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Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

Delicious Restaurants for Families in Park City, Utah

You go to Park City, Utah for the powder, the skiing, the snowboarding, and the snow tubing. But then there’s the après-ski! Before and after working those muscles on the slopes, you deserve not just a good meal, but a great meal. You’ll love these five delicious restaurants for families in Park City, Utah. (Click on the video above […]

5 Reasons to Visit McDonald’s Around the World with Kids

McDonald’s can be a lifesaver when traveling to foreign countries with children. The familiar food, toys, and environment at this global fast food chain never cease to reassure my travel wary offspring. Here are five reasons to visit McDonald’s around the world with kids. 1. Get picky eaters to eat. My kids can only be cajoled into eating bites […]

Fun Things to Do on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island When it Rains

Captiva Island and its big sister, Sanibel Island, are best known for their shell-filled beaches and Southern Florida sunshine. But what is there to do when your beach getaway gets doused with rain? There’s no need to feel gloomy on these colorful and friendly islands just because the weather is a little wet. Here are five fun […]

Fabulous Fun in Solana Beach & Del Mar, California

Solana Beach and its neighbor, Del Mar, gracefully balance the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with upscale offerings. If you like a blend of the finer, and the grittier, things in life – you’ll love a visit to these pretty beach towns just north of San Diego. Here’s what to do, see, eat and where to […]

Palm Springs Romantic Getaway

Mid-way through our Palm Springs romantic getaway, I asked my husband why we hadn’t done this sooner. It had been eight years since we embarked on a grown-ups-only trip, and that’s just far too long! With great places to stay, a tasty locavore food scene, and plenty to do (or not do), Palm Springs provides a lovely retreat from […]

Keystone Wagon Ride Dinner – Way More Than a Meal

I didn’t think the Keystone Wagon Ride Dinner in Keystone, Colorado could possibly live up to my high expectations. My family had gone on the Keystone Sleigh Ride Dinner one winter and I thought there was no way the summertime version could compare to the magical, snowy experience I’d had a few years prior. Boy, was I wrong. […]

Where to Eat in Sevierville, Tennessee with Kids (or Without!)

Sevierville is probably best known as Dolly Parton’s hometown and the Tennessee gateway to the Smoky Mountains. Don’t expect lots of tofu, quinoa, or tahini salad dressing in Sevierville. Dining here is all about Southern comfort foods. From apple fritters and flap jacks to fried green tomatoes and smoked barbecue ribs, there’s plenty of filling […]

Strawberry Picking with Kids Near LEGOLAND California

Strawberry picking with kids may not be on the top of your list of things to do during a visit to San Diego or Carlsbad, but after a couple of fun-packed days riding roller coasters and kiddie rides at LEGOLAND California, your family will probably be ready for a nature-inspired down day. Lucky for you, there is Carlsbad […]

Victoria’s Butchart Gardens and Empress Tea – A Match Made in Girlie Heaven

Call me a girlie girl. I adore wandering through botanical gardens to gaze at nature’s prettiest petaled creations and breathe in the scent of sweet blooms. And I love little more in life than dining on delicate finger sandwiches and petit fours over a cup of hot tea (pinky finger pointed upwards). So when I saw […]

8 Tips for Healthy Eating when Traveling with Kids

Getting kids to eat healthfully is hard enough at home, but it’s a whole other story when you’re on the road. With new smells and tastes in every destination, it can be tough to ensure your family gets proper nutrition while on vacation. Because this mama loves a challenge, especially one that encourages good health and […]

Sigh-worthy Romantic Getaway in Carmel

Mention Carmel to someone who’s been there and you’re likely to hear a dreamy sigh. I couldn’t really understand the appeal…until I arrived. There’s not a whole big bunch of stuff to do in this Central California coastal town. That’s the point. Carmel is about connection with nature and community. And, as I discovered, it’s […]