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Posted by missmagpie on 8th July 2014

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club – For the Kids

Wequasett Resort and Golf Club

I could wax on about the amazing seaside setting of the Wequassett ResortIt is truly spectacular. I could speak to the lavish guest rooms and suites that make this property an award winning member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts — They really are divine. But what I really want to share with you is how welcome your children will be at this hotel, which is a part of Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Family program, a collection of more than 260 hotels and resorts around the world that are certified to meet the needs of traveling families and cater to children of all ages. The Wequassett has a style that is completely kid-friendly in a totally unobtrusive way, though adults or couples traveling alone will feel just comfortable here as families do.

Poolside Dinning at Wequassett

The well-trained, international staff are “just so nice” as my 12 year daughter remarked to me less then 24 hours into our stay. Not only are they are happy to serve you and your children lunch poolside, but they come around just often enough to make sure you have fresh water and other refreshments regularly.  Such attentive service is a good thing because we weren’t moving far. The pool lounge chairs were just about the most comfortable I have ever sat on. Think thick, princess-and-the-pea style mattresses, if you know what I mean. Did I mention the complimentary smoothie tastings? Between that and the Lobster Roll from the Pleasant Bay Terrace, we didn’t go too far on the first afternoon we were there.

Wequassett Restaurants

I would be remiss not to mention the other fabulous dinning choices at the Wequassett Resort. Pack your resort casual wear and make a reservation for dinner at Twenty-Eight Atlantic.  The panoramic ocean views alone from this room make a meal here worth it, however the food and service are phenomenal. We ate both breakfast and dinner here.

Good Humor Ice Cream Man

My expectations were exceeded at every turn. Take for for instance the complimentary ice cream, served twice daily, from an old-fashioned ice-cream truck (c. 1950, or so). You will know when the Good Humor Man has arrived because a little guest gets to ring the bell around the pool to alert kids he is there. Every Wednesday is dive-in movie night.  I’d suggest booking an early dinner at the Outer Bar & Grille. Then put on your PJs, grab a blanket and a seat in one of those comfy lounge chairs and you’ll be ready for the show. Popcorn, snow cones and candy are included included!

Dive-In Movie Night

While hotel sits on the small cove of Pleasant Bay, guests can take a complimentary 12 minute boat ride to the outer beach on the ocean. The resort is happy to prepare a picnic lunch, and bring chairs, umbrellas, towels and anything else you might need for a day out with you. Trust me, you won’t be roughing it.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

While were visiting, it was a little to windy to spend an afternoon out there, however the Captain was happy to take us for a tour around the bay to see the outer beach which also included a stop in Chatham harbor to watch the seals.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Accommodation choices are plentiful at the Wequassett Resort. Each one has unique touches that guests will appreciate. We stayed in a cottage style room with two queen beds, a sitting area and a fireplace. Large families or families traveling together will like this style accommodation as all 4 rooms in the building can open up to connect. If you want to splurge, check out the luxurious three-bedroom Round Cove Suite with it’s ocean view, lavish marble bathrooms and modern amenities.

Wequassett Rooms

Things families will love:

  • Tons of pool & beach toys. No need to pack a thing.
  • A mini-bar with no pricing gauging. Everything is sold at cost! So if your child dips in, it won’t cost you a fortune.
  • Free wi-fi. We wish all hotels would follow suit.
  • Complimentary shuttle service to nearby towns like Chatham or Orleans.
  • An unbelievable Children’s Center with an aquatic playground of its own!
  • Kids Fishing Trips and Lobster Trap Tours. Check in with Nauti Jane’s staff when you arrive to arrange one during your stay.

Wequassett Kids

This luxurious coastal resort is open seasonally from April – November.  With so many picturesque views, staff that aims to please and family friendly amenities, I know I won’t hesitate book another stay with my kids at this award winning  Preferred Family Hotel.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Disclosure: While I was invited to the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and they paid for some of my expenses, my review reflects the honest opinions of my experience without outside influence.

