Three Days in New York City with Your Tween

**Disclaimer – I am not ashamed to admit that this is a 100% straight up touristy trip and we loved every minute of it. It was our first trip to NYC and we wanted to see all the tourist hot spots. If you are looking for off the beaten path, this post might not be the one!

For as long as I can remember, New York City has been at the top of my bucket list. Every other year, I found myself close enough to NYC to visit but something always thwarted our trip. At the end of last year, I won a two night stay at the Library Hotel through Passports with Purpose. It was the perfect excuse to start planning my dream vacation.

Unfortunately, when I started exploring it looked like taking the whole family was out of the budget. After tossing around some ideas, my husband and I decided that it would be a great opportunity to take my tween son and get some one on one time.

Day One – Arrival and Times Square

We arrived at La Guardia on a Friday afternoon and took a shuttle to the hotel. Once we were all checked in, we immediately dropped our luggage and went out to explore.

The Library Hotel was in the perfect location for everything we wanted to do and see around NYC. When he found out that I was taking him to NYC, he had two requests. The first was to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and the second was to see Times Square. We went to Times Square right away. We didn’t spend time visiting shops but we did wander around, watch the buskers, and take in the lights. After we had our fill, we decided to head back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep.

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Day Two – Statue of Liberty, 911 Memorial, Wall Street

When I asked my son what he wanted to do in NYC, climbing to the crown of the Statue of Liberty was at the top of his list. After reading about all of the different options to see Lady Liberty, I tried to convince him to skip the whole thing and just do a Circle Line cruise. He was having none of that. I bought our tickets six months before we went, even before I bought our plane tickets! We have a lot of advice about visiting the Statue of Liberty and that will be in an upcoming post. We also visited the 911 Memorial. The memorial was incredibly moving and I am glad that we took the time to go. The charging bull on Wall Street is right down the road from Battery Park. I assume you have to get there pretty early or be prepared to fight the crowds. We couldn’t get anywhere near it. If one wants pictures, they should plan accordingly.

On this day, we also decided to see a Broadway Musical. School of Rock was just the ticket for us. We were thrilled to get seats (half price but still over $200) for that night just a few hours before the show.

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Day Three – Central Park

By day three, we had enough of the city sounds and dodging people on the sidewalks. We wanted to spend the day at the American Museum of Natural History but we didn’t realize we would spend most of the day wandering Central Park. We spent hours meandering through the park. We sailed model boats, sat on benches and watched people. We finally made it to museum, where we spent the next few hours. At the end of our visit, we decided rather than taking a shorter route, we were going to walk back through the park. And wander we did.

Top of the Rock was our final stop on this trip. Oh, the views!

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Posts on each of our adventures to come!

 

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

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My husband and I were just saying how little time we have spent traveling around our local area here in Nebraska lately. We swore last night, no matter what, we were getting out and doing something local today. Hopefully a new adventure we haven’t tried in the last year. Initially, we planned to go berry picking. Nope, closed. Then we thought about taking a short walk around one of our local recreational parks. Eh, not incredibly exciting for the Fourth of July Weekend. Since I wasn’t struck with any ridiculously amazing ideas, I thought I would turn to Oh My Omaha, a website that has been very helpful to us as a new family in the Omaha area.

June 29th, Kim posted about some Independence Day Celebrations and one idea was a trip to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. This weekend was one of several “living history” weekends they hold where you are able to watch, and participate in, re-creations of what it was like to live in and around the fort back in the early 1800s. The fort was free, except you do need to have a Nebraska state park entry permit ($26 annual or $5 for one day).

It is no secret that we are huge fans of historical re-enactments (check out our post on a Civil War Re-enactment, or visiting Colonial Williamsburg…Holy cow, I practically grew up visiting Colonial Williamsburg and just realized we only have one short post about it, clearly I have a job to do!). This trip back in history did not disappoint either!

