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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Simple Adventures

Who: Relatives and Friends
What: Memory Trips
When: Anytime
Where: Places that tell stories about your life
Why: To share family history stories
How: There are many ways to do this depending on whom you'll travel with and where you will go

Recently Mom and I spent the time driving down Memory Lane. As we ventured out, we took a number of streets in my hometown that related to different periods of my mom's life. As we drove down the streets, she told me story after story about what she and her friends, siblings, and other family members had experienced and engaged in on those streets.

I learned about her childhood hikes with her siblings to the movie theater and swimming pond. I listened to her tell me the stories of her young adult years taking the bus from her Grafton Hill three decker to her job at the magnificent downtown Worcester Court House. As she talked, I imaged here dressed up working in the beautiful building and then walking uptown to shop or meet her mother for lunch n…
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Ogunquit: A Maine Treasure

Who: People of all ages
What: Beach, dining, theater, walking. . . .
Where: Ogunquit, Maine
Why: Perfect getaway in a location that has wonderful walkability
When: Anytime of year, but best in spring, summer, and fall
How: An easy drive from any northeast location or from Logan Airport

When spring arrives, I always get a case of Maine fever--the state calls me. One great place to stay and experience Maine is Ogunquit, Maine which has something for everyone. First and foremost it's a quaint, walkable vacation spot. You can reserve a room on the main stretch of this vacation hub, park your car, and spend your time walking to and along the beach and beautiful Marginal Way, dining at a myriad of restaurants and take-out shops, shopping, visiting art galleries, and spending time with loved ones and other travelers.

There's a movie theater and a musical theater nearby too, and if you want to drive a bit, there's so much more to see and do such as visiting Kennebunkport, enjoying lobs…

The Gift of a Getaway

This weekend I enjoyed the gift of a getaway. My family found an incredible deal at the 4-star Renaissance Hotel in Boston's seaport district. We celebrated a couple of family birthdays with a night at the hotel, dinner at Mother Anna's, a wonderful North End restaurant, a tour of the Contemporary Art Museum, walk along the Harborwalk, and a saunter through the myriad of holiday music/art events, food court, and shops in and around Faneuil Hall.

This was a terrific way to celebrate the birthdays, begin the holiday festivities, and clear the mind. A great holiday gift for any family member or group is a getaway where people can enjoy a local city, nature spot, or activity. In many ways, it's a lot better than any material object you might purchase.

Matching Travel with Passion: Newport Flower Show

A great way to travel is to match it with your passions. Friends have traveled to attend signature sports events, training sessions, and educational events.

Recently a family member shared her travel plans which included sharing her beautiful flower arrangement at the Newport Flower Show.  This family member spends a lot of wonderful time honing her gardening, artistic design, and horticultural knowledge and skill.

Travel like this allows you to explore beautiful places and meet interesting people who share your passions. It's one good way to think about travel and exploration.

Lake Placid Fun!

Who: Multi-age family group
What: Family Vacation
When: Spring
Where: Lake Placid, New York
Why: To spend time together

Our family visited Lake Placid for the first time and we found it to be an ideal vacation spot for a family with multiple ages and interests. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel that sits on the hill in Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake and multiple mountains.

The hotel rooms were clean and welcoming, and the main public space at the front of the hotel was wonderful. The big room served as a gathering place where you could order drinks, appetizers or meals. The hotel also had a pool, library, restaurant, and a great outside patio.

Just a short walk away there was a small beach and Lake Placid's Main Street which had multiple shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. Main Street also had a place to rent a large variety of water vehicles including canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats.

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Embarking on a Staycation

I'm embarking on a staycation this week--a week of fun right here at home. Where do I begin?

First, it's a week of renewal. It's been a busy year (or multiple years) since I've had a chance to focus on renewal. What does that mean? Simply it means lots of rest, good food, and doing what I want to do.

Next, it's a week to enjoy local places of interest. Some of my favorites include the harbor walk in Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts, local bike trails, small nearby mountains, and healthy eateries.

After that I've got a few books I'd like to read, films to watch, and family members to visit with.

It's going to be a simple week, and that's just what I need right now.

Summer Themes: Healthy Living!

One way to route your summer is to have a theme.

I've read about lots of different themes that families, friends, and couples embark on.

A common theme is climbing the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Another theme is to ride all the local bike trails. Then of course there was the colleague whose sweet theme was to visit all the local ice cream shops.

I like a theme because it routes your time in ways that add up to new learning, friendships, and enjoyment of life.

This summer, my husband and I are embarking on a summer theme of healthy living in conjunction with Stearns Farm CSA in Framingham. As the educational coordinators for Stearns Farm CSA we've organized a large number of events that will direct us and others in the path of healthy living in our local community. As part of the Farm we'll learn about herbs, flowers, how to cook and prepare all those wonderful vegetables, the history of the farm, and how to sustainably garden ourselves. We'l…