Saybrook Inn & Spa and Fresh Salt Restaurant

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Entrance

Enter with me to tour part one of our Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. Experience history, seaside charm and nature. 

Fun. Relaxing. Elegant.

My mom called me Monday morning, after our weekend getaway, to say thank you for taking her to Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. It was fun, relaxing and elegant. What a great sentence to sum up our perfect weekend.

Saybrook Point charm

I had never been to Old Saybrook, CT before,  but I have fallen in love with this seaside town. It has a  rich, charming history  that spills over into Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. Photos of Katherine Hepburn hang on the walls as her family home is less than 5 minutes away. You’ll see photos of the Rat Pack with a description under their photo saying they “owned” the bar. They were there so often that people thought they did. A room in the Fresh Salt Restaurant holds the historic former name of the Terra Mar bar.

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President Kennedy made his presence often. It’s also been said that mob members sat in corners of this bar as well. There is so much history in this inn, that I thought perhaps at times I would possibly  bump into one of the famous who walked the halls here in the past.

Old Saybrook Point History Photos

Mom and I strolled into history, heading to Main Street where there were antique and gift shops. The Saybrook Country Barn on 2 Main St, has  something for everyone. There was also Walt’s Food Market, where Katherine Hepburn would go to when she was in town. Residence spoke of her riding down the street on her bike to head to Walt’s for her needs for the weekend. Take a tour or see a show at The Kate: The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

Main St. Old Saybrook, CT

 Drive, borrow a bike from the Inn or walk not far from The Saybrook Point Inn to head to a cove. You’ll cross a bridge where you’ll see some locals fishing. You may spot several swans seeming to perform a synchronized swimming performance.

Old Saybrook Swans

  You’ll make your way to a golf course where you can stroll the edges and admire the beautiful homes, flowering trees and do some bird watching. This too is where you can see Hepburn’s home.

Saybrook Nature

 The Saybrook Point Inn is as charming and as beautiful as its surroundings.  My next segment will bring you into several rooms of the inn where you’ll see no two rooms are the same. You’ll see marina views, the dining atmosphere, fine food and ways to pamper yourself.  I’ll also introduce you to their other properties adjust to the inn, one is called Three Stories. Until then, look at their gallery photos, take a virtual tour and book a getaway for you.

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Saypoint Inn Marina View

Enter with me to tour part two of Saybook Point Inn & Spa. See it’s charm, comfort and its atmosphere. 

Whether you’re looking to relax or to be active, you can find it at Saybrook Inn & Spa. My mom and I went away here for Mother’s Day and honestly, with me leaving 5 kids at home and my mom leaving a lot of work behind, we were looking for comfort and relaxation and we found it. I met another mom and her daughter at the Inn and they were playing mini golf nearby, went biking and shopping while they were there. So see, you can definitely find either one!

Saybrook Point Main Inn CollageWhen you walk in to the main inn, you’re going to say something like “Wow!” or “Ooohh, how beautiful!” We were greeted by David who took our bags, made notice from our license plate that we were from NH, asked us how our ride was. He was a handsome young man, with a warm smile who made us feel welcome right away! One thing I loved about David is that he asked us our names and over the weekend when he saw us, he spoke to us using our names. He was just as friendly and warm with other guests as well.

David brought us and our luggage to our room and explained some of the hotel ammenities as well as some history to us along the way.

Now, when you get into your room, you’re going to repeat the same “Wow and Ooohhs” as you did when you enter you entered the inn. The rooms are simply elegant. I later took a tour and got to see several of the other rooms and came to the conclusion that not all rooms are the same. There’s something a little different to each room. The rooms are all spacious. Most all rooms have a wood burning fireplace, the bathrooms are stunning, with some having large whirlpool bathtubs. The beds were so comfy with lots of pillows which I love. I honestly didn’t mind if mom and I stayed in our room the entire time of our visit. I had found my haven!

 We didn’t stay in our room though, of course. We enjoyed the outdoor pool, indoor pool, took a walk along the marina, sat out at the patio, had a spa morning at Sanno Spa and enjoyed wonderful meals at Fresh Salt.

As I’m writing this, I’m wishing I could tap my heels three time and find myself back at Saybook Point Inn! 

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Ah, okay, where was I? Mom and I enjoyed some time in the Sanno Spa. It was buzzing with ladies in their robes sipping tea or infused water, very happy that they’d be getting an all about them morning. The waiting room, the powder room, the pedicure room,  all had unique touches and details. I loved the glass-like foot baths!

