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Summer Guide 2018 Local Family Escapes

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Welcome back! We are beyond excited to have launched MOMMY SAVANT in this wonderful Hoboken/ Jersey City Community in 2017!! Over the course of the next few years, we plan to showcase the best camps, restaurants, shops, salons, party venues, schools and doctors throughout Hudson County! Our Summer 2018 Guide: FAMILY ESCAPES! provides ideas for local trips for our familiesin the area. The “Meet Your Neighbors” section highlights some amazing local families who help make the community so unique. Mommy Savant is 3-tiered – the quarterly, relevant guide for our community, a monthly newsletter highlighting local events and providing info for families, along with various events, which will help bring the community together. We are so excited to keep this amazing neighborhood inspired and in the know! Melissa Orr Azzarto Mommy Savant, Hoboken (617)460-1814


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here to start when planning a local family trip?! There are so many options that the task can get overwhelming! We here at Mommy Savant have made the job much easier for all our Hudson County families. Welcome to our “Summer 2018: Family Escapes!� Guide. We have comprised a comprehensive list of the various options for the Hoboken/ JC Community. Let the exploring begin! Note: all guides can be accessed online with click-through links to resource at for advertising information email: //


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Mystic, CT

Travel time: 2 hrs 50 min by car or train


Start with breakfast at Kitchen Little (36 Quarry Rd; 860-536- 2122, kitchenlittle. org). The Mystic Melt—fresh lump crabmeat and cream cheese scrambled with two eggs for $9.99—is a favorite, and great fuel for exploring this marina town. Dine on the patio so kids can watch boats traveling up and down the river. At the Mystic Aquarium (55 Coogan Blvd; 860-572-5955, $35.99, children ages 13–17 $29.99, children ages 3–12 $25.99, under 2 free), you’ll find African penguins, sea lions and beluga whales. Pirate-loving tykes get a real taste of 19thcentury maritime life at the Mystic Seaport Museum (75 Greenmanville Ave; 888-9732767, $28.95, children ages 4–14 $18.95, under 3 free). Don’t forget to check out the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world. When tummies start growling for lunch, head to Sea Swirl (30 Williams Ave; 860-536-3452,, a roadside burger and fries dive that also serves top-notch

fried seafood, or Mystic Pizza (56 W Main St; 860-536-3700,, the eatery made famous by the 1988 Julia Roberts movie of the same name. Save room for dessert: The best ice cream in town is just down the street at Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream (2 W Main St; 860-572-7978, The local favorite serves up house-made flavors like chocolate truffle and Mystic Mud. Spend the night at the Inn at Mystic (3 Williams Ave; 860-536-9604, innatmystic. com. Rooms from $209 per night). Before heading home, make a pit stop at Mystical Toys (4 E Main St, 860-536-7131)—the perfect place to pick up a memento of your weekend adventure.

Hershey, PA

Travel time: 3 hrs by car This spot is a dream come true for adventureseekers with a sweet tooth. Start the day off with a breakfast made for champions at the Hershey Pantry (801 E Chocolate Ave; 717533-7505, There, families can fuel up on house-made baked

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goods and omelets before tackling the day’s main dish: the Boardwalk at Hersheypark (100 W Hersheypark Dr; 800-437-7439, $64.95, children ages 3–8 $41.95, under 2 free; includes theme park). The waterpark features 15 aquatic rides, including a lazy river for those who’d rather keep cool than get their heart racing. Take tiny splashers into Sandcastle Cove where they’ll be entertained all day with climbable features, little water slides and gentle water jets. Cap off the day at Hershey Lodge (325 University Dr; 844-330-1802, Rooms from $349 per night) where the aquatic fun can continue at any of its indoor or outdoor pools or game room and everyone gets a Hershey’s Kiss at turn down.

Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, NY

Travel time: 2 hr 30 min by car Leave the Nintendo DS and Nook at home and get ready for some old- school bonding at Rocking Horse Ranch (600 State Rte

44/55, Highland, NY; 800-647-2624, Rooms from $299 per adult per night, children ages 3–15 from $89, under 2 free). The allinclusive resort, reminiscent of an upscale sleepaway camp, sports a laundry list of activities—horseback riding, shuffleboard, bungee jumping, mini golf and waterskiing. There’s also an indoor water park and a giant outdoor water slide. Families can play softball and volleyball with other guests or show off their singing talent during karaoke nights. Magic acts, ventriloquists, jugglers and other entertainers take to the stage after dinner. There’s no chance of going hungry here—three all-you-can-eat meals are served daily. Kid favorites include the build-a-burger bar at lunch and the sundae station. Parents will go for the bagels with gourmet cream cheeses at breakfast. Sound exhausting? Rocking Horse also offers a variety of facials and massages (from $90 per hour), so grown-ups can decompress while the kids are off enjoying the country air.

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Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA Travel time: 1 hr 30 min by car

Sesame Place (100 Sesame Rd; 215-702-3566, Tickets from $50, children under 2 free) is, of course, nirvana for Elmo-loving toddlers. Sure, you can do it as a day trip, but there are enough playful attractions and familyfriendly activities to make a weekend of it. Get there when the gates open at 10am, and head straight for the most popular water attractions: Big Bird’s Rambling River, which lets you and your progeny float around the park on inner tubes, and Sky Splash, where you climb six stories to a giant rubber duckie—so high that you can sometimes see Philly from it—then descend on a family-sized rubber raft into a plunge pool. When those lines get insane, try Cookie’s Monster Land, which offers up five rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area to the kiddie wonderland. Before leaving, take a stroll through the life-size re-creation of the Sesame Street set, and watch the Neighborhood Street Party


Parade. Crash at the Radisson in nearby Trevose, Pennsylvania (2400 Old Lincoln Hwy; 215-638- 8300, Rooms from $135 per night). Kids under 12 get a free breakfast buffet and you can cash in on other special deals if you’re planning a weekend with Elmo.

