Inspiration  New York City Surprises

We were in NYC last weekend as a family, and I cannot wait to share with you some of our discoveries.  My husband and I try to sneak away to the city at least once a year to go the galleries and museums, but this is the first time we have taken our two boys (ages 8 and 10), and it was a different kind of trip!  (Not bad, just different!)


First, we learned that there are 21 playgrounds within Central Park, as well as a carousel and paddle boats for warmer days. Each playground is special and unique, in its design and setting, not to mention the wide variety of materials used that distinguish one from the next.  Check out the Central Park website where they have tons of information and a great interactive map!  Kids can get overstimulated and exhausted by the hustle bustle in the city, and a playground is just what they need to relax and let off steam.


On our way to the playground, we stopped at the Central Park Zoo (despite my eight year old’s desperation to get to the playground NOW).  Just as we arrived, we saw the most incredible display of sea lion behavior we have ever seen!  It was feeding time (just lucky) and we watched a 20 minute “show” as the seals performed adorable and amazing tricks to charm their handlers.  You can be sure that our future zoo visits will be centered around the sea lions’ dining hour!Central-park-zoo-seals


Tried & True  Family Scene — Playing Hooky at Migis Lodge

I cannot wait to share this adventure with you!  My two sons and I surprised my husband with a birthday getaway to Migis Lodge this weekend (well, actually Sunday-Tuesday!).  Migis Lodge is a fabulous family resort on Sebago Lake in South Casco, Maine.  It has been a family run operation since 1926, and it is a truly idyllic spot for the most adventurous and the most serene of guests.


Migis Lodge is a rustic and elegant retreat surrounded by views of Sebago Lake.  A huge fire burns in the stone fireplace in the main lodge where guests play boardgames and enjoy high tea.  Outstanding meals are served in the lovely dining room overlooking the lake and woods. There are 35 cabins nestled along the shoreline–each one more charming than the last–complete with fireplaces, wet bars and “cabin boys” to bring you ice, stoke your fire, and carry your bags.  We stayed in “Southwind”, the adorable little place shown below. (We were so happy to be upgraded to this three bedroom from another cabin that was smaller but equally charming.) We had four balconies and views over the lake that took our breath away.  Could you ever leave this spot? (more…)