Catskills 2022 (Kingston and Woodstock)

Alleyway Ice Cream in Saugerties

My summer season in the Catskills has come to an end. We spent most of it in the mid-Hudson area, first near Saugerties and then near Kingston. And I didn’t do any hiking whatsoever. It was so hot and there were so many mosquitoes outside, and did I mention the possibility of ticks? How do people find this type of thing enjoyable? I did occasionally pick some fruits and vegetables, and I did eat out a decent amount. I also did go out to the Ashokan trail once, walked far enough to see the cute sheep on the right and the lake on the left, and then I had had enough.

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Hamptons With Kids in the Offseason

Coopers Beach in Southampton, courtesy of www.discoverlongisland.com

People may think that the Hamptons is dead during the non-summer offseason, but it’s actually very lovely to visit during the more quiet times. There are enough restaurants, cultural activities and stores that are open to give you something to do, and you don’t have to deal with the horrible traffic driving in from the city. The beach is always open, and while you may not be able to swim in the water, sunsets are beautiful any time of year. It’s a lovely place to bring children since there’s a great infrastructure of museums, restaurants, playgrounds and wide open spaces set up all times of the year. If you’re going to the Hamptons in December, April or an offseason month and are wondering what you can do with your kids, here’s a list of recommended places that will make your offseason vacation awesome.

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Septime in Paris, France 2021

Getting a reservation to Septime is near impossible. The online reservation is an exercise in false hope. The dates on the calendar seem like they’re open, but really they click through to a waitlist. And the waitlist never seems to move. So I guess the silver lining about the pandemic is that only a portion of the world’s population can actually come to Septime, which means tables are easier to come by. I was planning a trip to Paris in September, so I started looking for bookings in the summer. I had no trouble getting a table. It felt really good being able to click on a date and get an actual reservation. What a difference two years makes. Last time I went to Septime, all I ended up with was a tote bag from their wine bar. This time I left with memories of the most amazing dinner.

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A Weekend in Kingston, NY (With Kids)

Spring break this year had to be local again. But rather than being disappointed, I was looking forward to exploring more of upstate New York. International jetsetting is glamorous, but nothing beats a trip that’s only 1.5 hours away by car. This time around we made Kingston, NY our base. Kingston, compared to Fishkill, which was the town we stayed in on our winter break, felt more like a proper town. We stayed in an Airbnb rental right in the heart of downtown, and I couldn’t have been happier. I loved the fact that we were within walking distance to a lot of great restaurants, bakeries and coffeeshops, and there were a lot in the immediate area! Kingston is also a good base for exploring other nearby towns like Rhinebeck, Saugerties and Woodstock, which are ~20 minute drives away. The kids, as always, loved being in a bigger house than their city apartment, and it was fun taking them on scenic hikes and train rides in the Hudson Valley. A weekend trip to Kingston with the kids is always a good idea, especially when the weather gets nicer. Here’s a sample itinerary of things to do if you choose to take the kids to Kingston NY on your next quick trip out of the city.

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A Weekend in Fishkill and Beacon, NY (With Kids)

If you’re in New York City, looking for weekend trip ideas, chances are you are typing in the words “Hudson Valley” in the Airbnb search tool. Because when you’re dealing with quarantines and restrictions that can vary by state and by day, it’s easier to stay as close to home as possible, without actually staying home. The Hudson Valley, with its picturesque, rural landscapes and farm-to-table restaurants, is far enough and different enough from the city to make it feel like you’re getting away. The Hudson Valley is vast, though. Some cities like Peekskill are only an hour away from the city, while the more famous towns of Hudson or Catskill are a 3 hour drive. Fishkill, New York is the perfect middle ground in that it’s only 1.5 hours away, yet it still has access to great restaurants and cultural attractions in the town itself as well as in nearby Beacon.

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