Greenport, NY

Travel time: 3 hrs by train, 2 hrs 30 min by car A picturesque former whaling village, Greenport boasts a walkable downtown of shops, galleries, and restaurants featuring local seafood. At Preston’s Dock, sign up for a cruise aboard the Glory (631-477-2515, $20, children 4–12 $10, 3 and under free), a 30-foot solar-powered sailing vessel. Just 15 minutes away, kids can swim at Orient Beach State Park, which has a restored lighthouse at its tip, while keeping an eye out for wildlife like great blue herons and osprey. Back in Greenport, chow down at Claudio’s (111 Main St; 631-477-0627, Additional Content: Thanks to The NYTimes

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#HOBOKEN // LOCAL FAMILY ESCAPES, a favorite since 1870. Dine on the catch of the day while kids sample fish filet sandwiches. Bunk at the beachfront Silver Sands Motel and Beach Cottages (1400 Silvermere Rd; 631-477-0011, Rooms from $175 per night).

Minerals Resort & Spa, Vernon, NJ Travel time: 1 hr 30 min by car

Sure, you want the kids to have fun on vacation. But getting a little adult R&R would be pretty sweet, too. For a getaway that will sate the offspring yet also allow you a little self-indulgence, Minerals Hotel (2 Chamonix Dr; 973-827-5996, Rooms from $279 per night), should do the trick. The very kid-friendly place (it sounds swanker than it is) is 90 minutes from New York, so you’ll be pulling up to the sprawling grounds in no time. Seven indoor and outdoor pools allow for splash time no matter the weather. You, meanwhile, can kick back on a lounge chair with a cocktail from the poolside bar, or take turns watching the kids while one

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of you sneaks away for a massage in the on-site Elements Spa or a round of golf on the adjacent course. In the evening, head to Pioneer restaurant in nearby Warwick, New York (49 Oakland Ave; 845-986-6500,, for take-out burgers and fries, then hit the Warwick Drive-In (5 Warwick Tpke; 845986-4440, $10, children ages 4–11 $8, under 4 free) for a first-run double feature. After breakfast the next morning at Kites, the resort’s restaurant, kids will no doubt want more pool time. That will leave them refreshed for a hike along the Canal Road section of the Appalachian Trail before you head back to the city.

Long Beach, NY

Travel time: 2hrs and 10min by car Those that spend these family weekend getaways at this “City by the Sea” won’t regret it. There are a ton of fun parades and festivals throughout the summer, plus plenty of localparks and playgrounds for your kids to enjoy during the warm weather. There’s also the opportunity forbike rentals

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oysters and throw calorie caution to the wind with a brown paper bag of deep fried lobster, crab and shrimp doughnuts. Afterward, if you’re eager to get on the water, Classic Cruises of Newport offers tours of the bay in a former rumsmuggling yacht and a 72foot schooner. Kid-friendly if you show up early!

Stay at the Hotel Viking, which is family-friendly, offering a large indoor pool, restaurant and game © Joshua Mcdonough room. Hotel Viking opened to an awestruck public in May 1926. As a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America, the hotel in Newport holds a special place in history. From the clock above the Front Travel time: 4 hrs by car Desk depicting ancient Nordic Runes to the With its summer cottages the size original 1926 brass letter box in the Lobby, of palaces and its century-old status the hotel offers a wonderful combination as a yachting capital, Newport is the of style, comfort and modern amenities. quintessential playground of American Brimming with stories of famous aristocracy. Still, this harbor town is more dignitaries and celebrities, the Hotel Viking than model ships and mansions. The has offered gracious hospitality for over 90 waterfront — with views of wide, tentacled years. A quick walk to Bowen’s Wharf, filled Narragansett Bay — is still Newport’s with shops and restaurants makes this soul, and the estates along Bellevue classic and must! Avenue haven’t lost their Gilded Age glamour. But in a town that seems, on the Before leaving town, stretch your legs and get one last taste of salt air at the Norman surface, so untouched by time, there’s an Bird Sanctuary, a 325-acre wildlife refuge. undercurrent of youthful rebelliousness. Follow the path to Hanging Rock, passing Ambitious upstart restaurants, a the pond — where you can sometimes boisterous night life and a beachy surf spot goslings, herons and lazing turtles culture belie Newport’s staid reputation. — to the edge of the massive, jutting rock Have dinner in classic Newport style formation, where there are views of forests — overlooking the marina and — at the and fields and out to the Atlantic. There Mooring, the former Station 6 clubhouse are picnic tables on the lawn and a modest of the New York Yacht Club. Socialites slurp “Barn Museum” with taxidermied foxes and sea birds.

Newport, RI


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on the local boardwalk (516-432- 9632, they offer cruisers, mountain bikes, baby seats, helmets, locks and more. Be warned: The beach does have a $15 fee per person for non-pass holders. To keep things cost effective, we recommend you stay at the Best Western Mill River Manor, which will run you about $122 per room. There’s an outdoor pool!

