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New Orleans on a Budget with Kids

When most people think of New Orleans, they picture beads tossed to a rowdy crowd drinking Hurricanes. Jennifer Close of Two Kids and a Map pictures her kids covered in powdered sugar from their beignets and the smiles on their faces as they dance to the calliope. Find out why Jennifer thinks New Orleans is the perfect destination for a fun, affordable getaway with kids in this Travel Mamas guest blog post.

10 Reasons Embassy Suites Huntsville Makes the Perfect Launching Pad in Rocket City

Huntsville, Alabama earned its Rocket City nickname in the 1950s, when it became the rocket research and building hub for NASA. Today astronaut wannabes come to the city to attend Space Camp or at least tour the impressive U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Of course, there’s much more to do in Huntsville than learn about rocket science. […]

San Juan with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go

Your family vacation will be an epic adventure in exotic-feeling San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just a two-hour flight from the continental United States, it’s a U.S. territory so no passports are needed. A blend of Spanish, Indian, and African influences gives it international charm. Easterly trade winds provide a tropical, yet mild climate, with temperatures in the […]

Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Holiday Activities Year-Round

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California dazzles families with its indoor/outdoor waterpark, arcade, proximity to Disneyland, Magiquest electronic scavenger hunt, on-site bowling lanes, spa especially for kids and much more. Add holiday magic to the mix, and this hotel in Orange County becomes enchanting indeed. From Snowland during the winter holidays to Spring-A-Palooza in March and April, and Howl-O-Ween in […]

Considering Cabo? Here’s Why to Book Marina Fiesta Resort

Family-friendly resorts abound in Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico. Marina Fiesta Resort, though, boasts the best location by far. It’s located smack in the middle of the popular Golden Zone at the Marina, and ten minutes by foot from Medano Beach. But that’s not all. Read my Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa review […]

5 Ways Disney’s Aulani Makes You Feel Like ‘Ohana

At Disney’s Aulani, families bask in an elusive blend of cultural enrichment, relaxation and all-out fun. As parents, we pride ourselves on doing a good job preparing our kids to leave the nest someday. But when they grow from sweet-cheeked babies to big kids and then pre-teens seemingly overnight, it can be hard to let them stretch their […]

New York City in One Day for First Timers

My son asked, “Why is it so busy when it’s so late?” We had arrived in the city that never sleeps, that’s why! In a busy city filled with so much to do, creating an itinerary for two nights and one day is daunting. I have visited New York numerous times, but this was my 7-year-old son’s very first […]

How to Choose the Best Hotel for Your Family Vacation

Selecting the right hotel is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a vacation. Book wrong and you could wind up overspending, staying in a sketchy part of town, or feeling overtired and just plain blah throughout your hard-earned vacay. If you choose the best hotel for your family vacation, however, you’ll […]

Why Choose Embassy Suites Anaheim South for Your Disneyland Vacation

Hotel options abound near Disneyland. But how can you find the best hotel in Anaheim for your family? Our review shares 10 reasons to choose Embassy Suites Anaheim South for your Disneyland vacation. Find Disneyland Resort deals including ticket discounts and discounted hotel packages! 1. All Suites Before a full day romping through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, […]

Hawaiian Hideaway – Napili Bay, Maui

Sitting on my lanai with the warmth of the sun on my skin, a pina colada in one hand and a People magazine in the other, I’m tempted to think life doesn’t get much better than this. Fortunately, I chose that second to look up, just in time to spot a humpback whale breaching not far […]

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 […]

Sheraton Maui – A Wonderful Place for Families to Laze in Paradise

The best thing about the Sheraton Maui is its meandering, waterfall-bedecked lazy river. But the laziest of rivers is just one reason to book a stay at this hotel. The 508-room resort has an open, expansive feel with plenty of grassy spaces dotted with tall palm trees. It’s located on 23 oceanfront acres in Kaanapali, which […]