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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. If...

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Cheap New York City Airport Transportation

Here are some of the most convenient and cheap ways to reach JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airports in time for your flight. New York City has the highest density of air travelers of almost any place in America. Yet, getting to and from any of the three major metro airports can be a slow, tedious and expensive proposition.  If you need to reach a New York metro airport without...

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9 Questions to Ask Before Planning a Theme Park Vacation

Should you really be schlepping that baby to Disney World for a family themepark vacation? Parents inevitably reach a stage in their lives when they ask themselves: why are we planning a trip to a theme park? Is it for us, for the kids, for the grandparents, or to tell the neighbors? We just met an Atlanta dad who drove a van with 11 relatives and his own kids (four of them,...

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Short Breaks And Weekend Getaways From Philadelphia

The big state of Pennsylvania offers many possible weekend getaways, but there's also big city life, sand beaches and coasters near Philadelphia families.  As one of America's oldest cities and a magnet for any family interested in American history, Philadelphia is one of our favorite all-time destinations for weekend getaways, short school breaks, or even a month-long vacation -- there's...

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A Weekend At The Jersey Shore

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, or would enjoy a combination of the two, the Jersey shoreline along...

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My 5 Favorite Jersey Shore Towns

So you know you are reading about the Jersey Shore. But if you’re expecting a write up on Snooki and the rest of the MTV gang, think again. No, we’re talking vacation: 127 miles of New Jersey coastline flirting with the choppy Atlantic. And while they might be the summer hangout for the cast of the wildly popular TV show, New Jersey’s beaches also make for a great family getaway.  Stop...

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Cape May, New Jersey Attractions

Picturesque, Victorian style homes, quiet lanes, and family recreation go hand in hand in Cape May, New Jersey. This beautiful seaside getaway falls just below the Mason-Dixon Line at the southern tip of the state.The fact that this entire former whaling town is on the National Register of Historic Places tells something about its historic appeal. Fun excursions prove as...

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Short Breaks And Weekend Getaways From The New York Tri-State Region

Surrounded by ocean, farmland, mountains and great cities, the New York - New Jersey - Connecticut tri-state region and Pennsylvania have unlimited potential for family weekend getaways.Although New York City is often the top U.S. destination for international tourists, the families who live and work in this bustling metropolitan region are always looking to vacation elsewhere. And since...

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The Cape May Resorts Group Has Something for Everyone

Let the Cape May Resorts Group host your next family reunion on the Jersey Shore. The five properties of the Congress Hall campus in Cape May, New Jersey are the perfect setting. Boasting nearly as many stories as your family tree – Presidents Grant, Pierce, Buchanan and Harrison have stayed here – the history is in the details, and the folks...

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One Square Mile Hit by Sandy

Sandy has severely damaged the Northeast. Here is my love story for a favorite place on the Jersey Shore, Ocean Grove. I’ll be back to support this glorious place this summer, help by putting some money into the beach’s fragile economy, hoping the recovery is short. Vacations come in all shapes and sizes. There’s a once in a lifetime trip to your...

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