Lehigh Valley, PA

Travel time: 1 hr 40 min by car If the family can’t choose between thrilling amusement rides and swimming pools to beat the heat, then an itinerary centered on Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA; 610395-3724, $45, children ages 3 and up shorter than 48 inches $34, under 3 free) will satisfy all. The older set will enjoy the twisting, turning dry and wet rollercoasters while little ones enjoy Peanuts-themed rides. Come nighttime, watch movies under the stars

at Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre (4540 Shankweiler Rd, Orefield, PA; 610- 4810800, $10, children 3–12 $6, 2 and under free) before tucking in at Allentown Comfort Suites (3712 Hamilton Blvd; 610- 437-9100, Rates start at $179).

Watch Hill, RI

Travel time: 3 hrs by train or car Quaint homes and a 19th-century lighthouse await at this seaside community. Hitch a ride on the Flying Horse Carousel, a National Historic Landmark built in 1876. Check into the Sand Dollar Inn (171 Post Rd; 401- 322-2000. Rooms from $155 per night, children under 12 free) in nearby Westerly and make a picnic out of St. Clair Annex (141 Bay St; 401-348- 8407, fare—lobster rolls and hot fudge sundaes made with homemade ice cream. In the evening, catch a spectacular sunset from barrier beach Napatree Point.

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Gillette Castle, East Haddam, CT Travel time: 2 hrs 30 min by car to the Essex Steam Train depot

A mansion tour isn’t at the top of most children's must-do lists, but this isn’tjust another rich family’s house: Among other novelties, you take both an antique train and a ferry to get here. Kids used to jam-packed subway cars will love settling into their comfortable seats on the Essex Steam Train (One Railroad Ave, Essex, CT; 860-767-0103, $19, children 2–11 $10) for an hour-long trip through the Connecticut River Valley. Disembark and, after a brief walk, hop aboard the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry ($2 per person). As you approach landfall, keep an eye out for the medieval-style stone structure atop a hill. That’s Gillette Castle (860-526-2336; $6, children ages 6–12 $2, 5 and under free), and it’s just a short (though not stroller-friendly) hike from the shore. Once you’re there, tour guides will take your crew through two dozen woodand-stone–clad rooms. Built in the early twentieth century by the then-famous actor and Sherlock Holmes portrayer William Gillette, the mansion is like a mystery-movie


tableau where ghosts and evildoers might lurk at any turn. Gillette was also a stage manager who invented many trick props, and a bit of a prankster: He devised a series of mirrors to allow him to spy on visitors, and a hidden staircase so that he could sneak up on guests—or escape from them. Before or after your ferry ride, fill up at the Trackside Cafe, a converted dining car at the steam train depot. Overnight visitors can relax at the outdoor pool at the former Sandpiper Inn in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, now an Econo Lodge Inn and Suites (1750 Boston Post Rd; 860-399-7973, Rooms from $79 per night), which retains much of the old inn’s charm.

Wildwood, NJ

Travel time: 2 hrs 30 min by car Rejoice: This Jersey Shore town is more family-friendly than MTV- camera ready. Stay at El Coronado Resort (8501 Atlantic Ave; 609-729- 1000, Rooms from $135 per night) and enjoy poolside barbecues, movies and live entertainment. Morey’s Piers (3501 Boardwalk; 609-5223900, offers two parks for one price: Raging Waters and the Ocean

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Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club, a tenminute walk or five-minute tram ride away ($45, children under 48” tall $37). Those who want to remain on dry land can hit up carnival rides and other attractions at three amusement piers ($59, children under 48” tall $47) though combo tickets are available if your little ones can’t decide. Happy hour at Sunset Bay (400 W Spruce Ave, 609-523- 0411, is a must: Kids can dig in the sand near a faux shipwreck while adults enjoy live music and, with luck, a picture-perfect sunset over the bay.

Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, NY Travel time: 1 hr by car

Traverse 500 grassy acres of large-scale sculptures at this modern art mecca located in the foothills of the Hudson Valley (1 Museum Rd; 845- 534-3115, stormking. org; $18, children 5-18 $8, children 4 and under free). Kids will love walking beneath and through the towering tall steel beams and stone columns, truly becoming part of each piece. Museum Hill has a stone indoor

museum and restrooms—start there and then head to the South Fields, where your crew will encounter mountain vistas and unique pieces like Wavefield (where the grass itself is the art medium) and Storm King Wall (an expansive, winding stone fence). On Saturdays, special craft activities (think nature-inspired artwork and drawing with remote controlled cars) are offered. (Note: The installations are spread wide apart, so expect lots of walking. A tram does run around the grounds every 20 minutes.) For lunch, stop by the The Storm King Café, which uses locally grown ingredients in their salads, soups and sandwiches, or head to Brothers Barbecue (2402 Route 32, New Windsor, NY; 845-5344227, for Southern favorites like collard greens, ribs and grits.

Cooperstown, NY

Travel time: 4hrs and 45min by car Few sports inspire the kind of devotion baseball does, which is why the bucolic village of Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (607-547-7200,, is on

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Bhalla family Introduce us to the family… My lovely wife Navneet Bindya and Bhalla are blessed to have two wonderful children, our daughter Arza Kaur, age 11 and son Shabebh Singh, aged 6. When did you move to Hoboken? I moved to Hoboken in April of 2000. My wife joined me when we got married in October 2004. How have you seen the community/ neighborhood change? We have seen remarkable and


positive changes every year in the City. Hoboken is becoming a lot more family friendly. People come to Hoboken and love the fact that it’s a walkable city, where you’ll go out an often meet a friend or two on the way. This is much different from what Hoboken once was, which was a transient city where people would retreat to the suburbs to raise a family after a few years in Hoboken.

