Family vacations in Maine

Maine Travel- Discover the Serenity of Family Vacations in Maine

The state of Maine offers lots of fun things to see and do for those looking for a down east family vacation. Summer vacation in this state means lots of fresh lobster, rowboat rides, wild blueberries, and pristine sandy beaches.

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The southernmost part of Maine is extremely popular for family fun and relaxation.  It lies between New Hampshire and Kennebunkport, and has a luscious and lively beachside boardwalk with an abundance of sandy beaches.  This is one of the places that those living in Maine love to visit during the summer.

A common scenario found in this neck of the woods is a mix old and new. Small children really enjoy touring the Civil War forts and learning about the past. Other places that children like to visit in Maine, is the wild bird sanctuaries. Here you will find native species of birds as well as plant life.

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You and your family can feast on seafood snacks and various sides from the seaside snack bars.  As you chow down on some homemade Maine chowder, you can stroll around gazing at the homemade goods or the fresh fruit and vegetables being offered by local farmers at roadside stands.

While in the southern coast of Maine you can also step back in time and visit the local arcades which will bring back some fond memories of games that you perhaps once played. If you happen to be vacationing with your kids, you can bet that they will also be thrilled and amused by the honky-tonk style of the arcade games. Plan to spend a couple of hours playing the games.

You will encounter many locals who enjoy wading through the tidal waters or lining up for a lobster roll as they walk hand in hand with their children with buckets and shovels swinging to and fro.

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Other Maine attractions that both adults and children can enjoy include Acadia National Park, National Scenic Byways, Maine Art Museum Trail, Maritime Museums, windjammers and lighthouses. As for accommodations, there are many bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, and inns. Call your travel agent or the accommodation resource yourself for updated pricing and availability.

Maine in known as the pine tree state and is the largest of all of the New England states. The scenic beauty of this state never ceases to amaze both locals and travelers. A spectacular display of endless white pine trees, rocky coastline, rugged mountains, wilderness, and white sandy beaches await you.

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Mother’s Day at Hammonasset Beach State Park #SiennaDiaries

After a delicious breakfast made by my family on Mother’s Day, I realized we had no plans for the day, and decided since it was due to be absolutely gorgeous out, we needed to head down to the Connecticut shore and spend a day unplugged together.  AWESOME choice, I have to tell you.  

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If only I’d remembered to pack myself a sweatshirt.. but oh well. Thankfully, we have the use of a 2014 Toyota Sienna for a few months as part of the Sienna Diaries program and were able to ride in comfort AND luxury down to the shore.  It was nice to have so much space to throw in all of our gear we might need (and some we’d probably never need…I’m good at overpacking). 

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Yes, this is almost all stuff packed for one “quick trip” for our family to the beach.  Can you imagine what we’d pack if it was to be hot and we needed extra drinks? We didn’t have swim suits but I did have a bag with a change of clothes for all of us. I knew at least one kid was going to go into the water no matter how cold it was (I was right).

The kids were super excited to go to the ocean.  We’ve actually not really been very much (twice for the littler two).

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There are no members of my family who will just take a normal picture.  My oldest thinks we’re all crazy so she tends to hide for car pics lately (see her hand?)

Once we got to the beach I was so happy we decided to do this day trip. We went to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT.  Tons of beach space, and lots of different areas to explore.  We headed way down by Miegs Point so we could do some exploring on the point to start our day around the Salt Marsh.

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As you can see, I didn’t plan their footwear (or my own) well at all for anything but sandy beaches. Live and learn.  We had a blast. We’ve never gone to the ocean much, and never on a day that was chilly like this, so it was a lot of fun to explore and see a lot more of what Hammonasset had to offer besides sandy beach and cool ocean water :)

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There were treasures to be found, tons of snails, scallops, and other fun creatures around.  We found all kinds of cool rocks and shells to check out. I was pretty amazed there was not a boo-boo for anyone since we were (almost) all in flip flops.