I am SO glad we hopped in the car and went straight in that direction! Fort Atkinson is only about fifteen minutes north of Omaha, and it took us 30 minutes to drive there from Papillion, an Omaha suburb. It is located on the edge of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, a small city of 908 people (2010). Click here for other things to see in Fort Calhoun.

The fort itself is an impressive re-creation, which you can read all about as you walk in and out of the various rooms. The hospital, kitchen, mess, barracks, and more, all surround the parade grounds.

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You are able to walk in and out of well over a dozen rooms and learn about Fort Atkinson’s history. However, I HIGHLY recommend visiting the fort during a living history weekend. Upon entering the fort, the kids received a scavenger hunt paper that kept them busy the entire time. They were constantly looking for answers and learned several new bits of information…do YOU know who a Cooper is and what he does???

The fort is very hands on and there are so many rooms where you can test items and get involved. I hope this doesn’t get out to your work honey…

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We enjoyed asking the re-enactors questions about their various skills and abilities, and what life was like. We ate butter that had been churned that morning on bread that was freshly baked. My ten year old enjoyed learning how to bobbin weave lace with the weavers, and my fourteen year old son was thrilled when the blacksmith handed him a miniature sword that had been forged right in front of him from a nail.

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My personal favorite was the Sutler Store.

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I am ALWAYS complaining about gift shops at the places we visit. If I am going to purchase a tourism token while we are traveling, which is INCREDIBLY RARE for me to do in the first place, I want it to be something authentic, original, and unique to that location. Preferably created on site. Well, this shop had several things that fit my standards, like this Fort Atkinson doll, and I just loved it.

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Heather, Sarah, and Morgan (below, left to right) man the Sutler Store counter, handing out dozens and dozens of free candy sticks awarded to children who completed their scavenger hunt papers.

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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, twokidsandamap.com

The re-enactors were all so friendly and full of facts to share. I cannot wait to let my friends in on the secret of this little gem hidden away north of Omaha. What a great time we had!

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If you live in or around Omaha and are looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, or if you are in town for a visit, be sure to take a trip to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and definitely try to visit during a living history weekend! You won’t be sorry! And thanks again for the suggestion Kim at Oh My Omaha!

Finding Peace in Central Park

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As we turned the corner, big billowy trees came into view in between concrete and glass skyscrapers. My 11 year old son exclaimed, “Mom, I think those are the first trees we have seen since we got here!”

We were on our third harried day in New York City. I have wanted to go to NYC for as long as I can remember but the city has always eluded me. We were often only a few hours away from the city but weren’t able to visit for one reason or another. Thanks to a gift certificate that I won from a Passports with Purpose raffle, I had an excuse to plan a trip. After much debate, I decided to bring my son with me so that we could spend some time together, just the two of us. The first two days were spent battling crowds, standing in lines, and just feeling overwhelmed.

On day 3, our plan was to cut through Central Park on our way to the American Museum of Natural History. My son had his heart set on seeing “Dum Dum Gimme Gum Gum,” or rather the moai statue in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples.

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Turning the corner and seeing the trees come into view surprised us. We hadn’t realized that there were not many trees or bushes in sight in this concrete jungle until we saw the tree canopy from a block away. Walking into the park, we both took a deep breath. I could feel my shoulders loosen and my breathing slow. I could see my son perk up a little despite the heat and the fact that we had clocked thousands of steps over the past few days. With every step we took, I could feel the stress of the last few days fade away.

We wandered the walking paths, stopping to rest on a bench whenever we saw fit. We stopped at the model sailboats to inquire about renting one. We learned that the boats are powered by wind and since the wind wasn’t moving we decided to continue walking. We stopped at the Boathouse to check out the food offerings. They offer both a sit down restaurant and a counter service. We saw bridges, flowing water, birds, and bikes.

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Suddenly, we were at the front steps of the museum as cars honked through the lights and people pushed past. After viewing the museum exhibits, we decided to go back through Central Park rather than walk the quicker route along the outside of it.

