Sensitive letter writer strikes again

We are about to set off for Mexico on an Anniversary trip. That means NO KIDS. I am conflicted. I reeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllllly want to go but I’m nervous to leave the kids. I know their in good hands, but I will miss them. I worry. I’m crazy!

I think my daughter could sense this. She gave me this letter. I promptly put it in my suitcase to bring with me. Because that’s what neurotic mothers do.

She has become an epic letter writer. I see journalling in her future!

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Seacrest Hotel Romantic Getaway

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Over the summer I spent A LOT of time with my children, mostly on my own. Then school started and we got into our fast-paced routine. Then dance lessons, karate practice, soccer games all began in full force. Then we took the kids away for a couple of weekends, and you all know that’s not a vacation.

So I felt like my husband and I were due. We were due some time alone. I remembered that we were supposed to go to the Seacrest Beach Hotel over the summer with the kids but we just couldn’t make it work out. So I called them up and I said how about I try romantic getaway? And they said come on down, we’ll take care of you.

This was November 1st, which is fine.  My husband and I were born and raised in and around Boston so we know what November can be like around theses parts. However, what we expected to do was to maybe, you know, get on the beach for a little while to hold hands for a walk. That lasted for all of five minutes. There is some photo evidence of it below. But then it was an all out freezing rain/ sleet/snow monsoon. It was CRAZYTOWN.

So we had to stay in for most of the time, which wasn’t terrible ;-).

The Sea Crest hotel started out as a theater in 1929. It was destroyed by a fire in 1936. The only structure to survive was an old prohibition era gambling and drinking establishment called the Old Silver Beach Club.  Then those remaining buildings were destroyed by the hurricane in 1938.  In 1942 a new owner named Lou Walters opened the Latin Quarter. It became one of Cape Cod’s most popular hotel and dinner theaters. Oh, he also has a very famous daughter named Barbara who grew up right there on Old Silver Beach :-)

During World War II the military took over the resort to use for housing staff from Camp Edwards/ Otis Air Force base. After the war, the summer resort activities resumed until 1962. At that time a trio of owners purchased the resort, one of them being Red Auerbach! The bar and restaurant at the hotel is called Red’s. Lots of great memorabilia and quotes from Red along the walls.

Sea Crest is now a part of Scout Hotels. They have other hotels in Nantucket and Florida. The staff at the Sea Crest are knowledgable, helpful, and super friendly. Scout clearly invests in it’s people. Today the Sea Crest is not only a beautiful hotel on Old Silver Beach, but a wedding venue and a conference center. The restaurant is good enough to go to without staying at the hotel. I can’t say that about many hotel restaurants I’ve eaten at.

We hope to get there in the summer this year as well. The kids would love it and we’d like to be on the beach without wearing a winter jacket and nearly getting swept away. Or maybe another romantic getaway for New Year’s Eve? Nana??

 

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I was given a complimentary hosted stay at the Sea Crest. All opinions are my own.

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Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Review and Giveaway

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Last weekend the Red Jacket Inn Mountain View Resort hosted the ViolaCay family! The kids were um, excited to say the least.

And natch, we made a video…

The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is in North Conway, New Hampshire. The White Mountains are beautiful, there is outlet shopping , and of course Storyland is there.

For the last couple of years we’ve gone to Storyland and looked up the hill longingly at the pretty hotel that sat way up there. The kids knew there was a water park up there too. But alas they had been too little to go. Fans of the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, and there are many, will tell you it’s quaint. Critics will tell you it’s a little dated. It’s both really. It’s quaintness shined through and it’s datedness fell to the background for me. Yes it’s true, there are lots of stairs and there are LONG hallways with lots of doors. But, that didn’t phase me much. I just loved it. What, or who rather, really shines at the Red Jacket Resort is the people.

From the general manager checking in on us all the way through to the cleaning staff. Just good people.