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My oldest was always far ahead and loved climbing the rocks.  I kind of think she may be part monkey at this point. She’s quite obsessed with climbing trees but none near the beach seemed to be tall enough for her climbing preferences.

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Everyone liked this area with the logs.  Fun for photos. (I wish I’d brought my camera not just my phone!)

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Once we were all kind of ready to be done climbing on rocks, we thought we’d head back to the Sienna, grab a snack, and then off to spend some time with our toes in the sand.

I did grab this shot of all 3 kids and I think it was the best Mother’s Day gift I could get- a shot with all three kids and it so totally “grabs” their personalities. My oldest is being a mother hen, my youngest is a total goofball (like her mama) and my son is acting all “cool.”  I love this photo for tons of reasons!

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This is the entirety of my time in the water.  It was about 78 inland on Mother’s Day, and probably 68 at the shore. Too cold even for me.

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Not, however, too cold for the kids.  Or at least, for my oldest.  I wish I’d grabbed a picture of her “falling” into the water.  She thought it was great.  Until the wind picked up an hour later and she got cold anyway!

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The little kids were quite happy to settle in and play in the sand away from the water and I was happy to just sit back and enjoy the day.  It was awesome.

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I have to say, I think this was one of the best beach days my family has had.  NOT having hot temps meant we were all more comfortable and able to enjoy ourselves longer.  We had so much fun at Hammonasset and are actually talking about possibly renting one of the campsites later in the summer and camping out in the tent!  There’s so much more we need to explore and do at this beautiful State Park!! When we do, we’ll be glad to have the Sienna- so much room for all of the gear that we can’t seem to pare down!

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Thank you to Toyota for inviting us to take part in this semester of the Sienna Diaries program.  We’ll be sharing more of our adventures with the Sienna over the next few months!

 

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Things to do in Puerto Rico

This post brought to you by Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's been a really, really long winter for most of the country.  We had little bits of snow in our yard in shady areas until earlier this week.  We had a snow and ice storm just 2 weeks ago!  To say that I've spent a bit of time daydreaming about a getaway to someplace tropical is an understatement.  One place I'd love to go is Puerto Rico.  By that I mean I would gladly pack bags and head to the airport in an hour if someone asked me to (just saying, so if anyone wants me to…). +

Why Puerto Rico? Well, it's close.  It is a 5-star vacation destination filled with world-class attractions. Whether you’re a golfer, foodie, the adventure type, or a beach (rum) bum, Puerto Rico has everything that you want in a nice relaxing vacation. Just hop on a plane and go!  It's so close that it's got the tropical paradise feel without the super long journey to get there…no need for a passport or currency exchange from the USA.

Here are some things to do in Puerto Rico:

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Puerto Rico Tourism recently partnered with popular travel review site Trip Advisor to transform real traveler 5-star reviews into stunningly beautiful short films narrated by Puerto Rican stars. These reviews will make you want to See Puerto Rico and live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.  They certainly have made me want to go even more.  Just looking at pictures has me starting to relax.

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I'll need a week to 10 days for my trip, of course.  I'll need a few days to just chill on the beach.  But then, I may want to visit a few beaches.  Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and featured in the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel — including Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best beaches in the world. We'll definitely do some snorkeling- we LOVE to explore places underwater as well as on land!

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I am not sure I'm brave enough but I know my husband and most of our friends and family would be wanting to do some ziplining adventures.  Can you even imagine soaring above these gorgeous waters and beaches?

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After so much exploration and adventure, we might need another kind of day, so I think we'd need to check out some of the historical features Puerto Rico has to offer.

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We rarely go far from home without my husband wanting to do some kind of fishing.  We will need at least an afternoon out on the water.

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Top New Jersey things to see and do #NJStrong

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Throughout history New Jersey has set a precedent for the other states. The location alone has put New Jersey in a unique position as it pertains to history. The people who live there have continued the tradition of saluting their history while making great strides toward the future. Even Hurricane Sandy in 2012 could not restrain the ambition of the people there as they came together and showed the world that New Jersey is “Stronger than the Storm”. New Jersey has something for everyone, from the history buff to the scientist exploring advances in energy technology. It’s time to start making your summer plans now!

