Northshore Magazine

January/February 2013

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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Family Fun Italy is a big draw for multigenerational travel. F A M I LY V A C A T I O N S�� Italy Much as you love mugging with Goofy for a photo op at Cinderella���s castle, be honest: Those Disney World trips are just for the kids. Multigenerational family travel is ���exploding,��� according to Evos of A Girl���s Gotta Go. Clients want destinations where everyone from grandparents to grandkids will be entertained, and Italy is a consistent pick for that purpose. Evos points especially to the Amalfi Coast, where splendid beaches and amazing adventures���like climbing Mount Vesuvius in nearby Naples���offer something for everyone. Tuscany is another popular choice for families, she says. The region P lan B is steeped in Italy���s history and For value, families can���t beat the Bahamas, says culture; Florence, birthplace of Abramson of Flagship the Renaissance, shines a bright Travel, which bills itself as the largest retailer for spotlight on some of the finest Atlantis Resorts north of European art and architecture Boston. The government, which relies hugely in a contemporary fashion on tourism, is keen on capital. And Tuscan���s legendoffering incentives and airfare promotions. ary cuisine��� explored through All-inclusive resorts culinary tours and vineyard make the Bahamas a value-laden option with trips���make for uniquely excepfixed overhead���not tional family dinners. to mention plenty of breathing room for family trips on a budget. Local love: Burlington, VT, isn���t just beautiful, situated as it is on glassy Lake Champlain, but it also has something for the whole family. Home to the University of Vermont, there���s a hip, progressive culture here���manifested in vibrant restaurants, bars, music halls, and galleries���that younger people will love. Its adorable downtown is walkable���a plus for grandparents. And the whole family can dig in for dinner at The Essex, a ���culinary resort and spa��� with its own ���Cook Academy.��� Bon appetit! ADVENTURE SEEKING Costa Rica A beach bum you���re not, so tropical Costa Rica might be right up your alley, says Marisa Cole of Salem���s Sensational Travel. Cole calls it one of the most in-demand destinations for travelers seeking an active vacation, and for good reason: Boasting serious bio-diversity, Costa Rica offers a uniquely wide array of adrenaline-pumping adventures. Kiss the sky with zipline tours through mountain treetops, or thrill yourself with some of the world���s best whitewater rafting. Break a sweat with organized hikes through lush, wildlife-filled rainforests or to the top of awe-inspiring volcanic craters, then cool down by snorkeling or scuba diving off the Pacific or Caribbean coast. Catch your breath by kicking back at one of the tourist-friendly country���s luxury or all-inclusive resorts, or by soaking in one of Costa Rica���s famous hot springs nestled in the gorgeous great outdoors. Exhale. Swing State Ziplining in Costa Rica. P lan B You probably associate America���s largest state with relaxing glacier cruises, but Cole says Alaska is a domestic gem that shouldn���t be discounted by adventure-seekers. Go ���flight-seeing��� over pristine terrain and wild bear habitats, kayak alongside spawning salmon in coastal streams, and explore���by foot or with sled dogs��� sprawling ice fields. 142 NSJanFeb13_FE_Travel.indd 142 11/20/12 3:53 PM

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