June 2012 Release in Review & Release Contest

The June release has been full of some gorgeous new products and we hope the projects from the team have been beyond inspiring!  I've picked out favorites of my own, from each of the design team members, to share with you today!  Click the link next to each team member's name to see more details about the project shown here, as well as the rest of her projects from this release!  And be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post…..you won't want to miss out on this month's release in review CONTEST!!!

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  • 1
    Natasha Kara says:

    I grew up in South Africa, so our vacations were in December. My all time favorite one was December 1995. It was the first time I went away with girl friends. We first went to Sun City and the Cape Town. We had the time of our lives!

  • 2
    Cathie says:

    A week on Martha’s Vineyard…good friends, perfect weather. It was beautiful and relaxing. I came back recharged and 5 lbs lighter- how often does that happen?

  • 3
    Tracey says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was spent at Virginia Beach. One week at a waterfront mansion, no clocks and no worries. Sun and fun, period.

  • 4
    Darlene Placito says:

    The best summer vacation was going up to see lighthouses in Maine. I love everything about Maine.

  • 5
    Shelley says:

    Spending a week at the beach at and old place with no wifi so I was OFF THE GRID for 8 days. I had my dogs and my friends and relaxed. I have to admit tho, I missed being in the know sometimes. 🙂

  • 6
    Sue K says:

    In about 1987, my husband and I and some of our friends went to Point Sebago in Maine with our young children – it was a combination camping/resort, and at that time in our lives, a big splurge! – and the kids had so much fun! I’ll always remember it fondly as one of our first “big” family vacations.

  • 7
    Denise says:

    We live 1,000 miles away from our families so each summer vacation we go home and our kids get to see their grandparents and cousins, watch baseball games, eat sweet corn and enjoy the Midwestern summer weather – one more week and we start this year’s trip – can’t wait!

  • 8
    sano says:

    The best vacation I have ever had was the summer my daughter, two grandsons and myself traveled by car to all the national parks. We traveled for three weeks and enjoyed seeing so many wonderful things. What a great trip!

  • 9
    Kathy W says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was as a child; my grandparents took my sister and I on a road trip to Northern California and the Bay Area. I loved the Redwoods and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. We kept stopping at diners searching for the “perfect” chocolate milkshake. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 10

    Going to the beach with my best friend and her mom when we were young teenagers. We had so much fun!

  • 11
    Martha S. says:

    I always loved the two weeks we would spend in the summer with my grandparents in Louisiana. We would bake, crochet, make candy and play with cousins! Loved it!!

  • 12
    Susan T says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was with my family and we took a trip to North Carolina and stay on the beach. It was the first time that my children swam in the ocean. No one wanted to leave. Best time ever!!!!!

  • 13
    Coral says:

    Probably the summer my family drove down to the US and drove across country. We were going to a friend’s wedding in Washington, and we camped and stopped to visit other friends and family & sightsee on our way out and on the way back.

  • 14
    Garnett Andrews says:

    The best vacation I have ever had was two summers ago when my husband and I went to Aspen, the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and Las Vegas. We had the best time driving from destination to destination. We saw so many cool things! Lots of awesome memories from that trip!!

  • 15

    We go to New Jersey to see my sister and I just loved bringing both of my girls to the beach for the very first time!

  • 16
    Susan B says:

    The best summer vacation for me time is spent camping with my grandchildren. Thanks for the chance!

  • 17
    Jenink says:

    We had several holidays growing up at beaches on the East Coast of Australia renting holiday houses, they’ve kind of all blended together in my memory as a great summer family holiday.

  • 18
    beth says:

    Going to Alaska and up through the New England states

  • 19
    Jessica C says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was the year my husband and I took our children to Disneyland and then up the coast to San Francisco and Muir Woods. We camped on the beach, we walked in the redwoods. It was lovely.

  • 20
    Kristy says:

    We went to Ireland for 2 weeks! Our son was studying there for a semester, so we got there as he was finishing up his classes. It was so nice to see him after a few months of being apart, and seeing Ireland all together!

  • 21

    I think the best summer vacation I ever had was when I and a friend went for 6 weeks to explore the West Coast of US. I had never been to the US before but my friend knew a family up in Washington State. It was weeks of traveling, exploring, visiting lots of different places and meeting new friends.

  • 22
    Carol says:

    My Mom and Dad didn’t travel much. A couple of years after Dad died, I took Mom and my dog to a relative’s house on Cranberry Island, Maine. She loved it. The house is right on the water and she would sit for hours on the porch or we’d be on the beach. The dog would be lying in the water with the waves lapping and Mom would just sit on a big boulder and poke around in the sand with a stick looking for seaglass. We did that for several years until her death and I am so happy that I was able to give her that.

  • 23
    Ruby 2 Shoes says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when we visited France and stayed in a gorgeous tower overlooking a river with family and friends. We had a hilarious time together with a bread machine nearly exploding, nearly missing trains meaning we’d have to sleep out somewhere, wine tasting etc. Some really fun and happy memories. Actually you’ve reminded me I must scrapbook them! Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize, this release is FABULOUS!!

  • 24
    Amanda says:

    The last summer vacation before we had kids. We went to the UK, were there for three weeks, and we only had three days of rain. The weather was perfect, the food was great, the views and sights were amazing. And we didn’t have any little people to chase. Of course, we didn’t know at the time what that meant!

  • 25
    Cardm8kr63 says:

    I have to say some of my best summers were spent in Arizona with my Grandparants.

  • 26
    Crystal Shipley says:

    The best summer vacation for me was 8 years when my family and I went camping for the first time @Lake Erie. We had such a great time,we are finally going back next month I can’t wait. Thanks for the chance to win and good luck to everybody!!!!!!!

  • 27
    Vanessa says:

    The best summer vacation I had was the summer my son turned one. It was like seeing the world all anew again when he experienced all the things of summer: sand,sun, and water. It was wonderful seeing the newness of it all again.

  • 28
    Janice Williams says:

    I love history and visiting Gettysburg was a highlight on one summer vacation.

  • 29
    Martha says:

    The best vacation I ever had was visiting Mexico with my dad. I climbed Chichen Itza, explored Uxmal and swam in a cenote.

  • 30
    Diana says:

    The best summer vacation was when I went to India for our first Family reunion. Had a blast visiting cousins and their children. Seeing my mom get together with all her brothers and sisters, in one place was so special to me. That week In India will always be the best. Letting my children meet and spend a special bond with their cousins from all different parts of the world was a treasure.

  • 31
    Ann says:

    Don’t really have Summer holidays but a few years ago I visited my sister when she was working in Romania and we went to stay in a small rural village in Transylvania – I’ll never forget the beauty of the mountains and countryside, the sound of children playing and hens clucking outside our lodge, and the wild flower meadows everywhere. The smell of woodsmoke still takes me back there.

  • 32
    Kelly says:

    The summer vacation I remember as a kid was after graduating high school. The 3 kids and mom and dad driving from Florida to New Jersey to visit family. Lots of fun at the hotels and then the memories with the cousins. Thanks Nichole.

  • 33
    Victoria h says:

    Choosing one is difficult but being by the sea and relaxed with my family is my common theme of contentment.

  • 34
    Shawn Wenrich says:

    We spent a week in a rented condo on the beach in Oceanside. Opening the door and hearing the ocean is simply incredible!

  • 35
    Lou says:

    10 years ago my in-laws bought a beach house and every summer since we have spent out holidays there…..it’s been where we have played games, relaxed, enjoyed meals together and spent time at the beach. I can’t choose a favorite!

  • 36
    Vicki B says:

    I think the best summer vacation I ever had was when I was around 8 or 9. My father’s sister lived in Dallas, TX, and we drove there from Baltimore, MD. It took several days, and my parents took the scenic route. I remember stopping in little “ma and pa” motels with fun playgrounds and swimming pools, at campy roadside attractions (which were a wonder to little kids), and marveling in awe at crossing the Mississippi River. I also remember driving down the same road in the back of my uncle’s convertible (unseatbelted at that time) that the Kennedy convoy traveled when he was shot. It was a trip I’ve never forgotten for both its fun and serious moments.

  • 37
    Maureen Merritt says:

    My best summer vacation was my honeymoon in Aruba. I would love to go back again one day with my husband!

  • 38
    Kelly B says:

    The best summer vacation I had was bicycling in the Loire river valley of France. Great scenery, food & wine …. so wonderful!!

  • 39
    Cassie Brumbaugh says:

    Going to a Scrapbook Convention with my Pal-O-Mine! Yippee!

  • 40
    Ginny Schleich says:

    My best summer vacations were when my boys were younger and hubby and I would drive cross country to Nebraska the hubby’s side family reunion. The boys had such fun on the farm, hubby and I got to visit with family and hear stories and just hang out. I Miss those family reunions.

  • 41
    Mette says:

    Going to Bermuda 10 years ago with hubby and kids + 20 other people. Our friend turned 40 and treated his family and close friends to a celebration holiday there :).
    Stayed in Michael Douglas’s hotel, swam in clear blue water and soaked up the sun on white beaches. Best Holiday ever.

    Hugs, Mette

  • 42
    Dee in NH says:

    My favorite vacation was the 2 weeks off from work and NO PLANS! How fun it was to just get up in the morning and have coffee on the porch and decide what I wanted to do that day. Such a refreshing change from all the running around and hectic pace. I’m thinking I need another one of those!

  • 43
    Cammie says:

    My best summer vacation was spent touring Ireland.

  • 44
    Happy Now says:

    I am optimistic… Colorado in July!! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 45
    Jennifer K says:

    After both high school and college I took a trip to Europe with friends. I’m not much of an adventurous person but those trips were wonderful and I’m so grateful for the experience. Can’t wait to go back!

  • 46
    Rebecca says:

    My favorite vacation was an all girl week at the beach! My mom and I, the cousins & Aunts, and grandmothers (both in their 80’s!) rented a beach house together. We had an outstanding time. Meals were done lickety split & laundry never piled up. Best of all… I saw these ever important women in my life through a new light. They let their hair down and had fun. The bonds of that trip will be with me forever!

  • 47
    Christine Nixon says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve had so far was last year. We traveled to Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a trip of a lifetime for me – something I have always wanted to do and it was everything I had hoped for. There are no words to express how much I loved New England and Maine particularly.

  • 48
    Terri E. says:

    I loved horse showing all summer. I have many fond memories of great trips.

    Terri E.

  • 49

    The best summer vacation was when my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary several years ago on our first cruise. We had been parents for a few years and had never been aways from our kids for more than a night or two and never at the same time. It was great for us AND them! We relaxed and enjoyed ourselves and missed the kids (always a good sign, lol!).

  • 50
    Kathy A says:

    Neighbors loaned us their cottage up north every summer when we were young, loved seeing the deer and picking the wild blueberries, fishing with Dad (he fished I read a book)great memories

  • 51
    Teresa P says:

    My favorite vacation was when my husband had a long term assignment to Seattle. It was a 9 mo paid vacation. We had a great time seeing the sights and taking the ferry boats and going to Canada. What a treat for a family from KS.

  • 52
    Karen says:

    One of my best summer vacations ever was when I was a teen. My parents took us (me and my 6 siblings) camping to Myrtle Beach. With that many kids, camping was our only option for vacationing and we loved it!
    Us kids always had someone to ‘hang’ with and we were never bored. We were very close to the beach and would spend lots of time in the sand and surf during the day and at night we would sit around the campfire telling stories and jokes, singing and just having fun being together. So many years later, all of us kids as well as our parents remember those times with fondness.
    We looked forward to those trips every year!

  • 53
    Rachel says:

    Any summer during Uni. Friends would all come home from various cities and we would spend weeks hanging out, playing touch football and cricket on the beach, board games round a table late in the afternoon…..drinks at night, many laughs and many memories still held close even after 20 years.

  • 54
    Lori Campbell says:

    It took us 17 years to save up for our first REAL vacation. We spent 12 days in Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff, Alberta, Canada. It was my husband’s first time on an airplane, too! He passed away unexpectedly a year later so the memories from this trip are extra special.

  • 55
    Sue C says:

    I would say last summer when we took a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for a few days. It was a trip that we didnt expect a whole lot from and we loved every part of it. It was relaxing (and I can seldom let go and relax) and just plain fun. We just got back from a return trip there this year where we stayed twice as long as we did last year and we would like to make it a yearly trip!

  • 56
    KateT says:

    As a kid (and now as an adult) we spend a month at Bethany Beach in Delaware. It’s my second home and I couldn’t imagine summer vacation anywhere else!

  • 57
    Renae Crosby says:

    I remember a summer camping trip to Yellowstone Park as a kid when everyone in the campground was woken by rangers alerting us to bears in the campground. It was fascinating to watch the rangers smear peanut butter on bread with their hands and use that as bait to lure the mama bear and her two cubs into a big barrel trap. After many tries, all 3 bears were finally in the trap together and they were relocated to a more remote part of the park. It’s a memory that has always stayed with me.

  • 58
    Shelly says:

    I used to spend the summer with my father’s sister and her family. She taught me to garden, can & pick blackberries. We made homemade ice cream and spent summer nights outside catching fireflies. Simple things! Those have been the things that have been my role model for parenting my own children and hopefully creating wonderful memories for them & our grandchildren.

  • 59
    Linda Richmond says:

    Hands down, our trip to Alaska. We took the Alaska Railroad tour. Every day had side trips, cruises, hiking, bear searching, a small plane ride, and visiting Denali. Just amazing!

  • 60
    Paula says:

    Hawaii for sure! It wasn’t really a ‘summer’ vacation, since it was in March and my kids were still in school, but I’ll count it none the less! We began on Oahu, then ventured over to the Big Island! Can’t wait to go back and visit a few more islands!

  • 61
    Marybeth L. says:

    The last trip my family was all together ,befor they grew up and left the nest. It was the most beautiful trip to Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone National Park. I will cherish every moment of that wonderful trip.

  • 62
    Susan says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was a trip to a Bed and Breakfast in upstate New York. We had my immediate family and a whole lot of our extended family attend. It was like a family reunion. The best part of it was staying in the huge Victorian house. It was awesome!!

  • 63
    Katie Sims says:

    Some of my fondest summer memories were spent at my grandparents’ house. We would go and stay for a week. They lived in the country and had a huge garden and my grandmother cooked every day so lots of meals with vegetables from the garden and playing outside everyday…what fun!

  • 64
    Kate says:

    My husband and I did a tour of the Loire Valley in France. We had a guide book that listed lots of ancient houses full of charm to stay in. We stayed in age-old mills and rambling manoirs, breakfasted in baronial halls and dipped our toes in ornamental pools. The best one was a very atmospheric petit chateau in the middle of nowhere. The entrance was up a curving double flight of steps. Outside, the heat was intense and the view from the cool of our room was of a field of sunflowers. What made it so special was the faded grandeur inside, a glimpse into a former time enhanced by the gracious hospitality of the artistocratic owners.

  • 65
    Irma says:

    Going home to the Philippines and having my parents meet my daughter for the first time!!

  • 66
    Ellie A. says:

    If you ask my kids they will actually say Last year even though my husband had his hours cut & we couldn’t travel anywhere or spend as we would have liked. I made it my mission to plan our Summer & look for Free Fun. We were able to do Free Bowling,Free Movies, Free Museum trips and other free fun. This year already I’ve been told Mama how are you going to top last year? OH Mama has plans! Seeing and hearing the happiness and giggles is the best gift of the Summer to me!

  • 67
    Cristina says:

    The best summer vacation was two years ago. I live at PR, and all my closest family members (mom, dad, my siblings and their husbands, my hubbie and daughter) traveled to Walt Disney all together for the 1st time ever. It was amazing gathering for a trip all at once and for the most of the group, it was their 1st time ever at Disney. So much to discover! The best friend of my youngest sister with her family members, travel too to surprise her. It was a blast! everything came out wonderful and we had so much fun for 9 days.

    I wish we can repeat it again soon…. (*sigh*)

  • 68
    Elise McKinney says:

    My best vacations were summers at Hilton Head with my husband and kids when they were little. I think about them all the time.

  • 69
    Tracy S. says:

    I would have to say it was the time we went to Toronto for the World Fair. We had some much fun but our feet were killing us!

  • 70
    Maria E. Benitez says:

    When our kids were younger, we used to rent a condo on the beach on the west coast of Florida during part of the summer. We were frequently joined by other family members. Those are some of the best times we’ve ever had.

  • 71
    Peg Coleman says:

    My best summer vacation was when the kids were little, we were poor as dirt, but would spend a week at a camp ground close to town. The women would stay at the campground with the kids while the men would go into town to work.It was the best of times!

  • 72
    Jen Rolfes says:

    Hanging out in Myrtle Beach with my family!

  • 73
    Susan P says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had would have to be a trip to Myrtle Beach with our kids. I’ll never forget watching them being so busy building things in the sand and enjoying the water. Such happy times!

  • 74
    Sara Spener says:

    The best summer vacation memories are spending time at my Grandparents little cabin in southern Sweden. Super cozy and quite primitive right by a little lake. Oh how we loved to play and swim there. Good times indeed. 🙂

  • 75

    When I was a kid and young adult my favorite summers always involved summer camp. How I loved having a week free from my parents, swimming everyday, archery, arts and crafts. It was the best time ever.

  • 76
    Anne Hartschlag says:

    Summer vacations at Daytona Beach. Money was tight so six of us (four kids and hubby and me) stayed in a small, very small, room with a tiny kitchenette. We always had such a good time and those memories are cherished ones.

  • 77
    kathy marr says:

    The best summer for me was going to Atlantic beach N.C. Our family had a cottage there.

  • 78
    Karen C. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was the last time we went to Disney with our girls. They were at just the right ages to appreciate all that we got to see and still have the wide-eyed enthusiasm for everything Disney.

  • 79

    Up until now, it was probably the big Disney vacation we did when I was about 12! I still remember so many wonderful moments from that. But soon it will be the big Disney vacation that we are currently planning to take our own kids on. I hope they will have as many wonderful, magical memories as I do!

  • 80
    Laura K says:

    Mexico 2004. Wonderful weather, grate food, amazing history. just perfect.

  • 81
    Celia says:

    Best summer vacation I have ever had was with my cousin in Sedona at a spa and yoga retreat. It was so relaxing and I came back with a better frame of mind and some great pictures to scrap!

  • 82
    Paula Laird says:

    Best summer vacation was when my husband proposed on 4th of July under the fireworks in Oklahoma where we were visiting his family. It was a complete shock. Changed my whole perspective on summer! 😉

  • 83
    Pat says:

    Growing up we ran a resort so our summer vacations were spent working but they were the best summers and best ” working vacations” ever!

  • 84
    misse336 says:

    My best vacation was when my husband and I took a road trip out west. We were able to see so many beautiful sites – Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, The Petrified Forest and so many more.

  • 85
    Sherrie M. says:

    Last summer we went to Maine with friends….gorgeous unspoiled landscapes and water, quaint little island, unplugged from the rest of the world. I didn’t expect it would be as wonderful as it was so that made the trip even better!