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City is one of the most well-known places in New Jersey. Here you can step onto a luxury liner for an Atlantic City cruise or go the daring route and use Atlantic City Parasail to test your courage. From one extreme to the other, Atlantic City has something for every age.

  • Spas: There are too many spas to count. If you need a day of pampering, you’ll find it here. There are spas of just about every discipline so you can try something new or stick with something you are already familiar with.

  • James’ Salt Water Taffy Candy Factory: This is a great place for children and adults alike. Explore the world of taffy and watch the entire process before you try a sample or two.

  • Extreme Windsurfing: Test your windsurfing skills off the coast of New Jersey! 

As you can see,the Jersey Shore is Going Strong! Although Atlantic City, New Jersey has much to offer, there is far more than this area to explore in New Jersey.  

New Jersey is known as the Garden State as well as the Crossroads of the American Revolution. History buffs will want to visit the historic sites, villages, and heritage trails. Washington Crossing, Princeton, and the location of the largest field artillery battle of the American Revolution– Monmouth, are all battlefields that were a significant part of the American Revolution. In fact, New Jersey boasts no less than 8 national historic landmarks.

  • Cape May: Maintained in traditional style of the Victorian era, Cape May offers:

  • Cape May Lighthouse, with a shore line that constantly changes as well as a multitude of small islands.

  • Fire Control Tower 23, part of the harbor defense system of WW II and the last New Jersey tower of its type standing.

  • Congress Hall, now a hotel with modern accommodations, this building was built in 1816.

  • Liberty State Park: Observe Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

  • National Parks

  • Cowtown Rodeo: Running since 1929 with a pause for WW II

  • Boutique Hotels

  • Long Beach Island

  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial: The only memorial in the world dedicated exclusively to veterans of the Vietnam War.

We are hoping to start planning our own familytrip down to New Jersey this summer. Ideally, we’d like to stay at the shore, probably Long Beach Island so we can be close to friends who have a house down there.  Several days would be for relaxing at the beach, enjoying one another, maybe doing some fishing.  We’d really like to go to Pirate’s Adventures, because who doesn’t want to be a pirate at least one night of their life? The Jersey shore seems to have endless number of activities and things for families with kids to enjoy!

Aquariums are also something that interest our family- so we would definitely want to check out Adventure Aquarium during our stay.  We also enjoy just exploring, and I think it would be fun to pack up picnic stuff and hike on in to Island Beach State Park for a day. I’m also quite certain the kids will want to visit Six Flags Great Adventure before we head back home. 

Of course, we could get some rainy weather during our visit. Thankfully I’m seeing lots of fun attractions all over New Jersey, and I think one destination for us would have to be Coco Key indoor water park! We’ve never really been to a water park before!

I think we’d need a whole separate  week to explore other parts of New Jersey- there’s so many beautiful parks to explore and historical sites to visit. Maybe we should schedule a two week vacation. 

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3 Reasons to Visit Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has become a favorite vacation location for my family over the years. Having been a fan of the eastern coastline to begin with, it was only a matter of time before we found ourselves wanting to check out the world famous locale. This family friendly vacation area gives you all the avenues needed to have a great vacation at all times of the year. There are three events in particular that will bring our family back to Virginia Beach on a regular basis, however. They are each unique and spectacular in their own right, and we will continue to come back and enjoy them as long as they are offered.

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The first one is the summer fireworks. Watching fireworks out on the ocean is a special sight indeed. From June to October, there are tons of awesome fireworks shows to take in. They take out a barge and shoot them off from the ocean, giving you the ultimate front row seat to a light show that will blow you away. If you love the beach and you love fireworks, this is the ultimate marriage.

