Family Travel Question:

Q | What are some affordable destinations in New England?

I am looking for an inexpensive place to go in August with my three-year-old twins. We want to drive so we can bail if it is a complete disaster. What are some affordable destinations around the New England/East Coast area? Also, how do sleeping arrangements work with two small twins? -Krista, CT

A | Adventure in the Berkshires for affordable New England fun

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After vacationing in Boston and Nantucket this past summer, my family and I visited the Berkshires in northwest Massachusetts, and were amazed at both the beauty and the opportunity for exploration and adventure! Compared to other New England tourist destinations, it was refreshingly affordable, as well.

There are numerous bed and breakfasts and home rentals throughout the region (and just driving from tiny town to tiny town is a treat!), but if you have older kids looking for outdoor fun, I highly recommend Bousquet’s Mountain Adventure Park offers outdoor adventure in all seasons. While we visited in summer, our kids tried their hand at their climbing wall, bungee trampoline, go cart track, slides and pool, and advanced rope course (for kids approximately 10 and up). Also offered is frisbee golf and mountain biking. Not only did we love playing at Bousquet, but it was the most affordable location for summer resort fun we’ve ever experienced. It was a deal…and the staff was friendly, fun, and relaxed!

Also within easy driving distance is a Shaker village, berry picking, horseback riding, and camping. Northampton, MA is only an hour away, and offers the convenience of motels and a variety of restaurants in addition to its artsy, college vibe, river walk access, and numerous street fairs and growers markets.

Photo courtesy of Pit Stops for Kids.

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