Family Travel – Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island

The New York MomMatt has been out-of-town for work so much lately that we feel we never get to see him. So instead of staying home and tackling some of our home reno projects, we decided to pack up the kids, grabbed an overnight bag and headed north to Newport Rhode Island for the weekend. It’s a quick 2.5 hour drive from our house and we pass through quaint New England towns and outlets stores… it was a win. Anyone with kids will tell you that you MUST find a hotel with a pool and so we did. Seems like everyone else had the same idea because the hotel was PACKED with kids and the pool was super busy every time we went.

Our family loves to travel and weekend trips are our favorite sort of traveling. They are quick, hardly any packing needed but the trip is the perfect amount of “getaway” for us. Newport is cold in the winter and the night we arrived they were hit with a bit of a snow storm. It was beautiful and we walked in the snow to dinner which the kids thought was the coolest thing ever.

We dined at the Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant which was OK. I would not recommend going there. ( keeping it real people because it has great marks on Yelp and we fell for it)

The service was awful, food was mediocre, my Lobster roll while overflowing with lobster was drowning in mayo so you barely tasted the lobster.  We were in a pinch and it was ok. The kids didn’t catch on to any of this and had a fun time. So it wasn’t a total loss!

The next morning we braved the freezing winds to take a short… very short walk on the cliffs to enjoy the mansions. These homes are spectacular. The sheer size and detail to even the gates and stonework is noteworthy.

For lunch we stopped by the Midtown Oyster Bar.

Highly recommend this restaurant! Service was super friendly, food was fresh and stylized. We had the smoked fish platter, fried oyster burger with Gruyère cheese, a soup and the Bermuda Fish Chowder. The funky scene with the modern feel was perfect for a cold winter day. The raw bar looked amazing and there is a deck upstairs which i’m sure offer some pretty gorgeous views of the harbor. definitely revisiting this spot in the summer.

That’s basically what we did. The kids spent a lot of time swimming in the hotel pool, Matt and I took turns relaxing, we ate great seafood and explored the town and had a leisurely drive back home including a stop at the Williams Sonoma outlet store to pick up kitchen gadgets that we didn’t need but are so cool!

I hope you get to escape sometimes. It’s so important. We didn’t spend a lot of money. We booked our hotel through Expedia and got a great rate at a hotel located near the shops and restaurants and just winged it from there. A little yelp, a little getting lost on the scenic drive and lots of seafood! We have to go back when the weather warms up because I am a cold weather wimp!

Have a great weekend everyone… here’s to wanderlust!

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How about the MET on a Saturday!

It’s been BITTER cold in New York lately and when you have kids who need to be engaged and entertained on the weekends, there’s not much to do outdoors. Fortunately there is no shortage of indoor entertainment in this great state.


We have been doing the museum rounds. One of our favorite things to do.



Last weekend we headed over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and met up with Aunt Becky!




Lily loves museums. We have been taking her to museums since day one. and every year we see her level of appreciation for the exhibits deepen as she’s able to understand in fuller ways the work of the artist or the era of the art.




Her favorite part of the Met are the mummies. It’s always our first stop.




She is fascinated by the history, the process… the mythical qualities… I guess you can call it mythical right. So much mystery behind the mummies.




We like to play i-spy at the museum. Find some of your favorite paintings and have your child find little objects in them. This is a great way to teach kids about art and when they are in that Art History class in college they will thank you for it!



The MET cannot possibly be seen in one day and we love that. It’s our go to place in the winter months… and summer months… all year really!

Next time we’re bringing sketch books so we can work on sketching technique.




There is no shortage of wonder at the Metropolitian Museum of Art. Matt and I both know a thing or two about the arts and I love sharing my knowledge of strange artist behavior with Lily. She of course loves these bits of wacky info and is quick to share her new-found knowledge with whoever is closest to her at the moment.



Lily picked out some religious Mother Mary statues for Nana. She said Nana would be so happy to get something so beautiful and old.


Aunt Becky took some pics of the four of us. the FOUR! I STILL can’t believe that we are a family of 4! so cool!



There is also a fab cafe on one of the floors of the museum and they used to have Jazz on certain evenings. Matt and I did this during our “pre-kids” era. I used to go to the met to find inspiration for dance pieces I was working on… or just decompress. Nothing like strolling through those gorgeous rooms with priceless art to soothe the soul.

Spring is right around the corner right…. i mean the groundhog did see its shadow or didn’t… not sure what means what. I can’t wait to go play outside and go hiking and ride my bike..until then…we have the MET! 

If you are looking for things to do with kids in NYC then the MET is one of your MUSTS!

