Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vacation Dreaming Link-Up

Today, Holly and I are hosting a "Vacation Dreaming" link-up! We hope you'll all join us and share your favorite vacation destination, your favorite vacation memory, where you are planning your summer vacation this year, or what your dream vacation would be.

In Aug. we are taking our first family vacation with Jackson, to Gulf Shores, AL. I can't wait! (Only 6 more weeks away, but who's counting?) I absolutely love to travel, and I've been on several great trips, but I would have to say my favorite was our honeymoon in Maui, HI. 
Last year we went to Mackinac Island for our 5 year anniversary (you can read all about that trip here.) and it was a toss up between that and Hawaii. Hawaii was just such a once in a lifetime trip that it beat out Mackinac Island by a smidge.
We had such an amazing time in Hawaii. It was our first trip together as a married couple, which made it even that much more exciting! We left on the Sunday after our wedding and came home the following Friday night.
After landing in Maui, we picked up our Mustang convertible rental car, and headed across the island to our hotel.
We stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali, Maui.
We had a partial ocean view from our room that was amazing. There's nothing like falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.

The hotel had a very nice pool and beach.
We tried to see as much as we could while we were in Maui.
We drove the long and winding Road to Hana which was probably my favorite part of the trip. There were breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful rainforests, black sand beaches and gorgeous flowers.

These next two pictures are from the Seven Sacred Pools, just past Hana. A definite must see if ever in Maui!

We took a ferry over to the island of Lanai so Jake could golf there. It was a beautiful golf course right on the ocean.

We took a helicopter tour of Maui.

We went snorkeling. (The sea turtles were my favorite.)
We also went to a fabulous Luau!

We did some shopping and site seeing.

We had yummy drinks on our balcony.
And we watched many beautiful sunsets.

It was so sad to leave...
But, hopefully we'll get to go back someday.
So now its your turn. I can't wait to read all about your favorite vacation!! I hope to get some great ideas for next years summer vacation.