Two Articles in LongWeekends Magazine Highlight Family Fun in the Hudson Valley

My most recent contributions to LongWeekends magazine include not one, but two articles highlighting family-friendly attractions here in New York’s Hudson Valley. I love raising my children here, and spending weekends with them exploring the region!

LEGOLAND Discover Center
LEGOLAND Discover Center

For the Fall/Winter 2013 issue, both in print and online, my pieces include:

Brake for Bricks,” a review of the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Yonkers, NY; and Valley Viewfinder,” a description of what to expect when visiting the world’s largest kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY.

Call Me “Columnist!”

HVWineMag-Summer2013-CoverA long-standing professional goal of mine has been to write a column. What surprised me is where the opportunity ultimately presented itself — Hudson Valley Wine magazine.  Wine is not a specialty of mine, and I’m as “casual” a wine drinker as you can get. However, I do love to tell stories of the people and places of the Hudson Valley, and this column lets me do that. In “Talking Terroir,” I’ll interview my region’s tastemakers, trendsetters, culinary champions and wine pros to find out what they’re drinking now, and get their take on the area’s wine scene.

You can read my first column from the spring 2013 issue here.

Chocolate Spa…Aaah

Long WeekendsGirlfriend Getaways – Ladies Who Lounge – Chocolate Spa | Hershey Pa.
Long Weekends
Fall-Winter 2011

When you think Hershey, you typically think “kid stuff” — a slab of chocolate nestled between two marshmallow-y grahams, a surprise Kiss hidden inside a Valentine’s Day card, a chocolate reward for a job well done. But at the luxurious Chocolate Spa in Hershey, Pennsylvania, you’ll find treats that are a little more grown up.

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Barton Orchards: Attractions, Entertainment, Shopping and – Oh, Yeah – Apples!

Westchester Family Magazine - September 2011Westchester Family Magazine
September 2011

Apple picking has become our family’s annual fall ritual. Luckily, there’s an abundance of pick-your-own farms and orchards in the Hudson Valley where we can get a bushel of fresh, crispy apples and plump pumpkins. Barton Orchards in Poughquag (southern Dutchess County) is one of our favorite places. Not only can we find more than 20 apple varieties, there’s also kid-friendly entertainment and delicious treats. It’s a cross between a day in the country and an amusement park, and my kids can’t get enough.

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Ten Best Children’s Museums to Visit this Summer

By Traci L. Suppa Posted May 12, 2011 on

The Museum of Play, Rochester, NY

“School’s out for summer—which means the kids need entertaining. This year, instead of heading to the closest theme park, consider a more educational vacation. The 10 cities below boast some of the best learning experiences in the country; plus, they’re loads of fun for little ones. These facilities are more than just indoor playgrounds––they’re hands-on and high-tech, introducing concepts of math, science, literature, history and geography in such an active, engaging way that the kids will never suspect that they’re expanding their minds.”

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Woman's Day

State of the Home-Based Business

I appreciate the “State of the Union”-type address delivered annually by our political leaders. For the most part, they are concise summations of the past year’s achievements — thanks to talented speech writers!

In that spirit, I exercised my marketing muscles and developed my own re-cap of the last twelve months. These are the major highlights of a very busy, very rewarding year for WordScapes, my four-year old home-based writing business.

This past year, I’ve developed and written:

NYNow: Eco-friendly product design is on the rise

The slogan, tagline, and ad copy for the 2010 Dutchess County Tourism campaign

NYNow, a series of e-newsletters on gift and home trends for the New York International Gift Fair

Catalog copy for Good Clean Funds, a fundraising company offering eco-friendly home goods

Press releases promoting the Westchester Triathlon, a Golf Tournament for international chefs, the opening of a “wellness” market, the introduction of the “Tailored Tee” women’s clothing line, and more.

And on the “editorial” side:

An article on multi-generational travel for AAA Home & Away

A round-up of the largest Jack O’Lantern festivals in the U.S. for

A profile of a sustainable alpaca farmer for The Valley Table magazine

Just for fun, I’ve also launched a family travel blog, “Go BIG or Go Home,” to chronicle what happens when my small-town family visits the “world’s largest”…whatever!

Are there any projects we can work on together this year?  Feel free to contact me!

Sustainable Elements: The Suris of Stanfordville

An article written by Traci was recently published in the December 2010 – February 2010 issue of The Valley Table.

Valley Table magazine

The sight of alpacas in Millbrook raised some eyebrows initially. “When we first moved up here, everyone was very curious about the crazy Germans raising alpacas here in horse country,” Alicia says amusedly.

Read the full article here.

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Times Square: Kid-friendly Attractions, Entertainment, Dining and Shopping

Westchester Family Magazine - November 2010
Westchester Family - November 2010

An article written by Traci was recently published in the November 2010 issue of Westchester Family.

At Manhattan’s epicenter, Times Square is a 24/7 celebration of sight and sound. Within a five-block radius, there are enough attractions, theaters, restaurants and shops to easily fill a day of fun appropriate for all ages. Don’t let winter weather prevent you from visiting over the holiday season, because there’s always plenty going on!

Read the Full Article in the November 2010 issue of Westchester Family

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10 Illuminating Jack-o’-Lantern Festivals

Enjoy the frightful lights of Halloween at these fun events
By Traci L. Suppa Posted September 24, 2010 from

Great Pumpkin Fest 2010, Worcester, Massachusetts
Great Pumpkin Fest 2010, Worcester, Massachusetts

Haunted houses aren’t for everyone; jack-o’-lantern festivals are a less frightening and more artistic alternative for your family’s Halloween entertainment. Spellbinding displays of glowing gourds have sprung up all over the country, offering an interactive and engaging substitute for the standard ghouls and gore. This October, bundle up and head out to these popular evening events, each showcasing hundreds—or even thousands—of pleasingly illuminated pumpkins.Woman's Day

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Vermont in the Summer: Have Some No-Snow Family Fun!

Westchester Family Magazine - June 2010
Westchester Family Magazine - June 2010

An article written by Traci was recently published in the June 2010 issue of Westchester Family Magazine.

If you’re like me, you believe skiing is a sport best left to Olympic athletes and the Swiss. However, you risk overlooking some great summer vacation destinations in New England, thinking they don’t have much to offer when it’s not snowing. Vermont, as my family found out, has a lot going for it when the mountains of the “Green Mountain State” are still actually green.

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