Posted by missmagpie on 14th June 2014

Win a Stay at Hotel Vermont This Summer

Hotel Vermont

Have you been dreaming of starting the summer off with a mini vacation? Just a little get away from it all. We’d love to help you make that dream come true by giving one lucky reader a chance to win a stay at the Hotel VermontOur Family stayed here last here last September and loved it! We are confident that your family will dig the comfy beds, their awesome bedtime menu –complete with stories and pjs — and the delicious local food that is being served at their three restaurants – Juniper, Bleu and Hen of the Woods. The mini stay, prize package at Hotel Vermont includes:

  • 1 night at Hotel Vermont
  • 1 queen/double or king trundle room
  • Breakfast for two at Juniper

How to enter

To win, you must be a registered member of FindandGoSeek.net. After becoming member of FindandGoSeek, you must write a review that characterizes your specific experience (good or bad) of any activity or event that you and your family have been to and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to eligible for the Hotel Vermont Giveaway.  The more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win.

Some things to remember about writing reviews on FindandGoSeek. Reviews are your own opinion of a specific place, event or activity. Be objective and truthful.  Tell us how your really feel and why.  Useful reviews are detailed and specific, and give the reader a feel for your experiences.  Think about what kind of information you want you ask a friend or relative to recommend a day camp, pre-school, restaurant, playground or hiking trail for your kids.

Contest Dates

The contest will run from today, June 14, 2014 until Midnight (ET) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Giveaway Restrictions

Accommodations are based upon space availability.
Not valid holiday weekends May – March, UVM Graduation Weekend, VT City Marathon Weekend, August 1 – September 30.
Redeemable by July 1, 2015.
No Cash Value.
Prize is non-transferable

Rules and Guidelines

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Open to those 18 Years of age and older.
  • US and Canadian residents only.
  • Winner is randomly selected.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.
Posted by missmagpie on 22nd May 2014

5 Things You Must Do in Vermont this Summer

If only it were that simple to narrow it down to just five things! Vermont is like ripe fruit in the summer. For optimal enjoyment everything must be enjoyed while it is at it’s peak.

Burger Night

It is pretty much a given that on most summer evenings in Vermont, folks can enjoy a home grown meal in a field. It is just what we do, and have been doing, long since before the ‘localvore’ movement. On Friday nights the field you are likely to find us in belongs to Bread and Butter Farm where they serve their grass fed beef burgers, buns baked in their bakery and veggies grown on their land. Local bands provide the music and you can bring some chairs if you’d like.

Hike Vermont

Some may argue that Fall is the prettiest time to walk our trails, but I would counter by saying that Vermont shines when the trees are lush with green leaves, the moss is thick underfoot and wildflowers are blossoming all around you. Pack a picnic lunch and try one of the easier trails with your kids like Snake Mountain or the Elmore Fire Tower Trail.

4th of July in Burlington

Technically you should mark July 3rd in your calendar because that is just how Burlington rolls. This is the biggest fireworks show and Independence Day Celebration around. Things get going on the Waterfront around 3:00pm and don’t stop until well after the fireworks display which begins somewhere around 9:30pm. ECHO is Celebrating the Lake with a party that includes dinner, music, face painting, and a killer view of the fireworks.  Locals may tell you that parking and getting out of town is such a hassle it is not worth it.  I say why not book a room at the Hotel Vermont now and save yourself some trouble!

Go Biking

Ok, I don’t mean like around your hood. I am talking about out on the Causeway or on of our other amazing trails. Seriously we have more spectacular scenery here in Vermont then we know what to do with.  Could you get tired of looking at that view?

Fair and Field Days

How much fried dough can you eat? Where I come from they call it funnel cake, but that is really neither here nor there. It all tastes like summer. Your family could probably attend a fair every weekend all summer long if you really wanted to. Starting with the Vermont Dairy Festival the first weekend in June right up until Champlain Valley Fair at the end of August.

