Gina Vercesi

Freelance Writer

New York

Gina Vercesi

Writer. Adventurer. Nature Girl.



Fireflies and so much more in the Smokies

One in a series of occasional stories marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Just a few yards past the last of the traffic lights on Highway 441, downtown Gatlinburg’s candy-coated vice — Cupid’s Chapel of Love, Fanny Farkle’s arcade, and Ripley’s-You-Can’t-Believe-the-Tackiness — fades from sight in the rearview mirror.
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10 Amazing U.S. Islands Close to Home

Just 3 miles along the causeway from Fort Myers in southwest Florida, you’ll find this sleepy Florida island boating more than 250 different varieties of shells — and only one traffic light. Development is prohibited on two-thirds of the unspoiled barrier island, which has no roads wider than two lanes and 25-miles of bike paths.
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St. John, where you’ll want to park it

One in a series of occasional stories marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Visions of red rock canyons, golden plains, and majestic mountain peaks are often what come to mind when thinking about America’s national parks, yet there’s another landscape worthy of attention. With powder white coral sands and silky cerulean seas wrapped by verdant hills, St.
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Cross Country: A Guide to Backcountry Skiing in Maine

In Maine's backcountry, you can hike, ski, or snowshoe from one sustainable abode to another. GETTING THERE The four huts in the Maine Huts and Trails system sit along a woodsy stretch of trail in the wilds of western Maine. To find the trailheads, follow the directions supplied on
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Sugarbush is a tale of two mountains

Peering over the edge of Stein’s Run at Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort, my stomach does a backflip. Named for Stein Erikson, the legendary Olympian who sited the trail back in the mid-’60s, Stein’s is a classically steep, double-black mogul run. Grooming the bumps the previous night made the trail manageable for solid blue skiers like myself, but its pitch still made me nervous.
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Making the best of it in the Maine huts, corn snow and all

Granted, I’m a newer skier, but during the past few years New England had seen so much powder that I didn’t believe all the stories my husband told me about tough, East Coast conditions. A quick Google search offered enlightenment. “Corn snow: snow with a rough granular surface resulting from alternate thawing and freezing.”.
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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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Gina Vercesi

Gina Vercesi is a New York based writer, adventurer, storyteller, and nature girl. Chronicling journeys on land, water, and snow, her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Sierra, Islands, Lonely Planet, National Parks, and Yankee. Gina also pens the blog 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.