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Escape your reality at THE New England Renaissance Faire

*Disclosure* Our family received tickets to the Faire to facilitate our blog post. All opinions are our own!*

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! FALL! I know, I know, it’s not TECHNICALLY fall yet, but… Pumpkin Spice is back at my favorite coffee shop, Avery is back in school, I need to wear a sweater in the morning, and King Richard’s Faire is open!

Our family has been visiting the Faire every year for the last 4 years. It’s fun for our whole family. I love people watching and seeing all the amazing costumes. Avery loves the performers, and of course the unicorns (Yes, they do have unicorns in Carvershire!) and Dave loves the food!

Avery at King Richards Faire

Each weekend has something different to offer. Our favorite time to visit is during Harry Potter Fan Fest Weekend, which is coming up September 21 & 22. This event features Sorting of Houses (Ravenclaw here!) trivia contest, and a costume parade for all ages. It’s a lot of fun.

Not a Potterhead? That’s ok, members of all fandoms are welcome at the Faire! Game of Thrones fans will want to visit the shire on 9/28 or 29. Do you like men in kilts? Are you a man who wears a kilt? Then visit on October 5 for the Highland Hunks competition! Are vikings or pirates your thing? Maybe you’d like to visit during Invaders Weekend, October 12 & 14.  Love it ALL? The last weekend of the faire, 10/19 & 10/20 is the Fantasy Finale, and features the best costume contest you’ve ever seen. It is sure to be amazing!

No matter when you visit King Richard’s Faire, you’re going to have a great time. With eight stages of live entertainment, a joust, a few hundred actors, singers, dancers, stage combat pros, acrobats, puppeteers, and general (planned) mayhem of “Carvershire” (all free and included with admission!) how could you not??

We look forward to sharing all our photos when we visit in a couple weeks!

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Escape YOUR reality at King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance festival!

Visit the Faire weekends and Monday holidays from August 31-October 20, 2019, where entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80-acre wooded site (235 Main Street, Carver, Mass. 02330). You’ll be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers! Be captivated by minstrels, dancers and puppeteers and enthralled by fire-eaters, magicians and exotic tigers. Hundreds of talented performers perform non-stop for you throughout the day on any one of our eight vibrant stages. The King’s handsome knights battle on horseback as bawdy beggars compete in mud. Wacky wenches will leave you in stitches while happy villagers engage you in the lanes. Frolicking faeries can be seen dancing through the forest, where you can try your skill in his majesty’s Gaming Glen.

See the website for new acts and special events for the 2019 season!

Afterward, epicurean pleasures suited for royalty, will tantalize even the pickiest of taste buds. Satiate thy palate with giant spit-roasted turkey legs, ringlets of fryes, and boules of chowder or stew, and quench thy thirst with champagne, specialty cocktails, wine and brew.

Many of the King’s talented artisans journey from around the globe and have much to offer all who enter the gates of Carvershire. Discover beautiful handspun pottery, fabulous jewelry, and incredible face painting. Delight in period clothing, leather, armor, and moccasins. Be amazed by our blacksmith and forged weaponry and other works of art. Revel in scented oils, perfumes, handmade crafts and psychic readings as you make memories to last a lifetime.

New in 2019: a new King Richard XI to lord over Carvershire with his lovely bride, Queen Anne and visiting princesses in the village to sample talented artisan wares, food and drynk, and entertaining new performers. New to the entertainment lineup in Carvershire this year: The Accidental Acrobats, a duo of contortionists; Sir Guy, the comedian; Kasam the Masked Master; GoGaucho, a dynamic blend of dance, music, comedy and other tricks; and mesmerizing music from Moon Chariot and piping by the Portland & District Pipers.