  • As soon as we got to our room we could see that we needed a rollaway or another mattress or something for child #3 up in the loft. The kids wanted to go to the water park like, RIGHT NOW. My husband called down and they said they’d take care of it. When we returned there was a mattress in between the beds, all made, with his blankie and stuffed Nemo perched on the pillow.
  • The front desk gal Teresa who assured my daughter that “Of course the tooth fairy comes to the Red Jacket, honey” after her brother knocked her tooth out in the water park (Daddy saved the tooth)!
  • The poor boy at the water park desk who couldn’t find a bandaid right away for me. He was clearly the maintenance guy that I had caught off guard while the regular desk person had stepped away. I made him blush when I said I could just a hold one of those tampons on the boy’s skinned knee as I pointed to the other supplies on the shelf. :-) He rushed away quickly to the supply closet to get more band aids.
  • The very patient staffer who lead a group of kids in a craft on a rainy day as they waited anxiously for the water park to open!
  • The waitstaff at breakfast who took care of us, and took our boy’s allergies seriously. Getting a chef to come out and take Theo’s breakfast order personally and then went to make it herself. Toast and sliced apples made to order :-)

We loved our stay and hope that you do too! Yes, that’s right one of you lucky ducks is going to win a 2 night stay at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort! Woooo hooooo!

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Kahuna Laguna Viola Cay Family Vacation Giveaway!

Includes: Two-night stay for a family of four at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire and passes to Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park. Restrictions:  Not available on holidays, holiday weekends or school vacation weeks. Valid through October 2015. Other terms may apply.

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Please visit my lovely cohosts at
Diane at Dollops of Diane
Kim at Family Friendly Boston
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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program with Red Jacket Resorts. I was given a complimentary stay at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. All opinions are my own.

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Red Jacket Kahuna Laguna Freak Out

Yep he’s at it again. This time the other two get their freak on too!

I love surprising these kids!

 

Stay tuned for some awesome giveaway news!

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Great Wolf Lodge New England for the Holidays

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Last weekend my family and I were asked to attend a Howliday sneak peek at Great Wolf Lodge New England!   We got to experience Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one sitting!

First we started with Howl-o-ween. The kids decorated treat bags and got some candy from the witch. During the month of October kids will get in their costumes and participate in Spooktacular family activities such as the Trick-or-Treat Trail or Monster Bash Dance Party. It’ll be a howling good time! (Get it? Wolf. Howl?)

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We had a Thanksgiving feast fit for KINGS I tell you. Every bit of it was delicious (between my husband and I we tried most of it ;-). And as a bonus it was all nut free!

Then they made it SNOW! Inside. The kids thought it was so cool. It was part of what will be called  Snowland – From snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes. We had hot chocolate with handmade marshmallows, and the kids decorated Holiday cookies and basically got all hopped up on sugar. There was also a storytime and then a dance party. I suppose to account for the different levels of sugar intake ;-)

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Dollops of Diane’s kids. Mine would not stand still for a second here.

That was all just our blogger preview of the holidays! Everything else at Great Wolf Lodge was equally as awesome.

The Dunkin Donuts and a bar for adults -that’s the way to begin and end the day ;-) The buffet breakfast for everyone. And of course, of course the WATER PARK and everything in between our room and the water!

There are shops, a salon, arcades, indoor mini golf, a ropes course and so much more. Be sure to look them up on Facebook for deals!

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We had so much fun and would definitely go back! Among the water parks around these parts it’s most certainly the leader of the pack (sorry I couldn’t help myself.)

 

This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by Great WOlf Lodge. I have been given aComplimentary stay at the resort. Image used with permission. All opinions are my own.

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King Richard’s Faire

I took the fam to King Richard’s Faire last weekend. The first thing I learned is that you can’t bring food in. M’lady at the gate was very pissy about that. Heh.

Second, you need cash. And a lot of it. They don’t take credit and all the performers ask for tips. That’s how they make a living y’all!

And speaking of, third, and most importantly the performers are really great. We saw a jousting competition, a comedy acrobatic act, and a sword fight.

I know people that LOVE Ren Fairs and I know people that loathe them. I fall somewhere squarely in the middle. But we would definitely go again, gentle people ;-)

 

 

 

King Richard’s Faire is open weekends August 30th through October 19, 2014 (including Columbus Day Monday).

Tickets are $29 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free. Parking is free. Everything else costs money ;-)
You can purchase tickets HERE.

Don’t forget to Like the King on Facebook HERE and follow the Faire on Twitter HERE!

I had never been to King Richard’s Faire before. Have you? Been to any other Renaissance Fairs?

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My family received complimentary tickets to attend the Faire and tell you all about it. All opinions are my own.

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