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About Me & My Family

My name is Sharon and I am the Mom of 6 great kids- ages 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7. I have loved to travel and explore new places my entire life, and now I love sharing this passion with my kids! But traveling with 6 kids can be challenging- it's tough to make everyone happy all of the time... and it can be expensive! So we look for ways to stretch a dollar while haivng fun and seeing the sights!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, energetic, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
So hard to pick just one! Orlando... no, New Hampshire... wait a minute- how about China? We've been there three times and it is amazing!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Great West- Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona- and see the National Parks!
Favorite Vacation Memory
Standing with my entire family on the Great Wall of China on the most beautiful blue-sky day where we could see for miles and miles.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my son became separated from us on a "lazy" (more like crazy) river ride at Aquatica in Orlando. I died a thousand deaths before we reunited with him! (He was unable to exit his inner tube at the designated rendezvous spot... so he floated another 10 minutes to the next exit point and then walked back to find us.) We were panicked!
Websites I Like:
fodors.com, frommers.com, nps.gov (National Park Service), and vrbo.com and homeaway.com and of course.... momof6.com!

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July 09 2014
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Round Top Campground | kids travel, kids activities
Round Top Campground
180 Knight Road,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
"Lovely brand new loft cottages located near historic Gettysburg battlefields"
Round Top campground is conveniently located right off of US15, just one exit past the town of Gettysburg- making it a great home-base location to visit the historic sites of Gettysburg as well as make a trek to the local outlet mall, or over to the nearby town of Hanover to take the Utz potato chop factory tour. Round Top Campground is mainly an RV resort- with some lovely cottages sprinkled amongst the RV sites. And from outside appearances, the majority of the RVs parked there, stay at least seasonally (if not year-round). Many of the sites were personally landscaped with plants and flowers and had semi-permanent features such as a deck or porch. According to the resort map- there are at least 18 tent sites, but during our mid-week stay in early July, we didn't find any guests in tents, and we found very few families with young kids like ours.

COTTAGES

The loft cottage we stayed in seemed to be brand new and was absolutely perfect for our family of 8. There are 3 flat-panels TVs in the cottage with Direct TV channels. There is a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, a second bedroom with a bunk bed (single bed over a double), and in the second bedroom is a staircase that leads to the upstairs loft where there are two more mattresses (perfect for kids who will love it as their own personal fort!). There is a nicely equipped kitchen with a full-sized fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. A small table in the main room seats 4, and there is a pull-out sofa in the main room as well.

WiFi is available- but for a fee- and our experience was that only one device could connect per registered account, meaning that each device would need to pay the fee separately (which seemed unreasonable). The rates for the loft cottages during the high season (June-August) is $174/night mid-week and $199/night on weekends.

AMENITIES

The resort has a huge swimming pool, a nice mini-golf course, a game room, basketball and tennis courts and a playground. There is also a large main lodge that has a camp store and a large indoor hall where activities are often held on weekends. And there is hand-dipped Hershey's ice cream available for purchase at the lodge. One thing to note is that the pool area, mini golf, and game hall are only open for use when the main lodge is open, and summer hours during the week are from 9am-7pm… which means there was no swimming or resort activities available for the kids after dinner- which was a bummer. On the weekends, summer hours extend to 9pm.

OVERALL

The loft cottages themselves were quite lovely and we enjoyed our cabin very much. However, the limited evening hours for activities as well as the overall feeling that the resort is an RV park for semi-permanent residents vs a family vacation destination should be kept in mind.

*My family received a complimentary 2 night stay during our visit. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own (as well as that of my kiddos!)
 
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July 08 2014
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Farnsworth House Inn-Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Farnsworth House Inn-Restaurant
401 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania
"A great place to soak up some historic atmosphere while enjoying a good meal!"
The Farnsworth Inn is a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant that was built before the Civil War. The house sheltered Confederate sharpshooters during the battle of Gettysburg, and the Lincoln procession passed the Farnsworth House on the way to the National Cemetery to deliver the Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863. And one of the things that my kids found to be so fascinating are all of the bullet holes on the side of the brick building, a testament to the Inn's witnessing the historic battle.

