It seems like every weekend the city empties out and all the New Yorkers seek refuge in some neighboring small town to get a break from city life and refresh. At the beginning of summer this year, Aaron and I decided we needed at least one weekend away from the city. We have been here for two years now and it has been nothing but go, go, go. We wanted a way to reconnect and spend some much needed family time together.
Traveling with the kids has never phased us. With family living all over the country, it has been a normal part of our lives from the beginning. My biggest tip is to book accommodation that works for you and your family. For us, we prefer to rent an apartment or house. It helps us feel like locals and gives us the space that makes traveling with the kids so much easier. My first stop when looking for a place to stay is always Kid & Coe – a family-friendly rental company that aims to help you feel at home wherever you go. For us, not having to pack a travel crib, toys, and books is a huge plus. We found this gorgeous home that is just about a two-hour drive from NYC so we packed our bags and headed North.
Our host was very accommodating and provided us with a long list of local activities in the area to keep us busy during our stay. We spent our first day playing in the enormous fenced in yard. Edith even ran up to me at one point and declared, “I hate Brooklyn! I want to stay at this house forever!”. I loved sitting on the back porch and watching the girls run through the sprinklers for hours. We caught frogs and butterflies, ate outside for almost every meal, and picked wildflowers for the house from the field across the street.
This was the perfect city escape to say the least. I couldn’t narrow down my favorite pictures so sorry for the incredibly long post!
Nothing like a farm fresh egg breakfast every morning to start the day!
Loved this amazing portrait we got for $1 at the Phoencia Flea at Winward Orchards – a must do if you are in the area!
This girl took wildflower picking very seriously : )
If you decide to go here were some of our favorite activities and restaurants from the area:
Westwind Orchards – We were lucky enough that the Phoenicia Flea Market was going on at Westwind Orchards during our stay. There were really unique vendors carrying everything from handcrafted wooden spoons to tarot card readings. They also have a small farm stand with local goods and gifts and apparently the pizza is delicious. It was so hot we couldn’t brave a hot meal outside so we skipped that part but I hope to go back and try it one day.
Kelder’s Farm – This was the only farm offering “u-pick” berries at the time of our stay. They are best known for this huge gnome out front but the girls loved seeing the animals, bouncing on the jumping pillow, and picking their own raspberries. They have a gorgeous and rather large farm that has dozens of vegetables and fruit for picking. A must do in the area in my opinion.
Kitchenette – A very family friend restaurant that we all enjoyed. Would be the perfect brunch place if you want to get out of the house.
Cucina & Woodstock – We had a really delicious meal at Cucina on a recommendation from our host, Maria, and did not regret the 20 minute drive. We spent the evening watching a drum circle, shopping downtown, and grabbing ice cream at a Taco joint. So much fun!
And lastly, I made a little video! It is terrible quality and editing but you gotta start somewhere, right? It’ll be so fun to have these short little movies to show the girls when they are older. I really treasure these moments.