Bar Harbor 2016

Hey everyone!Im so excited to share with you our Bar Harbor trip!Everytime I think New Engalnd can’t blow my mind more it does!!!New Hampshire was amazing and after leaving the white mountains I did not expect anything to really top that in terms of scenery .

I was so wrong by the way !!!Anyways we left New Hampshire and made the 4 1/2 drive up to Bar Harbor which was pretty awesome.We stayed outside of Bar Harbor in Ellsworth at The Hampton Inn!I highly recommend that location because you aren’t paying the Bar Harbor prices but still so close to everything! The first day was mostly a day of travel but we stopped at this cute place called the Taxi Cab Diner for dinner.

This place had great service and was a fun atmosphere !The train that went overhead was a big hit for my boys!It seemed very popular too.If you going here keep your eyes peeled it’s down alley way so you don’t miss it !After dinner we drove around a bit but we retired to the hotel to read some books and get a good nights rest!

The next morning we ventured to this little Gem called Jordan’s. Maine  is known for their blueberries and this place as said to have the best muffins!They were right and it was amazing!The muffins were huge and the service was great.They gave wiki sticks and crayons and my kids were never bored!

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After er breakfast we checked out a few stores and ventures to Acadia park.I had seen a few pictures but it does not do it justice .If you have the chance to go up caddaliac mountain do it !!!We spent a lot of time checking out the scenery and hiking on the cliffs!I still can’t believe I didn’t have a anxiety atta knwoth my babies up so high but it  as very peaceful and it seemed to have tang affect on them as well!Also we left as the tour buses arrived so it wasn’t packed !

After  enjoying the views we drove a bit to a place I researched called Echo Lake.I chose this over the other beach there because I herd it’s more family friendly and also warmer .This place was so nice because the boys could go out in the water very far and still stand up!!Also it was pretty warm and not very crowded .we played here a long time!

Once we were finished at the the lake we headed back to our hotel for a light lunch and to showers and get ready for later.Once we had relaxed a bit we headed out to the shops of bar harbor.We had so much fun checking out these cute shops.My oldest son bought a Christmas ornament for our tree at one of them.After a lot of shopping we treated the boys to a ice cream cone and stopped to take in the sights!

After walking through some more shops we stopped to throw pennies in a water fountain and a man singing songs from his new kids cd was outside.My kids refur to him as. The muffin man and happily threw a few dollars in his guitar case.When you ask my oldest about this trip he will tell you”I met the muffin man”.

Last thing on our itinerary was dinner at the Lobster Pot.This place was very good.I had the best crab stuffed lobster ever.The kids had fish and chips and my husband had surf and turf.We had to splurge one lobster meal after all it is a staple in Bar Harbor.

Once dinner was finished we went back to the hotel for a splash in the saltwater pool .Then my hubby and boys played with green army men he purchased at a close shop for them.Then we packed to get ready for checkout the next day and went to bed.The only thing we had left on our Bar Harbor to do list was Samantha’s Seal boat.

Orginally I was convince whale watching is what we should do but looking at the schedule it took about 4 hours for a short one .I can’t trap my toddlers on a boat for 4 hours to look at anything haha.So with more research I found a better alternative.Smanthas seal boat was about a hour to a hour and a half.We caught lobster and drove past egg rock to see the seals.It was the prefect end to our vacation.

That’s it our Bar Harbor trip!I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I loved sharing it with you.

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New Hampshire Vacation 2016

 

The highlight of my summer trips thus far has to be our week in New Engalnd!We spent the first few days in New Hampshire and then the last few days in Bar Harbor Maine.Ever since we visted Vermont  on our Vermont Vacation (click to read about that last summer )I have held a strong urge to see what all New Engalnd has to offer.Its so gorgeous there and is becoming my favorite place to vist even over a beach trip.

I did a lot of research on what would be fun in New Hampshire for my toddlers and came up with some pretty neat stuff !So if you are ever in the area definitely check out some of these hidden gems !These places were super affordable and tons of fun !Heres how our trip started.

Day 1 we arrived and drive around to find a breakfast spot!We found a little place called Pegs !As a honest reviewer I have to say I wasn’t super impressed with it but it was very busy and understaffed .The kids were a bit antsy to since they just went on a long drive so that probably didn’t help the mood haha

Next we went to a pretty popular stop called Clarks Trading Post in Jefferson New Hampshire.My kids loved this place.We watched the Chinese circus acts and the bear show .We also rode the train that had a “wolfman that would chase it “all the kids on the train loved yelling “scram ya old goat”as he tried to “take over the train”.My oldest still talks about it to this day.They also had a upside down house and  magic show place ,boats and a water slide but it was raining and we were ready to check into our hotel at this point ! We stayed at the Best Western in the white mountains and the views as soon a s you stepped out of your hotel is like a dream.

