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Mountain Top for a Family Retreat

Fireplace? Check. Gorgeous views of the Green Mountains? Check. Comfy beds? Check. Access to snow sports? Check. Hot tub? Check. Other than the obvious essentials like food, beer and wine, this is what I need to have a great vacation. Add in my husband, son and the grandparents, and it’s the recipe for a perfect […]

Come Home to the Mountains at Trapp Family Lodge

The image of Julie Andrews circling around an alpine meadow in the middle of the Austrian Alps is one of the most iconic scenes in an iconic film. And part of what makes The Sound of Music so rightly famous is the fact that its story is based on a real one. What happened to […]

Smugglers' Notcha Resort for young families

Smuggs for Young Families: A Perfect Ski Trip with Baby

Smugglers’ Notch, more often referred to as “Smuggs,”  is well-known as a top family ski destination in Vermont, and is often found on the Top 10 lists for family ski destinations in the world. I’ve mentioned this friendly fact to multitudes of families planning ski vacations to Vermont, but have never had the firsthand experience […]

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A Family Winter Getaway to Mount Snow

As a lifelong skier and nearly lifelong Vermonter, it’s natural to assume that I’ve traversed every ski area in Vermont. I grew up skiing at places like Stratton, Bromley, and Magic, and later spent many days at Stowe, Sugarbush, Smugglers’ Notch, Bolton, and Burke. Until recently, I had never skied at Mount Snow. I’m not […]

Smuggs Award-Winning Ski School

Is It Winter Yet? Looking Forward to Family Fun at Smuggs

Smuggs holds a special place in my family’s collective memory because it is where my younger son Teddy really learned to ski. It was 2011, and his brother Tommy, then eight, couldn’t get enough time on the mountain. My husband Matt had also just learned to ski and was also loving it, while I had […]

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Mount Snow in the Fall

Fall foliage season is almost here, and southern Vermont is one of my favorite places to be when the leaves change. If you’re looking to explore the outdoors this fall, the Mount Snow region has it all, from hiking to mountain biking to fishing. Ride the Bluebird Express to the Summit What better way to […]

Haystack Mountain Hermitage Club

A Luxury Ski and Spa Getaway at the Hermitage Club

As I inhaled deeply and stretched my arms overhead in the dim room I marveled that I could feel both alert and revived and relaxed at the same time. I’ll admit that I almost never take the time to warm up my muscles before I ski, often to the detriment of my legs, back and […]

How to Find the Perfect Lodging at Jay Peak Resort

Lodging choices at Jay Peak Resort are plentiful. Families can stay in condos, cottages, townhouses or hotel rooms and suites. Each type of accommodation is unique in its own way. You can stay on the mountain, close to the golf course or just a short walk to either. Some units have full-sized kitchens, others have kitchenettes. With […]

Planning a Family Ski Vacation Made Simple

All Mountain Mamas Family Ski Trip Tips Let’s face it, the initial thought of planning your family’s first ever (or even second or third) ski trip can be slightly overwhelming. For those unfamiliar to with the sport or snowy destinations in general, the thought of snowy winter adventures on strange equipment is downright alien. Fortunately, […]