Gina Vercesi

Freelance Writer

New York

Gina Vercesi

Writer. Adventurer. Nature Girl.



Into the Wild | Maine Huts and Trails

A guided trip with Maine Huts and Trails allows a family of five to unplug.
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Forest Lights

Are the synchronous fireflies of Great Smoky Mountains getting too popular? Lynn Faust pointed to a spot in the forest bordering a quiet section of the Little River Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Peering into the woods, I watched as a quick set of flashes interrupted the sapphire twilight.
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Five years after Irene’s destruction, Vermont is buoyed by a fighting spirit

In the darkest days following Hurricane Irene’s assault on New England five years ago, lights shone from the Parker House Inn, a beacon for those who wandered amidst the wreckage and wondered what in the world to do next. As I sat on the inn’s back deck this past June, a hot air balloon drifted into sight.
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Let's Go To...Fishkill Farms

Driving up the long, dirt road into Fishkill Farms, it quickly becomes obvious that you haven’t arrived at a tourist destination. There are no man-made amusements in sight – no inflatable bouncy castles, no petting zoos – Fishkill is first and foremost a working farm and the landscape and the food are the stars of the show.
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Beyond Acadia: New England national parks worth exploring

One in a series of occasional stories marking the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. This August, the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, honoring 100-years of conservation and stewardship. Though there are 59 “official” national parks in the system, the NPS oversees hundreds of national monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, and scenic rivers and trails.
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Unplug to Connect With Your Kids: Road Trip 101

Do you hear that? What you’re not hearing are your kids. They’re in the backseat, quietly plugged into their electronics. Maybe the silence is welcome—they’re not arguing, poking each other, or asking “When are we gonna be there?”. on repeat. Nor are they talking about the funky, retro billboard they just saw, or searching for the letters of the alphabet on license plates, or daydreaming while the world slides past their windows.
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25 City Adventures for Families

Lonely Planet’s family travel experts have explored 25 cities around the globe to find the spots that adults and children alike will love. From mind-blowing museums to picnic-ready parks, our guide is packed with tips and recommendations to help you plan your perfect city trip – plus fun facts and activities to inspire your little ones.
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Is it Safe to Travel in Europe?

In the past six months, terrorist attacks have besieged the European cities of Paris, Istanbul, and, just last week, Brussels. In the aftermath of this most recent tragedy, the U.S. State Department issued an alert advising American citizens of the possible risks associated with travel to and throughout Europe. Link to Story

The Way to Jay – A Multigen Weekend at Jay Peak

Bringing my dad on a ski trip is kind of an oxymoron. The man hates cold and snow more than just about anyone else I know and I blame his aversion to all things winter for my learning to ski so late in life. On the flip side my dad loves to travel and is a big fan of his three granddaughters, so inviting him to join us for a trip up to Jay Peak Resort made sense, despite the fact that it meant that he might have to put on a pair of boots.
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Cozy Digs on a Frosty Night – A Review of Burlington’s Hotel Vermont

If you follow this blog you know that our family spends quite a bit of time in Vermont. Whether we’re skiing the slopes or hiking the trails, the Green Mountain state is one of our favorite destinations. Despite frequent visits, we hadn’t managed to make it to one of Vermont’s coolest cities. Subsequently, Burlington has been at the top of my travel list for quite some time.
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Every Family Needs a Digital Detox

On the morning of her fifth grade moving up ceremony, we presented our rising middle-schooler with her first phone – a hand-me-down device with a sliding keyboard. She would be able to call home and text a bit with her friends. The phone had no bells or whistles and its role in her life was simple – she could reach us and we could reach her.
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Best Caribbean Islands for Sailing Charters

Planning to island hop? A sailing charter through the Caribbean is the best way to do it. Here are five of the best Caribbean charter destinations that will take you through the some of the lushest islands and hidden gems. May the wind be at your sails! Often thought of as the boating capital of the Caribbean, the BVI is paradise found.
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Gina Vercesi

Gina Vercesi is a New York based freelance writer, adventurer, and nature girl. Her work, which frequently covers the outdoors and off-the-grid travel, has appeared in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Sierra, Islands, and Yankee. Gina also pens a blog called Kids Unplugged with the mission of getting families away from screens and out into the world. She lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a very good dog.