More info here —> Metropolitan Museum of Art

* I was not paid for this post. just sharing my travel and weekend adventures*

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Escape to Mohegan Sun

Tis the season for long drives up the many scenic roads in New England. Our family just loves to get in the car and drive north for a mini escape. Within a 4 hour driving radius we have Philadelphia, Boston, Scenic Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Virginia and many others. Fall is the best time to head off on road trips. With the crisp cool weather and stunning changing of the leaves, this is a MUST DO for us here in the NorthEast.

Last Friday we headed over to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

It was our first time at the Mohegan Sun Resort. Lily was very excited about the road trip, she’s a total adventure girl…just like Matt and I.

Mohegan sun is about a 3 hour drive north from New York City and the resort has plenty to entertain all ages.

A world at play and a world to its own, Mohegan Sun, created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dininghotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Boasting three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun is also host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, a luxurious day spa,convention center and meeting facility, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 300 to 10,000. 

After checking into the V.I.P. Aquai lounge, we dropped our bags off in our room and headed off to explore the rest of the resort.

Mohegan Sun has a variety of restaurants to choose from at many different price points. We chose to go to the oh so popular  Bobby Flay’s BAR AMERICAIN.

The food was tremendous and so yum that I  going to dedicate a whole new post just to this restaurant..highly recommended!

After dinner we wandered around the many shops at Mohegan Sun and found our way to KIDS QUEST – the kid play area.

Lily was immediately sucked into the shiny light, games and kids squealing with fun and begged us to let her play at KIDSQUEST. After a thorough tour lead by one of the most friendly attendants, Matt and I left our precious  Lilypie for one hour. The cost to drop Lily off at Kids Quest was very affordable. Since we were visiting over the weekend, we paid $9/hr.( $8 on weekdays).  Kids Quest is open until 2am with a 5 hour maximum for your precious monkeys.

With Lily safely supervised, Matt and I set out on our wild and crazy night! Woot!! Not really, we relaxed and went exploring stopping by the casinos and indulging in an after dinner cocktail.

The shopping was impressive with a varied selection of gift shops and clothing stores. Whether you wanted Tiffany’s or Coach or outdoor attire, the Shops at Mohegan Sun  had something for everyone.

After picking up our Lilypie an hour later, to much resistance, we headed off to bed. Lily had such a great time that the next morning, we dropped her off at KIDSQUEST yet again while Matt and I enjoyed a lunch date. This time in addition to the hourly rate at KIDSQUEST, we also paid for Lily to have lunch at the kids quest cafe. She picked Mac and Cheese with a fruit and juice and even got a snack all for $6 wowza!

Matt and I picked SUMMER SHACK for Lunch where we indulged in all things shellfish! We had chowder and steamed clams and oysters oh my!

And what about the Casinos? Mohegan Sun has not one, not two but THREE casinos – Casinos of the Sky, Earth and Wind. There are smoking and non smoking sections to each casino that is complete with slot machines, cards and  anything you can imagine!

Oh and the pool… the pool is a MUST when you have a kid and yes the Mohegan Sun pool was a treat for Lily.

Overall, our stay at Mohegan Sun was great! Highly Recommended!!!

Being able to drop off Lily at Kids Quest was genius. She loved being at this kid wonderland and was safely supervised and I was able to spend some quality time with my Matt. We all won!

Mohegan Sun has something for everyone and every kind of getaway. How about a GIRLS weekend getaway! Does that sound super fun? Well guess what!

The good folks over at MOHEGAN SUN are allowing me to giveaway a night out getaway for one of my lucky readers!


I generated my winner on RANDOM.ORG It’s totally fair and absolutely random!! Happy weekend at Mohegan Sun ALEXIS!!!!

To enter this contest please do all the following:

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CONTEST ENDS WEDNESDAY – SEPT 28 at Midnight Eastern time. This package does NOT cover transportation, Only hotel accommodations. 
* Mohegan Sun invited me and my family for a friday night stay and paid for food and accommodations. I loved it and agreed to promoting this contest. All opinions are my own*

 One winner and a guest will enjoy: Mohegan Sun’s Diva’s Delight Hotel Package

Spend a night out with your girls and let your inner diva loose!

Your winning package includes…

  • Oversized and stylish accommodations for one night at Mohegan Sun; choice of two queen or king bed
  • VIP Check-in
  • Late check-out at 1:00pm
  •  Poolside Margaritas and Appetizers (or equivalent; a $40.00 value)

**Note: Offer valid on Thursdays and Fridays October 2011 only. Excluding October 21**

More about Diva Days & Diva Nights:

  •  Party on the patio of Todd English’s Tuscany every Friday starting at 9pm with a DJ, drink specials and mixology courses
  • Special ladies-only No Judgement Zone table games
  • Free Slot Play offers
  • Ladies-only shopping and dining specials
  • Free headline entertainment in the Wolf Den and ticketed events in Mohegan Sun Arena and The Cabaret Theatre. Click here for a complete schedule:
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