  • 86
    Deb Else says:

    My best vacation was with my family when I was growing up. We drove from IL to CO to see my cousins. My 2 sisters & I in the back seat, mom & dad in the front. And we didn’t take the interstates, but the regular highways and saw so many sites that are missed if you go wizzing by on the interstates.

  • 87

    Yay! This release is awesome!!! My favorite vacation was when our family went to visit Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore. We had so much fun, and I will never forget some of the moments we had!

  • 88
    JoAnn H says:

    Probably a trip to Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Wasaga beach in Ontario Canada when I was a kid…fun times climbing scenic caves and picnic on the beach…ahh the life.

  • 89
    Darla says:

    My best summer vacations were the ones we spent in Colorado camping in the mountains! There is nothing like waking up to fresh cool mountain air and then making a yummy breakfast outdoors!

  • 90
    Laura says:

    It’s a toss up – either San Diego, where we loved the zoo or vacation this year which was a road trip through parts of Central Virginia and North Carolina.

  • 91
    Maryanne Degiorgio says:

    When my son was little we used to go to Queensland (Australia) every year and have a family holiday. Now that my son is a grown man I look at those holidays with a smile on my face and great memories

  • 92
    Andrea B says:

    Last summer with my two boys visiting our family for a month across country. Nothing like spending time with the ones you love most.

  • 93
    Candy says:

    4 years ago we went on a cruise to Alaska–Beautiful! we traveled with another family and shared a wonderful, fun-filled, yummy, and relaxing adventure. can’t wait to go again

  • 94
    Stella Paeglow says:

    We rented 3 cabins in Frankin, NC and we spent a week with the entire family and it was the best time ever.

  • 95
    Amie says:

    I went to the Outer Banks with my whole family and some extended family a few years ago. It was my first time there and I fell in love with it. It was also a great chance to spend more time with everyone and bond.

  • 96
    Karen L. says:

    Taking my family to see the Grand Canyon (and more sights too). I had been a dream of mine to travel cross country and re-discover the western USA with my family as my parents had done with me when I was a teenager. It was a fabulous trip, enjoyed by all!

  • 97
    Jay ell says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was in San Antonio, Texas. It was a beautiful place and we all had a ball.

  • 98
    Katie N says:

    I grew up going to Wells Beach at the southern tip of Maine every summer. I have lots of great memories and can’t say as there is any one vacation that was the best, but I treasure all the memories of family and the beach over the years!

  • 99
    Laurie Hunt says:

    Easy question, but I have a tie for best! My husband and I took a small cruise ship in Alaska. All I can say is it was a trip with amazing beauty everywhere you looked. The other, similar but different, we took a safari in Kenya. Again the beauty was beyond words. Both trips changed the way I looked at the Earth in all her glory!

  • 100

    The best summer vacation I ever had happened last summer when we finally cleared our lot right near a big river and put our very first camper on it. We spent 2 total weeks there and I did some “Campin’ Stampin’ ” and had a blissful 2 weeks away from everything!!!

  • 101
    Emma Bourke says:

    My best summer vacation was a long weekend at a music festival in Belgium with my husband and friends. Great music and great company 🙂

  • 102
    Denise E says:

    I had wonderful summers growing up spent in NC with my grandparents. However, my favorite recent trip was when my hubby took me to Hawaii for our 15th anniversary. What an awesome vacation! Thanks for a chance to win from this awesome release! =o)

  • 103
    Isabel Z says:

    My best summer vacations were the ones that I spent with my cousins in a little town in Spain. My mother would put my sister and me on a plane and we would spend the summer immersed in the culture of her home. I loved the cobblestone streets, going to the open air markets, the beautiful old buildings, and spending time with my relatives whom I only saw once a year.

  • 104
    JeanD says:

    Last Christmas (yes it was summer) we stayed in a lovely beach house for 3 nights. Christmas by the beach, my eldest son home from the other side of the world, all the family together (including grandparents), long walks on the beach with hardly anyone else, a new place to explore, lots of birds and to top it off fairy penguins!!!!

  • 105
    Melissa Ladd says:

    My best vacation was probably when we went to the beach last summer. We had such a fun time!

  • 106
    Barbara T says:

    My best summer vacation was in California. We spent it with another family who was ‘ the same speed” as we were. All worked out wonderfully and our single boys enjoyed themselves immensely.

  • 107
    Lisa says:

    The fondest summer vacation memory I have was a trip to Key West with my family when I was in Junior High School. It was my first visit to the Keys and I have been enamored ever since!

  • 108
    Leigh Penner says:

    Ooh, that’s a tough one! I think I’d have to say, despite being 7 months pregnant and sleeping on the ground in a tent on the way there and back, would be our trip to B.C. for my twin brother’s wedding eight years ago. We’re returning this summer to celebrate our 40th birthday and I’m really looking forward to it!
    Thanks for the chance to win, Nichole!

  • 109
    Karen Walker says:

    The year my husband retired we drove across country from NY to California, stopping at 12 National Parks and ending up at my daughter’s for a week outside San Francisco. We had stunning weather the whole month, and saw so many wonderful places. I’d go again in a second.

  • 110
    Chrissy L. says:

    My mother and I took my two oldest sons on a tour if the west: South Dakota, Yellowstone, Salt Lake, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Colorado Springs. While on the trip, I found out I was pregnant with son #3, so really, they all were on the trip!

  • 111
    Beth says:

    Camping across Newfoundland starting on the southeast side (Argentia) and covering the entire island over the next 10 days. My favorite place was New World Island and Twillingate (where we saw icebergs) … also the fjords in Gros Morne National Park.

  • 112
    Tosha says:

    For our 25th anniversary we took off for Pikes Peak, no reservations made. Our intent was to stay in Military lodging as we traveled. A week of exploring with no deadlines, yeah! We called ahead to see if rooms we available along the way almost every time we were told no but when we arrived a room was found. When we arrived at Colorado Springs the same was true, we stopped anyway at the Academy and ask for a room. We were told ok…I sighed relief and said oh good today is our 25th anniversary. The young lady looked at John and asked if he would like a suite, it had its own parking spot and the most wonderful view of Pikes Peak. The whole trip was filled with blessings as such. Just the most fun we have ever had…we need to do that again!

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    Laura :) says:

    My best summer vacation would have to be the year I got married. We traveled to the States to get married during summer vacation and had our honeymoon in Florida at Disney World. It was perfect 🙂

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • 114
    Euna says:

    My family has never done much in the way of a Summer vacation. Especially now that we’ve moved to New Zealand, and Christmas and every birthday we can imagine seems to fall in the middle of Summer. However, about 5 years ago, we went to Queenstown for a holiday for a few days. It was short and nothing really special about it, but having my nana from Korea and just having the whole family together was something rather special. Not to mention, we didn’t have to drive all weekend in a rush like our typical holidays! 😉

  • 115
    Marjorie Henseler says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had involved going nowhere. It was after I had taught for over twenty years. For all those years I spent big parts of the summer either working another job, going to grad school, or teaching summer school. Finally, ten years ago, I took the entire summer off! It was just what I needed and I loved the free, unscheduled time. That summer was wonderful.

  • 116
    Emily Hyvl says:

    The best vacation was when I was a child and my parents, along with come cousins, took all of us kids to the zoo. It was an amazing zoo and we had soo much fun with the family.

  • 117
    Suz says:

    December 2000 (Summer in Australia!)I went to Hayman Island in the Whitsundays – heavenly. Even better, my husband of 10 years proposed to me by the magnificent pool whilst under the stars. So romantic.

  • 118
    Manasa says:

    My best summer vacations were to my grandparents place in India where all cousins would get together and have fun ! That was the best place and best vacation ever !

  • 119
    DiAnn says:

    We always went to Sanibel Island each summer with the children. Boy do I miss those days. Hopefully once granddaughters are older we can start the tradition again. Thanks for the chance to win. This is a wonderful collection this month

  • 120
    Diane Anthony says:

    The best “summer” vacation I ever had was in January of 2005 when I spent a week in Hawaii with my sister. We left in a snowstorm and landed in tropical paradise!

  • 121
    Nora Anne says:

    My sons first trip to Disney World! It was magical watching his reaction to it all 🙂

  • 122
    verna says:

    I spent an incredible week in Umbria in Italy with my husband. Magic!

  • 123
    veronica says:

    Dale Hollow Lake State Park, KY. We had a pontoon boat that you could ski behind. And a bunch of our friends had boats, and we stayed the whole wknd, and camped, swam, cooked out. It was a blast!

  • 124
    Julie Call says:

    Every summer we’d spend a week at my aunt’s house with my cousins, and always had the best times. My favorite was when I was about 12, we had all gotten our own life jackets and spent the week in the pool and boating around the bay playing “Rescue Crew 2000,” our own version of Baywatch! We still laugh about that now, and we’re all going back there this summer for SAF!

  • 125

    My best summer vacation was spent at Disney World with my family, even though I’m now 35, being back at Disney with my parents always brings back so many great memories.

  • 126
    JulieZ says:

    Hmmm, I’m going to have to say Disney World as a child. I’d really love to take my kids there some day – there really is something so magical about that place.

  • 127
    Pam W. says:

    Oh goodness, I’ve had some great vacations. One of my favorites was when my daughter and I flew to California a few years ago. It was a great time.

  • 128
    dana says:

    As a kid one summer my family got a house boat and spent a week at Lake Powell in AZ. I had the best time!

  • 129
    Pat says:

    I have been fortunate to share many vacations with my family. but the most memorable was our 3 week road trip from Ohio to the West Coast with four kids ranging in age from 6 to 12. On that trip, we discovered one child had motion sickness and another had impetigo! The trip started out rough, but once we got past those issues we had a great time!

  • 130
    Gladys says:

    We have year round summer vacation in Singapore. Think is to go overseas with family.

  • 131
    Julie M says:

    I love all my vacations, the beach, DC, what’s not to love about all of them, after all they are vacation. 🙂

  • 132

    Going to Cape Cod every year when we were kids – it was so fun just fishing, swimming and riding our bikes. Those were the good ole days!

  • 133
    Glorie says:

    Evert summer when I was a kid we went to my maternal grandmother’s hometown. She lived in a tiny seaside town in the Philippines. We went to the beach everyday, bought fish straight from the boat, and generally played until it was too dark out.

  • 134

    Oef, what a tough question this is… I have more than one… But if I had to choose, it would be the vacation in Mexico! We had six weeks in total (that helped, hi hi) and we saw so many gorgeous places! It was relaxed and we had perfect weather! Loved it!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  • 135
    Ange Kelly says:

    Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays! Such a magical place to spend time with the family.

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    Marcie Rhys says:

    Loved the ones with my family, but the year my twin and I went to Washington DC to stay with a life-long school friend (we were all 20 years old — 40 years ago!), was the best. It was July and super hot, but the museums were glorious. After catching a ride with our friend going to work, we’d hang out on the dinosaurs on the mall, and wait for everything to open up. Sigh.

  • 137
    Allison says:

    Picking raspberries at my Great Aunt’s Farm

  • 138
    liz says:

    My best summer vacation was the year I graduated college. My roommate’s sister lived in San Francisco and we went to visit her for a week. Lots of wine and food! When I got home, I did the laundry and packed again to leave the next day for Myrtle Beach with my family for a week!

  • 139
    Sandy Kay says:

    My most favorite vacation was when I was 30 and saw the ocean for the FIRST time! It was on the east coast and I was in awe of the magnitude of that ocean! I did not want to leave when it was time to go! It’s been several years since I’ve been to the beach and now thinking of it makes me want to go again!

  • 140

    The summers on Wells Beach in Maine when all the sibs took adjoining cottages for a magical week together.

  • 141
    Margaret says:

    My best vacation was the time we took our kids to Disney world. It was a combination work/vacation while I was attending a conference. My husband took the kids to the park every day and I joined them at night. We got to stay at the dolphin hotel. The pool was great and the whole week was awesome.

  • 142
    Nbents@tds.net says:

    Nothing comes to mind right away but working at a school for the last 5 years I get my summers off with the kids and these have been the best summers! I love having lazy days as well as crazy busy ones driving them to different activities…. I feel very best to hang out with them all summer!

  • 143
    Lupe Rocamora says:

    My best vacation was the summer we took the kids on the Disney cruise. First we went to Disney World and spent a few days there and then went on the cruise. It was such a great experience. We all had such a great time. My kids still talk about it to this day.

  • 144
    Michelle L says:

    One of the best vacations I have ever been on is when my husband and I drove around lake Michigan on our first anniversary. I little camping, some B&Bs, and a lot of exploring. Great memories!

  • 145
    wendy says:

    the best summer vacation I have in a long time was when hubby me and our daughter decided to drive from Ontario, Canada to Pigeon Forge…we visited Dollywood and the Ripley Museum and stayed on a few extra days ..loved the mountains, spectacular..we drove up a mountain edge road and at the top stood with one foot on each side of the Tennessee/ Carolina border…this being in 2 places at once just happened to be on our daughters bucket list…she got to check that off

  • 146
    Susan says:

    My best summers are always spent in Maine. My grandparents lived there when I was a child and I would spend summers with them. Now I am continuing the tradition with my own children by spending the summer in the same town that my grandparents loved.

  • 147
    Lee says:

    The best summer vacation I had was a trip to see the Tour de France. Cycling up the mountains to watch the race with all the locals was a unique experience.

  • 148
    Judy F. says:

    My favorite summer vacation was in Williamsburg, VA with my family many, many years ago. We discovered a small sign “Sherwood Forest”. Upon driving up the driveway we discovered a small house with a maid outside. It was the home of one of our presidents, John Tyler. We were the third set of visitors that they had in a year. Our private tour allowed me to hold Mrs. Tyler’s wedding shoes and the infamous Tippecanoe and Tyler Too flag. The tour ended with my family and I sitting and talking with John Tyler III in the library. After all these years I still enjoy remembering this fabulous experience.

  • 149
    Roxann says:

    My favorite summer trip was spending it with my husband and parents in Alaska to celebrate our anniversaries–our 25th; mom and dad’s 50th! The weather was perfect; the scenery was spectacular; the company was priceless!

  • 150
    Jade says:

    The last family vacation I took with my parents. We went to Disney World and I was old enough to understand how much they were paying for the trip and to show them how much I appreciated it by treating them to a nice dinner. I am leaving very soon to take my daughter on her very first trip to Disney – I think this trip might become my new favorite.

  • 151
    Kelly F says:

    Family reunion in Tennessee for my parents 50th anniversary…whole family–22 of us–in one big log home for a whole week. Everyone thought we would be fighting by the end of the week, but instead we had a blast.

  • 152
    Peggy Sue says:

    Everyone that I have spent in Maine. Love the rocky coast line, water, lighthouses and constant watching to spot the elusive moose!

  • 153
    Loydene says:

    The best — is really very difficult. When I was a child, the open and free days of summer were the “best” — time… nothing but time …. to lay on the grass and watch the clouds, to make marigold salad, to go to camp, to play, to read, read, read

    When I had a child … traveling with him, taking him places … also time … to lay on the grass and watch the clouds, to tickle, to read, read, read.

    They are ALL good … there is no best!

  • 154
    LL says:

    Funny enough, our best summer vacations have been in Disney. We camp at Fort Wilderness every year and spend three glorious weeks visiting with Mickey and his friends. Certainly not what everyone would call fun, but even our 22 yr. old daughter still begs to come every year. We love it there which is why when we find a vacation spot we love and have such great memories of, we keep repeating it!

  • 155
    Christine N. says:

    A week in the Colorado Rockies on a “dude ranch” with family. We got to go hiking, horseback riding, shopping in Estes Park and more! One of the best parts was the meal plan (no work or thinking for anyone) and all the fun family activities like Bingo, craft classes, trivia night, etc. Great!

  • 156
    Detra Parks says:

    Sea World and Bush Gardens with the kiddos!! So much fun!!

  • 157
    José says:

    The best summer vacation was spent with my DH and two gorgeous kids on Zakynthos, Greece about 4 years ago. We were in a wonderful hotel right next to the beach. We had glorious weather, jummie food and the kids had a great time.

  • 158
    Kathy says:

    Going to Maine and camping and eating lobster…yum

  • 159
    Jackie W. says:

    My parents took my sister and I to the Virgin Islands when I was 10 and it was such a great trip that my husband and I took our son and daughter when they were that age – and it was a wonderful trip! So glad I could give them the same memory I had in that magical place. We still talk about it!

  • 160
    Karen N. says:

    We spent one week in August every year at Houghton Lake in northern Michigan. We kept this tradition all of my youth and even after my father past. I have some of the most cherished memories from those vacations.

  • 161
    Irene C. says:

    The best vacation was the summer our family traveled/camped our way to Alaska. We visited family in Seatle, WA then made our way up & into Canada–Alaskan Hwy.–Beautiful mountains & scenery! Also traveled the inside passage by ferry to Juneau & flew to the Island of Sitka ( wedding there) before making our way by car to the main land of Alaska to visit a family friend & see more beautiful sights! Month long trip & a very special time!

  • 162
    Linda in aus says:

    Summer of 2000 we were transferred to the Aussie outback, it was hot hot hot but we made great friends and our families were up from the city to join us.

  • 163
    Felicia says:

    I normally don’t take summer vacations, but the best summer vacation I had was going to South Dakota with my fiance a couple of years ago. I LOVED Custer State Park and all the wildlife especially the burrows that came up to our jeep and ate out of our hands. Good times! And Mount Rushmore is something to see first hand. It was amazing!

  • 164
    Sam says:

    I am reading a familiar theme here! Disney! I was lucky enough to be selected as a cultural representative for Disney in my third year of University a few years ago and worked the summer as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise ride. Loved it! My parents came down to pick me up and stayed two weeks after my last day and we had a fabulous vacation since I was able to show them all the tips, tricks and hidden gems of Disney. It was magical and so fabulous!! I miss everyone there and hope to have a reunion very soon!

  • 165
    Sue says:

    My best summer vacation is something I do every summer. I leave the Florida heat and escape to the family cabin nestled in the mountains on a pristine lake in Northern Idaho. The extended family is all there and it is a time full of memories, laughter, and rejuvenating.

  • 166

    The best Summer vacation I have ever had would have been when we visited Hayman. Such a beautiful place in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. So peaceful.

  • 167

    Last summer my son and I took a 3 week road trip with my parents. We hit 15 states, from California to Michigan. Aside from all of the wonderful sights along the way, making wonderful memories with my son and parents was priceless!

  • 168
    kprakken says:

    My best summer vacation has to last years trip to Disney World. Even though it was HOT, HOT, HOT (did I mention it was HOT), we had a wonderful time. It was worth all the heat to see the expressions on the grandkids faces when they saw “Mickey” and friends. We are planning on going back next year, but will go at a cooler time.

  • 169

    One of my best vacations was going to the Maldives it is breathtaking my favourite part of the holiday was seeing the baby sharks swim up to the island !!

  • 170
    Lorraine says:

    I’d have to say the summers we spent on Cape Cod with our children and extended family.