 

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Posted by missmagpie on 1st May 2014

Highlights From a Trip to Washington, DC

Three days was barely enough to scratch the surface on a recent trip to Washington, DC with the kids. But we managed to jam in 2-3 things a day, sometimes more. With museums, memorials, government buildings, galleries and other attractions it is easy to be overwhelmed. I know we only got a taste of all that DC has to offer, that is why we will plan another trip. But I feel like we certainly saw plenty and these are some of the things that we loved.

The Air and Space Museum. Visually it is beautiful. There is so much to look at! The planes and rockets are huge and take up most of the wide open spaces. However, the first thing we did when we got there was to the head to the Flight Simulators before the lines got to long.  Although the museum entrance is free, it costs between $6-8 to do this, but as my son said “totally worth it!” I hope so, because it is the closest he is going to get to a 360-degree barrel roll in an F-18.

Family time. Visiting Washington, DC with our kids at this age (12 & 15) gave us a chance to spend quality time with them. At each museum, at each exhibit, we talked. Really talked. They were inquisitive and asked us great questions that led to great conversations that continued over dinner each night. We found ourselves talking about history, politics, and our own beliefs. Every time we travel we grow as individuals and as a family. But this trip opened the door to make connections through education about our nation that we hadn’t had before.

The Newseum. I could have spent all three days here. Fortunately your ticket is good for two days. All of the exhibits are enlightening. In particular, the 9/11 Gallery that documents the day from the journalists point of view, was incredibly moving. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the twisted wreckage of what was once an antenna from one of the towers . There are two movies and an opportunity to read and write your own thoughts about 9/11.

The Capitol. It just so happens that Vermont’s State Senator, Patrick Leahy, is 3rd in line for the Presidency. The President pro tempore office has a nice chunk of real estate over in the Capitol Building. A Corner office, a fireplace (one of only 42 in the building), and spectacular views of the Mall and the Washington Monument. I think this seeing this was a major highlight for us.

National Musuem of American History. Ok, so I am a little obsessed with JFK.  I even took a class in college called the JFK Assassination, and have been studying him ever since. So when it came time to see the The First Ladies dresses, you bet I wanted to see Jackie’s! But the best exhibit we saw here was the Star-Spangled Banner. Next time we sing our National Anthem, it will definitely have an even deeper and more patriotic meaning.


Monuments By Moonlight Tour. When you are only in Washington, DC for 3 days, you’re probably not going to visit all of the monuments.  We opted to see them at night on a tour. We picked up the trolley bus at Union Station around 7:30 just as it was getting dark. Our driver Jamie was excellent. He was knowledgeable and funny telling us historical information as we passed the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and other places around the city.  One of the stops we made was the 7.5 acre FDR Memorial. With waterfalls and pools, it is very much like a park. We are looking forward to going  back to this one in the daytime.

The Lincoln Memorial. I will say that all 19′ feet of him looks even bigger at night when he is all lit up. This is another stop on the Nighttime Tour.  It was worth getting out to look at up close.  No, not to take a selfie of you and President Lincoln, but to read The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address with your children. Also on your way back down, there is a spot on the steps marked where MLK made his famous “I Have Dream” speech.  Pretty cool to stand there and look out at the National Mall from where he stood.

Biking. Wherever we travel we always manage to find hop on bikes. It is a great way to see a lot in a small amount of time. We grabbed these from Capital Bikeshare, but if you are looking to rent kids bikes, tandems or trailers, check out Bike and Roll.

 

 

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Posted by missmagpie on 28th April 2014

Top Tips for Family Travel to Washington, DC

washington dc family travel

Washington, DC has been on my family travel bucket list for several years.  I have just been waiting for the right time to bring the kids. For us, that meant when they were old enough to have the stamina for the kind of vacation that required a lot of walking, a lot of brain power and not a lot of down time. We considered a visit to our Nation’s Capital a fun, yet educational adventure. Not a restful and relaxing vacation.

