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Winter 2012 Family Vacation Dream List

Fantastic winter vacation venues are in great supply and I always find it hard to choose between a week-long ski week where everyone has the opportunity improve their skills and an escape into sunshine. In addition, urban getaways in Europe can be a blast in winter when cities are filled with locals instead of tourists.

I combed through our portfolio for our 2012 Family Vacation Dream List. The best part is there’s something here for a variety of budgets and interests, so just maybe, that dream can become a reality.

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Family Ski Vacations: Kids’ Lesson and Childcare Round Up

Even if you go to a resort where kids ski free, family ski vacations are expensive. Skiing is also a lot of work. But done right, the payoff is huge when every member of the family is active and having fun.

The better the amenities and facilities, the better the experience (see our article on how to choose the best family-friendly ski areas). A good kids’ ski program is essential.

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10 Great Fall Family Getaways

Are you feeling like summer is coming to a fast close and you need more holiday time? I do! Fortunately, fall is a wonderful season to plan short getaways while the weather is still nice and in many cases, prices are lower than peak travel periods.

Here are 10 great fall travel ideas. I’ve included venues that are great for parents-only getaways as well as family breaks. Given all there is to do to prepare for back-to-school, we’re all exhausted and need some downtime.

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Skiing in Vermont with Kids: Tips from a Local

Thank you Dana Freeman, aka @MissMagpieFGS on Twitter, for these excellent tips on Skiing in Vermont! She lives in Burlingtom with her children Flynn (10) and Callahan (8) and publishes a comprehensive guide to family-friendly activities in Northern Vermont called FindandGoseek.net It is no wonder that Children’s Health Magazine recently named Burlington the #1 place to…