Last week we finally got the chance to have our very first family staycation at Saltburn By The Sea. It was the most amazing week with the most incredible memories to cherish; exactly what the doctor ordered. 

We booked an apartment through Host & Stay, they're based all over the UK and had plenty accommodation across the coastal towns in North Yorkshire suitable for a host of different requirements. We picked an apartment which would be suitable for dogs as we were unsure if we were taking the two fur babies (which we decided against taking them for various reasons). It was pretty central with a two minute walk to the cafes, restaurants and supermarket and a five minute walk to the beach. Plus it was a half hour drive into Whitby which was one of the main reasons why we headed to North Yorkshire. Once booked, we soon realised it was above a pub and typically the week we went was the first week you could venture inside hospitality, however we really did not need to worry as it was lovely and quiet. 

The decor and aesthetics of the apartment was dreamy, definitely my kind of vibe with the interiors and I now want to re decorate some rooms in our house. As apartments go, it was extremely spacious with two decent sized bedrooms, with one featuring the coolest bunk beds, one luxurious bathroom and an open plan kitchen and living room. This was so helpful as we pretty much packed everything alongside our kitchen sink; travelling with babies is not that easy haha. It definitely was a home from home. 

We were extremely lucky when it came to the weather, despite the reports saying 80% chance of rain everyday, we were only caught out on the penultimate afternoon and the day we were heading home. In fact, on one of the days we were basking in 20 degree heat on the beach. 

Our main reason for a staycation in North Yorkshire and on the East Coast was to visit Whitby, along with having family members that live there, we just love what the seaside town has to offer with the quirkiness and gothic feels. However, we know that there are stunning seaside towns right along the East Coast that would be perfect to explore on our staycation. 

We picked Saltburn By The Sea as the area we would live at for the week, its a stunning seaside town with ample beach to stroll along with the tide not coming in until much later in the day. The only downside was, having a pushchair or if you were to have a wheelchair, it was not easy to get down to the beach, you had to make your way a very steep and winding road which is a killer to walk back up. There are cable cars to take you down but they were closed off which I think was down to covid than them being broken. I just loved the fact that when you went for a stroll on the sea front every morning the sea was a surfers paradise. 

Each day we ventured out of Saltburn to take in the sights of other smaller seaside towns like Sandsend, Staithes (another ridiculous hill to get down to the beach), Robin Hoods Bay and not forgetting Whitby itself. 

I find Whitby is so lovely but extremely busy, even when we went on a Tuesday in the middle of term time at schools. The beach however was lovely and quiet, we set up camp with our fish and chips before building sandcastles for the first time with Wilf. Although watch out for those pesky seagulls as they've got an agenda and let me tell you, they are beasts - bigger than my two pugs for sure. 

We've visited Whitby quite a bit and on previous visits we have found ourselves completing the town after an hour and we've never really been the people to just go and sit on the sand - well that and the fact we've always gone when it's raining. However, visiting the seaside with a baby is so different, you find yourself viewing the areas very different and you see the magic in everything! 

It really was the perfect week away, being beside the sea really is special and for some reason it helps take all your worries away. I'd highly recommend staying at Saltburn By The Sea, especially if you're travelling by car, you can hit all the other seaside towns within 15/20 minutes. If you are heading to North Yorkshire, I'd put some time to one side into researching the different areas as you can find some hidden gems. 

Have you managed to book a staycation? 

Alice xxx