Don’t Stay too Long - This was our first trip to Washington as a family. We have well traveled, 12 & 15 year old children. Three days was just the right amount of time for us. It was a great age to bring the kids to DC and I wouldn’t have brought them any younger.  They lasted all day without complaints. They appreciated and understood the exhibits — many of which had interactive touch screens or short films. They were patient on the tours and asked lots of intelligent questions of the staff.

Washington DC Family Travel

Have a Plan – I actually had an itinerary. It has taken me a while, but I have finally become a ‘go with the flow’ traveler. The type to discover our destination as it unfolds when we arrive. Not in DC.  That wasn’t going to work. We needed to know where we were going each day because there was so much to see and much of it required advance tour reservations with our Senator or Congressmen or buying tickets on-line.

Tickets and ToursAs soon as you know you are going to Washington write your Senator or Congressmen to request assistance with a tour of The White House, The Supreme Court, The National Archives or The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Keep in mind, even with advance notice you might not get into the White House especially during the months of March, April or May.  Tours of the Capitol are now done through the new Capitol Visitor’s Center. We were fortunate enough to be able schedule a visit to see Senator Leahy’s President Pro Tempore’s Office. I’m not going to lie, it was cool.

Senator Leahy Office

All of the Smithsonian Museums are free, as are the government buildings.  However you can make online reservations for the National Archives for $1.50, which I would suggest.  We didn’t and therefore did not go because the wait time in line was over an hour long to get in.

Buying tickets to museums and other tours on-line saves you time, and sometimes money.  One of the best things we did was Monuments By Night Moonlight Tour and by purchasing our tickets ahead of time we saved 10%.

Mounuments Tour at Night

Make Dinner Reservations – There is nothing worse than being tired and hungry at the end of a long day. Your kids are not going to want to search for a place to go or wait 30-60 minutes to be seated. Once I had our agenda set, I choose a restaurant that was conveniently located near our last stop. For example, Matchbox is around the corner from the Spy Museum.

Know Your Lunch Options – Not all the museums on the Mall are known for their cuisine.  Although we didn’t eat there, I was told by multiple sources that the National Museum of the American Indian Café has the best food. I can vouch for lunch at the Newseum. It was excellent as far as museum cafeterias go.  It should be. Wolfgang Puck has his name all over it. There are a ton of choices, kids meals and even a salad bar.

Wear Comfortable Shoes – Forgo fashion. You will be doing a lot of walking no matter how you slice it. Those shoes you swear are “comfortable”, aren’t. Sneakers are your best friend on this trip.

Travel and Transportation – We took the train from Vermont to DC. Yes, it is roughly 13 hours each way. Why do it? Because it costs $450 for a family of four by train instead of $1500 to fly.  Bonus: Travel between Vermont and DC on Amtrak and save 20%!

Here is another cost saving tip. Capital Bikeshare has 2500 bikes parked all over the city.  Many of which are on, or near the Mall.  The first 30 minutes are free. Our feet were mighty tired by day 3 and so we hopped on, did a loop around part of the Mall and rode over to the Old Post Office Pavilion in just 27 minutes. FYI there are no ‘kids bikes’ or helmets and my 12-year-old daughter (4’ 11”) was fine while pedaling but had a hard time stopping as her feet didn’t quite touch the ground.

Capital Bikeshare Washington DC

Choose Your Hotel Wisely – No doubt, Washington, DC has lots of great hotel choices. When deciding where our family would stay, we thought about being near a metro, walking distance to restaurants and kid friendly amenities. That is why we chose the Kimpton Rouge. We booked a King Room with Bunk Beds.  This 500 sq foot room is the size of a studio apartment! The curtained off bunk bed nook created 2 separate sleeping areas where the kids even had their own TV and Xbox.

Hotel Rouge Bunk Beds

When traveling, sometimes it is the little things that hotels do that make all the difference in the world. Kimpton does not fall short in the amenity department. Among other things, there are umbrellas and yoga mats in every room.  InTouch Members get free WiFi and $10 to raid the mini-bar. There is coffee each morning and wine each night in the lobby and they have lots of extras for the kids. With eight Kimpton Hotels in Washington, DC, we are sure you will find one to suit your family’s needs.