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What is your favorite neighborhood walk? Our favorite neighborhood walk is from our home on Garden Street to the Shipyard area uptown, where we enjoy the neighborhood we lived in when we first came to Hoboken. We love the park space, waterfront views, and most of all, our daughter Arza never lets us leave without a visit to 16 Handles! Tell us about your favorite neighborhood activities. We enjoy the restaurants, parks and recreation in Hoboken. There are so many activities, whether sponsored by the City or the many small businesses and non-profits, that there is something to do that’s fun and interesting all the time. My kids just got hooked on the rock-climbing adventures at the Gravity Vault. My son loved Hoboken Little League’s T-Ball season, and my daughter is an active member of her girl scout troop. This is really just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much to do for young families that I think Hoboken by far the best city in New Jersey if not the country to raise a family. Favorite local restaurant? Our family really enjoys Napoli’s Pizza, butwe are also big fans of Zafra, where you can find some of the most delicious Cuban food!

What do you find most unique about living in this community? The most unique thing about living in Hoboken is the sense of community we have here. It’s really something special. Your neighbors are your friends. People are here to look out for you and help you, and we come together in harder times. There’s a sense of resiliency in Hoboken that’s truly second to none and positions us well to be an even more amazing City in the years ahead.

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ark, Melissa, Declan, Quinn and Killian

If you asked Melissa if she would still be in Hoboken when she moved here with her college roommate 18 years ago, she would have laughed out loud and answered with a resounding no way! Well, fast forward to a husband, three children, a dog and a local Hoboken business and she’s still shocked it’s been almost 20 years! Melissa is the owner and one of the instructors of Hoboken Fit Squad, a year round mommy and me fitness program which offers Yoga, a 5K training program and HIIT style classes. Her husband Mark, who has lived in Hoboken for 14 years, is the Director of North American Business Development at Lyxor Asset Management Inc. They were introduced to each other 13 years ago through mutual friends but always give the Green Rock credit as that is where they first met.

They have 3 children. Declan who is 6 and a half and attends kindergarten at Hoboken Catholic Academy. He currently plays soccer and t-ball but is totally obsessed with the WWE. Quinn and Killian, or “the twins” as they are affectionately referred as, are your typical 2 and a half year olds—energetic, always run in opposite directions and desperately seeking their independence. If you’ve attended any of the Hoboken Catholic Academy’s holiday shows, you’ve most likely watched Melissa chase after them across the gym.


While they have had plenty of friends migrate to the suburbs, they’re intent on staying, at least for a few more years. There are many factors that have kept them in Hoboken for so long. The most important is the true sense of family they feel from the community. Melissa’s brother and sister in law also live in Hoboken with their 3 children. Having all 6 cousins close in age and growing up together has been so special. Mark’s job has him on the road every week so the commute to Newark Airport and into the city is a relatively easy one. Melissa enjoys the walkability of Hoboken, the variety of restaurants, doing a little window shopping and the great options of parks for the little ones. They live in NW Hoboken which means plenty of time spent at the pop-up park (which happens to be where she holds HFS classes during the warmer months), as well as at the dog park, and the movie theater.

When they are not running across town taking the kids to soccer games or classes at the Monroe Center, you can find the family grabbing burgers at Carpe Diem or enjoying a few beers with friends at the Pilsner Haus. The summer is special time for the Towers. For the last 6 years, their summers have involved a family trip to LBI. The kids love splashing and swimming at the Surf City Bay Beach, playing games and enjoying the rides at Fantasy Island in Beach Haven, having a competitive game of mini golf at the Sandbar also in Surf City and bring home boxes of raviolis from Ravioli & More in Ship Bottom.

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am so grateful for the opportunity to share my story with our wonderful community.

My husband and I have lived in Hoboken since June of 2008. Hard to believe we are inching in on 10 years. We got engaged in the condo we bought together and brought both our babies home to this home. Truly we have built our life here. A short background on me, I grew up in Southern California and have spent the last 11 years on the East Coast. People tell me all the time how ‘brave’ I am for living here with the snow, but I truly have grown to love the change in seasons, even if that means a slight dislike for long Winters ;) I have two children. My son Dylan is 5 and my daughter Noelle is 2. I couldn’t imagine a better town to have had babies in. There was such an ease in meeting new friends as I navigated the journey of motherhood. I will be forever grateful to our tight knit community for being like a family to me in those early months and years of becoming a mom. I have always had a passion for fashion and clothing and was able to work in NYC at Vogue, where I had the opportunity to be immersed in style culture. Years later, this passion only grew, but in a different way becoming a mother to two, which brings me to my business venture.

I started AshOnTrend , a personal shopping service, last year. It is an online business model designed for women who don’t have the time or desire to shop. I work one on one with my clients to discover their needs, likes, dislikes and sometimes help them step outside of their comfort zone to try new styles. This is all done through email. You never have to leave your home to get a new wardrobe handpicked by me, for you. I recently added a service for local clients called The On Trend Closet Makeover. This is done in person typically in one session where I work with my client to go through their entire closet. I often say, at times you don’t know what you need until you clean out what you DON’T.

