6 Toy Fair Finds that are perfect for family travel. This year I was welcomed back to the Annual Toy Fair that was held in New York at the Jacob Javits Center and I was on the hunt for toys that are great for bringing on family trips.
The Toy Fair is huge and there is so much to see and learn about. There are lots of new toys that are perfect for a road trip, dinner out, a plane trip, or anywhere you need to go. I was lucky enough to meet with lots of great new up and coming entrepreneurs, who have incredible visions of what kids would love to play with. There were so many to discuss, so sit back and get ready for the toy travel ride…
The pressure is on to plan a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day for your love. This year with the big day arriving mid-week, it’s a good time to plan a pre-or-post Valentine’s Day getaway to celebrate your affection, and nowhere sparkles with more excitement than New York City. There are lots of romantic activities and sites to experience in 2017, so let’s take a look at our picks for:
The Most Romantic NYC Treats for 2017.
Set the Stage for Romance! Romantic B&B Getaways Perfect for Valentine’s Day
A stay at a cozy bed and breakfast, the opportunity to explore wintry landscapes, curling up in front of a fire, or even harboring up in a charming suite indulging in breakfast in bed have enough lure on their own, no matter the day. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, surprising your sweetheart with a B&B getaway makes the experience that much more romantic. We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best B&B Valentine’s Day specials that will make your romantic escape with the one you love memorable.
How to Camp in Letchworth State Park and Discover the Grand Canyon of the East
You think New York is one big concrete jungle that makes you mad with the hurly-burly of the city life. But the Big Apple has something huge to offer – camping to one of the greatest escapes you’ll ever have: Letchworth State Park. There’s no better place than famed Letchworth State Park which is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and considered by many as having one of the most incredible scenery in the eastern states.
The holiday season is a magical time of year that brings joy to families everywhere, but with that joy comes some form of stress. This year, take advantage of some home-away-from-home hospitality and spend the holidays at a cozy bed and breakfast. From delicious 6-course dinners to sleigh rides in the snow and city light tours, these four B&Bs are offering guests the ultimate festive experiences and packages for you to share with your loved ones.
Enjoy a Spirited Stay at One of These Haunted BnBs and Learn All About Their Resident Ghost
It’s that time of year again! Halloween is almost here. Instead of exchanging ghost stories in the night, why not give yourself, your family and/or your friends a chance to tell of your own spooky stories after a visit to one of these haunted, yet hospitable, bed and breakfasts? Enjoy these stories of some of our favorite BnBs that play host to guests and ghosts alike:
Best Fall Getaways Where Off Season Prices Are A Bargain
Falls is a wonderful time to go traveling. Days are still warm, evenings are cool and comfortable, and nature puts on a show for all of us to marvel at. What makes fall travel even more enticing is off-season bargain prices in much of the world. From New England to California, north and south, everyone has their red marker out, crossing out the high season prices and lowering them for savvy off-season travelers.
Each year thousands of leaf peepers tumble into their cars and head north toward the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to be dazzled by fall foliage displays. Highways become clogged, restaurants are filled to overflowing, hotels are sold out and prices are at their max.
This year we have a smarter suggestion for you, instead of heading north, point your car toward central Massachusetts and discover the beauty of ancestral farms, hillsides awash with fall colors and small towns chock full of farm stands, art, music, history and artisan craft shops. Fall foliage is just as brilliant in this verdant region, but you’ll miss the annoying crowds.
The Finger Lakes Region of up-state New York has always been known for its beauty and abundance of acclaimed vineyards. While most travelers are drawn to the southern region to visit Watkins Glen, Hammondsport and Corning; I’d like to draw your attention further north to the delightful city and lake known as Canandaigua.
Come along on our exploration of the Canandaigua Lake area to discover acclaimed vineyards, craft breweries and fine cuisine.
