We 🖤 Vlieland

We just returned back from 6 night stay on Vlieland.  Well, it’s been a week, but it took me a few days to write this with the kids out of school, kids sleeping over, the time slipped by – anyway, it is a long post with a brief summery of our time on the island.   

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Rederij Doeksen Ferry 

After our night in Harlingen, on Saturday morning, our kids made it a point to be the FIRST person onboard the 9 am ferry to Vlieland to secure great seat.  To them this means a booth in the rear of the boat with excellent views!    Funny that on the way back, we were nearly the last onboard (two stragglers came after us who nearly missed the boat) but we didn’t care where we sat!

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Our hotel – the Westcord Strandhotel Seeyduyn

After doing some thinking and searching, we decided that it was best for our family to stay in a hotel.  During Sinterklaas weekend, we stayed at Vlierijk, so we wanted something different but didn’t need a house like other families wanted.  Instead, we got a really great deal at the Westcord Strandhotel Seeyduyn on Expedia.nl.  We booked a two-bedroom family suite including a full, amazing hot buffet breakfast for €1,200. I think €200 a night in a beach-side hotel on Vlieland is a very good deal – especially summer time. 

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The hotel has a spa & wellness centre (which we didn’t use),  a small gym, outdoor tennis courts [which need to be resurfaced] indoor pool [with a retractable roof] and the horse stables just next door. 

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OUR ROOM – #556 

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We had room #556 – the last room on the right – so we looked out over the tennis courts and horse stables.  (I am sure you are thinking that same thing I did when I first got our keys but there was NOT a horrible smell of horse poop, thankfully!)   We did have some nice sunrises (peeking through between the clouds and over the bunkers and some mornings you could see the lighthouse beacon of Terschelling .  Sadly, I must point out that not once did we see the sunset!   I had such high hopes growing up and living on the East Coast my ENTIRE life – I never get to see the sunset.  

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The kids had a separate room with two twin beds – which was great – but no window.  In an ideal room, they would have had a window to get some air in that room but I left the door open and it was fine.  We didn’t have a full kitchen with a cooking surface with pots & pans but we knew that going in.  It did, however, have a fridge so I could keep cold milk for my coffee in the morning (and any additional foods I wanted to put in there).  A Nespresso coffee maker (which they supplied coffee but I also brought some from home) and a hot water kettle.   There was free wifi and a tv  – but we didn’t use it at all.   The bathroom had hair dryer, stand up shower cabin, a bathtub and the separate toilet.

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From the balcony you could see glimpses of the sea over the dunes – but we didn’t use the balcony at all only to dry our towels and swimsuits after our time in the indoor pool.

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The hotel offers family apartments (medium or large) both with full kitchens but we chose not to get that on purpose – we didn’t want to cook each day/night.  We wanted to be able to have a big breakfast and be able to do something for our lunch and/or dinner out.   We felt we were on vacation and didn’t want to cook ourselves each night.  Plus we don’t have small kids who need to go home to nap nor dietary restrictions, etc.  

The kids used the pool quite a bit too.  Part of choosing this hotel was the indoor pool – as I said before, we find it a key booking requirement to book hotels with pools.  At 9 & 11, they love pools on our vacations!     They did use the pool at Flidunen too.  Once for the afternoon as we drove by the went in for a couple hours and one night for the disco swim with two cousins. 

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We saw an old photo of the hotel with an open pool in the hallway as you cross over to the other building.  A worker in the bar told us that they put the retractable roof on not that long ago which is great in the Winter and rain, but then it broke and so now it’s stuck in the closed position.  When they inquired to get it repaired apparently the company who made it, went out of business and now they are stuck.  It will €1 million to fix – so it remains stuck.  I’d personally LOVE to see it repaired so you can have the sunlight in there. … or even add a second seasonal pool but I know that is a lot of money for the little warm season you have in such a place so not realistic. 

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The staff were all so friendly and helpful!  I highly recommend this hotel & would definitely stay again.    Oh and one more thing before I forget – when you get off the ferry there are some vans waiting – one is specifically for the Westcord.  Complimentary luggage service is included so no need to lug your suitcase to your hotel – they will bring it for you and same on the return to the boat.   Just go pick up your bikes and your suitcases will be at the baggage area in a bit.   