  • 171
    Beachn247 says:

    My best summer vacation was the last one spent with my family at the beach. It’s been 3 years, and I often relive the pure joy I felt.

  • 172
    Heidi Gore says:

    My best summer vacation was spent in a little cabin on a lake in Canada. It was so peaceful, tranquil and quiet. You could hear the loons at night and it was just a picture perfect vacation setting.

  • 173
    Lisa L. says:

    First fabulous new release! So many I want! My best vacation yikes I have two, of course my Honeymoon was amazing in Jamaica the whole atmosphere was amazingly beautiful and we didn’t have to lift a finger for anything! My second was the first time taking my son to the ocean those memories can never be replaced, thanks for bringing the memory forward and making me smile all over again just thinking about them!

  • 174
    Sonja says:

    That is about 15 years ago when I visit the US for the first time with my parents!!

  • 175
    Karen B says:

    The best summer vacations I have had we’re when the whole family spent a week in a cottage on Kiawah Island in SC – catching crabs, building sandcastles, riding the bike paths, finding sand dollars on the beach….

  • 176
    Sue in Grapevine says:

    I’d say it was going on a multi-state camping trip w/my oldest sister & her family when I was 12.

  • 177
    Karen R says:

    The best vacation ever was when my husband and I visited his grandparents in Ft. Myers, FL (many years ago). It was the first time I saw the ocean…..will never forget that feeling.

  • 178
    Andrea Jeanne says:

    I always have great memories of my family going to upstate NY with aunts, uncles, cousins. We went to “dude ranches” & family resorts, swam all day, ate home made ice cream and had ice cold bottles of soda from a huge “ice chest”….I still love to look at the old photos.

  • 179
    Katie B says:

    We used to drive from West Michigan to Cedar Point for vacations. One year we stopped on the way home and camped in a state park in Indiana. Great memories that keep flooding back.

  • 180
    Zikuzik says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was spent in Barcelona, Spain. It was a wonderful city trip with my boyfriend, to explore this fantastic city, the Art Nouveau and Gaudi!

  • 181
    Donelle U says:

    We took a family vacation 2 years ago and went to California. We went to Disneyland, spent a day at Huntington Beach, and then drove up the coast and stayed with my best friend from school – they live in Arroyo Grande/Pismo Beach. We had a bonfire on the beach and walked to a cool sandwich shop for lunch. Her parents came down for the day and it was soo much fun to just hang out with the waves, the fire and friends! My kids loved the ocean and we loved that trip!

  • 182
    Patsy says:

    Last summer we took our daughters to San Diego. While living in Arizona, I spent many summer vacations there as a teen, and my husband and I took several vacations there also. It was great to show our kids our favorite spots and activities. They loved playing in the surf and walking along the beach. Magical and memorable.

  • 183
    Nancy Guse says:

    My best summer vacation was going to Florida with my husband and our three children and canoeing on the Peace River and finding fossils.

  • 184
    susan todd says:

    The year we went to Cape Cod – beautiful weather, beaches, good food, shopping = bliss.

  • 185
    Paula Ireland says:

    That would be the first week that my family and I went to Ocean City, Maryland. My boys were young, but not so young that I couldn’t relax and enjoy myself. In fact, they spent most of the time running around with their cousins. It’s a favorite for all of us, good people, great weather and very relaxing and enjoyable.

  • 186
    jolin says:

    Sitting on the front porch of a litlle house tucked in the woods on a red dirt road. The sun comming up and the birds singing.Doesn’t get better then that. No traffic sounds….no phone…no TV….nothing but the sound of life and your own thoughts. My hidaway twicw a year.

  • 187
    Wendy Rivard says:

    The first summer I went to the beach with my best friend. Her family had a place at the beach and she was able. To bring a friend. We had so much fun!!

  • 188
    Bonnie says:

    some of my best summer vactions memories come from summers spent at my Grandparents home!! They lived about a 12 hour drive away, near the ocean, on a farm. I loved going there, we could explore all day long, pick berries and come home to homemade goodies…we would have bonfires on the beach at night, it really was the best way to spend a vacation.

  • 189
    Kathy H says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had coincided with my 50th birthday. My husband took me to San Francisco, then to the wine country. We went to Muir Woods, drove the Northern Cali coast and stopped in Half Moon Bay for lunch. What an amazing blessing!

  • 190
    Robin Barwacz says:

    When I was 14 we went to Assateaque Island to see the wild horses. The beach was amazing and the horses were fabulous. We learned how to fish for crab..so much fun.

  • 191
    marilyn says:

    It’s a toss-up…a Disney vacation and cruise with my sister’s family and cousin’s family… or a week in a rented cottage with five other families and friends. I love to think back on both of those vacations and remember the fun we had.

  • 192
    see mary stamp says:

    We didn’t vacation much when I was a child, so the thing that stands out most in my mind was a stay-cation. My dad was off for the week and we did all sorts of things locally – the zoo, lunch at a small airport, horse races, a baseball game, etc. Almost every day, a new activity. Loved it. As an adult, we traveled to the east coast visiting college for my oldest son. We had some unexpected pleasures, including finding we were only a short distance from Sleepy Hollow and the home of Washington Irving. As a librarian, that is a fun happenstance.

  • 193
    Sharon says:

    spending Christmas in Australia-it was summer there-reading a book on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach !

  • 194
    Debbie B says:

    My best summer vacation was the one I had every summer we were in the states. I was an Air Force brat but when were in the U.S. we would get to go spend the summer with my grandparents and aunt and uncle in Texas. We played outside all day catching bugs, crawdads, riding horses, moving cows from one pasture to the next, just being free to do what we wanted. I wish my children had the same freedoms we had when we were children.

  • 195
    Kelly says:

    My best summer vacation was the nearly annual trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. Still one of my most relaxing vacations ever. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize!

  • 196
    Terri M says:

    My best vacation was in 2005. I needed a vacation badly as I had not gone anywhere the prior year. I decided I wanted to go on a cruise by myself. I needed some alone time and some sunshine. So I could tell my friends that I did something on the ship, I decided to go to the singles event that evening. It was being held in the piano bar and when I went in there was just a small group sitting at one end of the bar so I sat down at the other end. In just a few minutes, this very nice looking gentleman asked if the seat beside me was taken and could he have a seat? So I said it was available. From that encounter, we eventually spent the rest of the cruise together. Two years later we were married and we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year. BEST VACTION EVER!

  • 197
    Kristen says:

    I have to start with ALL summer vacations are great!!! No school, time with family, fun!!! Two years ago we took our 7 and 6 year olds on a 2 week trip to see Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, 4 Corners, Lake Powell, Arches National Park, and a few other spots in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado. We did great outings like a Hummer ride, search for dino tracks/fossils, white water rafting on the Colorado. It was a great time and the kids (growing up in NC) thought it was awesome! They talk about their adventures and regularly plan new National Park adventures. It was a long lasting memory for all of us!

  • 198
    lisa808 says:

    Choosing the best summer vacation ever is not easy. Because of the memory of picking blueberries and making a pie with my grandmother, I would say the year we went to Nova Scotia when I was eight was the best.

  • 199
    BethS says:

    We didn’t really take many summer vacations when I was young and actually haven’t since I’ve had children. Now, with a baseball/football player, there is no such thing as summer vacation as the summer baseball season runs right into the football season. So, my favorite summer vacation was the summer that I went to sleep away camp. It was fantastic and the only bad part was that I was only there for a week! Love the stamps this month!

  • 200
    Kelly Braund says:

    We don’t get to go on vacation very often, but our first real family vacation was to Disney World 5 years ago and it was amazing! We had never been there, so we got to see it for the first time along with our kids. We left the day after school was out and it was an amazing time! Our youngest was only 1 when we went there so now that he’s 6 we hope to take them all again soon so they will all remember how much fun it is!

  • 201
    Heather P. says:

    I’m anticipating that THIS summer we will have the best summer vacation ever!! Three days on my parents’ boat on Mackinac Island, followed by two weeks in our new house on Glen Lake (Michigan)!! It’s all a surprise for our three kids…I can’t wait to see their faces!!!

  • 202
    Terri Bills says:

    I hate to admit my best vacation was before my son was born but it was such an awesome trip. My husband and I drove up to Bar Harbor, Maine and went to Acadia National Park. We climbed Champlain Mountain. We then made our way down the coast of Maine, stopping along the way in quaint little towns. We stayed over a few days in different places then spent the last couple of days in York before heading home. We had the best time.

  • 203
    Barb says:

    Every year we go to the East Coast to visit my in-laws. It’s always a great time.

  • 204
    Becky P. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when I spent the summer in Hawaii working as a camp counselor with two best friends. Great memories, great location, great adventures.

  • 205
    Lyn says:

    My husband and I took our three sons and my oldest son’s girlfriend at that time on a Caribbean cruise. I did things I have never done before – snorkel, swim with and feed stingrays, climb up a waterfall – but the absolute best part of the entire vacation was spending time with my family.

  • 206
    Riette says:

    The one that stands out was the first time we went to the beach when my daughter was 10 months old. She just LOVED to watch the waves come and go 😀

  • 207
    Mary Webb says:

    My mom took us to Disney World when my daughter turned 4. She was ill and passed away the day after we returned but I know it was the lasting memory she wanted her granddaughter to have of her. My now 7 year old still talks fondly about our vacation with nana.

  • 208
    Marcy says:

    We took a trip out West for 2 weeks. Hiked all over in some of our most beautiful national parks. Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon. Toward the end, my kids said “no more mountains, we want to go home!”

  • 209

    This is a tough one but probably my very first overseas holiday without my parents, I went on a cruise to the south pacific. Man I had the best time.

  • 210
    Tracie C. says:

    The best summer vacation I had was when my husband and I went to Pensacola Florida 10 years ago. We loved it so much that we were going to move there. Didn’t work out but sure was fun thinking about it.

  • 211
    Chris K says:

    Every August for two weeks with my parents, brothers, sisters and various aunts, uncles and cousins at Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos. The great thing about it is that even though we currently live miles apart, we still get together there every summer and it is like we saw each other yesterday!

  • 212
    pommegirl says:

    As a young teen, I spent the summer at my uncle’s dairy farm tending cows, driving tractor (illegally of course ;o), feeding chickens and collecting eggs, etc. You get the pic. To this day, the smell of manure is like perfume to me because it calls up all of those happy days. My uncle has passed on but he is always in my thoughts because of those great memories of the time we spent together.

  • 213

    A week that my husband booked in a thatched cottage, originally from the 1500’s then added onto and decorated so beautifully… a gorgeous garden too, in an incredible village in the Cotswolds! It was a dream come true!

  • 214
    Lisa F. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when I was a teenager and my parents took us to Florida!

  • 215
    peg says:

    When I was 12 years old our whole family went to Yellowstone National Park…….best summer vaction ever.

  • 216
    papercrazy says:

    I would have to say the year my husband and I took a week in Italy – without the kids. Pure heaven!! 🙂

  • 217
    Geri G says:

    The best summer vacation was when we took our two kids (then aged 8 & 11) along with one each of their friends to Steamboat Springs, Colorado….in the summer time! A very happy, memorable week! The place is spectacular in summer! Thanks for an inspiration packed week 🙂

  • 218
    s_napcracklepop@yahoo.ca says:

    Two of my sisters and I went down to the Badlands … 3-man tenting, I’d have to say despite some nasty storms…it was a blast and to me … there is nothing and I mean nothing like family time.

  • 219
    CrafteA says:

    My very first visit to Disney in Orlando, FL. And, looking forward to giving that experience to my grand daughter for her 4th birthday celebration with the princess’ this fall. She is soooo excited. The anticipation is killing us both! We just can not wait!

  • 220
    Karen B says:

    Eight years ago we made our first trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. We were lucky enough to return three more times and drink in the beauty of that island. To me it is the most perfect place on earth!

  • 221
    Kristen says:

    We had a great time in Tennessee and North Carolina last summer and I stayed at The Preserve, which I first read about on your blog, Nichole! It was BEAUTIFUL and the kids LOVED our cabin–so much fun!

  • 222
    jayne cannon says:

    An Alaskan cruise with my husband just after our 18th anniversary. It was truly a getaway – beautiful scenery, royal treatment, even better company! Nine years later, I can relive every second. And I have a beautiful scrapbook of it too!

  • 223

    My best summer vacation is a family trip to Cape Cod when I was in my early teens. We didn’t take many trips so that one stands out for me in my memories.

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    Amrita says:

    When I was in college, my parents moved to Zimbabwe for a year so my dad could teach as a Fulbright scholar. My brother and I were able to visit them for one month during our summer break. It was an awesome family vacation!

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    Susi K says:

    When I was 10 and spent my first summer away from home with my BFF and her family in a cottage in Wasaga Beach. Her and I had so much fun, the memories are still so vivid today and yes, we remain BFF even now!

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    Jennifer Harvey says:

    My parents rent a beach house on the Oregon coast to celebrate their wedding anniversary each summer. My brother and his family come out from Minnesota and we all spend a week exploring the beach, hiking, eating fresh crab. It’s great to spend time with the whole family–dogs included. Everyone loves this trip so we do it every year.

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    Deanna Jean says:

    My all time favorite vacation was 7 years ago when we went to Maui for 10 amazing days. Lots of sand, lots of sun, and so many wonderful memories.

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    Dawn says:

    My best summer trip was my the first road trip I took with my Husband. When I said I had never seen mountains we got back in the car and drove until I had!

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    Vicki B says:

    I have many best of summer vacations – but one particular nice one was when we went to Osh Kosh to a fly-in. We had just finished building our plane an RV 9A and we flew it in to Osh Kosh and boy did we have a blast. So many planes to look at – so many great people to meet.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jen says:

    We didn’t go on vacation growing up…but my grandma had a cabin (read “shack” 😉 at the lake. I have some very fond memories of spending time there. My first horrid sunburn, which granny treated with vinegar. Her bright colored aluminum glasses which always seemed to keep drinks super cold. Running on the beach…sometimes afraid to go in because the older boys told me Jaws lived in the swampy part of the lake.

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    Wendy Beck says:

    I and my older sister got to spend the summer with my Aunt in Italy. We traveled all over Italy and even took a weekend trip to Germany. We had so much fun. I will never forget it.

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    Jo Ann Mooney says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was a trip to Florida and a visit with a Blue Angels trainer at his home. We got to go to Cecil Field and fly a simulator for an FA-18 Jet Fighter and stand on the strip between the runways and watch the jets take off. It was awesome!

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    peggysue says:

    Almost impossible to choose, each one was with family and regardless of location, that’s what makes it special and memorable. Blur them all into one montage and that’s my favorite MaineMichiganSouthDakotaNorthCarolinaWashingtonYellowstoneMontanaFlorida. Absolute favorite. 🙂

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    Kristii says:

    Our best summer vacation was when our kids were little and we traveled throughout central Colorado. We went camping and fishing and visited several amazing landmarks. The highlight of the trip was an encounter with a bear that ate our son’s fish….we talk and laugh about the whole experience to this day!! It was so much fun!!

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    Kim Heggins says:

    When my daughter was 5, taking her to Disneyland for the first time…she loved everything about the park and still does.

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    Hannah Mize says:

    When I was a kid, we headed for the mountains. It was the most magical trip that I have ever had. One of those things that can never be recreated.

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    Robin says:

    The most rejuvenating and renewing summer I ever spent was one during which I stayed home and completely reworked my perennial border. When I was not gardening, I was reading out on the back deck. That was it. Bliss!

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    Kriss says:

    The year after our grandchildren came to live with us, we went to California. It was the first really big vacation they had ever had, and it was amazing to see their faces with every new experience! Who knew the ocean would be more exciting to them than Disney Land?!! It was amazing to experience it all with them!

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    Amy G says:

    I have had quite a few awesome summer vacations but I would say my favorite one was last summer when spontaneously I rented a fun little car and my kids and I drove up to the UP of Michigan. We visited the town that is named the same as our last name and got pics of us with the welcome sign. We also went to Mackinac Island. We did this with limited money but it was so much fun.

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    Mendi M says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was the first time my parents took my brother and I to Disneyworld! The sights and rides were a blast! I will always remember how much they scrimped and saved so we could go.

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    June K. says:

    My best summer vacation was the first time I went to Hawaii. So warm, so beautiful, so did not want to come home.

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    Pamela says:

    Our best vacation was a 9 day cruise out of NY to Martha’s Vineyard, Maine and Canada. We had booked and paid for the cruise and then my husband found out that after 15 years his job was being eliminated, 2 weeks before our trip-what do we do??. We decided to go since it already paid and there was no refund. It was the best thing we could have done for ourselves. This was our last vacation 5 years ago, so I’m hoping we can do this again.

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    Crisanne D. says:

    I think one of the best summer vacations was one of our quickest. My husband and I took the kids into the city on a weekend and one day we went to the zoo. This was their first time seeing all the animals they had read about in books and seen on TV and in movies. They were just little (2 & 4) and enthralled. It was so much fun seeing their amazement of giraffes, zebras and elephants! We spent about 7 hours at the zoo that day and loved every minute of it!!

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    Sarah M. says:

    I loved the summer when my whole family traveled to Maine from Wyoming for a reunion. It was a completely new experience for us and I returned home to a proposal from my now- husband!

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    Tracey C. says:

    The best Summer vacation I’ve ever had is with my family — we went away to a family “ranch style” resort. My parents, sibilings, nieces and nephews — we all had such a great time. It was relaxing, and enjoyable to spend that time together – and I’m sure it will be a great memory for my children, as well. This summer we’re all going on a cruise together – and quite frankly, can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome :).

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    I think the year was 1985, my daughter, my mother and myself traveled to Europe to visit my mother’s home town in Scotland, then on to Wales, and England. My mother has since passed away, but we’ll always have the wonderful memories of that trip, so glad we did it then.

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    Lee Cockrum says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was years ago when I took three of my neighbors kids to the beach with me for a week. They were ages 12,11 and 4; all girls. We had all saved money (except for the 4 year old!), and we stayed in a small efficiency room. We had the time of our lives. It was so wonderful that we never went back, for fear that it would never be the same.

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    Amy Zwierz says:

    It was about 5 years ago. A year after we lost a baby, we’ve been through so much we finally took our first family vacation. We went to Kentucky. Our other kids were about 7 and 4. We explored all different kinds of caves and things. It was the best, to spend time together and be happy again.

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    DeanneR says:

    Our best summer vacation was a cruise and land tour in Alaska. It was our first cruise and I loved the nature, so unlike where we live.

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    Colleen says:

    The best summer vacation I had (which is now a yearly summer tradition) is spending time up in Wisconsin for “Family Weekend” with my husband, 2 kids, and the in-laws. We have such a great time sitting around a fire and laughing and eating great food and enjoying great company. I look forward to this every year!

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    Denise C says:

    The best summer vacation was when I was about 10 years old. I spent almost the entire summer on my grandparents’ farm which was about 500 miles from my home. Two of my sisters accompanied me and it started with the train ride there (by ourselves!) and ended with the sweetest memories of my grandparents. I will never forget it!!