FOOD

We decided to dine in the main (formal) dining room, specifically because the kids menu is only offered in this dining room, and not in the adjacent tavern or outside garden. The meal started with a dish of pickled watermelon rind, a traditional dish from the late 1800's. We all tasted it, and found it to be a bit sour for our liking (but we all still agreed it was fun to try!). Several of my kids ordered from the kids menu- fish and chips, and macaroni and cheese. The rest of us tried dishes from the regular menu- the steak dinner, and the game (pot) pie. These were served with a salad, and a choice of sides- including mashed sweet potatoes which were delicious! We each also received a serving of Southern Spoonbread- a delicious concoction of steamed bread served in a custard dish that has a texture like mashed potatoes- we all loved it- especially with a dollop of apple butter on top!

ATMOSPHERE

One of the reasons we wanted to eat here was to experience the ambiance of Civil War-era dining. Servers are dressed in traditional attire- tables are set with pewter dishes (as decoration- you do not eat from them), and the room is decorated with portraits of important generals and leaders of the historic battle. Our waitress was fantastic about sharing some of the stories of the inn with my family- and of course showing my kids where some of the bullet holes could be found in the walls.

The Farnsworth Inn is recognized to be one of the most haunted inns in America- and they offer Ghost tours in the evening. (Older kids might really enjoy this- my kids wanted no part of it!). And on weekends they offer the chance to eat in a "Civil War Camp"- which gives guests a chance to eat a traditional solder's meal on tin plates and to enjoy a presentation by a Civil War soldier in full battle dress.

*My family received a $75 gift certificate to use towards our meal. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own (as well as that of my kiddos!)
 
 
July 03 2014
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Olympic Sports Complex | kids travel, kids activities
Olympic Sports Complex
220 Bob Run,
Route 73,
Lake Placid,
New York 12946
"The Bobsled Experience is a HUGE thrill! "
Okay- where else in the world are you going to have the opportunity to ride on a Olympic bobsled track complete with a professional driver and brakeman? Probably no where! Which is why if you are spending time in Lake Placid, this is a don't miss experience for your family! Kids ages 8 and up are eligible to ride in these sleds that can hold up to 4 additional passengers.

This isn't a cheap excursion…. but you can save 20% off the ticket price ($75/adult, $70/teen, $65/ages 8-12) if you purchased an Olympic venues passport. Your admission gives you the thrilling (if altogether too short!) ride down the lower half of the Olympic bobsled track, complete with an announcer to call out your every turn. Your photo will be taken at the end, and given to you along with a pin and commemorative t-shirt. (My kids have worn there's non-stop since we went!)

We have ridden down Alpine slides at several different mountains, and this is a completely different experience! One that I am so glad we didn't miss!
 
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July 03 2014
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 Olympic Ski Jump Complex | kids travel, kids activities
Olympic Ski Jump Complex
52 Ski Jump Lane,
Route 73,
Lake Placid,
New York 12946
"A chance to see a Olympic ski jump- from the skier's point of view!"
The 120-meter ski jump a the Olympic ski jumping complex is no longer used for competition, but the nearby 90-meter jump is still used as a training site as well as for events. During the summer months, athletes train at the complex, practicing aerial moves before landing in oversized swimming pools- and fans can watch them from the stands. But even on non-jumping days, visitors can still take the chair lift to the base of the 120-meter jumping tower, and then take an elevator ride to the top- to see what it looks like from an athlete's point of view! Wow- all I can say…. it is waaayyyy high up!

My kids absolutely loved this!

This attraction can be purchased separately or is included in the Olympic sites passport. My family received complimentary Olympic site passports for our visit. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
 
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July 03 2014
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Olympic Center Ice Arenas | kids travel, kids activities
Olympic Center Ice Arenas
218 Main Street,
Lake Placid,
New York
"Young fans of the movie "Miracle on Ice" will be impressed!"
The Olympic Center and Museum in downtown Lake Placid was the former site of the 1932 figure skating competition as well as the famed 1980 "Miracle on Ice" where the US men's hockey team defeated the Russians in a major upset before moving ahead to beat Finland, winning the gold medal. You are free to go inside the arena and check it out (as long as there are not events ring on). There is also a small Olympic museum located in the building, where visitors can check out past Olympic torches (it is remarkable how different they are!), see old bobsledding equipment as well as team uniforms from the opening ceremonies. My kids really enjoyed the exhibits!

This attraction can be purchased separately or is included in the Olympic sites passport. My family received complimentary Olympic site passports for our visit. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
 
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