We knew when we moved to the East Coast that we had to make sure we took the time to see some of the amazing things that are all so close to us. Within just a few hours of Manhattan there are some of the biggest and most beautiful cities in our country, as well as breathtaking small towns and charming rural scenery. So over our 10-year anniversary weekend (Labor Day weekend) we rented a car and headed out of the city. First stop, Bear Mountain, NY.
Bear Mountain is about 1 hr outside of NYC. It is small, and coming from the Rocky Mountains, these "mountains" weren't as big as I expected (but then again I was only an hour outside of NYC, what did I expect?!). But it was a perfect stop for the kids. They had simple hiking trails, a few walking trails, a small lake with paddle boats, and a carousel. They also have a swimming pool, lodge, and campsite. It was hard to believe we were only an hour away from the hustle and bustle.
Next, we decided to just "drive". Well, we went about 1 hour north and after driving through the cutest (and smallest) towns, we decided it would be best to have a destination in mind (or we would probably get ourselves lost and without service for our trusty google maps). So, our next stop and final destination was Watchhill, Rhode Island (3 hours away but totally worth it).
Watchhill was so charming! Truly. I fell further in love with the East Coast during our visit. The homes were unreal (we already picked out which street we wanted to live on). Watchhill had a cute main street with shops; of course we had to stop for ice cream. The town also has private and public beaches, a little carousel, and the main attraction: the lighthouse!
Because we hadn't really planned on going to Rhode Island, I didn't come prepared. So, the kids splashed in the warm Atlantic in Will's underwear (Nora got lucky enough to wear one of his spares, which I did remember to pack).
Our ten year anniversary may not have been a "romantic" weekend or trip to Europe (sigh), but we spent it with our beautiful kids and experienced a new place together. I am grateful for the opportunity to live out here, to see these beautiful places, and to be able to bring my family with me. We still haven't taken a trip without our kids, which feels crazy but also not. We can save the romantic European getaway for our 15th anniversary, right? ;)