The New York Hall of Science is somewhere you would think I would have taken my kids to by now. It’s come highly recommended by friends over the years, a museum great for rainy days, a place full of exploration for little minds. But living in the New York area there is always a wide range of indoor activities to choose from, a list constantly growing. So when bad weather struck the city this past weekend, we finally decided to make a trip – and how glad we are that we did. My girls were reeling when it was time to go. Read More
Portland, Maine is one of the East Coast’s most visited seaports, and the largest city in the state of Maine. Aside from its beautiful setting on Casco Bay, it has a vibrant small city culture feel, full of good restaurants, museums, galleries, and shopping. With cobblestone streets, red brick warehouse buildings, Victorian houses, and a bustling waterfront, this city by the sea is a popular New England summer destination. There are parks and green space along the water, biking and walking trails, and fishermen out and about, making it a place where nature truly meets city culture. Whether you’re into the outdoors, the arts or excellent food, Portland has something for everyone. Read More
I’m thrilled to have on the blog today one of my favorite travel writers, Clare Thomson. Her wonderful blog Suitcases and Sandcastles is all about how to enjoy slow travel and culture with (and without) the kids, whether it be on a remote Greek island or in her home country in the U.K. Clare’s philosophy on travel is to take it slow and appreciate what you’re seeing and experiencing, rather than racing around trying to tick every site off the list. I couldn’t agree more. Clare’s writing is inspiring and captivating and makes you feel like you’re right there with her. She’s been published in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and her blog is a Vuelio Top 10 U.K. Family Travel blog. Read More
If you haven’t visited Brooklyn Bridge Park, or plan to visit New York City sometime soon (or ever), you must find your way over to this magnificent waterfront park, located, naturally, near the Brooklyn Bridge. Covering 85 acres of land along the Brooklyn side of the East River, the 1.3 mile long park takes you from just north of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in DUMBO, to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. Filled with green lawns, rolling hills, sports fields, gardens, secret pathways, hidden vistas, playgrounds, a beach, a marina, even a pop-up pool in the summer months, and home to the now iconic Jane’s Carousel, there is more to explore in this park than you could ever imagine. And the best part is – it has the most spectacular views of lower Manhattan. As my brother, who lives in Manhattan, once said upon his first visit, “It feels like you’re on vacation when you’re here.” Read More
This post ran last year and runs on a seasonal basis.
Likely the most innovative Halloween event you will come across, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY is simply awe-inspiring. With over 7,000 pumpkins hand-carved and illuminated, the sheer artistry behind this spectacular show is what always gets me. Located in Westchester County in the Hudson Valley, about an hour and ten minutes north of New York City, this elaborate maze of pumpkins is almost other-worldly, like something out of a sci-fi movie. Read More
Bar Harbor, Maine is one of those places where if you want a family vacation full of adventure, relaxation, the ocean and the mountains, town life and good food, this is your place. Located on Mount Desert Island on the northern coast of Maine, and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is unique in its beauty – with its sea meets mountain landscape – and abundant in its outdoor activity. If you are a lover of nature, the scenery is exquisite; think rugged coastline, harbor sunsets and forested hills. It is the perfect spot to bring the kids for all that it offers – from water activities to shoreline walks to dining in town, and to, of course, its access to Acadia National Park (there is so much to do in Acadia I have written a separate post on it here). Bar Harbor is now up there with one of our top favorite vacations, and below are my top things to see and do with kids. Read More
Note: This article was posted last year and has been updated for Fall 2016, including new events and programs.
Fall has arrived, and so have all the many fall festivals and events. For a lot of people, this is their favorite time of year. What with the cooler temps, changing of leaves and all the amazing foods that abound from fall harvest, plus Halloween awaiting, it’s no wonder people love this season. What’s not to love! Below is a chronological list of the many October goings-on (including apple picking and on-going events at the bottom) in our part of lower Westchester County, NY, as well as a few beyond. Happy Fall! Read More
This summer in honor of the National Park Centennial, we visited Acadia National Park in Maine. Known as the place where sea meets mountain, that perfect chemistry of land and water, it is as captivating as the guide books say, as the photos suggest. With the rugged coastline of Maine, Cadillac Mountain (the tallest mountain on the East Coast), lakes, beaches, ponds, trails and carriage roads, it is a remarkably beautiful and adventurous park to explore. Covering 47,000 acres mostly on Mt. Desert Island, you can hike, bike, kayak or simply take in the scenery on a coastline walk or beach picnic. We spent 5 fabulous days in Acadia, and could have spent more. There are a number of activities you can do with the kids, and it is known as one of the most family-friendly national parks in the country. Below is my guide to all things Acadia with kids. Read More
I know what you’re thinking. What exactly is a GPS-guided travel article? Thanks to the creators behind GPSMyCity, a travel publishing site, they have come up with the genius idea of turning travel articles into guided walking apps, by having the GPS coordinates of the author’s destinations and sites embedded into the articles. It is a new technology that is changing the way we travel. And I’m pleased to say that I am teaming up with GPSMyCity to have some of my posts converted into Apple ITunes and Google apps! Read More
We recently spent the last week of August in Maine. It was a last minute trip – we were debating between a few other places – and I’m so happy we chose this beautiful state to visit. I hadn’t been since I was a kid. We were headed up to Acadia National Park, and made a couple of stops along the way. One of them was in Boothbay Harbor for lunch. For years I’ve heard about Boothbay and seen pictures of this idyllic little town on the coast of Maine, and have always wanted to visit. So when we were deciding where to stop to eat on our road trip, I said let’s head there. Even just for lunch, I was dying to see this picture perfect town. Yes, it’s touristy and yes the streets are dotted with souvenir shops, but what charming seaside town isn’t. Read More