The most quant and lively winter town in the US, Lake Placid charmed our frozen hearts. It's hard to get excited about going on vacation somewhere cold...in the midst of winter...in NY...But Lake Placid delivered a fun filled weekend for our crew. Tobogan rides, ice skating, walks on Mirror Lake, skiing Whiteface Moutain, checking out the Olympic Complex: a weeklong stay probably wouldn't have given us ample time to really enjoy all Lake Placid has to offer. Hoping to head back again in the future!
Took the kids for a weekend blur and checked out NYC during the holiday hustle. Pretty hard to beat the lights, the festivities, the cheer in New York City. We only stayed one night, and live only an hour away. BUT. It felt like we took a mega fun trip without a huge commitment. Definitely try escaping somewhere local and fun to make an ordinary weekend feel like a special one.
Watched - The Rockettes
Ate - Ipuudo
Ahhhhh, Brooklyn. Your food, your brownstones, your vibe. Didn't take much for us to enjoy this family and kid friendly area of New York.
We stayed: Airbnb
We went and recommend:
-Luna Park at Coney Island (ride the Cyclone, duh)
-Smorbasburg for all your quirky and delicious food needs
-Jane's Carousel So idyllic
-Prospect Park Zoo Juuuuust enough zoo to satisfy the animal crush. Perfect half-day outing.
-Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 6 The splash pad. THE SPLASH PAD.
Gosh dang, Maine. Every time we visit you....we end up scouring Zillow for real estate. Your charm, your slow pace, your beaches, your PLACES TO EAT. Sigh.
Our Airbnb was attached to a quaint antique boutique, with Sherry as our host. Her kitty Muffin was a highlight for our kids, as was....well, the view from our dining table.
Our lobstering adventure was Quinn's favorite! Going to the beach to throw rocks was Arlo's. Lue? She was too busy giving us the cheesiest of whole faced smiles. :)
Thanks for the memories, Camden! We'll definitely be back.
Stayed: Home by the Sea
July 4th week!!
Booked ourselves a stay at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park. Originally we thought maybe to buy day passes for ourselves. But by the time you add everything up ($25 for ages 2+, plus $5 parking fee) we decided staying at a cabin was worth it. This was an all out glamping experience. Our cabin was way nicer than many a hotels we've graced.
Waterpark was awesome. Kids loved it. There are also two swimming pools, one for everyone at the park and the other for those staying overnight. While the water area is where we spent 99.9% of our time, there's gobs and gobs of other things to do at Jellystone. Mini golf, treasure mining, big blob thing to jump on, laser tag, crafting... the list goes on.
Cornwall, NY you are so so quaint. Your pond side festivities and afternoon parade are straight out of a Norman Rockwell dream. We love it and we love you.
Ever wish to experience fireworks up close and personal? As if you are in an IMAX theater of fireworks? West Point is your place to go. Our daughter Quinn kept asking why people didn't want to back up. ;) The West Point Band's concert is great, the ambience is quintessential. If you're looking for something for your family to do each year for Independence Day, I highly recommend West Point's annual event to be one of them. Pack a picnic, claim a seat (EARLY!), and just have a good ol' time with 'Merica by your side.
We love camping. The crispy air, the fireflies, lounging in the hammock, taking a dip in the stream. Speaking of... we always, always secure a site that is right on some sort of waterfront. Because water + kids = heaven for everyone. Combined with close friends of ours, we had a camptastic little trip.
Roscoe Campsite Park is a private campground up in the Catskill Mountains we tried out for the first time this year. They've got tubes to rent, awesome facilities, a nice little general store. Just enough to provide what you need, without things getting too glampy feeling.
While the booking process was a bit challenging (they don't do online reservations, which meant a long chain of phone tag), we'd happily go back again!
And whoa. We made our foil dinners in PIE PLATES this year. So obvious, but it's a game changer. Highly recommended.
Stayed: Roscoe Campsite Park
Came home with stains on our shirts and bellies full of sweet berries. $2.75 a pound for red little candies!
Tip: Go early in the season when the berries are prolific and weather cool. Or else I think we would have had some grumpy little people. ;)
Stayed in a perfect little Airbnb for our trip to Quebec City and couldn't have been happier. I mean, washer and drier IN UNIT, with three kids. I rest my case. Went strollerless for this trip to free up trunk space and we were a bit worried with how our 3 year old would do. But. He rocked it. There's a bit of a steep jaunt getting up to the main area of Old Quebed, but nothing crazy.
The location was perfect, the food delicious.
Stayed: Le Quai Saint-André - 1174