After we checked into our hotel we grabbed lunch from a local subway and lunched by Boise Rock .Both the kids had fallen asleep so my hubby and I took turns checking out the Rock and taking pics.Afterwards we drove up to a scenic lookout and saw gorgeous views. A good pointer is not to rely on your Gps in these areas.Your signal gets lost easy and we always use a good old fashioned Map or else we would never find our way anywhere.

We drove around a lot and looked at the mountains(how much more touristy could we get 🙂 ) We decided on dinner in a town over though the name escapes me .It was a cute little pub and we had Delicous French onion soup and  sandwiches .My husband commented on the steak he got and how his best steaks are always in New England! After dinner we made it a very early night and went to bed!

Day 2 of our trip started great !We all slept in which never happens and my husband and I were both actually awake before the kids!We got showers and headed to the continental breakfast at the hotel .

After breakfast we made the journey to Santas Village.It is also located in Jefferson New Hampshire.This place is as they call it pure Joy.It was so hard picking through my pictures of what to share on my blog because there was just so many !As soon as you step out of the car Christmas music is playing and there’s a large nutcracker the older kids can climb up in and slide down.Also a smaller slide for kids my toddlers age to slide on.

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Outside is a animatronic  rudlolph who can interact with the children and hold conversations with them.My kids were captivated by this.They also had a large sleigh that the children can climb in and get pictures.While my kids were in it Santa came out and got in the picture!I I’ll treasure that a lot because my youngest B is terrified of sitting in santas lap so this is the only picture I will probably ever have of him smiling with Santa!

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Inside the park they have santas elfs caroling and singing songs and the whole place is Christmas themed.We rode the humbug ride which is a haunted house/shooting ride and my son loved shooting the humbugs!The little drummer boy is what you would think of as the teacups and the carrousel is all rudlolphs. We rode all of that and the sliegh that takes you above the park.They had a reindeer feeding station and we purchased apples to feed them.

 

We visted the gingerbread house for some gingerbread cookies and  ate them in cupcake chairs outside .We also ate lunch at a place calls BurgerMiesters .We did so much here and it’s all aimed for toddlers and preschoolers.90% of the children we saw were ages 2-5.

They had a Ferris wheel and a Christmas train too.Tons of stuff for the kids.Theres a elf academy where you go up to the statues of elfs in the park and punch a whole in your card and at the end get a prize but it was enough to just vist the alphabet elfs for my kids .We ended up spending a lot of time checking out the igloos and fun statues as well!At the end of the day we all felt very merry and bright!

It escapes me what we did for dinner this night but I’m pretty sure we went for Pizza!Then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool and shower and sleep

Day 3

We ventured out to Glen New Hampshire to check out Storyland.This place is a child’s paradise .They had so many things to climb in ,on and do .We spent the whole day here.

From from fun pirate ships,swam boats,Cinderella buggy rides and a spray zone this place tops the charts in toddler fun.We were all dragging by the time we left .My youngest B fell asleep on the train before we even left the park !

After the park we drove around and has to stop to take a picture of this hotel that looked right out of the shining.The picture is in the right bottom corner pictured below .For dinner we grabbed some type of fast food but we weren’t to hungry because we ate so much in the park.We the  settled in because the next day we were headed to the second half of our trip on Bar Harbor Maine!!

Thanks for reading about our adventures !

G

 

 

Disney World Day 3&4

We had a early start on Day 3.We headed out to Gramd Floridian for our charchter breakfast at 1900 Park Fare .It was really nice because the whole place was decorated for Easter !Below are a couple of the eggs they had in the lobby .               After Breakfast we made our way over to Hollywood studios !

It was soo hot out and the kids were super tired so I think we spent a lot of time watching shows here more then anything else.We met some stormtroopers and watched Disney Junior Live and The voyage of the Little Mermaid.Both of my boys slept through different parts of each show and they aren’t ones to sit still like that so knew they were exhausted haha!

After a few shows we walked right into the Great Movie ride which was pretty exciting because the wait time for that ride has always been long every time I had visted Disney .In general the lines were short a lot of places and for it being Easter weekend I was pleasantly surprised. After that we visted Toy story mania and enjoyed pretending to be toy sized .My oldest son was a bit taken back how large woody and Buzz were but still was glad to meet them.