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From our living room, you could see Nils’ sister’s holiday rental house – it’s a dark brown with orange roof Dutch gambrel style  (looks like a barn) – immediately right of the white triangle house.  It’s called Paddenstoel – lovely home which suited their family’s needs.  

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His other sister, rented Kwikstaart – which is behind it, but you cannot see it from our room.   And with us so close at Westcord it was so easy to get back and forth to see each other.   

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Other family members, who came last minute, stayed at Stortemelk camping, so we spent some time there.  We ate dinner at the Bolder one night and drinks one night.  We only had pizza but others got the Wok dinner and it tasted yummy – HUGE portions.    Look at this pizza  and the amount of toppings!!

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While I personally didn’t find myself longing to stay on the camping – some of the tents were cozy.   But of all tents there, I like the tenthuijs the best, which were sent up for the entire season – so they bring in more sturdy furniture like real beds, have electricty, proper chairs and tables.   I might be talked into stay here for two weeks – but I’d have to bring a portable (pee only) toilet for the middle of the night 🙂 

As you can see in these photos –  some are very shabby chic – I love the Leeuwerik the best, but no matter how you wrap it up and put pretty paint in it,  you are still walking to the toilet in the middle of the night with you paper roll 🙂   But at €400 – €500 a week it’s a bargain!  

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But they do have 6 duinhuisjes available which I could also do. 

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Our hotel had organized kids club where our kids played bingo one evening and Soren won THREE times.  He won one prize, gave one to Maebh and one to the youngest boy playing.   Once they went to cake decorating, one event Maebh did was baking cookies which she brought Bobbi her 4 year old cousin to join.   It was still early in the season so kids in northern parts of the country were still in school so the kids that were there were only from the South.  We met kids from Tilburg and Drunen…. But kids from the South don’t typically go to Vlieland, they head to France so I’ve been told. 

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Netherlands vs USA Women’s World Cup Game

As we had a pub in our hotel, the family came together and watched the match in our hotel.   With 2 America adults, six kids being 1/2 Dutch & 1/2 American and a bunch of full Dutch, we were not sure where the loyalty was going to go but it was clear, we were all rooting for the Netherlands.  Sadly, they were out played but the US deserved to win.   

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Dining Out

Part of the atmosphere I love about Dutch beaches are the beach cafes.  While there are not many on this small island.   You can choose from Badhuys which is next to our hotel and we love it and went there a lot!  But I loved Oost which is fairly new – and our first time was during this trip.   Oh and there is de Dining marina – so not on the beach but the harbor.  I didn’t eat there, but had a drink.   

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The day we went it was starting to drizzle, so we sat indoors.   We played Pesten, my 11 year old & I split oysters and the vis plank – both were very yummy!     

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You do have other choices like the Bolder at the camping, Posthuys, various places in the Dorp.  And two places which have both in & outside seeing near the water and by the ferry terminal are Zeezicht and Gestrand.  Though I have to say that I prefer Gestrand as they have a nicer beachy vibe and I prefer their menu.  

STRANDPAVILJOEN ‘T BADHUYS

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We ate here a few times during our stay.  The oysters, salad, sashimi, fish soup and dim sum all were delicious, but clearly they put way too many black seasame seeds on this salad – I was afraid to smile.   The boys both ordered the schnitzel one day for dinner and it was like Moses’ slipper – terrible idea! 

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Sea Glass & Shell Collecting 

Like the sunshine, the tides were not in my favor for most of the week, but I did get two days when I was able to collect a bit of shells and sea glass for crafts.    Two is better than zero!    

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ONE BEACH DAY

Earlier I used the term “summer time” loosely though as it’s a Wadden Island in early July – the weather didn’t exactly cooperate as we had hoped.  We had one day of really good beach weather – so we rented two beach beds and a windscreen but the other days – let’s just say not the best.   I spent every day wearing jeans and apart from the one day with beach weather providing you were protected by the windscreen, I didn’t touch my shorts.   Nils has had some summers on the island with high 20 degree weather and other summers where it was very cold and wet – so you never know.  As I type this – we are about to begin a heatwave in our area – so next week would be a great time to be at the seaside.