The wind had picked up so we ambled back to the boats where we rented a controller for 30 minutes at the cost of $11. When my son’s time was up, we continued through the park. Both of us slowed our pace and I realized that we were trying to avoid having to step back into the shadow of the skyscrapers. We grudgingly arrived at the park exit where we were going to continue to Serendipity 3 to grab a frozen hot chocolate.

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As we were enjoying our frozen hot chocolate, I realized that we had spent more time in Central Park then we have anywhere else in New York. We would have spent all week there if we could have. My son declared it the best part of New York. It is a gem in the middle of concrete rocks. 

Best Long Weekend Trips from Denver, Colorado

When we first moved to Denver a couple of years ago, one of the things that struck me was how far it actually was from other cities. Denver is sort of nestled away on its own, but there are some great weekend trips waiting for you if you are willing to drive a bit.

Rapid City, South Dakota

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Seeing Mount Rushmore is something that we quickly added to our list when we realized that it was less than seven hours away from Denver. The drive to Rapid City is beautiful and full of historical stops. We stopped just outside of Cheyenne to see the Oregon Trail ruts. When we were just outside of Rapid City, we stopped at the Mammoth Site. Over 60 mammoths have been discovered at this site and if you are lucky you will see them working the dig while you visit.

While in Rapid City, we went to Mount Rushmore. We drove through Custer State Park and had to sit in our car for about half an hour as a large herd of buffalo wandered in and out of the cars as they crossed the road. We had the best steaks at the Alpine Inn and we learned about the Crazy Horse Monument. There was so much more that we could have done but we ran out of time.

See my post about what to do on a three day trip to Rapid City.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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Glenwood Springs is less than three hours from Denver without traffic and it is lovely. We often talk about just driving over for the day but we haven’t tried it yet. I could spend the entire long weekend sitting in the Glenwood Springs and renewing my body and spirit but there is so much more to do.

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is worth a visit just to ride the alpine slide on the side of the mountain. You can tour the caverns, ride some rides, and play some games. We visited in the summertime, but some day I would like to go in the winter so that we can see it covered with snow.

See my post about what to do on a three day trip to Glenwood Springs.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque is about a six hour drive south of Denver. We spent three days in Albuquerque and during that time we squeezed in some hikes, saw petroglyphs, and learned all about hot air balloons. We also did a self-guided tour of all the Breaking Bad film spots. My kids weren’t very interested in this part but luckily we had lots of other fun stops. We took the Sandia Tramway up the mountain and it was almost as scary as the one we took in Switzerland. The views are worth it though so I am glad that I swallowed my fear and went. I am so glad we stopped at the International Balloon Museum. We spent way more time exploring than I had allotted for but we were having too much fun.

See my post about what to do on a three day trip to Albuquerque.

 

 

Shop Denver Holiday Flea this Weekend

*I was given admission to the Denver Flea and a $20 gift card to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. Rest assured, I spent well over $20.

From December 3rd to the 6th, the old Denver Post Production Facilities will be transformed into a holiday shopping wonderland. The warehouse will be filled with rows and rows of makers and retailers who “cultivate the Colorado lifestyle” and you won’t know where to begin.

I was able to go tonight to attend the Ultimate Shopping Experience. My family and I love supporting local businesses whenever we can. Before attending the Denver Holiday Flea, I looked through the list of vendors and retailers. I was excited to see some that I recognized and many that I couldn’t wait to check out.

You know how sometimes you go to the maker fair and it is just booth after booth of the same stuff? This is not that maker fair. Every single booth was different and I wanted to buy something from every one of them.  What sorts of things will you see at the Denver Flea?

This was the find of the night for me. It is framed in reclaimed barn wood and I just adore this picture. The only thing that would make it better would be if it said Ski Winter Park. When we were in Winter Park a couple of weeks ago, I saw this picture but it was much larger and pretty expensive so I decided to pass on it. When I saw it tonight, I had to have it. I know exactly where it is going to go.

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I have been following Helliemae’s Caramels on Instagram pretty much since I arrived in Denver but I haven’t had a chance to try their caramels. Oh. my. The Sea Salt Caramel? Just try one and try to walk away from the table without making a purchase.

