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Best Ski Vacations From Washington, D.C.

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Philip Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain
Though the "Beltway" sounds somewhat like a chairlift, D.C. residents actually have to work to get their turns. Fortunately, the Appalachians aren't too far away from the swamplands and estuaries that characterize our nation's capital. Indeed, just past Virginia is something called the Mountaineer State: West Virginia. Once they attach skis or a snowboard to their feet, Beltway types can aspire to shred like famous predecessors Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle and Richard Holbrooke.
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Best Ski Vacations From Los Angeles

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy of Mountain High
As any close viewer of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade has noticed, Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains are often snowcapped -- even if preceded on the horizon by Pasadena's palm trees. Los Angeles certainly hosts more dedicated skiers and snowboarders than any other megalopolis of its latitude. SoCal sliders hit the San Gabriels or San Bernadino Mountains when pressed for time and roadtrip to the Sierras whenever possible.
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Best Ski Vacations From Chicago

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Wilmot Mountain night ski
Courtesy of Wilmot Mountain
This burg, where the prairie meets the Great Lakes, could scarcely be flatter. Nonetheless, Chicago isn't too shabby a place to be a skier or snowboarder. O'Hare has flights to all the major ski resorts out West, and there are many chairlifts in Chicago's vacation paradise: Wisconsin. Glaciers carved some fairly nice ski mountains on the other side of the lake, too, in Michigan.
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Best Ski Vacations From Boston

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Sugarbush Vermont skier
Courtesy of Sugarbush
New England's Appalachians host many of America's original ski areas, and as the unquestioned capital of New England, Boston has always claimed a thriving ski culture. Day-trippers, weekend warriors and second-home owners clear out of Boston every weekend and many weekdays as well. The only question is whether they head to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont's Green Mountains or the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.
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Home for the Holidays: The Great Belgian Pumpkin Pie Massacre

by Kimberley Lovato. Posted Nov 27th 2013 08:00 AM
Holiday background image of all that remains of a delicious piece of pumpkin pie.  Plate with crumbs and used fork on wood backg
Shutterstock / Marie C Fields

As a single working mother of twins in the '70s, my mother planned meals based on available coupons and recipes that had no more than four steps; if they could be prepared in fewer -- freezer to microwave to table -- that was even better. Thanksgiving dinner was no exception.
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Home for the Holidays: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Connecticut

by Don George. Posted Nov 27th 2013 08:00 AM
Don George

In my family, as in many families around the U.S., Thanksgiving has always been a day to gather with loved ones and celebrate family and home. So when I moved from Connecticut and began to raise a family in California three decades ago, my parents would often cross the country to celebrate the holiday with us. Eight years ago, when this trip became too difficult for them, I reversed the route to celebrate with them in Connecticut.
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America's 9 Spookiest Places to Spend the Night

by Elissa Richard. Posted Oct 23rd 2013 08:50 AM
If you've ever experienced a getaway so good that you never wanted it to end, you might empathize with the ghostly guests who checked in to -- but never left -- these spooky spots. Each touts twisted tales and sordid stories that have lingered through the ages. If you ain't afraid of no ghost, sign up for a stay and keep a watch for things that go bump in the night.
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7 Creepy Museum Treasures That Will Give You the Halloween Shivers

by Harriet Baskas. Posted Oct 18th 2013 08:30 AM

Even with the lights on, the real stories behind some of the objects locked in the back rooms of museums can be chilling and spine-tingling as the haunted houses communities trick out as Halloween terror havens. Especially the body parts, tombstones, glass coffin, disturbing doll and some other items I profile in my new book: "Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't or Won't Show You." Grab a flashlight and some Halloween candy, and we'll go for a tour.
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Best Halloween Neighborhoods in America

by Doug Mack. Posted Oct 17th 2013 03:30 PM

Halloween in Boston
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A great Halloween is not really about the candy, despite the youthful ambitions of an epic sugar haul. Like any holiday, it's about a shared celebration of traditions and rituals, the trappings here being spooky costumes, individually wrapped chocolates and all things pumpkin. In fact, Halloween is arguably more community-oriented than other holidays -- when was the last time you walked around your neighborhood on Thanksgiving, greeting friends and strangers alike, sampling a turkey leg here, some cranberry sauce there?

In that civic-minded spirit, we set out on a quest to find the best neighborhoods for Halloween, the places that go above and beyond in their celebrations. Some were renowned for being trick-or-treating hotspots, with streets lined with DIY decorations and crowded with thousands of pint-sized witches and superheroes. Others took a more adult-oriented approach, with masquerade balls remixed as rowdy street parties. And in some cases, it was all about the pumpkins, the bigger and more numerous the better.
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2013 Fall Foliage Travel Guide

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Oct 3rd 2013 04:05 PM
Country Road
Don't miss out on America's grand costume change this fall. Leaf peeping opportunities abound as trees transform into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows and purples all over the country. There are many ways to enjoy the season -- you can take an autumn road trip, go on a colorful hike or savor local foods and drinks against a spectacular backdrop.

Our fall foliage guide features a variety of travel ideas for autumn getaways. Try one of our road trip itineraries -- from a New England foodie drive in Vermont to Midwest explorations in Ohio to a photographer's adventure out West in Wyoming, these drives take in the best local scenery and culture. If road trips aren't your thing, try our alternative ways to enjoy the changing leaves, or check out some of the best places to see fall colors around the country.
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