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Why Bretton Woods in the White Mountains is My Top Pick for Family Skiing

Winter in New England can feel like a real slog, especially in the city where snow is often a major inconvenience. One way my family makes winter more fun is by skiing every chance we get. This can mean hitting local slopes or taking a trip farther afield to a true winter wonderland. 

When we escape the city for a mountain vacation, our top pick is always Bretton Woods in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While it’s only two-and-a-half hours from Boston, Bretton Woods feels a world away. And it’s perfect for families, with skiing, lodging, dining, and lots of winter activities for all ages.

Where to Take a Family-Friendly Sleigh Ride This Winter

There are so many fun and festive family-friendly holiday activities to take part in each year, from taking a Christmas train ride and attending a Santa breakfast, to shopping for gifts at a local market. One more tradition that we love is taking a cozy sleigh ride, and warming up after with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. We’ll be dreaming of a white Christmas so we can go dashing through the snow at one of these six spots in Massachusetts that offer sleigh rides! 

Where to See Your Favorite Family Holiday Movies on the Big Screen in Boston

One of my family’s favorite traditions is watching all of the classic holiday movies. We start right after Thanksgiving to get us in the holiday spirit as we get our tree, bake cookies, and wrap gifts. Usually we watch these movies at home on our couch with popcorn and pajamas, but there’s something really special about seeing a film on the big screen. With that in mind, here's where you and your family can catch all of your favorite holiday flicks at movie theaters and libraries in or near Boston this season:

Where to Buy a Local Turkey for Thanksgiving Near Boston

The eating local trend has taken Boston by storm, with farmers markets cropping up in many neighborhoods and the Boston Public Market opening last year. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate local food than by purchasing a regionally raised turkey for Thanksgiving. So we’ve rounded up 10 Boston-area farms and shops where you can purchase a local turkey to have as the centerpiece of your family’s holiday meal. With Thanksgiving only weeks away, it’s time to reserve your bird!

5 Montessori Preschools in Boston for Little Learners

Deciding where to send your child to preschool isn’t easy, but selecting a specific type of school can really help narrow down your options. We have written about bilingual and language immersion preschools throughout the Boston area, and now we're focusing on Montessori preschools in the city so you can see which one seems like a good fit for your child.

The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori about 100 years ago. Most Montessori schools place children in mixed-age classrooms, allow students to self-direct their activities, allow large blocks of uninterrupted time to work, focus on discovery rather than instruction and use specialized materials. There are five preschools in Boston that use the Montessori philosophy to help children learn and grow:

13 Hay Rides Near Boston for Fall and Halloween Family Fun

We love everything farms have to offer families in the fall. From apple and pumpkin picking to corn mazes, there’s something for every age group. This includes one of our fall favorites: hayrides! It’s truly an activity for everyone, even the littlest family members, so we’re bringing you a list of 13 local farms that offer hay rides throughout the season to make your fall even more special.

15 of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Fall Getaways in New England

Summer vacation gets all the attention, but in New England, fall can be an even better time to get away. Leaves are changing colors and the air is cool and crisp, making outdoor activities a must. To help with your fall getaway planning, we’ve compiled a list of 15 family-friendly destinations in New England that we love. They’re all kid-tested and parent-approved, so you’re sure to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Take the Kids to These Fall Fairs in New England

Fall brings with it a lot of fun traditions like pumpkin carving and apple picking. It also means it’s time for the annual fall fair, a really fun way for families to spend the day together. New England is home to dozens of quaint agricultural fairs that feature farm animals, midways with rides, and fair food like fried dough. We’ve rounded up one of the best fall fairs from each New England state so you can experience this classic seasonal tradition with your kids while enjoying fall foliage day trips all over the region.

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