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Winter Fun With Kids in New York City

Winter Fun With Kids in New York City

We have great recommendations for fun winter activities with kids in New York City. As we all know trying to find something to do with a toddler during the winter can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a lots to do here in NY.

We decided to visit the New York Botanical Gardens Train Show. We live about 15 minutes from the Botanical Gardens, but had never been there. We were graciously hosted by the garden to see the Holiday Train Show and see the rest of the garden.

January 23, 2014 | By More
Free National Park Days for 2014 – Plan a Great Family Vacation

Free National Park Days for 2014 – Plan a Great Family Vacation

America’s National Parks are perhaps the country’s greatest treasure, protecting almost 52 million acres of land, but when was the last time you visited one? With 59 National Parks in 27 states there is surely one close by ready and waiting to be explored. The National Parks Service has designed 6 Free National Parks Days for 2014 when the parks are open for all to visit free of charge. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of our parks. Trust me, you will leave wondering why you don’t visit more often. Here are the dates in 2014 when admission to National Parks will be free:

January 15, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!

I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.

January 13, 2014 | By More
Visit Fort Scott Kansas For a Memorable Dose of Americana and The Old West

Visit Fort Scott Kansas For a Memorable Dose of Americana and The Old West

There are numerous well-known sites where travelers can experience a combination of beautiful nature, local history and an atmosphere of Americana. I’m “allergic” to touristy sites but a recent trip out West brought us the opportunity to enjoy all of these elements in a friendly atmosphere of good old welcoming Kansas hospitality.

Friends suggested that we stop off in Fort Scott Kansas, a small town of fewer than 10,000 residents. I had never heard of Fort Scott before this trip but I was glad that we made the effort to spend a day there. Fort Scott may never be known as one of America’s ten most popular travel sites but we appreciated the chance to relax and walk around the cultural and historical sites of the city.

January 8, 2014 | By More
A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

Any beer geek traveling along the west coast will find some of the best craft breweries in America, breweries that turn every pint glass into a veritable chalice. It’s not just great beer to fall in love with – these amazing west coast breweries are located in remarkable cities rich in character, making them hugely popular draws among visiting tourists.

Whether you’re traveling among friends or bravely trekking the open road alone, make sure to add these delectable craft breweries to your itinerary.

December 19, 2013 | By More
Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Craving a grand adventure, one that won’t make you pay $100+ just to get in, only to be surrounded by thousands of other sweaty people, all spending half of the day waiting in long lines (I’m talking about you, Disneyland)? That doesn’t seem like much of an escape, or any adventure I’d want to partake in.

So why not take the road less frequented, head outside of town, and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar wilderness. The western United States is wild and full of rare beauty that should be witnessed. Below are a few of my top destinations for that adventurous spirit of yours.

December 11, 2013 | By More
Sesame Place – Not Just For Summer, A Childhood Treat All Winter Long

Sesame Place – Not Just For Summer, A Childhood Treat All Winter Long

I was able to experience sesame place this past summer with my two year old son and share my experiences with you. As I look at activities to do in the winter to keep my now 2 ½ year busy, I look back at Sesame Place and see how many great events that they have throughout the year to enjoy. You sometimes think, that theme parks are just for the summer, but that’s not always true. Many have great activities all year round.

During December, Sesame Place is planning A Very Furry Christmas, which is featured between November 23-December 31st.

December 10, 2013 | By More
Nibble Cookies and Shop Tax-Free at Mt Washington Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

Nibble Cookies and Shop Tax-Free at Mt Washington Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

The 17th Annual Mt. Washington Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour makes a perfect pre-Christmas weekend getaway. Holiday Cookie Tour. Just think about what an indulgent opportunity this is; shop for holiday gifts at famed North Conway New Hampshire (tax free) outlet stores and nibble your way around the 13 Country Inns in the White Mountains. Wow, talk about giving yourself an early gift for the holidays!

This two-day event is part Country Inn tour, part sweet sampling of original cookie and candy creations, and part tour of inspirational holiday decorations. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2013 from 11am to 4pm each day. The inns are all located within 15 minutes of each other, making it an enjoyable ramble through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley.

December 3, 2013 | By More
Explore Essex MA – Where New Historic Walking Tour is a Treat

Explore Essex MA – Where New Historic Walking Tour is a Treat

I recently gave myself an indulgent present on my birthday and spent a wonderful day exploring the quaint town of Essex, Massachusetts with my husband. I must say it was one of my best birthdays ever. Essex is located north of Boston in Cape Ann,bordered by Gloucester and Rockport. Although I’ve driven through many times, I had never stopped to explore. When I learned about the newly introduced Historic Walking Tour of Essex, I though it would make the perfect day away for my birthday celebration.

December 2, 2013 | By More