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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 […]

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

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 […]

Maple Syrup Festivals – A Canadian Spring-time Tradition

Of all the harbingers of spring, my favorite has to be the start of maple syrup season. Maple syrup is symbolic of Canada and trips to the sugar bush are a spring-time tradition for many Canadian families. I have fond childhood memories of such excursions so I enjoy going with my kids now, even if […]

Vancouver’s Granville Island: Foodie Paradise Found

Since its transformation from an industrial wasteland to one of the most popular artistic and tourist-friendly spots in Vancouver, Granville Island has a treasured status in the city. Its artisan studios, theaters, restaurants, and its Public Market attract locals and tourists in droves, particularly in the high summer season. It’s a place Vancouverites are very proud […]

Fun for Couples along the Wine Road in Sonoma County

What’s not to like about rolling hills, towering redwoods, and flowing wine? That’s right, absolutely nothing. Combine all of those things and you’ve got a glorious getaway in Sonoma, California. Read on to learn what’s fun for couples along the Wine Road in Sonoma County. Lodging Options along the Wine Road In some destinations, your […]

Remy Disney Cruise Line Review ~ Fancy Schmancy Dining At Sea

Disney Cruise Line and France are two of my favorite things in the world. So when I learned that Disney had added a French-themed dining option to its two newest ships, I  knew sans doute I wanted to eat at Remy during my cruise aboard Fantasy. I’d previously dined at Disney’s other adult-only at-sea restaurant, Palo, which serves upscale Northern Italian cuisine. While […]

Napa Valley Getaway Tips

California Wine Country is a wonderful destination for any type of vacation: mancation (a la the movie Sideways), kids trip (we had a ball on our family wine country vacation a few years ago), romantic retreat (it’s where my husband and I made the decision to start a family once upon a time), a girlfriends getaway, or, as the case […]

Mickey’s Diner – A Fun Joint for Families in St. Paul, Minnesota

Mickey’s Diner has everything a diner should have: greasy food, thick milkshakes, jukebox tunes, and cranky waitresses. Serving up good eats and free downtown parking 24 hours a day since it opened in St. Paul in 1939, this restaurant was designed to resemble the dining railroad cars of its time. I remember coming here as a kid from the Minnesota suburbs and […]

Why Cancun Should Be on Your Bucket List

Visiting Mayan ruins in Mexico had been on my bucket list ever since I watched a TV special as a teenager about this fascinating culture and their monuments to Mayan gods. (Yes, I was obsessed with travel even back then.) This desire increased when, during the eighth month of my first pregnancy, my husband was […]

Wilmington, North Carolina for Families ~ Beach, Play & Treats for Kids

Wilmington, North Carolina may not scream “exotic” like, say, Rio de Janeiro or Hong Kong might. Yet, there is so much to do and see in this town on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Plentiful beaches, kid-friendly attractions, and fun food options make Wilmington a wonderful spot for a family getaway.

Keystone Ski Resort Dining for Foodies and Families

Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains not only offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and other snowy activities but it’s also a foodie’s paradise! My family’s visit happened to coincide with the annual Keystone Winter Culinary Festival, which offers both romantic and family friendly events. Add mountaintop dining, a Nordic Soup Buffet, and an […]