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Another important reason to come to Virginia Beach in my family (mostly husband) is striped bass season. This area is known for being the capital of the world when it comes to striped bass and you can’t find anyplace that offers better options. The fishing here goes well beyond the striped bass, however. Tuna, mahi-mahi, bluefin and even mackerel are all on the menu if you love to fish. There are countless other species just waiting for you to come and enjoy at Virginia Beach.

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Finally there is the world famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Every single person on the planet should experience this place at least once as it represents history, beauty and excitement all in one locale. These wonderful walkways provide every form of entertainment you can imagine and some of the best food you will ever eat. Best of all, it straddles the beach itself providing a beautiful view of the ocean in all its majesty. If you want to truly have a reason to visit Virginia Beach, the Boardwalk is more than enough.

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These three things are the primary draws for my family, but if you were to ask others you would get three totally different answers. That is the beauty of Virginia Beach…you have so much diversity that there is always something for everyone. There’s something to do for everyone at every age in every season. We’d love to head down to Virginia Beach for a family trip this summer- we want to explore some fun restaurants and just hang out with the kids.

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Portable Ice Maker is Great for Camping

Aportable ice maker may not be What Every Camper Needs but it is a great luxury item for summer camping.   We are so excited to add this ice maker to our camping packing list.  Yes, camping! We also have found that this ice is great for making smoothies. The ice is clear, odorless and easy to chew!  We received this item for review.

Luma Ice Maker IM200SS

 

The Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker is the ultimate luxury entertaining necessity for your home bar or kitchen. Producing up to 28 pounds of crystal-clear, restaurant-quality ice every 24 hours, the IM200SS features modern technology with a timeless style. Includes low water and full ice indicators, as well as an LED control panel. Retails for $239.00 online at at local dealers.

Clear ice maker

 

  • Plug & play operation
  • No plumbing required
  • Produces up to 28 lbs. daily
  • Sleek stainless steel finish
  • Space-conserving countertop design
  • Push button controls & LED display
  • Utilizes modern commercial technology
  • Clear ice melts 5x slower than cloudy ice

ice maker for campingWe are going to use this ice maker all year.  It is great for parties, holidays, and camping.  I wish we had gotten one years ago.

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I received the ice maker to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Camping lanterns and campfire tongs

This camping lanterns and Campfire Tongs review post is brought to you by our friends at Snow Peak and Campfire Tongs.

What Every Camper NeedsWhen we go camping we have loads of fun hiking, biking, swimming and just being outdoors.  Some of the best camping memories are made when the sun goes down and the campfire gets started.  Campfire skills are something to brag about and a nice pair of Campfire Tongs will be something to show off at any campground.

Campfire Tongs camping gear

 

The original Campfire Tongs retail for $24.95 and are

  • Constructed from lightweight, high-quality aluminum

• Finished with Attractive Real-Wood Handles

• Complete Satisfaction Guarantee

• Made in the USA

The Campfire Tongs allow you to pick up and move a log, not just poke it around or try to move it with a stick.  These are safe, efficient and affordable.   These make a great gift for anyone with a firepit, RV or camper.  They can even be handy for a wood burning stove.  So buy a pair or 2!

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern for camping
While sitting around the fire, someone always needs to get up to get a snack or go to the bathroom.  A good flashlight or lantern is a must when camping.  Check out the Mini Hozuki Camping Lantern from Snow Peak. It is super cute, easy to use and the LED light gives off a candle-like light to your tent or campsite.

It has a flexible silicone loop and magnetic ball that allow you to hang it from any surface. When it arrived we all played with it. The loop can even be attached to my dog’s collar to provide light for a nighttime walk. I love the video and this lantern will go with us on all our camping trips. The Hozuki Mini retails for $39.95.


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What Every Camper Needs: All-Weather Sleeping Bag #giveaway

I am excited to start a new series called, What Every Camper Needs. This all-weather sleeping bag review post is brought to you  by our friends at Teton Sports.