Visit kingrichardsfaire.net for a site map, event schedules, and ticket sales.
235 Main Street, Carver MA 02330
adult: $34
child 4-11: $17
children 3 years of age and younger are free
Website link: http://kingrichardsfaire.net
Ticket link:
https://kingrichardsfaire.net/ticket-admissions-faqs/

Family Fun at The Cape Codder Resort & Spa

*Disclosure: Our family was given a one night stay at The Cape Codder Resort to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Family Fun at the Cape Codder Resort

This summer has flown by for us! Our weeks have been spent at camp (and work) and our weekends have been jam packed with cookouts, birthday parties, baseball games, and day trips. We finally had a weekend to relax, just the three of us.

We packed our bags, called grandma and grandpa to come take care of Daisy and India, and hit the road to the Cape!

Our destination? The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis.

We were excited to check out the BRAND NEW Indoor/Outdoor water park and the see the new Family Suites! Little did we know, we’d actually be STAYING in one of the suites!

Main Room Kitchenette Cape Codder Family Suites Murphy Bed Cape Codder Family SuitesThe Family Suites are amazing! The living room has a large sectional sofa that pulls-out into a queen sized bed and a very nice flat screen HD TV ! The dining area  features a multi-functional table for 4 which also pulls down into a queen size Murphy bed.   There is also a very nice kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and large sink. We loved having a place to keep our drinks, and food! Master Bedroom Cape Codder Family Suites Bathrooms Cape Codder Family Suites

The Master Bedroom features the most comfortable king-sized bed, and it’s own flat screen HD TV.  And there are two bathrooms!!!  It was pretty much a dream come true! The master bath is HUGE and has a beautifully tiled shower, his & hers sinks, and a lovely vanity (where Avery spent an hour doing my hair and make-up before bed!) The main bathroom is a standard hotel-room bathroom with a sink, toilet and a shower and bathtub (perfect for the little kiddos who don’t take showers yet!)

Our room, like all the family suites, was located on the first floor, looking out onto the water park. At first I was concerned that noise would be an issue, but I was pleasantly surprised!  It was completely sound proof! We heard nothing through the very large windows!

The family suites are truly wonderful! The design is so welcoming and cozy, while still being modern and giving you that Cape Cod feel.  The artwork was one of my favorite parts of the room. Beautiful paintings, by local artists, adorn the walls. Our favorite was a painting of a whale swimming with mermaids! If you can, definitely try a night or a week in one of the new family suites!

If a family suite is more than you need (or maybe you’re looking for something even bigger!) there are many other room options available. From Deluxe Rooms to the Presidential Suite, and Residences, they have something for everyone!

Now, let’s talk about that water park!! 13932889_10153835661491452_5697722413363566341_nThe water park is BRAND NEW!

The 30,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Water Park features include:

  • 2 – 160-foot “Stars and Stripes” high-speed water slides
  • 2 – 50 and 80-foot water slides winding through a replica of a pirate ship
  • 300-foot “stormy” river with waterfalls, rapids and spouting humpback whale
  • “Pirate Bay” kiddie spray pool with dumping bucket, water cannons and small water slides
  • 84’ x 143’ retractable roof
  • 10,000-square foot wave pool with 2’ waves, water fountains and water umbrella
  • 24 person Jacuzzi
  • saunas
  • high-intensity ultra-violet light purification system
  • changing rooms
  • birthday party area
  • Gazebo Cafe serving appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and beverages
  • fitness center

I loved the retractable roof! It was nice to have the sunlight coming in while having an easy escape to the shade. (Great for those of us who don’t do well in the blazing sun!)

Kids Waterpark Cape Codder ResortAvery LOVED Pirate Bay. It was a nice, safe area for her to play in the child-sized slides and other water features! Lazy River cape Codder ResortThe stormy river is fun as well, but don’t expect it to be a typical “lazy” ride! It moves pretty quickly and you will get splashed! Wave Pool Cape Codder ResortWe spent most of our time in the wave pool! The waves are not too intense, so big and little kids can enjoy it!

