Every summer we take our annual family vacation from Queens, New York, to Gloucester, MA, to spend some much needed time on a family beach vacation. This summer, I sent my husband, 2 daughters (4 and 2), one big cooler, and a portable potty off on a much needed family vacation. I stayed home with our 15 month old son who was not yet over a virus. 

Since we have family in Gloucester, our accommodations are a no brainer.  However, we have stayed in this room at the Gloucester Inn By The Sea  hotel. It was an absolutely phenomenal family beach vacation spot. We loved the convenience of the mini kitchen, breathtaking views and immaculate rooms. This is one spot I didn’t mind waking up for the early morning feeding of my son. I saw the an unobstructed sun rise from my room.  I highly suggest that you contact Gloucester Inn By The Sea in advance of your family vacation, they do fill up fast. 

Another reason why we love Glocuester Inn By The Sea for our family vacation is because we travel with a cooler stocked with prepared kosher food and we need a kitchen to keep fresh our “you’ll never go hungry” meal plan created by my husband.  The night before the trip, he cooked a huge pot of brown rice, broccoli soufflé, steamed carrots, peas,  and corn.  We had frozen hamburg meat and chicken dish with eggplant and tofu in a marinara sauce.  What a mensch, he left me with an entire meal so I wouldn’t have to cook while he was away. Since the trip would be over Shabbat, we had to bake challah and stock up on Kedem grape juice. Kedem grape juice can be very pricey at the local grocery store. If your kids drink it as much as mine do, it is best to order from Amazon or pick up some at your nearest Costco. However, there are many food items that we can buy once in Gloucester, MA, at the Super Stop & Shop. Some of these items are milk, fruit, cereal, beverages, vegetables, and delicious fresh baked challah. That’s right; the bakery at this Super Stop and Shop is kosher under the Rabbinical Council of New England.

So, how did my dear husband deal with potty breaks? We had a potty plan in place. Traveling on the road with one potty trained daughter and one semi-trained daughter, it is essential to BYOP, “bring your own potty”, extra wipes and tissues. If you are traveling with bigger kids that can use the bathroom on their own, there are some clean rest areas from New York to Massachusetts via the Hutchinson Parkway and the Mass Pike. There will be some more updates from my husband as he will be on his way back tomorrow.