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I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts at the Naked Goat Farm so I can’t tell you what I got but if you love handmade soaps, lotions, balms, and scrubs, you will love this place. They also sell delicious jams.

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I leave you with the t-shirt I wanted to get but they were out of my size. So Gnar has created a t-shirt that states exactly how I feel about this fine city of Denver. I am always telling people that Denver is my happiest place on Earth. I will be searching for this one online.

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Tips for shopping the Denver Holiday Flea:

  • Do a lap around the entire place so that you can get your bearings. Take note of your favorite things and then go back and pick them up when you know what you really want.
  • Try the spiked cider. But, only if you aren’t driving. It is crazy strong.
  • Bring cash to help support small businesses. Those credit card fees can eat up a small businesses profits and if it doesn’t, the fees are usually transferred to you somehow.
  • Bring your jacket inside with you. I left mine in the car and it is cold in there!
  • Don’t forget to visit the food trucks and grab something to eat.

Breckenridge Brewery Tour – Littleton, Colorado

“I know what that does. I have been on tons of brewery tours,” said my 11 year old son.

I wasn’t sure if I should be embarrassed or proud at that moment. Luckily for me, I was among beer lovers so my face turned red with a hint of embarrassment while everyone around us giggled at my son’s comment.

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Breceknridge Brewery has recently opened an operation in Littleton, Colorado. We had family in town for the week and we decided that was a perfect time to take the tour. We had a fascinating tour guide who told us how the brewery got its humble beginning from beer growlers left on the front porch by neighbors waiting for them to be filled with beer to the operation that they have now. The tour took us through the different stages of beer making. My favorite part was seeing the offices where the beer production calendar could be seen through the window that looked onto the floor.

Before you start your tour, you can get a glass of beer poured to carry with you. After the tour, you head back to the tasting room to try four different beers available. While on the tour, you learn about some of the tour guide and local favorites but, unfortunately, they aren’t all available for tasting. The tour lasted approximately an hour. Our party ranged from 9 to 60 years old and everybody was captivated throughout the tour. My kids loved the science aspect of it.

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After our tour, we walked over to the Farmhouse restaurant where we had reservations for lunch. The seasonal sweet bread appetizer was pumpkin and it was delicious. My Ranch Grilled Chicken sandwich with the roast Colorado chile cream cheese was fantastic. The Farmhouse is difficult to get into without reservations. You can try, but you will likely be waiting.

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Tips for visiting the Breckenridge Brewery

Make reservations for the tour. You have to pay $3 for drinkers and non-drinkers are not charged but all must have a reservation to save a space.

Make reservations for the Farmhouse restaurant after. This will ensure that you won’t have to wait too long. It was recommended that we make our reservation for 1.5 hours after the tour and we walked right in and were seated right away.

 

Winter Park, CO – A Research Report

*This week, my third grade daughter came home and showed me her latest writing piece. They had to choose a favorite place or space in Colorado and write about it. She chose Winter Park because it is one of her favorite places. We just might have a family full of travel writers! I am sharing this here with her permission.

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Are you looking for a place in the great state Colorado?  The location of Winter park is Winter Park, Colorado 80482. In the winter there is ice skating and skiing. In Winter Park there usually is a lot of snow. Maybe that will be your first white Christmas. You can always go sledding on a hill. The population of Winter Park is 946. Winter Park’s mountain elevation is 9,100 feet. It takes one hour and a half to get there from Denver, Colorado to Winter Park, Colorado. In the summer there is the alpine slide and mini golf. Winter Park has great skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing in the winter. Winter Park has amazing mountains. There is some really nice mountains. My favorite part of the mountain is called Jack Kendrik. My favorite restaurant is by a place where you ski. It is Goody’s Creperie.  I’d prefer Winter Park if you want all that stuff. I think if you are looking for a mountain paradise and awesome condos than Winter Park is the place for you.

 

Road Trips – Through the Eyes of an 11 Year Old

*Recently, my son had to write a personal narrative for his language arts course. He chose to write about our summer road trip and how it affected him. I am posting this here with his permission.

