What To Do In New York City: Omni Berkshire Place All Access Spring Package

New York City is the city that never sleeps. Deciding what to do can be overwhelming with so many options. So…..when you book a stay at the Omni Berkshire Place you should consider getting the All Access Spring Package that includes some amazing things to do with your day in New York City!


Omni Berkshire Place, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is giving guests the power to choose when and how you access all that New York has to offer with new packages that cater to families and first-timers, alike.  

As more than 50 million people visit New York City every year, Omni Berkshire’s location is ideal for first time travelers to The Big Apple. The hotel provides quick access to illustrious NYC staples like Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Broadway theatres.  For that first time to New York, Omni offers an All Access Spring Package that comes with overnight accommodations, welcome amenity, daily breakfast buffets for two, a $50 gift card, and tickets to attractions including, the Museum of Modern Art, One World Observatory, Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building.

In addition to the latest package, travelers can also book some of the property’s all-time best sellers, such as the Suite Dreams in NYC  and American Girl Dream. Also, as one of only hotels in Manhattan that features guest room outdoor space, travelers can now upgrade to a suite with a terrace. Guests looking to live the affluent life can book the Rodgers and Hammerstein Luxury Package to experience the one of a kind Rodgers and Hammerstein suite where the famed writers penned “Oklahoma” in 1942! The offer features Broadway tickets of choice for two, carriage ride through Central Park, $100 food and beverage credit, and a personal call from the concierge to help arrange their visit. 

The offers are available for booking now and may not be combined with other offers. For more information, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniBerkshirePlace and Twitter.com/OmniBerkshire.

Amazing Summer Music at Omni Barton Creek in Austin

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Heading to Austin, Texas this summer? Then make sure you book your stay at Omni Barton Creek in Austin, so you can enjoy their amazing free concert series for guests!

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa revealed today the line-up for its fourth annual summer music series, Barton Creek LIVE Presented by Jim Beam®. Situated in the Texas Hill Country just minutes from downtown Austin – the Live Music Capital of the World – Omni Barton Creek invites resort guests to catch the sounds of iconic musical performers this summer.

As the music series’ title sponsor, Beam Suntory, the global spirits company responsible for classic brands such as Jim Beam® and Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, will offer attendees summer-themed batched cocktails as they enjoy an eclectic mix of live music performances.

The Barton Creek LIVE shows will be held at the resort’s open-air Pavilion throughout the summer. Music lovers can kick back around the 6,000-square-foot Pavilion or outdoor deck to enjoy unforgettable music, while taking in incredible panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. Kicking off with Lee Ann Womack on June 17, the full line-up includes:

June 17: Lee Ann Womack, presented by Jim Beam®, at 9 p.m. – American country music singer-songwriter with five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association awards, and a Grammy Award with over six million albums sold worldwide.

July 15: Deana Carter, presented by Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, at 9 p.m. – Multiple Grammy-nominated American country and retro-rock music artist with a five-time Multi-Platinum certified album.

July 29<: Larry Gatlin &The Gatlin Brothers, presented by Cruzan® Rum, at 9 p.m. – One of the most popular country groups in history who swept the charts with their intricate, inventive country music.

August 5: Radney Foster, presented by Hornitos® Tequila, at 9 p.m. – Half of the critically-acclaimed country duo Foster & Lloyd who later enjoyed solo success with several Top 40 singles.

August 19: Mark Chesnutt, presented by Basil Hayden’s® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, at 9 p.m. – A neo-honky tonker who transformed traditional country into chart-topping stardom in the ‘90s.

Performance admission is open to resort guests and Barton Creek Country Club members only. Tickets, available at the resort front desk check-in and the member clubhouse, are complimentary and required for performance admission. All attendees must be 21 or older to attend.

This year, the resort is also offering two package upgrade options for resort guests:

The Texas Two-Step package features a BBQ cookout, starting at 6:30 pm served at the Pavilion before the music begins, early seating access for the show, two drink tickets per person to use during the show and luxurious accommodations to help those dancing feet recover.

