Review of the Day Archive

As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.

August 18 2014
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"Stop by for information about the area"

If you want to get acquainted with the Lake of the Ozarks area, this would be a great starting point. Since the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here, iinformation is readily available whether you prefer to speak with someone or if you'd rather grab pamphlets.

This is also a great place to learn more about Bagnell Dam.

Tip: Be sure to grab a free coupon book if you plan on stopping by the Bagnell Dam Strip. Many of the stores on the strip had coupons.

Review of the Day: October 22 2014
About:
Willmore Lodge
#1 Willmore Lane,
Lake Ozark,
Missouri
MSM2858
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October 19 2014
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"A Great Place to Enjoy Fall Foilage in Maryland"

We came to Catoctin Mountain Park to see the leaves. On October 19th we saw a beautiful display - it had to be near peak color. We visited on a clear, crisp, slightly windy day - and the leaves were some of the most amazing that I had ever seen.

I was hoping to stop by the visitor center to ask where to hike with my mom and 4 year old. But, the parking lot at the visitor center was overflowing. (I would assume that is not typical.) So, we just drove the main road until we found a good parking spot.

We were looking for a short hike and spotted the hike to the Thurmont Vista. The first third of the hike was a bit uphill and the leaves were amazing. The remainder of the half mile hike was uphill and the leaves weren't as spectacular. We all made it to the vista.

I got back home and looked at the park webpage. I think we would have been better off looking for a hike in the Hog Rock area -where the hikes to the vistas are not as long or steep. We just wanted a viewpoint where we could see the colorful trees on the side of the mountains.

The fall foliage in this area is very spectacular. It's five stars in that respect. But, aside from the fall colors - I'm not sure that the park has too much else to offer.

Review of the Day: October 21 2014
About:
Catoctin Mountain Park
14707 Park Central Road,
Thurmont,
Maryland
MSM2858
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October 19 2014
2 families found this helpful
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"A Great Place to Enjoy Fall Foilage in Maryland"

We came to Catoctin Mountain Park to see the leaves. On October 19th we saw a beautiful display - it had to be near peak color. We visited on a clear, crisp, slightly windy day - and the leaves were some of the most amazing that I had ever seen. I was hoping to stop by the visitor center to ask where to hike with my mom and 4 year old. But, the parking lot at the visitor center was overflowing. (I would assume that is not typical.) So, we just drove the main road until we found a good parking spot. We were looking for a short hike and spotted the hike to the Thurmont Vista. The first third of the hike was a bit uphill and the leaves were amazing. The remainder of the half mile hike was uphill and the leaves weren't as spectacular. We all made it to the vista. I got back home and looked at the park webpage. I think we would have been better off looking for a hike in the Hog Rock area -where the hikes to the vistas are not as long or steep. We just wanted a viewpoint where we could see the colorful trees on the side of the mountains. The fall foliage in this area is very spectacular. It's five stars in that respect. But, aside from the fall colors - I'm not sure that the park has too much else to offer.

Review of the Day: October 20 2014
About:
Catoctin Mountain Park
14707 Park Central Road,
Thurmont,
Maryland
October 17 2014
1 family found this helpful
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"Relaxing way to see the battlefield"

Having never been to Gettysburg before I had no idea how expansive the battlefield actually was. With a 2 year old and 4 year old fresh off a morning at the National Apple Harvest Festival, we went straight to the Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours office to grab the next bus, and thank goodness we did. Without this tour, there is no way we would have been able to see the battlefield and actually learn anything while trying to navigate with the children.

Although the weather was a little cold, we opted for the double decker bus tour. We were able to catch a bus within 20 minutes of arriving at the station. Meanwhile, we enjoyed a locally made soda and browsing through the gift shop while we waited. There were also restrooms so we could make sure everyone was all set, and the bus itself made a half way restroom stop in case anyone needed to go.

The bus tour is led by a "professional licensed battlefield guide" who speaks to you over headphones available at each seat which have adjustable head straps and volume controls. There was plenty of seating on the bus, but there was no heat, so we wound up cuddled up in the back to keep the kids warm. The tour company also offers temperature controlled tours, or you can just be smarter then us and dress your kids for the weather.

Throughout the tour the guide was explaining our location, monuments, the battle itself and included lots of fun facts that made it interesting. Our 2 year old promptly fell asleep, but because of the big windows and headphones my husband was still able to enjoy the tour while holding her.

Other then the pit stop, we made a stop at the top of a significant battle location so we could see first-hand what the soldiers were facing and get a closer look at a monument. My four year old loved being part of the action and climbing to the top of the tour.

Throughout the tour we saw many families biking, walking, driving their own personal vehicles through the battlefield and I was so glad we weren't one of them. It can be a lot of work to travel with kids but this bus tour made seeing everything so easy. We would like to go back when the kids are over, ride up top of the bus and learn some more from this tour.  

Disclaimer: my family was hosted by Destination Gettysburg. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Review of the Day: October 17 2014
About:
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours
778 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania 17325
October 14 2014
1 family found this helpful
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"We loved our day at Hoodoo!"

Hoodoo is a community-focused ski resort, with a large day lodge filled with pool tables, foosball, and couches! The terrain is challenging for advanced skiers and riders, but there's a large learning area too. While there, try the 'snow bikes'...a Hoodoo speciality! Can't beat the prices, too!

Review of the Day: October 16 2014
About:
Hoodoo Mountain Resort
NFD 2690 Rd,
Sisters,
Oregon 97759