Jason’s traveling for work eventually takes a toll on our entire family. The kids miss their Dad, and although they may not express it, some of their mischievous or defiant behaviors are a result of their missing him. As for me, I am usually running on empty, especially when it comes to the early wake ups times, and our hectic mornings, prior to rushing out the door. It feels like I am in constant motion, doing the doggie paddle just to stay afloat. With frequent time differences, Jason and I are usually disconnected, since it is difficult to be available throughout each of our busy days.
When Jason is home, it almost seems like a novelty for us. We really make an effort to do everything together, making all of our family time, quality time. Last month, Jason was away for a 21 days straight (yes I counted). It was a rough stretch, to say the least, so when he was coming home over the weekend, I planned a mini getaway to Westchester with the whole family. The kiddies and I picked up their Dad from the airport, and we headed straight to White Plains.
We stayed at the super luxe, yet outrageously kid friendly Ritz Carlton, and from the moment we arrived, I was certain that the next 24 hours would be pure bliss. Upon entering our one bedroom suite, we were surprised to see that the staff had set up a mini tent filled with stuffed animals for the kids, along with a tray of mini pastries and milk. Following a quick round of play in the tent, we made our way down to dinner. The Ritz Carlton offers some great restaurants: Restaurant 42 and BLT Steak. As long time fans of the BLT brand, we were again not disappointed. The kids were shockingly all on their absolute best behavior, and in fact Jason even commented that it was probably one of best family dinners as a five top.
The following morning, we enjoyed the Ritz Carlton’s breakfast offered in the lobby, and we shocked at how many families were actually staying in the hotel. White Plains is a charming Westchester town with shops and restaurants, large and small. It was pretty convenient, because we used the opportunity to get a jump on some early Christmas shopping.
As if our weekend couldn’t get any better, I was treated to an Arnica Muscle Joint and Rescue Healing Bath and a Signature Facial with Mineral Herbology products courtesy of the Ritz Carlton Spa. The spa features a 10,000-square-foot luxury spa, fitness center and rooftop indoor swimming pool along with a full service salon and spa boutique. In fact, I found the spa so relaxing and luxurious that I am considering it for a much-needed mamas getaway weekend for some close friends and I.
Following some me time, we all decided to hit the indoor pool, located on the top floor. The views of downtown were spectacular, especially with foliage changing this time of year. And if a pool in the middle of November wasn’t special enough, we were treated to a monster 20 plus scoop bowl of ice cream, with a topping bar, which put the cherry (pun!) on the perfect weekend! After our sugar high wore off, we grabbed an early dinner, and headed back into NYC.
The kids had a blast, and it was the perfect way to welcome daddy home. I felt like I pressed a reset button and was ready to conquer our busy week and hectic schedules ahead. Sometimes you just need a mini retreat, even if its less than 24 hours, to regroup and recharge the mind, body and soul .
Ritz Carlton provided hotel accommodations for SITC. All opinions are, as always, my own.
3 thoughts on “Family Retreat”
How fun!!! We actually just moved to White Plains and love it here. Never even visited the Ritz yet, but looks like so much fun.
What an incredible family weekend. My husband travels a lot as well so when he is home we try to do everything in a weekend trying to catch up for lost time.
It’s amazing what a restorative weekend can do for a mama. Glad you were able to get some kind of break!