March Recap

I have to admit that March has been a bit of a blur. Work, home and life are at full pace. I’m teaching, chasing deadlines, planning playdates and clinging to my social life (can’t forget about hubby and friends). I’m tired and currently surviving on coffee, ambition and dreams of warmer climates.

This month, my travel plans fell through. I was a bit down about it at first, but have too much on my plate at the moment to fully relax. So, I stayed at home in NYC.

While at a dinner party, the hostess encouraged me to take a look at the view from her terrace. I snapped photos from every angle that I could. Instagram worthy staycations aren’t so bad.

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February Recap

This month has been jam packed with work, but I still managed to sneak away to one of my favorite places, the Grande Lakes resort. Although I only had a couple of days there, I made the most of warm weather and amazing service.

We had delicious meals, a day at a Disney Park and plenty of time to explore the hotel. My son enjoyed the new decor and play area at the Kids Club (Ritz Carlton). By staying at the JW Marriott, we were closer to the lazy river and had a relaxing final day floating around the pool before heading home.

Now, we plan spring break…

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January Recap

January has been quite busy. I re-entered the classroom, became acquainted with my students and adjusted to the workload.  It feels good to be settled.

Lately, I’ve been planning upcoming travel and preparing notes to speak at the New York Times Travel Show. I was asked by the Family Travel Association to join a panel and I gladly accepted.

This weekend, I nervously entered the stage of the Family Travel Pavilion for the panel discussion.  My husband and son were there to support me and once I started talking about my family’s love of travel–I felt calm.

I can’t wait to share my upcoming travels with you! I’ll be sure to post my latest published work on all social media accounts. Until then, safe travels.

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Final Roadtrip of 2016

It has been a while since my last post, but I couldn’t let 2016 go without a final note. The year was busy and exciting for me with life events (15th anniversary) and a career shift (I’m a teacher–again!). Throughout it all, I continue to write about my love of family travel and I hope you’ve come across my recent articles and posts.

This year, I traveled to some old and new favorite destinations.  In the coming year I look forward to continuing my travels, writing more and sharing it all with you.  Before the new year, I wanted to share one more roadtrip from 2016.

For Christmas, my husband and I decided to give our son the gift of experiences. So, with mild weather, limited French and a longing to escape– we drove to Montréal. Midway, we stopped in Saratoga Springs for lunch then continued on to the Canadian border.  Once cleared, we headed to our hotel in Old Montreal.

Our few days in this beautiful city were fully booked. We took a bus tour, visited the Olympic Park, the Biodome, Planetarium and Science Center. We had many delicious meals and treats in between.  It was so enjoyable to experience French culture just hours away from home. More to come in 2017…

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Back to School, Back to Life

The air is crisp, jackets are out and fall is here. The past few weeks, I’ve been getting my son settled into the new school year and the responsibilities that come with it.  I too had to find my rhythm as I balance life and work. 

With school back in session, we try to make the most of the weekends by enjoying local parks and museums like the American Museum of Natural History. This is a great way to support what my son’s learning at school. It’s also makes for fun family time.

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Weekend Roadtrip: The Hamptons

Our last roadtrip of the summer was to a location a bit closer to home–the Hamptons.  The area is made up of several towns on the South Fork of Long Island.  I’ve lived in New York for 10 years and never visited until this summer.  I attended an event in Southampton in July and wanted to return for a weekend.  Most towns in the Hamptons range from a 2 -3 hour drive from the city and is also accessible by bus and train.

We drove so that we could see the quaint towns, visit friends and go to the beaches.  We stayed in East Hampton, visited Amagansett and later drove to Montauk.  In just a few days, we experienced some of the best food and wine in the area.  We  had lunch at Babette’s, pizza from Sam’s and drank wine from Wolfer Estate (I highly recommend “Summer in a Bottle”).

The five things we wanted to do:

  1. Go to the beach at sunset.

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  1. Get our feet wet.

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  1. Visit Balsam farm stand.

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  1. Check out a cute restaurant.

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  1. Drink rose.

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Our last stop before heading home was to visit a friend and chef at Arbor Restaurant in Montauk.  The beautiful restaurant had ample seating, a neatly landscaped patio and was near the water. We arrived during brunch and had a glass of rose until our friend’s shift ended.  We walked to the beach to chat and catch up before our drive home.  The trip was relaxing and fun.  We enjoyed visiting friends, popping in and out of restaurants and shops.  Although the traffic on the way home was horrific, the time away was well worth the additional hour in the car.