I have been fortunate the last several months to have wonderful clients, many of whom have become friends.

As Summer is approaching, I am really looking forward to taking some time with my family and escape to our favorite local getaway, Cape May. It’s such a special place for us as my husband and I started going annually prior to having our children and have since made it a tradition. One that I hope we can keep so long as our kids want to hang out with us ;) continue on page 27

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i neighbors! My name is Christina Dorando and I am the founder and owner of Cresthill Academy, an early childhood education organization with organic meals and a Mandarin language curriculum amongst other innovative features! We currently have four operating locations in Northern New Jersey with our fifth location opening in Harrison, NJ in Fall 2018. I live in Northeast Hoboken with my husband of 7 years, Jon and our daughter Aurelia! We’ve lived in Hoboken since December, 2016 and have loved every moment! My husband and I both grew up in New Jersey, he grew up in Warren, NJ by ways of New Brunswick, NJ and I grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ by way of China. Although I was born in China and immigrated to NJ with my parents when I was 8 years old, I pretty much identify NJ as my hometown! We got engaged and got married on August 17, 2011, in the middle of Hurricane Irene, made more traumatic by the fact that our wedding reception was supposed to be aboard the Atlantis yacht sailing out of Weehawken! So when the governors shut down all the ports bridges, we ended up planning a whole new wedding at the Morristown Hyatt in under 48 hours. I still remember making new seating charts and menu planning enroute to our rehearsal dinner! Despite the hurricane, everyone had a great time, even though all of our guests ate chicken because that was all the hotel could get with 24 hours notice.


Now fast forward 7 years and we find ourselves living in Hoboken with a toddler! Since moving here, we’ve just falling in love with the Mile Square City because there is *so much* to love about living in here! When we are lucky enough to get a babysitter, we love to go out and explore this awesome Mile Square City and all it’s culinary offerings!!! Some of our favorite date spots are La Isla Uptown, Sorellina Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Amanda’s and Antique Bar & Bakery. We don’t always have access to a babysitter so we also have a list of favorite delivery places such as Bareburger, Keming and Napoli’s pizza! Now that summer is around the corner, we are looking forward to going down to the family beach home in Ocean City, NJ. As much as we love Hoboken and our urban living, it’s sometimes really nice to escape to OC because the pace of life is so relaxed. The trick to getting Aurelia down to Ocean City while minimizing carsickness is we wait until very late at night and drive down while she’s asleep! For other moms with car sick children, I’ve found that ginger snap cookies are a great help to settle their little tummies! Although it has only been a little over a year since we’ve moved to Hoboken, we’ve found ourselves very much settled and welcomed by this warm community. So if you bump into us around town during our walks, don’t hesitate to stop us and say hi! Xo, the Dorando family.

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’m Melissa, a Registered Dietitian and mom of 3, Tia (6), Cora (4), & Jay (2). I moved to Hoboken in 2005, where I met my now husband, Tim, of almost 9 years at 10th & Willow (at Martini night!). I was originally attracted to Hoboken because of the desirable rents and space compared to NYC and of course the bar scene, at the time as I was fresh out of college. I never dreamed that I would be raising a family here, but I feel like Hoboken has evolved with me.

rule that they can touch it, lick it, taste it and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat, and 75% of the time they actually like it. However, we do get the occasional, “that’s disgusting!” We definitely have our struggles, my middle daughter proclaims her favorite food is cheese and chocolate (hey whose isn’t), but I feel that instilling values and education on the importance of nutrition and fitness, even if they don’t practice it now, will help them make better choices as adults.

My original career was in Beauty Public Relations, but after I got married and knew I wanted to start a family I decided it was time for a change. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I did some research and decided that becoming a Registered Dietitian was the career for me. During this time I started my blog Fit Fab Mommy. It was a creative outlet and a way to share my journey through pregnancy and motherhood.

One of the things we love most about Hoboken is that we can get everywhere by walking. We have access to amazing gyms and fitness classes (my favs are Crunch, Local Barre & SLT, while my husband enjoys working out at Intrepid), playgrounds and parks. My girls love taking dance classes at Studio L, gymnastics at Wio and tennis at Super Duper Tennis, while my son started soccer with Super Soccer Stars. I also love all of the healthy food options that we have access too. From sushi restaurants like Ubu to quick easy grabs like Shaka Bowl and Total Nutrition Kithen, there are always healthy options.

I started Gosser Nutrition and currently work as a Wellness Dietitian at large corporations in NYC where I go in and offer nutrition counseling services, wellness seminars, nutrition stations and lunch and learns to employees and I do private nutrition and education consultations with clients in Hoboken and NYC. It is important to me to teach my kids healthy habits while they are young. They love helping in the kitchen and trying new foods. If they don’t like something I never force them to eat it. We have a

Summertime is my favorite time of the year! We LOVE the Jersey Shore. Some of my favorite family friendly towns include: Asbury Park – They have a great boardwalk with fun food cart options, a great little water park and lots of music and entertainment everywhere you go. The Asbury hotel is a super cool spot and my kids loved the rooms with the bunk beds. Cape continue on page 29

