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We've just booked a flight in and out of Burlington in mid June. We are a family of 6 consisting of 2 adults and 4 kids ages 1,3,6, and 9. We are from LA so in this trip we like to be in a beautiful location while minimizing transition, so a town/village with some things to do, things to walk to, restaurants will be good, so the kids won't be glued to the TV in the hotel room all day. Moderate prices on lodgings and restaurants are good since we're already spending a ton of money on airfare and car rental (minivan).
Please feel free to tweak anything and I mostly welcome suggestions on activities restaurants or even other lodgings that you think would be better suited for our family. Also, we are vegans so if you have particular suggestions for this, that's great too. My husband doesn't really like the idea of driving too much. Once we are in a nice town with comfortable lodging, he'd rather explore that place than driving around and seeing too many places.

Arrive Wed. morning in Burlington - stay one night, no clue on lodging, nice to be in central location, thinking of doing a ferry cruise on the lake or lakeside stroll.
Thursday - drive south to check out Shelbourne Museum or Farm, but perhaps not both. My kids have been to farms with animals in other parts of the world, so seeing live animals is not a new thing for them. Drive towards Waitsfield and perhaps stay one night there. I read this area is beautiful, but do you think it's boring for the kids. No clue on lodging since the Inn at Red Barn does NOT take little kids and it's too expensive for us anyway.
Friday, Sat, - Hanover for college reunion
Sunday - Drive to Wolfeboro - thinking Lake Motel.
Monday and Tuesday - Drive to the mountains and stay in Jackson - thinking the Lodge at Jackson. While here I'm thinking of checking out Attitash for the alpine slide.
Wednesday - Drive towards Burlington. Thinking of checking out the Flume or Boulder Caves. Is it too far out of the way? Also Franconia Notch area and maybe a little of NE Kingdom like St. Johnsbury. Overnight in Burlington.
Thursday - Flight out in the afternoon but need to return car at 10.

My neighbor who's from NH highly recommends Portsmouth. I'm really tempted but I think it's out of the way and I've have to cut out one night somewhere for this and I'm not sure one night in Portsmouth is worth it because of the distance we have to travel to get there and back to Burlington. She thinks we might regret. What do you think? Is it really different from VT and NH? We have beautiful coastline and nice beachy towns in LA too.

Thanks so much. I look forward to reading your responses as always.

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