What Every Camper Needs

Camping is a great way to relax, unwind and connect with nature. When camping is mentioned it can evoke very different reactions from people.  Some people camp on mountain tops, deep in the woods, others camp in an RV at a campground and many camp in their backyards or even living room.  It doesn’t matter how you choose to camp, there are a few things that Every Camper Needs, or may just want.

Today I am going to talk about a warm, all-weather sleeping bag.  Growing up I had a sleeping bag, it was nothing fancy but I loved to sleep in it.  My brother and I would watch TV while laying in our sleeping bags and camp in the living room.  That sleeping bag was fun but not very warm and had no features.  Teton Sports sent me the Fahrenheit Regular 0°F and now I want to go camping!  As you can see in this picture, my son loves it too.  He “stole” it from me and has been sleeping in it.  This sleeping bag is plenty warm and the first night he woke up sweaty, guess I can turn the heat down at night!

Teton Sports Camping Gear

  The Fahrenheit Regular 0 F is a roomy all–weather sleeping bag. Durable two–way zipper, thick taffeta shell, cotton flannel lining, mummy–style hood, inside Velcro pocket. Includes stuff sack with compression straps.   My son tried it out and then I had to climb in.  The lining is so soft and warm and there is plenty of room to move around and get comfy.

  • 100% Cotton flannel liner
  • Double layer construction entire width and length of bag increases warmth and durability
  • Suitable for multi–season use in rugged conditions
  • Rated for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy taffeta shell stands up to years of use
  • Sturdy no–snag two–way zippers with metal pulls
  • Full–length zipper baffle reduces drafts
  • Right and left zippered bags zip together

Mummy style hood keeps head or pillow off the groundTeton sports camping gearAfter a couple of nights I convinced my son to let me try out the Teton Sports sleeping bag.  It is so soft on the inside and gave me plenty of room to move around and get comfortable.  I could even sleep with my knee bent and on my side.  The bag does weigh about 5 lbs so it may not be great for backpacker but it is perfect for driving to a campsite.  It comes is a great compression bag for quick and safe storage.

Fahrenheit Regular Sleeping bag Teton Sports

  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F sleeping bag is going to get a lot of use and I believe it will last for many years to come.
  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F retails between $60 and $72 and can be found online at Amazon or Sportsman’s Warehouse.
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A sleeping bag was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Unlimited-Luxury Getaways with Dreams Resorts & Spas #ResortEscape

This post brought to you by Dreams Resorts & Spas. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s 3 degrees this morning.  Again.  Winter, I’m kind of over you.  Which would be great and all but it’s still January and I’m in New England so I have at least 2 full more months of this cold before spring even starts to consider making an appearance. So, naturally, I’m dreaming about a beachy getaway for the hubby and myself. Specifically, I’m thinking about a kid free getaway at the Dreams Resorts & Spas– 9 award-winning, luxurious ambiance for adults and couples with children in tropical beachfront settings throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Why Dreams Resorts & Spas? There are many reasons, but when I see things like  Unlimited-Luxury® I get kind of giddy.

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We did all inclusive on our honeymoon and fell in love with it! We were able to get the most bang for our buck going to an All-inclusive luxury resort, and it meant we didn’t have to budget our food and drink money for the week.  We did bring money for souvienirs and extra excursions we went on, but mostly? We needed nothing.  It was marvelous. Carefree for sure.

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

 

I'd really, really like to have a getaway to Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic. They have beaches, fun dance classes, and even a mechanical bull (bucket list, shhh).  Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa is located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic and known for its pristine beaches and lush tropical jungle. We can enjoy some rest and relaxation on the beach and then head out to explore the jungle. Sounds pretty marvelous to me!