Whether you have breakfast in the dining room, dinner out at the patio fire or lunch by the pool, you’ll enjoy every presentation and taste put before you at Fresh Salt Restaurant.  The care and time is evident on each plate the chefs prepare.

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 I felt so blessed to be able to share Mother’s Day Brunch at Fresh Salt. When I walked in the ball room, I just observed everyone’s reaction. It was moving was the consensus I heard repeatedly and truly it was!

Saybrook Inn & Spa and Fresh Salt Restaurant host many company events as well as weddings most every weekend. After the Mother’s Day presentation I was present at, I see that this would be a dream come true for many brides.

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 Read more about Saybrook Point Inn and perhaps book your getaway.

Disclosure: ECP brings you this review in trade from a past stay at the inn. As always, all opinions  are our own. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa has the ECP stamp of approval!  

New England Food Festivals June 2015

Would all the food lovers, please raise their hands! Ah, yes, I knew there would be a lot of us! Below is a list of some foodee getaways, contests and events for New England: 

New Hampshire: 

Best of NH 2015 Tasting Party:   June 16th- Over 60 restaurants displaying their prize winning food, dessert, or drink for us to sample. Portions of the proceeds benefit NH Food Bank! Along with the great food, there will be live entertainment, prizes and fireworks! 

Taste of Downtown Nashua: June 3rd

WOKQ’s Chowder Festival:  June 6th- New England’s oldest and largest chowder tasting event! 

Rock’N Ribfest: June 19-21- Music, Food, Fun, Raffles at Anheiser-Busch in Merrimack

Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival: June 26-28- The best BBQ Teams from Australia to the US. Great  food, drinks, bands, fireworks and more

New England Brewfest: 26-28- Hosted by Loon Mountain Resort. The weekend includes White Mountain Bus Tours, Saturday Night On Tap, Craft Beer Train and much, much more! 

Connecticut: 

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Grilling & Chilling: June 12th-14th-  A retreat weekend away with dad for an early Father’s Day gift! This package is a hands on full participation event in a spectacular outdoor setting. See what fresh really is as you get the fresh fish from their docks to prepare for your weekend meal. 

Maine: 

Whoopie Pie Festival: June 27th-  This would be a favorite with my kids! Sample whoopie pies, enter the pie eating contest, enjoy live entertainment and more. 

Massachusetts: 

Massachusetts Food Truck Festival: June 6-7-  Enjoy foods from dozens of the best food trucks in New England. Free kid activities. 

Cape Cod Chowder Festival: June 28th

Rhode Island: 

Great Chowder Cook Off: June 6th

Boston VS Providence Food Truck Showdown: June 6th

Vermont: 

Stowe Wine and Food Classic: June 12-14-   Spanish Food to Table Gala, Blues-Brews-Food Truck Crews, Dinner and Auctions, Sunday food tasting 

Burlington Wine and Food Tasting Festival: June 16-20

 

 

Boston Adventures

Boston is a blast! I’m not sure if I could see myself living there, but I’m glad it’s only 90 minutes away for us to enjoy the day or an overnight on occasion.

I’ve compiled a list and links of several fun places to go and lots of tips to have a Boston On A Budget kinda day.

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We live in NH and enjoy heading to Boston for the day with the family. I’m always glad when hubby is leading our pack, but I have to say, I’m feeling more comfortable with my surroundings when we go there. Boston is a lot of fun and there are plenty things to do on a budget. I hope you’ll enjoy my list of fun below: 

First, I’d like to say check with your local library in your area. Even though you may not live in MA,  a lot of libraries have passes for museums and aquariums. I know at our library, we can reserve the date we want which is helpful in planning out a family day.

A list I have from the Boston Public Library :

Museum of Science: up to 4 admissions

New England Aquarium: up to 4 admissions September-June

Boston Children’s Museum: up to 1/2 off admissions

Museum of Fine Arts: $10 off per person up to 2 people

There are many other discounts offered but each MA library is different. You don’t have to live in the city of Boston to get these discounts, but you do have to live in MA. Call the libraries to see which fun places they offer discounts at. Here’s more details from the Boston Public Library. You can also reserve your passes here.

Other deals to found:

Boston Children’s Museum has $1 nights Friday from 5-9.  Here are a few other ways to save as well.

