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November Weekend Getaways near NYC
New Day, New Week!! Have I told you how much I LOVE Mondays?! I just love the beginning of a new week - time to get things going!
Are you feeling Winter in the air? Well, it's far from freezing but it's getting brisk out!! Lovin' it.
Last year at this time as I spoke about last Thursday, I took the kiddies to Boston for a weekend. And let me tell you - it was COLD!! It got me thinking about a few weekend places that are terrific to visit on a November weekend.
If you are thinking of being spontaneous and want to get away for a couple of days this month, consider these options, which are my personal favorites.
By the way, I'm leaving Boston out since I talked so much about it last Thursday, but it definitely made my list!! Click this link to read: Memories of Boston a year ago
ELISA'S TOP 3 PICKS FOR NOVEMBER WEEKEND GETAWAYS FROM NYC
New York City
New York City Skyline (c)travelincousins.com
Whether you are right near the city or a longer drive or train ride away, New York City is absolutely, one of the most extraordinary places for an exciting weekend getaway.
It is so easy to fill three days with stimulating things to do, depending on your interests. Catching a Broadway Show or an event at Lincoln Center, where the entertainment does not get any better to indulging in some of the best food and restaurants the world has to offer or immersing yourself in the culture by visiting one or more of the museums the city has to offer are only a few ways to fill three days.
The Iconic Empire State Building - (c)travelincousins.com
From city bus tours to historic and food walking tours to shopping tours - The Big Apple has it all.
And if you're really up for some fun - what about a day trip to the outer boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx for their historic bus and walking tours and food experiences.
You could visit New York City every weekend and still never experience it all!!
If you are looking for a more relaxed and country-like setting, what about taking a short few hour visit north of NYC to Rhinebeck.
Located in Dutchess County, this historic little town is nestled in the Northern New York Hudson Valley
With majestic views of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River, and more.
Rhinebeck is a mecca for art & culture: visual, performing and dance, and Independent Film.
It's also been touted as one of America's best Gourmet towns with its Fine Dining and casual bistros.
From charming B&B’s to exquisite hotels, there is a range of wonderful places to rest your head at night.
Part history, part eating and part artistic, Rhinebeck is home to museums such as the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome which houses one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939.
If you love flowers as much as Tanya and I do, a day spent at that Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens nestled away in the back woods of Rhinebeck with its variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and ornamentals and a range of 8 greenhouses and 3 holding houses.
Antiquing at the Beekman Arms Antique Market, a classic red barn, multi-dealer antique emporium is quintessential to this town that dates back to the late 1600's.
Philadelphia (credit: tripadvisor)
One of my favorite cities!! As Pennsylvania’s largest city, and possessing tremendous American history, it one of my top picks for visiting with kids!
When I took my kids here three years ago, it tied in so beautifully with what they were learning in school. For this is the place where our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.
A horse drawn carriage ride around the city is both charming and educational to behold the many American Revolutionary sites and learn about the city's important role in the founding of our great nation.
Great cobblestone roads in Philly (c)travelincousins.com
The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Square and the Benjamin Franklin Museum are a few of the incredible sites to see that make this a great weekend destination.
And lest we forget about the food! So many choices for good eats in a variety of ethnic styles as well as many vegetarian and vegan options.
Hope I got you thinking about possibly taking a little impromptu trip one of the upcoming weekends this month. I'll tell you more about some events and festivals going on in these three locations on Wednesday!!
The rest of my day is pretty normal. Working on my potential trip to Florida for Christmas and how that may or may not work out.
Both girls have some tests this week, so I'm sure I'll be studying with them this afternoon. Since tomorrow is Election Day, I'll be bringing my future voters with me to cast my vote before dropping them off at school tomorrow.
Here's to a sensational start to your week!!
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A Caravanning Family Road Trip
Good Day Everyone!
Sorry I couldn't get on here yesterday. It doesn't happen often, but you know it's for a good cause when either of us miss out of giving you the Daily SCOOP.
I'm actually back home now after a really nice and also relaxing and rejuvenating weekend of camping in a gorgeous hidden grove of Coastal Redwoods up in Big Sur, going to a Butterfly sanctuary, strolling along on Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, eating plenty of yummy foods, and spending time with family - who by the way DO NOT travel anything even similar to the way I do.
Truth is that I was very laid back on this trip and although there were certain things that I wanted to be sure that we did. We traveled without much pressure. But even still, my sister who loves being at home, was itching to get back home. She felt that I do too much and that I buzz around like a bee. Guess you can say that I'm a bit of a BUSY BEE! lol
Yesterday began at the campgrounds, and after a beautiful drive along the Big Sur coast which happens to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world, we headed to the Pacific Grove Butterfly Sanctuary where Monarch Butterflies that have migrated from West of the Rockies to cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of this Sanctuary. *All Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains spend the winters in high mountains in central Mexico. The migration to Pacific Grove is so unique that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A."
Our next stop was lunch at none other than Ambrosia Indian Restaurant - some of the most DELICIOUS Indian food that I have ever tasted!!
I was actually turned on to this place by Elisa who prior to my trip up to Monterey for the Sea Otter Classic was helping me in the search for vegan food back in May of this year (2016). I loved it so much that I knew we had to go back!
Up next was a visit to Fisherman's Wharf. And while I have been up there several times, the kids hadn't "really" been since they were tiny little tikes. I say "really" because when we did take them to Monterey last year, it was already dark by the time we arrived and so we didn't get to "show" them around.
By this point in the day Jet was beyond ready to go home, but the kiddos were all luckily still excited about continuing on with our plans, so off to Cannery Row we went!
We strolled, took in the sights and did a little bit of shopping. I even thought that perhaps Jet might have wanted to reminisce about the last time she was up on this same street - back in 1989 during a California vacation that we took with Skip, my Mom, and baby brother Michael - who was only 2 years old at the time. But Jet didn't seem to care.
Oh well. I hope she still managed to have a good time. I know that we did!
And then after picking up dinner, it was homeward bound for us all.
Today is just a typical Monday on the homefront and we have choir rehearsal tonight. The kids first Holiday show will be this coming Saturday!