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Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Freelance Writer

New York

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Writer. Adventurer. Nature Girl.

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Playing Robinson Crusoe — and swimming with pigs — in the Exuma Cays

Cerulean blue, I thought, though some people would probably say turquoise. Or maybe aquamarine. The sun emerged from behind the wispiest of clouds and I squinted, blinded by its brilliance, at the endless stretch of clear Caribbean Sea. Definitely aquamarine. From my vantage point on a far-flung sandbar in the Bahamian out islands of the Exuma Cays, I found myself thinking of the big boxes of 64 Crayolas I loved as a kid.
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What’s old is new at Bolton Valley

The digital thermometer on the car’s dashboard held steady at -2 degrees as we climbed the last, steep stretch up Bolton Valley’s twisting access road. Twinkling lights dangled like icicles from the eaves of the Inn at Bolton Valley, interrupting the darkness as the inviting, northern Vermont ski hamlet came into view, a beacon of warmth on a frigid Valentine’s eve.
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Celebrating Winter on Stratton Mountain

Snow day—that simple phrase translates into childhood bliss. At least it did when I was a kid.
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Portland, Maine Trending

Funky neighborhoods and a dynamic arts district add a contemporary twist to the town's old-salt feel.
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If old school is your ski style, check out these resorts

As the ski industry pendulum continues to swing the direction of homogenized mega-resorts, a balancing trend has begun to emerge, with skiers seeking out more authentic mountain experiences. While I enjoy maple-sugar body scrubs, artisanal lattes, and heated, high-speed bubble chairs as much as the next gal, there’s a lot to be said for a weekend away from the high-end mountain distractions that make time spent on snow second fiddle.
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Longing for your summer camp days? It’s not too late

From my perch on the back of the pontoon boat, I watch the two slippery, life jacket-clad girls splash and flail as they clamor back onto the heavy black tube. Heaving themselves onto their stomachs, they grasp the red fabric handles encircling the tube’s perimeter. The pontoon’s motor roared to life and the slackened rope linking the tube to the boat snapped to attention as we took off across the water, the tube holding the now shrieking girls bouncing in a wide arc in our wake.
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The Unexpected Trip Animal Lovers Need to Add to Their Lists

The city-meets-sea-meets-rainforest tangle of Panama City serves up a diverse menu of outdoor adventures. A white blur appeared and disappeared within the leafy green canopy. A few yards away, the sight of bouncing branches was followed by a rustle high overhead. Our guide cut the boat’s motor and silence ensued as we drifted closer to the shoreline, eyes following the finger that pointed to the spot where the movement had been a moment earlier.
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The Maine Beer Trail

There’s a craft beer explosion happening in Maine. One writer made it her mission to explore (and sample) many of these homegrown brews.
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This 180-mile Road Trip Is the Best Way to See Canada’s Stunning Coast

Sitting on the rocks at dusk while the tide creeps toward shore and specters of fog hang over the Port of San Juan, I watch a juvenile bald eagle take flight from its perch in a western red cedar. The bird circles low over the sea and I raise my camera, poised and still, as it flies toward me, its head, just beginning to grow the telltale white feathers, bent in its quest for a fish.
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Let's Go To...the Dutchess County Fair

Since 1842 the Dutchess County Fair has delighted visitors with an old-fashioned celebration of farmers, agriculture and homesteading. As the second largest fair in New York State, this classic country fair sets up shop for six days in late August every year in the charming Hudson Valley village of Rhinebeck.
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Tools of the Trade: Vincenzo Manzo

This Italian farmer has a zest for lemons—and limoncello.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Is One of the Few Places to Watch Synchronous Fireflies

As dusk deepened into inky darkness, the light show began. At first, it was just a few quick sparks. The flickers were deep in the woods, and I caught them out of the corner of my eye, not sure yet if they were real. Then the numbers grew and the spectacle became unmistakable: fireflies, hundreds of them, the pulsing of their tiny lanterns synced together perfectly.
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About

Gina DeCaprio 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, Delta Sky, Travel + Leisure, Islands, Lonely Planet, and more. 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.