Freedom Trail: Instead of paying for the $6-$12 tour, you can easily take the self-guided tour. Get the free app for your walk to get maps, descriptions and videos.

Some of your stops along the Freedom Trail:

-Boston Common
-King’s Chapel
-Benjamin Franklin Chapel and Boston Latin School
-Old South Meeting House
-Bunker Hill Monument
-USS Constitution: you can choose to take the Harbor tour and pay $15.00 for children and $19.00 for adults or you can forget the tour and go on board for free during your Freedom Trail Tour.

Old Town Trolley Tours: When planning on getting around and if you’re there more than one day, take into account the the trolley tours offer the next day free.

Sam Adams Brewery Tour:  This is free – donations welcome

Boston Fire Museum: Saturdays they are open 11:00-6:00 and offer free admission. Donations welcome.

Harvard Student-Lead Walking Tour: Get a free hour tour of Harvard Yard

Swan Boats:  Adults $3, Children 2-13 $1.50, Seniors $2.50

Paul Revere House: Adults: $3.50, Children 5-17: $1, College students: $3

Franklin Park Zoo:  from 10-12 on every 1st Saturday of the month, adults pay kid prices for admission-$11.95 instead of $17.95

New England Aquarium:   Park yourself outside the aquarium and enjoy watching the seals swim around for free. They have a few feeding times as well, which is fun to watch.

***When we were here, there was a cart on the corner closer to the road that sold Boston sweatshirts for $20 and Boston baseball hats for $7. If you’re looking for some memorabilia, this was a great price in my book.

Rose F Kennedy Greenway:  On a hot day, roam across the way from the NE Aquarium and have fun in the fountains and sprays of water. What a way to cool down. The Greenway has many extras such as free exercise programs, art exhibits and free events put on by non-profits.

Greenway Carousel:  Rides are $3 each-a book of 10 are $25

Haymarket Farmer’s Market: A fun experience of an open air market on Fridays and Saturdays. They have discounted fruit, veggies, bread, cheese and even fish. Don’t expect the produce to be in perfect condition. You are getting an extremely low price, but note that you’ll either have to use or freeze some items within 2 days.

Quincy Market & Faneiul Hall:  Enjoy free live street performance – donations welcome, many food court vendors, restaurants such as Cheers, shops and exhibits.

Christopher Columbus Park:  The park is beautiful and is a great place for a picnic, for playing a friendly game of football, splashing in the fountain, playing on the playground and watching the boats come in.

Free Concert Series and Outdoor Movies: 

Berklee Summer In The City: Enjoy over 200 performances from Berklee’s most promising young artists. You’ll enjoy pop, jazz and more.

Summer In The City with Boston Harbor Hotel:  Sit outside the Boston Harbor Hotel along the water or join them for a drink and listen to an array of waterfront free entertainment. Choose your night, here’s what they have – Summer Soul, Rat Pack, Blues Barge and Movie Night.

All this touring may make you hungry for some North End Sweets!

Mike’s Pastry: Mike’s  is our favorite and you’ll see by the line, it’s other people’s favorite too. Have cash ready and choose  one for then and a few to take home. An average pastry price for a Canolli, Carrot Cake, Tiramisu is around $5. Remember, it’s cash only.

The great thing about all these attractions is that most of these are all within a 5-10 minute walk of each other.

Some extra tips: 

When visiting on a weekend, Sunday is usually the slower day for admission to the NE Aquarium,  Museums, etc. If it’s a 3 day weekend, Monday is quieter.

The parking in the garages is cheaper on the weekends than during the week, but do expect to still pay between $15-$25. There is free parking on Sundays and Monday holidays on the streets, but I’d suggest you get a spot before 11am or you may miss out.

It’s Fair Time!!!!

Deerfield Fair

Below are a list of fairs going on in NH over the next couple of months. We’ll be adding lots more for those of you who love to travel in New England to catch more fun festivals!

Rochester Fair September 12th-21st!!

Deerfield Fair September 25th-28th

Sandwich Fair October 11th-13th

New Hampshire  Highland Games September 19th-21st!!

10th Annual Fairy House Festival September 20th!

The Maize at Sherman Farm September 27th -28th

Other New England Spots:

Newport International Boat Show September 11th -14th!

Maine Lighthouse Day September 13th!!

Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge September 14th!