Road Trips

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Road trips are the best thing ever, especially this one. My sister, my mom, my grandma, my three cousins, and I went on a road trip this summer. We planned to visit Tucson, Arizona, see the Four Corners, and explore Mesa Verde National Park but we didn’t know our trip would take a detour. Road trips give you the chance to learn interesting facts, see new places, and learn new things about yourself.

First, we decided we were going to go on a road trip and it was the longest one I’ve been on. We got packed up, got into the car, and then we took off. We all knew that it was going to be a long drive to Tucson, Arizona but we didn’t know how hot we would get. After a while we were all sweating. We were asking to turn the air up. Even when the air was all the way up it was still pretty hot.This weather was very different than the weather in Colorado. Then we started to run into some Saguaro cacti. It got everybody’s attention. We learned that a fifteen foot Saguaro cactus is a hundred years old and that is when they grow their first arms. This was the most interesting fact I learned about Saguaro cacti.

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When it was time to leave Tucson, my mom and grandma were looking on a map and they saw we were close to the Grand Canyon. “Hey, does anyone want to stop at the Grand Canyon? It will be four hours out of our way,” mom said. My cousins and I looked at each other and had the same idea. “Yes! But does it have to be so far away?” we said. We were all so excited to get there and we were all impatient. When we arrived I wondered how big it would be. I learned a little bit at school about how big it was but never saw it in person. We were almost there. Just a few more steps. As I stared I was in awe about how amazing the sight in front of me was. I was so glad I got to see this new place.

Of course, the extra hours that were on our trip made us tired but the trip there was worth it. As I stood in front of the Grand Canyon, I felt happy that we had made the stop. At first, I wanted to say no but then I realized you should take the opportunities while you can. You don’t know when you are going to do something like this again. It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Choosing to stop at the Grand Canyon made me realize that I should take chances while I can.

My favorite part of the trip was hanging with my cousins, learning about the Saguaro cacti, and seeing things that I’ve not seen before. The Grand Canyon was way bigger than I thought it would be. We had a great time, not to mention, saw some amazing things. I am so glad my family stopped at the Grand Canyon or we would have missed something amazing. Next time you go on a road trip take the opportunities.

Don’t Miss Your Local Fall Festivals!

I feel it is safe to say, no matter where you live in America, you are probably able to find some sort of local fall festival.  You may not live near apple orchards or pumpkin patches, but you likely have at least one event to celebrate the harvest.  We happened across one of our local festivals by complete accident!  I saw an ad two days before in the Momaha, a local Omaha magazine our daughter brings home from school.


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My advice:

DON’T MISS IT!

I have yet to attend a fall festival that I regretted.  In Virginia, I drove 3 hours to go to my nearest, decent sized apple orchard and the State Fair happened to be along the way.  I picked apples (and many other fruits) on a regular basis in Newport, Rhode Island.  Here in Nebraska, I am lucky to be in America’s heartland, amidst acres and acres of rolling farms.  It is hard to turn around without running into a cornfield or an apple orchard.  We don’t buy apples at the grocery store right now, instead we stop at the local orchard on our way home to buy a few pounds.  I hope we are able to do the same with other fruits and berries in the spring and summer.


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There isn’t much you need to know before you go U-Picking:

  • It helps to have a water bottle handy.
  • If you are picking somewhere that will let you, I recommend you bring your own bags for the sake of being eco friendly (make sure it is a light bag so you are not paying for the extra weight when they weigh it).
  • Most local businesses would prefer cash (some ONLY take cash) so they don’t have to pay ridiculous credit fees.  We always try to have a few 20s with us when we go.
  • Apple picking (or anything else for that matter) really doesn’t take very long.  You park, usually check in at the main office, pick your fruit (10 minutes…or a little more if you are walking through a big orchard), weigh your pickings back at the office, and go.  Of course, if you go somewhere like Kimmel Orchard (see more below), you will be spending a bit more time there).