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The kids and I headed to the beach with their newly purchased schepnet and bucket – but the water was freezing and the tides were off so he was not catching anything.  We ended up donating it to the kids club on the day we left with the hopes that some kids will get some use of out it.   The bucket I packed in my suitcase. 

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MINATURE GOLF

Three families spent a morning playing miniature golf at Midgetgolfbaan De Oude Vuurtoren.   It was a lot of fun to see the kids play, loads of different levels of competition between the parents in each group – will say our family had fun – the adults some how “tied” at 51 each.  We didn’t take ourselves too serious!  

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HORSEBACK RIDING

Maebh’s two oldest cousins were booked to take a horse riding lesson/trek on the trails so we booked her in with them next door at Manege de Seeruyter   She was psyched!  It was also great as it was just three of them.  At first I was very nervous as they were on these three huge horses (yes there are bigger ones) but they explained that the bigger horses are the friendlier and more easy-going ones.  Apparently,  the smaller ones are nippy and fresh.   Also these guys do not go down the beach – in fact, they are not allowed on the beach.  The horses that go down the beach are fast and are for experienced riders only – which these kids are not.   So once they set off, the instructor did it in English.  I was certain all three fully understand ever word and nothing was lost in translation. 

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Bicycle Rentals

We ended up renting our bikes at the same place as we did last summer, Fietsverhuur Vlieland Zeeland.  They have a deal online 7 days for the price of 5!  I had been toying with the idea of getting Nils (and maybe me) and e-bike but didn’t.   I honestly did’t think there would be so much wind on the island in the summer – but guess what – there was!  Next time, e-bikes!!   Soren got a mountain bike with 27 gears and Maebh a 3 gear bike with both hand and peddle breaks so both kids were happy!

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BEST PHOTO OF THE TRIP

and the best photo of the trip is one of the photo of the group photo at the end when our family was leaving on the boat.  Our 11 year old, out of the blue, decides to break out into a Fortnite dance in the middle.  It’s so funny and so him!  Of course there are “serious” photos of the group too where he was “normal” but this photo takes the cake!

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One of the grandkids only!

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and that was it – our trip was over.  The rest had one extra night left over but saw us off at the ferry!

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We had a great time but I think I’d enjoy staying longer next time!  I think a two-week trip would be better!   I would even entertain a house – I would still eat out a fair share and cook a bit.   I think of all the houses I saw online, I would prefer Notenkracker or Klaproos based on interior and location. While we won’t go that long in the fall or winter, but I’m already thinking about a return trip for a long-weekend!   Though I would like to visit the other Wadden Islands too.  

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Our Maebh was sad to leave her favorite cousin behind.. she was crying as we sailed away!   She’s looking forward to seeing her again soon!      Then again when we left Vlieland at Sinterklaas she also shed a tear – I think she LOVES Vlieland!   We love the island so much, we are already planning our return trips! 

Vlieland for Sinterklaas Weekend

DUTCH WADDEN ISLANDS

The Dutch Wadden Islands are located in the the north of country in the North Sea. There are 5 inhabited Wadden Islands.  Texel, lies in the province North Holland and the other four are located in the province of Friesland. The Islands are popular tourist destinations, they offer a great place to relax and enjoy a beautiful and unique piece of nature. Each is different and this time we visited Vlieland.

VLIELAND

Historically the most isolated of the islands, and the least visited, Vlieland is a windswept and wild place, but this is part of its charm.

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Our friends were heading to Vlieland for two nights as part of their tradition of visiting one of the Wadden Islands during Sinterklaas weekend and suggested we join them.  We decided that as our kids had an extra day off of school, we decided to go up on Thursday a day and a half earlier than them, so we could have some extra family time exploring the island.  We are coming back in the summer for a week with family, so it was great to be able to visit before hand and in the winter.  While Nils hasn’t been there in 25 years, he has visited the island year after year in his youth (many times multiple time sin one year), it was a first for me and the kids.

