Seen and Heard
Book a Storybook Vacation
Bringing your kids’ favorite books to life this summer
-Mary Beth Sammons
Looking for creative ways to vacation on a budget this summer? Head to the local library (or your home computer) to create the perfect storybook vacation – literally.
Instead of bemoaning the fact that gas prices have derailed your plans to pack up the SUV and cross the country or cruise the Disney ship to ports across the sea, why not stage a getaway closer to home that will bring your children’s favorite books to life?
Creativity is the key to plotting your itinerary. For New Yorkers, there’s Eloise’s royal room at the Plaza (ride the elevators, sip some tea in the Palm Court and head over to FAO Schwartz – you don’t have to book a room!). Or trek to the boat pond in Central Park to reenact Stuart Little launching his sailboat there.
Families in Hannibal, Missouri, can visit the home of Tom Sawyer, and Beverly Cleary staged her Ramona books in Portland, Oregon. The good news: There’s got to be a book, a movie or a TV show for every town (and probably a reality-TV show, as well, for the teens) on your summer vacation. Laguna Beach? Beverly Hills? Your imagination is the only thing keeping you from a magical escape summer.
Looking for more close-to-home ideas? Here are some tried-and-true storybook vacations.