With summer right around the corner, vacation planning is getting underway. So, what are the best vacation spots? Here are four that are well worth checking out!
We’re into March already, and vacation season is quickly approaching. A popular vacation option for lots of families is a cruise. Many are all-inclusive and offer ways to keep every member of the family happy. Some cruises provide childcare so parents can enjoy a relaxing dinner alone, and others offer age-specific clubs and activities. However, choosing the best cruise option for your family is a lot more complicated than it used to be. Some cruises are better designed for babies and toddlers, and others are geared toward tweens and teens. Add to the mix the fact that ships vary greatly, not just from line to line but within lines, and that some are better than others when it comes to onboard accommodations and activities, and choosing the best fit for your family becomes an even greater challenge. Here are a few of the most family-friendly cruise options for your consideration.
With winter in full swing, by mid February we all start to get a little stir crazy. Cold temperatures and snow, windy days, and treacherous driving conditions combine forces to keep us indoors, sometimes even on weekends. Aside from skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating to lure us outdoors and keep us active this season, there are plenty of other options for fun getaways, many right in our backyard. What are some of your options? Read on to find out.
Traveling during the holidays, whether to visit family, take a ski holiday, or seek some sunshine, is never easy. Winter weather can throw a curveball at you, as can unanticipated traffic and flight delays. With millions of Americans on the road this season, adding kids to the mix might be enough to make you want to stay put instead. But with careful planning and the right attitude, you can keep your kids happy and yourself calm on your way to your destination. Check out these tips to help make traveling with little ones easier.
Autumn in New England means blazing red, shining gold, and burnt-orange leaves that cover trees and crunch underfoot. Of course, it also means hot, spicy apple cider, a trip through the pumpkin patch, and apple picking! But I digress . . . whether you’re a professional leaf peeper or just a casual enthusiast, there are lots of very special places and ways to take in the splendor of this season.
Each town in the Upper Valley has its own unique charms and each is worthy of a visit. In fact, if you love to explore the road less traveled, there’s no better place to start than in this pastoral area of New England.To whet your appetite, here are a few facts and highlights about several of these towns.
As a whole, Europeans invest more thought and preparation in their meals than we do in the United States, with our ubiquitous fast food and microwaveable meals. Europeans enjoy meals, viewing them as pleasurable, relaxing respites from their busy days. They dine. We Americans, by contrast, eat, often speeding through meals of prepackaged to-go food because it’s quick and easy. No wonder many Americans have become desensitized to bland, plastic-wrapped meals. That includes me. However, I am lucky enough to live in the Upper Valley, a region that celebrates healthy, local eating, not unlike they do in Europe. From my experiences abroad, I’ve realized that Europeans eat for the pure pleasure of the act. Here are six ways to incorporate the fine art of dining, European style, into your life.
With the kids out of school for the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your regular routine and get away from it all on a little vacation. Use holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day to your advantage by taking a couple of extra days off and extending the already long weekend to visit one of the outstanding destinations below.
As we make our way into July, our nation is getting ready to celebrate its 236th birthday. Independence Day is an important day in the history of the United States, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It is a day filled with traditions that bring us together in patriotism and pride. Why not start a few traditions of your own? Make the Fourth of July extra-special with these ideas.
If you are new to hiking, a day hike is a great way to experience the joys of trekking over mountains, through woods, across streams, and past waterfalls. Having the picturesque White Mountains of New Hampshire so close gives you a reason to get out there this summer and give it a try! Here are a few essentials to make your experience enjoyable.