Travel & Places

THE CITY, THE BEACH & THE LAKE

I can’t believe it’s been three weeks already since my vacation. Here’s a look back at what I did during my time off.

First my family and I made our way to Brooklyn for the day to visit Jane’s Carousel. This was on my to do list for pretty much my entire pregnancy. It’s a beautiful carousel built-in 1922 then purchased on auction by Jane and David Walentas in 1984. It was fully restored and now lives on for others to enjoy on the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s truly a magical thing to experience.

There is a very quick window of time when it comes to eating out with a little one so my suggestion is to bring a big blanket, pack plenty of toys and bubbles, a nice lunch and relax at one of the many parks in the area. Maybe next time it will be just my husband and I so we can check out one of these places that I hear is pretty good… Pies N Thighs, Diner or The Meatball Shop.

Besides finally experiencing Jane’s Carousel my next top highlight from the day was that Del’s is now in NY! Here’s the scoop on Del’s, one it’s from RI and two it’s a delicious frozen lemonade drink! Be on the lookout for their truck!


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Next stop was Montauk. This is where the staycation turned into a road trip. Last minute my husband booked a four-day trip to Montauk. It was a great surprise and a successful first family vacation. We stayed at Montauk Blue Hotel a recently renovated hotel right on the beach!

Here are my highlights from the trip. Sorry but I don’t have any dinner recommendations…my husband and I grilled each night, again back to that short window of time with a little one!

1. Head to town and stop at Herb’s Market for cheese and crackers and other snacks for the room. And of course don’t forget to stop for wine! The Montauk Blue hotel has an amazing deck that looks directly out to the water…lots of glasses of wine were had out there!!

2. Beach bonfires at night, be sure to have your smores and sparklers ready.

3. Breakfast at Joni’s Kitchen, a little hidden hot spot right near the beach with a great vibe and menu.

4. Enjoy lots of beach time.

5. Take a drive to South Hampton for shopping.

6. Visit the Montauk Lighthouse.

7. Lunch at the Lobster Roll.

8. Check out The Montauk Farmer’s Market which takes place every Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm on the Village Green.

9. Visit Greenlines, this beautiful apparel shop in town offers board-shorts for men, women and kids. Greenlines also donates a portion of their profits to grassroots efforts and national and international organizations.

10. On your way home stop at Nichol’s of East Hampton for lunch, they have a great patio and then Serena & Lily for one last shopping experience which you won’t regret, this store is absolutely gorgeous.

 

And last but not least one night away with great friends on the lake in Massachusetts. My husband’s friend from college and his wife were kind enough to open their lake house to my husband and I, three other couples from college, our kids and a dog. I went tubing for my first time and I can’t believe I have never done this crazy activity before, it was so much fun!

 

I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my family, excited that I had the chance to explore new places and happy to laugh with old friends.

I hope your summer brings a little fun your way too!

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