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Travel time: 2 hours, 30 mins by car For many, the word Woodstock conjures up images of tie-dye, hippies, and free love at the 3-day outdoor music festival… that did not actually take place here. (It actually took place in Bethel, which is about an hour and a half southwest, close to Narrowsburg.) That didn’t stop Woodstock from becoming a bohemian destination though; for many years, the streets were lined in touristy gift stores and head shops. Presumably, like many others before us, we had stopped through on occasion–but didn’t ever spend much time here. There just wasn’t much to do. But during the past couple years, Woodstock has taken a major turn for the better. With great new shops, restaurants, and lodging available, it’s a definite contender for the coolest destination in the Catskills. (Plus, it’s home to one of the best hikes in the region!) Once spattered with hippie head shops, Tinker Street has gotten a fresh batch of new boutiques that puts it on #1 on our list for shopping in the Catskills. First up, Pacama Handmade is a showroom and retail space for the work of Cedric Martin and other like-minded artisans working in wood, ceramics and textiles. When we popped in, Cedric’s wife


Rebecca was simultaneously manning the store and spinning wool into felt. A bit further down Tinker Street is Shop Little House which is well-stocked with gifts and things for the home, both vintage and new. Woodstock General Supply and Eco-System are both beautiful stores where outdoor lifestyle meets fashion, both with a great selection of apparel, accessories and gifts. We could go on and on with the shopping–some other staples include Anatolia Rugs, Fruition Chocolate, and Ardnaglass. For bookworms, don’t miss The Golden Notebook. Also worth noting: there’s a flea market on weekends in the heart of town behind the public parking lot. There are plenty of small inns, bed & breakfasts Air B&B options, but we love staying at The Emerson Resort and Spa, located in Mount Tremper, NY. Designed with the splendor of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley in mind, open spaces and oversized windows expose stunning views and bring the beauty of the outside in. Enjoy spacious accommodations in the contemporary Inn or Adirondack-style Lodge, restorative treatments at their luxury spa, “Catskill Creative Cooking” in their Woodnotes Grille restaurant, shopping in the Country Stores and the not-to-becontinues on page 26

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the national map. Thanks to the museum’s artifacts collection, Hall of Plaques and the interactive Sandlot Kids section, youngsters will no doubt leave knowing more about the sport and its players than when they arrived. For a change of pace, head to the nearby Farmers’ Museum (888-547- 1450,, a multifaceted paean to rural 19th-century America with a working farmstead and children’s barnyard. At some point, strike a deal with the kids: First you’re going to the Ommegang Brewery (607-544-1800, for a tour and tasting (or lunch at its café), and afterward you’ll stop by Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf(607-547 8330, for a round of summery fun.The outdoor heated pool and fire pit make the August Lodge Cooperstown (877-528-4878, augustlodge. com) an obvious choice for families to stay over.

Old Westbury Gardens and Nassau County Museum of Art Travel time: 30mins by car

Two of Nassau County’s cultural gems are located within four miles of one another, both on Long Island’s North Shore. Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY; 516-333-0048,; $12, children ages 7–17 $7, children under 7 free) has formal gardens, woodland trails, pathways that meander along the ponds and lake as well as an early 1900s mansion filled with Ruth Black English©antiques and artwork. Check the calendar for educational family workshops, including fact finding hunts and sampling recipes made with ingredients harvest from the onsite gardens. Lunch at Kitchen Kabaret (409 Glen Cove Rd, East Hills; 516-484-3320, is an experience in itself. The gourmet pizza, fresh deli, and omelette station make for difficult decisions—but be sure to recaffeinate at the cappuccino bar (and good luck getting the

kiddies past the bakery) before continuing your excursion at the Nassau County Museum of Art (One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor; 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum. org; $12, children ages 4–12 $4, children under 4 free). Family Sunday tours (1–4pm) include an interactive tour and hands-on art activity. In addition to the three-story Georgian mansion that houses the main collection of European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, the complex has a sculpture garden and nature trails on its 145 acres.

Annapolis, MD

Travel time: 4hrs by car There’s plenty for all ages here in Annapolis! Its historic downtown is gorgeous (cobblestone streets) and features a mix of historic bed and breakfasts, shopping and beautiful landmarks like the U.S. Naval Academy. Hit up theNaval Academy Museum and Jean-Paul Jones’ Crypt for a dose of history, then visit theAnnapolis Maritime Museum to learn about aquatic life and Annapolis’ role in the oyster industry. There’s also a newly refurbisheddowntown dock that’s always filled with impressive boats. Stay at theHoliday Inn Express & Suites is close to downtown and sits at a little over $100 per night. There’s also complimentary breakfast!

Poughkeepsie, NY

Travel time: 2hrs and 50min by car When the urge to cultivate your inner farmer hits, visit Sprout Creek, a 200-acre dairy, goat and award-winning cheese farm in Duchess County. The not-for-profit educational venue invites families to relax while tromping around and a chance to stay overnight in its tidy, three-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and verdant views. During the day, kids may encounter a miniature donkey and free-ranging sheep, cats, scattered chickens and buoyant goats, among other animals. (Careful: A lamb might head-butt you!)

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One-off Saturday programs and class series are offered throughout the year except during the summer months when day camp is in session. If you want to go rustic all weekend and cook at the cottage, don’t pack too much food; the on-site farmers’ market sells local ice cream, milk, cheese, sausage, eggs, cookies and bread. Visit and dine at The bucolic Sprout Creek Farm (845-4858438, Stay over at The Marriott-Courtyard Poughkeepsie (845-485-6336), com/hotels/travel/pouch-courtyardpoughkeepsie/.)