Resort guests are guaranteed access to the water park throughout their stay, but there are a limited number of day passes available. For more information on day passes click HERE

Rainbow Falls Pool Cape Codder ResortThere is also a GORGEOUS outdoor pool. Rainbow Falls is heated and open year round! This pool is open to resort guests only, and from the hours of 8am-10am and 8pm to 9pm it is reserved for those 18 years an older.  With all that swimming, we worked up quite an appetite! Fortunately, the resort ha plenty of dining options!! We enjoyed a delicious lunch at “The Deck” and a great dinner at Hearth ‘n Kettle.  You can also dine at Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill (Serving Dinner Daily from 5pm) or grab a quick bite at the Gazebo Cafe located within the water park building.  And of course, in-room dining is also an option!Dining at Cape Codder Resort

But wait, there’s more!!!  While we imagine you’d want to spend most of your time in the water park, The Cape Codder Resort offers activities for kids and families, every day!  Here’s a sample of their summer activity schedule:Kids Activities at Cape CodderDuring our stay Avery enjoyed arts & crafts (a cute fish windsock) and movie night, under the stars! You can also purchase marshmallows to roast during the nightly bonfire! Activities for families and kids Cape CodderI can say, with certainty, that your kids will not be bored! The only tears we had on this mini vacation came when we said it was time to go home. Avery had so much fun, and begged to stay.  She actually asked if we could live at the resort!

While I didn’t have a chance to visit, I want to mention that the resort has a spa on site. The Beach Plum Spa & Med-Spa offers you a great opportunity to break away and pamper yourself!! They offer massages, manicures & pedicures, facials, a hair salon, and more! They also have services for couples and kids! I’ll definitely be booking a massage when we visit again!

13932924_10153836046361452_8983446674448367045_nFor more information, rates, and to book your stay, visit  capecodderresort.com

Follow The Cape Codder Resort & Spa on Facebook and Twitter13902807_10153852463026452_518563518878568487_nThank you, Cape Codder Resort, for an INCREDIBLE getaway!

Family Fun in Rhode Island

*Disclosure: Visit Rhode Island was kind enough to invite our family on a fun day trip around Rhode Island. All opinions are our own*

Family Fun Rhode Island

Family Fun in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but there is some BIG fun to be had!

Our first stop of the day was at  Biomes Marine Biology Center. If you know us, you know how much we LOVE marine life, and we love Biomes! Avery and I have been visiting New England’s only private marine education facility and hands-on aquarium since the opened their North Kingstown location in 2013.  The touch tanks are always a favorite, and you can find Avery and I hanging out with the sharks! They often have interesting demonstrations (Have you ever seen a puffer fish puff?) and the knowledgeable staff is always available to answer questions.

Biomes is a great place for all ages (and children 2 and under are admitted FREE) You can explore the center in about an hour and a half, though Avery likes to stay much longer!

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Biomes Marine Biology Center

6640 Post Road,
North Kingstown, RI 02852
401-885-4690

It was hard to leave Biomes, but we knew more fun awaited us at Roger Williams Park Zoo!!

We are Zoo Members, and have been since Dave and I were dating, but we’re always excited for a visit to RWPZ!!  We only had about an hour, so we decided to check out the new Birds From Down Under exhibit.  Birds from Down Under opened this April and offers an immersive experience with bird species native to Australia. It features over 500 birds including grass parakeets, cockatiels and various parrot species. And guess what??  You get to feed them!  Avery and I had fun watching the birds and feeding them seeds. Roger Williams Park zoo Birds from Down UnderOf course, there is much more to see and do at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Over 100 species of animals call the zoo home including some of our favorites the Snow Leopards, Cheetahs, Giraffes, and Red Pandas! The zoo also features a pretty amazing play area; Hasbro’s Big Backyard! Kid’s can play, create, build, and even cool off in the sprinklers on a hot day! It is not to be missed!!

Roger Williams Park Zoo

within Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, R.I.

