Farmers Market Friday – Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, New York a.k.a. The TaSH

Welcome to Farmers Market Friday! It’s no secret that I love farmers markets.  From the time the first spring ramps and asparagus hit the tables in May until there’s nothing but kale and onions in late November, I get pretty much all of our produce from one of our local markets.  Where I live in New York’s Hudson Valley, we are blessed with a huge variety of farmers markets. Some are destinations in themselves featuring live music, story times for {Read More}

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest for Kids

This past weekend, my girls and I set out to explore Washington, DC.  It was a bit of a whirlwind and we did our best to experience as much as we could in only two days time.  We’d only visited DC once before as a family.  Four years ago I ran the Marine Corps Marathon (an awesome marathon if you’re in the market), and we spent the days before the race visiting the some of the Smithsonian museums and taking {Read More}

Fearless in the Forest – A High Ropes Adventure in the Berkshires

“Dude! You just crushed that one!” “Whoa! That was awesome, Buddy!” “You totally killed it! You definitely need to get a job here when you get bigger!” These were just a few of the exclamations that echoed through the forest yesterday during our visit to Ramblewild, an incredible tree-to-tree adventure park located at the base of Brodie Mountain in the Berkshires. This was my second visit to Ramblewild in as many months, the first time being a field trip my {Read More}

The Dutchess County Fair – An August Tradition

Yesterday was our 10th visit to the annual Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York. Since 1842 the fair has been the largest in New York State and has been held on at its current location in Rhinebeck since the 1950s.  The fairgrounds are home to not only the 6-day fair but to other events throughout the year including a popular antiques fair, car shows and the Sheep and Wool festival that takes place every October. Rhinebeck’s 170-acre fairgrounds are {Read More}

Great Places to Pick Your Own Blueberries Near New York City

We are deep in the midst of blueberry season here in the northeast and blueberry picking is one of our best-loved annual summer outings.  Of all of the pick-your-own activities, picking blueberries is my favorite.  If you time it right you are rewarded with handfuls of ripe berries that cascade off the bushes with the slightest touch of your fingers.  Blueberry picking is also very kid-friendly, with bushes filled with fruit that is right at eye-level.  Blueberries aren’t heavy like {Read More}