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Forget what you may have seen on the popular MTV series, "Jersey Shore." There are two wonderful family beaches on the real Jersey Shore in New Jersey where my family spent many a summer vacation. Whether you like the quiet of Island Beach State Park, the lively boardwalk scene at Seaside Heights,...

With 100 fire pits blazing along the reflecting waters of the Providence, Woonasquatucket, and Moshassuck rivers which conjoin in downtown Providence, your family will delight in watching Rhode Island's famous WaterFire spectacle, which encompasses nearly a mile of illuminated space and provides...

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and haunted houses of the Hudson Valley come to life at Halloween. From late September throughout the month of October and even into early November, this tranquil region along the Hudson River and upstate in...

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello bills itself as a luxury wilderness retreat in the heart of the pristine Canadian backwoods, and that description is spot on the mark.Closer to Ottawa (1 hour drive) than Montreal (90 minutes distant), this historic resort, on the western slopes of the Laurentian...

Given a limited budget, an unlimited appetite and an interest in local culture, you can’t go wrong with a weekend escape to Southwest Louisiana, the South’s party capital.  I recently spent three days in a Lake Charles casino for the annual Travel Media Showcase –- the best conference to learn...

"Wow!" was my first reaction to The Lodge and Cottages at Primland, a chateau style resort on 12,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty. Located about two hours' south of Roanoke, Virginia or 45 minutes' north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Primland is one of those delightful anomalies of...

Escape from the bland humdrum of the everyday and into a vibrant realm straight out of the history books with a weekend getaway at the New York Renaissance Faire. Located at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo Park, this charming festival -- similar to hundreds of others fan-based historic events around the...

We were a little upset when we landed at Daytona Beach’s airport in central Florida: it was raining… hard. Not the most ideal scenario for a romantic weekend getaway for my boyfriend, Maurice, and me. A charming coastal community best known for its former Spring Break crowds and the International...

The Hamptons aren't just for the rich and famous -- though it certainly helps if you are -- and we've discovered some of the top activities and accommodations in this Long Island, New York vacation spot.  The weather forecast calls for 98°F and high humidity for the fifth day in a row. Your kids...

With low-cost airlines serving San Francisco and Oakland, northern California has several options for top-value family getaways within a short drive of either airport that feel like deluxe vacations. Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area on business and need a relaxing weekend nearby? We've explored...

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