It always amazes me, that just sometimes you can in fact pull off the perfect break! Some things you just can’t control but when it all works out the way that you hoped, it definitely leaves you feeling like everything slotted into place. This was one of those breaks. The cabin was fantastic (hot tub just fab in the winter cold), the weather held and made for great days out and we chose well with what we decided to fill our days with. All things considered, we are relaxed and happy after the holiday and that is all you can hope for!
We opted to spent a day in Whitby, a day in York and a day at the cabin and walking in the park. That meant that we managed to include some beach time for P (which is her best treat), good food (my treat), relaxation time (hubby sorely in need of) and visits to some wonderful heritage sites (treats for us all).
Whitby was lovely. The sun shone, the wind died down, and the Fish and Chips from the Magpie Cafe, just heavenly. We walked along the high street and down to the pier where we ate said fish and chips and then walked up to the Whitby Abbey ruins where we had a panoramic view over Whitby and the coast.
In York, we visited the Jorvik Visitors Centre (fabulous for kids, with a brilliant reconstruction of old York, right down the the sights, sounds and even smells!), ate delicious steak burgers at the Three Tuns pub in Coppergate, and walked through the streets window shopping. It was a little crowded with all of the sales shoppers out for a bargain, but it was still festive. My favourite part was walking down The Shambles, nipping in and out of all the little boutique shops that lean into and over the street, with local wares and goodies for sale.
Walking around in the Forest was a lovely way to spend our last day up there. We got some exercise and fresh air and then headed back for a last dip in the hot tub and some board games and books 🙂 Very relaxing. The Forest Holiday cabins are great and I hope that we will make use of them many more times in other parts of the country.
There are many things to look forward to in the year to come and there is every indication that 2012 is going to be action packed and eventful, so it was really wonderful to end 2011 on a calm, quiet and restful note. I am in the process of compiling my New Years resolutions…. actually make that goals for 2012. It makes me realise how many things we have to look forward to and fills me with inspiration to tackle some chores I have been putting off for too long now. So, bring on 2012. May it be a good year for all of us x