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    Last year, hubby and I drive down the California coast and visit the Big Sur. The view is so amazing and the weather was perfect. We just love it and we both agree it was one of our favorite vacation!!

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    Sandy S. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was a trip to the Grand Canyon with my Mom and sister. I had never been to Arizona before and I had thought it would be all desert and cactus so I was surprised at the beautiful variety in the scenery. I will never forget that first look at the Grand Canyon. Also, it was one of my last trips with my Mom.


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    Lisa says:

    A week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina! It was the last vacation my husband,son and I spent together before our son was married the following year.

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    DanaW says:

    I have to laugh when people ask about vacations. My family didn;t have money for vactions growing up, and now i spend extra money to go visit family, which to me is not a vaction, a vaction is not doing the dishes! I don’t make enough to have extra, extra money for vacations. 🙂

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    it was about 3 years ago when we travelled all through the Southern states(im canadian) got to see lots and eat great food!

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    Christine B. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was last summer at
    St. Pete Beach in Florida with my husband. During the day we would sit by the pool and just talk and listen to music…at night we would walk the beach and head next door and listen to the band and dance. Such a beautiful and relaxing time. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Amna A. says:

    amazing release but this time I’m impressed with the new stamp & die sets .. can’t wait for the new sets to be released to give me new order

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    Robyn W. says:

    I love this release!! So many yummy things!!!! Way to go PTI! I love summer vacation ! Our fav as a family is going to California and enjoying the beaches and lovely weather!

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    Teresa F. says:

    The first time our family went to Walt Disney World! There’s a good reason it’s called the Magic Kingdom 🙂 It was truly magic!

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    Marty B says:

    Family reunion in Hawaii…it was beautiful and very emotional. To see all the relatives again and getting reacquainted with them. It was long over due and a treasured memory because we have lost so many since then.

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    Louisa says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when I was 10 and my parents sent me to England to spend 2 months with my cousins. It was a nice break from the Florida heat and such a great experience to spend time with faraway family.

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    JenGall says:

    Our summer vacations growing up usually consisted of going to Colorado to visit family. At the time, I found it B-O-R-I-N-G. And now with my own family we have tended to vacation at other times of the year. My favorite vacation memory is taking our kids to Disney World for the first time. The look on my daughter’s face when she met Cinderella for the first time – worth every single penny.

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    Diane Oliver says:

    The BEST summer vacation will begin on Monday when I get to travel to visit my 3 angel grandchildren. Can’t wait! Hugs.

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    Colleen C. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was the summer two friends and I went to Europe after college. We had so much fun experiencing the wonderful sights of Europe together. I often think back on that trip and how lucky we were to have the opportunity to travel and spend that time together.

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    andrea smith says:

    My favorite summer vacation was the summer after my freshman year of college. My family went to the Black Hills in South Dakota for the Harley rallys they hold out there (our vacations always were to Daytona Beach or SD for that reason lol). This particular year though we found this cool touristy place called Old McDonalds farm which essentially was a huge petting zoo…I had two sisters who were 3 & 9 at that time…so it was soooo much fun. All of the animals roamed free. There were these cute mini goats that would climb on your back if you got on your hands & knees and the girls loved that. My favorite was this adorable mini potbelly pig who loved to snuggle up next to you…his name was Wizard…I will never forget though that my brother didn’t love him so much because that sweet lil piggie peed on him!!! Bahaha! 🙂

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    Cassie K says:

    Our summer vacations have been and seem to be still with family. One of my favs though is celebrating Christmas for the first time with my family in Seattle. It was also the first time all but one of them met my oldest (then only) son and nefirst time he saw snow.

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    Mandy says:

    As a kid, every summer my mom and grandma would take my sisters and I and my mom’s 2 youngest sisters to the nearest city for a few days of fun. Since we didn’t get to go to the city very often otherwise, this was always a special treat and we all have lasting memories of those annual trips.

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    I would say when I was a sophmore or junior in highschool, we flew up to Boston from FL, then drove to Maine. It was a really great trip! I never knew I’d live in New England one day.

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    Annie says:

    We had a cottage on Nantucket just a few feet from the beach, and we spent every every there. At night we would have a clambake and make smores. It was wonderful.

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    Cindy C says:

    we took our kids a couple summers ago to Myrtle Beach when they were 7 & 5…..they got to see & touch the ocean for the 1st time! It was wonderful seeing it thru their eyes!

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    Carrie T says:

    My best summer vacation was in 1990 when I went to San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, and Napa Valley. It was a week of sights and sounds that I will never forget.

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    Penny Peters says:

    My favorite vacation was with my kids to Toronto Canada. We had such a good time seeing the sights and riding the double decker bus 🙂

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    Lisa Johnson says:

    Last year our family rented a beautiful condo ocean front in north myrtle beach. So relaxing and a great time to spend with our kids. Everyone went parasailing one day, that was quite the adventure. We love being at the beach, listening to the ocean, people watching and eating fresh peaches.

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    Kristin K. says:

    I think it would be going on or honeymoon to Hawaii. Although growing up every summer was the best because we didn’t have school

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    Krystal says:

    My favorite summer vacation was when we lived in Germany and 8 members of my family came to visit us shortly after my second daughter was born. We visited Paris and Rothenburg and several local sights in the Rhineland. It was awesome to show ones we loved some of our favorite places.

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    Heidi S says:

    A few summers a go we went to Chincoteague Island. We spent the whole week riding bikes, hiking, walking on the beach and relaxing. It was so peaceful! Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Holly Allison says:

    Had to be a family vacation to Adams Lake in Canada. Stayed with friends. Picked fresh vegetables from the garden for dinner. Out in the middle of nowhere with nature. Relaxing by the lake. Definitely an R & R vacation. Lots of family time and fun!

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    Eileen says:

    A vacation I will never forget, and my family won’t forget either, was the week we took our “adopted” boy from Ireland to Lake Kabetomgama in Northern Mn. We loved our times there, but sharing with a young boy who had never experienced the wilds, the fishing for hours, and the black bears which we went to watch at night as they dug in the dumpsters, made that week stand out forever in our minds. (He had never experienced mosquitos,either! They about drove him nuts!)

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    D Golly says:

    Every year we go to the Cape and spend our time at the beach, bike riding and just relaxing. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

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    Nicole Maki says:

    When our boys were 1, 2 and 3 my husband took us on a 3000 mile camping road trip. And while that may sound absolutely AWFUL on paper, we made some of the best memories of our lives. It was a balst!

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    Julie says:

    My favorite vacation was when I went to South Haven, Michigan with my husband and children. We picked blueberries and raspberries in huge quantities, ate yummy ice cream at a sweet little old srore, went to the beach and hung out at our condo playing and reading with the children. Ahhhhh! Headed back there this summer. Can’t wait!

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    Jodi e says:

    A two week tour of DC, NY and more with four kids in a large car. We saw tons of cool things, laughed, enjoyed history, and oooooooh and ahhhhh in Boston for the 4th of July.

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    Alice Golden says:

    Summer in Europe with my husband and two oldest boys – who were 2 1/2 and 10 mos at the time… hectic, but fun!

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    AllysonA says:

    Every year becomes the best one yet. We visit our time share condo, which is located in a beautiful, lush canyon valley, for an entire week. I love taking our little family to get away from everything and spend that week having fun at children’s museums, nature walks, swimming, movie watching, eating out at our favorite restaurants…. And as the children grow older, it just becomes more and more fun each year. Thanks for the fun release week, again. 😉

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    conny says:

    my best summer vacation was 2 years ago, the whole family, especially my dad, was on an island in the North Sea. It was the last vacation with my dad, who died 7 months later. We enjoyed riding by bike, sitting in the sand, swimming and laughing. everything seems to be so easy.

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    Lemur says:

    The best vacation I’ve had to date was last summer. I took my Texan family to meet my extended family in northern Wisconsin and then to southern Wisconsin to meet my best friend. One never knows how much we miss people until we spend some time together. It was absolutely magical.

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    Jackie Solomon says:

    Every single summer vacation from my childhood was awesome! We would go camping every weekend all summer long with a big group of friends. There was nothing like the freedom of running around the whole campground free from parental control and without thoughts of bedtime!!

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    Carol says:

    My family went for a road trip to Niagara Falls from Kansas. My kids first road trip…they were pre-teens…had the best time!!!

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    janet wilson says:

    I would have to say when i went to Disney World, with my mum and daughter. We met up with my sister, who was working in Washington DC at the time 😀

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    SandyBinNC says:

    Summer vacations at Ocean City, MD are my favorite. Great food, fun at the beach and swimming at the pool with my daughter when she was young = priceless.

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    Rita says:

    At first I was going to say the summer I went to Italy. But today my thoughts are filled with memories of fishing on the lake with my dad. Those are the moments I cherish the most.

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    When I went to Maui with my husband!! =) If you’ve NEVER went, its a MUST!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! =)Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

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    Julie says:

    A Carnival cruise to St. Thomas would be my favorite vacation! Hope to be able to go again sometime! 🙂

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    Judy Stiles says:

    My best summer vacation …. visiting family in Oregon! Love the trees, flowers, the beautiful coastline, and the wonderful weather!

  • 296

    Wow…it was years ago!!! I was only 17 and I flew down to florida to spend some of my summer vacation with my grandfather. I felt so grown up!

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    Barbara Ann Cowan says:

    While not technically a vacation (as any new mother will attest), August 1995 was my favorite summer “vacation” spent on maternity leave with my beautiful daughter.

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    lainey says:

    My parents used to take me to an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos. They had so much to do – swimming, row boating, shuffleboard, hiking, miniature golf, games, crafts, etc. There was so much to do the week was over so fast! We used to stay in cabins that made you feel like you were in the woods camping. It was so much fun! Ah…the good old days of innocence.

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    Jen Arkfeld says:

    As a stay at home mom – I think every summer is a great vacation! It’s so fun to watch the kids grow and play and be free-spirited. It reminds me what a joy it is to be a kid. To let loose and run. To go outside even tho the wind is super gusty, or the temps are 90+. The kids don’t mind – they make summer wonderful!

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    Sallie says:

    As a child, traveling with my parents to almost all of the 48 continental United States…it was fun and I learned a LOT!

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    Anna says:

    One summer we went camping and a friend and I got lost in the woods for several hours. We ended up about 3 miles from where we started, and had hundreds of mosquito bites. While at the time we weren’t amused, to this day I remember that vacation fondly!

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    Lisa Calhoun says:

    I am blessed to have 2 summer vacations that I consider the best. The first was the last summer my parents, older sister and I would all go on vacation together. We traveled up on side of Michigan, up to the Mackinaw Bridge and back down the other side. Lots of fun playing in the great lakes and treasured time as a family. The second was a trip my husband and I took to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A friend had loaned us his beach house and we spent a glorious week relaxing on the beach and enjoying being with each other.

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    Sara Mac says:

    I’ve had many amazing summer vacations, so I couldn’t pick just one. Right now my top pick would be the vacation we just took to Bald Head Island, North Carolina. We went with two other families whom we adore. What a great beach vacation!

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    Julie says:

    The summer of 2002 we took our kids, then 9 & 13 to Disneyland … We smiled for 7 days! It is one of my most treasured memories of time spent together…we just had so much fun!

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    Pmm says:

    When college students, my husband and I drove my sister’s car out to Oregon for her. We took state roads and lots of detours, seeing all sorts of incredible sights across our amazing country. It took us starving students almost a year to be able to afford getting all that film developed, but it was the beginning of a lifetime of memories with the wonderful man who has been my love for 33 years.

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    Joyce says:

    The best summer vacations I’ve had have been at the beach with my boys!

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    Felicia says:

    The BEST Summer Vacation I every had was when our entire family all showed up as a surprise to my Grandmother in Georgia. We had something going on each and every day and she loved it; noise and all.

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    Hannah Aitken says:

    One of our last holidays all together as a family when we went to Majorca. 🙂

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    Annette says:

    20 years ago, in my mid twenties, I spent a hole summer on the Isle of Wight, UNited Kingdom. I had the best summer ever and till today I am dreaming about going back to this lovely little Island with the kindest and most friendly people I ever met abroad.

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    Amy Dann says:

    My best summer vacation will be THIS summer! The family is headed to Roatan, Honduras for a week of scuba, snorkeling, sand, and sun! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Amy says:

    My best summer vacation was a few years ago when we took our daughter to the beach for the first time!

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    Linda says:

    We took our Grandsons to the Black Hills two years ago. We had been there a few times alone but seeing it though their eyes was the best ever. We still look at the videos and pictures and think what a great time we all had.

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    Donna Hoppe says:

    Although it isn’t the most original, Disneyworld. I got to go often as a child but when we surprised my 2 boys with the trip last year, it was vacation that will be hard to beat.

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    Barbara Hale says:

    Summer vacations were always visiting family who lived a distance away from us. And now I live about 2,000 miles from most of my cousins and aunts and uncles. 2 years ago I was able to go to our cousins reunion for the first time in almost 20 years – so great to see everyone.

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    Michelle Thornton says:

    The year my daughter was born we went to Orlando, FL. My sister and her husband met us there and we made a lot of memories.

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    Jan Larson says:

    My best summer vacation goes way back to the summer I graduated from high school. I spent a month in Europe singing in a choir with kids from all over the USA. The sightseeing, friendships, and memories from that trip are dear to my heart.

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    Nancy Penir says:

    Best summer ever, this one! All 10 grandchildren are here with us for a fam reunion. Thank God for a big old house and a pool! Looking forward to the happy memories and scraping in the fall. June release is fab!

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    Karen Ramsey says:

    My son and his family live in Juneau Alaska and we have been there many times. However, two summers ago, my Mom and I went up to see them and we just had a wonderful time. It was gorgeous weather and we spent a lot of time outside with my grandsons. I love Juneau!!.. Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Pam D. from MI says:

    The best summer vacation I have had is in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of TN. Saw my first bear up close and personal!

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    Hollie says:

    My favorite summer trip was a mission trip to Virginia to help with hurricane clean up. I got to go with a good friend and work with some great people. I felt like I grew up a lot that summer.

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    Trinka King says:

    Bestsummer vacation for me was when my husband came home from Desert Storm and we took our kids to Disney World. They had the best time staying in one of the resorts and we were so glad their dad was finally home.

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    Gabriela says:

    Easy!! In 2010 my husband and I went to Paris and Rome for 10 days. We left the kids with the grandparents and had celebrated our 12th Anniversary enjoying sights and falling in love all over again.

    Oh, and the year I met everyone from Papertrey Ink at the CHA supershow was a very close second!!!

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    Gail Elizabeth says:

    The best and most memorable summer vacation was the year we took our sons to the ocean for the first time. We all spent a glorious week at Ocean Isle with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. The cousins are extremely close and had a blast hanging out all day and night. Such wonderful memories!

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    Linda says:

    Four years ago, at the age of 53, I finally got to drive up the coast of California and visit Hearst Castle. I had dreamed of doing that since I was 12, when a friend went and brought back photos to show me. I was living in Illinois then and never thought I’d ever get to do it. When we moved to AZ, the dream got a little closer.

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    maryrose says:

    Had a great vacation in a rental cottage on an inland lake in Michigan with my family and my sister’s family. Fun, food, sun and water. Good memories! What could be better?

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    Kanani says:

    At the beach almost every week for almost the entire summer! Best.Summer.Ever! Fishing, snorkeling, campfires, good food, good music, PRECIOUS MEMORIES!

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    Deborah jh says:

    I was 9 and my family went to Stuart Island in BC. No electricity or cars there then – we arrived by boat. We ate huckleberries we picked, fresh caught salmon and homemade bread baked on a wood stove. We hiked, had picnics, explored and enjoyed each other.

  • 328

    Our family reunions at the beach … they are the best… spending time with our family . we would go canoeing.. so much fun !!!

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    Michelle W says:

    My best Summer vacations have been spent with my family at the beach – sunshine, swimming, and fun!

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    Cecilie says:

    I think one of my best summer vacations was an impulsive trip to Greece in May 2000. My husband and I bought a cheap trip and ended up at the Greek island Naxos. We also managed to stay two days in Athens and generally just had a really wonderful week at a time when we needed a break.

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    Cassi says:

    Kauai with my DH in 2010 — it was heavenly!

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    Sue D says:

    My best summer vacations were spent on my grandmother’s farm–I just loved the peace and quiet and the animals.

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    merryf says:

    When I was a child, in the mid 1970s, for several summeres my parents took us “family camping” — the local YMHA has a children’s camp in Pennsylvania that they would open to families for a week after the campers went home. Each family got a bunk, and there were counselors for children’s activities, lifeguards at the lake, the arts&crafts house was open, there were evening activities for everyone to enjoy. My father taught me and my brother how to row a boat, how to fish (and put the worm on the hook), and he even dissected a worm to show us what was inside. My mom taught me how to do rug-hooking, which was big in the 1970s. It was a week without distractions, just being together — or apart for a while in a safe environment. That’s when I learned to love and appreciate Nature. Now that my parents are gone, I look back at those photos as if we were in Paradise.

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    Chris Cross says:

    My sister and I went to Los Angeles a couple of years ago. Had the time of our lives. Hit the ground running and never stopped the whole time we were there.

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    Danielle Pajot says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was the trip my husband and I took to Italy…it was amazing and an experience of a lifetime. It inspired us to start our family and now we are looking forward to taking our two little ones to Italy when they are older!

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    Cindy Otto says:

    My favorite summer vacation was the trip to the Canadian Rockies with our 4 sons. This was the last family vacation we took together before they were married, or off to college or the military. It was a memorable trip back to my husband’s birth place. Many happy memories were shared that summer.

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    Pat Baker says:

    My best would have to be going to the beach in ‘Jersey every year when I was young through probably my early 50’s. My Aunt and Uncle had a house that they rented out all summer and the family would descend on it in the month of Septemer to get it “winterized” – of course that was between enjoying the beach, the bay, the ice cream and the LARGE group of family members there at any one time that month. After they sold the house, my parents rented another place for years and we continued the tradition until they could not do the drive by themselves. The ocean, and specifically Stone Harbor, NJ, is still my favorite vacation destination!

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    Diane says:

    The best summer vacation was my first trip to Colorado with my family. We went by train.

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    Lisa G says:

    A few years ago we went on a family vacation to Virginia Beach. We rented a house right on the beach, the weather was perfect and it was a fantastic time for all! We also hired a photographer to take pictures on the beach. What great memories!

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    Cindy O says:

    All those summer vacation memories to choose from! When I was little, we had wonderful days at the lake in SW Michigan with my parents and grandparents. Out with my dad every day in the rowboat, fishing for bluegills with a cane pole and (ewww) worms.

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    The first year that I retired, we spent 2 weeks touring Ireland. It was a long wish of mine to go there and it was wonderful. We saw so much and visited so many different places. When I got home I spent many long days scrap booking all of our pictures and memorabilia. Great times!!

  • 342
    Jayne K says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was one to see my mom in Texas while she was still alive. All we did was help her with the house and lie around reading, but it was such a relaxing good time spent with family.

