Our 2015 Year of Weekend Celebrations in Pictures

By Victoria@celebratetheweekend
In Boston Weekend
Jan 3rd, 2016
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When I  asked (rhetorically) who would be interested in reading another family’s travel year recoup, Vit  immediately retorted: “I WOULD!“  So this post is for my husband and travel partner Vit (also known as a person behind most of the pictures on the blog) in gratitude for helping to make our family weekend celebrations a reality.   And since we are on the subject of giving thanks, I would also like to thank my wonderful kids for embarking on our family weekend celebrations and (sometimes) missing out on the time with their friends.  (It is especially challenging for a teen of the family that loves to celebrate every weekend by going places! )

Our home base in a suburb near Boston, Massachusetts, offers a myriad of opportunities for weekend  celebrations within just several hours of driving which gives us a chance to explore year-long without going far!

WINTER

We started the year with a skiing day trip to New Hampshire (there are several skiing resorts within two-hour drive of Boston, such as Gunstock and Loon Mountain where my kids learnt to ski.)

 

Our 2015 Year of Weekend Celebrations in Pictures

Skiing at Gunstock

Winter is not our favorite season, so we try to escape by taking our annual road trip to Florida.

During February school vacation week 2015, we spent several days in Boca Raton, Florida (taking full advantage of our Hilton reward points) and then embarked on a 5-day Caribbean cruise with Carnival Victory.

Our 2015 Year of Weekend Celebrations in Pictures

Boca Raton, Florida

You may or may not love cruising, but this is undoubtfully the cheapest way for a mid-winter family escape, especially if you drive to your embarkation port like we do.

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Cruising on Carnival Victory

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Day Passing in the Bahamas Port of Nassau

By the time we were back home, Boston’s “snowest” winter ever was almost over.

 

SPRING

In March, I participated in my first  blogging conference Women in Travel (that happened to be in Boston) and got inspired for a year of travel blogging ahead.

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WITS 2015 in Boston

 

As part of the conference, I went on a Boston TV and Movie Sites Tour  and  enjoyed being a tourist in my own city.

We also spent several spring weekends planning our epic summer European road trip that took us through 22 cities and towns and required lots of research!

 

in April, Dennis went on a busy week-long school trip to Paris, France and started a series of the Teen Perspective posts on the Blog.

Our 2015 Year of Weekend Celebrations in Pictures

Den in Monte Marte, Paris

During first long weekend of the year we went to New York City where we took a Movie Tour of Central Park and enjoyed a family spa day (also part of the new Water Retreats Series on the Blog.)

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In New York’s Central Park

 

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Spa Castle, New York

SUMMER

Summer is by far our favorite season for weekend celebrations.

In June we discovered a new favorite biking path – East Bay Bike Path in  Bristol, Rhode Island (which runs for 14 miles along the Narraganset Bay and offers an opportunity to stop for a picnic at scenic Colt State Park.)

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East Bike Path in Bristol, Rhode Island

We spent 4th of July weekend on Cape Cod while Dennis went on a 2-week trip with grandparents across Japan (both he and my mom brought us back  their  Japanese stories for the Blog).

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Covell Beach in Hyannis, Cape Cod

 

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Dennis with grandparents In Nikko, Japan

 

 

And since there is much more to summer in Massachusetts than the beach, we went on a weekend cultural exploration to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts (summer home to world-class music, dance and theater festivals amidst beautiful mountainous surroundings).

 

Things to Do in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in the summer

Vi and her friend Sasha at the Tanglewood Concert in Lenox, MA

 

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The view onto the Berkshires Mountains from Naumkeag Estate in Stockbridge, MA

During the few summer weekends when we did not leave Boston, we were happy to explore Rose Kennedy Greenway , my favorite area in Boston’s downtown.

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Boston’s Greenway

In August we flew to Europe on our longest family trip.  During these 15 intense travel days through German Bavaria, French Alsace and a small portion of Switzerland,  we admired natural beauty of the Bavarian and Swiss Alps, swam in the Alpine lakes, took it easy in French countryside and explored Strasbourg, Zurich and Munich on foot;  relaxed in the family-friendly spas and enlightened ourselves with the finest Bavarian castle architecture. We have brought home numerous travel stories which we will be delighted to share with our readers (and get to relive ourselves!) for months to come!

 

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In Colmar, France

 

Our European Road Trip

In Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

 

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Lake Alpsee, Bavaria

 

Part 1 of Baden-Baden Weekend. Things to Do for Families: Taking in the waters, culture and nature,

Caracalla Spa. Photo Credit: Carasana. Baden-Baden, Germany

 

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Zurich

Back home in Massachusetts, we said our good byes to the summer during Labor Day Weekend family camping trip to Truro on Cape Cod.  We spent time sunbathing on the beaches of National Seashore, biking and enjoying Provincetown with friends.

