There was a time when I would go camping. I think we all remember the start of a new relationship where you would pretty much do anything just to spend time with one another. You want me to sleep in the middle of the woods in a sleeping bag, on a hard ground, in a tiny tent, and wash my hair in a lake? Sounds like fun babe, let me pack my bag. Fast forward 20 years (wow…that sounds like we’re really old) and I have a new appreciation for my mattress, blow dryer, and some electrical outlets. Glamping is a trend that has taken off in the last decade for many reasons. Some people like the fact they are leaving a relatively small footprint. Others enjoy being one with nature without having to sacrifice comfort. And some people are looking for once-in-a-lifetime accommodation experiences like luxurious tents, lighthouses, tree houses, and tiny homes.
The creators of Collective Retreats designed this concept because they love travel and believe in its power to help people connect- to places, to people, and to themselves. They have built these retreats that make it possible for luxury to coexist with ruggedness. After spending just one night there, I think they have hit the nail on the head because I left feeling relaxed, recharged, and more connected to nature than I’ve felt in a long time.
Click here to read all about my first time GLAMPING!!!
The 13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Festival
September 23 & 24, 2017
11-3 pm Both Days
Rain or Shine
If you are in New England and looking for something fun to do this weekend, the Fairy House Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has always been a favorite of ours. On this 13th anniversary, more than 200 fairy houses built by creative professionals, community members, and students will be on display on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park.
I know…I know…technically autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22, but for me, as soon as my kiddos step foot on the bus, summer is over. Lucky for us, there’s no place as lovely as autumn in New England. For the next few months it’s all about crisp leaves, cozy sweaters, dark nail polish, lattes, and pulling out my UGGs. (Uh, yes…I’m aware of how ugly they are, but is there anything more comfortable?) It’s the perfect time to slow down, unwind from out fast-paced summer, and enjoy the simple things. Here are our top 10 activities for fall:
Many people think of Santorini as a honeymoon destination filled with starry-eyed newlyweds and wedding proposals around every corner. However, Santorini is actually an amazing destination for a family vacation and is filled with fun activities to do with your kids. There is no need for electronics to keep your kids entertained and never once did my kids say they were bored. Being in Santorini is like walking into a postcard and this concept is not lost on kids. Here are my top 10 things to do in Santorini:
New England is all about nature and simple pleasures. The Kancamagus Highway (known to locals as ‘The Kanc’) is a gorgeous scenic drive along Rt 112 in New Hampshire and people flock to this road, especially in summer and fall. The 35-mile drive will take you from Conway to Lincoln through beautiful spots that will draw you out of your car to take pictures. The word “highway” is misleading since it is more of a 2-lane road that winds back and forth next to a river bed, with mountains surrounding it and trees creating a canopy above you.
Here are some highlights of the drive:
When I envision a picturesque New England view, covered bridges immediately come to mind. I go out of my way to drive over these historic structures and my girls always laugh and squeal when we go over them since it reminds them of the opening scene in the movie Beetlejuice. My three favorites happen to be the ones we most go over when in the White Mountains.
Take a peek at how amazing they are:
And just like that…summer is almost over. School starts next week and then homework, sports, and after-school activities take the lead. No more lazy afternoons where the hardest decision is which float to lounge on before the sun sets. My girls went away to sleep away camp for the first time so I feel like I was robbed of two weeks of play. Now we are in the final stretch of summer and it’s time to fit in as much fun as we possibly can. Here is our end-of-summer bucket list…
Farmer’s markets are something my family waits all winter for. For us, these markets scream SUMMER and all the yummy treats that go with it. It’s a great family activity and a good way to teach your kids about the importance of good nutrition. The following are 10 tips for taking kids to farmer’s markets:
New England is filled with quaint, picturesque towns, and Jackson, New Hampshire is one that should not be missed. Jackson is 3 hours from Boston, 1 ½ hours from Portland, and a half hour from Conway. Jackson Village has adorable places to eat, shop, and have coffee. Your mood will be set as you pass through the covered bridge coming in to town. The Wentworth Inn is the perfect destination for families, a girl’s getaway, or a romantic night away.
Click here to read all about my night there….
Nothing makes my day better than waking up to seeing one of my pieces in the Huffington Post travel section!!
15 Ways to Save Money While Traveling
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