Brandywine Valley, PA Travel time: 2 hrs 30min by car

With both an indoor and outdoor children’s garden, families can easily fill an entire day at Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Sq, PA; 610-388-1000, $23, children ages 5–18 $12, 4 and under free). Kids can explore three tree houses, watch dancing fountains and make their way through a honeycomb maze. Afterward, stroll through the quaint town of Kennett Square—the "mushroom capital of the world"—and stop for lunch at Talula’s Table (102 W State St; 610-444-8255,, a farm-to-table restaurant that specializes in everything from mac and cheese to pulled


pork enchiladas. Stay over at Holiday Inn Express & Suites (1310 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA; 610-399-4600, ihg. com. Rooms from $115 per night) and the next day, tour the exquisitely decorated rooms at Winterthur (5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE; 800-448-3883, winterthur. org. $20, children ages 2–11 $5, under 2 free), the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont. Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington, MA Travel time: 2 hrs 45 min by car The highest single-drop waterfall in Massachusetts—actually, it’s a pair of falls—is just off the Taconic State Parkway in the southwest corner of the state, beside Mount Washington State Forest and accessible by an easy-walking trail. Kids will love clambering over the rocks and dipping their feet into the water at Bash Bish Falls (Falls Rd, 143 East St; 413-528-0330) and, though swimming is strictly prohibited, expect to see the rules flouted by local teens. After taking in the falls, older children can join parents for a more vigorous hike along the more than 30 miles of trails in the area. Recuperate at the Windflower Inn, 11 miles north of the falls in the Berkshires (684 S. Egremont Rd, Great Barrington, MA; 413528-2720, Rooms from $165 per night). The bed- and-breakfast has an outdoor pool—and offers homemade cookies with tea every afternoon.

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Montauk, NY

Travelers have their pick of three beautiful beaches or a visit to the lighthouse when they venture to one of the best family weekend getaways Rhode Island has to offer. The expansive Narragansett Town Beachoffers North Atlantic waves that are perfect for surfing and boogie boarding. Families with younger kids might prefer Roger W. Wheeler State Beach for its calmer waters, playground and bathhouse. While there, don’t miss a trip to Galilee, a small fishing village that has an active marina, fish markets and lots of charm. The famed Point Judith Lighthouse is certainly worth a visit, too. Take an excursion to Westerly for another historic landmark: the Flying Horse Carousel. The 1876 attraction is one of the oldest of its kind still in operation. What are you waiting for? Stay at the family-run Anchor Motel(401-7928550,, located right across from Scarborough Beach.

A classic getaway for New Yorkers for as long as they can remember, Montauk offers everything from upscale dining and shopping to surfer- worthy waves and beaches. It’s also better-suited to explorers than scenesters, largely because of its six state parks and role as a year-round fishing village. Book the kids a session of CoreysWave’s Kids Surfing Academy(516639-4879, or head to Puff ‘N’ Putt (631- 668-4473,puffnputt. com) on Lake Fort, where visitors can rent a kayak or sailboat or play mini-golf. Don’t miss the chance to explore Montauk Point State Park (631-668-3781, parks/61) and the Montauk Point Ligh house (631-668-2544, montauklighthouse. com) from 1796, which features a museum, meandering wooded trails and the chance to do some surf fishing, picnicking and, yes— more surfing.Stay at the cozy Ocean Resort Inn (631-668-2300, situated right on the Atlantic, is just a short walk from downtown.

Travel time: 4hrs and 30min by car

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West Point, NY

Fall flavors include pumpkin and southern apple pie.

Our nation’s history, Gothic architecture and stunning foliage await at the prestigious United States Military Academy (all visitors over 16 must present ID). Begin at the Visitors Center (enter from Route 218 in Highland Falls; 845-938-2638, where you can buy tickets for the one-hour bus tour (no self-guided tours are permitted; check for schedule). The first stop is the massive granite Cadet Chapel, home of the world’s largest pipe organ as well as astounding stained glass windows. Trophy Point is another highlight, with its breathtaking vista overlooking the Hudson River. Post-tour, peruse the gift shop, which has an ample selection of kiddie-sized Army gear, from hooded sweatshirts to plush mascots and make a stop at the free West Point Museum, where weapons aficionados of all ages will gawk at the collection of swords, rifles and tanks from every time period. After leaving the grounds, head to the Ice Cream Shoppe in Highland Falls (419 Main St; 845-446-2380) for cones or milkshakes.

Washington, D.C.

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car


Travel time: 4hrs and 20min by car Politics aside, the nation’s capital is stunningly beautiful, especially when you’re seeing it for the first time. The Mall is one of the most iconic of destinations and chock full of attractions—the Lincoln and Washington Memorials, the array of stellar Smithsonian museums. Highlights of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum(202-633- 1000,airandspace. include The Spirit of St. Louis, the 1903 original plane flown by the Wrights; the Apollo 11 command module; and How Things Fly, a hands-on gallery with science demos and interactive exhibits. For a change of pace, head to the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art(202737-4215, Its gigantic, open- air installation of modern and contemporary sculptures makes a big impression. Don’t forget to pay the National Zoo(202-6332614, a visit while you’re in town! The ideally- located JW Marriott Washington D.C.(202-393- 2000,

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the chance to pan for real gemstones. Best yet: all go home with a bag of real fossil ore. When snack time hits, the area is filled with cheesesteak spots, but we recommend paying Toby’s Cup a visit (857 Memorial Parkway, 908-859-1925).

