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Day trip from NYC to the idyllic Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Westchester, NY

I almost don’t want to tell anyone about what is perhaps the best day trip from NYC. It is the ultimate secret weekend getaway from the sweltering city. Really. It’s so delightful that it would be a shame to over-advertise.  But I will. Because keeping it to myself and the locals is just torture. Towering… Continue reading Day trip from NYC to the idyllic Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Westchester, NY

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The demise of the all-inclusive vacation

Having returned last month from a week at an all-inclusive resort Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Ismeralda in stunning Riviera Maya, Mexico, I began to ponder that perhaps the age of worry-free vacations at a flat price is coming to end for frugal family budgets. While traveling pre-baby, we had been flexible on accommodations in… Continue reading The demise of the all-inclusive vacation

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A Perfect Day Trip From NYC: Boscobel House and Hiking Around Cold Spring, NY

Can’t decide whether you want to visit a museum, have a kid-friendly picnic in the park, climb a mountain, window-shop antiques or just have a lazy day wandering around a quaint town? No problem, we couldn’t either and found it all in Cold Spring, NY in the Hudson Valley. Plenty of things to do, whatever your… Continue reading A Perfect Day Trip From NYC: Boscobel House and Hiking Around Cold Spring, NY

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A quick and easy hike to Rattlesnake Falls in Pocono Mountains

I’ve always been an easy-going and quick-to-move sort of gal, so when my 7 year old nephew ran into the family room wildly announcing that this was the day to go hiking, complete with waterfalls and mushroom-picking, there was no doubt in my mind of our plan for the day.  No need to go far… Continue reading A quick and easy hike to Rattlesnake Falls in Pocono Mountains