How To Plan A Mom-cation

Andrea Levoff

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, sometimes you just need a break from it all. Time to reboot and unwind with other mom friends can be just what the doctor ordered. For me and my mom-in-crime, Andrea Levoff, New York City was the perfect destination for a mom-cation. I will give you the ABCs and 123s on how to plan a mom-cation with your mom friends below.

How To Plan A Momcation

Choosing Your Destination

Personally, I only like to be away from Clark and Stone three days maximum. It’s just easier for me with childcare. So choosing a destination somewhere close to home always helps with quick trips. We chose New York City because of the short distance from Chicago. It’s a two-hour flight and has tons of restaurants, culture, and fashion. It’s perfect for us as moms and as bloggers. Needless to say, we love the city of New York and jump at every chance we can to visit.

The Baccarat Hotel is where we chose to lay our head. Located in New York’s Midtown neighborhood, the hotel is known for its 5-star luxury and customer service. The bar is also a great spot for a drink during your stay. The food is to die for and the decor is interior design heaven.

Other New York hotels I love include Crosby Street Hotel, Smyth Hotel, The Nomad Hotel,
11 Howard. They are all super cool in my opinion. I hope you agree.

Where To Eat/Drink

The next step in how to plan a mom-cation involves food. Andrea and I both love food so this was a top priority. We had quite a few amazing meals. For casual eats, we stopped at
Canal Street Market for a quick bite during the day. Canal Street Market is kinda like a cross between a farmers market and a boutique co-op between Soho and China Town. You can eat and shop your heart out there.

Our first dinner was at the most beautiful little French restaurant, Le Coucou. French gastronomy comes to life at this little gem which happens to be attached to 11 Howard. Andrea and I felt like we had died and gone to heaven. She actually said it was one of the best meals she had in a long time. Guess what? I agree wholeheartedly. Unapologetically, I was a member of the clean plate club.

Last but not least, we dined at Nobu Downtown. The Japanese-Peruvian hot spot strikes again with a cool new downtown location. My sake-tini got the night started for our last mom’s night out. Lots of girl talk, kid talk (we miss them when we are away) and blog talk. All around great apps like the lobster shiitake salad with spicy lemon dressing.

If you’re in the mood for cocktails, I highly recommend a visit to the following:  The Blond, Baccarat Hotel Bar, Indochine, Soho Grand, Rosebar, Goldbar, Soho House, and
The Polo Bar.

How To Plan A Moms Trip

What To Wear

For our three-day vacation, I debated on what to wear due to weather. There was a slight chance of rain for two of the days. I typically keep it low key during the day and add a little spice at night.

During the day, I kept it cool with white jeans, tees, and jackets. A cropped leather jacket and a black blazer pairs well with white jeans. Especially when one is uncertain of the weather. This is me offering casual chic. I also packed a denim skirt to wear if it was warmer out.

Night time is a great time to show a little leg like the yellow dress I’m wearing here next to Andrea. I got this number from Zara. Did I mention it’s under $50? A total steal for sure. I paired it with two epic Chanel necklaces that I rented from ByFasahionaholic. I wore this for our dinner at Le Coucou. It’s conservative and fun. Perfect for a night on the town that actually ended at the Comedy Cellar where we were surprised with Aziz Ansari performing. The second night was dressy casual which consists of a crisp white top, a stunning Mignone Gavigan necklace, and my favorite Moussy jeans.


I didn’t shop much during this trip, however, there are a few New York staples I have.
Kirna Zabete, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Dover Street Market,
ABC Carpet & Home, Jeffrey, KITH, Canal Street Market, and last but not least,
The Apartment by The Line.  I could go on and on with boutique recommendations and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few. Hopefully, this list can get you started for your New York visit.

Have Fun

Andrea Levoff is one of my nearest and dearest and this trip was just what we needed. We laughed in our hotel room for hours, we ate great food, but most importantly, we had fun.
You can follow along with Andrea’s mom journey at

By now, you have mastered how to plan a mom-cation. However, the most important component is to make sure you grab your best mom friends and you have fun. Unplug, relax, and unwind. You will be a better mother to your kids, trust me.







  1. Gabriela Callejas

    Hello Ceta,

    what a great blog! But I was a bit confused. This blog is more about a mom’s getaway?


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