  • 343
    Judy C. says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was to Canada. Two weeks traveling all around Vancouver as well as a cruise to islands close by and ending up in San Francisco. What a trip.

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    *Alison* says:

    hmm.. well I would have to say.. when my Mom and I took the kids to disneyland, and left the guys at home.. it was amazing.. we get along so well.. and we never had anyone saying they didn’t want to do small world for the 10th time.. 🙂 thanks so much for the chance to win.. hugs

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    linda gibbs says:

    Spending time on a friends boat exploring Glacier National Park. We caught and ate fresh fish, shrimp and crabs all week! The scenery was breathtaking, and it truly was the trip of a lifetime.

  • 346
    Debbie says:

    Best memory of vacation is being a kid and spending a week in a little cottage in the Thousand Islands with my family. My dad and I would go fishing in his little boat, those were the days.

  • 347
    Kristen Carpinello says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was last summer. My entire family went, and we just had a really good time together. Lots of laughs, joking around, sun, sand, and sea.

  • 348
    Kelle Williams says:

    Although it sounds like a nightmare (and it probably was to my parents), my best summer vacation was the summer between my 5th and 6th grade years (probably around 1991 or 1992) when my family drove from Eastern Montana to Northern California. There were 4 of us stuck in a 1980 Ford Escort for 10 days. The tape deck was broken, so we were stuck listening to the “Top Gun” soundtrack the entire trip! My brother and I fought in the backseat almost the entire way (after he left my crayons out to melt on the already questionable interior AND kicked me and gave me a bloody nose, which ruined my favorite T-shirt.) It was during the time that neon was cool (or so my mom thought) and we all had matching neon jackets. At Fisherman’s Wharf, I remember hearing people mock the “neon family”, but at the time, I thought we were awesome. We almost got stuck going down Lombard Street and had the worst Chicken Nuggets of my life at a sketchy McDonald’s in China Town. Even with all of that, it was an amazing trip. It was my first time in California and I loved it. I still remember the excitement I felt when I saw the ocean for the first time and to this day, there’s no place I’d rather vacation than the California coast.

  • 349
    RedGem says:

    My best summer vacation was two years ago with my girls… we went up north to PA and NY visiting all the scrapbook places that were near on on Route 95. We even included several scrapbook conventions, we came home broke, but some great values. Fun, Fun, Fun!

  • 350
    Gail Genrich says:

    Definitely a road trip to Northern Minnesota from Madison, WI with my Mom, Grandma and 5 siblings all packed into a ford falcon station wagon and camping in a 6 man tent! So many fond memories of how close we were as a family back then and how we truly weathered every situation you can imagine a trip like that would bring.

  • 351
    marlo says:

    One of my favorite vacations ever was a trip my husband and I made to Wisconsin Dells. We had so much fun!

  • 352
    Heather Lusk says:

    The best summer vacation I had was two summers ago in Kauai Hawaii. It was a mother daughter trip and I had the best time ever.

  • 353
    Emily Keaton says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was the one my family took last summer–a 9000-mile camping road trip across the American West, visiting 25 national park sites between our home in New England and the Pacific Ocean. It was the mother of all vacations!!! And the gift of family memories to our kids for a lifetime. 🙂

  • 354
    Diana K says:

    Two weeks spent driving around France in late summer. No itinerary, no advance hotel reservations, just exploring country roads and staying at small auberges. Fantastic weather, total serendipity!

  • 355
    Miriam Prantner says:

    Best vacation. That’s hard. I’m gonna say when the hubby and I went to Sweden pre-kids in 2003. First time to Europe, and we had a blast. BUT, I fully expect that vacation to be eclipsed by the one we’re leaving on next weekend…..post-kids, but without kids to Hungary and Romania. SO excited. and I have SO much to do before then!

  • 356
    Brenda says:

    My best vacation was last summer – we took the extended family to an exclusive resort in Mexico. Even my father, a seasoned traveler, said it was the best vacation.

  • 357
    Greta H says:

    By far our best vacation(s) is houseboating on Shasta Lake in California. Sun, swimming, watching for wildlife (eagles, osprey, bear, waterfowl)–no schedule–total relaxation!

  • 358
    Kathy Grimsdale says:

    The best summer vacations I ever had were spent camping in Saskatchewan with my Grandparents.

  • 359
    PF Goh says:

    It must be my vacation in Bali. The sun, the sea, the sand, and THE fab food!

  • 360
    Kelli G says:

    Every summer my brother And I would spend 2-3 weeks with my grandparents in Canada. We had so much fun and grew very close to them. Family is the best vacation. My son now goes with his grandparents for a week every summer. Love tradition.

  • 361
    Jana says:

    Last summer up at the family cabin on the lake. Perfect weather, perfect company, it was refreshing and just wonderful.

  • 362
    speanburg4 says:

    The best summer vacation I have ever had was 4 years ago. We were moving from Seattle, WA to Pittsburgh, PA. My husband was already in PA, so the kids and I drove down to CA and spent a few weeks at my parents house. Then my mom made the cross country drive with us to our new house. We stopped at the Grand Canyon, the Oklahoma City Memorial, and several other scenic stops along the way. It is a trip we will remember forever!!

  • 363
    Louise says:

    Participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant in up state NY for 9 years. Doesn’t get better than that!!!

  • 364
    Suzy Girl says:

    I can always remember growing up going to my cousin’s cottage on the lake and we had so much fun every summer. Now the cottage has burned down and we are all grown up. lol

  • 365
    Jamie Greene says:

    The best summer vacation ever was when I was a little girl and I went to see my grandma. We went to the beach, the penny candy store and camping out front in the motor home:) Priceless memories

  • 366
    LeAnn says:

    By far the best vacation was also my honeymoon. 🙂 How can you ever top 11 days in Ft. Lauderdale, the Bahamas, and Disney World? We keep trying. But that will always be super special to me.

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    Amy O says:

    I loved our summer vacation at a family camp in the Ozarks in Arkansas. It was so secluded with no television nor cell phone reception. Our only entertainment was horseback riding, hiking, rafting, etc… Heaven!

  • 369
    Ellie Bellies says:

    The best summer vacation was going to Martha’s Vineyard. Our family had so much fun there.

  • 370
    Linda Hopton says:

    My favorite vacation memory is of one at the Jersey shore. My family rented a huge house, and we beached and biked and walked the boardwalk. Such a good memory.

  • 371
    scrapthat/dolly says:

    Best summer vacation…hmmm aren’t all summers great?
    I think it was when I was little I would board a plane by myself in Wpg. and go to visit my sister and family in BC. Beaches, pools and my sis who I adored!
    Fun times.

  • 372
    Chris L says:

    One of my best summer vacations was taking my kids to Disneyland for the first time–seeing the awe in their faces was the best!

    Chris L.

  • 373
    Carol B says:

    A month in Europe with my husband 28 years ago. SO MUCH FUN!

  • 374
    cindy vernon says:

    Best summer vacation was spent on the beach with my family

  • 375
    alex says:

    By far without a doubt would be last year. We told our 2 little girls we were going on vacation to Albuquerque NM and drove forever to get to CA. When they woke up in the morning we went to the Ihop across the street and then when we walked out, we asked them if they knew where we were. They saw the parks and were so excited, it was definitely the best summer ever, we all had a blast for a week! We are planning our next visit for December to see Disneyland during christmas. Great release, thanks for the chance to win!

  • 376
    Teresa B says:

    Summer vacations were a rarity around here, as a child we left the day school was out to spend the summer at a campground where we had a permanent 42′ camper ,we came home the day before would start back. As an adult, our boys played baseball and DH was a baseball coach, so the summers were spent at the ball field . I do remember when our boys were young going to Tennesee for a family reunion, which was wonderful to see family that I rarely get to see.

  • 377
    Aimee says:

    Growing up on the California coast summers were always the best! Long days of sun, sand, beaches and evening bonfires. But as an adult, the best summer vacation I’ve had was going to New Mexico, and touring all around Albuquerque, Taos …and of course Santa Fe during Indian Market. What a spectacular state!

  • 378
    ccorbitt says:

    We went to Disney for the first time last summer. It was the first time that all four of us went somewhere by ourselves. It was awesome!!! We had so much fun, and I loved all the wonder & excitement in the kids’ eyes! I really want to go back! It was so nice to just be our family hanging out with no work responsibilities!

  • 379
    Clare says:

    I’ve had so many, it’s hard to pick one! I guess the most memorable ones were when we went down to Hilton Head. 🙂

  • 380
    Lee Anne says:

    I had a wonderful childhood spent with cousins and grandparents that lived in the same town. In addition to that, we vacationed quite often with extended cousins and some of my best memories are of them and our family trips to Colorado in the summer. It was nice to escape the Texas heat for awhile.

  • 381
    Pat Whitley says:

    A friend was gettng married in RaleighDurham, so 2 GF’s and I took a road trip to surprise him by coming to the wedding! It was so much fun to see his face when he realize that 3 friends were there. He was expecting only family! We went on to Charleston, SC, the Outer Banks and Willimasburg. What a fun trip!

  • 382
    Maria F says:

    Going on a Disney cruise with my twins and husband. A good time had by all.

  • 383
    Debbie says:

    My husband and I drove cross country from Seattle to Atlanta to visit our daughter and her husband. We had all kinds of weather adventures, lots of geography and history to explore and of course a wonderful time with our daughter!

  • 384
    Laurel S says:

    Every year my family camps together with my parents, aunt and uncle, my cousins and their kids and sometimes my brother and his kids. It is so much fun and we look forward to it every year. Now, after this year though… my answer may be CHA! as I am going this summer!

  • 385
    Rosemary D says:

    some of my best summer vacations were spent in british columbia, canada. but my most memorable summer vacation was the one we took to colorado when i was 12. my mom and dad decided to let my older siblings drive in a second car while my younger sister and i drove with my parents. as we were driving through utah, my older brother thought it would be funny to speed past my dad and disappear down the road. i don’t think i had ever seen my dad so mad at them, but boy was it was hilarious!! just thinking about it still makes me smile!

  • 386
    Mary V says:

    Best summer vacation is a toss up between Las Vegas when my son turned 21 or when I took my son to Orlando to a Star Wars convention. It was such a joy to see him having a great time at both places!

  • 387
    Necola says:

    About 10 years ago, I was having a really bad year. That summer I decided to treat myself to a week at a spa. It was hands down the best thing I have ever done for myself and the most relaxing week of my life.

  • 388
    Leslie Rodriguez says:

    Last year hubby and I went to Europe for the first time. We spent a couple of days in Barcelona before taking a cruise ship to several ports of call in France and Italy. Little did we know then but it would be our last summer vacation just the two of us 🙂

  • 389
    Joy Hadden says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had is when we rented a large house and our whole family – children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents got to spend time in Maine. We all had a blast, since most of us are from Texas, Maine was absolutely a vacation to remember.

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    Dayami says:

    The best summer vacation? Wow! That is a hard one for me… I’d say a week we spent celebrating our son’s 5th birthday at Disney World where we did so many things and the staff just made it extra magical for him. It was beautiful. And also a Cruise we took to the Bahamas with my boy and 6 month old daughter where we had a wonderful time, swam with the dolphins, ate amazing food (especially at Oh Andro’s), etc… It was so awesome that we missed our ship and had to come back by airplane…it was more like a bird really, ha!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!! So many goodies I “need” ;0)

  • 391
    Mimi says:

    The best summer is when we went on our very vacation to Disneyland and Sea World in San Diego. I was 10 and it was also the first time we ever slept in a hotel! I’ll never forget that summer!

  • 392
    Sharon J. says:

    The best summer I had was spent in Japan for working holiday, it’s a very great experience, made lots of friends and visited wonderful places !

  • 393
    Jill S. says:

    My best summer vacation was when I was in grade school. We spent time with my grandparents at their mountain cabin. Days were filled with swimming in the river and nights were about counting stars.

  • 394
    laurazitzer says:

    We went car camping with my dad through all of Michigan and then up and over Lake Superior. It was great.

  • 395
    Juli says:

    As a teenager I went with my family to a beautiful resort in North Carolina that had this gorgeous old inn on the grounds where we had lunch,strolled through beautiful flower gardens and took paddle boats out on the most beautiful lake with the clearest waters and mountains right at the edge of it.

  • 396
    Sheila says:

    My best summer vacation was when we took our two sons camping up in Door County, WI (they were about 6 and 4 years old at the time). Everything was just new and exciting to them.

  • 397
    Tammie Koehnen says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had was camping and fishing with my parents! I love and cherish those wonderful days! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • 398
    Brenda B says:

    The best summer vacation I have ever had was my vacation in New Zealand. I had a wonderful time exploring and playing, but most importantly,I fell in love with my husband!

  • 399

    Gorgeous cards! The best summer vacation I ever had was couple of years ago, when we went to Florida for my sister’s wedding, and spent the week with the kiddos-a fun week!

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    Laraine R says:

    The best vacations are the ones we have taken as a family. Getting away and spending time together are always the best! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 401
    Patty J says:

    My best summer vacation gets repeated every two years ala “Groundhog Day” movie. It’s a wonderful week with my siblings, my parents and all the grandkids at the lake swimming, boating, eating and just enjoying each other. As we all age, I cherish these moments as much as possible.

  • 402
    Mary Lewis says:

    The best summer vacation I had was the time my husband and I and two other couples went to Hawaii. We visited three of the islands, Maui was my favorite stop on the trip.

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    Martha says:

    Atlantis in Bahamas!!!

  • 404
    Sara Miller says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was spending a month in Colorado with my grandparents.

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    It was a family reunion at a state park where there were cabins, fishing, a swimming area and beautiful scenery. We had so much hanging out and just having fun. It was about 10 years ago and we so need to do it again!
    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize. This month’s release has been amazing AGAIN and I can’t wait until tonight when we can order all this fun stuff!!
    Have a wonderful day!
    xoxo, Christine

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    jeanc says:

    My husband and I took the “EmpireBuilder” train trip from Chicago to Glacier National Park and then on to see our son and daughter-in-law in Oregon. He surprised me with a tea-time experience at Prince Edward’s Lodge on the Canadian side on the day of our trip that was our 30th anniversary!

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    Emma S. says:

    My best vacation ever was our cruise to the Mediterranean, a total splurge but so worth it!

  • 408
    Chris H. says:

    I think my best summer vacation was going to the Oregon coast with my own children as well as my extended family. It was so much fun to be on vacation with your whole family!

  • 409
    Linda Monroe says:

    For the summer of 2011 our family rented a 5 bedroom house on the ‘beach block’ of Ocean City New Jersey. We had my husband, 22 year old daughter, 17 year old son, his girlfriend, my sister, brother in law and 10 year old niece plus my father and my stepmother. The weather was fabulous and we really enjoyed a relaxing beach week together. My brother-in-law is a great cook and offered to cook for us every night. Trust me, no-one talked him out of it. I went to yoga everyday (on the beach) rode bikes, walked, shopped, read, ate soft serve ice-cream and fresh made donuts from Browns. I sat on the beach for hours under an umbrella. It was divine! I hope we can do it again sometime.

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    shari walker says:

    Best summer vacation was the two weeks spent in Nags Head with my whole family..

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    betty lou says:

    The only summer vacation as a family when I was a little girl was one of the best! We drove to Carlsbad Caverns, then up to Colorado, and back home to Texas. We didn’t miss a historical marker, and Daddy froze us with the air conditioner…good times!! Daddy died of cancer a few years later. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 412
    diana says:

    Camping with my family every summer when I was a child. I don’t remember any bugs! LOL

  • 413
    Lennie says:

    Traveling to Alaska with my best traveling buddy!

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    Lady Kady says:

    The best vacation I’ve had so far is a trip with my husband to Ireland last summer. We had an amazing time and beautiful weather. We saw many sites and ended each night at a local pub with fish, chips, local brews, and singing. I learned the words to some of the favs by the end of the trip. It is such a gorgeous country with wonderful people.

  • 415
    Becky S says:

    My best summer vacations were spent in Door County, Wisconsin. We stayed a week in a cabin, a short walk from the beach. Lots of relaxing fun…AND Wilson’s ice cream cones!

  • 416
    Patti Bolechala says:

    the best ever was on our 25th anniversary when we rented a BIG house and all 9 of our children and their families came from all over the U.S. to be with us for the week. Memories to last a life time.

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    Chrissie says:

    A beach holiday in the Maldives… just the sun,sea and quietness all around since the place is far away from any other island. Paradise on earth !

  • 418
    Nussy says:

    My best summer vacations were when we took the kids camping when they were little. Now we take the grandkids! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 419
    P.J. says:

    I don’t have a favorite. I just enjoying anytime I get to go and relax with my family. Truly any vacation is a good one for me!!

  • 420

    After graduation from business school, I spent the entire summer traveling around Asia and Australia with a couple of classmates. We covered 6 countries, met lots of locals and fellow travelers, and had the time of our lives.

  • 421
    PJohnson says:

    The best vacation that I have been on was my honeymoon which was in Hawaii! We had the best time together and didn’t want to leave after 12 days! It is on our list to visit again…maybe on our 10 year wedding anniversary!

  • 422
    Quilter422 says:

    ireland in 1988 for my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. they had 9 kids, 25 or so grandkids, and nearly everyone was there.

  • 423
    Monique says:

    I loved the summers when I used to go on sailing camp in my early teens! Being away from home, without my parents, meeting lots of other kids while learning to sail was wonderful!

  • 424
    Hanne says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had must have been a vacation when I was little… Staying with family, an abroad camping trip with my family… Happy memories…

  • 425
    Chris Biljan says:

    One summer my husband and I spent 3 weeks driving through France – it was so nice not to have a schedule and to just spend time with each other – exploring little villages and having great food every day- it was the best!

  • 426
    Bernadette M. says:

    I’ve had a lot of great summer vacations, but the one that comes to mind now is when we rented a house in Hawaii right at the beach. It was great to pretend we were local.

  • 427
    karen m says:

    Our trip to Venice, Italy. it was lovely weather and this city amazes me!

  • 428
    Holly says:

    Going across the country and seeing the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park, and Disneyland with the entire family.

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    Connie F. says:

    Growing up, we were poor and never had money to go on vacations. One summer, my parents had saved some money and we went to Yellowstone Park. We saw so many animals we had never seen, old faithful was amazing to us and each of us three kids were given money to buy a souvenir…something we wanted to start to collect. I picked a spoon…..I now have a huge collection of spoons from places I have been. It is so fun to look at them and remember the good times I have had at so many places. My parents sacrificed so we could have this special time together and it means more to me than any other vacation I have had since.

  • 430
    Irene S says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was our first trip to Europe. It was a cruise from Barcelona through Italy and France. The sights were beautiful. Thanks for the chance to play!

  • 431

    My best summer vacation was when I went back to Germany with just my mom when I was 12. It was wonderful seeing the small town where she grew up. Such beauty and history there (Kelheim).


  • 432

    My best summer vacation was a couple of years ago my husband, two children and I spent a week in Yosemite National Park. We had a lovely cabin we stayed in and each day was filled with hiking and enjoying all of the gorgeous scenery around us.