The Barton Creek LIVE VIP Experience Package is offered for fans looking for the ultimate upgrade, including luxurious accommodations, an artist meet and greet prior to the show, reserved seating, open bar in the VIP lounge and a BBQ cookout dinner.

Omni Barton Creek will offer a full bar and concessions during the performances, or guests may come out early for the BBQ cookout beginning at 6:30 pm. 

Along with Barton Creek LIVE, this signature Hill Country resort provides numerous offers for all types of travelers. Whether it is a vacation or staycation, all are invited to come out to Omni Barton Creek and enjoy many of the summer time specials including:

Red, White & Blue BBQ: On July 3, the resort will host a Texas-style Independence Day BBQ featuring Texas’ finest Oak Smoked BBQ, live music by Guy Forsyth, and an evening fireworks display. Tickets are available for $42.95 for adults, $18.95 for ages 6 to 12, and complimentary for children 5 and under. Event runs 6 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Reservations are required; call 512-329-7906.

All American Poolside Cookout: On Fourth of July weekend, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., guests can relish in favorite backyard delights while lounging by the pool. Price of admission is $15.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 6 to 12, and complimentary for 5 and under.

Poolside Activities: Throughout the summer, Omni Barton Creek offers daily poolside games, limbo competitions, relay races and much more fun for the entire family.

Room reservations or Barton Creek Country Club Membership are required to attend the performances and other summer activities. To book a room, guests may visit http://www.omnihotels.com/bartoncreek or call 1-800-336-6158. Travelers or media also can follow Omni Barton Creek at Facebook.com/OmniBartonCreek and Twitter.com/OmniBartonCreek. Concertgoers are encouraged to use the hashtag #BCLIVE to share their event photos.

50 Classic Wooden Yachts at Bell Harbor Marina #Travel

What: Treat dad, grandpa and the whole family to classic yachts over Father’s Day weekend!

More than 50 classic wooden vessels, many of them built prior to World War II, will be on display and most will be open to visitors throughout Father’s Day weekend at the Classic Weekend event at Bell Harbor Marina. This event is considered to be the largest gathering of wooden hulled classic power yachts in the world. This year’s “Marque Class” will feature yachts that were built in Seattle. Past owners have included tugboat captains, gangsters, civic leaders and entertainers.  Admission is complimentary.

Classic Yacht Bell Harbor w wheel in background

Notable boats include:

· Miracle (1928) originally built on Lake Union in 1928, Miracle was totally rebuilt over an 18 year period by her current owners, was re-launched and began her second life in 2011. 

· Gallant Lady (1940) – a well-known Puget Sound yacht that thousands of charter clients have cruised on.  This event marks her first public appearance after a lengthy restoration by her current owners.

· Riptide (1939)“star” of the hit 1980’s TV show of the same name.

· Marian II (1928)the first boat to cruise to Husky Stadium for UW home football games.

· Comrade (1930) and Cle Illahee (1929) – once owned by a King County Superior Court Judge and a King County Municipal Court judge, respectively.

· Gyrfalcon (1940) – designed by the well-known Naval Architect H.C. Hansen, Gyrfalcon was originally built for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and spent her early years surveying the coastline of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

· Maranee (1940) – this Chris Craft was built in Algonac, Michigan, and has cruised extensively in the Great Lakes, Erie Canal, and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Attending the event for the first time are:

· Irresistable – 1954 Chris Craft

· Riptide – 1927 Schertzer

· Luxuria – 1962 Chris Craft

Guests are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite yacht.  The winning boat’s name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque on display at Bell Harbor.

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When:                  Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th, 10 am to 4 pm

On Friday June 17th, a number of the classic yachts will participate in a “Sail-In” parade along the waterfront (weather permitting).  An excellent view of the yacht parade will be available from Myrtle Edwards Park or from any of the downtown piers between 2 and 4 pm.

Where:                 Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina

2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Social:                   https://www.facebook.com/ClassicWeekend/

About:                  The Classic Yacht Association was formed in 1970, dedicated to the promotion, preservation, restoration and maintenance of fine old power driven pleasure craft.  Almost 300 vessels are currently registered nationwide, with many located in the greater Puget Sound area. For more information, please visit www.classicyacht.org, or telephone 206-708-9508.

