Categories: General
      Date: Sep 19, 2012
     Title: Fall Family Travel Deals for Columbus Day Weekend and Beyond

travel.marypoppins.com| Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Columbus Day Weekend and Fall Getaways

With the stress-inducing routines of school just getting under way, families may be looking for Columbus Day weekend getaways that are easy to undertake.



Washington D.C. is pleasantly cool in early fall, so you can enjoy its many free attractions without overheating. October is peak foliage season in colorful upstate New York and Vermont, both easy to reach via Amtrak. The beach can still be glorious this time of year, perfect for walks and building sand castle even if the water is chilly. California families can consider an overnight trip to Los Angeles, where they can catch the Cleopatra Exhibition and spend the night in a stylish downtown hotel. If you are not quite ready to part with your flip-flops and say goodbye to summer, the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is offering real bargains right up until Christmas Day.

The Beach

The Westport Inn is just an hour drive from midtown Manhattan. This 117-room boutique hotel is luxurious, with high-definition televisions, ritzy linens and fancy bath products, while remaining kid-friendly. The indoor pool, complimentary bikes and proximity to Sherwood Island State Park, with its Long Island Sound beach and interactive nature center, make it a winner for the whole family. The Maritime Aquarium Adventure Package includes a big room, 4 tickets to the nearby Norwalk Aquarium with IMAX tickets, and a $50 voucher for breakfast at the hotel, starting at $199 per family per night.

Maine's nickname, 'Vacationland', is well deserved, but summer can be crowded and expensive here. Fall is a beautiful time to visit, when crowds are non-existent. Ogunquit is about a 90-minute drive from the Boston area. This small coastal community is known for its family-friendly art and food scene. Harvestfest is the town's fall celebration that takes place from October 13th and 14th. A pumpkin stroll, Native American Pow-Wow, live music, a classic car show and lots of lobster roll specials are just part of the fun. The Meadowmere Resort has a Harvestfest Celebration package where a room rates start at just $139.95 per night. While you're in the area, visit nearby Old Orchard Beach, a Mommy Poppins favorite, for a game of mini-golf and a seaside ice cream cone.

POSTED BY ALLISON TIBALDI, MARYPOPPINS.COM, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

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