The bi-coastal founders of Motherly balance biz dev and babies like pros, so we asked for where they go to take a break. Elizabeth Tenety shares her picks in Palo Alto, and Jill Koziol talks Tribeca. Join their community of mamas and follow their journey at Mother.ly.
Park Picks: We are so lucky to have an amazing one in our back yard on campus at Stanford, where my husband is finishing graduate school. The playgrounds and neighborly community here is any kid's dream.
Summer Saturday: Saturday is our family time and errands day. We'll have a meal with friends, catch up on some errands, even indulge our boys with a trip to the PGA Golf Store (they're little sports fanatics). It's a very different pace than the work-week — Saturday we try to get home stuff done and Sunday we try to unplug and rest.
Kid-Friendly Museum: We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium and have made several trips with our boys. It can be very busy, but our children are able to get up close to lots of sea life in a beautiful setting, so it's been a fun place to return to. Plus, the bathroom has built-in seats for breastfeeding, which I used when we visited the museum with our toddler and newborn.
Day Tripping: Sausalito is a magical little place on the water that is beautiful to visit with family. For a no plane weekend away, Half Moon Bay with my husband is only 30 miles from Palo Alto but feels like a world away. Ahhh…Now I’m dreaming of it again…
Secret Weapon: I love the U-ME Gym in Menlo Park. It's a big indoor play space that has quiet work-space for mom and dad, a nice café, and a really fun and spacious play environment to mix things up for kid.
New York City
Neighborhood Eats: Sarabeth's on Greenwich Street in Tribeca is our go-to for an impromptu dinner with our girls. The atmosphere is relaxed and child-friendly without being childish and the happy hour wine specials are perfect for an early Friday dinner to kick-off the weekend. Outdoor dining in the summer is the icing on the cake.
Caffeine Kick: Hands down, Laughing Man on Duane Street in Tribeca has the best flat white coffee – it is absolute perfection. They are the perfect spot for a mid-afternoon coffee and snack with the kiddos on the way to the park. But, I can’t move on without mentioning the Macaron Café around the corner on Greenwich Street. I can often be found there working on my laptop, sipping a café au lait and enjoying an espresso macaron. This café gets rave reviews from my macaron-addicted #urbantots, too.
Kid-friendly Museum: The Whitney Museum of American Art just reopened in a new building downtown and it is spectacular. The exhibits and space are visually stunning and our girls were in awe. Plus, the Whitney offers family programs on select Saturday and Sundays including interactive tours and art-making workshops for children of all ages.
No Plane Weekend Away: The Bedford Post Inn in the fall for apple and pumpkin picking and hey rides!