After a quick hello/goodbye to the cheetahs, we made our way out of the zoo. We had a ballgame to get to!! As you know, we are HUGE Red Sox fans.  That passion isn’t only for the big show in Boston, but the minor league teams as well. We’re so incredibly lucky to have the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), Boston’s Triple-A Affiliate, right down 95!  Mascots Paws and SoxWe arrived at McCoy Stadium and were greeted by Paws & his sister Sox.  Avery thinks they are the cutest mascots ever (Sorry Wally!!)  We were then treated to dinner in the Picnic tent! Avery was thrilled with the selection! BBQ Picnic at PawSoxAfter dinner we were whisked away on a very interesting tour of what I call the “hallway of fame” We saw pieces of Paw Sox history that you don’t normally have access to. Dave and I were in awe, and I loved seeing photos of some of my old favorite players! PawSox Hall of Fame

After our tour, it was time for the most amazing moment of the night, and probably Avery’s life, so far.  Avery was asked to say those two little words that we all love to hear….

PLAY BALL!!!

And she ROCKED IT!! Seriously, this kid has no fear. She walked right out there on the field (by herself!)  and got the game started!! <3 PLAY BALL Pawtucket Red SoxThe game was a blast! Especially since the Paw Sox won! And after the game we enjoyed a wonderful fireworks show!! Fireworks nights are some of our favorite games to attend! Check out the schedule to see when the next fireworks night is, and check out the other fun promotions they have going on this season!!

A game at McCoy is the perfect family outing for us. We get to see a great game, at a really great (affordable!) price, and we don’t have to travel far!


Fireworks at McCoyPawtucket Red Sox

McCoy Stadium
Columbus Ave,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

We had such an amazing day exploring lil Rhody! There are so many family friendly attractions in this small state, and I hope to share more of them with you soon!

What is your favorite family attraction in Rhode Island?

Cake By Franck – Delicious Treats at Foxwoods

Cake By FranckLast weekend, I had a chance to experience a little bit of pastry heaven, right here in New England. Foxwoods Resort Casino invited me, along with a bunch of fellow bloggers, to visit their new and wonderful bake shop, Cake By Franck.

Chef Franck IglesiasCake by Franck is a celebration of pastries, offering classic New England and seasonal desserts with a twist. The price-conscious daily menu includes handmade macaroons, chocolates, candies, pies and muffins, as well as whole cakes and cake by the slice, all crafted under the guidance of a world-class pastry chef. The shop will also feature a personalized wedding cake design section, a selection of gluten conscious and no-sugar-added offerings and limited-time specialty desserts. Guests will be delighted year-round by the spectacular in-store displays, fragrant aromas and unparalleled selection of must-have treats – including a build-your-own Belgian Waffle station.IMG_20160319_150109

“The broad spectrum of cuisines offered at Foxwoods Resort Casino has been an excellent outlet for me to showcase my passion for crafting unique confections,” Chef Franck Iglesias said of his seven-year tenure at Foxwoods. “I feel very fortunate to be opening Cake by Franck for our guests who appreciate and enjoy gourmet cakes, pastries and other delicious desserts. I can’t wait for customers to experience the process from start to finish and, most importantly, indulge in my creations.”

I fell in love with the shop the moment I walked in. It’s as if Chef Franck designed my dream kitchen.  The colors, the fixtures, the reclaimed wood (and a sliding barn door to the kitchen!!) Everything was perfectly welcoming! Foxwoods Cake By FranckI loved that they had a self serve area and everything is LABELED! I often feel rushed, or even intimidated when I walk into other bakeries. When you’re up at the counter, with an impatient line forming behind you and you have no idea what you want, or what things are and you stutter “Uhm, uh, what is this…no..not that, this thing, with the chocolate. Yeah, that one. Oh, uhm, what about this? Is that cream cheese? What? No…uhm…just give me a chocolate chip cookie..yeah that’s fine” Ever happen to you?  No?  Oh… Well, you definitely WON’T experience that at Cake By Franck.
IMG_20160319_145149Cake by Franck was designed to take on the personality of a New England Country Store with a playful and interactive environment. 20160324_212514In addition to the Cake by Franck storefront, Chef Franck unveiled a custom cupcake vending machine on the Foxwoods property in December, located on the Concourse Level of Great Cedar Hotel. The vending machine offers a vast selection of fresh cupcakes 24 hours per day, at the press of a button. Selections include the decadent Sinatra’s Jack Daniels Cupcake, the mouthwatering Poker Face PB&J Cupcake and the fiery Mashantucket Campfire S’Mores Cupcake.

