Archive: Outta Dodge

Inspiration: Newport Rhode Island

chic getaways for families in Newport Rhode IslandWe were inspired this week by Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful and elegant town replete with seaside mansions, museums, great restaurants, beaches and more.

The “Must Do List” in Newport, includes Cliff Walk, where visitors can take a walking tour of the shoreline dotted by spectacular mansions, home long ago to the Vanderbilts and their ilk. If just seeing the outside is not enough, get a ticket to go inside and enjoy the opulent furnishings and lush settings- saddle up to a tour guide, as some of the stories are entertaining, especially for the kids, of well dressed dog companions, table manners and dining habits.

Speaking of dining, when you’re done drooling over these over-the-top pads, for a bite, head on over to The Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf, for some fresh fish and lively atmosphere. For an after dinner ice cream, Sprinkles is a good choice on Bowan’s Wharf, where you can enjoy a casual cone while you check out the shops in the area.

Our heart belongs to The Chanler at Cliff Walk (a hotel with a delicious restaurant inside) for Sunday brunch – their menu and enviable perch are both scrumptious. The hotel is hop and a skip from Second Beach that surely wins beach with best land-view (back at the Chandler House). After showering off the sand after a delightful day at the beach, catch a   movie in town at the charming Jane Pickens theater, and then grab an appetizer or two at Forty 1° North, one of the chicest hotels in  town.

Tempted? Time to pack: get yourself in the spirit with these hand picked goodies: Go old school with the vintage mauve bathing suit, snazzy it up with a pair of stylish shades, hold tight to a Coco Chanel doll (in lieu of teddy), don’t forget a Pride & Prejudice primer and play set, and, if you’re really setting up shop and outfitting more than just yourself – say installing yourself in the Breakers or Rosecliff – we suggest a (so not shabby) shabby-chic canopy bed - perfect for those of us who’s last name should have been Rockefeller.

Been there, Done that? Check out some of our other travel ideas!

Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin’ the Beach in Style

beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they’re super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!

coolest beach toys by Quut

 

Off the Walls: 1970s Punk Poster Scene

Andrew Krivine posters II

Anarchy has left the U.K. and it’s relocated to Philly. The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia shows off a collection of punk era artwork and ephemera, celebrating the rage against the machine, safety pins, combat boots, studs and grommets that symbolized the period. “Pretty Vacant, The Graphic Language of Punk” brings together works by Peter Saville, Gee Vaucher and more collected by Andrew Krivine, on view until March 15. Via Huffington Post.

**If you make it to Philly, you can join Robert Drake, host of “Land of the Lost” on WXPN, for a reception celebrating “Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk”  with a LOTL Music Mix by Robert Drake and libations donated by the show’s friends at Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street. Free to the public.

Weekender: Skiing in & around the Big Apple

 

 

Want to plan a ski trip with the family this season? Here are some great spots not too far from New York City!

Mountain Creek: A bit over an hour, this ski site, formerly Great Gorge/Vernon Valley, is perfect for a day trip. The NJ mountain isn’t huge but it’s definitely ample for learning to get your ski legs on. Also some fun snow tubing!

tubing mountain creek

Hunter Mountain: Head up to the Catskills for some great snow tubing and skiing. Only about 2 hours and 30 minutes away, it’s an easy hop upstate. Ski, snowboard and snow tube, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Features a new race course for speedy skiers. We like the Roxbury to stay (it’s pretty close) and is a real crowd pleaser for its funky rooms (we liked the Genie in a Bottle room).

hunter moutain

Jiminy Peak: The Berkshires ski mountain of choice is in Hanover, MA. It’s just shy of 3 hours from the city and is a nice choice for kids. There’s not only skiing and snowboarding but also some great tubing trails and night skiing.

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Stratton: This is the longest “reasonable” distance for a nice little weekender in our opinion- just about 40 minutes or so from Brattleboro in Southern Vermont – and a 4 and a half hour drive from the city. The snow is great, and Stratton’s after-ski scene is  cool. The village features some great little restaurants and shops that will make any ski bunny smile. For kids who are new to the sport, there are some good learning options – both ski school and private lessons for ski and snowboarding with a battalion of awesome instructors.

stratton mountain

Shopping for a snow bunny? Here are some great gift ideas!

7AM enfant bunting; hat and ski tees and onesies by Mini Rodini, winter coats. Shop all Babesta.

snow bunny

 

What? A Pez Museum??

Yes, you read correctly!! 

Recently, we visited the quirky Pez Museum in Connecticut & had to share! This Museum is great to visit on a summer weekend (a great break from driving if you are on 95). Total blast from the past, you can introduce your kids to Pez Dispensers and the yummy tab-like candy!

Located at 35 Prindle Hill Rd Orange, CT 06477, this museum is right of of I-95. Visiting hours are from 10AM – 6PM on Mondays – Saturdays. This place is even open on Sundays from 12PM- 5PM! The prices can be found on the official Pez Visiting Center’s website.