Annual Scallop Fest  September 19th-21st!!

Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival September 19th -21!

New England Acoustic Music Festival September 27th!!

Topsfield Fair October 3-13th!

 Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport October 11th-15th!

 Harvest on the Harbor October 22nd- 25th

 

 

Foxwoods Resort: A Family Itinerary

 Foxwoods Resort & Casino features deluxe accommodations, fine dining, a wide variety of entertainment, attractions and shopping! Let’s not forget to mention pools and spas! Many of you know Foxwoods Resort and Casino as a casino. Well, certainly it is, but it is an amazing resort as well.  Disclosure:  We’re glad to be working with Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Some of our trip was comped in trade for our review and experience. All opinions are our own. 

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Many of you know Foxwoods Resort and Casino as a casino. Well, certainly it is, but it is an amazing resort as well.

My husband has gone there for years to play in card tournaments, I’ve tagged along a couple times myself too-at the casino. Recently though, we discovered there was so much more there. My husband and I went on a mini getaway and I fell in love with this place. There’s so much to do as a couple-there are indoor pools for over 21, shows, night clubs, gourmet restaurants, spas, shopping and more. Our trip was first class and my husband was going to hear me ask when we could go back, quite often! :-)

This summer we’ve been taking some  little mini getaways instead of the week or two vacation all at once. One trip I planned was a family Foxwoods trip. I had a feeling there was going to be enough to keep everyone busy, and it turns out there was so much keeping us busy that we didn’t even get to do everything I had set out to do with the family!

DSCF0377We stayed in the Fox Tower Hotel. There are four hotels on site, but this one had the outdoor pool. The Concierge is so attentive. If you have a special occasion, let them know. They can help you set up a nice surprise for your loved ones. They’re there to help you plan your trip at the resort and around the area as well.

We loved our welcome message in our windows when we walked into the room.The kids got a kick out of it! They also found a huge tray of cookies, milk, popcorn and candy too! Camden, my 11 year old, announced Foxwoods was his favorite hotel!
Foxwoods art messageWe spent the entire afternoon at the pool.  Junior’ s Restaurant is right off the pool and they have waitresses come along to take your order. The food here is very good. We had a fun day!  The kids also got a bonus that day when they saw the their favorite jokesters, from the show Impractical Jokers. At the end of the day they got to get their picture taken with them. You just never know who you’ll see when you’re at Foxwoods Resort and Casino!

DSCF0398Our day could have ended then with smiles on everyone’s faces, but it wasn’t over yet. We made our way to the Theater to see the Legends perform. It was a super show and I swear I was looking right at the real Michael Jackson. They were great impressionists.

DSCF0414Though it’s late at night, you feel the energy all around. The band is playing in center court, the restaurants are all open. Who wants to go to bed? I say, head to Hard Rock Cafe for more fun and food! You’re on vacation.

DSCF0362Everyone slept great in the extremely comfortable beds. The kids slept in later than they do at home. When we finally got out the door we explored the stores then landed in the Treehouse Arcade for several hours. They have several game packages to choose from, plenty of games and lots of ways to win those tickets. Mine and Olyvia’s  favorite games were Deal Or No Deal and Connect Four! I’m not a big video player like the rest of the family, but I found myself planted on those stools just like one of the kids.

DSCF0425We were going to hit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, but time got away from us and we couldn’t make it in time before they closed. We’ll have to head there on our next trip. We had a great night planned though-we were headed to the High Rollers Luxury Luxury Lanes and Lounge.

DSCF0443High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge is another huge highlight of our trip! It certainly isn’t like a bowling alley like I’ve ever seen! It was AMAZING! There were comfy loungers, TV’s EVERYWHERE!!! They even had big screen TV’s framed all along the back wall. Could you image Sunday football here? WOW! We ordered a couple pizzas, some delicious buffalo chicken tenders on a stick and the most scrumptious lobster dip!  If we could have stayed another night, we would have landed back here again, for sure. But we will be back sometime soon, right Honey!  :-)

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Whether you go to Foxwoods as a family, as a couple or by yourself, you’ll feel how grande your surroundings are.

DSCF0457We could have easily stayed a couple more days with the family.  There are other attractions nearby the resort for the family to experience. On Sunday we went into Mystic and went to the Mystic Aquarium-home of the Beluga Whales and Foxwoods Sea Lion live show. Next to the aquarium is the Olde Mistick Village with over 60 shops, there’s also Mystic Seaport where you can board a whaling ship and explore America’s largest maritime museum.