  • 433

    My friends family bought a huge Winnebago and were planning a cross Canada trip that would take six weeks. My friend wouldn’t go unless she could take someone. I was so honored that she chose me. That was an amazing and memorable trip going from Alberta all the way to Newfoundland. We saw all the provinces except B. C. I still can’t believe t he generosity of my friends parents in taking me along.

  • 434
    Gina says:

    The best vacation I ever had was when I went to New Hampshire about six months after my parents moved there. Spent two weeks traveling all over New England with my parents, my sister and nephew (brother-in-law and my husband had to stay home and work). Loved it!! Especially all the American history – since I’m a history buff. 🙂

  • 435
    jeni allen says:

    best summer vacation…would be our family reunion last year! it was perfect! it was great to see all of our family, and my kids had a BLAST and it was perfection!

  • 436
    Shirley K. says:

    We’ve taken a couple roadtrips up and down the Pacific coast and those were great to get out of the heat of Phoenix and to do things we couldn’t do at home (e.g., U-pick farms with berries)!

  • 437
    Maureen P says:

    hmmm, that’s a hard one as I’m a teacher and enjoy them all for different reasons. So I’ll go with the easy answer…july 2007, my honeymoon 🙂 Went to Victoria, BC, and then up north to go salmon fishing 🙂 It was more the feeling of being a newlywed that made it so special 🙂

  • 438
    Renee says:

    My best summer vacation is always from the most recent summer – time at the beach with my husband and 2 sons, the ocean and sun, and R&R…what more do you need?

  • 439
    Becky Carafa says:

    This last fall, hubby and I went to NYC. Love that place! The weather was PERFECT, we walked down to Times Square after dark, had dessert every night at 10, and ate breakfast in Central Park!

  • 440
    Kitty says:

    The summer before my daughter left for college we traveled out west for several weeks and stopped to visit relatives and friends along the way.

  • 441
    Deborah says:

    The best summer vacation was going to the Redwoods. I love how peaceful it was.

  • 442
    Pam A says:

    It would be impossible to pick one. My parents always made sure we went on a fun vacation every year and gratefully I saw most of the USA as a child. This instilled a love of travel and adventure which I now enjoy with my hubby! Thanks, Mom & Dad!!

  • 443
    Liliana Worley says:

    Without a doubt, The Isle of Mauritius, a real paradise!!

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    Kathy McDonald says:

    Hmmmmm. . .I think it would have to be the first time I went to Europe. It was the summer between my junior and senior years in high school, and I went with a group of students from a high school about 3 hours from my home. We spent 6 weeks traveling and studying French with students from all over the world. My life was forever changed from that experience. And the fact that I saved every penny to pay for the trip by babysitting (at 50 cents per hour!) made it all the more fulfilling.

  • 445

    We went to Montana in the mountains vacationing as a family for about ten years in a row for two or three weeks in August. I loved the peace and tranquility in the little town we would go to called Cooke City, Montana. I have wonderful memories of it!

  • 446
    Pamm says:

    It had to be the summer I got to go to Florida and spend a week RIGHT ON the beach!! Our room was in Clearwater….you could lie in bed and listen to the ocean roar and then get up, walk out the door with your coffee and sit on the beach and feel the ocean breeze, smell the wonderful smell of ocean, while the seagulls hovered overhead……ahhhhhh!

  • 447
    Christine N says:

    My best summer was the year I graduated from grad school, probably because it was the beginning of August and I felt a huge load off my shoulders and was able to enjoy it like a normal person.

  • 448
    Carson says:

    One of my best friends in junior high rented a beach house one summer and took me along for 2 weeks, what with the sun, the sand and the gaggle of neighborhood boys, life was at its best!

  • 449
    Cynthia Burke says:

    My favorite summer vacation was one which was spent at home relaxing and being a locat tourist. It was a great summer!

  • 450
    KathyFL57 says:

    The best summer vacation I had was the summer I turned 12. My Grandma took me on a “mission” trip down the Calif coast. We visited the old missions all along the way…It was great!

  • 451
    Lauren Brekelmans says:

    Best summer vacation would have to be the year we went camping for 3 weeks to LaConner Washington. Nothing fancy by any means but it was just a fun relaxing time. My daughters were 9 and 16 at the time, and still wanted to travel with us, lol.
    Now my idea of camping was our trailer, latte machine, tv and satelite dish so not really roughing it but still alot of fun.

  • 452
    Holly Saveur says:

    Going to spain with my husband and two boys…I even cried on the way back in the plane..I wanted to stay there!

  • 453
    Betty says:

    The best summer vacation I have ever had was when I was a kid, and we spent most of the summer in Los Angeles with my Grandmother and Aunts. Wonderful new release! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • 454
    Libby Waterman says:

    My best summer vacation was renting a cottage on Marthas Vineyard with my hubby when we were first married!!

  • 455
    Kelly St Pierre says:

    Vacationing in Maine!!! Love going to Maine where it is so beautiful. Traveling along the coast and eating “lobsta.” Will be going back in a few weeks.

  • 456
    Nancy Miller says:

    For many summers, me and my friends rented a house out in the hamptons on long island. It was a vacation every weekend with lots of funny moments and great memories – meeting my husband there being the best.

  • 457

    I would have to say it was the summer when my honey and I got married. We traveled from southern Cali to Lake Tahoe…and on the drive back, we drove the Cali Coastline, stopping in a different place each night. It was fantastic!

  • 458
    Moira says:

    I have 5 siblings. When the oldest 3 were young my parents would take them along with grandparents and their siblings (aunts and uncles) fishing on Rangeley Lake in Maine. About 10 years ago we planned a family trip (5 of the 6 of us and our families) along with Mom stayed at the same cottage colony my parents and grandparents did over 50 years ago. It was wonderful for my Mom to reminisce and share the times they had. It was especially sentimental to all of us as she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few short years later.

  • 459
    Jodie M. says:

    My best summer vacation was when I spent a long weekend in Rehobeth Beach, DE with my girlfriends. Great weather, great seafood, great friends…great time!!!

  • 460
    Melissa Bove says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was going to Disney with my son. It was so great to see the excitement in his eyes!!

    So excited about this release!!

  • 461

    We took a Mediterranean cruise last year. The most beautiful port we visited was Mykonos, Greece!

  • 462
    Marcy says:

    As a kid, I used to go away to camp during the summers. I loved it. I couldn’t wait to give my kids the same wonderful experiences as I had…but they didn’t like it so much. 🙁

  • 463

    The best summer was when I was 15 and my parents rented a camper and we drove from Illinois to San Francisco and back. It was 3 weeks and so many fun memories. We actually at breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 different states. Never realized my Mom was afraid of heights until we ended up in a campground 10M feet above sea level.

  • 464
    lindagk23 says:

    The best summer vacation was when we went to Bogata Colombia with my daughter and her husband. He has family there and it was just beautiful! They took us to this beautiful place on top of this mountain where there is a Church and it was just breath takingly gorgeous! And was also wonderful to meet his family and see where he grew up. It was very special.

  • 465
    Wyndi Sanchez says:

    My best summer vacations are spent anywhere with my family! But in particular, I really enjoyed our stay at Horseshoe Bay In Marble Falls, Texas a few summers ago.

  • 466
    Danny says:

    A sun filled week on Cape Cod with a side trip to Nantucket was a wonderful summer vacation.

  • 467
    Luv2talk says:

    My best summer vacation was the one where I fell in love with my (now) husband. In was an intense, wonderful, unforgettable 3 months that ended up lasting a lifetime. I love you, Ken. 🙂

  • 468
    Regina Mangum says:

    So far, our my best was hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. BUT, that was before our son was born and this summer we are going to Disneyland! Peru was cool, but I can’t wait to see my little guy’s face when we hit the park. Thanks for a wonderful release!

  • 469
    Billie says:

    The Summer after my freshman year of college, one of my roommates and my boyfriend followed around a certain band and went to every concert we could across several states. I worked my butt off, with no days off waitressing from mis May through the end of June and took the rest of the Summer off – it was great to be able to do whatever I wanted 🙂

  • 470
    Amelia says:

    Best summer vacation I ever had was taking my kids to Disney World for the first time. The experience was magical!

  • 471
    Karen Wigent says:

    I just got back from Orlando where I enjoyed Disney World with my son and six year old grandson. There is nothing like sharing Disney with a child seeing it for the first time. It had been over 30 years since I had seen it through my boys eyes on their first visit.

  • 472
    Yvette says:

    My best summer vacation was last summer, we spent 4 days in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The mountains are just stunning and the people are so wonderful there.

  • 473
    Yvonne says:

    My best summer vacation was traveling to the Philippines with my husband. We stayed on Palawan Island at the El Nido resort and it was truly heaven on earth. The clear blue waters, wonderful people, breath taking scenery and the best travel companion made it the trip of a life time.

  • 474
    Maureen says:

    Two summers ago, I took my children on a 2 1/2 day train journey from Texas to Connecticut, to spend a precious week with their grandfather. It was a trip of a lifetime for them, filled with laughter, joy, and beautiful memories!

  • 475
    Elizabeth V. says:

    The very best summer vacation I ever had was the week I spent at Lake Michigan with my grandparents when I was eight. It was the summer after my parents divorced and it was a very bright spot in an otherwise very sad season of life for me. Up to the point, I had never been anywhere by myself, much less for an entire week. My grandparents were older, retired and fairly set in their ways so I’m sure I rocked their world a bit but I felt like a princess that week. Every kid needs some great grandparents! Thanks for offering the great prize!!

  • 476
    Lori Cullen says:

    I took my favorite summer vacation in July of 1995 when my husband and I went to Williamsburg, VA. It was our first summer vacation working our first jobs out of school. It was relaxing, fun, and we truly felt like we had earned it!

  • 477
    Anne G says:

    Spending a week in a cottage overlooking the ocean on the Maine coast with friends and family.

  • 478
    Meghan says:

    My best summer vacation was a trip we made to Disneyland by car with our gently used tent trailer. We had both thrills and spills but overall, it is my best summer trip memory!

  • 479
    Nola Werner says:

    We have been blessed to be able to travel over the years so it is hard to pick just one because we have visited so many wonderful places. But I think my all time favorite summer vacation was when my husband and I traveled to Shanghai, China, to spend 10 days traveling with our daughter and son-in-law who live and teach there. We were able to see a lot of the things that you only read about, but never dream you will see. The best thing about the whole trip, besides traveling with our daughter and her husband was the fact that all I had to do was get us to Shanghai. Our daughter planned all the rest of it. It was a wonderful experience seeing Shanghai, Beijing, the Great Wall, the terracotta warriors, and the river cruise on the Yangtze, just to name the highlights.

  • 480
    Penny Reed says:

    My best memories are of a trip to Hawaii that my husband and I took in 1984. It was just the best. We met some people at the airport when we landed and we did a lot together which only made it more fun. The weather was perfect and we had no problems. Rare! My husbands health prevents us from traveling now so memories are sweet!

  • 481
    Mel H says:

    Hands down, our Disney cruise last year. It was for our 20th wedding anniversary, and we took the kids. It was amazing!

  • 482
    TammyButz says:

    We go “up north” (northern Wisconsin) for a week getaway – always relaxing & fun.

  • 483

    The best summer vacation I ever had was a staycation in our home state of Arizona. We visited Sedona, Flagstaff and went to the Grand Canyon, it was by far the most relaxing trip and definitely less stress than flying out of town. Great memories!

  • 484
    DanelleB says:

    My husband and I took our two young boys on a road trip through the Grand Canyon and ended up at a dude ranch in Tucson. They rode horses, mountain bikes, swam and just were little boys. It was so much fun and we still talk about it often.

  • 485
    Dawn G says:

    Best vacation ever … Outer Banks with a group of friends and our families!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 486
    Jan D. says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was in 1983 when our boys were ages 8 and 11-
    We borrowed my in-laws RV camper and went cross country -coast to coast- via the Northern route-
    What an exceptional way to see this beautiful land of ours !!! Our kids, now men, say it was as special for them as well!

  • 487
    flossez says:

    Las Vegas – wow!

  • 488
    Margaret Kaznowska says:

    In 2007 my dreams came true and I visited Egypt, to see Cairo and pyramids that was on my list was great. The two weeks I got to spent there were amazing.

  • 489
    sandra m says:

    The best summer vacation i ever had was a week at a cabin on the lake with my mom, dad, siblings and a few friends shortly after i graduated from college.
    The projects from the DT are fab!

  • 490
    Theresa Sweet says:

    Some of my best summer vacations were spent visiting friends that have moved out of town and checking out the location attractions with the kids! My main focus for my crafting inspiration 🙂

  • 491
    MJ (good_day1214) says:

    My first actual summer vacation was the year I got married, Summer 2008. We’re from Chicago and we took a road trip to CO Springs (it was just me, our DS, & hubby-to-be) to get married. We then traveled to SD – stopped by Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, & the Badlands. Then we traveled through MN to visit family before finally heading back home. It was the best summer vacay-wedding-honeymoon all in one!

  • 492

    The best summer vacation I had was in 2010. I spent 3 wks at my sister home. We just talked, drank and hung out together. I was wonderfully fun. She and her hubby spoiled me. 3 weeks and I only cooked twice, heaven.

  • 493
    Gerry says:

    This is probably cheating a bit…but our vacations are usually in the fall. So, my favorite vacation was an 18 day trip to Italy. We did so much in that time, Rome, Florence, Venice, the Cinque Terra, Lake Como..and more. There were six of us and we had just the best time. Hopefully we will go back again.

  • 494

    Our best summer vacation was in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. We had a sweet little cabin, oh, I wanted to stay forever!

  • 495
    Dana says:

    Whenever I think of summer vacation, I recall family campouts. The real kind of camping: tents, coolers, tarps and campstoves. Those were the glorious days!

  • 496
    Samantha Burns says:

    I grew up right by a beautiful lake up in British Columbia and practically lived in the water all summer long 🙂

  • 497
    Carol S says:

    The best holiday I had was the first time we visited the US for our Silver Wedding anniversary. We visited New England and stayed in some wonderful Bed and Breakfast Inns. I saw whales for the first time, ate lots of the food I’d only read about and made lots of lovely memories.

  • 498
    JoAnn Dettbarn says:

    Every summer in July, we would spend a week at a cabin on Leech Lake with our two young daughters. Several of my siblings would also go with their familes, and the cousins still talk of their great summer memories spent at the cabin at “Bayview”. It was such a peaceful time spending quality time with those we loved to be with. Sometimes I wish I could go back and relive those wonderful summer weeks.

  • 499
    Harriet Skelly says:

    My favorite summer vacation I ever had was last summer when my family spent two weeks in New Zealand.

  • 500
    cathy says:

    My beat summer vacation was with family at a small fishing village in Tasmania.So calm and peaceful.

  • 501
    Loricabo says:

    My husband had a couple rough years healthwise. Last summer we were finally able to take our first vacation in 3 years. We (husband & 2 kiddos) spent 12 glorious days on Kauai. It’s an understatement to say this vacation was much-needed. We truly enjoyed each moment & treasured the time we spent together. This vacation was exactly what we all needed.

  • 502
    Julie says:

    The best summer we had was the year we moved to live by the sea. Our children were young and still at home. The weather was glorious and we felt like the holiday continued long after we were back at work and school….Ah happy memories!

  • 503
    Jessica says:

    The best vacation for me is defined by wholesome relaxation, great connection with friends and loved ones, gorgeous surroundings and spectacular food. All these components were aligned ever so lovely on our vacation trip to Florida a couple of years ago. It was just my daughter, husband and me which made it so close and personal. We gazed at stars together, enjoyed our favorite food and visited over 8 attractions in a period of 1 week (lots of these were nature walk oriented which aided the relaxation aspect). When we are feeling blue this is definitely our go to “happy memeroy”. The best of it all is that we are planning on doing a repeat this year 🙂

  • 504
    Ally V. says:

    The best summer vacation we had was two years ago when our family drove down to Chicago. There were so many fun things to do and our boys were 7 & 2 at the time and had an absolute blast! We’re going again this summer and I hope we have another wonderful time!

  • 505
    Kim G. says:

    The best summer vacation would have to be when I was in 8th grade. The whole summer was spent with friends going to the pool everyday, and experiencing my first summer love!

  • 506
    blogless Jean says:

    Best Summer Vacation — my Aunt and Uncle were house/dog sitting for family friends who lived on a lake. I spent the entire week with them, learned to swim (my poor uncle’s balding head was scorched, he spent so much time in the water with me), read with my favorite Auntie and played with Lad, the frog hunting Collie. Grandparents usually came for picnic supper. I think I was maybe 10. Thanks for helping me remember that great time!

  • 507
    erin t says:

    Summer is my busiest time of year at work, so I really think my best vacation was my pre-summer trip to Africa earlier this year, such a treat to explore new places with my husband (and no kids).

  • 508
    Kari D says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had happened over Labor Day weekend and week! I took a Backroads bicycle tour through Napa/Sonoma/Russian River Valley. NOTHING like biking in the sunshine; stopping and tasting wine; meeting new, interesting, amazing people; and eating GREAT meals….and not gaining an ounce! PERFECT week!

    GREAT release! CAN NOT WAIT to place my order!

  • 509
    Kris says:

    The fondest summer vacation memories are those spend on Lake Osakis in northern Minnesota. Just me, my brothers & sisters and my parents for two magical weeks every summer. Priceless.

  • 510
    Stacy Simpson says:

    Last summer, my hubby and our two boys took a road trip to Florida (from MO) with my parents. We were a little nervous about having 6 of us in a vehicle for that long. But it worked out fine. We had a fabulous time. We visited Graceland, the town in GA where they filmed the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Not to mention seeing beautiful Siesta Key Beach and parasailing. With my Mom’s recent cancer diagnosis, I am so thankful we were able to take that trip together.

  • 511
    Hannah says:

    Best summer vacation ever was spending the time in the Great Smokey Mountains. It is without a doubt the best place ever! In fact, usually every vacation has been spent in the mountains. To me it truly is God’s country. Now with all our animal rescues we don’t really go on vacation. We spend the money and time on them. Which is wonderful in itself 🙂

  • 512
    Vanessa says:

    My favorite summer vacations were the ones where I got to go to summer camp with my friends. We had the best memories staying up late, swimming in lake and running around all day. I loved every minute of it.

  • 513
    Kerry says:

    My favorite summer vacation was also my honeymoon in 2006. We went to Canada and camped and saw 5 different cities in a week and a half. It was the perfect start to our marriage 🙂

  • 514
    Patty Chalas says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was summer of 1994 when I was leaving abroad at Sonoma, California with a USA family and with my USA sister JoAnn(which is my lovely sister)and my best friend Nomar from Honduras we took a trip to Disneyland, San Francisco, Sacramento and walked along the Golden Gate Bridge. Those were good and happy times – of course! I was 19!! It was so bonding time and had so much fun… I still remember all the details of the trip… No one wanted to leave. Best time ever!!!!!

  • 515
    Wendy F. says:

    My best summer vacation is simply enjoying the summer with my kids, going to the beach, the pool…and having no worries about school in mind.

