As a suburban Jersey girl with extended forays in city living, I’ve never had much experience with country life. However, I’ve always had romantic visions of rural weekend getaways; so with images of wildflowers, quiet trails, and true farm to table food floating in my head, I searched for a country retreat for my husband, Ken, and I for a “parents getaway” when our son was away one lovely, long summer weekend.
Hidden Pond was evidently made with us in a mind: a bit of agriculture gone glam in the beautiful Maine woods just outside of posh Kennebunkport (you know, of George and Barbara Bush fame). Building on the new trend of glamping (glamour camping where you enjoy the outdoors without lifting a finger), Hidden Pond is what I’m calling a “glodge,” a glamour lodge with a destination farm-to-fork restaurant, Earth.
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Yes, you might be wishing that this winter was over, but one great thing about it is the fun to be had at Killington Resort in Vermont. Barista Kids and Killington have teamed up to give one very lucky reader a Grand Prize of a 3 night, 2 day family trip to Killington Resort.
With record snowfall across much of the nation, conditions at Killington Resort have been excellent all winter. Known as “The Beast of the East,” Killington Resort invites winter weather lovers to head up to Vermont for skiing, snowboarding, outdoor activities, and events for the whole family. Plus, this year Killington is pleased to announce a new addition – the much-anticipated, state-of-the-art Peak Lodge constructed at the 4,100 foot level of Killington Peak. Bundle up and grab a piece of the action!
What comes to mind when you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania? Most people think first of chocolate. Then they picture water parks, roller coasters, friendly, walk-around characters and rolling green hills. They may even imagine themselves visiting one of Hershey’s official resorts–either the Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge. Hershey resorts are built on the legacy of Milton S. Hershey, who founded Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in 1927. Regardless of where you end up at Hershey, everyone at Hershey makes good on the Hershey tagline—the sweetest place on earth.
Looking for an easy weekend getaway, but tired of the same old “drive” destinations near New Jersey? Consider following in my family’s footsteps, and get a fresh new take on an old destination. In our case, we hit up Philadelphia, but with a twist: We skipped our usual historic downtown tour and focused instead on the cultural side of the city. Can you spend a weekend in Philly without seeing the Liberty Bell and still have a good time? Yes! (But no need to skip the cheesesteaks….)
Will you be packing up your family to travel for Thanksgiving? Unfortunately the weather along the east coast isn’t cooperating—that we can’t help. But we can help you with travel tips for families. With these travel tips, your kids won’t keep asking, “Are we there yet?”
Here is a round up of our family travel tips to make you more thankful this Thanksgiving:
Last March my family went to Disney World. We decided to rent a car while there for several reasons, one being that we drove to visit my parents two hours from Orlando. The cost of a rental car for a week isn’t cheap and when we saw how much they added on for booster seats, we decided to bring our own. My kids weren’t too happy to have to lug their booster seats through the airport. If only I had known about the BubbleBum booster seat, things would have been much easier.