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Autumn Interludes and Fall Family Vacation Ideas

If a uniquely American and slightly eccentric fall festival in North Carolina,Texas, Wisconsin, Maine or Vermont is your idea of a fun fall getaway, read on. Autumn is the time to harvest some of the many free activities and discounted hotel rooms offered in small towns across America. Whether you combine a stay deal with

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Windjamming In Maine

Try a family cruise vacation on a schooner off the coast of Maine for something different, fun and unplugged; here's our account of a three-night, four-day adventure. As rain clattered down on the bare granite shores of Nameless Island, petite blonde Alexa pushed back the hood of her poncho to admire the rainbow arcing above Northhaven. Shaun and his sister Frankie, sophisticated preteens from Long...

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6 Boutique Hotels That Get What Families Want

For the past decade, millennials have fueled the growth in boutique hotels, forcing the major chains to launch their own “boutique” products such as Hilton’s Curio, Hyatt’s Andaz and Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Yet the definition of a boutique hotel is still in flux – 35 years after pioneer Bill Kimpton opened the Clarion Bedford Hotel in San Francisco with a hosted wine reception;...

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Short Breaks And New England Weekend Getaways From Boston

The dense population of families in and around Boston, Massachusetts draws on beautiful New England for weekend getaway ideas. Whether your family is looking for a rural holiday, a cheap vacation package, a fun last-minute excursion to break up a road trip, or a weekend getaway along the Atlantic coast, you will find dozens of great options within a 200-mile radius of the Boston metropolitan...

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L.L. Bean Guarantees A Bargain Weekend In Freeport Maine

Fun for all ages, great learning activities, eco-adventures and quality merchandise share the shelves of L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine. Legendary outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has had their flagship...

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A White Water Rafting Adventure In Maine

If your offspring are anything like mine, the thought of limited cell phone coverage is worse than root canal, so I never imagined my college age son would be game to head to a remote corner of Maine for a family whitewater rafting adventure.  Boy, was I ever wrong. Not only did he embrace the adrenaline rush of the rapids, he connected with nature in a deep and hopefully lasting way. An...

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Acadia National Park, Maine’s Best Idea

One of the few national parks near the Atlantic Ocean, and the oldest one east of Mississippi River, Acadia National Park is comprised of several islands off the coast of Maine and a few small towns. Of the park's 47,000 acres, more than 30,000 are on Mount Desert Island, with much smaller parcels on Isle au Haut and the mainland Schoodic Peninsula. More...

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Migis Lodge Cabins, Lobster Bakes and a Lakeside Maine Getaway

Migis Lodge has delivered a classic Maine summer vacation to families since 1916 –  one of those rare resorts that attracts generations of families.  After our long weekend stay, it was readily apparent why families regularly return, often choosing the same week and same lodging year after year.Open from mid-June to mid-October,...

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Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Few towns say summer as quintessentially as Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  It is tailor-made for family vacations -- especially with grandparents and multi-generational groups -- with a picture-perfect harbor brimming with lobster boats, schooners and windjammers. Boothbay Harbor Is as American and...

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Pies On Parade Tempt Travelers To Maine

Thanks to its Pies on Parade each winter, Rockland, Maine is packed with food-centric folk whose goal is to sample the most marvelous pies possible. Whether you and your kids are serious gourmets or just have a sweet tooth, this event is 100% good, clean family fun.Otherwise, a visit during the dog days of winter to this seaside town doesn’t earn a spot...

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