  • 516
    Julie Rae says:

    The summer of 1999 my step-mother invited everyone to visit she and my Dad at their home in Custer, SD. This was a surprise for my Dad and was he ever! We rented cabins on the edge of town and the kids went crazy hiking, walking across small streams (and falling in). The kids got acquainted with cousins they had never met. I visited with relatives I had not seen in years. We all immersed ourselves in the surrounding sites: Mt. Rushmore, caves, wildlife (buffalo). It was so fun and we have memories to cherish forever.

  • 517

    My best summer vacation was back in the 70s when all the neighborhood kids would come over and rollerskate on our blacktopped driveway..Mom would make lemonade or Kool-ade for us and we listened to KC and the SUNSHINE Band and others on the radio.

  • 518
    char says:

    The best summer vacation was when I went back to Wisconsin and spent the summer with my cousins that I had never met. We became fast friends and I had so much fun! When we returned home I missed them so much I called to talk to them….not knowing as a kid it was long distnce lol!! Boy, did I get in grounded from the phone lol!!

  • 519
    Cathy Weber says:

    There wasn’t just one best vacation…it was all of the summer vacations when my kids were little. They were so happy, they got to swim all day and there was no stressing over homework or “having” to be somewhere every day. Summer was also a time when everyone was healthy and “sniffles-free” all at once. I really miss those days and think of they often!

  • 520
    Kryssi says:

    Best Summer vacation was our family drove down to Florida and had a beachfront suite on a private beach. We were younger then, so carefree and kid-less, lol!

  • 521
    Janell says:

    Because my kids have been in year round school, we have traveled during there breaks. So most of our vacations were in November or March. But last year we got to go camping in July in Yellowstone. We got to hike, see different geysers and we even saw 4 bears. Fun times!

  • 522
    Julie says:

    July 2007 – our nephew (we hadn’t seen for 20 yrs) came out to give my husband a kidney – it was an amazing reunion!

  • 523
    Stacy Breidenbach says:

    Without a doubt, traveling to Charleston, SC, and staying at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island last year. Amazing!

  • 524
    Roxana Hill says:

    My best summer vacation without a doubt is when I was a kid I got to spend the entire summer camping and gold dredging with my older sister and brother-in-law in various towns in the foothills of northern Calif. We had to hike into town to get the mail once a week, addressed to General Mail! It was absolute heaven; all day on the river and a dinner by the campfire–didn’t even have an outhouse! THAT’S camping!

  • 525
    Anja curvers says:

    Best summer vacation ever was for two years, the last year our eldest son spend his vacation with us. We went to france and did lots of fun stuff, had a really great time with the whole family.

  • 526
    Sheila M Jones says:

    It’s going to be this year! We’re all going to Hungary, but travelling by train all the way from Scotland. We’ll be stopping in Brussels and Munich on the way there and Prague on the way back!

  • 527
    Karie B says:

    The summer before my husband went back to school we both quit our jobs and had fun. We spent three weeks at Lake Powell, took a road trip to see the southwest and then drove across the country. It was the most carefree I have ever been.

  • 528

    Definitely the best vacation I’ve ever had was the summer after I graduated from high school… my high school bff’s parents took her to Mexico and invited me to come along. It was the first time I’d ever ridden a plane before, so that was exciting. They had a timeshare at a fancy resort with all kinds of amenities, including a spa and 7 themed restaurants in the hotel… all-inclusive *everything*. I was a skinny mini back then, and I got the best tan ever. That was an awesome week.

  • 529
    Elle says:

    The best vacation I can remember is one that I took a few years ago with my mom & niece Alexis. We went to Discovery Cove in Florida where we spent the day & got to swim with the dolphins which is something that I had always wanted to do. It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. The next day we went to Sea World which was also fun. Now my 5 yr old nephew wants to go so we are going to plan a trip to take him & I can’t wait to do it all over again. I absolutely LOVE dolphins so this was a dream come true.

  • 530
    MicheleT says:

    The best summer I have ever had was going to Gold Coast, Australia with my friends.

  • 531
    Debbie Archer says:

    One summer, when I was a child, we traveled by car from our home in North Carolina to my maternal grandmother’s farm in the mountains of Alabama. After a week of playing with my cousins and enjoying time with family, we drove to visit my paternal grandfather in Miami, Florida. From laid back farm life to beaches, parks and restaurants, we had a blast!

  • 532
    Kayla says:

    I just went on a super fun 2 day vacation with some of my best friends! BUT the vacation that I am looking forward to the most is my honeymoon in August!!

  • 533
    Kimberly says:

    My favorite summer vacation was to visit my Grandmother. My sister and her husband were able to go with my Dad and me. My sister had just graduated from the first 4 yrs of college and had not been to Grandma’s since she was a baby. Since she had no memory of this, it was like the first time for her. It was a lot of fun taking my Sis around and showing her our family history. We have since lost my Grandmother, so this will always be a special time for us.

  • 534

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had would definitely have to be roadtripping across the western united states with my parents and brother: across North Dakota, Montana/Wyopming (yellowstone, Devil’s tower), stopping in seattle to visit friends/relatives, then heading down the coast to California, and coming back through Colorado/South Dakota. Amazing!

  • 535
    Marilyn C says:

    My best summer vacation was last summer when I went to visit my brother in Amsterdam.

  • 536
    Christy D says:

    My best summer was when my family would go camping every summer to Western Reserve campground. It was my first really camping experience and every time we went, there was always so sort of weather disaster that we ended up calling each of our campsite a name, kind of like how they name hurricanes in the south. We always had loads of fun and made some great memories in the process!

  • 537
    Sue S. says:

    Our best summer vacation was spending a week in North Carolina at the Outer Banks a few years ago!! It was so fun and relaxing!

  • 538
    Anita J. says:

    This will date me, but the best summer vacations were when our children were small in the 60’s & 70’s & we took a 2 week vacation every summer. We lived in the midwest & they were usually to Florida & the beach … Daytona & Fort Lauderdale most of the time. Then DisneyWorld opened & we were there the 1st year (& many times since then). The kids would play monorail each night with the sliding closet doors in out hotel room. It was a great, carefree time!

  • 539
    Theresa says:

    I would have to say that staying at our cabin, out in the country. It’s so quiet at relaxing. Plus I bring all kinds of stuff to make cards:)

  • 540

    I was raised by a single parent so we didn’t have many vacations. I did spend my summers with my grandparents so there was much excitement and anticipation in getting to spend those long lazy summer days with them. Reading Black Beauty in the lawn swing, running thru the sprinklers and the many picinics with teddy bears and my mother’s old dolls are what I remember most. Lovely days!

  • 541
    SamJan says:

    Years ago my late husband and I spent a week on a Dude Ranch in Montana. No phone, no TV, no radio or newspaper. Just the two of us, the ranglers, the Montana mountains, horses and eating breakfast in the wide open spaces. This was bliss!

  • 542
    Cyndy G says:

    Best summer vacation was Boundary Waters Canoe Area! We were out there for 4 beatiful peaceful days. Saw only one other camping party paddle by. Always talked about going back, but we never did make it. Now we’d never be able to carry the packs, or portage the canoes.

  • 543

    The best vacation I ever had hasn’t happened yet — it is coming up next month: a cruise of the Black Sea! The trip of a lifetime!

  • 544
    Sandy Ramirez says:

    As I get older I look back to when my son was little and the vacations shared with him. We would spend a week every summer camping in the little town of Trinidad in Northern CA. Rain or shine, we camped and loved every moment. I can still see the look on my 4 year old’s face as he stood on the beach and watched a whale in the wave’s with her baby. The memories are so vivid.

  • 545
    Eva Dobilas says:

    I grew up in Hungary and the best summer vacation I had with my family and friends was going to the Adriatic Sea and we camped on the beach for a week. I remember getting up in the morning and the beach was right there. I had to most fun in a Paradise like place.

  • 546
    Emily Henry says:

    My best summer vacation ever was the trip to Ireland, home of my ancestors. We went with the Glee Club from the all boys high school. They sang in some beautiful cathedrals and outdoor venues. It was so fulfilling on so many levels.

  • 547
    Nicky says:

    The best Summer vacation was with my husband, the first non kid vacation to mexico. We had to deal with a hurricane half way through the trip, and helped clean up afterwards, but it was still a wonderful time.

  • 548

    The summer I spent time with my grandparents just after graduating from high school. They are both gone now, and the memories we made that summer are some of my very favorites.

  • 549
    Lisa Cole says:

    We took a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean as a family when my daughter was 7 – and to this day she still talks about it being the most fun she ever had!

  • 550
    Super Jen says:

    Road trip as a kid. My dad rented an RV and we drove from California to Yellowstone with my visiting grandparents. I have vivid memories of this trip even though I was only 6.

  • 551
    Jen W. says:

    My best summer vacations were the ones spent at summer camp in Vermont. I met amazing people every summer and still have many friends from those wonderful days.

  • 552
    Jennifer says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when my mom, my grandmother, my sisters and I took a *girl’s only!* road trip through several states and national parks! Such great bonding time for us — and memories I’ll treasure forever!!

  • 553
    Jilly says:

    The best “summer” vacation was 20 years ago when we went camping with my brother’s family in the U.P. of MI. We did lots of hiking, eating smoked fish, sight-seeing, staying up late to see the racoons invade camp, played on the beach of Lake Superior, kid-napped my nieces for a day to visit the falls and the Soo Locks … wonderful memories.

  • 554
    Gabby says:

    My forever, best summer vacations were all of the childhood summers I spent with my Grandparents. Learning, growing, living, singing, running, playing, swimming, Bozo, making Jello w/G’pa every Fri., dancing to music on Lawrence Welk w/G’ma, G’pa’s pigeons, Mike the Collie, my yellow and red sandbox, my purple bike, the ringing bells on the ice cream truck, G’pa taking me to the zoo, community picnics … endless memories of wonderful, blessed days full of happiness and love. 🙂

  • 555
    MARY H says:

    Camping up in the Sierras!! Nothing but beauty, quiet and peace for a week. And scenery was gorgeous!!

  • 556
    Connie Pruitt says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was when I was in the 8th grade and we went to the grand canyon.

  • 557
    Jennifer says:

    My best summer vacation was the first cruise that we took as a family of five! my children were very active in sports, band and other activities so there was very little just family time….it was so wonderful!!!

  • 558
    Kellie says:

    The best summer vacation was when I finally go to take my kids to where I grew up, Traverse City, MI. They loved it and we got to stay with our great friends and go enjoy the outdoors. We canoed, hiked around Sleeping Bear Dunes and enjoyed the downtown area. Then to top of the awesome vacation we traveled to Sandusky Ohio and took in Cedar Point! My kids talk about this at least once a week and it happened 2 years ago!

  • 559
    Chaitali says:

    It was with my husband when he was interning in San Diego. Lots of sunshine, Disneyland, Vegas, beaches, Sea world… need I say more? 🙂

  • 560
    Kathryn says:

    I still have wonderful memories of camping as a child, with my family, in the mountains. The scent of pines on a hot summer’s day can still bing back those memories, as does the scent of canvas (that’s what tents were made of back then!)

  • 561
    Tammy W. says:

    I just plain love vacation! Each one is special in its own way…my most recent favorite is when we drove to Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and then the final stop at my son’s to visit in Paso Robles. It’s always nice to see my son and drive on the California coast!

  • 562
    Anne-Laure says:

    Firsttime coming back home when my husband and I were living in Japan. We spent the summer visiting our families and friends and that was so great to see them after a whole year…

  • 563
    Tammy C says:

    The best summer vacations were spent in Wisconsin at my Grandma’s cottage.

  • 564
    Flo says:

    My husband worked in MA for a few years and the family went with him a couple of times . We had the best time exploring.

  • 565

    My best summer vacation was on my 16th birthday!
    I did not want a lavish Sweet Sixteen. Instead my parents took me and my sisters to Disney and we had an extended vacation because we visited other parts of Florida as well. We also went with other family friends and it was definitely the best time and many years later we reminisce with fondness.

  • 566
    Cindy H. says:

    One of my most memorable summer vacations was spent with two girlfriends at Lake George in NY where we rented a cottage for a week. It was my first vacation without my parents, it was the week that the 4th of July fell in and it was fabulous!! Ah, sweet memories:)

  • 567
    Megan says:

    I’d say the best summer vacation I had was when my father and I flew up from Arizona to Detroit, Michigan to visit lots of family and friends.

    It was so much fun; I still remember the sound of the sparklers and the beautiful glow of the fireflies. We took a boat out onto Lake Michigan and had a front row seat for the fireworks out on the water.

    Thank you so much ladies!! =)

  • 568
    christianne says:

    I loved road trips with my family while growing up and one year we went to Aspen Grove in Provo Utah as an extending family and that was really fun but my favorite might be the first family vacation we had with our kids – we went to Sea World and the beach in San Diego. The kids had so much fun.

  • 569
    missy k. says:

    The best summer vacation I had was at Disney World.

  • 570
    Sue says:

    The best summer vacation I’ve ever had would be an entire summer’s worth of swimming, biking and just hanging out with friends. My BFF and I would ride our bikes 7 miles to the beach every day, hang out until someone would trek us back home in the evening and wake up the next morning and do it again!

  • 571
    Kathy M. says:

    My best summer vacation was in Hawaii. We went to Maui and did all the touristy stuff, snorkeling, helicopter ride, fishing boat, all that!

  • 572
    Janet B says:

    The best summer vacation? I would have to say the summers at the lake with my boys. Life was so relaxed and we made some great family memories.

    I’m looking forward to making new memories when I can take my boys to Scotland. That’s been a life long dream of mine, and was supposed to happen this month, but due to being newly diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome we had to postpone it. I’m really crossing my fingers that we can make that trip in 2013.

  • 573
    Dee says:

    My best summer vacation was as kid camping at the beach all summer. The beach is not the same now but then it was the bee’s knees

  • 574

    Hands down, the best summer vacay I ever had was when I was about 13 years old, my family and our cousins went houseboating on Shuswap lake in BC! We drove all the way there in my grandpa’s beat up old motorhome (4 adults and 6 kids), which crapped out halfway there. We then had to hitchhike and caught a ride to the nearest town in the back of a truck camper! Totally illegal nowadays, but it made for some great memories!

  • 575
    Debbie says:

    Growing up, my dad worked two full time jobs – one in the day and one at midnight – so I didn’t see him much except for supper. In the summer, he would take us camping and he would commute to work. I have fond memories fishing with him. My favorite time was when he took vacation and we traveled to Maine. We had lobster every day! Warms my soul to thinking about it.

    Thank you for another month of fabulous stamps and ideas!

  • 576
    Barb K says:

    The very best vacation I’ve had was with 14 of my Highschool girl friends (that I’ve known for over 40 years) on a cruise. Being all together on a boat for a week was a real Blast!

  • 577
    Lisabee says:

    Best summer vacation…
    I think it was back when I was a child. We would fly out to SC (from WA) to go stay several weeks with my grandparents. While we were there we would go up to Gatlinburg, TN and go to Dollywood. Then we’d go to Carowinds (amusement park) and then we’d go to Charleston…and of course there was the awesome back to school shopping trips that my grandmother ALWAYS paid for!

    Just one of those was exciting enough, but to have a summer with it all—priceless!

  • 578
    Jan in Tucson says:

    My favorite summer vacation was the year we took our son to Disneyland, Knottsberry Farms and Sea World! Incredible amount of fun!

  • 579

    We planned our last vacation for years! It was the year that my daughter graduated college AND my son graduated high school. Two big milestones! And we celebrated it with 3 weeks in Europe! It was FABULOUS!

  • 580
    Linda says:

    Some of my best summers were spent with family and friends at Tablerock Lake. The water is calm and beautiful. It was our one week away from work, sport schedules, phones and computers and our family ate every meal together. No one was in a rush to be somewhere or get something done….we could stay up late or sleep in. Great memories. Thanks for a chance to win a great prize!

  • 581
    Zehra says:

    My father took us many places for summer vacation, the best one I had was in India in the south, he took us to a coconut grove, everwhere there were coconut trees and you had one fresh one each day, all the dishes made from it had coconuts and we ate on palm leaves, there was a lake and moutnains, it was gorgeous, this was in 1989. It was so peaceful and beautiful.

  • 582
    laura l ellis says:

    The best ones were when I was a kid and we would go to Maine for a week every summer. I remember one where we were exploring the coast line and found Thunder Hole, which was a rock formation that the waves had carved that made a hugely loud noise when they came in and sprayed upwards. We would cheer for the biggest waves since they were the loudest! very fun! and a beautuful memory.

  • 583
    Emily W. says:

    I think I was about 10 when my mother woke me and my sister up early on a Saturday and said “Do you want to go on vacation? You have ten minutes to get packed.” (Our extended family would go every year, we normally didn’t, and she was asking if we wanted to go that year.)

    We got up and got ready, and I don’t think we forgot a single thing and had a great time. And now we spend weeks planning what to pack. Maybe this year I should just do it all ten minutes before I leave!

  • 584
    julieann60 says:

    when we took the kids to myrtle beach just relaxed on the beach first time the kids saw jellyfish and we even saw a fisherman catch a baby shark! I wouldnt go back in the water after that too many jaws movies!

  • 585
    tammyK. says:

    The kids were young and we spent a week at a large lake, rented a cabin in a remote area. No telephones, no tv, no laundry(until we got home), no yard work, no homework. The cabin had a screened in porch and one day it rained and rained and rained. The only thing to do was sit on the porch and play board games with my kids. Yep, I loved it!!

  • 586
    Debbie says:

    My best summer vacations were with my family when we went on camping trips together. We were a really close family and loved spending time together.

  • 587
    Chunyuan says:

    My best summer vacation was before we had kids, we spent a week in a cabin on Washington coast in Olympic national park.

  • 588
    Jessica S says:

    You’ve always got amazing releases! I’ve been saving up for a big buy and hope to get a few of these sets this summer.

    The best summer vacation I’ve had was touring Europe when I was 25. I spent 4 months and covered… a LOT of countries. As a medieval history graduate this was a dream come true. I saw so many castles and cathedrals… And took a TON of photos.

  • 589
    MOI says:

    Years ago the entire family went to the Outer Banks for a couple of weeks. Rented a house on the beach and just had a ball. No tv watching or computer games. Just a lot of good food and a lot of laughs. We would sit on the upper balcony and watch the stars. One night while we were there we saw an awesome meteor shower.

  • 590
    Simply Sassy says:

    The summer vacations I most looked forward to as a child, were the ones spent with my Grandparents in Wisconsin.

  • 591
    Susie says:

    My best vacations were the weeks we spent at Gulf Shore when my niece and nephews were little. We’d rent a big house directly on the beach and spend our days lounging under a big sun umbrella, building sand sculptures, floating in the water and looking for sea creatures. We had a lot of fun and made some great memories.

