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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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Okemo Has What You Need

Okemo has everything you and your family need for a winter getaway. Ten years ago, it was the first ski resort I ever visited, tagging along with a friends’ family to take in the sights of Central Vermont and spend a day learning how to ski. This return trip, over a decade later, was a reminder of what a great destination Okemo is, and I was also able to appreciate how it’s improved… almost...

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All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrim settlers to show thanks for the bountiful harvest that would see them through the long winter. Throughout the years, we have continued the tradition by enjoying feasts...

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Road Trip USA: Leaf Peeking in New England

The beautiful nature, charming towns and friendly faces make Vermont and New Hampshire a perfect choice for a family road trip. Vermont’s small size and sparsley-traveled roads make it super for a family driving trip, and October brings leaf peepers to view nature’s annual display of autumn colors. The northern part of Vermont is remote enough to never truly be crowded. Of course, you'll ...

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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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Free and Fabulous! Public Art Supports Summer Learning

Ah summer. A time for sun, sand, sea and -- art? Even kids who regard museum visits as a form of punishment can enjoy some of the season’s most inventive art installations without setting foot indoors. Here are a few favorites from a nation full of outdoor -- and free -- public art that's sure to keep minds of any age engaged. Middlebury College, Vermont Middlebury College...

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June Values for Babies and Dads at Smugglers Notch Vermont

Parents with infants and toddlers should take advantage of June savings at Vermont's Smugglers' Notch Resort to renew romance and get some outdoors activity into their relationship. Between June 12-June 22, 2017, you can save 30% at Smugglers' excellent childcare center, Treasures, which welcomes children ages 6-weeks to 3-years in a spotless and carefully designed facility, fully...

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Skiing Vermont On A Tight Budget, No Snow

Whether there was snow or no snow, we decided to ski in Vermont over the winter holidays. Now, as a family of four, we ski on a tight budget. This is tough with the high price of lift tickets, especially during the holidays, when no off peak discounts are available. We also want to be able to drive to our destination from our home, for convenience and savings. Heading north of our home in...

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Learning to Ski and Loving It

As a novice skier, preparing for a ski trip to Vermont with my daughter was a bit intimidating. She’s a great sport but, at only 5-years-old, I knew that the process of renting/fitting gear, layering appropriately, and making this experience fun enough so that she’d want to accompany me regularly, was going to be tough. Yet, from the moment we arrived at Okemo...

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Award-Winning Vermont Resort Rolls Out Discount Ski Deals

There are some great winter discount packages coming out of Vermont as more snowflakes fall -- after a very warm and frustrating start to the season. At Smugglers Notch in the north country, which has received 40" by early January but is snowmaking at a furious pace to keep its three mountains fully open -- the resort of the same name is offer a variety of packages, plus plenty of fun for all ages.Each...

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