Tuesday, September 22, 2020
That's right, $32 per person per day is what it ended up costing for our family's April 2002 vacation. This article will cover the details of all costs related to this vacation, along with photos! I think that's a great price, but please let me know if you think it's a thrifty, quality vacation. You will be able to do that by responding to the survey at the conclusion of this article.
The main reason the price of the vacation was low is because we stayed in a cabin. I think cabins are great. First of all, they're generally less expensive than hotels. And second they're much more flexible for the family. Farm cabins are even better since young children love seeing, petting, and feeding animals.
A cabin also helps save money because they typically come with a full kitchen! This means that you don't have to eat out or call for room service for every meal.
If you're bringing young children on the vacation they'll enjoy--and you'll enjoy--allowing them burn out some energy by running free in the yard. Having had my kids stay with me in a hotel, I can tell you that a hotel room is simply a small room with two trampolines (beds).
The beauty of the cabin is that it's much more spacious, less expensive, and provides more activities for kids. A major part of the family vacation is just staying at the cabin, relaxing--you know, the reason why you wanted to go on vacation in the first place. :)
Researching for cabins, or any other lodging, is best done online. Searching for cabins online is becoming more and more popular, in fact, most of the places I've contacted say that people are finding them online. I always look for a site that gives as much information as possible about a potential cabin since a cabin is definitely my first choice.
HERR'S FOOD TOUR
The tour was free and included a video of their history, free potato chip samples, and a bag of pretzels. Great experience! Only drawback was that you are not allowed to take photos in the production area.
There are many companies that provide free tours. The book Watch it Made in the U.S.A. by Avalon Travel Publishing covers many companies that provide similar tours. I highly recommend a visit to companies that offer this PR service. The kids absolutely loved visiting Herr's and learning (and seeing) how their favorite snacks are made.
Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is
sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens). It offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor
gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated
greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular
fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural
career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and
performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening
demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts,
organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks
displays. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more
than 900,000 visitors annually.
We planned to visit Winterthur with our close friends, Jen and Joe Macedo. They met us at the cabin, with their two daughters, Lauren and Sarah, to join us for our last night. It only cost $12 dollars extra for the additional guests in the cabin!
Winterthur features a museum with a magnificent collection of American antiques celebrating the best in style and craftsmanship. You can stroll through the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding landscape of hills, waterways, and rolling meadows. It also includes a magical, fairy-tale garden for children, The Enchanted Woods.
SUMMARY OF ALL SPENDING
That's $633.19 for 5 people, for 4 days. This works out to be $31.66 per person, per day ($633.19 divided by 4 days, divided by 5 people).
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