Did we cover everything? Absolutely not! Will we be back? Most definitely!

Disclosure: While I was invited to the Kimpton Rouge and received a media rate, my review reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

Posted by missmagpie on 13th April 2014

Win a One-Night Stay at Hotel Vermont

Hotel Vermont

Wouldn’t you love a quick getaway this spring? Who knows how long Mud Season will officially last here in Vermont after the amount of snow we’ve had this season. While you’re waiting for things to dry out, think about a quick getaway to the Hotel Vermont. A stay at this boutique hotel in downtown Burlington will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for summer.  Not only do the rooms have incredibly comfortable beds, their bedtime menu with flannel PJs, Vermont teddy bears, stories and aromatherapy will ensure that you have a good night’s sleep.  Our Family stayed here last here in September and loved it!

FindandGoSeek is giving is offering one lucky reader the chance to stay at the Hotel Vermont! The prize package includes:

  • 1 night at Hotel Vermont
  • 1 queen/double or king trundle room
  • Breakfast for two at Juniper

How to enter

To win, you must be a registered member of FindandGoSeek.net. After becoming member of FindandGoSeek, you must write a review that characterizes your specific experience (good or bad) of any activity or event that you and your family have been to and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to eligible for the Hotel Vermont Giveaway.  The more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win.

Some things to remember about writing reviews on FindandGoSeek. Reviews are your own opinion of a specific place, event or activity. Be objective and truthful.  Tell us how your really feel and why.  Useful reviews are detailed and specific, and give the reader a feel for your experiences.  Think about what kind of information you want you ask a friend or relative to recommend a day camp, pre-school, restaurant, playground or hiking trail for your kids.

Contest Dates

The contest will run from today, April 13, 2014 until Midnight (ET) on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Giveaway Restrictions

Accommodations are based upon space availability.
Not valid holiday weekends May – March, UVM Graduation Weekend, VT City Marathon Weekend, August 1 – September 30.
Redeemable by July 1, 2015.
No Cash Value.
Prize is non-transferable

Rules and Guidelines

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Open to those 18 Years of age and older.
  • US and Canadian residents only.
  • Winner is randomly selected.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.
Posted by missmagpie on 10th April 2014

Reflections of a Great Ski Season in Vermont

Not too long ago Vermont winters in our house meant on Friday night ski bags needed to be packed with boots, mittens, balaclavas and hand warmers. Our skis had to be lined up by the back door so that we were ready early on Saturday morning to head out to the mountain for our kids’ Ski Program. Those days are long gone and have been replaced by leisurely family ski days with more reasonable start times.

Thanks to my new role as an Ambassador for the All Mountain Mamas, Ski Vermont’s Family Ski and Ride Guide, we now travel around Vermont skiing and riding at as many mountains as we can each season.  I won’t lie, it is a great gig. This year we were fortunate to hit slopes in southern, central and northern Vermont.  

We started the season by meeting up with my sister and her kids at Stowe Mountain Resort. When I suggested taking my nephew out on a run with us,  I had no idea this 6 year old had never been on the Gondola before. He confidently told me he could snowboard “anywhere” and I believed him. Look at that face, wouldn’t you?

In early February we had the opportunity to check out Suicide Six in Woodstock, VT. I thought it would be so imposing, the name alone suggests a death sentence. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth. With only 23 trails, 2 chair lifts and a cozy lodge we felt instantly at home.

We fell in love with the little ski area along with the town. Woodstock is quaint beyond words. The streets are lined with charming shops, boutiques and restaurants.

A visit to Stratton provided the opportunity for my daughter to try snowboarding. She throughly enjoyed the learn-to-ride program. I think we may have a convert on our hands.

Anyone planning a weekend stay at a ski resort will tell you that off mountain activities are just as important as on. Among other things, Stratton has this awesome, lift-served tubing hill!

We rounded out the season with a trip to Jay Peak at the end of March. This northern ski resort is still open and is shooting to stay open until Mother’s Day!

