5 Family & Design Friendly Destinations I'm Eyeing

I haven't bothered to unpack our suitcase from the weekend at the beach as we are home for such a short stint.  Tomorrow, we're heading up to Boston to see my childhood and college friends and their families and then to spend two weeks with my parents in Cape Cod, where we used to go when I was growing up. Packing and re-packing feels like a breeze now but I remember our first trip to Nashville when Bodie turned three months - I had multiple lists, in excel, on my phone and on post-its around the house.  It felt heavy and tedious in the beginning - with pumps, formula and multiple changes of clothes, etc. But we were so ready to get back on a plane and know that we could still explore. 

Since then, travel and packing feels regular and subsequently calmer. We also are learning to optimize destinations for ease with kids.  So I've loved getting to know Kid & Coe more since they wrote a piece for our Work That Works For Mothers series. Kid & Coe is an edited collections of homes for rent mainly across Europe and the American hot spots, though they have some stellar properties popping up in Asia.  Their selection of houses come outfitted for kids with things like cribs and toys and are selected for aesthetic, convenience and proximity to pools, beaches and parks.

Since I've been forwarding their houses to friends hoping that someone will bite on the idea of a trip to the South of France, I figure it's time to share with this group.  Here are the five I have my eye on.

 

The Benniras Residence on Kid & Coe

This is one to do with couple friends and it's well outfitted for toddlers and babies but has a Moroccan and Spanish sensibility - complete with pomegranate trees on property - that isn't lost in the kids' conveniences.

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The Michelle Vila in Mykonos, Greece on Kid & Coe

I haven't been back to Mykonos in ten years and I have a feeling it would be quite a bit different this time around.  But I'd be happy to spend a week as a family in this three bedroom with its sweet airy outfitting and a pool with this gorgeous lounge area to spend our days since we won't be partying.

The 1930s Residence Hudson Valley, New York on Kid & Coe

Only two hours from New York, I could imagine sneaking up here for an impromptu weekend in the Catskills.  The cottage has all the makings for a homebody weekend with a hammock and a terrace and loads of lawn for toddlers and grown kids.  The house comes stocked with games and legos but it's close to farms and mountains to explore in the day time. 

The Peralta Residence San Francisco, CA on Kid & Coe

I like this one as a more affordable, authentic but comfortable way to get a sense of the Bay as a family but only five minutes away from some of the best restaurants in the Mission neighborhood.  

The Chic Villa in Tuscany, Italy on Kid & Coe

After one terrible night sleep in a hotel because of their shoddy crib, I've been bringing ours everywhere but this contemporary spot in Cortona, Italy comes equipped with all the names I trust like Nuna for the crib, Puj bathtubs and even Aden & Anais swaddles and blankets if you need.  So you get the quaint and idyllic backdrop without the worry.  

Have you gotten a chance to browse Kid & Coe?  Which homes are you flagging? Better yet, what family destinations do you have coming up?  Would love to hear xo

 

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