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Top 3 Family Vacation Ideas For The Fall

School’s back in session and you know what that means, car pools, after school activities, and homework.  It’s a bitter sweet change in your daily routine and it can feel daunting at times.

I can relate.

Children have the same mixed feelings about the school season and while parents celebrate having our homes kid free during the day, planning a fall trip will ease  the pressure of a demanding family schedule.

Why not take advantage of school breaks and plan a family getaway?
Here are the top 3 vacation ideas taken from Travel Agent magazine.

Theme Parks

Perennial theme parks are a popular choice family getaways and every year there’s something new for visitors to experience. Universal Orlando opened its new Volcano Bay water park late spring.

It’s the third theme park in the resort, spanning 30 acres and four themed areas. Enjoy the 200 foot body plunge slide, 124 foot water slides and the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. If death defying rides isn’t for you, there’s multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a winding river and plenty of places to lounge and relax.

The 22nd annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from August 31 through November 13th.

This festival is  packed with activities the whole family can enjoy. There’s entertainment and eats for foodies. Children receive a passport that can be stamped at a collection of 35 global marketplace booths.

Local indoor theme parks in Wisconsin Dells offers an wide array of fun too..

Road Trips

Did you know that Georgia is a hotspot for the Hollywood film industry?

That’s right, location scouts and director flock to this beautiful state to film movies like the Hunger Games: Catching fire, XMen First Class, and The Blind Side.

Georgia Film Selfie Spot Tour, a self-guided tour, is open until  the end of the year. Visit 33 sites across the state. Each site marks the ideal spot for the perfect selfie.    Visit “Captain America: Civil War,” at the Porsche Experience Center, Atlanta, where families can test drive a Porsche and take a selfie at the Avengers’ Headquarters.

Resorts

Little River Inn, a three hour drive from San Francisco. Spend time at the Pennyroyal Dairy tasting handcrafted cheeses, ride the heritage Skunk Train along redwoods and take a guided kayaking tour of nearby sea caves.
A special 2 night package for two adults, two children under 12, above mention activities and 1 breakfast for four is priced at $945.

Did I mention Little River Inn is pet friendly?

You can begin pricing vacations for October and November, when the weather averages are mid-eighties and seventies in most southern states.  Perfect timing for the first days off from school.

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7 Beach Vacation Ideas

When it comes to going on a beach vacation, it can be challenging to pick a destination. There are many places you can go, whether you want to explore the
beaches of Hawaii or just play golf in Georgia. Below, you’ll find 7 ideas to help you decide where to go for beach vacation.

1. Hawaii

Put your frequent flier miles to good use and visit Hawaii. Relax on the beach, enjoy snorkeling in clear blue waters, play golf, and even indulge in one of the many innovative spa treatments. Hawaii enjoy some of the best weather in the world – making it a great choice for your beach vacation.

2. Georgia

Popular among the East Coast, the luxurious Cloister at Sea Island in Georgia offers you 54 holes of championship golf, sandy beaches, and a wide array of things for
you to do.

3. Oahu

At the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, you can expect to be pampered like never before. You can visit the spa, take scuba diving classes, or choose to swim it up
with the dolphins. The resort is conveniently located 15 minutes away from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach.

4. Virgin Islands

At this vacation destination you can enjoy blue waters and sandy beaches. The Ritz Carlton, and St. Thomas resorts offer you the best of luxury hotels during your beach vacation in the Virgin Islands.

5. California

Located just 30 minutes by car away from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a quick beach vacation away from the normal busy life of the city.

6. Bermuda

Two hours away by flight from New York City, Bermuda is a quick and ideal vacation away from the East Coast. Ariel Sands offers gourmet food and breathtaking views.

7. Jamaica

With unique rooms and splendid views of the Caribbean, gourmet cuisine and amazing beaches, The Caves resort in Jamaica helps to set the beach vacation mood like never before.

 

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10 Most Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots in the U.S.

As more dog lovers are bringing their beloved pooches along on vacation, finding accommodations can be challenging.  A great blog written by Inteletravel lists the top 10 dog friendly places to travel in the U.S. Below are the 10 cities and must visit destinations ranked by Vacations.com.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Definitely Visit: The Lighthouse Ice Cream Shop, a sweet family owned ice cream parlor that stocks doggie ice cream line, Frosty Paws.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

Definitely Visit: One (or two… or three) of the wineries that allow dogs to tour their grounds! A few of the dog-friendly ones include Bluestone, First Colony Wineries and Blenhelm.

THE FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK

Definitely Visit: The Watkins Glen State Park, which is home to nineteen breathtaking waterfalls, and will allow your leashed pet to enjoy the scenery

WISCONSIN, THE WHOLE PLACE

Definitely Visit: Have a dog that really loves getting wet and wild? The Kettle Moraine State Forest has a designated area where you can train your dog in water skills!

ARIZONA, THE WHOLE PLACE

Definitely Visit: The Grand Canyon National Park, where you and your pup can enjoy one of the most famous and breathtaking views in the country.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Definitely Visit: The annual Canines Uncorked Wine Tour. With this event, pet parents and their pups are able to participate in a benefit for shelter animals. Tour 16 wineries with free wine tasting and doggie activities including decorating dog treats, meeting adoptable dogs or letting your pooch enjoy a doggie massage!

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Definitely Visit: The Mercury Canine Cruise, where you and your pet can enjoy a 90-minute boat ride on the Chicago River.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Definitely Visit: The Bow Wow Bone, a mobile dog-food truck that cooks up some snacks for pups of any size.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Definitely Visit: The Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma County has brought together the wonderful worlds of wine and dogs. Grab a bottle of Merlot Over & Play Dead or Unleashed Chardonnay and help support local dog shelters and animal rescues!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Definitely Visit: The K9 Fun Zone, an indoor doggie playground. You can rent the space for a single dog or a group of dogs to play and exercise.

Have fun vacationing with your four-legged child!

 

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