Category Archives: Family Adventures
It’s hard when traveling to keep track of all the places you enjoyed long enough to come home and then write about them.
When we took our road trip this summer, I tried really hard to make sure that I covered a lot of the places that made us smile and that I would love to mention to you, but alas…it’s taken me a bit to get around to them all.
In addition to the places I have already written about, here are some other spots, especially some really great lodging spots that we reserved before our trip, have never stayed at before, and walked away feeling like we would definitely want to return.
The holiday season is in full effect and the streets of New York are as crowded as ever. Personally, I can’t get enough of the energy of the city now – with its festive, happy vibe – though it’s important to note that I make sure to clear my head and place myself in total zen mode before hitting the streets to take it all in.
But, taking it all in can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t exactly know where to start. This is when taking a list can be extremely helpful in not only getting you to the best spots to see in the city, but also to highlight some other things you might have not noticed or known about.
I took a couple of days of playing tourist in the city to check some fun tours and happenings in town.
It’s been over a year now since my site name changed from NYCity Mama to Girl Gone Travel. Yup, I’ve expanded my horizons and had adventures beyond the boundaries of my hometown.
But, every once in a while, I go back to the basics of why I started writing and sharing NYC with my kids remains the one thing that continues to bring me immense joy.
No matter what I do throughout the year, I always make time to be home for the holidays and that’s because this time of the New York City is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s cold, and yes, it’s crowded, but man oh man, is it festive, fun and awesome.
Recently I was invited to check out the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. So confident were their representatives of the fuel efficiency of the vehicle that they encouraged me to travel to any notable Fall foliage destination in the East Coast where I could both enjoy the benefits of the ride as well as the views. And so we did, on a trip to Lake Placid.
Lake Placid, in the Adirondacks, is one of those places in New York state that always show us something new every time we have been there. Visitors tend to flock to the area during the winter for skiing, but there’s always something to do, even in those in between seasons like Fall.
Here at home we are knee deep into fall celebrations and preparations. Birthdays, Halloween, and yes, even Thanksgiving. It’s nice to be home, planning for the afternoons of apple pie baking and evenings cuddled next to the fire place or by the fire pit outside telling stories.
A great part of the stories we share however, will be about the incredible adventures we had this summer, from the visits to the beach to the cruise along the Mediterranean, it has been needless to say a traveling family’s dream summer. On the top of the list is our summer road trip, much of which I have already covered in various posts but wanted to share in one more way with you.
I put together a 3 and some minute compilation of our journey and like all my posts, I am hoping this one will inspire you to take on your own adventure next summer too.
On the last weekend of autumn my family and I ventured to one of our favorite weekend getaway destinations, the Catskill Mountains. We had a bumpy start getting there with our car breaking down an hour into our trip, but my family are such great sports about things that for the most part we made it through the unexpected hurdle still smiling.
The next day however, we arrived to the Emerson Resort and Spa, what has become our home away from home. All week before our trip all I could do was daydream about the soft, plush beds of our favorite suite in the lodge, the sounds of the running creek in behind our bedroom window, and the views of the mountains in the background. It’s just all so very dreamy.
This past summer I took my teen on a travel experience of a lifetime. He and I ventured on a Mediterranean adventure with Carnival Cruise Lines as guest of the Carnival Sunshine.
We flew out to Barcelona (you can read about our visit in Riding High In Barcelona) and made stops in Marseille, where we took a tour to the sleepy beach town of Bandol and the prettiest town in France, Castellet.
Driving out to the beautiful Catskills with images of apple picking and fall colors filling our heads. The kids are excited. I worked a whole week to get them there in preparation for the trip. My week at work has been tough, and for my husband as well. We wanted this.
Forty minutes into our trip, our car breaks down. Again. Last time that happened we were on our way to the airport for a long weekend at Myrtle Beach.
Feel the chill in the air? I know you’re thinking autumn, but here in my house, my husband and teen are very seriously planning out their ski season. Yup, it’s Back to Ski time and they can’t wait. To be honest, they started planning in the summer mapping out local mountains in the Hudson Valley that we can all escape to between bigger resort visits.
I have tried skiing several times, enough to know that I prefer the snow in Colorado over the icey snow in the East Coast. Enough to know that I will always want an instructor with me who’s a good talker and can distract me from the fact that I am about to launch my body off a mountain.
We are counting down the days till the end of summer. Soon, the kids will start school and we will be planning holiday dinners and longing for cuddle time under the wool blankets on the couch far away from the cold.
But until then, we are taking in as much beach and sun as we can, on this our last days of summer. With this purpose in mind we headed to spend a part of the weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was our first time in that area and we weren’t sure what to expect. Some people said it was too crowded and noisy. Other people wondered if it might be too much like the party scene like the one portrayed in the unfortunate stereotype that is Jersey Shore (the MTV show). I was looking forward to see it for myself, and to take part in my role as judge in the annual Beach Boogie and BBQ Festival.