For my birthday weekend last month,we spent two nights at Niagara Falls.
The original plan (last year) was to go to Europe for two weeks (it’s my 30th!) but we got pregnant; so our Europe fund got converted into a baby fund. Truth be told, I felt bad spending on a staycation when I had just recently became a stay at home mom with no income. But the husband insisted, so off we went.
Niagara Falls seemed like the only option since we would be bringing our 3-week old baby with us and I didn’t want to spend so much time on the road.
My husband booked off Friday so we were able to get a head start on the weekend. Since it was Memorial weekend, staying Fri-Sun would have cost us thrice as much! Staying on a Saturday night was upwards of $300!
We took the 407 (toll road) on the way to Niagara to cut on driving time; we didn’t want to be on the road too long since we knew our baby would need a feeding in the next hour or so (we actually ended up stopping at a gas station 10 minutes from the hotel because she really needed to eat and had been crying for quite a while now). $19.78
We stayed at Sheraton on the Falls, which is a 30 second walk from the falls; and we had an amazing view from our room. Front desk actually gave us a free upgrade! upon seeing our newborn with us. I had only paid for a “city-view room”. $340.38
We also paid for hotel parking for 2 nights. $69.4
We got to Niagara past 9 so by the time we were all settled in and ready for dinner, everything was just about closed. We ended up ordering in some pizza and wings from Dominos. $48.54
We spent about 5 minutes at the falls before deciding to head back! We decided to be cautious and just spend the whole weekend in our hotel room (as planned) rather than risk our newborn outside.
In addition to a complimentary fruit platter sent to our room, we had some cookies and random snacks for breakfast. Plus coffee from Starbucks. $10
For a late lunch/early dinner, we decided to splurge on the hotel’s buffet restaurant. It’s on the highest floor and had views of the Falls. $122.94
Because we were so full from that meal, we never really ate that night except for some Sweet Jesus ice cream we had while watching the fireworks from our hotel window. $15.44
We drove back home after checking out; and had lunch at an event we were headed straight to.
I’m really glad we went on a staycation for my birthday weekend instead of just spending it at home. It was a nice change of pace after spending almost a month just being home. It was nice to spend some quality time with our little family as well, just enjoying our newborn for ourselves. The husband and I binge watched Riverdale on Netflix that entire weekend and it was one of our best weekends ever! Nothing beats quality time with family 🙂
Weekend cost breakdown
Total Spending: $630.48