Truth be told, I can’t really remember the last time we went on a family vacation! We used to do at least one big one a year plus a few road trips in between, but life has gotten soooooo busy with the house renovations and kids’ activities over the past few years that we’ve forgotten to do the most important thing – unwind and reconnect as a family away from home.
A couple weekends ago, we surprised the kids with a trip to Bellevue, WA! Our favourite place to stay in Bellevue is the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and has been for years. This trip was special though – we were FINALLY going to witness Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection AND we were going to enjoy it with our family friends (and Jadon’s classmate!).
As always, the moment we stepped into the Hyatt Regency Bellevue it felt like home. The familiar surroundings, friendly smiles from the front desk staff and the stunning Christmas tree in the lobby – brightly lit during it’s annual tree lighting ceremony only an hour before our arrival – all filled my heart with so much joy knowing that we were going to be making many memories with our kids over the next two days that would be remembered for years to come.
Next it was time to quickly settle in, grab a quick dinner from the Regency Club (a must when traveling with young kids) and meet up with our friends for a quick drink. The kids ended up hanging out together until early in the morning – just chilling, watching movies and playing video games. That in itself brings a huge smile to my face knowing that I can give my kids the relationships with their friends and family that I didn’t have growing up.
The next morning we enjoyed the yummiest brunch at our favourite breakfast spot, Eques (conveniently located on the second floor of the hotel). I’m honestly not a huge fan of hotel food, but Eques is on another level! I’d seriously recommend everything on the menu, including the à la carte (buffet) which is what the kids ended up getting. My favourite is definitely the crab Benedict and I end up getting it every time we eat at Eques (you have to try it!).
Since we were also in town for #BlackFriday weekend, it only made sense to check out the deals and get a head start on our holiday shopping at The Bellevue Collection, which is conveniently attached to the hotel via a series of sky bridges. I can’t tell you how genius this is, especially for families with strollers and wheelchairs, or just families in general. You basically don’t have to venture outside in the cold if you don’t want to and parking is free on the weekends.
Then it was time to reserve our spots for Snowflake Lane, which starts at 7pm nightly until Christmas Eve. We were running a bit late and missed our chance at front row curb seats (we heard some people had started waiting at around 6:00 – 6:15pm), but that didn’t stop us from capturing the magic from the parade starting point:
Even though the crowds were insane (get there early!), it was so much fun to experience Snowflake Lane with our friends – complete with holiday themed floats, snow and Santa Clause, of course! I feel like a yearly tradition might be starting… 😉
Have you seen Snowflake Lane in person or are you thinking of going in the future? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!
Disclaimer: All opinions in this post remain my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Hyatt Regency Bellevue and/or their affiliates. I received a complimentary stay at The Hyatt Regency Bellevue in order to complete this review.