 

There's also Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico,

  • Get your daily catch by going deep sea fishing (additional costs may apply)

  • Become a culinary wiz with cocktail and cooking lessons (additional costs may apply)

  • Go on our guided hiking tour for adults and children through the beach and garden areas

  • The whole family can join in and compete with fellow guests in our Beach Olympics

  • Explore the ocean with non-motorized water activities, like kayaking and catamarans

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

  • Enjoy a complimentary bike tour of Nuevo Vallarta

  • Zip across the ocean with our wave runners and water skiing for free

  • Scuba diving center and introductory diving lessons in pool (additional costs may apply)

  • Soar high with our on-site

 

What signature features/amenities guests can expect at all Dreams Resorts & Spas?

– Spacious suites with standout amenities like 24-hour room service and daily restocked mini bars

– Average of 5 gourmet a la carte dining options ranging from Mexican cuisine to Italian, French and more – no wristbands or reservations required

– Lively bars serving unlimited premium brand beverages

– Explorer's Kids Club (ages 3-12) and Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13-17) with supervised activities by specially trained staff at no extra cost – great for Family travel

– Unlimited Connectivity, a suite of interactive apps allowing guests to call send and receive international calls without incurring roaming charges, create personalized profiles to contact staff directly, receive up-to-date daily activity calendars and more

– Dreams Spa by Pevonia offers a la carte treatment options ranging from face and body to massage and salon, and even treatments for teens and kids.

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What can guests expect of the Dreams Resorts & Spas brand?

– Classic, wholesome, relaxing, entertaining, beachfront ambiance with great service and entertainment focus

– Something for every age

– In easy to access/desirable destinations with of flight options year round at affordable prices

– Luxury vacation at a great price

– Award-winning (ex. AAA Four Diamond)

Who stays at Dreams Resorts & Spas?

– Couples and couples with kids

– Families

– Travelers that appreciate/seek great value for money

What is YOUR Dreams Resorts & Spas dream vacation like? I want to know!  

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Enterprise, take me on a winter road trip!

This post brought to you by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of our town has been sick for the past week.  Sick like ⅓ of our student population was out on Monday- as well as 20 staff members.  Our family was not spared and we’ve been home for days on end.  We are getting cabin fever something fierce!  

I was thinking last night about how much fun it would be to call Enterprise Rent-A-Car, get a SUV to use for the long weekend, and escape away to someplace fun.  Having a roomy SUV to drive heading North can mean 4 wheel drive and less wear and tear on our own vehicles.  (And we could have a magical sanitization fairy come and disinfect our vehicles while we are away).

I’m thinking we could take a road trip to an area that has hotels with indoor pools, hot tub, and someplace to go tubing in the snow.  That shouldn’t be too hard to find since we’re in New England. The biggest thing for me is to GET AWAY.  They are sanitizing our schools again tonight and have cancelled all weekend activities- if only I could have someone come in and do that here, and leave the windows open for several hours to air out the house.  Magic Mountain is close, affordable, and not a huge size ski area which sounds just about perfect to me!

Why would I look to call Enterprise?  Well, their loyalty program allows members to earn points toward free rentals! With the current Enterprise Plus Your Points promotion website, members can earn double points on qualifying rentals (12/2/13 thru 3/31/14) and earn free additional days.  So we could easily use some of those points to add a day or three on to our little winter road trip.  We could also just enjoy earning some of the double points now and use them later….

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-Purchase a qualifying rental (earn double points)

-Add a GPS unit as part of a qualifying rental (earn 50 bonus points)

-Share the qualifying “Plus Your Points” message on Twitter (earn 20 bonus points)

-Refer a friend into the “Plus Your Points” promotion, who subsequently rents with Enterprise at least once during the promotion earning period (earn 300 bonus points)

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All point activity is tracked through the “Plus Your Points” website. A participant must register for the “Plus Your Points” promotion in order to receive points. To enroll in the Enterprise “Plus Your Points” promotion, click here. You’ll be asked to enter your Enterprise Plus Member # upon enrollment (if you don’t yet have an Enterprise Plus Member #, you can sign-up for Enterprise Plus here: http://bit.ly/1gqnh5c

Where would YOU take a road trip this winter?

 

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