 

We went to see the Indiana Jones stunt show which was fun but the sky opened up so we never saw the last stunt(but we you tubed it later) 🙂 Thankfully we were more prepared with our rain gear this day and headed over to dinner at the Sci fi cafe!After dinner we made our way out of the park and back to the hotel.It was a early night for us because the Easter Bunny was coming.

Day 4 started out very early .The boys followed plastic eggs that lead to their Easter baskets and enjoyed their Easter goodies.Then had a morning bath and headed to go to Chef Mickey for breakfast .

Chef Mickey is always worth it for us to take the kids and see so many charchters.It really is very worth the money (even though we had a dining plan )After breakfast we went over to Epcot to use our fast passes at The figment of The imagination ride and watch some Pixar shorts in 3D.

We stopped for some kettle corn that my boys went crazy over and even visted with a momma dick and her ducklings crossing the road.My hubby got to enjoy the different drinks in every country (I’m expecting so I couldn’t , but next time I will too) After crossing through lots of countries and going on lots of rides we checked out the butterfly garden and some of the pretty flowers that were out for the Garden Festival.I should add Epcot was basically empty on Easter.Im not over exaggerating .I expected it to be shoulder to shoulder and it was very empty.

We had a nice little lunch inside a pavilion by the land of the living?Im not sure of the name but it’s by the soaring ride.My youngest B enjoyed it a lot because he didn’t have to worry about any charchters while he ate .:)

After lunch we walked right on a few more rides and did more exploring before dinner at Biegarten restaurant in Germany.I have to be honest my morning sickness was kicking in so I had a aversion to most of this buffet but my Hubby loves the authentic German food and my kids surprisingly did to! They also had live Grman music and a nice selection of beer .My husbands favorite part of our trip was this place.I should mention that you do get seated with other famlies in the German tradition .The couple we got seated with were very nice and had two boys as well about elementary school age .They were a really fun group so it was a perfect match.We felt pretty lucky because not every table felt that way toward their table mates !image

After dinner we rode the big Epcot ball and even caught some fireworks.Our trip had been so much fun we decided not to drive back to Pennsylvania after all and book another night to extend our vacation!!!! This was the end of the Disney part of our vacation though.The next day we checked out Daytona Beach and held baby alligators and mini golfed .This vacation was so fun and I highly reccomend busting Disney in the spring !!!

G

 

 

Sleepy Hollow New York

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This was by far one of the coolest destinations we have ever visted!!I Love all things creepy and this place was definitely odd.The cymetary was awesome the colors of the fall leaves were amazing and my toddler had a great time walking around. The old dutch church festival was really fun.If drinking beer and eating hotdogs for you in the cymetary isn’t your thing skip the festival. They had crafts for kids ,both my kids made pumpkins with stamps and pumpkin cut outs which is now proudly displayed in my curio cabinet 🙂 My husband and I enjoyed our Icahbod beer (ocktoberfest which was by donation so we gave a little extra )they even had scavenger  hunt maps should you be so inclined.The best part was the headless horseman  showing up! Everything in this town has the Washington  Irving flair especially around halloween! !Even the horseman pizza place had items on the kuds menu that were named the Bram bones around katrina van tussell.Its a very fun cool place to vist if you like doing off the track odd stuff like us!!
Thanks for visiting,
G

Dinosaur Land

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Where have I been you ask?Literally hitting every corn maze and hayride in pa and Md these days.October is sooo busy for us but so much fun.We recently went to dinosaur land in Virginia on a play date with friends and it was so cool. There were tons of dinosaurs .The weather was great and the swirling leaves and room to run made it my 2 year old favorite thing we’ve done this fall.Its in whitepost virgina so I highly recommend it if your a dino buff or just for a fun time with friends or family.Its super affordable and even a little gift shop attached!  I will be updating more on other adventures soon!!
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Disney Magic

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I really just had to share because we just booked our Disney Vacation for Easter! !I’m especially excited because this time we are staying on a Disney property (All Stars Sports Resort)and  staying longer. We are really excited to be at the most magical place on earth at Easter.You can look forward to posts as we get closer on customizing our magic bands and my thoughts on dining places etc.Anyways we are pretty excited 2016 here we come.On a side note my family year book that I started is coming along great.I the k this is the best project I’ve started this year by far.Way easier and more fun then just printing out pics.So readers what are you looking  forward to most in the upcoming year?
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New Jersey Vacation pt2