Jay Peak takes off mountain activities to a whole new level. The indoor water park is unbelievable. Tubes, chutes, surfing, hot tubs, lazy rivers…they’ve got it all.

Reflecting on our trips to these great ski areas I am almost wishing the season didn’t have to come to end an end. Almost.

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Posted by missmagpie on 6th March 2014

Homeaway Heaven on Eleuthera – Bahamas

Eleuthera is known for it’s pink sand beaches, turquoise ocean and secluded snorkeling spots. It is a small outer island of the Bahamas and just a short puddle jumper from Nassau.  What might surprise some visitors is the lack of resorts and restaurants. But if you are looking to truly get away from it all as we were, this is a fantastic place for a family vacation. We rented a 2 bedroom Homeaway property in Governors Harbour with a private pool. This stunning villa was surprisingly reasonable. Our average nightly rate for 4 people was just $392/night. We would never be able to afford to stay in a 2 bedroom hotel suite of this size or caliber.  Not only did we have 2 bedrooms and 2 & 1/2 baths, but we had a beautiful living space, well appointed kitchen, lots of outdoor living space and a washer and dryer. Our family had plenty of space to spread out. Our hosts Kathy and Bob were so warm and welcoming.  She made us dinner on our first night – a wonderful surprise after flying all day.  And throughout our stay brought us fresh vegetables from her garden. We prepared many of our meals at home.  Food shopping is piece-meal on island . You will need to gather your food from different markets.  There are two small grocery stores in Governors Harbor, however the biggest and best one is in Rock Sound.  They even carry a few gluten-free products there.  Be forewarned, everything costs almost double what it does in the U.S. A 1/2 gallon of milk is $7.50!  Many visitors  to Eleuthera bring dry goods and even frozen meat with them. Most days you will find the local fisherman sharing the day’s catch on a stand right in the middle of town.  This is by far the best source for the fresh fish and lobster.  They will filet your grouper or butterfly a lobster tail.  I paid $10 for two of the tastiest lobster tails I have ever had. When our 15 year old son wanted to learn to Scuba dive, we thought Eleuthera would be great place to do it.  We were right. The water is crystal clear and calm.  I swear you can see for miles.  We spent a day with Al at Ocean Fox in Davis Harbor on the southern tip of the island. We highly recommend him for first timers. Most days though we spent exploring the uncrowded beaches of the island.  Often we were the only ones there. Just the way we like it.

Top 10 Tips for First Time Visitors

  • Cash is King – Not a lot of places accept credit cards. There are ATMs on the island, but the surcharge is $3 plus your foreign transaction fee.
  • Tippy’s - You likely aren’t coming to Eleuthera for the cuisine. But if you are looking for a great meal be sure to make a reservation at Tippy’s one night.
  • Island Farm- Located in Palmetto Point.  Great place to find organic produce, fresh baked bread, cheese, salsa and jams.
  • Banks Road Deli – This deli is on the road to Tippy’s. Here you can buy sliced deli meats, cheese, pasta, and sauces. But best of all they have fresh croissants and baguettes!
  • Bugs – They are vicious! There are noseeums and mosquitoes. Bring bug spray and/or sunscreen with bug spray in it.
  • Bottled Water – Although we had a 5 gallon water dispenser in our house, we wished we had we had brought refillable water bottles from home to take to the beach with us.
  • Car Rental – You will need one and it is very expensive! Between $55-65/day, plus pick up fees, etc. You won’t find a Hertz or Avis on the island. Your property agent can suggest people to rent cars from.
  • Beaches – Get out and discover as many beaches as you can.  Be sure to print the directions before you go and take a map! We loved French Leaves (AKA Club Med) and Twin Cove.
  • Harbour Island – Worthy of a day trip.  We took a water taxi over ($14 for the four of us each way) and rented a golf cart once we were there.  We had a lovely, but expensive, lunch at Sip Sip.

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Posted by missmagpie on 9th January 2014

Win a Two Night Hotel Stay!

