With summer about to wrap up, we loaded up the family in Chevrolet Transverse and headed for Upstate, NY for a quick summer road trip to the Catskills. I am usually a planner but decided to throw caution to the wind and see where the road leads us. With nothing planned, no overthinking, just an opportunity to slow down and allow things to fall into place. In the end, it was a mindful and relaxing trip for the whole family.
Are you looking to plan a summer vacation for your whole family? Here is a quick summer family road trip to the Catskills.
Our Summer Road Trip to The Catskills
If you’ve been following my Instagram, then you know that my family drove up to Catskills a few days ago. We’ve had quite a busy summer, so adding this road trip to our summer to-do list was unexpected. We’ve been back home awhile now, and I can say without a doubt that we loved every minute of this road trip. I think it’s partly because the whole family was excited to get away from the suburbs of New Jersey and enjoy the serene life of the mountains. From the minute I told my children that we were heading out to the Catskill they were excited and even happier when they saw that would be test driving a new vehicle, Chevrolet Traverse.
Here is the back story, the SUV we have now has been giving us some issues so driving long distance with it would have been a challenge and a gamble on whether we can make the drive. So when Chevrolet reached out, I said yes because this test drive would allow us to see if the Chevy Traverse would be a fit for our family of four.
As a family of four, we want a vehicle that considers safety a priority, that can fit us comfortably but also has room for friends and family if we choose to bring along some extras plus enough room for our luggage. The Chevrolet Traverse offered enough room for our whole family with extra legroom to spread out. It has a third-row seat so it can fit up to seven passengers with adequate storage space in the back.
When I was younger, I recall my road trip with my family. Now that I have my children, I would like them to look back at their summer with fond memories. The Catskill is a short two hours drive north of New Jersey. It was raining the day we left, so the girls were in the back watching videos on their tablets while I was working on my laptop, thanks to the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Having access to Wi-Fi made the trip less daunting at least for the passengers.
Before we knew it, we arrived at Think Big Tiny House Resort. Staying in a tiny house was a first for my family. We’ve seen the show on TV and read articles about the minimalist lifestyle but never thought we would get to experience it. After offloading the car, we changed into our bathing suit and headed for the pool. We were looking forward to unplugging, taking the next few days easy while enjoying each others company.
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While we could have stayed within the confide of the resort the whole trip, we wanted to explore the surrounding areas. So the following day, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out for a drive.
Our scenic drive landed us at the Saugerties Lighthouse, after that, we headed to a nearby waterpark so the kids can have some fun. After an action-packed day at the waterpark, our trip ended with threats of thunderstorms. The weather forced us to enjoy a quiet dinner in our room, followed by s’ mores by the firepit, we ended the night with a family game night.
Buckle to Drive
We have a teenage daughter now, so we pay close attention to the built-in safety features in vehicles and Chevrolet’s Buckle to Drive function has us intrigued. This feature comes standard in all new 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. When the car is in Teen Driver Mode and if you attempt to drive, it will alert/display a “Buckle seat belt to shift” message. It’s a friendly reminder to encourage my daughter and her passenger to buckle up.
Also available in Teen Driver Mode is the ability for me as a parent to set maximum speed limit, and if my daughter ever goes above the speed limit, I can access the report. With teenagers, the mere thought that we could potentially see a “report card” on how they are as a driver – chances are they will be on their best behavior, and that means – seat belt on as soon they get in the car and follow all safety rules.
The next morning, we hung out at the pool and ended the day with a small hike up the creek where this beautiful waterfall greeted us.
It was the first time my girls had been this close to a waterfall; they loved every minute of it. Our trip up to the Catskill was filled with lots of memories and a ton of family first. Overall, we had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go back.
In the end, the Chevrolet Traverse was the ideal vehicle for our family’s road trip. We were able to make the drive up to Catskills and back with a full tank of gas, that’s pretty impressive. The vehicle was spacious, comfortable, and had all the bells and whistle we look for when it comes to on the road safety, in-car technology, and fuel efficiency. We were sad to part ways with the Chevy Traverse, but hey maybe our paths will cross again soon.