IMG_20160319_145503IMG_20160319_102034We had the opportunity to explore the shop, and taste some of the delicious pastries and baked goods. Let me tell you, I was blown away! Everything I tried was out of this world, delicious. DSC_9285 We were also treated to some delightful and delicious breakfast fare. DSC_9295Shout out to this lovely woman! Her daughter is also a blogger, and she didn’t think I was crazy when I asked to take a photo of the tray!! DSC_9284Chef Franck’s desserts are featured in restaurants and dining locations across the Foxwoods Resort Casino property. His incredible confections have landed him in magazines such as Food & Wine, Modern Bride and Pastry & Baking North America. Born in Argenteuil, France, just north of Paris, Chef Franck spent many years as both a cook and pastry chef in France and Spain. Prior to joining the Foxwoods team in 2009, he worked with Chef François Payard at his Upper East Side restaurant Payard Patisserie & Bistro in New York City. DSC_9374After hearing a bit from Chef Franck about his passion and his vision for Cake By Franck we headed out for a cake decorating lesson, taught by Chef Franck himself!! DSC_9457 DSC_9594IMG_20160319_114435We had the opportunity to decorate two cakes (chocolate and vanilla)  I went with a modern, black and white theme. IMG_20160319_113828Cake by Franck will feature “Air Franck,” an in-shop shipping depot that delivers Chef Franck’s famous treats worldwide. I was able to ship one of my cakes to my parents! What an incredible service! The cake arrived to my parent’s house, carefully packaged, and absolutely delicious (I may have gone over for a visit to sample it!) DSC_9640When we had all completed our cakes, it was time to announce the winner of our cake decorating contest. Now,  It would be easy to feel intimidated while having your cake judged by a world renowned pastry chef, but Chef Franck was great! I mean, who knows what he was THINKING while looking at our cakes, but he made us all feel like world class cake decorators! I didn’t win, but I wasn’t too upset…the winner was the young daughter of another blogger. She designed a truy adorable Easter Bunny cake!! DSC_9624 DSC_9619After such a fun day, I had to take a photos with Chef Franck! As one of the last in line for a picture, Chef joked about his face hurting from all the smiling…so, I told him, we could take a serious photo. The result was wonderful!IMG_20160319_122814Then we took a smiling photo, and it’s nice too, but that serious pic is my favorite!  IMG_20160319_123004I had such a wonderful day visiting Foxwoods Resort Casino and Cake By Franck. You MUST visit, and grab something delicious for yourself.  It is a destination in itself, and totally worth the trip!

Cake by Franck is located on the Concourse Level of the Great Cedar Hotel. The shop is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

 

Ski Vermont – Kicking Off the Season in Boston

Ski Vermont Media Event

Last night I was fortunate to be invited to attend Ski Vermont’s Media event! It was a great kick-off to the ski season held at Action Kitchen in Boston!

As always, I was the first guest to show up, (I am always early!!) so I made my way to the bar to try out the delicious libations! Vermont Spirits had two fantastic signature drinks. One featuring Coppers Gin and the other, the Après Ski, made with Vermont Gold vodka.  I sampled both, and they were both fantastic! If you weren’t into mixed drinks, you could help yourself to a Woodchuck Cider or one of  Long Trail‘s awesome brews!Vermont Spirits Woodchuck Cider Long Trail BreweryAction Kitchen is a very unique space. They have three “stations” and at each station, a Chef was preparing, plating and serving some of the most delicious food I’ve tasted! It was so much fun to be able to interact with the chefs and talk about the ingredients that went into each item.