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Six Flags New England—An Amusement Park & Waterpark All In One!

The thrill and excitement of being scared to death on an amusement ride can’t be compared to anything else I can think of. My kids tell me not to scream so loud, but really, I can’t help it. I laugh and scream, scream and laugh and hold on for dear life!!!!

What I appreciate about Six Flags New England is that it’s not just an amusement park. They have a huge waterpark as well!

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Six Flags New England is home to world-class coasters, thrilling family rides, areas dedicated to children and the Hurricane Harbor Park. So much is packed in one great amusement park. We’ve been sharing all sorts of deals with you, great tips and superb events they’ve had this summer. Finally, we got to take the family to experience it hands on with our passes we received in exchange for sharing our experience. No doubt, we were in for the rides of our lives!!!!! 

Let me just reiterate a couple of the most important tips:

1. Plan your trip and look for the best deals. A lot of times just ordering your tickets online will save you a good amount of money.
2. Arrive at the park in time to walk through the gate when they open. We want to start on the rides before the crowds pile in.
3. Head to the thrill rides first that are farther in the back first. Most people go to the rides they see first as they walk through the door. This means those rides farthest will have much shorter lines at the beginning of the day.

We have many more tips HERE that will help make your experience a great one!

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That being said, my family went to the ride they had been watching on YouTube the 2 weeks prior—The New England SkyScreamer. The tallest swing ride on the planet, was standing in front of us. It will take your breath away but they views are amazing and you’ll say to yourself over and over again, I can’t believe I was up that high!

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Close by to the SkyScreamer, is the fun family ride, the Blizzard River. Totally, my speed. Great for a warm day-you will get wet. Go on and have fun! We all laughed on this ride.

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The Pandemonium Rollercoaster will spin 360 degrees as you shoot around curves and tackle sudden sharp dips. You’ll laugh and scream at the same time, and then head on again as soon as you get off, at least my kiddos did.

It’s so funny when to hear everyone say, “I can’t believe I went on that ride!” and then a minute later they’re tackling another crazy thrill ride!

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The next ride they went on, The Flashback, definitely has their description written perfectly. It says you leave your mind at the door for this full-body double play of high speed loops. What it doesn’t say is that you lose your mind twice, once at the door and then, again when you get to the top of the coaster and the coaster goes full speed backwards. If there was any mind left, it was left, it was absolutely left at the top of the coaster. I love this photo above. It looks like Brock is saying something like, “Okay, God, You’re with me, right?”

Our day went on like this, heading on rides such as Mind Eraser, Batman, the free fall ride called the Scream. I screamed watching them fly up and drop down.

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The favorite coasters for the kids were the Goliath and the Bizarro! Okay, first of all, as the mom and picture taker person, I am the big chicken of the family. I wish I could get on all these rides, but I just can’t make that final step. I gotta ask, how can anyone who watches the Goliath, go on it after they see how insane it is? WOW!!! I’ve NEVER seen anything like it-NEVER-EVER!

Yes, the kids went on it. and more than once at that! Anyone who goes on the Goliath, most definitely can have bragging rights, for sure! You can read the description and watch the video, but it doesn’t really show how insanely crazy it is until you’re right there watching it for yourself. It’s THE THRILL RIDE!

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The other favorite was the Bizarro and believe it or not, I went on it. It’s got a majestic height on the first hill up, then a few twists, some spraying mist, some spots where your stomach doesn’t reach you for awhile, oh, and you’re speed is 77 mph! It was a blast! I really don’t know how many times the kids went on this one. It’s an awesome rollercoaster on steroids, is how I’d describe it.

Three of the kids had one thing in mind heading to Six Flags New England, and that was to hit every single thrill ride, and they did! They even had a chicken tender plate and a huge chocolate milkshake in the afternoon and kept that down, surprisingly.

Camden on the other hand, preferred some milder rides and aimed for Hurricane Harbor Waterpark with Dad. I think it’s brilliant to have both parks in one amusement park.  Here there are pools, lazy rivers, rafting adventures, speed slides and so much more.

Six Flags New England was a highlight for our kids this summer! We were exhausted at the end of the day, but it was a great fun feeling. We were glad we stayed La Quinta Hotel that night rather than driving home after our full day. Staying at a partnering hotel also saves you money!  Read more tips HERE as well as upcoming events, ways to get discounts,  summer and fall hours.