Famous TV and Movie Coffee Shop Hangouts
All of our favorite TV sitcom shows seem to have a comfy neighborhood coffee shop where all the popular characters gather to exchange their inner-most feelings and to share a laugh or two, even if it is supplied by a phony laugh-track…. Even so, travelers love to search out the real diners and coffee shops that were used as TV settings. Probably Tom’s Restaurant in Manhattan is the most famous, as the gathering spot for the Seinfeld gang.
Sometimes you come across an inn that is so delightful, you feel like you’d like to move right in. That’s exactly the experience we had at the 1837 Cobblestone Cottage Bed and Breakfast in up-state New York. Canaddaigua is both a town and a “finger” lake located just south of Rochester NY, about a five 1/2 hour drive from Boston straight out Rt 90 – the Mass Pike.
Lake Erie Wine Country stretches for 50 miles along the southeastern edge of Lake Erie (Erie, PA to Chautauqua County in up-state New York) and wine tasting is just one of the awesome activities that attract in-the-know travelers to this bucolic corner of America.
What’s that you say….you never heard of it? Well, I suspect everyone has been trying to keep it a secret for themselves. Come along as we discover what makes this region a fun and “spirited” getaway destination well worth discovering.
Here Comes the Luxury! Beautiful BnB Wedding Sites For Your Special Day.
Many bed and breakfasts are often celebrated for their romantic surroundings – and as the ideal spots for couples to reconnect. Did you know there are plenty of properties that also offer luxurious packages and amenities designed with weddings in mind? Not only can brides and grooms enjoy nuptials onsite, they’ll have access to accommodations for the Big Day and beyond for both themselves and their guests too. Here are a handful consider for those waiting to walk down the aisle.
Cool Mountain and Lakeside B&B’s Invite You to Escape the Summer Heat
As the heat index rises so too does travelers’ intolerance for uncomfortable getaways. The search for cooler destinations in magnificent locations becomes top priority during summer, and there are plenty of B&B’s situated in mountainous and lakeside regions that definitely fit the bill. Here are a few to check out and check into when planning your next great escape.
Our family was recently hosted by Sugartooth Tours, who specializes in sweat walking dessert tours in NYC.
What could be more inviting than walking the streets of New York City, stopping to sample delicious ice cream along the way. Come with us as we take a walking tour along the sweet streets of NYC.
Bring On A Toast to Summer! BnB’s along Brewery and Wine Trails
Summertime calls for beer and wine, and there are numerous inns located on some of the best trails in the US. There are even regions that are celebrated for both breweries and wineries, so guests don’t have to choose between the two. Here are a few inns from New York’s Finger Lakes and Virginia where you can sip, sample, and stay while enjoying the best breakfasts and beds in between.
Calling all lobster lovers, it’s time to plan your summer road-trip to sample the best lobster in America! Sure you have your favorite lobster or clam shack that your family has visited for years…. but you could be missing another memorable experience just down the road a piece. Thanks to the updated and revised edition of Lobster Shacks, A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints, finding the best lobster and clam shacks near you is a cinch.
America’s National Park Service is celebrating 100 Years of protecting the country’s most precious and awe-inspiring scenery while welcoming visitors to experience their grandeur. In 2015, more than 300 million visitors enjoyed the beauty and history of our National Parks and this year promises to be even more popular. On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service will commemorate its official anniversary as they celebrate across the country with free admission and special events from 8/25-28.
How many of our National Parks have you visited, and can you guess what the top 10 most visited parks are? Here they are in order of popularity:
Spoil Mom this Season! Celebrate Mother’s Day the BnB Way!
Mom’s big day is on its way, so there’s no time like the present to start thinking of a gift that you know she would want to get. At inns across the country, mothers can indulge in weekend escapes and enticing events with family and friends that really show her just how much she’s loved.
Brooklyn is an amazing and diverse borough in New York. One of the most populous areas of
the nation with over 2.5 million residents, almost 40% of whom are immigrants, you can find
just about anything here. Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, fun and entertainment, the
best in cultural cuisine or just about anything else, Brooklyn has it to offer. Here are 5 reasons
you should visit Brooklyn the next time you’re in New York.