If you love getting out in the woods and hiking, take a look at the hut-to-hut offerings the Appalachian Mountain Club has. With this long-established organization, you can take some of the most beautiful hikes in the northeast staying in simple but comfortable family-style huts. Their network of huts allow hikers of all abilities (from novice to experienced climbers, kids of all ages) to have access to wonderful backcountry adventures.
A great starting point is the AMC’s Highland Center, right at Crawford Notch in New Hampshire. From there, you can take your pick of hikes ranging from a couple of hours to several days. No need to worry about buying all sorts of gear for you and yours. They’ll get you completely outfitted with everything from windbreakers and fleece jackets to walking sticks and backpacks from their extensive selection of L.L.Bean clothing and equipment all available for free use.
Hut stays include family-style dinners and breakfasts and accommodations in co-ed bunkrooms. Trips can be organized and naturalist-led or independent. They also offer paddling and climbing excursions, and come winter, snowshoeing and skiing. --Susan Farewell
Photo by Herb Swanson, courtesy of the Appalachian Mountain Club.