New Year's Eve Travel Weekend with your Toddler
Oh the holidays! Many people travel with children during Thanksgiving and Christmas visiting family and friends. As many of us know this can be quite tiring and a daunting task. By New Years Eve, most parents are kind of done with the holidays and end up in front of the tv, lucky if they stay awake long enough to see the ball drop down.
Right after Thanksgiving,my husband and I were discussing New Year's Eve and he said " I am not spending another boring year sitting on this couch." Our child is 2 and a half so it has been 3 years of us eating dinner in front of Times Square on tv.
I too felt the need to step it up this year and began to get excited with thoughts of New Year's Eve possibilities. We didn't want to just get a babysitter and go to dinner, we were thinking of something grander. Since the holiday fell on a weekend we decided to plan a little trip. We started searching for hotels no more than a 2hour train ride away, that would have some sort of entertainment on New Year's eve and that would be child friendly. After several google searches we came across the lovely Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich Conn. It is a mear 40min on Metronorth train.
Delamar is a privately owned relatively small hotel right on the water. It is elegantly decorated in south of France style,however it is not stuffy or uptight at all. From the moment we stepped inside we felt relaxed. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much to ask of them. The lovely Christmas decorations added to the festive mood.
We chose a room on the Belvedere floor which offered snacks and drinks all day long and wine and cheese in the evening. The king bed was very comfortable and they had a full size crib for our child. The bathroom was lavish with a large soaking tub and Bulgari bath products, that we couldn't wait to use.
First we headed down to lunch in the restaurant. They had a few specials so we chose fresh salmon burgers with salad and a glass of rose. It was New Years after all. The food was delicious and our waiter a delight. We could hear the sound of balloons being blown up in preparation for the evening's party.
My husband headed back to the room with our daughter to take a nap but I took the short walk to Greenwich's main street. Over a mile long, the street has a multitude of shops and restaurants with a very villagy feel. I decided to get a pedicure for the occasion so I popped into Tiffany Nails. It was luxurious with an exfoliation and extra foot massage. While your toes are drying they offer you a shoulder massage at no extra cost! I left feeling in the mood to party on New Year's Eve.
Back at the room it was about 5:30 when the staff came by for turn down service. They brought the usual chocolates but even had a complimentary bottle of champagne for each room that night. A very nice touch for New Year. We opened the bottle and got the party started. Our two year old happily bouncing on the bed saying " let's go crazy!".
All dressed up at 8pm, we went down to the restaurant to find a 4 piece jazz band, balloons and a very excited crowd. We ordered a plateau fruit de mer and a pizza for our child. Food was delicious, ambiance was lively and fun. There were a few other slightly older children there, but no one seemed to mind the little ones. It was a lovely atmosphere. We enjoyed our family dinner together.
When Violette started to show signs of being tired, we ended dinner and brought her up to bed. She is a very sound sleeper and when she's done, it's for the night. We went back down to the restaurant for one more drink and to ring in the New Year. The waiters brought around the usual toys; hats, noisemakers, and a complimentary glass of champagne for a toast at midnight. The band counted down and there for the first time in years my husband and I kissed Happy New Year on the dance floor! Was it a dream?
On New Year's Day, we all woke up slowly and enjoyed the comforts of the room. There is a continental breakfast that you can eat in the restaurant or in your room. The weather was a balmy 50 degrees so later we took a stroll through town. After that we had lunch then a nap. For dinner we went back down to the restaurant for another delightful meal. Back in the room we had bubble baths then we watched a movie and fell to sleep in the luxurious king sized bed.
The next day, checkout was a snap and the bellhop drove us the short way to the train. We were back home in our NYC apt in a little over an hour!
We felt relaxed and happy and ready to start 2012 on a positive note.
We always say wherever we go she goes. It is still possible to have adventure and romance when you are a parent, it just takes a little planning and patience, but the reward is worth it.