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Summer Vacation Without the Crowds

Crowded beaches, long waits at restaurants, traffic lights turned on, socked feet in sandals. And yet...the kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and the days are long. No wonder summer is the most popular season for travel. Unfortunately, popularity means crowds and nothing can ruin a relaxing vacation more than swarms of people. If you're looking for a place with fewer people but still lots of available activities to fill your days, you're in the right place. From a tiny island in Florida to the stunning beaches of the PNW, these places are ready to welcome us. Just don't tell too many people. Ya know, it kind of ruins the whole vibe =)

Hudson Valley, New York

The Hudson Valley starts above the northern tip of Manhattan and extends 150 miles north all the way to Albany. Quickly becoming known as a foodie paradise, and home to more than 60 wineries, once you visit you won't be surprised that National Geographic named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 must-see destinations of the world. If you're looking for a little luxury be sure to check out Mohonk Mountain House or Wildflower Farms. If you're traveling with kids, be sure to check out Splashdown Beach.

Yachats, Oregon

This one is for the summer-haters. I don't understand you, but I respect that you exist. Luckily for you, we have Yachats, Oregon. Like most of the Pacific NW, Yachats can be cloudy, with crispy wind, and temps that hover around 70 degrees - even in the height of summer. Don't let that description fool you - it's one of the most beautiful coastal towns you'll find. Think towering cliffs, a wild ocean, and stunning views. Be sure to check out Thor's Well (but be very careful!)

Sanibel Island, FL

No stranger to crowds in the winter months, Sanibel Island really clears out for the summer. This gives you access to an area that is ready to show a good time to all ages, minus the crowds you find from Jan-Mar. We're talking 40 miles of beaches, golf clubs galore, 25 miles of paved car-less trails perfect for bikes and stroller walks, tons of quirky restaurants serving fantastic food, plus for the kids we have Sanibel Sea School and the Crow Clinic Animal Rehab. Oh and it's one of only a few places on the east coast where you can catch that sunset over the water.

Salem, Massachusetts

In the northeast in the summertime, the beaches draw the masses while the more inland towns come alive once fall foliage begins to bloom. Salem in particular is bustling come fall (something about Halloween and witch trials just bring all the boys to the yard). Thankfully, witches, ghosts & goblins haunt year-round which makes Salem the perfect uncrowded summer vacation spot. Be sure to visit The House of the Seven Gables, The Salem Witch Museum, &The Salem Witch House. A ghost tour is another must do and while those Victorian bed & breakfasts truly are quaint and adorable in

the summer sun, they really are haunted

come nightfall...


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