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Our trip next year is going to be right when the kids get out of school. They’re already talking about a Season Pass and I think it will be worth every thrill ride there is for them!

Waterpark Fun In The White Mountains of NH

Whale’s Tale Waterpark has been named one of the best waterparks on GMA! What slides will you head down first? The speed slides, twist slides or the steep slides? 
Whales Tale Waterpark AdLocated in the beautiful White Mountain Region is  Whale’s Tale Waterpark. Your family will have a splashing good time as they streak down the the speed slides, twist through the flume slides and splash through the 360 foot tube slide.

Whale’s Tale not only has 18 slides. it also has a giant wave pool, a lazy river, a shipwrecked island, a heated activity pool shaped like a whale, hot tubs, and so much more. There’s something for everyone in your family, for all ages.

The slide that stands out most to me is their newest slide, The Poseidon’s Voyage. We’ve watched videos of people going on this slide and my stomach did flips just watching the clips. As you step in, you hear a heart beating-that’s gotta tell you something. It’s going to be a super slide for all you thrill seekers!

At the park, you can bring in your own picnic lunch (just no glass items), or you can treat yourself to one of their restaurants on site-The Porthole Pizzeria, Harborside Restaurant and the Oasis Beach Bar and Grill . Another couple of bonuses is that there is free parking, and FREE tube rentals!

Going to any amusement park on a weekend is always busier, but it does have its perks too. Every Saturday here, is The Whale’s Tale Beachside Bash at 2PM.  You’ll be entertained by live entertainers.

If you’re like me trying to avoid the crowds, Monday-Wednesdays are less populated and weather that is overcast is even better!

Get your tickets for family, check out group sales and birthday parties HERE . Make sure to follow them on Facebook for promotions, specials and updates- you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of those!

Fun At Loon Mountain Adventure Center in Lincoln, NH

We had so much fun at Loon Mountain Adventure Center! I really think you’ll like how so many activities are all in one place. There’s something for everyone here. Disclosure: We received passes here in trade for a review. All opinions are are own. 

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Gondola rides, bike riding, zip lining. adventures in the Aerial Forest, rock climbing, mazes and so much more is what you’ll find for summer activities at Loon Mountain.  

A couple of us went out of our comfort zone and dared to be more adventurous. Camden, who is afraid of heights, went up on the Gondola ride and went on a couple courses in the Aerial Forest.  We’ve been to a couple other courses, but this one is our favorite. We loved being in the forest rather than an open course along a road.  It surely gives you a better experience, in my opinion.

 One thing I appreciated from the bottom of my heart, was when an employee jumped on the course to encourage Camden not to give up! It wasn’t too busy, so there was that flexibility, but they did it on their own.  Once Camden got through it once, he was able to continue on another course by himself! I let these young workers know how much it meant to me and I’m glad I can include such praise in my review!

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I actually went ziplining too across the river- I loved it! Of course I screamed, but I had a lot of people cheering for me below. :-)

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 We spent a good couple hours on top of the mountain hiking and going through the caves once we got off the Gondola.  I didn’t know there was that much to do up there. There are several paths for easy and beautiful walks and then there is the path that takes you through caves.

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 The kids loved it and I was happy taking the photos. There’s also a little cafe up on top and a small store selling NH products. If I had known we were going to be able to stay up there like we did,  I would have packed a picnic lunch too.

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It’s just breathtaking up in the mountains! This is actually a spot where they have church services on Sunday. Who wouldn’t feel close to God here!

I had a hard time not singing the Sound of Music song, “Climb Every Mountain”, the kids kept shutting me down when I did. I just told them to head into another cave.

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It was truly a beautiful day. I gotta say the Gondola ride and hike, the ziplining and the Aerial Forest were my favorite things to do with the family.

There are several packages to choose from for you and your family. A couple things you should know about that I wasn’t aware of. The Aerial Forest takes about 2 hours to do. The Gondola Ride and hiking, I’d say is at least 2 hours to do as well.  There is some rugged mountain biking that would be a 2 hour window. That being said, these things will help you decide what time to start your day here, but it will also help you decide on what package you should take.

I was very glad to be staying at the Mountain Club On Loon. After our full day of fun, we got our bodies into the pool and hot tub and finished the day off by talking about how much fun we had! It was a perfect day!

