Adventures of Empty Nesters :: New York City at Christmas


New York City at Christmas

New York City at Christmas is the best time of year to visit!


We make every attempt to continue a Christmas tradition of traveling to New York in December to soak up the sights and lights of this beautiful city during the holidays. I just wanted to check in to say hello and let you know you can follow along over on our Instagram ===> Here!   And on our Facebook Page ==> Here!

Do you have special plans for the holidays? Check out our trip to NYC…

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So Many Great Restaurants in Washington D.C. – Not Enough Time!

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Blue Duck Tavern Pecan Roll – Tasted even better than it looks!

Just several of the many great restaurants in Washington D.C.

When the list of great restaurants in Washington D.C. contains at least one hundred possibilities, how do you choose? I know…first world problems, but seriously it wasn’t easy!

I scoured DC Eater, Washington D.C. and the detailed list that my traveling-foodie-friend Angela gave me and then made some hard choices. Our longtime friends Angela and Jon enjoy lively restaurants and delicious chef-inspired dishes as much as we do. The four of us had a blast and ate our way through New Orleans a few months ago and we barely dented our list.

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An Empty Nesters Guide to the 17 Best Things to Do in Washington D.C.

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Standing outside the Capitol

What are the best things to do in Washington D.C.? How much time do you have?

Washington D.C. is an incredible place to visit (and live) and I found that people I talked with about visiting there fell into one of two categories. One, was that they have visited several times and knew the city really well and the other was a person who always wanted to go but for whatever reason never seemed to have gotten there!  It was interesting to hear about the two extremes.

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Ten Romantic Getaway Ideas for Empty Nesters

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Planning a romantic getaway for your sweetheart?

February is here and maybe you are thinking about a romantic getaway with your sweetheart? Maybe you are not… but just maybe you should think about it? I recently participated in a fun post with Expedia where fourteen travel bloggers offered their best ideas for a couples trip somewhere in the U.S. I was super flattered to be included and you can click ==> here to read the article! There were so many cities to choose from and I thought I would add to the list here.

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A Crazy Great Meal in NYC : Momofuku Ssam

Momofuky Ssam

Today, I am in a New York state of mind – Our son is leaving for NY on Thursday, my friend Leisa is joining her mom, sister and niece for a girls trip on the 4th, my friend Meg is leaving Friday and Craig and I are leaving on Dec 11th. New York is so fabulous this time of year that many special trips are planned for the Big Apple in December! While in New York City a trip to Momofuku Ssam will impress and delight you.

Oh Momofuku!

Even if you don’t know what it means, Momofuku is delicious in any language. The Momofuku restaurant group was created by David Chang in 2004 with its first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar. As a multiple James Beard award winner, Chef Chang and his team have gained world-wide recognition for their innovative take on cuisine, while supporting local, sustainable and responsible farmers and food purveyors.

Most foodies will tell you they have heard of Momofuku, although they may not “have had a chance to go”. But it will be on their list and Momofuku Ssam should be on yours too! Actually ALL of his restaurants should be on your list!

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Where to go this Fall ~ 7 Great Destinations to Enjoy!

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Where to go this fall to enjoy the best of what this colorful season has to offer ~

Summer has ended and we are headed to Fall, my very favorite season! Funny thing is that I live in Southern California where the temps are hovering around 90 degrees! How can I think about cool, sweater weather, drinking hot cocoa, eating warm apple pie and enjoying walks through the autumn leaves?

I can find these desirable images in my imagination, or I can plan a fall getaway! Where can we go? Many of my friends who live on the East Coast will chuckle when I write about how I long for the cooler weather, because I don’t really experience any type of super cold weather in Pasadena. I think I wear a coat maybe once or twice all season at home.

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A Postcard Perfect Vacation in Kennebunkport Maine

Where do I begin when there are so many wonderful things to share from my enchanting vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. The quintessential, early American coastal town with a beautiful chambray blue sky, dotted with cottony clouds, where fresh lobster was on every menu. The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce hosted my delightful trip to this charming …

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Adventure Update: A trip to Seattle and Kennebunkport, Maine!

We are off on another trip to Seattle for our daughter’s 27th birthday. I just wanted to check in to say hi! If you are reading this, you obviously care about our Empty Nester adventures! Thank you so much for reading and for caring about what is happening with us. The Empty Nest Downsize (“rightsize”) project …

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Food for the Soul in Raleigh, NC

Mixing business with adventure is so gratifying, not to mention, super fun! In addition to writing Adventures of Empty Nesters, I represent a health company called Touchstone Essentials. I was traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina for our Second Annual Conference and ironically, my husband had business in Raleigh as well! This almost never happens, so we had a 2 for 1 special business …

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