GETING TO THE ISLAND

The Rederij Doeksen ferry left from Harlingen at 2:00 pm so we left our house just after 9:30 am to give enough time to drop off something to a friend on the way, account for traffic going through Amsterdam etc.   After a brief stop, it was smooth sailing up – no traffic, thankfully!

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We drove the Afsluitdyke – which was pretty cool – considering it’s history over past 80 years and the upcoming improvements which will be done – all can be read if you click the link.

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We stopped briefly at the visitor centre/cafe/monument so M could use the bathroom and there the three of them could climb the tower  – NO WAY was I going up.    I took a few photos from below and while it’s not that high, I’ve no interest in heights.  And of course, we always get one of those souvenir flattened 5 p coins.

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We arrived at the ferry terminal with plenty of time to spare and printed out our tickets at the machine, so that was great.   Not sure if it was required, but we did it anyway.  Later we saw that you can scan your barcode from your phone, but it is faster with the tickets for sure going through the turnstile.

As for parking, we parked in the underground lot though you have options to park a bit further away and can save a bit more – but the difference between €35. and €48 for the three days Nils was not great enough of a savings for the walk to the parking lot with the bags and kids in the rain.   In the summer, I suspect the rates go up and for the week, we’ll park in the nearby lots.  Inside the ferry terminal there is a restaurant/bar along with a small shop which you can pick up items to bring on the boat like drinks, snacks, a book/magazine, etc.  though onboard you can buy things too.   Our friends told us about a snack bar nearby the terminal in Harlingen which had great quality food, but I didn’t get the name of it but they always stop there before going onboard.   Next time maybe.

Once onboard the boat, we immediately went to the family area but it was ONLY our family so the kids didn’t have to be too quiet (not like they are loud at 8 & 10) but I don’t want to have to keep saying sssshhhh to them if they are talking or laughing – just being kids, etc.  There was a cafe onboard, but we didn’t get anything except two portion fries onboard and ate them as I wanted a bit of a distraction from the motion and sitting by the window helped.  The sailing was actually quiet smooth – but to be safe, both M and I took motion sickness pills.   We went up on the deck on the way in and saw some baby seals and got blow away.

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On the way back I forgot to take them but we were both okay despite some big waves but thankfully none of us were sick.    I didn’t out outside at all! We had all three tabes at the front with the huge window – perfect seats for us!

 

 

VLIERIJK HOTEL – OUR ACCOMMODATION

As for our accommodations:  We stayed where our friends suggested in a two-bedroom apartment (ours was #409) at the Vlierijck hotel.

Here are some photos from our apartment #409 and the hotel:

 

The pool while small, was great for individual families to use and our kids swam each day.  If you want a bigger pool, you can visit the Sportcentrum Flidunen pool the camping.  But this was fine for our needs at the time.

Here is my review for Tripadvisor.

We just returned home from a 3 night break and it was great. The staff was friendly the hotel was a in a great location (5 minutes walk from the ferry so easy to rent bikes and pick up groceries in the morning for breakfast for evening for dinner.) We rented bikes and explored the island and ate out in the evenings and had breakfast in our room in the fully-equipped kitchen. They have small nespresso machine in the kitchen so you can bring suitable pods from home or buy them at the service desk or local Spar or Coop. Our apartment (#409) was recently updated so it was modern, clean and well-equipped. Two toilets, two showers, two bedrooms, large living room, kitchen with dining area, tv, outdoor seating area, lovely view of light house, etc. Our friends stayed in #304 and it was equally as great. You can’t go wrong with either of those two rooms!! Our kids swam in the pool every day . While it was small it was great for them and kept them entertained when we just wanted to relax a bit at the hotel. There is a small kids room with ping pong, a play area for smaller kids and a chalk board. A work out room for those interested with some equipment overlooking the pool. The hotel has a laundry area. We didn’t use it but it is very convenient in the event you were staying longer and your clothes are in need of a wash or a dry the option is there. We didn’t use the restaurant as they only had a 5 course meal but the reviews we read looked great and would give it a try if we were without the kids. We have already booked accommodations for this summer when we return, but for our next trip after that, we will surely be back and will stay here again.

