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27 July 2009

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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
USVI ST. John
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

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March 26 2015
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Lahouts Ski Shop | kids travel, kids activities
Lahouts Ski Shop
245 Union St,
Littleton,
New Hampshire 03561
"Equipment rental from America's oldest ski shop"
You cannot pass through the town of Littleton New Hampshire without spying a shop named Lahouts. They seem to dabble in many different businesses. However they do own America’s oldest operating ski shop right there in Littleton.

The shop carries all types of gear, clothing and accessories necessary for out sports including skiing. The shop advertises its history and gear from the outside. Inside the hallowed halls of the ski shop are signatures from many famous skiers that have passed through.

Owner Joe Lahout and his brother are 2 genial guys genuinely trying to help their customers enjoy the great outdoors.

They also rent outdoor gear including skis and snowshoes. We left the store with 5 pairs of rented snowshoes and poles to get ready for our next adventure snowshoeing. Everything worked out perfectly and we were able to return the shoes before closing time the same day. The rental process was quite easy and should we decide to rent again we know we can count on Lahouts.

Disclosure: My family and I were provided snowshoe rentals from Lahouts and through the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism. I was not required to express a specific opinion and all opinions are my own,
 
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March 26 2015
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Chutters Candy Shop | kids travel, kids activities
Chutters Candy Shop
43 Main St,
Littleton,
New Hampshire 03561
"Candy Heaven"
Chutters Candy Shop is Candy Heaven. With a counter at 112 feet it has the distinction of being the longest candy counter in the world.

Located on the main street of the quaint town of Littleton New Hampshire, Chutters is every child’s (and candy loving adults) dream. The long counter takes up one side of the store and kids can be set free to slap on a pair of gloves, follow the candy collection rules and fill up their bag. Plan on dropping a bit of change here. There is no way you will leave empty handed once you enter.

In addition to true penny candy and long forgotten favorites like Mary Janes or gummy worms there are nostalgic gums and full size candy bars, rock candy and chocolates. Fudge lovers are not left out the homemade fudge is amazing and comes in so many flavors. I tried to espresso cookies and cream and I am still thinking about it!

There is also a gift area which includes some more candy, sundries and novelty items like emergency underwear in a can or bacon bandages.

A stop at Chutters is worth it if you are heading into the White Mountains. The quaint town of Littleton will have you wiling away a couple of hours, your bellies filled with candy!
 
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March 26 2015
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Faddens General Store | kids travel, kids activities
Faddens General Store
109 Main St,
North Woodstock,
New Hampshire 03262
"Worth a stop for Maple Syrup Lovers"
The Fadden family has been making maple syrup for almost 200 years so it’s a pretty sure bet that they know a thing or two about making the sweet treat.
Their recipe has garnered them buyers from around the world and coveted status as the “Best” in New Hampshire, winning so many awards. One taste and you will know why. The Fadden’s have this down to a science. The syrup itself is available for sale at the General store which has been opened since 1896. A stop here is like taking a step back in time.

We were lucky enough the meet with Jim Fadden the owner, operator, heir and head of all things maple at the sugar house. He gave us a tour around his Maple Museum which is accessible to all General Store shoppers. He showed us many of the awards and commendations he has received over the years and shared stories of his own personal history of maple production when he was a boy more than 60 years ago learning the craft from his grandfather. We were able to see pictures of sap collection during that time and also pictures of Jim’s ancestors as they settled into New Hampshire in the late 1800’s.

He then brought us to his current maple production area. Mother Nature brought a late spring to the area so the sap was not yet running when we arrived, but they were ready. He explained the process of tapping the trees by hand, running the tubing called a ‘sugar bush’ to collect the sap and then he showed us the equipment that creates the syrup. From hi tech reverse osmosis machines, to boiling pans, filters and automated collection Jim has really streamlined his operation to create more than 2500 gallons of the amber sweetness each year. He engaged the kids in questions and answers explaining what happens if you hold the sap too long or boil the syrup too long. He also explained the grading system recently amended to make the differentiation more clear to the end consumer.

We concluded our tour with a taste of the yummy syrup and couldn’t leave the store without picking up a ½ gallon!

Disclosure: We were provided a tour with Jim at Fadden’s as guests of the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism. We were not required to provide any specific opinions and all opinions are my own. You should definitely call to schedule your own tour during maple season!
 
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March 26 2015
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Stickney's Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Stickney's Restaurant
310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd,
Bretton Woods,
New Hampshire 03575
"Great food, beautiful place"
We recently had a terrific meal at the Omni Bretton Woods resort restaurant, Stickney’s pub. Named after a founder of the original hotel this restaurant quietly mirrors the grandeur of its sister dining room at the main hotel where dinner is and has been a grand affair for many years. The restaurant is located on the patio level of the large hotel where there are shops and sundries stores and an amazing looking bar called the Cave. The restaurant is decorated in deep earth shades with a masculine undertone, perfect for a fancier yet not overtly fancy dinner.

At the pub everything is low-key with a bar, a fireplace, seating in the round but still with exceptional service and fabulous views. As the restaurant fills up it can get quite loud to the point of a low rumble, but not distracting.
We were seated at a window table of this family friendly upscale pub. The service was quick and attentive. The kids were provided a kids menu of the typical fare but also choices of Sheppards pie and sirloin steak. The kids menu was reasonable priced with all meals under $10 including a beverage. The children were all happy with their meals and gobbled them down following a family appetizer of calamari.

We adults ordered more adult friendly fare that consisted of fresh fish dishes. We were also each served a magnificent wedge salad. The food was tasty and nicely presented however the portions were small for the entrée price. I do believe that this is the more affordable of the restaurants available at the hotel.

Overall, we were happy with our meal, though thought it was a bit overpriced. We would definitely recommend this to guests of the hotel.

Disclosure: My family and I were provided a complimentary meal at Stickney’s pub via the gracious hosts at the Omni Bretton Woods and the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism. I was not required to provide any specific opinion.
 
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March 26 2015
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Omni Bretton Woods Sleigh Ride | kids travel, kids activities
Omni Bretton Woods Sleigh Ride
310 Mount Washington Hotel Road,
Bretton Woods,
New Hampshire 03575
"Winter Sleigh Ride"
We recently took part in a horse drawn winter sleigh ride on the fabulously beautiful grounds of the Omni Bretton Woods resort. The stables at the Omni Bretton Woods have been operated by the same family for a number of years. The horses are well loved and cared for and were very friendly.

This ride is available to guests of the property but also for non-guests who want to take part in a fun, charming outdoor winter activity. We met our sleigh driver at the signed meeting spot for a ½ hour ride past the stables and onto pristine snow covered trails. Our sleigh comfortably held all 5 of us and we set off for our ride. Our driver was kind to the kids and to the horses. He provided us heavy faux fur blankets to keep us warm as we dashed away on our one horse open sleigh. Along the way he peppered us with interesting tidbits about the horses, the resort and the hotel. The horse worked hard the entire time keeping us on an even keel.

Of course everyone wanted to give the horse some love as we left the sleigh.
It was a fun but cold ride. I imagine if it was snowing it would be even more beautiful but rain might make it less fun.

When our ride was over we boarded a shuttle to bring us back to the hotel proper as this is a very large resort area. We would love to come back in the summer to enjoy the grounds on horseback!

Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary sleigh ride from the Omni and the New Hampshire Department of travel and Tourism. I was not required to provide a specific opinion and all opinions are my own.
 
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