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Festivals are the same:

  • Bring some water, a stroller for little ones, and some extra cash.
  • Decide to go in advance so you can time your day well.  We attended the Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City, Nebraska this morning and it began at 8:00am.  It was a 40 minute drive, but we still left early enough to arrive before 9 and I am SO glad we did.  We beat the traffic, beat the lines, and had a wonderful leisurely walk through the orchard.  Our group of 9, comprised of two families, had a blast.

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If you are anywhere near Nebraska City, NE around this time of year, I HIGHLY recommend you attend the Apple Jack Festival.  It is celebrated in the entire city, as well as most of the local outlying orchards and several farms.  All things apple appear around every corner.  Be prepared to eat apple donuts galore, drink apple cider until you burst, and enjoy hayrack rides, pony rides, and at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, an obstacle course to keep the kids entertained!

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Kimmel is great year round, not just during the festival.  They boast 40+acres of U-Pick property including strawberries, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins and more!  The shop is enormous and filled with homemade goodies to buy.  My friend, from Brendid, and I even took part in a tasting of Kimmel’s dozen or so wines made with grapes grown on their property.  No, we didn’t try ALL of them! :)

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The Orchard also shares it’s property with the Kimmel Education and Research Center, a University of Nebraska Partner focused on agriculture and natural resources.  I truly could go on and on.

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We had such a fantastic experience at Kimmel Orchard and I cannot wait to return.  It was well staffed, with over 100 volunteers from a University of Nebraska fraternity and sorority.  The orchard is clearly no stranger to this event and they knew exactly how to set up to make things run smoothly for their thousands of visitors.  We will definitely be attending the Apple Jack Festival every year and Kimmel will certainly be a place we bring many of our friends who regularly come to visit us from all over the world.

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Aren’t our children just lovely???

If you haven’t attended a fall festival yet, you are missing out!  It isn’t too late this year…go read your local paper, magazines, or blogs and find out what is happening near you!

 

The Bellagio is a Cut Above the Rest

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When planning a surprise trip to Vegas for our 15th wedding anniversary, I went back and forth with where I should stay. Which hotel had the best amenities for us at the right price?

After much research, I decided to book the Bellagio. It cost me about $200 a night but it included an $80 food credit. This made the cost for two nights a little bit easier to swallow.

We arrived in Vegas, caught our ride to the hotel, and stood in line to check in. It was about midnight and we were surprised to find the line practically out the door. It didn’t move very quickly but we were able to take in the sites of the lobby while we waited.

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When it was finally our turn, we were informed that all that was left was a smoking optional room. AKA, there is a 100% chance that people have smoked in your room. I called a week ahead of time to inform the Bellagio that we were going to be a late check in so that this would not happen.

Womp, womp.

It was 1am at this point. We had worked all day long, spent the evening at the airport and had a late flight. We were tired and ready to crash so we took the room with the assurance that we would be able to switch it out the next day.

We woke up the next day and decided to switch rooms because the smoke smell was pretty terrible. We waited in a much shorter line (apparently most of the casino goers were still sleeping at 10am!) and were informed that our new room would be ready after 2pm and that we were given a food credit for our troubles.

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After a few hours of exploring, it was time to get the new room keys BUT…

It may come as no surprise to you that the line was out the door. Again.

We went up to our room and called to cancel the room change. I just couldn’t bear to stand in that line again after walking around in the heat of the desert sun. Much to our surprise, they offered to change the key remotely. We packed up our stuff and headed up to the much nicer smelling room (with a better view!).

Shortly after we dropped our stuff, a knock at the door sounded. We opened it and were surprised with a box filled with nine of the most delectable chocolates I have ever tasted. It was a little anniversary gift from the Bellagio.

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In addition to the amazing service, we also enjoyed the fountain show. It was much shorter than we expected but it was every bit as lovely as we thought it would be.

Despite our initial difficulties, the Bellagio has earned a life-long customer. If we ever make a trip back to Vegas, the Bellagio will be the first place we will look to book.