Try Some Winter Family Getaways This Season

October 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I like winter. I like the bracing cold. I like the snow, although I don’t like the ice so much. I like seeing my breath and feeling little icicles form on my mustache. I love walking outside during the first snowfall when everything is so quiet because the snow has absorbed the sound.

Of course, I don’t get that here in Central Florida. We barely cracked the low 40s this past winter, and I miss it. Mostly.

So if I want a winter getaway, I’ve got a few places I would like to go in December or even January to get my snow fix for the year. Maybe you can check one of them out this coming winter and tell me how it goes.

Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine
I once spent a couple summer days at The Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Hollow, New Hampshire. It was gorgeous, and I nearly got to spend the summer there. I also remember wishing I could come back for the winter, because they had some great winter activities as well: horseback riding, winter hikes, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, bonfires, and sitting inside by the fire with a book laughing at the weirdos out in the cold.
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Forget the Rockies! Here are a Few Out-of-the-Ordinary Mountain Suggestions for You

April 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Growing up in Indiana, a mountain was anything taller than your house, and you had to drive hundreds of miles for a mountain vacation. In fact, I’d wager that’s true for anyone living in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains states. We just don’t have mountains. You have to head south and west, past where the glaciers stopped during the Ice Age to get into the real mountains and a real mountain vacation.

Luckily, I’ve had a chance to travel to a few mountains in my life, including the Rockies and the Appalachians. While those are indeed majestic mountains, I never like doing things everyone else does. So here are a few suggestions for mountain vacation getaways that won’t get as crowded — or expensive! — as the “big mountains” everyone thinks of when they want a mountain retreat.

Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake, Oregon

Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake

Mount Hood, Cascades, Oregon:

Located about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, this is the state’s highest point at 11,249 feet. And on a clear day, you can just barely see Mt. Hood from Portland. The people of Portland have sort of claimed it as “their mountain,” at least unofficially, and it’s a great place to spend the day hiking or skiing, depending on the time of year.
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