My first stop was at the Woodstock Inn station. Executive Chef Rhys H Lewis prepared the most delicious Cheddar Mac & Cheese that I have ever tasted (and I’ve tasted a LOT of mac & cheese. Like, a real lot. I’m slightly embarrassed by the amount of mac & cheese I’ve consumed in my lifetime.) The mac & cheese was topped with an equally delicious Long Trail braised Vermont pork ragout with caramelized onions.  Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water! He also used fresh organic vegetables from Woodstock Inn’s Kelly Way Garden, to prepare a wonderful Roasted carrot & butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed chili pesto. YUM!  For dessert, Chef Lewis served a chocolate truffle tart with the most AMAZING red wine syrup. Chef Lewis is new to the Woodstock in, and came up from Colonial Williamsburg. I think he is a tremendous addition to the already wonderful Woodstock Inn!!

Woodstock Inn and ResortNot only is he an amazing chef, but he has such a fantastic personality. His passion for food and ingredients was wonderful. He loved that we were all enjoying his food, and even took my camera to snap a few uh, very flattering photos of me…Flattering photos of me eating taken by Woodstock Inns chef At the next station I got to experience the wonderful food created by the chefs from Killington. Eric Rusck, Executive Chef at the Peak Lodge and Killington’s Grand Lodge Executive Chef, Greg Lang prepared a Zucchini Arepa, Delicious bone-in Monkfish (Which was SO GOOD!) and finished it off with a Pot de Crème (with banana caramel!) Killington Chefs prepare delicious foodDessert from Killingtons Exectutive Chefs

The third, and final station, was Bolton Valley. Executive Chefs Jamie Richards and Travis Maney started us off with a Butternut Squash, apple & brie tart, drizzled with a lovely chili infused honey! He’d also prepared a Fig balsamic glazed lamb, and for dessert, he made Pumpkin Doughnuts with maple cream filling! Bolton Valley Delicious optionsWe had time to mingle with so many of the Vermont ski resorts, while enjoying delicious food. I have to say, it was the best media event I’ve attended in quite awhile!

There was also a raffle! I don’t typically win raffles, or anything, ever. Well, guess what?!?!  I WON! In fact, I was the very first name drawn. I won REAL Vermont maple syrup, a pair of Darn Tough socks, and a block of Cabot Cheese (my favorite!!)

It was such a pleasure to meet so many of the mountain and resort reps and learn about the new and exciting things happening in Vermont this season!! Stratton has added 4,000 square feet to their base lodge!! Okemo has added a second Bubble chair!! Stowe is adding a new ice rink and a new state-of-the-art children’s Adventure Center!! Jay Peak has started a new composting initiative that will keep 40 tons of food scraps out of the landfill, and will be used in their many gardens!! Bolton Valley is adding the new South of Solitude restaurant at Timberline, which will feature south of the border options, like made to order burritos and tacos!! Smuggler’s Notch has added a new evening guided snowshoe outing where families trek through the woods to enjoy the classic treat of s’mores around a bonfire!!  So many mountains have made some huge upgrades to their snow making!!  And SO MUCH MORE!!!!

And of course, it was wonderful to meet the incredible chefs, and eat their delicious culinary creations!!

I can’t wait to take our family up to Vermont this winter!! Thank you so much to Ski Vermont for inviting me to this fantastic event!

For more infor on what Vermont has in store for you this winter, check out skivermont.com and follow them on TWITTER   FACEBOOK   and   INSTAGRAM!

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England – Final Weekend!!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Well, you still have two more days to check out Fright Fest at Six Flags New England!

Our family had a chance to check out the event, and we had a frighteningly good time!

Avery had fun on the Trick or Treat Trail, and refused to share her candy with mommy and daddy!

Trick or treat trail six flags

We saw some fun and spooky shows! (There are shows for all ages!!) Fun and spooky shows at fright festMet some characters (Avery was afraid of Daffy Duck, but had no fear of the creepy clowns?!?!?!) Avery and a clown

We played games, and won cool prizes!Games at Six Flags New EnglandAvery was thrilled to eat her fill of cotton candy! Cotton Candy at Six FlagsAnd of course we spent a lot of time riding all the fun rides! (there are plenty of rides for the younger kiddos!)  Rides for little kids at six flagsI also loved that they offer a “No Boo For You” necklace for those who do not want to be approached by the ghouls and goblins lurking around the park! No Boo Necklace Fright FestThis weekend is the FINAL weekend of the event, and Six Flags has some extra fun in store!