We paid €355 for our 3-night stay on Booking.com which was the least expensive option I could find at the time and allowed us to book online and pay at the hotel later.  Be sure to check with the hotel directly as they offer deals too – but Booking.com often has the best deals to me. 

With Nils as our tour guide, as he spent over 15 years visiting the island multiple times per year, the first day we walked around the village a bit which was tiny but quaint.  He showed us the stores and cafes he visited as a kid – many still there.  Some changes but you could tell it was very nostalgic for him.We climbed up to the top of the Vuurtoren (lighthouse) hill which had a really nice view over the island.  Only ‘issue’ was that it was under maintenance so it was covered with scaffolding and closed.   Even though I’m not a fan of heights, because you can go inside,  so I do hope to do this on our return to the island.  The Belgian Military was supposed to be dropping live bombs on the deserted area of West Vlieland on Friday, we were hoping to see some but I suspect the weather cancelled their plans.

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This photo is on the wall at the hotel, so you can see what it is like with out the construction.  With some luck, it will be finished when we return in July.

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The next day we rented bikes from Zeeland Fietshuur and rode our bikes around the island – with our tour guide N showing us the pool, mini golf, tennis courts, football field. We rode first to the camping area – lovely but nothing for us.  Then we drove by the houses where his sisters and their families will stay this summer – one was very nice.  And just around the bend and up the hill is our hotel (or a walk down the beach).  Super close – and easy to visit daily at our or theirs, etc

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I found this flyer for activities for the kids – which our kids want to go every day! 🙂  Not sure if we will do it every day but they will certainly go a few days (if the weather is good and the kids want to do it).

There are so many things we didn’t do (nor did we want to do this time around) but we will do this summer.

The activity center is located on same beach, where we will stay this summer at the Seeduyn WestCord Hotel.  It looks great – ON the beach and has a pool.  It has a tiny two lane bowling alley – I doubt we’ll use it, but might be something fun with the family.  We saw is only a short bike ride from the town and a quick bike or walk to where two of N’s sisters and their families are staying.  Plus the Badhuys Strandpaviljoen – my favorite place to eat on the island – check out their menu.   We opted for a large family room which has a fridge and coffee maker, tea kettle but no kitchen.  It does, however, include breakfast.  As we are there for 6 nights – we don’t want to cook each night and as our kids will be 9 & 11 they do not nap so we don’t need the quietness of a home in the dunes.   In fact, now that we saw how you’d have buy groceries each day at the shop and bring them to your house each day via bike, we totally agree this hotel is the way to go for us.   We stayed near the grocery store and had a fully-equipped kitchen for 3 nights and we didn’t cook.  I did get cornflakes, milk, coffee, and bananas so the kids could eat and we could have coffee each morning, but I am just not interested in preparing meals each night on my short vacation.

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On Saturday our friends rented bikes and we set out on a day trip to explore the island.  The plan was that we’d ride out bikes INTO THE WIND for the 8 KM to the Posthuys where we’d have a drink and then cycle along the dunes and go from there.  Well we set off into the wind and it got harder and harder.  It was quite comical actually.  S, the mom and two boys were so a far ahead.  M was being pushed along by our friend who is a fitness buff and avid cyclist so was okay with this and N was in agony with his knee in the back.  Every now and then had to stop get off his bike, walk it, stretch and do his best from crying.   HE MUST RENT AN E-BIKE when we return this summer.  No question about it.   I myself was struggling a bit but managed.  We finally arrived at the Posthuys only to find out it was CLOSED!  Their website said it was open but nonetheless it was not.  So we got back on our bikes, drove into the wind (see the kids with their eyes shut with sand whipping in their faces) for a short distance then let the wind blow us from behind over and through the dunes.

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We arrived at the Badhuys, had a lovely lunch, loads of laughs and before we set off had a walk on the windy beach. I put my bike key in my pocket when we went outside, but it must have fell out when I took out my gloves/phone as it was not there when I went to get on my bike.  Had to leave my bike behind and tell the bike rental place that I lost the key on the beach and they had to go pick it up later.  Oh and as expected, we had to pay a €7.50 fee but at least I didn’t lose the bike.    In the video, you’ll see how windy it was – no way was I finding the key 🙂

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Even though it was chilly and windy, it was very peaceful.   So much of Vlieland was like a mix of Cape Cod – Welfleet, Truo and Provincetown, as well as, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard – so beautiful!   We had a terrific time and we are all so looking forward to returning this Summer!   In fact, when we were on the ferry, M was crying she didn’t want to leave Vlieland.Before we left the island, I bought myself some Cranberry Thee, come Cranberry Jam and some Zeekral zalt.

