Archive for the ‘Travel & Attractions’ Category

ARTech: Pop-up Activity Center: Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


This past Saturday, my family and I had an opportunity to check out an interesting “pop-up” activity center known as “ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology” held in the Meatpacking District of New York City. The Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in ...

My Son’s 14th Birthday NYC Staycation by Robin Gorman Newman


My son turned 14 on February 24th. Not only is he looking more mature, but I'm witnessing a maturity in behavior and demeanor, and it's impressive. I also see an ignited interest in socializing, which is both heartening and bittersweet.  An increased desire to hang with friends, as I always hoped he'd ...

Refinery Hotel: A Refuge with a View by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_24777" align="alignleft" width="175"] (Rooftop Fireplace)[/caption] New York in January is a place that many, other than tourists, want to escape, once the ball has dropped and new years excitement has waned. But, for my 13 year old son and I, given the opportunity to squeeze in a quickie staycation, no matter ...

Travel to Wilmington, Delaware with a Teen by Robin Gorman Newman


My husband has been logging long hours at work for some time, so we jumped at the opportunity to enjoy a family vacation over Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, I took ill with a virus turned sinus infection, so we didn't get to do quite as much as we had hoped, but we ...

Columbus Day Weekend Staycation in Times Square, NYC with My Son by Robin Gorman Newman


Ever since my son turned 13 last February, there’s been a growing maturity and desire on his part for both privacy and autonomy. In our home, he now shuts his bedroom door, and we hear him hanging with friends and playing for hours on his gaming laptop. He emerges for ...

Guest Blog: Setting Sail for a New Family Life by Leon Schulz, author, Sabbatical at Sea, a Family Sets Sail


The following is an excerpt from Sabbatical At Sea.....   It was already May, and the step from Planning into the actual Sailing phase was only a few weeks away. Were we in chaos? That would be an understatement! We were such good planners, surely? What we thought would feel like organizing a ...

Greenville: A Gem of a Southern Town by Robin Gorman Newman


I'm always on the lookout for vacation spots that offer things of interest to both my son, Seth, and I (and my husband if he can break from work to join us.).  When Greenville, South Carolina came on my radar, I was curious to see what it had to offer, ...

Asheville: An Artsy, Scenic, Welcoming, Mountain Town by Robin Gorman Newman


My son and I had visited Asheville North Carolina a number of years ago to spend time with a friend who moved there from New York and really enjoyed the visit, so we welcomed the opportunity to recently go again. This time we opted to stay for three nights at DOUBLETREE ...

SCHOOL BREAK IN NYC WITH A TWEEN by Robin Gorman Newman


My 12 year old son and I really enjoy NYC and have made many memories during our staycations when he has school break.  I am always grateful for the quality time we have together, since life often feels so busy on a day-to-day basis, for our family. With February school break ...

NYC Weekend Getaway: EXECUTIVE HOTEL LE SOLEIL: Travel Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Being the NYC enthusiasts that we are, my 12 year old son and I never pass up the opportunity to spend an overnight in the Big Apple, particularly during school breaks when we prefer not to jump on a plane for fear of getting stranded due to inclement weather or ...