now, just like any hotel there are service fees and taxes, but do you think I could’ve rented a hotel for that kind of money? Nope.
We enjoyed shopping and restaurants near by, the pool in the evenings, the living space and kitchen to gather, and everyone had a comfortable place to sleep. I highly recommend this space to anyone who wants the resort feel without the resort price. The master bath is large with soaker tub and stand-up shower and the pool was great for the kids.
We bought three day passes to both parks and really just went for Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. We had a blast, but it is so hot! I highly recommend getting the coke cup and getting your free refills! There are several different stations throughout the parks and water refills are always free. Meg really loved the Jimmy Fallon ride and the boys rode the big coaster in Hogsmeade! You have to ride the Hogwarts Express! It is really cool and it will take you from park to park without having to walk through the gates.
We are baseball fans and one of my and CDB’s bucket list items is to visit every ballpark in the U.S. When I booked our rental in D.C. I didn’t realize that it was right across the street from National’s Stadium. Unfortunately for us, they were out of town that weekend, but we did drive up to Baltimore and see the Orioles play the Red Sox. Still winning. We were able to park our car for a few days and take the Metro to the National Mall. The Metro in D.C. is so clean! I think it is the best way to get around the city.
Our house in D.C. was the upstairs apartment in a row house (pretty rad for this Kansas kid). It was spacious for the square footage and had a sofa bed. It had modern decor and was very stylish. The loft bed is actually a full size bed. My only complaint about this place is that the pillows are really not good. Bring your own pillow for an excellent night’s rest. There are restaurants within walking distance. The Navy Yard has several places to eat and near the Metro there is a Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a Chipotle.
The Louisville house was by far my favorite. It was like walking into a Pottery Barn catalog. I’m so glad my sister lives in this city, because now I have an excuse to stay here again! The mattresses are memory foam and the pillows are ample. There is a lot of space to gather and have a nice meal together. It is on an historic street surrounded by beautiful old houses. There are two apartments in this house, upstairs and down, so you could rent both for large groups. My favorite moment of the trip was waking up after a wonderful night of sleep, sipping my Starbuck’s (not far from the house), and watching MTV Classic. Heaven. This house only ran us $95/night (+taxes and fees). There was a cleaning fee, but it was minimal. Most Air B&B’s have a cleaning fee and some are outrageous, so watch out. All three rentals had a washer and dryer so we were able to pack light and do laundry on the road. That kept everything smelling fresh in the car and it made more room for the souvenirs and shopping!
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably can tell where my desire for a paisley quilt came from. This house inspired me so much and I can’t wait to stay again. This time I might stay upstairs though, because the floors are a bit squeaky. It’s an old house and that’s too be expected, but just for sleep’s sake…
These spaces were so comfortable and we all had a bed to sleep in. With five in our family and all of them taller than their mom, it is getting harder and harder to find a hotel that will accommodate us all. We did luck out in both of our hotels. In GA our room had a window seat that was perfect size for Meg to sleep in and NC they upgraded our room for free. We really lucked out because someone was going to have to sleep on the floor…in a hotel…YUCK!
If you desire to rent one of these spaces or any space on Air B&B use my code for $40 off your first stay of $75 or more! Just so you know, I get a credit if you use my code, but this is my honest opinion of these spaces and I would stay at all three again. I promise. I love Air B&B and I have used this service to rent an apartment in Hollywood, too. That space was just as great and not nearly as expensive as a nice hotel.