Welcome back to Travelin' Cousins, it's Wednesday and it's time for a new edition of W2GW!
But first let me share my excitement with you...Notice that our countdown to Hawaii is now in the single digits!! I continued in some very basic packing yesterday. I still need to organize all of our outfits and do the real packing, but everything is coming together nicely.
I realize that it's not Travelin Tuesday, but I wanted to share how surprised that I was while I was looking at some hotels yesterday. I could not believe how many properties were already BOOKED! We're talking May/June 2016, and several properties were coming up with no availability! So although I thought that I was just looking, I felt the pressure to take the time in choosing where we should stay and go ahead with some reservations!
I booked: Saint Malo (never been), Honfleur (been and it's lovely), and Barcelona (never been).
Saint Malo, France (credit: dailymail.co.uk)
Barcelona, Spain (credit: barcelona.com)
I'm happy with my selections, but my choices were limited - and I don't like that!
Here I thought that I was ahead of the game, but what I've noticed is that Europeans book their holidays far in advance vs Americans who wait until a few or a couple of months before their vacation to make reservations. So I definitely have a mentality somewhere in the middle. I'm booking 8-9 months in advance on this one. There are trips that I book even earlier, and that reminds me... I need to find out what the booking window is for some of the accommodations that we are interested in for our FIS/Euro Ski circuit trip in 2017 - I will be soooooo upset if I get screwed on that one!
At the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado
Now for W2GW:
First off I'm gonna mention the LA County Fair:
The LA County Fair is an awesome adventure that will have you leaving with such a natural high, your feet won’t touch the ground for days! LACF is celebrating its 93rd anniversary with the most mind-blowing fun and attractions ever. Let your brain cells fire up with the awe-inspiring Popnology, which melds the worlds of popular culture and technology. Meet their newest four-legged friend in The Farm – a curly-haired, sheep look-alike pig known as a Mangalitsa. Is it a peep or a shig? Don’t miss Luminasia, in its final year at LACF. The Flower & Garden Pavilion is celebrating Mardi Gras and the sharks and stingrays have a new home. It’s all in a day’s fun at LACF. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
And we'll be there on Sunday as the kids will be performing in song and dance with the International Peace Choir. Come on down!
Next up is another very fun sounding event: DAPPER DAY AT DISNEYLAND RESORT
Dress your best while visiting both parks of the Disneyland Resort with 20,000+ other fashionable guests! As a Dapper Day tradition we enjoy an afternoon group ride on the classic Mark Twain Riverboat (a "Mark Twain Mixer" if you will), and after sundown gather for a "Dapper Derby," taking a spin on the Carousel. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
And don't forget the EXPO!
DAPPER DAY EXPO Sept 18-19, Fri noon-8p, Sat 11a-8p FREE, Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall Shop our Expo marketplace featuring everything for stylish, sophisticated living from vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories, to bath and beauty products, and beyond.
What a fun Blast from the Past this sounds like!!
My third but certainly not last selection is: THE HARVEST FESTIVAL "DOZYNKI"
(photo credit: meetup.com)
Go taste traditional Polish foods and experience Polish culture during the 37th Annual Dozynki Harvest Festival at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20. Food and music go hand-in-hand at a harvest celebration. The Dozynki will feature Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes. Dozynki is a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to 16th century Poland. It remains a long-standing tradition in Polish communities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.
The Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19, from noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, September 20 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Polish Center is located at 3999 Rose Drive in Yorba Linda one block south of Imperial Highway. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
It'll definitely be a tough choice to make this weekend!
And here's where I'll leave you.
Until tomorrow, -T
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September Weekend Winery Fun
I'm off to a great week! Sunny and bright. Kids moving right along in their second week of school and I've got only 9 days left before we leave on our first Fall weekend road trip. First trip, Connecticut!
Today, is the day we talk about things to do locally. But, before, I get to that, let me tell you about my little shopping excursion to the mall with the girls yesterday.
These kids are growing way too fast. Gianna grew out of fairly new sneakers and school shoes, so we went off on a quest to replace them.
I usually bring her to a very specific Stride Rite store for her school shoes, but, yesterday, I thought I could kill a few birds with one stone by going to the mall. School Shoes. Sneakers. Dinner.
Well, it wasn't a good idea. The Stride Rite in the mall did not carry Gianna's size. Then we headed to JC Penney figuring we could find both shoes and sneakers. The shoes fit her horribly!
Now, in all fairness, her feet are two different sizes at present! I'm guessing the disparity of foot size is a result of her still growing, but nonetheless, the shoes were a bust.
As far as sneakers, she did manage to find a pair that fit. She did have the same problem with the sizing, but sneakers are more forgiving than fitted shoes, so we were able to settle on a pair.
So, the end result is that the kid has to continue wearing the current school shoes until we get over to the other Stride Rite that carries large sizes.
Food-wise, no one was happy with the mall choices, except for Gianna who wound up getting something to-go from Chipotle. In the end, we went home and I just make some pasta with Dad's leftover sauce from Saturday. Mmmmmmm.
W2GW - North Fork Wineries...
Have you enjoyed a relaxing day at a winery lately? Well, I want to tell you my Top 3 North Fork, Long Island Wineries:
Paumonok Vineyard 1074 Rte. 25 Aquebogue, NY 631-722-8800 A really cool turn of the century barn converted into a winery with a lovely outdoor seating area. Paumanok was named "Winery of the Year" in August 2004 at the New York Wine and Food Classic. Their tasting room and deck are also available for weddings and private parties.
At Paumonok Vineyards (Oct. 2011)
Bedell Cellars 36225 Main Rd. Cutchogue, NY 631-734-7537 Another renovated barn with a 4000 square foot covered pavilion. Great for picnicking as well!
Bedell was featured in Wine Business Monthly as one of the Top 10 Hottest Small Brands across the country. pavilion. They also do weddings.
Bedell Cellars (credit: cecinewyork.com)
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 139 Sagg Rd. Sagaponack, NY 631-537-5106 If you are looking for something more elegant, Wolffer Estates features a beautiful entryway and a high-ceiling tasting room. The atmosphere is a bit more high end than other north fork wineries with an impressive grand hall.
Entertainment includes performances by local bands every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the fall and winter. There is no cover charge, and wine can be purchased by the bottle OR glass during performances. Tours of the vineyard, wine cellar and tasting room are offered by appointment for $15. They do weddings.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard (credit: Wolffer.com)
All three of my picks were also featured in Newsday in their 10 Best Long Island Wineries. CLICK HERE for this article.
I hope you will decide to visit some of the great wineries of Long Island this Fall.
It really is a lovely way to spend a leisurely day with or without the kids, as many of these have outdoor areas for the kids to romp and play!