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Why to Visit Traverse City, Michigan with Kids

At the bottom of northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay sits Traverse City, a homey town of friendly charms that draws a million tourists per year. When the summer sun is shining, families occupy the multitudes of beaches on Lake Michigan’s swimmable water. The breezy weather scarcely resembles lower Michigan’s sticky, debilitating humidity. And when winter […]

There’s More for Families at Embassy Suites Chicago

Two features dictate the hotel I choose for a city family vacation—location and space. I prefer hotels in the heart of the city because I love the freedom of being able to walk almost everywhere. It’s also virtually impossible for my family of four to stay in the average hotel room without squabbling and tripping […]

Bloomington, Minnesota – An Affordable & Fun Family Vacation Destination

Bloomington’s central location between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and outlying suburbs makes it a fabulous spot for a Minnesota vacation. With no sales tax on shoes or clothing purchases plus reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, a vacation to Bloomington is an affordable choice. There are a lot of misconceptions about Minnesota, for example, that the state is made up […]

Where to Stay with Kids in Palm Springs – The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

You might be surprised by the number of activities for kids in Palm Springs. I know I was. There’s the Living Desert zoo and botanical garden with its maze of miniature trains, Knott’s Soak City Water Park with its abundance of waterslides and a gigantic wave pool, and the Aerial Tramway’s spinning ascent to Mount San Jacinto State Park. But I […]

YMCA of the Rockies: Colorado’s Most Affordable and Fun Vacation

If there is an affordable, fun family vacation in Colorado that rivals YMCA of the Rockies, I’d like to know about it. Since I moved to Colorado 10 years ago, we have had a family reunion and multiple trips to both of the YMCA of the Rockies’ locations. YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park location […]

3 Parisian Art Museums for Kids

Paris may be known as the City of Love but it can also be a fun city for a family vacation. Kids are thrilled to see famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens have carousels, ponds for sailing boats, pony rides and puppet shows. Delicious French pastries will bring a […]

The Magic of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island

At only 175 miles from tip to tip, Prince Edward Island (PEI) may be the smallest Canadian province, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. The island boasts a beautiful landscape, exciting outdoor activities, succulent fresh seafood, lively music, and friendly islanders. Despite all of these incredible attributes, tourism in PEI […]

How to Save Money on Your San Diego Family Vacation

We all know a family vacation can be pricey, especially when visiting a popular destination like San Diego. Airfare and hotels often eat up much of your budget before you even add in entertainment and eating out. I am happy to report that you can find dozens of free and discounted things to do with your kids […]

How to Keep Mom Happy on Family Vacation

You’ve heard the saying, “Ain’t nobody happy if Mama ain’t happy.” This is never truer than when on family vacation. Moms are typically the mastermind of family activities, whether at home or on the road. If Mom is overtired and stressed out, Dad and the kids are going to feel that tension, which will decrease everyone’s fun. I shared tips for things Dad and the kids can do to keep Mom happy on family vacation on a recent segment with Kimberly King on CBS News San Diego.

What to Do in South Alabama with Kids that Parents Will Love Too

What if you could plan a family vacation that is not only fun for the kiddos, but also a great time for the grown-ups? “Awesome,” you say? I thought you might. Here are city and beach options for a fabulous vacation in South Alabama with kids. Tour the U.S.S. Alabama Head to the city of Mobile for all […]

Travel in the Footsteps of the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Diehard J.R.R. Tolkein fans, all three of our teenagers knew the three-hour long dialogue from the first Lord of the Rings film by heart. Now they wanted to visit “the real place.”

Discover Des Moines as a Family Vacation Destination

When you think of a family vacation destination what comes to mind? Orlando, San Diego, Maui…Des Moines? Well, Des Moines may not have quite as much to offer as some of the popular family vacation destinations, but you may be surprised by just how much fun a vacation in the heart of Iowa can be.

Tips for a Romantic Getaway WITH the Kids!

Here are a nine tips to help you and your other half keep your relationship merry by squeezing some romance into a family vacation!