Not everyone is a fan of the sand and surf. (Freak) I am, but chalk that up to being raised in a beach town and feeling claustrophic when I’m not near a body of water.
You like that, too?
Next year, I’m hoping to shake off the bias and explore my inner pioneer.
Just 17 miles south of Flagstaff, Ariz., sits this no-frills A-frame wooden cabin vacation rental nestled in a cul-de-sac. Fully furnished with two queen beds, four twins, a full kitchen, wood stove, two outdoor decks, the 1,250-square-foot space amazingly accommodates up to 10 guests, but hopefully most of the vacation would be spent outdoors.
Located in the Coconino National Forest in the quiet community of Munds Park, it’s an escape meant for hiking, ATV riding, fishing and canoeing.
I especially love it that Nashanna Sharp was able to let her 2-year-old play outside “and not worry about traffic” when she and her family of eight stayed there in January. Since I made Chicago, Ill., my home, there’s a bit of guilt that my little girls don’t know what real green space is, save for a few public playgrounds by the lake.
And if this charming cabin happens to be too quiet for me, then I could always drive 15 minutes to Flagstaff. That’s the plan anyway.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.