By: Melissa Gerstein
It had been 15 years since I went skiing. My husband took me right after we were married. He grew up skiing in Canada and could ski any mountain in the world. In fact he used to coach the racing team in Vail.
So you can imagine the happiness on his face when we discussed finally taking the the family skiing.
Living in New York City there are many ski mountains that are only a few hours outside the city. My husband took our son a few times but other than that we never seemed to get it together to go skiing until last week.
We were invited to explore the Finger Lakes region and all its beautiful offerings which included Greek Peak Ski Resort. It took just over 3 hours to get there from Manhattan and it is a beautiful drive up. We arrived at The Hope Lake Lodge which is just about 5 years old and at the bottom of Greek Peak. It is a warm beautiful lodge that caters to families. Our room had a fabulous full kitchen for cooking if we didn’t want to dine in The Acorn Lounge, which was the hotel restaurant.
The night we arrived the children attacked the Cascades Indoor Waterpark which was heavenly. It had a wave pool, water slides, basketball in the pool and little water slides for the young ones. It was incredible and safe for all of our kids who range in ages from 5 up to 13. The water park had a restaurant attached too and hot tubs outside as well.
The next day, we checked the children into ski school for their first day and it was seamless. The ski school at Greek Peak was so organized and the instructors were very impressive. Watching your children all bundled up heading into a ski school can be quite overwhelming but they made this smooth and exciting for the children. At 9am the kids check in and the staff handles everything. They take care of their rental equipment and lunch and you pick your kiddos up at the end of the day and you see that they are actually skiing!
Après Ski time was just as lovely as the skiing. Afternoons at Hope Lake Lodge were spent by cozy fires in our rooms or in the hotel lobby or the kiddos played in the arcade. The Lodge has a fabulous arcade that was coined by our kids as a “Mini Dave and Busters” so if the children weren’t playing games or passed out from skiing they were back in the incredible water park once again.
But the bonus to it all was the joy and sheer delight on the kids faces after skiing everyday and the greatest gift of all was that they wanted to wake up and do it all again the next day.
Finger Lakes has so many beautiful spots that also include Ithaca (a family favorite spot that we visit every Winter Break en route to Canada) and Bristol Mountain which offers over 30 trails for skiers and snowboarders, the highest vertical between the Rockies and the Adirondacks (1200 feet), two nordic loops, two terrain parks, as well as high speed quad lifts for visitors to get up the mountain quickly.
This family can’t wait to drive North again soon. We will return to Greek Peak as soon as we can. Memories are forever set and this will be our family ski destination moving forward. It never felt crowded either which was such a bonus and now that little piece of information is my gift to you.
2015 is off to a good start. Partly because we both ended 2014 in an unstopable way with Unstopables! Melissa made sure to have the perfect scent decor for her New Years Eve party and Denise packed for a holiday getaway with her 2 active boys but they don’t have to smell like them and didn’t thanks to the right scent decor too!!
“Books are really important part of my life and of our children’s lives.”- Nicole Kidman, Paddington Mamarazzi®
Today The MOMS hosted their very first Mamarazzi® event of 2015 with the stunning Nicole Kidman at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a special screening of the film Paddington! Check out images from this mornings event below!
Click here and watch a video of The MOMS Q&A with Nicole Kidman and find out what books she reads to her kids every night!
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This Thursday The MOMS hosted a Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Mamarazzi® event with Patrick Gallagher who plays Attila the Hun in the trilogy at The Crosby Street Hotel Screening Room in SOHO.Missed our event? No worries! Images and a video from our #NATMMoms event
Looking for more?! Click here to visit our YouTube channel to see highlights from our #NATMMoms Event and Q&A with \the one and only Patrick Gallagher who plays Attila the Hun in all three Night At The Museum films!
The MOMS and Norwegian Cruise Line teamed up for not one, but two very special Mamarazzi® events for the 2014 edition of a childhood favorite movie ANNIE. Our first #NorwegianMOMS #AnnieMOMS event took place on November 14th 2014 with Norwegian Cruise Line and Arizona Ice Tea and after we saw the film we couldn’t get enough and had to have another event! Our second #NorwegianMOMS #AnnieMOMS event Read more →
By: Melissa Gerstein
With the holiday season upon us, we need to get our homes ready for our guests! I think the best way to get your home ready for the holidays is to break down the cleaning and holiday preparations by going room by room and I even have some great tips thanks to a few great companies! Let’s check it out!
The first room I’d like to address is one I like to call the forgotten room, and that’s the bathroom! It gets as much traffic as any other room, but no one really thinks about it. With cold and flu season upon us, it’s very important to clean and disinfect—this is what I like to call a “complete clean”. My must-have for the forgotten room is Scrubbing Bubbles® because it removes germs, tough dirt, soap scum, while killing 99.9 percent of viruses—which means your bathroom will be squeaky clean and ready for hosting!
In the midst of your cleaning streak, Read more →
Denise joined HLN yesterday and shared her thoughts on Video Game Journalist, Alanah Pearce, who at the age of 21 claims she’s had her fair share of internet bullies and decided to fight back by using a somewhat old-fashioned approach and HLN got the scoop.
The MOMS were on Pix11 Morning News yesterday and shared their favorite toys for babies, toddlers, little kids and big teens that are all under $40! Check out their latest segment by clicking here!
Toys for Baby:
Skip Hop Hedgehog Accordion- This whimsical woodland creature is sure to engage your little one’s imaginations with hours of musical play. ($15.00)
IKEA Soft Toys for Education- Every soft toy or children’s book sold in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate approximately $1.30 to support UNICEF and Save the Children’s global education programs, including UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” initiative. ($.99-$19.99)
Toys for Toddlers & Little Ones:
Balance Bike- The bikes offer children an easy way to practice balance without pedals and is available at Walmart. ($29.99)
The holiday season is right around the corner and The MOMS wanted to share some of their favorite holiday gifts they’re going to wrap up and put a bow on this season!
Let’s start out with the perfect gifts for our significant others!
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