Somehow, the end of 2016 escaped us. Maybe we were just as ready for it to be over as everyone else, but somehow, the last four months of the year flew by faster than we could say, “Is it 2017 yet?!?!”
JK, we said that sentence a LOT. Even so, we can’t hate on 2016 that much — there was a lot of good, too, and we’ve decided that that’s what we want to focus on. So, without further ado, let’s talk about one of our very best trips of last year…
We had a great time with our husbands during our week-long jaunt in Northern Portugal, but sometimes, it’s nice to leave the boys at home and get away for uninterrupted girl time, ie. wine drinking, gossiping, over-eating and plenty of lounging. (Though who are we kidding, our husbands are just as fond of all of these things as we are.)
After long travel days from our respective cities, we grabbed a quick connection together to Mykonos, where, to Carolyn’s delight, we were immediately greeted by two small airport cats. There, our villa owner, Panos, met and led us to our home for the week, and thankfully so, given the windy route up to our villa. It was a long travel day for sure, which we all but forgot when we saw the view from our terrace — especially because we arrived right in time for an absolutely stunning sunset.
We dropped our bags and staked claim on our rooms (this was easy because Panos had very sweetly already set up a crib for MLC in one), before climbing back into our rental car and high-tailing it for a nearby grocer. The streets of Mykonos are a bit intimidating at first, so we didn’t want to be out and about too long after dark. Fortunately, it was pretty straightforward to get to the store, where we stocked our fully-equipped kitchen with plenty of tzatziki, whipped feta, olive oil, bread and most importantly, wine. All the essentials for the perfect girls’ week!
We crashed hard that night, though not before a glass of wine or two to decompress, and woke up the next morning to find a stunning sunrise and a pack of local cats and kittens who came to greet us. Their arrival cemented both Villa Ellis and Mykonos in general as Carolyn’s new favorite place in the entire world.
We chose October to visit Mykonos, both because we knew we’d need an autumn pick-me-up as we lamented the end of the summer and because off-peak travel has worked out well for us in the past (looking at you, Napa). Since October is the very, very end of the season, some businesses had started to close — but, honestly, when you’re traveling with a baby, shoulder season is kind of the dream! A handful of restaurants and hotels stay open through the end of October, and because it was so quiet, we felt like we had them all to ourselves. A full recap of where we ate and drank is in order because the food was SO. GOOD, but we’ll tell you this much: a car is absolutely necessary in order to fully explore.
We (read: Carolyn) drove across most of the island in search of the best restaurants, and along with being an amazing way to see Mykonos, we also got to try places that felt incredibly local. The old town of Mykonos is adorable and about a 15 minute drive from Villa Ellis, but it’s also so worth getting out and exploring the more rustic areas of the island, because this is where the true heart of Mykonos is hiding.
the interior of our villa
photos courtesy of My Greek-Villa
Though we spent a lot of time exploring the island, our villa with a view proved to be an ideal spot for lazy mornings, sunset happy hours, and lounging at night. October in Mykonos is sunny and warm during the day, but the temperatures dropped along with the sun, and the winds kicked up a bit, too. This made for perfect red wine + sunset viewing, which we did each evening from our villa terrace, with extra sweaters and scarves on hand. As the skies darkened, we relocated to the cozy living room to keep the gossipfest going and the wine aflowing (just thought of that rhyme right on the spot, nbd).
another HIDEOUS sunset from our My Greek-Villa terrace
One upside of the villa’s layout is that two of the bedrooms are downstairs (where we and Margot all slept), and the third, featuring twin beds, is up a spiral wooden staircase on the third floor. This makes it perfect for small groups or families, though the spiral stairs and multi-level layout is maybe not the MOST baby-friendly by design. It was more than doable, but feels worth mentioning if you’re also traveling with a tot.
Another important thing to note about traveling in October is that, even though it warmed up during the day, there was just the slightest hint of autumn in the air at all times… and as such, there was unfortunately no time for our private pool. We think this is the perfect excuse for a return trip to Villa Ellis in the summer, yes?
cooould our villa BE any more greek?
We have lots more to share about our girls getaway to Mykonos, including where we ate, drank, and shopped — so stay tuned! Until then, we’ll just be here, pouring over photos of our gorgeous villa and feeling very nostalgic for our chilly island nights on the terrace.
the romantic & the wino
We were guests of My Greek-Villa during our time in Mykonos. All opinions are our own, and it is important to note that much to Carolyn’s disappointment, no cats were packed up and taken to America at the close of this trip.