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Vacations with my family is always fun.Its my passion to spend my days looking for fun new places to take the kiddos and also to just know that we will be looking forward to a new experience.
  We obviously have been to the beach before but my oldest was still little and I was pregnant so it’s still new for  the kids.
My hubby and I met in Ocean city (blog story for another day)and I do enjoy going there.I have memories from being little there and tons of fun memories from my hubby and I.The thing is I feel like the bars and nightlife and drunken teens tend to take over and I don’t want to bring my kids to that. So while I love it ,we tried something new.
The second leg of our Jersey Trip we went to Wildwood. We played in the sand,water and took fun goofy beach ball pictures which was really cool.
We ate really good pizza and I even tried a brocoli pizza wich my son ended up devouring. All in all it was a great day and change.I would definitely return but I still have other beaches on my list to try too:) Where are you vacationing this summer?
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The Land Of Make Believe

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Hello I figured while I have a peaceful minute I would update you about Day 1 of our trip to Jersey.We went to the Land Of Make Believe in hope,NJ. It was opened in 1974 but it’s still soo much fun for kids.We never made it to the water part because Bradley was getting a little fussy and it was hott but we spent a good 4_5 hours there still.Its set up carnival style .
Jakes favorite rides were the spinning trex dinasours.My favorite was Santas barn.You crawl /bend through the fireplace and up the steps through a christmas village. Very awesome. Jake was shy but loved it.
He even went on his 1st coaster there..Ahh he’s growing up to fast!!The food was okay but you could bring your own if you wanted.They also have a talking scarecrow if I was a kid I would have been amazed!!We will definitely be back again! !
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Vermont Vacation

20150715_121358This   is the Best Western in Waterbury Vt.Its about 15 minutes outside of Stowe and was a great place to stay. With the indoor pool that was heated and a hottub it met all our standard hotel needs:) 20150715_13431020150715_134615This place is where we had our arrival lunch.It was a little spend but pretty child friendly.Maxis made the most wonderful Bloody Mary I ever had.Homemade mix !!20150715_143236 20150715_144033 20150715_14410420150715_144223 20150715_151620 20150715_154658 20150715_155755Ben & Jerrys Factory tour was a huge highlight of our time. That place was amazing and smelled so good.The boys got to do free spin art and go on a factory tour.They give you  free samples at the end that were pretty big too:) 20150716_113102 20150716_114419 20150716_130647 20150716_121912 20150716_121901 20150716_130312Our day at Stowe Vermont was so memorable. We took a Gondala ride up the mountain to the cliff resturant. Where  my hubby and I indulged in some wine and calamari. The boys had a great time looking out at the views and checking out the surroundings.They even have a cute little gift shop at the top.It came in handy for the big floppy hat Bradley needed. The sun sneaks up on you up there so be prepared.Also we saw some people zip lining  (if only the boys were  older)and it looked like such a exhilarating ride! On the way down Jake wanted to ride on a seat alone.My boy has no fear.20150716_142919 20150716_143325 20150716_150802If your feeling adventurous check out Bingham Falls.Only bring very small kids if you have a person willing to walk down dipper rock while holding them.Not toddler friendly in that regard.Thankfully my hubby helped out alot with that.I ended up getting soaked by accident so also(long dresses not recommend )We did hang out here for a bit though and I did get better pictures, they are just on my husbands phone. 20150716_170931 20150716_180009 20150716_180012We ended our day at my husbands now favorite restaurant called The Resivour.He  tried put a pretty good beer sampler and order the steak and shrimp.It was seared perfectly. I ordered salmon and it was amazing.Jake had a hot dog and frys . We  were piggy so I didn’t get a picture but we all split chocolate Mousse for dessert.Guess who enjoyed it most??20150717_114452 20150717_114448 20150717_114445 20150717_113503 20150717_113419 20150717_113815 20150717_113035I was so sad my phone died because I didn’t even get a picture of the inside of the building with all the goodies inside.This was the last stop I really wanted to share.Its called the apple core and has a lunch and wine tasting in one building and a cider  doughnut shop in the other.It also sells jams and smells amazing. We order lunch and ate outside on a swing.Then had some cider doughnuts for dessert. I tried the wines and their flavors cow tipper and a Blueberry wine were by far my favorites.Vermont  was so fun the once Upon a time toy store to ordering pizza in bed with the boys it was a trip to remember.We will be visiting again.

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Lake Tobias

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I can’t say more about this amazing place.How often do you get to kiss a deer or pet a aligator?This place was soo clean and family friendly.From the safari tour to the reptile house it was fantastic. Also for our family 4 ut was only $20 with a kids coupon book you get 1 free safari  ride and my kids are under three so they were free.This place is gorgeous so if you are ever in the Hailfax Pa area check it out!
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