A Farm Summer Camp Woodinville WA

This makes me wish we were home this summer to send the kids to these camps.

My husband drives past 21 Acres every day so I would love to send my kids to this farm. Summer youth farm camps feature safe and healthy environments for growing food, cooking, and crafts. With wholesome food and outdoor exploration, kids have fun and learn new skills along with creating new friendships and building community. Farm camps take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for ages 7 to 18.


Farmer in Training; June 27-July, 13-18 years old; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Farmers-in-training will foster stewardship, leadership, and team-building. Participants will design, plan and execute a restoration project as a team, and manage a portion of the growing space. A lunch item is prepared each day using farm fresh foods. Composting, planting, tending, and harvesting cultivates invaluable leadership and organizational skills. This is a delicious, nutritious, and constructive way to start summer in the Sammamish Valley. Farmers-in-training will take home fresh produce daily.
Food from the Fields; July 11-15, 7-12 years old; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With creative cooking out on the farm, campers will taste, smell and live the farm through delicious homemade foods and easy to prepare fresh snacks while enjoying the outdoors. Fruits and veggies will be harvested to make popsicles, preserves, and more. There will be a guest visit from a falconer, too. Campers will visit with local farmers, meet the crops and livestock, and enjoy food from the fields.
Minds Crafting Your Garden; July 18-22, 7-12 years old; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hammering, sawing, and crafting are essential skills when starting any garden. Campers will build and decorate their own garden components, décor and animal habitats. Creations can be taken home to use as gifts, or to make out-door spaces more appealing to native wild life.
Pizza Organica: Farm Fresh Pizza; two sessions: July 25-29 and August 1-5, 7-12 years old; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pizza! Pizza! The wood-fired oven is the cooker of choice in this week-long camp of delicious lunches, and yummy roasted snacks. This camp is offered twice because it is that delicious! Campers will make a new pizza each day entirely from scratch and learn to use a wood-fired oven baking it to perfection. Authentic and sustainable pizzas will be designed and created by each camper experimenting with new toppings, combinations of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. On the last day, campers will host a pizza party for their families to enjoy.
21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is located at 13701 NE 171st St., Woodinville, WA. For more information, or to register, visit 21acres.org, call (425) 481-1500 or e-mail generalinfo@21acres.org. Camps fill quickly; register now and don’t forget to ask for Member discounts and special offers for siblings and friends. 21 Acres is a nonprofit inspiring action to solve climate challenges by learning as a community to grow, eat and live sustainably.

Elegance & Comfort at Tacoma’s Hotel Murano

Our room at  Hotel Murano
Accommodation provided.

During our recent trip up to Washington, Jai and I stayed at Hotel Murano in Tacoma. We stayed there once before in 2014, and were really looking forward to returning after our first visit. We had spent the afternoon at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville and were going to a family gathering in Renton the following day, so Tacoma was the perfect stopping point to relax and get some rest.

Hotel Murano room

Once again, we checked in to find a beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable room, with lots of space to stretch out, stow your bags, and rest. There are a variety of amenities available to make you as cozy as possible, including a “Pillow menu” where you can request a specialty pillow!

Fainting couch

The room also featured a large window with a panoramic view of the city. It was pretty rainy on the day that we were there, so it was relaxing to sit in our warm room and gaze out the window!

Tacoma panorama

Panorama of the view from our room – click to view full size

Aside from being a restful place to stay, Hotel Murano is a very stylish place. I really enjoyed the decor and atmosphere of the rooms and hotel overall.



Everyone at the hotel is helpful and make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. Hotel Murano has a variety of packages to make your stay easy, and ours included parking and a continental breakfast. It was incredibly convenient to grab a quick and tasty breakfast before we hit the road the next morning!

Sparkling water & chocolates

Once again, Hotel Murano provided the perfect stopping point during our travel adventures. Jai and I look forward to returning in the future!

For More Information:

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 238-8000
Click here for offers & rates

Travel Chicago Book “A Centric Summer”

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There’s nothing better than Chicago in the summer, and Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago wants modern travelers to experience it all without breaking the bank!

