Spring break getaways for the family

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It’s almost spring break and you know what that means….vacation time!!!  It seems that most people enjoy going away for spring break. When I think of spring break, I think of beaches, sand, and sun…but also about mountains, snow, and downhill skiing!  Swimsuits and snowsuits-I wish I could do both!  Here are few ideas to get away, whether it be for a week or just a few days.

1. Gulf Shores, Alabama ~ Sandy toes and salty hair.  I love this place! We visited here a few years ago, and although it rained for a few days, we still found plenty to do and had a great time!  The beaches are great- (Orange Beach in particular.) The food is also amazing…there’s fresh seafood right on the beach, and close by is an outlet mall that will make shopaholics jump for joy. I usually wouldn’t do much shopping while on vacay, but again, it rained and we had fun strolling the shops that day!

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2. Breckenridge, Colorado ~ Ski baby ski.  There is something so freeing about making your way down a mountain, the cool air against your face, the ski poles in your hands and a warm cup of hot chocolate waiting for you at the lodge.  Skiing is something that anyone can learn with a few lessons.  This quaint, cozy town of Breckenridge is sure to please.

3. Dallas, Texas ~ Where everything is bigger.  Texas has always been a favorite destination of mine. There’s tons to do in Dallas, it’s a very fun and cool city!  Take a short drive south to hit Austin, a very unique town with a lot of history.  Visit the Dallas Aquarium, (it’s amazing) or hit the Dallas Zoo.  Another option is to visit the Fort Worth Stock Yards and watch the daily cattle drive.  The food is to die for. From hamburgers to steaks to Tex-Mex, there are so many options!  A must try is Maple and Motor.  This restaurant used to be a car garage, but is now serving up some of the best hamburgers and was featured on Guy Fieri’s Top Spots of Diner’s, Drive-In’s, and Dives.

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4. Negril, Jamaica ~ Peaceful and beautiful.  This vacation spot holds a special place in my heart. The  7 Mile Beach is gorgeous ~ white sand, clear blue water, and warm air. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, which I recommend because you will have everything you need, any time of the day.  We did venture off site to do a little local shopping, and of course, one must visit the famous Rick’s Café, but if you choose not to leave your property, you won’t regret with either.  The perfect place for relaxation on spring break!

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5. Virginia Beach, Virginia ~ History with a side of beach.   Visit Jamestown, the first English Colony in America, or Yorktown, where you can experience 300 years of history looking at battlefields and 18th century homes,or take a stroll on the riverwalk.  Norfolk is home to the Chrysler Museum of Art, a top 20 museum in the U.S. The museum showcases masterpieces from every major civilization and historical period. Nauticus, the National Maritime Center is here too, which features the U.S.S. Wisconsin, the world’s largest battleship. Of course don’t forget to visit Virginia Beach, with 38 miles of shoreline and the famous 3 mile boardwalk, you will want to make this stop!

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