questionswhat are some suggestions for a long weekend…


If you have not been to Boston, there is a lot to see and do.


Do you really have to go north? If I couldn't go skiing then I would go south. But if you insist- I'm from somewhere right near you and typical destination up north is Vermont. It might be longer than 6 hours depending on where you go but I think 6 hours could at least get you into southern Vermont. Are snowmobile tours out of the question? I'm sure that you could go for a sleigh ride if you were into that sort of thing. Or perhaps go to a maple syrup farm? Personally it wouldn't really matter to me what I did; I would just a want a change of scenery from suburban South Jersey. (this is coming from someone 15 minutes from Cherry Hill.)


West Dover, Vermont. It's a beautiful area, great skiing at Mount Snow and other outdoor activities for those who don't want to ski. You have outlet shopping a short 30-45 drive away. Wilmington, the town just south of West Dover, has some great restaurants, very cute shops and you can buy some of the best fudge I've ever tasted there.

There are many different types of hotels, but I'd recommend staying at the Red Mill Inn. It's inexpensive as far as hotels in that area go. The staff is very nice, you have the town right outside the door and a 10 minute drive to West Dover where you have some of the modern conveniences, including a 7/11 ;)


Maybe the Hershey area? All of the roller coasters are closed but there's a selection of rides that are open (assuming there's no blizzard). The Hershey Hotel has a nice spa, if you're it that sort of thing, the chocolate "factory" ride is still open, as is Hershey Gardens, there are holiday events and Christmas decorations, and Hershey Bears hockey games.


December is actually a pretty nice time to visit DC, it's not during peak tourist traffic - and while people think of it as a place to visit museums, monuments, and government buildings, there are actually a variety of things to do outdoors depending on how physical you'd like to get. DC is close to the Appalachian Trail and there are some lovely places to hike and camp around the area. If you'd like to combine monuments and outdoorsy stuff, I strongly recommend a visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island - I actually enjoy visiting it more during the winter.

As for traditions... now that everyone is an adult, our family has turned its focus away from gift-giving and we spend more time at Christmas around family activities (meals, outings, games). It can also be really fun to skip the usual Christmas dinner and find a local Chinese restaurant that's open on Christmas. Movie theaters are also usually open, and an all-day movie marathon can be a really fun change from the usual.


If you're into history & the outdoors:
Boston's Freedom Trail and Plymouth, Mass (Plymouth Rock, Mayflower Replica, Plimouth Plantation) Both of these destinations require lots of walking outdoors. If you stay in Plymouth, you might take a day trip via ferry ride to Provincetown, or ride up the Cape Cod coast.

And, while you're in Boston, if you like classical music: Boston Symphony Orchestra.


@gopvifootball: good point about going north. I guess we could go south or west as well. I like your suggestions on Vermont though. Im also near Cherry Hill area so Im with you on the get out of the area.

I like the idea of Boston or other historical locales nearby.

Recently we have just been going to my moms down in VA near Williamsburg and doing some of the Christmas stuff down there. DC is about equidistant for all of us to meet in the middle and is something we've done for occasional visits but is such a big town we couldndo more. I had left itnoffnthe list originally - thanks for the reminder that there is more to it than the Smithsonian.

Hershey is a good thought too, it is one of those places that is too close and too far away right now so we never go.