 

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North of Highland Campground in Truro, Massachusetts

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National Seashore, Truro, Cape Cod

 

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Very casual self-service waterfront dining in Provincetown, Massachusetts

FALL

This fall was our busiest fall of weekend travels ever.

First, Vit and I went on our annual adult-only anniversary weekend to coastal Maine.

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BoothBay Harbor, Maine

 

September weekends were incredibly warm – we craved more coastal time, so we went on several day trips to Newport, Rhode Island.

Boating in Newport, Rhode Island on my birthday

 

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Gooseberry Cove in Newport, Rhode Island

October college tours took us to New York and Connecticut.

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University of Connecticut

 

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New York University

Our annual trip to Storyland in New Hampshire happened in late September this year.   While there, we explored portions of the scenic Kankagamus Highway near the town of Conway in the White Mountains.

 

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Kankagamus Highway, Conway, New Hampshire

 

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Storyland, Glenn, New Hampshire

We celebrated fall harvest season in historical Greenvale Vineyards, along the Sakonnet River near Newport, Rhode Island.

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Private Tour of Greenvale Vineyards in Rhode Island with General Manager Nancy Wilson

Vi made bread and butter at the Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Butter Making

I drove by myself to Burlington, Vermont, in November, to see a childhood friend, completing a list of all 6 New England states we visited this fall.

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On Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont

Our family annual Khanuka celebration was hosted by  the grandparents on Cape Cod; we enjoyed historical warm temperatures as we went on a December beach walk in Hyannis.

Hyannis, Cape Cod

Hyannis, Cape Cod

 

Khanuka on Cape Cod with friends and family

Khanuka on Cape Cod with friends and family

Record warm temperatures continued though the end of December, when we went on a skiing trip to Sunday River in Maine. It did not produce a lot of snow, but it made for a great outdoor swimming!

 

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Sunday River, Maine

 

As we are ringing in the New Year 2016, here is to many more family celebrations!!!

 

This post in linking up with a#Weekend Travel Inspiration collection of travel stories at Albom Adventures blog . Check them out for more travel ideas.

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14 Comments to “Our 2015 Year of Weekend Celebrations in Pictures”

  1. Corinne says:

    What a great year you’ve had. Oh how I miss New England, especially in the fall. I loved reading your posts from these trips as well.

  2. Dana says:

    You had an amazing 2015! We visited a few of these places over the summer as well. We loved the Alsace region, Munich and the Alps. I can’t believe you were in so many places in 15 days!

    • Victoria@celebratetheweekend says:

      It was a very busy trip, Dana but because of the “strategically” planned spa time, we really enjoyed it all!!!

  3. Tamara says:

    Sounds like an amazing year! Looking forward to see where things take you this year.
    Tamara recently posted…Things to do in Newport Rhode Island in the WinterMy Profile

  4. Allison says:

    Congratulations on a great travel year! I love looking back at all the things we have done, and it was fun to see your list.

  5. Kath says:

    What an amazing year! Boston is one of my favorite cities, so much to do especially in the summer. It’s fun to see where everyone has been.

  6. budget jan says:

    I did enjoy reading about your travel year. You managed to travel so much – and with a family – I’m impressed. I was interested to see the beach shot at Cape Cod. It looks so beautiful.

    • Victoria@celebratetheweekend says:

      Thank you for reading! Cape Cod beaches are amazing; miles of walking and you can always find less crowded ones, even in the season!

  7. Kirsten says:

    Looks like it was a very busy year indeed! We also explored Strasbourg, Munich, and Switzerland, but in November. I’m sure it was a much different experience. Hoping there are many adventures headed your way in 2016!
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  8. Looks like you had a fantastic year! Glad to have shared two of these with you (the conference and the Rose Kennedy Greenway). Here’s to an even better year ahead in 2016 – Bon Voyage!
    Jolanta | Casual Travelers recently posted…Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016My Profile

  9. Victoria@celebratetheweekend says:

    Thank you, Jolanta! Hoping we will share more experiences this year!

  10. Anda says:

    It seems you had a great year, Victoria. What a blessing to be able to travel with your entire family! I miss the time when our son was young and went along on all our trips. Enjoy your kids while they are still young.
    Anda recently posted…Travel Blogger Roundup – Highlights of 2015My Profile

  11. Victoria@celebratetheweekend says:

    Thank you for your comment, Anda! This is my intent (even though i now have to work harder to recruit my teen:)

  12. Karen says:

    I love reading these year end travel roundups as well. It looks like you had an incredibly busy year. How fun for you and your family! Have a great 2016!

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