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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall fun!

Ahhhh....fall! This morning it was a breezy 53 degrees when I took the kids to school. It has now warmed up to a lovely 65 with bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine.  What's not to love about fall: comfy sweaters, festivals, cool nights and warm sunny days, pumpkins, Mountaineer football, and great travel deals!  Yep, that's right, fall is a great time to find great deals on travel. 

This gem is right in our backyard! Photo courtesy of WV Tourism

Once back to school rolls around it is harder for most families to travel so there are always TONS of great deals to be had for those who have the freedom to take advantage of them.  There are deals on everything from beach trips to cruises and even state and national parks! If you can it's a great time to hit the beach, less crowds, cheaper rates and plenty of warm weather!  Because fall is also hurricane season it is a wonderful time to take a cruise, rates are cheap and deals are aplenty!

Thinking of something a little closer to home? Here in West Virginia most of the state parks are offering 50% off of camping or lodging stays throughout the fall.  Don't tell my husband, but I wasn't really looking forward camping trip my family went on this summer but I ended up having a blast.  Without TV's, phones and internet we actually managed to have some great family time and made great memories, out 4 year old even caught her first fish!

Scenic Highway in WV is gorgeous this time of year! Photo from WV Tourism

If pitching a tent doesn't sound appealing to you why not scope out a fall festival in your area. Your states Dept. of Tourism website should be helpful in finding events for you to attend.  I know in our neck of the woods there are 4 I can think of over the next few weekends.  The events at these festivals range from a tator tot eating contest to, craft sales, bluegrass music and cloggers.  Some even feature making apple butter and apple cider.  We will pack a picnic lunch, blanket and a jacket and enjoy these events and some beautiful fall foliage.

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