Six Flags New England is closing out their season by hosting a winter clothing drive to “share the warmth” with Square One. On Sunday, November 1, guests are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing to be donated to Square One, who will distribute the items to local families in need. Guests who donate smaller items, including hats and gloves, will receive a coupon for $20.15 off the Main Gate admission price. Donations of winter coats or boots will earn a FREE ticket for the last day of Fright Fest! Guests can also purchase candy canes off the prize tree to receive a special prize. Each pick costs $2, and all proceeds will benefit Square One. Six Flags New England will continue with its Giving Campaign as guests can win their way to FREE admission with the park’s annual Smashing Pumpkins Event. Guests are invited to bring their unwanted pumpkins to Six Flags New England as they smash their way into savings. Guests will launch their pumpkin at a target, with a chance to win FREE admission or other park discounts.

Coat Drive: Sunday, November 1
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Representatives from Square One will be onsite. The collection of clothing items will last all day.

Smashing Pumpkins: Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Both Days)

 

Our family had a great time at Fright Fest, there was plenty for Avery (age 3) to do and we went before it got too scary for her (though she is definitely the bravest in our family!) We can’t wait to go back next Halloween season!

Celebrating Oktoberfest at Foxwoods #FestAtFox

*Disclosure* I was invited to attend this event and partake in great food, and great fun, in exchange for my honest review*

October. It’s my favorite month. The leaves, the food and the festivities. I hold a very special place in my heart for Oktoberfest. The German Festival reminds me of my Poppa, and all the delicious German food my Nana would prepare.

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Dave and I were invited to attend Oktoberfest at Foxwoods® Resort Casino, and it did not disappoint! We joined a group of friends and fellow bloggers to sample delicious beers, great food, and enjoy a night filled with fun!

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When we arrived we met at Cedars Lounge to sample some rare and interesting beers. Fox101715.431-1024x681Our sampling included:

  • Hanssens: Oude Gueuze (Belgium)
  • Kasteel: Rouge (Belgium)
  • Aecht Schlenkerla: Marzen Rauchbier (Germany)
  • La Trappe: Quad (The Netherlands)
  • Schloss Eggenberg: Samichlaus (Austria)

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Dave and I have very different taste in beers, but we both enjoyed the Quad.  I also LOVED the Rouge, and we learned that we are not really big fans of sour beers.  It was interesting to move outside of my beer comfort zone (I’m a stout girl!) and try some new styles! During the tasting, we also enjoyed traditional pretzels (the size of your head!)10407053_10153232695151452_4379696138520706377_n

After the tasting we had time to explore the casino, and do a little shopping.  Of course we spent more time than I’d like to admit in the toy and candy stores…

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Next up? BOWLING! If you’ve never visited High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge, I suggest you do ASAP! It is fantastic! Dave and I have bowled at High Rollers before and it is one of our favorite date night spots! High Rollers features 20 PBA approved lanes including 6 VIP lanes with food and beverage service! (It’s a great place for a date, night out with friends, or even a larger event!) While none of us were blowing anyone away with our skills (Hey, we did just come form a beer tasting!)  we all had a great time!

After bowling, we headed back to Cedars for an Oktoberfest inspired dinner. 12191871_10153232694956452_7689167977224069307_n

The chef prepared a delicious three-course meal. The first course was Char-Grilled Bratwurst with German potato salad and whole grain mustard.
Fox101715.604-1024x681The second course was Kasseler Ruppchen. A Smoked Pork Loin, with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes

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Dave and I had an incredible night at Foxwoods Resort Casino! In all our visits to Foxwoods, we are never disappointed, and always excited about planning our next date  night!

Oktoberfest continues through the end of October.

You can learn about all the amazing things they have to offer by visiting foxwoods.com