George's is located in the heart of downtown Kirkland, a charming little town on the shores of Lake Washington. My family recently visited for lunch on my birthday! George's has been around just a bit longer than I have. It was founded in 1976 and has been feeding hungry locals ever since. The menu is a nice mix of Greek and American foods. You can order breakfast or lunch all day, and there is a dinner menu available after 5 on days other than Sunday and Monday.
My kids were thrilled to see kids' menus with crayons. We visited just before Easter, and my daughter had an absolute blast coloring a picture of the Easter Bunny and eggs. On our way out, she gave it to the hostess, who promptly hung it up with other coloring sheets from other kids.
The wait staff was incredibly friendly. They took time to chat with guests and get to know them, while still being prompt with taking and delivering orders. My husband ordered a Greek Pita, which he shared with our daughter. Both loved it. I had a delicious chicken burger with chipotle ranch sauce. It was so big that I couldn't figure out where to start... so I focused on the onion rings for a while. And that was an excellent decision, because they were amazing. My son had a big pancake which he covered in syrup and devoured. He's not a big eater, but he ate the whole thing, which is big thing, coming from him!
Even though this was our first visit, we felt like were were among friends. If you are in Kirkland (and you should be, it's a wonderful little city!), do not miss the chance to have a meal at George's.
*Thanks to the owners of George's for hosting my family for a wonderful meal!
I am a current employee of Laguna koi. The best days to bring your kids are Thusday through Sunday. I am there on Thursday and Sunday and will gladly give your children a small cup of food to feed the abundance of fish that we have. Unfortunately from Monday to Wednesday the gentleman that works there is very busy and does not have much time for activities. I will also gladly answer any questions you or your children may have.
Families in Manhattan will never want to stay in another lodging venue after visiting the NY Palace Hotel. This is truly a place where you can be assured your needs will be met and your stay will be luxurious. Located near many great tourist spots, it's also convenient and upper floors have a view to die for.
The NY Palace is a hotel that allows families to enjoy a stay in Midtown Manhattan that oozes comfort and attention to detail. The Towers are more or less the top floors of the hotel, and billed as a "hotel within the hotel". You check in separately in your own reception area, a reception-area professional accompanies you to your room and assures that all is ok before departing again. Throughout your stay, the staff is there to meet your needs and to try to make your stay as memorable as possible.
My daughter and I stayed here on a weekend night in late March. We were able to check in with no issues, place our bags in our rooms, and wander out to shop, sightsee and enjoy the city for a bit. The walk to area hotspots, should that be your goal, is not far at all. Times Square is a short distance away, you can walk or get a cab to the theaters to see a show, Rockefeller Center is a block away, St. Patrick's Cathedral is across the street, and Fifth Avenue shopping is easily gotten to as well. You are also not far from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as both Bryant Park and Central Park. If you have a littler one who is into American Girl Dolls, the hotel has a package dedicated to that, and the store is just a few minutes away. It's truly convenient to so many things.
Families will also appreciate the incredible recent renovations to the hotel, making it even better than it was before, and also the availability of truly spectacular specialty suites for once-in-a-lifetime events you'll always remember. Also, be sure to ask about their recent partnership with the family-friendly show Finding Neverland, as this package is a great option for those with kids to see the show and stay in the hotel.
We found the room itself to be simply amazing in size. The space you get is unheard of in Manhattan. It is seriously huge. There is no refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker or way to cook anything in your room, although there is a table to eat something you order from room service, or a quick snack you've brought with you. I am assuming that if you are shelling out for a stay at this wonderful hotel, you don't want to be bothered reheating something or making your own grub. And since Manhattan has no shortage of restaurants, and there's a Starbucks on every corner, there's no danger of going hungry or not getting your caffeine intake.
There is plenty of storage space in the room. A separate closet area can house bags, things that need to be hung up, and bulky items. There is also a wardrobe for clothing, and full length mirrors to check your look before you leave (I hate rooms without that simple feature). There is also plenty of drawer-space storage as well. The bathrooms are big, with toilet, bidet, sink with a good amount of counter space, Molton Brown toiletries, extras such as dental kit, mending kit, shaving kit and other things in case you forgot something (which happens in the best of circumstances, and it is a nice touch should you have forgotten something not to have to call down and announce that you did so, or have to dash to the drug store to grab it).
The room was kept clean, and there was soft music playing on the TV when we came in, along with a message scrolling across the top of the screen welcoming me personally. What lovely little touches to make a stay here special.
The beds were big and comfortable, and we slept well. The staff provides free water bottles to guests, and we had a lovely bowl of fruit waiting for us in our room after check-in. Staff also followed up after we were in the room a bit to see if anything was awry, or if things were as we liked them. It was nice to be able to count on the personnel here to meet our needs. We did end up having a problem with our toilet, and they sent a maintenance person to fix it, and he was done in no time and we were good to go. That's something that could most definitely make or break a stay, and it was nice that it became a slight inconvenience and nothing to influence our visit.
Overall, I think the NY Palace is a wonderful treat for families looking to stay in a hotel that takes care of your every need while in Manhattan. It's not a budget lodging option, but when you see all of the ways this hotel works to make your stay memorable, comfortable and convenient, you'll see why so many people love it. We did, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to treat themselves to a fantastic stay in NYC.
*Disclosure: I was provided a discounted rate in order to facilitate a stay and review of this venue. The opinions stated herein, however, are entirely my own.
My kid loves history, so this was a hit. We went during one of their special events (6th Infantry Annual Encampment) so there were a lot of interpreters to talk to. Another favorite of ours is the cemetery walk in October. The ghosts of those who passed away at the fort are there to tell their stories. Not gory! My 7 yr old loved it.
We love visiting the ARC! I thought the water park would be my son's favorite spot but it has turned out to be the open turf field. It's just like an indoor park. Nothing better than getting out of the house in the dead of winter to go kick the soccer ball or just run on the grass.