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  • Added on: December 23rd, 2009
We have a teen and a tween and getting them to put down the computers and texting and cells on vacation to hang out with mom and dad can be challenging. The Big Island of Hawaii was one of those special trips that really brought us together and got the kids to experience a lot of great nature they would never see in Boston. Check out my blog for more details on what we did to engage this challenging age group

It one of our top trips of all time!

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Just got back from skiing in Steamboat. Snow wasn't great but returned with two recommendations to share. They have guided snowmobile tours which are a fantastic way to see the area forests. They promise wildlife, but the noise of the vehicles scares them away. Also, Hazie's restaurant on the mountain provides a fantastic view of the mountains 20 miles away in a 180-degree view.

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Some tips for skiing in Aspen: Snowmass mountain lacks much steep double diamond terrain, but it has lots of mogul runs. The old upper mall is significantly bigger than the new lower village. The Silvertree Hotel is on the upper mall and the slopes...a great location. There aren't that many rental units within walking distance to either village. The Viceroy Hotel is gorgeous and a great choice for dinner. Aspen is more urban and spread out...it doesn't have a village feel as there are few pedestrian-only streets. Little Nell hotel is right on the slopes and quite nice. We had lunch in the restaurant there. Aspen Highlands is great for one day but too small for more than that. Plenty of challenging terrain. They have a parking garage with an escalator to the lifts which makes it very convenient as a drive-up day resort. Central reservations are at http://www.snowmass.com, but you may be better off doing your own searching.

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A couple recommendations for great restaurants in Aspen: Pinon's Restaurant (www.pinons.net) in downtown Aspen has been voted “Best Restaurant” by The Aspen Times every year since 2001. It is decorated in a mountain contemporary style, with a feeling of casual sophistication. The best of Aspen dining. Also consider Krabloonik Restaurant on Snowmass Mountain: Over 30 years old, Krabloonik Restaurant serves game and fresh fish, with a great wine list and great views. It's a rustic cabin with windows overlooking the sled-dog teams based at Krabloonik.

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If you're doing some California skiing in Mammoth, two condo complexes I recommend are Snowbird and 1849 Condos. These are the two closest condo complexes to Canyon Lodge, both within easy walking distance. While each unit will vary in its upkeep, many are quite nice. Their site is http://www.1849condos.com, and their rates are reasonable. Summertime rates in Mammoth are about half the winter rates.

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  • Added on: March 29th, 2010
Just did a long weekend in Portland. Fun city even though the weather isn't great this time of year. A couple recommendations of activities: The Portland Spirit River Cruise on the Willamette River has great views of the region. Also, if it's not raining, walking in Waterfront Park along the Willamette River is pleasant. Pretty but a bit over-rated is the Japanese Garden. Used the site http://www.portlandextendedstay.com for a hotel recommendation, and ended up staying at the Residence Inn RiverPlace, which is fairly nice and a very reasonable bargain.

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Great time of year to be driving up the coast of California, either heading up to Big Sur or north of Mendocino. The weather is getting warmer but traffic is light because the kids are still in school. Just don't expect the ocean to be warm enough to swim in...it rarely is up there.

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  • Added on: May 18th, 2010
Just got back from a trip to Boston. Spring has begun though it's still a bit cool to be there. Quincy Market remains a must-visit place for first-time visitors and regulars.

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My recommendation is that anyone wanting to travel the US especially a road trip needs to go down the Blue Ridge Parkway! It is beautiful area and if you are someone who enjoys the outdoors, especially mountains you will be in heaven!

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  • Added on: May 30th, 2011
Here are a few attractions I would make sure to check out if you are in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

Check out the Royal BC Museum first because it really introduces you to the area. Then check out the Butchart Gardens (55 acres!) and see all the foliage that the Canadian Pacific Northwest has to offer. Then take a trip into the Chinatown in Victoria because it is an oasis of culture. If you like mead (honey wine) or wine, there are a lot of wineries in the area and you can sample some of the local fare at the same time. Also, check out the Inner Harbour at night to see the lights of the Parliament buildings aglow.
Netherlands in April, Pacific Northwest in June, then on up to work at the family business, a Victoria BC hotel for tourist season... then a hop over to Montreal for the fall (hopefully)! A traveler's life for me!

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  • Added on: July 27th, 2011
I just want to do my commercial for visiting Tampa Bay, FL. If you are planning to visit Florida on vacation, to launch your next cruise to the Caribbean or hitting the Orlando theme parks you should give Tampa a closer look.

Busch Gardens is what many people think of when they think of Tampa Bay activities, but there is so much more! There’s a huge waterpark right next door, and just a short drive from those world class roller coasters you’ll find everything from white sand of Clearwater Beach to vibrant nightlife of our own Cuban version of New Orleans, Ybor City.

Best Restaurants in Tampa Bay: A big part of any trip isn’t just where to go during the day, but to find the best places to eat at night. Great seafood at Clearwater Beach Restaurants, excellent tapas in SoHo, Sushi in downtown Tampa, all will be revealed.

There's always something going on in Tampa! We’re invaded by pirates every year at the Gasparilla Festival and by even stranger sites at Ybor City’s version of a Halloween parade, Guavaween. You can see the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s or Tampa Bay Ray’s play, cool off watching the Tampa Bay Lighting or take in a free concert at Old Hyde Park.

High rise hotels with Bay views by the Tampa Convention Center, luxury rooms along St Petersburg Beach and many, many budget hotel options in Tampa.

Beach Resorts: No need to travel any further, the Tampa Bay area has a great supply of beaches and beach resorts. In fact, Fort De Soto Park and Siesta Key both rank consistently in the TOP 10 BEACHES IN AMERICA!

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Take a week (or 2) & drive Historic Route 66, The Mother Road, in it's entirety from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier. To make it even better take a detour to Roswell NM & check out the UFO Museum. 8-)
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  • Added on: August 4th, 2011
Looking for an alternative way to see New York City (specifically Manhattan)?

check out prettygirl city tours: http://www.prettygirlcitytours.com/

They offer FREE jogging tours of NYC that depart daily (sometimes 2x daily)...

I went on one and had a great time and I think visitors who are looking for some light exercise and see NYC on foot, check them out.
Josh and Nicole aren't going anywhere for a while, but you can still read about their past trips herehttp://blogs.bootsnall.com/eppyboy

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  • Added on: August 13th, 2011
Hostels are sometimes referred to as bunkhouses in some states in America. As they cater more to contract workers coming to an area, they are often not listed in the usual travel/hostel sites.

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  • Added on: November 1st, 2011
Just come back from NYC which was fantastic. Thought I'd share a little tip, or warning really. When heading to the Empire State there are guys who try to push specific tickets that are supposed to get you up quicker but don't, they're actually just for a different route up to the top, slightly higher i think. They're legitimate but they're a bit of a lie. Mroe expensive and not quicker. We called ahead and checked how long queues were, they were minimal, so when these ticket pushers approached us we told them we'd already called ahead and they left us alone. Go at night, not only is the view beautifully electric, the queues are way shorter than in the day.


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