21Oct

The Culture Mom App Suggestion: Explore NYC Parks

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I love NYC. I love walking its streets, eating its food, exploring its neighborhoods. When I lived on the Upper West Side, a trip to its public parks was a crucial part of my life to escape the nuttiness of my daily, wonderful life. I would have loved a simple and easy way to navigate the parks all over the city - all 1,900 of them. That was a while ago, before the invention of anything starting with an "i". Today there's an app for everything, and now there's Explore NYC Parks, built by Brooklyn-based web developer Andy Glass. While New York City is Read More

20Oct

My Latest on MiniTime: 10 Reasons to Visit Iceland with Kids

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My latest piece over on MiniTime is about a family travel destination close to my heart, ICELAND. We took the kids about five years ago. It wasn’t the most obvious of places to visit on our annual summer holiday but somehow or other, but we were definitely curious and once we began to do our research, we decided it would be our summer holiday destination.  The kids didn’t know what to expect when they heard the word “Iceland” – they thought we were going to go ice-skating and skiing during all throughout the holiday. Iceland is truly one of those Read More

02Oct

Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child

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Traveling with special needs children can be challenging, but the reward of seeing the world runs deep and the experience is like no other. While the urge to stay home may take over your conscious as a parent, it’s important to remember about your own desire and urge to explore while you are young, too Your child may be a stickler for routine or want all his foods separated. He may take medication and need an early bedtime. For all these reasons and more, you may be hesitant to take him out of his rhythm, but there are tactics to help cope. We’ve made Read More

15Sep

Giveaway: Big Apple Circus in NYC on 10/17

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I took my daughter to see the Big Apple Circus when she was 3 years-old.  We trekked into NYC mid-week and entered the a large tent at Lincoln Center.  I remember it being just like an-fashioned circus with clowns, jugglers, flying trapeze performers, horse back riders, acrobatics, puppies and more.  It was her first circus experience and it certainly left a mark on her memory.  She has never forgotten it…. …which is why I’m excited about its upcoming arrival in NYC. It's making its triumphant return to its hometown from October 17th to January Read More

19Aug

A Nautical Visit to Nonantum Resort

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We recently stayed at Nonantum Resort, a luxurious hotel in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. What was unique about the experience was that we were in the midst of a beautiful seaside village, complete with rocky beaches, waterfront cottages, sail boats, lobster fisherman and quaint shops and restaurants. The resort is ideal for a family trip as it's equipped with kid's activities (there's even a special tent dedicated to them, complete with a popcorn machine, movie screen, arts & crafts), sports (everything from kayaking to shuffle boarding), a Read More

17Aug

Family Bliss at Maine’s Inn By the Sea

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During our recent family holiday in Maine, my family and I ventured to a luxury oceanside resort in Cape Elizabeth called Inn By the Sea. Little did we know that we would be experiencing a completely blissful stay that would raise our bar for family travel forever moving forward. Inn By the Sea offers spacious, modern, sleek suites with views of the ocean, gorgeous food served on the premises, children's activities, a full-service spa and an extremely attentive staff. We felt right at home as soon as we walked through the door and remained in a zen Read More

15Aug

Mother-Daughter Getaway at The Danforth

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My daughter and I just spent one night at The Danforth, a small inn in the heart of Portland, Maine, with a lot of history dating back to 1812. From a prohibition hideout to episcopal housing, from boarding school to bank ruins, from Russian fortune to hard luck tales, The Danforth has a rich Maine history. It was transformed into an inn in 1993 and was recently renovated by brand new owners who plan on investing as much as $1 million and a new restaurant.  The result is comfortable,stylish and lavish and made for a cozy 24-hour visit for the two of Read More

14Aug

A Visit to Maine’s The Lodge on the Cove

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We just spent 24 hours at an unexpected treasure of a boutique hotel called The Lodge on the Cove, part of the Kennebunkpost Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Tucked away in a secluded part of this famous seaside town is this simply sublime and stylish resort.  It's also extremely welcoming to families with its spacious rooms, spread throughout a property that edges a tidal cove one mile from the center of town, as well as its activity offerings. The hotel is a  converted motor lodge that re-opened last year. The owners commissioned local Read More

13Aug

A Visit to Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

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My family and I just spent a few days at a very unique resort in Vermont called the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa. What is unique about it is not the fact that it's a located in a serene, beautiful of the state and offers a plethora of neither activities nor the fact that the grounds itself are breath taking and quite immaculate. What's unique is that the entire resort is based around cooking. As soon as you walk through the door, you are presented with homemade desserts and that is the just the tip of the iceberg with the serious culinary reality Read More

09Aug

A NYC Find: Ivan Ramen at Gotham Market

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This week I had a huge NYC discovery: Ivan Ramen at Gotham Market in midtown. I'd been dead curious to find how a Jewish guy from Long Island, Ivan Orkin, could create a so-called ramen revolution, and even more so to find out how he meshes his Jewish identity into his recipes. Apparently, he got his training in Tokyo, where he created two noodle restaurants that established as a ramen master of his domain, and brought his expertise and knowledge here. So clearly there would be validity to the claims of his being labeled Mr. Ramen King. The Gotham Market Read More