Pack your bags and get ready to experience a Centric Summer in Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago. Ideal for the modern traveler, centrally located and a short walk to everything our wonderful city has to offer. Whether it is shopping, theater, dining or architecture let Hyatt Centric the Loop be the start of your adventure.

Book “A Centric Summer” weekend stay between June 24 and September 5 and receive up to 15% off. Guests must book between May 6 and May 31 to take advantage of this offer that’s good Thursdays through Sundays. Whether it’s shopping, theater, dining or architecture travelers are after, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago is the perfect start to an adventure with its central location that’s just a short walk to everything the wonderful Windy City has to offer.

Make your reservation today to take advantage of the special 15% discounted weekend rate.

Family Fun With Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park!

Kids' Trek
Media passes provided.

We recently drove up to Eatonville, Washington to tour Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Jai spent part of his childhood in Washington and grew up seeing commercials for Northwest Trek, but neither of us had ever paid a visit before. In addition to being a great place to observe Pacific Northwest wildlife in its habitat, Northwest Trek offers a variety of family-friendly activities to make your day even more fun. The newest of these is Kids’ Trek, an amazing new play area inspired by nature. This playground has been in the works for ten years, with the finished product opening at the beginning of April, and it’s an amazing spot for children to play!

Kids' Trek Play Area at Northwest Trek

The first thing you notice at Kids’ Trek is the giant “Tree trunk” filled with climbing nets, a slide, and a 15′ fireman-style pole, which you access by running across a clatter bridge.

Clatter bridge
Nets inside the tree trunk


There’s a statue of a goat overlooking the area, since goats also love to climb!

Goat statue
Who can live in a tree?

From there, kids can bounce on the trampoline modeled after an Eagles’ nest.

Eagles' Nest

Children can also play in a “Beaver dam” complete with running water.

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Otter statue

There are also interactive activities provided, like the chance to make sand sculptures, plus a “Construction zone” where little ones can build their own fort with river tumbled sticks. And for toddlers, there is a special log cabin area to play in!

Log cabins

Kids’ Trek is the kind of play area that kids could easily spend all afternoon playing in – and it’s all free with admission to the park. It’s conveniently situated across from picnic benches and food, perfect for parents to sit and take a breather while their kids have a great time. Oh yeah, and by the way, there’s still an entire wildlife park that we haven’t explored yet!

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Beaver swimming

You can take a walking tour through the park and get a glimpse at all kinds of animals, from owls to bears to cougars and many more. The park has been designed to be as natural as possible, showing these native animals in their local habitat. With some of the exhibits, such as the beavers, you can view it first from the outside and then walk down a level to get a closer look at them swimming and building through a glass wall. While we were there, we got to see a beaver family working on their lodge. So cute!

Sleepy wolverine

After we had spent a little time walking around, Jai and I hopped on board for the Discovery Tram Tour. This tour is also free with admission, and winds through 435 acres of forest and open meadows to give you a look at animals like bison, elk, moose, goats, bighorn sheep, and more.

Starting our tram tour

Riding through the park is so much fun. It’s really incredible to see such majestic animals as huge bison standing literally a few feet away from your window! The tour guide talks about the animals seen on the trip and provides interesting history and facts, making it educational for kids as well as enjoyable.


Bison closeup



Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a perfect spot to spend a day with your family! Start off by exploring the park on foot, then sit back on relax on the Discovery Tram Tour. You can end your day by letting your kids burn off some energy at Kid’s Trek while you enjoy a snack for the perfect afternoon. Although honestly, once your children spot Kids’ Trek, you may just find that you end up spending the whole day there! 😉 And I haven’t even touched on the fact that you can take a Keeper Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look as the keepers feed the animals, or the fact that the park also has a zip line. You might want to just go ahead and get yourself an annual pass so you can explore it all!

For More Information:

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328
Phone: (360) 832-6117

Click here for hours and ticket prices

Cool Off at the Hall Wines Cabernet Cookoff

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Tickets provided by Hall Wines; photography courtesy of Elizabeth Proctor

For the past 7 years, Hall Wines has hosted a Cabernet Cookoff. Loaded with celebrity guests, skilled local chefs, and – of course – lots of their signature Cabernet Sauvignon, this springtime Napa Valley event is a celebration of wine, sunshine, and camaraderie.