Lake Morey

Lake Morey Resort

Nestled in between the Green and White Mountains above the Connecticut River, Lake Morey Resort is more than 100 years old with third generation family ownership. This resort is the perfect getaway location for families any time of year. However if your family enjoys wintertime outdoor activities like skating, sledding, sleigh rides and more, Lake Morey is the right desitnation for you.  They are sure to keep everyone entertained and have plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallows when it is time to warm up!

Ice Sports University (ISU) Weekend

During its inaugural ISU Weekend, guests of all ages and athletic abilities can learn to curl, Nordic skate, play pond hockey, ice fish, snowshoe and Nordic ski. With its own 600-acre lake providing the icy playground for the weekend’s festivities, the resort will have instructors on hand giving one-hour lessons on Saturday morning and afternoon, culminating with a friendly competition from 3pm to 4pm for those who wish to try their new skills in action.  Prizes and participation “diplomas” will be awarded during a fun Graduation Ceremony on Sunday morning.

Throughout the weekend, the resort’s complimentary 120-seat indoor movie theater will be streaming classic, family-friendly Olympic and winter-sports-themed movies, and a variety of other indoor activities are available for “ice widows and widowers,” from swimming and table tennis, to massages and other treatments in the resort’s Waters Spa.  On Friday and Saturday evening, guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Steamboat Lounge, and the Lake Morey Beer Master will offer a variety of specialty brews on tap.

Giveaway 

Before watching the 2014 Winter Games, get in the Olympic spirit with a fun taste of the skill it takes to succeed as a top competing athlete! Let us send you to Lake Morey Resort’s first annual Ice Sports University (ISU) Weekend, January 24-26, 2014 .  One lucky winner will receive a Grand prize package to attend!

Lake Morey Resort

 

Grand Prize Package:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room
  • Four ISU passes -2 adult and 2 children – for all scheduled workshops and competition
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner Friday and Saturday
  • Equipment (except helmets) provided onsite
  • The total value of the prize package is $858

Enter to Win

Enter below to win the prize package:

 

Rules and Restrictions

  • Offer valid only during ISU Weekend, January 24th and 25th, 2014
  • Winner will be put in contact with the hotel and need to finalize booking and make all arrangements no later than Friday, January 17th. While booking, winner will choose three activities in which to participate during scheduled workshops. Choices include curling, Nordic skating, pond hockey, ice fishing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.
  • 18 Years of age and older.
  • Open to residents of the US only.
  • Winner will be selected randomly and be notified by email.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
  • Offer is not redeemable for cash.
  • Prize is non-transferable.
  • Employees and Contractors of FindandGoSeek are not eligible to participate.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

Posted by missmagpie on 3rd January 2014

10 Things to do January in Vermont

Winter Fun in Vermont

If you live in Vermont, you know winter with kids can be l-o-n-g. But snow and cold temps don’t keep us inside. Well, maybe -9 does. But there is plenty to do and  fun to be had.  We have rounded up some suggestions, so put them on your radar now.

  • Lollipop Races - Every Sunday at Cochran’s Ski Area. Win or lose, lollipops for all.
  • Free Ice Fishing Clinics – Saturdays little anglers can tackle the ice.
  • Snow Tour de Snow – Ski, snowshoe, walk, run, pull a baby sled. Just have fun!
  • Nordic Ski Club – Parent run after school program where kids learn and have fun doing it.
  • Skirack Swap & Sale – Need some last minute gear? Or have stuff to ditch? This is the last swap of the season.
  • Learn to Ski & Ride Month – Never skied before? No Problem! First timers can learn for as little as $29.
  • Winter Trails Day – Free Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at participating Vermont Resorts.
  • Winterfest – Fun filled day of winter activities at Shelburne Farms.
  • Ski and Ride PHAT Days – Everyone needs a brain bucket. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Find out why.
  • Ski for $3.50 – Mad River Glen rolls back the clock to 1948 and rolls back lift tickets too.

Grab those mittens and your coat and make plans to play today.