Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort: Our Family Vacation Tradition #SummerAtTheCastle [Birmingham, AL]

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After spending such a fun and entertaining weekend last year at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, Alabama, we decided to make #SummerAtTheCastle a family tradition.  This luxurious golf resort and spa is a perfect destination for a family-friendly getaway.Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.

Since moving to Mississippi over three years ago, Birmingham, Alabama became one of our favorite places to travel.  We thoroughly enjoy Birmingham’s food scene, especially places like The Heavenly Donut Co. and Edgar’s BakeryRenaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.But, our ultimate favorite thing about Birmingham is Marriott’s Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Last weekend, we spent our second summer enjoying “Summer at the Castle” at Ross Bridge.  When we arrived, we were thrilled to see that our room reservation was a suite with a balcony that overlooked every view the resort has to offer — from the breathtaking woodlands with the beautiful sunrise, to the greens of the golf course, to the colorful resort pool!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.I loved the enthusiasm of our boys for the room and how excited they were to check out every corner!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.They thought the pull-out sofa in the living room was the coolest thing, and couldn’t wait to sleep in it!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.This was the perfect set-up for us so the boys could go to bed earlier while Ben and I retreated to our separate room with our own television.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Although we ventured out a couple of times to experience a few Birmingham food spots, we spent most of our time at the resort pool.  There is so much to do at the resort, especially during their “Summer at the Castle” series, we really didn’t need to leave.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.During “Summer at the Castle” the resort offers kid-friendly activities like cupcake decorating, a water slide, parrot showing and dive-in movies; as well as adult entertainment such as specialty drinks from the lounge and dancing at night.  But, again, as a family we are all about that pool!Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.In fact, for the last entire year, whenever we talk about Birmingham, Judah thinks we are talking about the Ross Bridge pool!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.We arrived the resort on a Friday night.  Ben and the boys immediately changed into their swim clothes and headed down to the pool while I ventured out to the Ross Bridge housing community to check out their Friday night Farmer’s Market.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.The resort is located right in the middle of the residential Ross Bridge community that houses gorgeous European-style homes.  During the summer months, the Ross Bridge community holds a farmer’s market on Friday nights from 3PM until 7PM.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.When we drove by and saw the food trucks there, I knew I had to check it out.  Normally, I would have brought Ben and the kids because there are bounce houses, too.  But, it was super hot and the boys were ready to get to the pool.  So, I walked from the resort to the market and enjoyed taking  a few photos of the event.  I then hurried back to join my family at the pool.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Since summer evenings are lighter later, we were able to enjoy at least an hour of swimming!  There was a wedding hosted at the resort that night, which was fun to watch from a distance!  If I were planning a wedding, I’d definitely consider the Ross Bridge Resort!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.The next morning, Simon woke up ready to go back to the pool.  He climbed up on the sofa to peek out the window overlooking the pool!  But, we first had to run to our favorite Birmingham donut spot, The Heavenly Donut Co.  After that, we hurried back to the resort, changed again into our swimsuits and headed down to the pool for a few hours.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.We ordered sandwiches poolside, then I brought Simon up to the room for a nap while Ben and Judah ate at the pool and swam a bit more.  I would watch them from our balcony while relaxing in the patio furniture.  It was fun to see Judah going up and down the water slide, over and over again!

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.After taking a break from the pool and snatching dinner and shaved iced in Birmingham, we spent one of the most enjoyable evenings at the pool again swimming and watching the dive-in movie, Penguins of Madagascar.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.I loved sitting in the shallow pool while watching the movie with my kiddos.  After a while, the boys wanted to wrap up in towels and watch the movie up close with complimentary bags of popcorn.

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa: Summer at the Castle - Our family summer vacation tradition.Evenings at the pool felt so magical!  But, mornings were equally as fun and relaxing.  Look at the view of night verses day.  Both just beautiful!

After spending such a fun and entertaining weekend last year at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, Alabama, we decided to make #SummerAtTheCastle a family tradition.  This luxurious golf resort and spa is a perfect destination for a family-friendly getaway.We are so ready to go back to Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort!  While going through our photos, Ben and I kept telling each other how much we want to be there again right now.  🙂  We’d love to experience it during another season, like Christmas or an anniversary, too!  I’ll keep you informed if we do!  But, at this time, it is definitely our favorite family tradition spot that’s within driving distance yet feels like a long-distance getaway.

Click here to read more about the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort and the “Summer at the Castle” activities we enjoyed last year.

Thank you to Renaissance Ross Bridge who supplied a room for us to stay over the weekend.  I did not receive payment for this review.  All opinions and content are mine.

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Comments

  1. This looks like such the perfect family getaway!! I’d love to visit with my boys one day – they love the pool so much!

  2. Wow! What a beautiful place! Definitely looks like a great family vacation spot.

  3. So beautiful! I can’t wait to visit this place someday. What a great enticement to a family with kids…who also happen to love a good food scene!

  4. Wow! This place looks amazing! As a mom with kids this looks like a great family vacation spot.

  5. Nikki,
    This place looks absolutely incredible. I would LOVE to get the WHOLE FAMILY there for a getaway!!!

    XO

  6. You did a beautiful job chronicling your special weekend at the Resort!!!!

  7. I was born and raised in B’ham, but your post makes me want to consider vacationing at Ross Bridge. Hmmm…..should I leave the children with grandma or bring them along? I would love to see it at Christmas. My next trip back “home” might include at night or two at the resort. Thanks for sharing your vacation!

  8. Oh, my!! What amazing memories to be made here! Seems like there’s a little something for everyone here.

  9. What a fabulous looking place, I didn’t realise they had suite rooms like that. It looks like you were well taken care of there and had a lot of fun, maybe we’ll get to visit some day!

  10. I’ve always wanted to stay at a castle!! What fun.

  11. Wow! This resort looks absolutely amazing! I have a feeling my entire family would LOVE a stay here. 🙂 I spent 36 foodie packed hours in Birmingham back in March, but I would love to return soon. You are so lucky that you live so close to there!

  12. This looks like a great family-friendly vacation stay!

  13. What a cool place! I wouldn’t expect to find a castle in Alabama, but this looks seriously fab. I love the dive in movies too! Those didn’t really become a thing until after I moved to Europe and I have yet to get to experience a dive in movie.

  14. Great hotel tip! Those movies by the pool sure do look like a lot of fun. 🙂

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