  • 592
    Stacy Buller says:

    Each summer my brother, my parents, and I visit the same lake in New Hampshire. The years have passed, my brother and I have both married. I have two boys and my brother is expecting his first child and now new memories are being made and new firsts have taken place….first crawls, first steps, first swim, first rollar coaster ride, first fish caught and many more to come. being able to share these memories with my extended family makes it all the more special.

  • 593
    Kyrsten says:

    The best summer vacation I have ever had was last summer. I got married last summer and my new hubby and I went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. It was beyond fantastic and no summer will ever compare! 🙂

  • 594
    Beata K. says:

    Best summer vacation EVER – Beaver Island, MI. A beach house rental, a beach, beautiful weather, and NO TV-video games-computers – internet! It was the funnest time with the kids.

  • 595
    Tammy W. says:

    Best summer vacation would have to be the trips we got to make back home to Milwaukee to see family. Our children would get to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. When I was a child, our family was close and often went camping together with everyone! Being a military family stationed on the East Coast the entire 20 years of my husband’s Navy career, our children missed out in the closeness of all those relatives like I had as a child. Now my husband is retired from the military and we stayed out here in Virginia (for many reasons) and unfortunately these trips are becoming less frequent. Of course, my entire immediate family did come out here for a week last summer and we all stayed together in a beach house for the week…..wait THAT would have to be my favorite summer vacay! : )

  • 596
    Lorie says:

    All of ’em! I haven’t had too many actual vacations in the summer but I loved the trips I took with or to see my grandparents. All of my grandparents are gone now so they are even more special!

  • 597
    Mary Mac says:

    Best summer vacation, two weeks at Sanibel Island in Fla. a few years ago. The most beautiful beach I have ever seen.

  • 598
    jeannine says:

    when my kids were young we flew to disney world. the kids had so much fun, it wasn’t crowded yet & the weather was perfect. thanks.

  • 599
    Jen Carter says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was my honeymoon! We went to Colorado and enjoyed taking in so many sights and just being together! Yesterday was our 15th wedding anniversary and we’re looking forward to many more to come!

  • 600
    Nancy says:

    My favorite family vacation was when I was in high school and we went to the Northwestern states! Washington, Oregon, Idaho and up into Canada. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  • 601
    Jennifer Jones says:

    My Aunt and Uncle have a huge farm in Idaho and every five years we would have a huge family reunion there. Our family is NOT small. My mom was the oldest of 11. They would butcher a cow, make tons of pies, and we would eat most everything they grew there on the farm. It was such a wonderful time. Most of them are gone now, but the memories of that place will always live on.

  • 602
    Anna says:

    My best summer vacation is when I went Europe for the winter.. Summer in Australia is pretty hot.. it was bliss to escape 🙂

  • 603
    Lynn Lipchak says:

    Best Summer I ever had included a trip to New England to Paul Neuman’s Camp for kids called “Hole In The Wall Gang”. All kids has been given a free vacation cause either they had cancer or they were sibblings of cancer kids. Paul brought in only the best teachers, talent, musicians, etc…first class all the way. I spent most of my time giving free massages but met so many wonderful people. We all ate together, sang and laughed together and I was touched to be a part of a great undertaking….a great memory.

  • 604
    Betty says:

    The best so far was simplest and least planned out. My husband and I made a quick trip to the beautiful Oregon coast and stayed in an ocean front hotel. Long walks on the beach, browsing in shops, all of life’s stresses were far away.

  • 605
    Elena says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was in high school when my family stayed at a beachfront hotel in Nags Head, North Carolina, and all we did was play at the beach, watch the beach from our balcony and fall asleep listening to the beach right outside the hotel. It wasn’t a glamorous hotel or anything but something about being so close to the beach like it was your own backyard was magical!

  • 606
    Trace says:

    We did a driving tour of Kentucky, visiting bourbon distilleries and shaker villages. We called it the Virtue & Vice tour and it was good fun in a beautiful place. Very relaxing.

  • 607
    Kim Howard says:

    I think some of my most favorite summer vacation memories are from spending summers at my Grandparents in Wisconsin and being able to hang out with all my cousins.

  • 608
    lauraisham says:

    I don’t have one specific best summer. I just have fond memories growing up in the country and biking for hours with my sister searching for wild flowers to bring home to our mother.

  • 609
    Pam Sparks says:

    When I was 18, I went to Switzerland! I met my (now) husband on the airplane flying over the ocean.

  • 610
    Carolyn R. says:

    I love everything about the summertime! It is hard to pinpoint just one summer that was my favorite. I grew up in Southern California and went to the beach, the mountains and the lakes. When I had children of my own I would get together with some friends and their kids and take them to enjoy the beach. Now that I live in Colorado I take our family camping,hiking, and swimming.

  • 611
    Jen R says:

    2 Summers ago I spent a week at a house on the Jersey Shore with my family..it was awesome!

  • 612
    Casie says:

    My best summer vacation was a couple years ago when the whole family went out to the Black Hills. It was our first big family vacation and the kids are still talking about it!

  • 613
    Magdalene Yeo says:

    Hello! I live in Singapore so you can say we have summer all year round! To me, the best summer vacation would be a bit of everything – beautiful beach, hiking, and theme parks!

  • 614
    Jennifer says:

    I never really had summer vacations growing up where we would go on a vacation as a family. Now that I have my own family I’ve made it a goal to take the time and celebrarte summer with lots of camping and trips to the beach!

  • 615
    Carolanne says:

    Spending a week in NY city with my husband and our son and daughter. Lots of walking, coffee and terrific food!

  • 616
    Lauren says:

    Best summer vacation….hmmm…I would have to say visiting with my grandparents. I ALWAYS had fun with them! They were amazing people. 🙂


  • 617
    Jen says:

    When I was a child my family traveled to San Diego. I don’t remember exactly where we stayed I just remember we were at a hotel with a pool that also was next to the beach… best of both worlds! And then we took day trips to Sea World, the Zoo, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm. I don’t know how my parents did it. I just remember it was *heaven* or me and my brothers and sisters.

  • 618
    Mary Millar says:

    My very best summer vacation involved a cross country trip with my husband. I ponder it often as there were so many perfect moments– the way the sunlight fell on the surrounding plants and landscape, the beautiful blue of the sky that day with just a few so perfectly placed and shaped clouds. A gentle breeze graced the wheat in the field resulting in a mesmerizing field of waves.It seemed I was caught in a delightful bubble!!

  • 619
    Esther Yee says:

    A road trip with my amily through Evanston and Chicago. The one year that we were in USA (I was an international student then).

  • 620
    Jen shears says:

    I think I was about 12, and I got to spend what I thought was the whole summer at my grandparents house swimming, playing & having a great time. My mom says it was only about 3 weeks, so I clearly remember it larger than life!!!

  • 621
    Tanis P says:

    My best summer vacation was definitely the summer, as a youth, spent at my grandparent’s acreage, when I would do chores in the morning and spend time with the horses in the afternoon!

  • 622
    Laura Q says:

    My hubby and I took an unplanned road trip through the back roads of West Virginia taking pictures. It was a beautiful trip!

  • 623
    Jessica H. says:

    My fondest summer memories are the summers I spent at camp. No phone or air conditioning was always a big change but the friendships and fun totally made up for it!

  • 624
    Steph Hill says:

    My favourite holiday was definately a summer spent in Rome. Magnificent sightseeing, pasta, red wine and gelato! Life doesn’t get any better than that!

  • 625
    colleenk says:

    Growing up in MI, we didn’t have money for vacations. But one summer, when I was about 11 years old, we saved up enough and planned a trip to Disney World in Florida! Even the drive there was fun!

  • 626
    Shannon says:

    Best summer vacation? We (brother, myself and Dad) had a 3 week trip through N western US and Canada starting in Vancouver, through the Rockies back into the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and through Idaho and Oregon before ending in Washington. It was epic! Full of lost shoes, no bear sightings (but other wildlife), fishing, sunshine, amazing vistas and jokes. OMG! The personal jokes and memories that we made during that trip still stick with us, even 15 years later!

  • 627
    Francie says:

    Believe it or not, my trip to Montana with my dad and cousin to visit my uncle and his family, ranks above my Italian vacations. While we were in Montana, we went to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Jackson Hole, WY, and more. It was great to get to know my uncle’s family better and to have so much time with my dad in one of the places he loved most.

  • 628
    Angela Fehr says:

    Our best summer vacation was the trip we took to Kelowna when our youngest was one. We usually take our vacations in the winter!

  • 629
    Michele says:

    Every summer we would go to my grandparents cabin in Island Park, it is just outside of Yellowstone National Park. We would go fishing, hiking, and of course there was always cooking s’mores around the campfire. Just hanging out with my family. It was the best!

  • 630
    Laura Q says:

    My husband and I took an unplanned road trip taking pictures along the back roads of West Virginia. It was beautiful!

  • 631
    KayA says:

    My best summer vacation was a cross-country road trip with my husband. We love road trips. We packed our favorite snacks and music CDs and drove to Ohio to visit family. It’s a great way to see our beautiful country. We floated on my cousin’s boat, played corn toss and horseshoes, enjoyed BBQ and even a zip line. Wonderful memories.

  • 632
    Gena Shever says:

    One of my best summer vacations was going on an Alaska cruise for our 25th Anniversary with my in-laws and sister and brother-in-laws. We had a fabulous time! Living in AZ, it was wonderful to be nice and cool!

  • 633
    Carolyn says:

    My best summer vacations were when I was a kid and we’d go up to Southern Alberta to see all my mom’s side of the family. We loved staying up til 10 when the sun was still up, eating out of my great-aunts garden, riding ponies and playing Rook. Good memories!

  • 634
    connie d says:

    Boy…best summer vacation?? We homeschool, so I always appreciate the summers because there is no school!! I would have to say my favorite, though was the summer after my two oldest finished kindergarten. It was a picture perfect summer of doing absolutely nothing but playing, swimming at the pool and just enjoying being together. It was almost like a honeymoon with kids! 🙂

  • 635
    Marion says:

    I live in the UK and love, love, love the Lake District. So beautiful and life there is at a slower pace. So many lakes to visit and the Cream teas – way too nice to resist!!! Best holiday there was in 2010 when we rented a very old property in Windermere village with a stream running through the garden. Every day we’d come home from walking and the girls would get straight in for a paddle or practice building dams.Great place to visit was Hill Top Farm – former home of Beatrix Potter.

  • 636
    Sheryl B. says:

    The best summer vacation(s) were the last two years when our family went to Colorado. We rented a house for a week and hiked every day. The scenery is just majestic! I think it’s the most relaxing place to vacation!!!

  • 637
    Kathy V. says:

    Our best vacation was in 1985. We went to the state of Washington. The reason this was the best is the last vacation that our than 15 year old son(who’s our youngest). It was great and he still talks about it today, and he enjoys telling his children about that time.

  • 638
    Lori Kistler says:

    All vacations are great! Best one had to be to the Olympics. Watching USA get a gold medal and seeing our flag go up and the National Anthem!!! Proud moment to be American!

  • 639
    Bec Mc says:

    Last summer watching my 2 year old discover the beach for the first time, priceless

  • 640
    Deb K says:

    My best summer vacation was the year we went to Gilly Lake just about every day and made friends with some guys from another school. In my memory the sun shined every day.

  • 641
    Susie says:

    Summer vacations to the Outer Banks, NC with my family, aunt, and grandmother have a special place in my heart. Time seemed to stand still. Lots of good times and good memories!

  • 642
    angelina orta says:

    It was the first vacation to the beach with my three kids, they were very small, but they fell in love with the beach, the pool, being outside. priceless!

  • 643

    We pretty much went to the Jersey shore every summer for a week as our vacation, and those weeks at the summer were wonderful. We all looked foward to playing on the beach, the waterslides, mini golf and walking the boardwalk every night. I miss being so far away now.

  • 644
    Cyndie says:

    Great question! I think the best vacation might be a recent one where we took my parents on a trip to Lake Michigan–we all four had a wonderful time and took the Lake Michigan ferry (the Badger) from Manitowoc WI to Ludington MI.

  • 645
    Leslie says:

    We go to Mammoth every summer and it’s the best! But last year we got to ski in June too! What a blast!

  • 646

    My best summer vacation would have to be backpacking through Europe with friends. I bought a Eurailpass and traveled all over – it was an amazing experience!!

  • 647

    When I was 12, I came to help my brother and sister-in-law with their one year old since she was on bedrest with twins. That was so fun, because I met friends that I know now and a few of us still live in AZ! I came back every year on spring break-THAT MUCH FUN!

  • 648
    Krista W says:

    I spent a week at Loon Lake in the Adirondacks the summer before I went to college. I went to help babysit 2 girls and we had a great time. We picked blackberries every morning to put in our cereal, swam, walked, learned to water ski, and saw the most amazing Perseid meteor shower. It was a magical week!

  • 649
    Sonya says:

    I haven’t had a summer vacation since I finished school. However, I could say those summers during school were the best: hanging out with family and friends, being outside until the sun went down and the street lights came on, eating popsicles and mostly the endless feeling of it all.

  • 650
    Linda Friend says:

    The best vacation I have ever had was going to Lake Chautauqua. My sister has a lakeside house there where we stay. My parents, my sisters, my children, and some of my nieces and nephews all go. We make crafts, sit outside, go on the boat, have bonfires, and eat delicious food. It’s fun and relaxing!

  • 651
    Brittany says:

    Summer vacations are always fun, but I’d say my most favorite was with my best friend and her family on a road trip through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We mountain biked, hiked, visited small mining and farm towns, and had the best 2 weeks ever. I’ll never forget that trip and it was over 20 years ago!

  • 652
    Lani says:

    Fabulous release! As a little girl, my favorite summer vacations were at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I ended up living nearby so now I love our annual family vacations in Black Butte Resort near Sisters, Oregon with our dear friends.

  • 653
    Angela B. says:

    My favorite summer vacation was when I was 10 years old. My grandparents promised me and the other 3 grandkids at the time they would take usto Disneyland! We had a blast. My grandfather is gone now but I have the best memories to hold on to…

  • 654
    Colleen AF says:

    My best summer vacation was several years ago with both my daughters and their families…we were at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. we did so many lake activities, boating, water surfing, skiing, inner-tubing, and just having a great time with each other…a very memorable time. Also both my husbands parents and my dad was with us, so to spend the entire week with all the family was truly a treasure.

  • 655
    Angie Tieman says:

    The best summer vacation I ever had was after my first year teaching, 6 years ago! I had no idea it was going to be so hard to be a teacher (it was a mid-life career switch for me), and I spent the summer relaxing, getting healthy, and just vegging out! It allowed me to survive to teach the next year! 🙂

  • 656
    Cibele says:

    One of the best summer vacations I had was going to Turkey for a month with my mother to see family. We took a private boat and sailed along the coast of the Mediterranean. It was so much fun being with family and exploring the country with an “insiders” view. We made a lot of memories and had a blast.

  • 657
    Chris says:

    Best summer vacation was our first visit to Califoria. The kids were 4,6, and 7 and we visited Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, and Universal and then attended a family wedding. Really busy, but so much fun packed into a week.

  • 658
    Beccy says:

    The best was the summer my husband and I spent touring Northern Ireland and Ireland. We had the BEST time!!

  • 659
    Rebekah F says:

    Going to the cottage on the lake and catching up with all of our cousins young and old.. Eating breakfast on the porch overlooking the beach… walking the beach with my sister..gorgeous sunsets.. best summer getaway ever!!

  • 660
    Laura Bassen says:

    Best summer vacation was Maui. It was actually my honeymoon, sixteen year ago, today:)

  • 661
    Michelle says:

    So many fun summers. I’ve enjoyed summers in Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and family reunions in various lovely places. So many fun family memories! LOVE SUMMERS!

  • 662
    Vicki A. says:

    The best vacation I had was when we took our kids to Disneyland after I graduated from college. It was to thank them for all their help!

  • 663
    Kim Faucher says:

    When I was in High School, that summer, I went to Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk and Arizona. It was a fun summer of different places and shopping and sun! I spent it with family and close friends and remembered it was so fun to be alive to enjoy our country and beautiful places to visit!

  • 664

    My honeymoon with my husband..we went to Maui 🙂

  • 665
    Kris E. says:

    A few years ago we went to Colorado and used a company condo. It was the most relaxing (other than the drive home in snow/Aug!) vacation we have ever had! Loved it.

  • 666

    When I was a young girl my Mother & Dad & I went from southeast Kansas to Seattle in a truck camper. We thought it was the best thing on the road (it wasn’t!). It was a 2 week trip up through the Dakotas & Yellowstone to Seattle at my Aunt & Uncles house and back to Kansas through Utah! I’ll never forget it!
    GREAT memories!
    Thanks for letting me share!

  • 667
    Sue Symens says:

    So that kind of brings us back to being a kid. We had a family lake cottage in northern MN. No running water(outhouse trips at night), lake(with leeches) and a lot of area to explore. That is a time I will always remember and treasure. Time with family,

  • 668
    Diane says:

    One of the best summer vacations was in Blairsville, GA – where my siblings and parents each rented cabins – everyone had a cabin within walking distance of each other. Cousins could fish in catch and release pond, wade in the creek, play volleyball and stay up nights playing board games in each other’s cabins. The adults could enjoy ice coffee on our porches, and take turns fixing meals for the family at our own cabins. It was affordable, relaxing, and lots of fun!

  • 669
    Amy Martinez says:

    The best would be my trip to Cancun with my husband. We stayed in an all-inclusive resort (no children allowed) and got to swim with dolphins. So much fun.

  • 670
    pat smith says:

    My best summer vacation was in 1961. My husband and I took our small cabin cruiser, my daughter and mother and we spent a month on a lake in Canada. Several nights we had a cabin on a small lake, but the rest of the time we camped. Lot of strange critters came into our campsite. We were early in the season and the only campers in the park
    Hugs, Pat

  • 671
    Cheryl K says:

    August 2004 – a 2 week back packing trip to Isle Royale National Park in MI with my now hubby – he proposed the day we got to the island, what a way to start out a trip. It just added to all of the natural beauty on the island. Best trip ever!

  • 672
    Ryan says:

    The summers that we spent at the beach with our cousins and grandparents.

  • 673
    ElizabethB says:

    My best summer vacation ever was two years ago. It was the first time I had been to Europe. Cruise and lots of time in Italy. Being with my family for three straight weeks with not work or technical interruption was AMAZING!! We’re doing it all again in 2013. 🙂

  • 674
    Karen B. says:

    My best summer vacation was last summer with my family. My husband and I took our children on a ‘back east’ adventure. We covered 9 states! We saw New York and Washington DC for the first time, among many other awesome sites our country has to offer. We enjoyed being together and had a wonderful time. 🙂

  • 675
    Jenswords says:

    My best summer vacation was 2 weeks at a resort on Lake Garda, Italy. We had all kinds of weather – not sunbathing weather (end of May/first of June). But the food in our hotel was to die for……mmmm. And the Italian ice cream….double mmmmm.

  • 676
    Lea Ann says:

    My favorite summers vacations happened when I was a kid. Mom & Dad would put me on a greyhound bus, and send me off to spend a few weeks with my Auntie & Grandma. Staying with them was magical, with