YBrAcUgeTPS%OJU2kZxKgw.jpgBefore we left, I spend a few minutes down by the town where there is a tiny pebble beach with some seaglass.  Most of it needs more time to “cook” but I did get a few pieces.

Can’t wait to see the sunset into the ocean! Growing up and always living by the ocean on the East Coast of US, UK and Ireland, we never get to witness sunsetting in the water.

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Once onboard the boat, we immediately went to the family area but it was ONLY our family so the kids didn’t have to be too quiet (not like they are loud at 8 & 10) but I don’t want to have to keep saying sssshhhh to them if they are talking or laughing – just being kids, etc.  There was a cafe onboard, but we didn’t get anything except two portion fries onboard and ate them as I wanted a bit of a distraction from the motion and sitting by the window helped.  The sailing was actually quiet smooth – but to be safe, both M and I took motion sickness pills.   We went up on the deck on the way in and saw some baby seals and got blow away.

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On the way back I forgot to take them but we were both okay despite some big waves but thankfully none of us were sick.    I didn’t out outside at all! We had all three tabes at the front with the huge window – perfect seats for us!

 

As for our accommodations:  We stayed where our friends suggested in a two-bedroom apartment (ours was #409) at the Vlierijck hotel.  Here is my review for Tripadvisor.

We just returned home from a 3 night break and it was great. The staff was friendly the hotel was a in a great location (5 minutes walk from the ferry so easy to rent bikes and pick up groceries in the morning for breakfast for evening for dinner.) We rented bikes and explored the island and ate out in the evenings and had breakfast in our room in the fully-equipped kitchen. They have small nespresso machine in the kitchen so you can bring suitable pods from home or buy them at the service desk or local Spar or Coop. Our apartment (#409) was recently updated so it was modern, clean and well-equipped. Two toilets, two showers, two bedrooms, large living room, kitchen with dining area, tv, outdoor seating area, lovely view of light house, etc. Our friends stayed in #304 and it was equally as great. You can’t go wrong with either of those two rooms!! Our kids swam in the pool every day . While it was small it was great for them and kept them entertained when we just wanted to relax a bit at the hotel. There is a small kids room with ping pong, a play area for smaller kids and a chalk board. A work out room for those interested with some equipment overlooking the pool. The hotel has a laundry area. We didn’t use it but it is very convenient in the event you were staying longer and your clothes are in need of a wash or a dry the option is there. We didn’t use the restaurant as they only had a 5 course meal but the reviews we read looked great and would give it a try if we were without the kids. We have already booked accommodations for this summer when we return, but for our next trip after that, we will surely be back and will stay here again.

We booked on booking.com but next time, I will check the hotel directly as they offer a 10% discount on their site – it might come out cheaper – will definitely check!

Here are some photos from our apartment (409) and the hotel:

 

 

The pool while small, was great for individual families to use and our kids swam each day.  If you want a bigger pool, you can visit the community center pool near the camping.

 

With N as our tour guide, the first day we walked around the village a bit which was tiny but quaint.  He showed us the stores and cafes he visited as a kid – many still there.  Some changes but you could tell it was very nostalgic for him.We climbed up to the top of the Vuurtoren (lighthouse) hill which had a really nice view over the island.  Only ‘issue’ was that it was under maintenance so it was covered with scaffolding and closed.   Even though I’m not a fan of heights, because you can go inside, I’m going to do this on our return trip.  The Belgian Military was supposed to be dropping live bombs on the deserted area of West Vlieland on Friday, we were hoping to see some but I suspect the weather cancelled their plans.