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With the day being bright and warm, there was plenty of Sauvignon Blanc on hand to help beat the heat. Sauvignon Blanc might be my favorite wine – fresh, grassy, and tasting of citrus – and Hall Wines does a very good one, at a price point that won’t make you wince as you reach for your wallet.

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The day was perfect; the grounds were beautiful and spacious. Despite a line to get in – and a packed parking lot – the event never felt overcrowded or unmanageable. Major props to your event coordinators, Hall Wines!

And now, onto the main event: the food.

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Bison carnitas topped with marinated onions.

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Smoked octopus with heirloom tomatoes, microgreens, and fingerling potatoes in local olive oil.

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Lamb meatballs with feta, mushrooms, and spring peas.

There is so much more we didn’t get to photograph, because it was in our mouths right after it was ready.

The portions were large enough to really get a feel for each dish, but not so large that you were overstuffed. You didn’t have to wait more than 5 minutes to get a serving, and in most cases, food was waiting for your hands. The crowds were polite, and moved along once people got their share – this is the most pleasant food festival I’ve ever attended.

And, of course, let’s not forget the desserts!

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Caramel popcorn and chocolate buttercream cupcakes pair well with the dark, berry notes of Cabernet.

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These macarons were perfect: filled with black currant jam and dusted with rose, they were sweet, sticky, melting, and utterly indulgent.

The Hall Cabernet Cookoff is an excellent way to spend an afternoon: decadent, filling, sociable, with enough competition and people watching to make it interesting. I highly recommend attending!

New York Dining Guide for Mother’s Day 2016

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New Yorkers: Here’s your last-minute dining guide with the best spots to take mom to dinner tonight!

MAMO Restaurant
Treat Mom to the best of SoHo dining at MAMO Restaurant. This French/Italian Provencal menu from Michelin-starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola hits all the right notes. Mother’s Day Specials include Salmon Carpaccio with Asparagus Salad and Burrata, Risotto Primavera with Diced Vegetables, Roasted Veal Top Round with Wild Leeks and Potatoes, and for dessert Profiteroles with a decadent Chocolate and Rum Sauce. MAMO will also feature a special Mother’s Day cocktail; the delicious Fiore di Miele which is made with St-Germaine, lemon juice, pisco and prosecco. MAMO’s bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

323 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(646) 964-4641

Philippe Chow
Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow puts his own contemporary spin on traditional Beijing-style cuisine at Philippe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. This elegant Chinese restaurant serves an expertly designed menu of signature dishes such as Chicken Satay, Peking Duck, Green Prawns, and Nine Seasons Spicy Prawns—each presented family style—as well as a too-good-to-resist dessert menu from pastry chef Kostas Paterakis, that includes Red Velvet Cake; the gluten-free Warm, Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake; and Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. Specialty drinks ranging from a Lychee Martini to Midnight Mojito, are just the icing on this epicurean cake.

33 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 644-8885

This Upper East Side neighborhood gem offers signature dishes from Executive Chef Ben Zwicker’s special menu, which includes a Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette; Yellowfin tuna tartare; or the prime aged Angus burger. Also available are the T-Bar Steak Bar—certified Black Angus, filet mignon, aged New York Strip, aged bone-in rib eye, or Black Angus porterhouse for two, served with steak sauce, béarnaise sauce, or poivre sauce. No meal at T-Bar is complete without tasting the popular desserts Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Chocolate Sundae with brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream. An artful menu of specialty cocktails—including the exquisite Downtown Manhattan, made with Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, brandied cherries, Antica vermouth, and cherry herring—and a curated wine list complete this epicurean experience.

