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#TravelTuesday | Kauai, Hawaii

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Having a huge "take me back tuesday" moment right now, especially since I'm coming to the home stretch in my pregnancy. We went to Kauai the first week of December with Rod's family and we knew that there had to be something brewing.  Since this wasn't an "oops" baby, it was a little secret that we had to keep the entire trip until we knew for sure because it was still too early.

Looking back on the trip, it made it so much more special because we just knew it's what we wanted. Yes, we're not married, but being together for the majority of 9 years makes it feel like the same thing and we know we will get there. Life has unexpected turns and situations but this wasn't one of them :)

Hard to believe I was just 4 weeks along in these pix, let alone remembering what my body looked like pre-baby! Trust that I'm enjoying every minute of this little mermaids wiggles though!

KAUAI, HAWAII | 11.30.14-12.5.14


|  S t a y  |

If your staying on the North shore of Kauai I would highly recommend these two properties in Princeville: 

1. St. Regis Princeville Resort $$$- It is a romantic atmosphere and family friendly with breathtaking views and a gorgeous pool! They also have a perfect spot to snorkel right out front where you will most likely see some turtles. Lastly, You can't go wrong with the yummy food, especially breakfast, that they serve on the Makana Terrace. 




2. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas $$$- This place would be ideal for huge families or get aways with multiple families. They have many bbq's and all of the villas come equipt with a kitchen and/or dining room area, not too mention connected rooms. Such a casual and home away from home feeling :)





|  E a t  |

Before I go into the places to eat, the main thing to understand is that on the North Shore it is more about the hawaiian vibe and casual comfy dining experience. So although you can still get dressed up for dinner at some of the hotel restaurants, when you get into Hanalei I would leave the heels and wedges at home ;)

1. Makana Terrace at St. Regis- Whether it's for a drink to watch the sunset, fresh fruit smoothies and omelettes for breakfast or their classic Sunday brunch, you can bet that there will be something delish for each meal of the day.

2. Postcards Cafe- Great atmosphere. This is another place that you could put some wedges on and enjoy a romantic dinner with great food, it is a little on the pricey side though.

3. Hanalei Coffee Roasters- A MUST TRY! The site really doesn't say much unless you want to order there amazing coffee. The real gem of this place is the breakfast! Make your own waffles, breakfast burritos and paninis, you really can't go wrong. 

4. Puka Dog- Granted I had a veggie dog (which was amazing) but this place is known for having the best hot dogs with many different types and flavors of sauces to go along with them.

5. Tahiti Nui- Where the movie "The Descendants" was filmed. This place is known for having the BEST Mai Tai's on the island. They also have a great atmosphere at night with live music for both families and couples.

6. Foodland- This is a local market next to the hotels that is perfect for grabbing your food for those bbq's and items you forgot to bring on the trip. However, the main reason I bring this grocery store up is because it has THE BEST poke selection I've ever seen and tasted. So I would definitely stop and grab a lb. and enjoy once you get to the beach. 

7. Truck stand- This last place is a recommendation for a fresh smoothie, juice or acai bowl of your choosing. However, it is a food truck so you can find this red truck in the main center of the Hanalei town. 

|  F u n  |

6am wake up calls...the first of many soooon

1. Wailua Secret Falls-  is a must!! We went on our own and you do not need to do a tour although if you have trouble navigating you might want too! You start off kayaking to a specific location and then hike to this amazing waterfall!! It's about a mile in and a mile back out and it is kind of tricky, not too mention a workout, wouldn't recommend for children.  

We were having a Lord of the Flies moment lol



 2. Princeville Ranch Adventures- We booked the Zip N' Dip tour which was about a 1 mile, easy hike and included many zip lines including one known as King Kong. They also take you to a hidden swimming pool with a small waterfall, where you have lunch and then can jump off rocks into the water or just lay in the inner tubes. Overall we had so much fun and A LOT of laughs!

Some other places/beaches to visit would be:

3. Hanalei Beach & Pine Trees Beach- Both are good for surfing or learning to surf (depending on the swell) as well as easy to get to and close to each other.

4. Kealia Beach- Great place to learn as well but it is about 30 minutes South of North Shore. You can pull right up and enjoy the beach without tons of tourists.





Having been to every island several times, I still have to say that Maui will always have my heart. However, each island is very different and I do love the simplicity and lush tropical atmosphere this wet island brings. Can't wait to bring little Peyton here someday!!

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