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!
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.
A 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.
Girlfriend 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
An article written by Traci was recently published in the December 2010 – February 2010 issue of The Valley Table.
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.
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!
Enjoy the frightful lights of Halloween at these fun events By Traci L. Suppa Posted September 24, 2010 from WomansDay.com
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.
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.