Covering the West Coast & the World
CURRENTLY IN: VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
I'm coming at you from a very hot and muggy Virginia.
My gang spent the weekend in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and it was HOT there too.
It was my first visit to the area and our first visit with the newest addition to Dave's side of the family. Dave's brother Jack and his girlfriend wecomed a little baby girl - Meadow Kay.
What a precious little thing she is!
While our time there in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills was primarily spent visiting family.
We also did manage to hit the surf and HOT LAVA sand - which wasn't must of a trek since it is basically across the street.
Tell me what one thing comes to mind when you hear Kitty Hawk?
The Wright Brothers.
So on Sunday the kids knew that I had my request in and we were going visit to Wright Brothers National Memorial for first flight...
Once we checked out of our dockside inn, we grabbed some breakfast and then we made a beeline over to the historic site.
Due to COVID-19 the air conditioned visitors center and gift shop were closed but the out in the open exhibits were ready for viewing.
It was freakin' Africa HOT. The kids were not happy about this outdoor excursion, but they were troopers.
Dave C. was enthralled with what new information that he learned. It was all quite interesting. If only it was so damn HOT.
Then we would climb up the short though tiring hill to the highest point in the Outer Banks and where the memorial stands tall.
Once our we wrapped things up and did a bit of souvenir shopping, we made sure to bop on over to see the baby-mooning little family before heading back into Virginia.
Time for me to run...
I'll catch up on the next blog.
Covering Long Island & NYC Boroughs
CURRENTLY IN: LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
Hey there and Happy Monday!
This month is certainly moving right along. Hope this weekend proved both relaxing and enjoyable.
Mine was definitely full with time spent outdoors starting off on Friday with a trip up to The Bronx for an Evening at “Piazza di Belmont” on Arthur Avenue for a delish meal at Enzo's of Arthur Avenue and it ended with another piazza style evening on Long Island last night on Seventh Street in Garden City!
The temps here this weekend were HOT and this upcoming week are supposed to be pretty much the same. But, last night, we were lucky enough to have a lovely breeze here on Long Island and I took the opportunity to venture into "town" for a refreshing iced tea at Starbucks.
While dining out still has its challenges throughout New York, some towns are rising to the occasion to make it a more accessible and enjoyable experience.
This includes Garden City in NYC's outer borough of Nassau. In the town hub shopping area, Seventh Street, there are a variety of small shops, boutiques and a numerous array of dining options and eateries. It has been dubbed the “restaurant row” of Garden City and this summer it will be closed to vehicular traffic in the evening each weekend for folks to enjoy.
Considering the limited entertainment options this summer in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, creating a piazza-style pedestrian friendly area to eat and walk about in the centrally located Garden City is just what the doctor ordered.
According to GC News, the street will be open for outdoor, on-street dining and closed to vehicular traffic on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for dinner hours — 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In years past, Seventh Street has hosted a Friday Night Promenade with a similar street closure for town residents and other nearby locals to enjoy outdoor dining, themed weekly with musical entertainment and family activities.
Unfortunately, due to this summer's social distancing and safety requirements this year, the previously featured festivities have been eliminated.
Nonetheless, it is a delightful way to spent an evening with your favorite gang for a meal or a light snack or beverage and get out of the house for a few hours.
Any day or evening of the week, I just love Seventh Street and it's one of my regular go-to places. The dining options are quite varied with everything from several Italian restaurants to vegan and vegetarian eateries, Mexican, Asian and of course, a few of the best pubs in the area. There's even a French pastry shoppe as well as franchise favorites like Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks.
Come check it out this summer!
See ya back here on Wednesday with a look at what a new Disney World packing list should include.
Here's to a fabulous start to your week!!