New Paltz, NY

Travel time: 1.5 hrs by car

Enjoy beautiful views of fall foliage along the Delaware River from the comfort of a historic steam train (99 Elizabeth St, Phillipsburg; The company offers up a list of family-friendly tours that all ages will enjoy, including the perfect-for-autumn Great Pumpkin Train, which includes a free pumpkin for every child ($18, children $12). Dinosaur-obsessed kiddos will get a kick out of the Dino Days Train tour where they’ll learn about the prehistoric giants from field paleontologists, view real fossils, and participate in fun activities like an obstacle course bounce house and meet and greets with Davey the Dinosaur ($50). For the older kids, a trip to the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine will be a thrill ($23, children 2–12 $16)—they’ll tour a 1700s mine and get

Travel time: 2 hrs

Prepare your crew for an active day in the Shawangunk Mountain Range (or “the Gunks,” as locals call the jagged cliffs that frame the area). Enter Minnewaska State Park Preserve (5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson; 845- 255-0752, and park in the Awosting Parking Area for a short (less than 1/2 mile round-trip) but steep hike to Awosting Falls. Then move the car to the main parking lot, where a two-mile trail encircles the turquoise Lake Minnewaska (which gets its rare hue from mineral deposits). Picturesque views, colorful foliage and wooden gazebos dot the circumference. A history lesson can be found on Huguenot Street; kids can view rotating exhibits at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot St; 845-255-1889, and tour restored

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homes and a church circa early 1700s ($15, children under 12 free). Since New Paltz is a college town, you’ll find bar food and beer aplenty. We like the Gilded Otter (3 Main St; 845-256-1700,, a brew pub with a vast menu that includes hearty fare like meatloaf, three meat chili and buffalo wings.

Lake Placid, NY Travel time: 5 hours by car Lake Placid is one of those family weekend getaways that provides an opportunity for visitors catch their breath with

hiking trails, rock climbing, fishing and paddle boating. Kids will get a kick out of Bowlwinkles’ Bowling Alley, bounce

house and arcade games (518-302-0654, While you’re in the area, be sure to make a stop at High Falls Gorge for an amazing walk around four waterfalls. Afterwards, share a thin and crispy pizza pie at Lisa G’s or have the kids select from their own menu (518-523-2093, lisags. com). Once the kids are tuckered out, head to your room at Cobble Mountain where their range of cozy room and cabins can host families of all sizes (518-302-5690,

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missed World’s Largest Kaleidoscope. Explore the eclectic and historical towns of Phoenicia, Woodstock and Saugerties all nearby. For people seeking outdoor adventure, our favorite way to spend time in Woodstock isn’t in town–it’s right outside it at a hike called Overlook Mountain. About a ten minute drive from the heart of Woodstock takes you it’s trailhead. The hike is about three hours round trip, which includes some time at the top for sight-seeing. It features multiple overlooks at the top as well as hotel ruins from the early 1930’s; a gravel path makes the hike considerably easier to do year-round than others in the area.


For dinner, the Italian cuisine at Cucina absolutely cannot be topped. The restaurant is housed in a restored farmhouse with a cozy bar to hang out in (if you didn’t bother making reservations–which you should!) The main courses are a little on the pricier side, but they’re 100% worth the splurge. For something more casual,

check out the beautiful Tinker Taco Lab, with it’s simple menu of five types of tacos and two types of tamales. We’re into that–there’s beauty in simplicity. It’s tucked behind some other buildings on Tinker Street, so it’s a little tricky to find, but worth the effort. Last, we enjoyed cocktails and the food at the Commune Saloon. It’s right next to music venue Bearsville Theater, so check out their schedule when you’re planning a trip here! If you’re visiting the region with a car and willing to drive for your meals, we always send people to Peekamoose and the Phoenicia Diner. Peekamoose is described as “the Gramercy of the Catskills” and for good reason; every meal here is more mind-blowing than the next. Don’t fill up on the bread and leave room for dessert. Similarly, the Phoenicia Diner is serving the breakfast and lunch of your dreams; if it’s too long a wait, and you just want to check it out, try your luck at the bar, which is open on weekend nights.

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May –It is such a quaint and charming little town with so many family activities, from the Cape May Zoo to the nature center and everything in-between . The Beach Shack Hotel has a really cool vibe and is fun for both kids and adults with a great restaurant, bonfires and live music. LBI – this town holds a special place in my heart as it is where my husband and I got married. It’s such a laid back, beach town with great

little amusement parks and restaurants. Rocking horse ranch – only about 1 hour and 45 minutes north of Hoboken, this is such a great family weekend getaway. They have an indoor and outdoor water park, horse back riding, tons of indoor and outdoor activities, and live shows and entertainment.

The Sky Club Fitness & Spa

Located on the top of the Sky Club parking garage, the Sky Club Fitness and Spa is one of the best gyms in Hoboken. The 25,000 square foot facility has a wide array of equipment, a spinning room, and studio for classes. What separates the Sky Club Fitness and Spa from the rest, is it’s indoor

pool, steam room and sauna. After a nice work out you can sit in the cool down pool or hop into the steam room. Best of all there is a nice roof deck where you can sun bath on lounge chairs overlooking the Hoboken and New York City sky line.

The Sky Club Gym For more information, call the Sky Club Fitness & Spa 125 Marshall Street 7th Floor at 201-222-2582.

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