 

This photo is on the wall at the hotel, so you an see what it is like with out the construction.  With some luck, it will be finished when we return in July.fullsizeoutput_16d0.jpegThe next day we rented bikes from Zeeland Fietshuur and rode our bikes around the island – with our tour guide N showing us the pool, mini golf, tennis courts, football field. We rode first to the camping area – lovely but nothing for us.  Then we drove by the houses where his sisters and their families will stay this summer – very nice.   And just around the bend and up the hill is our hotel (or a walk down the beach).  Super close – and easy to visit daily at our or theirs, etc

 

 

 

I found this flyer for activities for the kids – which our kids want to go every day! 🙂  Not sure if we will do it every day but they will certainly go a few days.

 

There are so many things we didn’t do (nor did we want to do this time around) but we will do this summer.

The activity center is located on same beach, where we will stay this summer at the Seeduyn WestCord Hotel.  It looks great – ON the beach and has a pool.  It has a tiny two lane bowling alley – I doubt we’ll use it, but might be something fun with the family.  We saw is only a short bike ride from the town and a quick bike or walk to where two of N’s sisters and their families are staying.  Plus the Badhuys Strandpaviljoen – my favorite place on the island is there.   We opted for a large family room which has a fridge and coffee maker, tea kettle but no kitchen.  It does, however, include breakfast.  As we are there for 6 nights – we don’t want to cook each night and as our kids will be 9 & 11 they do not nap so we don’t need the quietness of a home in the dunes.   In fact, now that we saw how you’d have buy groceries each day at the shop and bring them to your house each day via bike, we totally agree this hotel is the way to go for us.   We stayed near the grocery store and had a fully-equipped kitchen for 3 nights and we didn’t cook.  I did get cornflakes, milk, coffee, and bananas so the kids could eat and we could have coffee each morning, but I am just not interested in preparing meals each night on my short vacation.

 

zVg8WA%eR3yH4Umol9pz4QOn Satuday our friends rented bikes and we set out on a day trip to explore the island.  The plan was that we’d ride out bikes INTO THE WIND for the 8 KM to the Posthuys where we’d have a drink and then cycle along the dunes and go from there.  Well we set off into the wind and it got harder and harder.  It was quite comical actually.  S, the mom and two boys were so a far ahead.  M was being pushed along by our friend who is a fitness buff and avid cyclist so was okay with this and N was in agony with his knee in the back.  Every now and then had to stop get off his bike, walk it, stretch and do his best from crying.   HE MUST RENT AN E-BIKE when we return this summer.  No question about it.   I myself was struggling a bit but managed.  We finally arrived at the Posthuys only to find out it was CLOSED!  Their website said it was open but nonetheless it was not.  So we got back on our bikes, drove into the wind (see the kids with their eyes shut with sand whipping in their faces) for a short distance then let the wind blow us from behind over and through the dunes.

 

 

 

 

We arrived at the Badhuys, had a lovely lunch, loads of laughs and before we set off had a walk on the windy beach. I put my bike key in my pocket when we went outside, but it must have fell out when I took out my gloves/phone as it was not there when I went to get on my bike.  Had to leave my bike behind and tell the bike rental place that I lost the key on the beach and they had to go pick it up later.  Oh and as expected, we had to pay a €7.50 fee but at least I didn’t loose the bike.    Here you’ll see how windy it was – no way was I finding the key 🙂

 

 

Even though it was chilly and windy, it was very peaceful.   So much of Vlieland was like a mix of Cape Cod – Welfleet, Truo and Provincetown, as well as, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard – so beautiful!   We had a terrific time and we are all so looking forward to returning this Summer!   In fact, when we were on the ferry, M was crying she didn’t want to leave Vlieland.Before we left the island, I bought myself some Cranberry Thee, come Cranberry Jam and some Zeekral zalt.

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Before we left, I spend a few minutes down by the town where there is a tiny pebble beach with some seaglass.   Most of it needs more time to “cook” but I did get a few pieces. Can’t wait to see the sunset into the ocean!  Growing up and always living by the ocean on the East Coast of US, UK and Ireland, we never get to witness sunsetting in the water.

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I am SOOO looking forward to returning for a week in the summer – I hope we have great weather!!

UDPATE:  See our post from the Summer – WE 🖤 VLIELAND!!