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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.
I have been sharing all the fun we had during our 2013 summer road trip adventure and of course, in the process, how much we enjoyed our Yukon Denali with OnStar features (check out Our Road Trip Experience with GMC and OnStar). We just love road trips, and this one was no different. We find them so rewarding and exciting.
Now, I want to share some of that excitement through a Twitter chat with OnStar, who along with co-hosts Jen Miner of The Vacation Gals and Mara Gorman of Mother of All Trips, will be discussing road trip adventures, tips, info, and more.
The first stop on our summer road trip adventure was Seattle, WA. We only had two days and we meant to make the most of our time in this fun city.
We set ourselves up at the Residence Inn by Marriott Lake Union, quite possibly one of the largest Residence Inn I’ve ever stayed in. It was also convenient, located across the street from the marina of Lake Union; a great spot to grab a drink, dinner, and watch the sunset. If you can score one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the lake, do it. Right down the street was a stop for the Seattle street car, an inexpensive and quick way to commute to most attractions.
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We are finally here! Road trip time!
My family and I are so excited about this trip, which has been two years in the making. We had planned for summer of 2011, but then had to use all our saved-up funds to move from NYC to NJ, a short move, but also surprisingly expensive.
We reset our goals for summer of 2013 and what followed was a year of planning and saving and tight budgets and taking on extra freelancing jobs to pay for it all.
Planning a road trip, especially with a family of 5 can be expensive, but still one of the best values in family travel. You get to see much more than if you just flew to one destination and the opportunities for adventures are endless. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when planning your own road trip.
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A couple of weekends ago I headed out to join a group of fellow bloggers to give New Jersey beaches a shout out. Weather-wise it wasn’t the best weekend. We’ve been experiencing lots of rain lately, and though I was hoping for some serious beach time, Mother Nature had her own plans.
Nevertheless, I joined the group, made up of bloggers who are part of the Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms groups, and under the #JerseyLove hashtag shared information on Belmar, NJ, one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as Caesars Palace and Atlantic City, not as hard hit by Sandy, but affected by the media’s misrepresentation of the damage to their boardwalk area – which was close to none in comparison to other areas of the Jersey coast, affecting their tourism.
I know. We are still in the dead of winter and here I am already talking about summer. But, you know, that’s how we do it. Wanderlust is a crazy, crazy thing. You set your mind and heart on the place where your finger landed on the map and it’s all wheels in motion from there to make it happen.
Truth is, we’ve had to cancel our plans for a West coast road trip once before, but 2013 is our year. Reservations have already been made, and tickets are “this close” to being purchased.
Since my family and I visited Hershey, PA a summer ago, we have been wanting to return. For my kids, as for most people, Hershey, PA is all about Hersheypak and the rides. But we found that even when most of the rides are closed during the colder months, there is still enough to do to fill up a weekend visit.
The ride to Hershey, PA is about 2 hours from our NJ neighborhood (2.5 from NYC). There is no colorful foliage anymore during this time of year, but when there is the drive can be quite lovely.
The small town of Hershey, PA was founded by Milton S. Hershey in the early 1900s. The town was built for his employees and their family and included various housing structures at affordable prices as well as parks, schools, community center, theater, sports arena and stadium, as well as The Hershey Hotel.
One of the things that I am loving about living in New Jersey is how easily and quickly it is to access smaller, cute towns that make for either great family getaways or romantic destinations.
What most people know about Princeton, NJ is limited to the university that share it’s name. And though Princeton University, the fourth-oldest college in the United States, is certainly a sight to behold and a wonderful place to walk through, the township of Princeton itself has a lot more to offer.
Sometimes one just needs to get away.
These past couple of months I have been home working and dealing with all the fun of getting the kids acclimated to school and schedules and routines. In between, my days have been consumed with work and emails and deadlines.
At the end of the day, when kids are in bed, my husband and I are left with very little to give each other other than warm cuddles on the couch in front of the television falling asleep to polar bears on the Discovering Channel. After a few weeks of this, one starts to feel a little older, a little less exciting, a shadow of who we used to be a few years before.