22 June 2015

Family vacationing on a budget

Families can be stressful sometimes, especially on vacation. Things have never been financially easy for us in our 20+ years of marriage but this year I was determined that we were getting away. The twins are 16 already and soon they will be on their own, like our 22 year old who came home last week to announce she is getting married in the fall and moving to Italy for two years right afterwards. In any case, this vacation – and the point of this post – is vacationing on a shoestring.

Our vacation is a short one (yesterday through Tuesday) and it is relatively close (New Paltz, NY). We left Glenn nag-avate since it was Father’s Day (and this way he could not complain if we went off the beaten track). We took the scenic route up stopping here and there to check out various sites and vistas, including Tobyhanna Lake.

We stopped for lunch at Kerhonkson Diner in Kerhonkson. When we pulled up there was a crowd out front. I assume they were all locals, which of course is always a good sign. The diner staff was very friendly and courteous. The place inside was clean. The helpings were HUGE! The girls split one chicken Cesar salad and still took a leftover box with us. Glenn got a burger and fries – also huge. I chose a shrimp basket that was served on a bed of fries and literally took up the whole plate. All total, with a nice tip, the meal came to $48.

Once in New Paltz, we visited Historic Huguenot Street (on a genealogy/history related visit). It was Family Day so admission was free yesterday.  Afterwards we checked into the hotel before taking a drive through town.

I chose America’s Best Value Inn. The girls, since they are under 17, were free if they stayed in the same room as us. SO one room, two double beds. It is a very clean hotel with a cute little coffee/breakfast nook off the lobby. There is free Wi-Fi, though that doesn’t really matter since I could also have one of the girls Hotspot me through our AT&T phones. There is a very small (two machines and some free weights) fitness room but, sadly, no pool. I do miss swimming. Anyway, I was not really looking for amenities. We are only here from yesterday afternoon (Sunday) through Tuesday morning. The hotel staff, thus far, have been great – very friendly and seemingly conscientious. I would be happier if breakfast would start earlier. It begins at 6 and I am starving already (it’s 5:30 as I write this!). There is no real view from any direction although the hotel is easily accessible from the highway. It is also located right across the street from a Shop Rite, so last we bought some water bottles and some snacks and stuff. The entire stay for the hotel is just $168.
We unloaded the car and freshened up and then drove around a bit. It began to rain so we headed back to grab some dinner. The plan was to grab a quick pizza and head back to the hotel room to eat and relax. Glenn added a hoagie to the order after one of the girls offered to pay for dinner last night.

This morning I woke up to Glenn’s snoring and to find my eczema had really flared up so hopefully today I can find some relief for that since I forgot my lotion at home. Today is an open day, meaning I have nothing lined up yet – just a nice (hopefully) day together!
Expenses so far:
$  48 ... Lunch
$168 ... Hotel
$216 total spent

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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