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About Me & My Family

I am a compulsive fun seeker and the Editorial Director for http://www.FindandGoSeek.net who is always looking for insider tips for Family Fun in Vermont.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Spain, New York City, Maine, Boston, Montreal, The Outerbanks, Stowe, Los Angeles
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Mexico, Maui, Outerbanks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Barcelona
Favorite Vacation Memory
Traveling with my 93 year old Grandmother and my children -- her grandchildren. She is an avid traveler and passes that passion along to all of us.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Jelly donut explosion at the beginning of an 18 hour trip from Burlington, Vermont to Maui with a 1 year old...it was on her favorite blankie. Need I say more?
Websites I Like:
http://www.findandgoseek.net

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March 30 2010
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DeliBakery at Trapp Family Lodge | kids travel, kids activities
DeliBakery at Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road,
Stowe,
Vermont 05672
"A Stand Out"
Just a short walk down the road from the main lodge you can have lunch at the DeliBakery—a hidden gem for local Vermonters and a must do for hotel guests. We will certainly be bringing our out of town friends here for lunch and to enjoy the outstanding view of Stowe—or even to pick up food before a Mozart Fest concert in their meadow.

Lunch choices consist of soups like corn chowder or cheddar ale, various salads and sandwiches such as turkey, bacon, cheddar on cranberry focaccia or an Austrian meat combo with kraut on pumpernickel. The real stand out here though is the desserts. One look at the cupcakes and my daughter was pretty much done. Located just below the Deli is the new Trapp Lodge Brewery, which is opening mid-April 2010.
 
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March 30 2010
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Sugarbush Ski Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Sugarbush Ski Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Road,
Warren,
Vermont 05674
"Lots to Love"
After five seasons at Bolton Valley, we made the switch this season to Sugarbush. There are a lot of things to love about Sugarbush. While the majority of our time was spent skiing/riding Lincoln Peak, our kids were in a program that occasionally took them over to Mt. Ellen. They were in ski program from 10:00-3:30 for sixteen Saturdays throughout the season.

Lincoln Peak is great. There is terrain for everyone. Even the beginner hill/bunny hill has options. You can graduate from the nice long magic carpet to the double chairlift for an easy-peasy run down. The rest of the mountain provides tons of choices for skiers/boarders of all levels. And with the mid-mountain lifts you don't have to go all the way to the top if you don't want to.

There are 3 choices for dinning: Timbers (upscalish, but you can still wear you ski garb), The Castlerock Pub (good for lunch and apres ski) and the Food Court. All have outdoor seating. The deck off the Food Court has an outdoor firepit plus a large tube which the kids can play in while you have a beverage. Oh and of course there is a waffle house!

Little touches we loved:

- The Sherpas waiting to help you carry your gear from the parking lot to the lodge or vice versa.

- The free hot apple cider that magically appears every Saturday at 3:30 outside the with lodge.

- Ski Drop off super easy. It is at the foot of the ski school literally. Plus, there are at least 2 people manning the area so all cars pulling in/out are managed very well.

-The Sugarbush ambassadors that are everywhere willing to answer any question you have whether it is the easiest way down the mountain, or which trails have been groomed or where is the rest room. They are there for you.

- The owner Win Smith being omnipresent. He was everywhere, every weekend with his dog Rumble. He is accessible and you felt that.

Regarding the cost factor, we thought that it was great that our season passes included our children (Every Adult 7 Pass comes with a FREE 12-and-under dependent pass) which makes it pretty reasonable when you do the math. And when we had friends come up, it was nice to be able to purchase tickets for them at one of several outlets around town and get the $70 discounted off-site tickets.
 
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February 17 2010
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Open Arms Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
Open Arms Cafe
52 Harbor Road,
Shelburne,
Vermont
"Kids just eat this up!"
Holy playgroup heaven! I was there today without my kids, just to meet someone for lunch (she had her 1 year old with her) and during the time we were there numerous Moms/Dads kept coming and going to grab a bite to eat and take advantage of the wonderful set up they have for kids.

Nestled in the far corner there is a cute play area complete with a wooden kitchen, rocking horse and comfy chair perfect for reading a story or nursing. This place is completely kid friendly. You can park your stroller outside on the porch (or your pooch - I spied a dog bed just waiting for a doggie to lie down on it) or bring it in, there is plenty of room. The bathroom has a changing table and a step-stool making it easy for little ones to reach what they need to.

The food was delicious too. Lots of options for kids of all ages made with local ingredients. The location is key as well, a perfect pit-stop after story-time, a music class in town or a visit to Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms.
 
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February 17 2010
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Water Park at Smugglers' Notch Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Water Park at Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 Vermont Route 108 South,
Stowe,
Vermont 05464
"Smugg's in the Summertime - Waterpark"
We went on a hot, Sunday so it was crowded but we managed to score 2 chairs at the Mountainside Park. This is the only public access waterpark, the other two parks are for resort guests.

However this one has a pool for everyone. One large water slide, that you ride tubes down. Kids must be 48" tall to use it. One small waterslide with no tubes for tikes 48" and smaller. One adorable baby/toddler play pool that is setup lagoon style with gentle entry slopes, waterfalls, tubes to use to play with and some shade. The last pool is just a plain pool that goes from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet deep. All of the pools were plenty warm in temperature.

The big waterslide is fast at the top, but has a soft, slow landing at the bottom. They do only let one person on at a time. It is very controlled. I felt like my kids were very safe. There were lots of lifeguards everywhere actually doing their job.

Not only do you need to BYO your own towels, but I would suggest BYO snacks and lunch. After paying $82 entry fee for a family of 4 we had to pay another $30 for lunch at the snack bar. The choices were hot dogs, turkey, ham, veggie, chicken caesar salad wraps, or salad plus chips or ice cream. Knowing those were my choices I might have packed a picnic.

The whole place could use a scrub down. It was clean, but still I spied green mold growing in places it shouldn't be :) Bathrooms are only ok. I did see showers, but we didn't use them.

Something to note: Rumrunner's Hideaway is FREE and open to the public. I am told it is a 20 min hike, approx 1/2 mile from the base lodge.
 
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February 16 2010
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Frida's Taqueria & Grill | kids travel, kids activities
Frida's Taqueria & Grill
128 Main Street,
Stowe,
Vermont
"Holy Guacamole!"
Frida's wholeheartedly accepted our party of 14, 6 of which were kids ages 8 months - 11 years old. Not to mention it was President's day and the place was hoppin'. They have highchairs and booster seats, a kids menu and serve drinks in kid cups with lids and straws. Bummer that the bathroom doesn't have a changing table. I'd like to say you could wheel your stroller in there and use that because there certainly is room, but you'd have to make through the crowded bar area first with that stroller.

The food is awesome. The kids were eating off the regular menu too. The babies were munching on black, re-fried and pinto beans. Plus when they made the guacamole table-side the server was happy to accommodate our request for a scoop or two of plain avocado for the toddlers.

If you do take-out from here, be forewarned that they automatically add on a 10% gratuity.
 
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