1278 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-0404

Good Enough to Eat
Treat Mom to traditional American home cooking this Mother’s Day at Good Enough to Eat, an Upper West Side dining establishment that has catered to neighborhood regulars, international travelers, and celebrities for over 30 years. Tuck in to Mother’s Day special appetizers such as a Popcorn Coconut Shrimp with Strawberry Sweet and Sour Dip or the Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Beets, Orange Supremes, Cucumber, Bermuda Onion, Crumbled Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds, Tossed in a Mustard Vinaigrette. For entrée, Mother’s Day diners can choose from Seared Trout Almondine Served with Spring Vegetable Risotto and Sautéed Asparagus; Inside-Out Chicken Cordon Bleu with Bechamel Sauce Served with Baked Potato and Haricot Verts; or Petite Filet Mignon with Creamy Cognac Sauce Served with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Broccoli (all served with a side salad). Special desserts on offer to end a special meal include a Strawberry Shortcake and a Chocolate Silk Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream.

520 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 496-0163

Back Seating Area 6Ivy Bar & Grill
For a livelier Mother’s Day experience, visit popular Ivy Bar & Grill in New York’s thriving Hell’s Kitchen. You will find the wooden tables, burning candles, and decorative lanterns create a warm space to enjoy time spent with friends and family. Specialty dishes that Mom will love include the creamy Kale & Artichoke Dip, the succulent Lamb Burger and the fresh Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Ivy Bar & Grill is also known for its cocktails, which include the pineapple infused Ivy Martini, the Woodford vanilla bean infused Manhattan Reserve and the Pomegranate White Cosmopolitan. This high end bar & grill regularly offers live entertainment and features a daily happy hour between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

944 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 459-9444

Treat Mom to a one-on-one dining experience at this cozy Upper East Side hotspot. Enjoy high-quality Mediterranean dishes that are a fusion of Italian and French classics, including fresh spring dishes such as Lobster Salad with radicchio, watercress, endive, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette; Baby Artichokes with Avocado and Parmigiano; or Endives with a Roquefort Cheese to start before moving into enticing entrees such as Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks, and lemon white wine sauce; Straccetti di Vitello, super-thin pounded sliced veal served with arugula and shaved Parmigiano; or Spaghetti with pancetta and peas. Save room for the extensive dessert menu that caters to all of Mom’s favorites including Profiteroles; Apple Tarte Tatin; Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake; or Cantucci al Vin Santo, homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo wine for dipping.

21 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 980-6700

Let’s GO ON a #RoadTrip Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West #Giveaway #FodorsontheGo #AD

“This post is brought to you in partnership with Penguin Random House.”

School is almost out and it’s time to start thinking about how and where you are going to go on your summer vacation. I love to go road trips and we’re planning on going to somewhere in between Southern Oregon and Southern Washington. I’d love to go see the Oregon Caves or Crater Lake or Mt. Saint Helens. However, I just received the new Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West and I can’t wait to use it to find the perfect place for us to stop. You can purchase Fodor’s The Complete Guide to National Parks of the West in stores May 10, 2016.



I’m also very excited about these audio books. The Penguin Random House Listening Library of audiobooks are perfect for entertaining the family on a road trip! I get tired of the kids playing games on their ipos the entire time and they actually like listening to audio books so I’m excited to be adding these to our audio library. You can check out a few samples here on my blog…..


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

The Fourteenth Goldfish


Summer is right around the corner and planning your family vacation has never been easier thanks to Fodor’s Travel. For 80 years Fodor’s has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, their experts unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders. Throughout 2016, all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel in their natural, historical, and cultural splendor.

There’s no better way to explore a national park (or a few!) than to hit the road and let’s face it, picking which parks to visit and what scenic routes to take can be overwhelming. Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on Fodors.com, include the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states. And that’s not all you’ll find – National Parks 101 tells you everything you need to know about planning a trip to the national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season. When you use these tools with Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10, which includes completely updated coverage of the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park, you’re sure to have the best summer trip yet. 

And while you’re on the road with your family, you’re going to need some travel entertainment. The solution: Listen to an audiobook! With an audiobook, you can completely lose yourself in the journey, enjoying the scenery while listening to a great narrator tell you a story. Ideal listening with kids in the car, audiobooks expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension. In fact, 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening. Whether it’s a charmingly, quirky tale for your middle grader like Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, a brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, or Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

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