Though I touched on the more daring things to do here, there are also many other things to do too. There’s the  bungee trampoline, the rock climbing wall, the log jam maze, the spider web, and many bouncy items as well. But please, don’t think the “daring” things are for adults only. I saw children as young as 8 on the Aerial Forest Course and their site says it’s for ages 7 and up!

There are some events coming up that you may be interested.  I have several friends who are signed up for the Loon Mountain Mud Monster Mud Run that’s coming up July 12th.  There’s also Touch a Truck and NH Highland Games you’ll want to put on your calendar too.

Following them on Facebook and Twitter will keep you up to date on events, promos and things going on in the area.

I hope this gives you something else to put on your summer/fall list of things to do. I think you’ll really appreciate that everything is all in one place. Have fun and post some photos for us when you do go!

I have more fun for you in this area too! Check back tomorrow for another new post for your getaway to Lincoln, NH!

New Hampshire White Mountains: Mountain Club On Loon

What a place of beauty! Wherever you turn you see mountain ranges. A storm moved in one night and they way the sky took on the dark clouds was an amazing picture. There’s just something so calming about being in the mountains- especially with my family! This was our first time staying at the Mountain Club On Loon. It’s a family friendly place to stay with many attractions nearby. Disclosure: We received this trip in trade for a review. As always all opinions are our own and if they’re on our site, they have the our Family Stamp of Approval! 

Mountain Club On Loon

 Family vacations mean a lot to me. As my kiddos are getting older and involved in more sports and with friends, I make sure our family vacations will be a great choice for everyone. The Mountain Region is my favorite place to be in N.H. There’s something about the mountains that changes everyone’s attitude, demeanor and outlook towards life and each other. The mountain views are majestic and we have found that there’s so much to do to mesh with everyone’s budget.

This week we made our way to the  Mountain Club On Loon,  in Lincoln. We have been busy since the day we got here. As I’m writing this, I am pleasantly exhausted from the pool, sun, river, hiking,  zip lining and more with my family.

One of the things that attracted me to the  Mountain Club On Loon, besides its great names and amenities,  was the rooms! As a lot of you know, we have a big family and not everyone can accommodate us so easily. Here at Mountain Club On Loon , we were able to stay in a suite.  Bonus as always, is a  full size kitchen.  I won’t cook every meal when we’re on vacation, but I do appreciate helping the cost of our vacation with a kitchen to use.

We couldn’t have picked a better week weather wise. Our first day here, we settled in and headed to the outside pool. There are plenty of lounging chairs around the pool, there’s a small hot tub outside and there are dining tables, a  pool side bar and menu as well.  The indoor lap pool is just off the hot tub area. (Camden, my 11 year old,  is sitting next to me as I’m writing this. He wants me to make sure I tell you the pools are GREAT!) :-) Who wouldn’t enjoy swimming and sitting by the pool with this kinda of view! It’s easy to stay there all day and it’s a treat getting lunch by the pool and kid friendly afternoon drinks for the kids!

Mountain club pool

 My son’s birthday was during our stay, and for his birthday breakfast we made sure we went to the breakfast buffet at Seasons Restaurant, located in the resort. I’m not too keen on buffets, but this one was a thumbs up! Not only do they have their everyday buffet of eggs, pancakes, bacon, fruit pastries and much more, they also had specials on the buffet. The specials during our breakfast were Blueberry Bread Pudding and an egg special too. Delicious!  The price per person was surprisingly lower than what I would have guessed and they had $5 off coupons they offered at check in as well.

While we stayed here, we also ordered from their other restaurant, The Black Diamond Pub. The prices again were very reasonable. I have been to resort restaurants and left because the prices were much too high. Not the case here. My husband and son also claim that The Black Diamond Pub has the best wings they have had yet!

Collage buffet

 Other amenities available are a health club, spa, aracade, kids 12 and under ride for free on the Gondola and much more!

 The Mountain Club On Loon has different rates depending on when you’re vacationing, what type room you need and they also have some great packages! Give them a call to see what would be best for you and your family this summer!

When you’re looking for fun things to do while your’re vacationing here,  you don’t have to go far if you don’t want to. Right at the base of the resort you can experience Zip Lining, Bungee Trampolines, Gondola rides…..There’s so many fun and adventurous choices. I gotta tell you, I went zip lining for the first time ever and it was over a river. What  thrill! I absolutely loved it!!!!  Read about our adventures at the Loon Mountain Adventure Center. It’s a vacation spot, all in one spot!