In front of the Pez Museum

In front of the Pez Museum

Did you know that Pez’s headquarter was once located in our own New York City in 1952, but then relocated to Connecticut in 1974. How interesting? Did you also know that the first “Pez” was actually invented as a breath mint in Austria. But in the early 1950s, Pez introduced fruity flavors that we enjoy today, to gain a bigger audience. The first Mickey Mouse Dispensers were created in the 1960s, and the first Giant Pez candy dispenser named Peter Pez was shipped out in 2001.

Peter Pez!

Peter Pez!

Our favorite Garfield dispenser was released in the 1990s.

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so many Garfields!!

The visitor center actually opened just last year, December 2011. How crazy is that?

Pez Visitor Center Welcomes you!

Pez Visitor Center Welcomes you warmly, huh?

If you choose to visit, which you definitely should, there are places to eat near by. It is a self tour, and they also give you $2 credit for purchases in their gift shop, after their tour.

Here is a few more pictures that you can enjoy!

Back in the City-Whew, we made it!

In meandering the streets in the 2nd and 3rd, outside of our apartment in Paris, I was struck by all of the beautiful doors and wanted to use them as a backdrop for my “city” shots.

–>In front of a gorgeous Tiffany blue door, with a Babesta KISS tee and Munster animal print jeans and amazing tiger print sunglasses by Mini Rodini. Check out the street art on the lower right by French artist Space Invader.

kiss shirt

–>Anatole is a French mouse (the beret was the clincher) and the tee by Out of Print Books paired perfectly with a red reversible skirt by A for Apple. I thought a white door right off the Rue Montorgueil was well suited.

anatole

–>A New Yorker in Paris, decked in her Grass and Clovers NYC tee and the reversible skirt in green by A for Apple. Although her tee betrays her country of origin, you’d swear she was French by her penchant for croissants.

grass and clovers NYC tshirt

–>The Boombox NPR tee by Chaser is almost as loud as the French graffiti backdrop. Thought it was a cool cacophony of design that was a must-capture. On her head: tiger printed glasses by Mini Rodini.

boombox tee

–>The Mini Rodini Panther cardigan is an awesome piece to amp up a monotone ensemble or crazier yet, pair with some stripes.

mini rodini panther cardigan

–>A Bob Dylan concert tee by Rowdy Sprout in front of a gorgeous deep green door surrounded with white stone detailing. That door opened when we were taking pictures. A sweet little dog emerged (accompanied by her owner) much to our delight! We know that petites chiens are the rock stars of the Parisian streets.

bob dylan

City Girls in the Country

 

We just got back from a sojourn from the city–Spring break in Paris and the Loire valley. As I lived in Paris years ago, it’s held a big place in my heart and I was so excited to take the girls there. It’s a hoot to bring city kids to the country – There was a distinct topnote of Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie in their reaction to the natural creatures that live in the country and the unfamiliar environs.

Spilling out of the car, a Citroen Picasso that “fits 7″ (but Enterprise squished their face at us when they saw that we were not just 7 but were 7 with luggage! (mais non!)), the girls ran as fast as they could across the lawn toward two horses who were on the property. Out of the city they’re always blown away by the space and freedom.

Our “gite” was located outside of Tours – something I found on mrandmrssmith.com – which has some great properties especially nice for larger groups, and I highly recommend. It was a old French country house on a property with stables and a gorgeously dilapidated chateau that would be stunning renovated but was still beautiful. You could just imagine it in its heyday.

gite

We made a fire every night in the fireplace and every day set off to the many chateaus in the area–gorgeous. We even went on a hike around the 500 acre property, wearing tall boots to protect against the mud, led by the property caretaker, an outdoorsman, and his dog “Escape” (who the girls fell in love with!)

On one of the days we took advantage of the property and snapped some pics with the latest collections.

–> The first location I selected was in front of mucky bog that was beautiful and interesting and thought would be a good companion to the fish dress by Mini Rodini topped by a salmon colored jacket by A for Apple.

 

a for apple jacket new

–>The markets in France are chalk-full of fresh fruits and vegetables. I thought this Bobo Choses dress with leggings was adorable and really popped off the outbuilding behind.  But then, again, she was drawn to the horses. Every girl wants a pony!

amina bobo choses

–>The geometric tee by Munster Kids with strong pastel colors felt right next to the chopped wood in every shape next to her. Although she looks like a homesteader staring off with deep thoughts of work and life, she’s really looking yonder at her favorite horse!

amina munster

–>Lastly, both girls put on their furniture-tassel dresses by Mini Rodini - one in pink and one in green (which was topped with a opaque raincoat by A for Apple) and played at the once stately doorstep of the old, unkept chateau (and then all over the lawn, under the 200 year old trees, chased enthusiastically by Escape, the dog. The tassels conjured up the classical French furniture and tapestries that likely once dressed this grand estate.

mini ro dresses