New England’s Favorite Campgrounds

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New England has so many beautiful areas to explore and appreciate. What better way to see it all than by camping. Bookmark this page so you can follow our growing list this summer. If you have a family favorite of your own, please let us know so we can add it on for our readers. 

Maine Campgrounds: 

Bayley’s Camping Resort – Scarborough: Bayley’s features activities, entertainment, beach shuttles, pools, hot tubs and so much more. 

Dixon Coastal Maine Campground – Cape Neddick: Have fun sea kayaking, golfing, enjoy the pool, beaches and more. 

Hermit Island-Phippsburg: The best salt water camping in Maine says Downeast Magazine Best of Maine

Old Orchard Beach – Old Orchard: Enjoy 7 miles of sandy beach, enjoy rides at the amusement park on the beach, kayak and canoe, walk the pier, have fun with golf and mini golf and so much more. 

Point Sebago – Casco : Point Sebago has been providing first class vacations for over 40 years. They have award-winning activities and entertainment programs. They offer lodging for everyone from tent sites to vacation homes.

Wells Beach Resort – Wells: Be near the surf, sand and sea. Have fun at a family destination and visit the quaint Kennybunk and Ogunquit villages. 

New Hampshire Campgrounds: 

Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort – Freedom: They offer entertainment for everyone, including Murder Mystery Nights. They have heated pools, kiddie pools, lake frontage on Danforth Bay of Ossipee Lake. 

Glen Ellis Family Campground -Glen: Located in picturesque Mt. Washington Valley and nestled between the Saco and Ellis rivers. Just minutes away from Storyland, downtown North Conway and family restaurants. Amenities include, a large pool, river swimming, tennis courts, sporting fields, game barn arcade and more. 

Jellystone Park Campground– New Hampton: Your kids will keep busy with activities and fun at the pool, water slides, inflatable fun zone, heyrides with Yogi and more. Stay at the campground or take the day to enjoy the lakes and mountains nearby. 

Lafayette Campground -Franconia Notch: Here is a great base to enjoy hiking, fishing, biking and many White Mountain attractions. 

Moose Hillock Campground– North Warren: Nestled in the White Mountains,  families will love the sunken ship themed pool area, make your own sundaes, activities in the game room, stocked trout pond and more. Note: this campground came up as many favorites from NH and Maine families. 

Mountain Lake Campground – Lancaster: Located in the heart of the mountains, you’ll enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming in their lake or heated pool. Enjoy activities on site or head to nearby attractions, such as Santa’s Village. They’ve recently added a new pool and water slide for more family enjoyment. 

Owl’s Landing – Holderness: Camp close to Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake, where On Golden Pond was filmed. Here is camping in the natural setting, where you can get away from it all. Enjoy campfires, swimming, fishing and boating. 

Pastures Campground – Orford: Enjoy a season of fun and relaxation along the Connecticut River. You’ll also find a heated pool, volleyball, horseshoes and more. 

Russell Pond-North Woodstock : The campground has 86 units located on a 40 acre mountain pond. This pond has always been a favorite picnic and fishing spot. Fishing opportunities are excellent thanks to regular stocking by NH Fish and Game Dept. 

White Lake State Park – Tamworth: Here you’ll find some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region. The park lies along the shore of the White Lake, which is an example of a typical glacial lake. Enjoy hiking, trout fishing and boating. 

Massachusetts Campgrounds: 

Normandy Farms – Foxboro: Nestled deep in the woods beteween Boston & Cape Cod, Normandy Farms is a luxury camping destination and widely recognized as one of the premier resorts in the world. 

Salisbury Beach State Park Campground – Salisbury: This is a great place to stay if you want to spend time at the beach. While campsites are not on or adjacent to the beach, it’s only a short walk from your campsite to the ocean. 

Wells State Park – Sturbridge: More than 10 miles of trails can be hiked here. Enjoy fishing, canoeing and swimming on Walker Pond. During the summer there are guided walks, hikes, recreational activities and evening campfires. 

Connecticut Campgrounds: 

Strawberry Park-Preston: Strawberry Park is an award-winning 160 acre campground nestled in the heart of beautiful southeastern Connecticut,  just minutes from Mystic Seaport, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos.