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Vacation Ideas for the Busy Mom and the Family
Although you may love your career, there are times when you need to simply “recharge” your batteries. You and your family need to get away once in a while and take a breath. Although your city may offer a great deal of entertaining diversions, you may find a great deal of peace by traveling to further destinations where there is less of a chance of your office interrupting your free time. What are some good ideas that can accommodate everyone in the family?
1. Estes Park, Colorado - The Stanley Hotel is famous for its role as the inspiration of Steven King’s “The Shining.” As it’s believed to be haunted, those who follow the cult are drawn to this elegant hotel. Standing amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Stanley offers intrigue as well as a beautiful landscape within the heart of nature. Amusement parks and tours can keep your family occupied throughout your stay in Estes Park as well as offering a unique golf experience as the sounds of elk can be heard in the distance.
2. The Grand Canyon - Why not pack the family for a camping trip to the Grand Canyon? Although this destination is on the lists of many, it’s truly an awesome wonder to explore with the children. Many campgrounds are available nearby with access to Rim Drive, a road which spans a great distance along the Southern rim of the canyon itself. From the campsites, the Grand Canyon seems to stretch forever as the evidence of millions of years’ worth of history can be seen within the rock face.
3. Belize City, Belize - Nestled within the Caribbean is the country of Belize. Rife with history, this location has Mayan ruins to explore and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to sail. White sandy beaches stretch for miles as your family can relax in one of the most breathtaking locations in the area.
4. New York City, New York - Not many realize just how much New York has to offer the family dynamic. Not only do you submerse yourself in a blend of human culture, but your family has access to famed Broadway shows, sporting events, and other diversions that are specifically designed for children. Museums and historical US locations are abundant in New York, which will make the trip worthwhile in order to create memories and experiences.
5. Orlando, Florida - Orlando is home to a great number of family getaways. If the Disney World Resort is not your cup of tea, then perhaps your family can stay at a number of other child-friendly locales including the Nickelodeon Family Suites - an amusement park of water slides and more that doubles as a hotel. Orlando is also home to the famous Epcot Theme Park that can inspire the imaginations of everyone within the family.
The world is full of family-friendly locations that can help you unwind from the stresses of operating a business. Whether you need to be isolated from humanity in order to collect your thoughts or if you feel out of place without having the ambiance of a big city, there are many ways you can relax while enjoying time with your loved ones. For your next vacation idea, don’t simply hang out around the house. Get out and explore the world and build memories that will last a lifetime.
About the authur: Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/27 at 08:21 AM
Grab Your Boots. It’s Time to Hike!
Letting the sweets and yummy goodness of holiday festivities settle in as you “relax” on the couch ? Why spend your time on the couch when you could be hiking? Choose a fun place to climb, walk and explore and ‘take a hike’ to one of these destinations. Whether trekking through the waters of the Everglades swamps, wine-ing your way through Sonoma, or getting in touch with your spiritual self in Santa Fe, don’t spend this holiday practicing your couch surfing skills.
Florida’s Paradise Coast has a little bit of something for each type of adventurer. Visitors can begin the day strolling past the chic shops of downtown Naples, along the sun-kissed sands of Marco Island and finish the day knee-deep in a swamp exploring the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades.
Into wine? On any given day in the vineyards of beautiful Sonoma County
, California visitors can embark on self-guided vineyard tours at eight wineries in the region. The tours are for all age, but guests 21 and older are encouraged to visit the tasting rooms and sample wines from the vineyards. For more information, visit www.sonomavineyardadventures.
Take your yoga practice outdoors in Santa Fe, New Mexico with YogiHiker, an experience that combines yoga with hiking and amazing scenery. For more information, visit www.yogihiker.com.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/26 at 08:15 AM
Last Minute Thanksgiving Travel Tips
The upside is that fewer people will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year than last year, according to AAA. However, there will still be 43.5 million folks heading over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house with 90% of travelers driving.
Here are some travel tips to make your journey a little easier:
1.) Travel on Thanksgiving morning, if possible. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year with thirty-seven percent of travelers expecting to travel.
2.) Return from your destination on Saturday—most travelers are planning on returning on Sunday. (Leaving a day early might not be such a bad thing if you’re at your mother-in-law’s, right?)
Air Travel Tips
1.) Sign up for your flight status alerts.
2.) Check in online up to 24 hours prior to flight to check in for your flight and print your boarding pass. It saves time!
3.) Take a picture of your parking lot location with your phone instead of trying to remember where you parked or writing it down.
4.) Pack light so that you can carry on your bag. This is especially helpful with tight connections. It will also save you money as most domestic airlines now charge for checked baggage.
5.) Purchase a day pass to your airlines lounge or club (ie American Airlines’ Admirals Club or United Lounge) you can stay out of the hustle and bustle of the airport, get extra assistance, be productive or relax in the quieter atmosphere. The lounges have WiFi, TV’s, snacks and drinks. Many of these airline lounges have dedicated kid zones, which can save a parent’s sanity if there’s a delay or cancellation.
6.) Pack gum, bottle and/or pacifier if you have kids. Changes in cabin air pressure during descent may cause discomfort in small children.
By Land or By Sea
1.) Snacks! It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by planes, trains or automobile, a,hungry child is one bad passenger. Pack self-contained snacks like raisins, small packs of Goldfish, granola bars. (I also pack small treats like lollipops or M&M’s as rewards or in a pinch to stop any meltdowns at 35,000 feet.)
2.) Charge those Devices! Don’t forget to bring your fully charged iPod, iPhone or iPad. Devices can mollify cranky children (and husbands) with games, movies, shows and books. However, the devices will also help you track your flights, check weather and traffic conditions and even find the lowest price for gas while you’re on the road.
3.) Don’t forget crayons, paper, small toys and books to keep wee ones distracted. Family travelers on long trips, go into your playroom dig around to find some forgotten small toys, wrap them and give them as “surprises” along the way.
4.) Wipes & hand sanitizer. All we can do to try and stay clean and germ-free.
Travel safe, friends! But most of all….
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/24 at 10:33 PM
Dude. Where’s My Ranch?
Traveling this holiday season? Planning a family vacation? A romantic getaway? There’s a dude ranch for you. The winter and holiday season are particularly special times of the year to experience everything a dude ranch has to offer in some of the most spectacular areas of the country, from valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest. Whether you seek the exhilaration of ski slopes, an exciting sleigh ride, or just some hot chocolate by a crackling fire, dude ranches have it all.
So why go now? Many ranches offer special holiday- and winter-themed events and packages from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) represents more than 100 ranches in North America (two in Canada) and requires its members to uphold top quality and service standards. There is a broad spectrum of guest ranches, ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. Price competitively with respect to other similar all-inclusive vacation options, most events, meals and activities are included in the cost of your ranch visit.
Please see below for a sampling of dude ranches that specialize in winter retreats:
Latigo Ranch – Kremmling, CO
Latigo Ranch offers its travelers a unique experience, complete with warm hospitality and fun winter activities that keep guests coming back year after year, and for some, several times each winter. The outdoor activities are as invigorating as the inside comforts are cozy. Enjoy activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, relaxing in the hot tub, playing pool, curling up with a nice book in the library and so much more.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, ID
As the seasons change in Idaho, so do the offerings at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. With the hint of snowflakes in the air, preparations are made for the ranch’s famous sleigh rides and winter fun. The holidays are a time of gathering together and Western Pleasure’s dinner/sleigh ride packages are a great way to celebrate the season with friends, family and loved-ones. Strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore the ranch or check out the winter getaway packages, which include skiing, snowmobile and spa options.
High Lonesome Ranch – DeBeque, CO
The High Lonesome Ranch sits on the Colorado Rockies’ majestic western slope for an un-matched, outdoor-based winter getaway. High Lonesome offers something for everyone who enjoys spectacular American West scenery and outdoor pursuits. Winter activities include snow shoeing, big game hunting, wing shooting, big downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowmobiling – all which are located just 45 minutes from High Lonesome’s doorstep.
C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, CO
The C Lazy U Ranch is the perfect winter getaway spot filled with endless fun outdoors, from skiing to snowshoeing to horseback riding and snowmobiling. The C Lazy U is the ideal ski destination with skiing on its private mountain and access to a door-to-door shuttle service to nearby ski resorts. There are also a plethora of special activities unique to its Colorado winter resort. Guests can enjoy outdoor ice skating and ice hockey games on the frozen pond, tours on the Snow Cat, snowtubing down the abundant hills or horseback riding (horses are sure-footed) through the snow-quiet woods.
Lone Mountain Ranch – Big Sky, MT
Lone Mountain Ranch serves as the ultimate spot for a Rocky Mountain winter adventure. Enjoy the unmatched downhill skiing of Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, a combined lift-serviced alpine with over 5,000 skiable acres. To further compliment the winter experience, guests can partake in Big Sky’s original Sleigh Ride Dinner, snowshoeing and Yellowstone tours by skis, snowshoes or snowcoach. The main winter attraction at Lone Mountain is the exclusive world class Nordic Ski Center – a remarkably extensive variety of groomed cross-country trails right outside the cabin doors.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/22 at 02:20 PM
Traveling, Elves, and Eggnog with Omni Hotels & Resorts
Don’t you just love everything associated with the holidays? Omni Hotels & Resorts invites winter travelers to experience the holidays with “elves and eggnog.”
Why not celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by taking advantage of this holiday deal. The “Elves and Eggnog” overnight package includes two enticing specialty eggnog aperitifs, prepared exclusively by Omni’s brand mixologist, and complimentary breakfast for two, in addition to 20% off of luxury accommodations featuring Omni’s signature blend of modern luxury and classic sophistication.
Bringing the young travelers along? Santa’s helpful scout elf, “Elf on the Shelf,” will also be present in each Omni hotel to help Santa manage his naughty and nice list.
The gift that keeps on giving: Each package also includes holiday turndown service with a treat, delivered by hotel elves, “hotelves,” and late check-out so guests can enjoy some extra relaxation during the busy holiday season.
Booking for the Elves and Eggnog package begins now and is valid for stays from Nov. 15 through Dec. 30, 2013. Rates are subject to availability and will vary by property and date. For additional information or to book accommodations, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels orTwitter.com/OmniHotels.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/14 at 07:00 AM
Post Turkey Savings with Elite Island Resorts
Looking for a great travel deal this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Don’t let the food coma stop you from getting a bang for your buck. Here’s a steal on vacations to seven Caribbean resorts, valid now through December 2014.
Elite Island Resorts, a leading provider of authentic Caribbean vacations, announces a Black Friday weekend sale. How awesome are these deals? Pretty sweet! If you book between November 28th and December 2nd, you could receive a fifth night free on top of all current offers, including discounts of up to 45% off, at the following participating resorts:
- St. Jame’s Club, Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia
- The Club Barbados
- Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines
- St. James’s Club & Villas in Antigua
- The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua
- Galley Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua
- Long Bay Beah Club in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
You could save even more by booking air-inclusive packages!
*Savings for Long Bay Beach Club are for room only with rates as low as $90 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, plus tax and service charges.
Call 1-800-858-4618 or book online at http://www.eliteislandresorts.com. Please note: High-res images are available at Elite Island Resorts’ media image gallery at http://www.eliteislandsmedia.com.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/12 at 09:26 AM
Work Hard, Play Harder. Visit Pink Sands Resort.
Why settle for the typical “family friendly” hotel and resort? Why miss out on experiencing exclusive luxury hotels because of the kids? Pink Sands Resort in Harbour Island, Bahamas debuts the New Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club in time for the Thanksgiving holiday (November 25, 2013). Don’t let the family vacation mean a week full of catering to what the kids want to do. Parents will be at peace of mind and gain the much needed rest they planned on getting, while the kids are out having fun and learning something new.
The program helps to instill the idea that learning something new can be done anywhere. The Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club will feature daily programs for all ages mixing fun-in-the-sun activities with an opportunity to learn about local culture, history, the natural environment and wild life along the way. The Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club is open from 10am-3pm, a Kids Club Night Party from 7pm-9pm and babysitting services upon request.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/11 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Is it vacation yet?
The weather is getting colder and as much as we love Fall fashions, we can’t help but dream of warmer locales every time the temperature drops. Oh sandy beaches, where for art thou?
Don’t give up on your fitness routine when you’re away from home. Bookmark these awesome videos to work out in the comfort of your hotel room!
There’s still time to pin your way to a fabulous vacation! Get creative and maybe I and the other judges will choose you!
Travel and Leisure has a great list of awesome locales to take the family for a Thanksgiving getaway. Check it.
photo credit: Michelle Brea via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/08 at 09:18 AM
Keep Fit in Your Hotel Room [VIDEO]
It’s SO easy to skip workouts when traveling because we’re just too busy right? Well rather than allowing that excuse to keep you from having a great body AND and awesome travel resume (and even better yet, not having to plan on $30/day fees for hotel fitness room access) keep these awesome YouTube videos on a saved playlist so you can reference them when you just need to get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own room. You don’t even need a suite to knock out these cardio moves!
Hotel Room Workout with Jillian Michaels:
Travel Workout with WatchMojo.com
Hot! Hotel Workout with BodyRock.TV
Feel the burn. Then head poolside. H-O-T HOT!
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/04 at 11:29 AM
Fab Friday: Zombie Bride on a Deadline
What? So you’ve never seen a zombie bride on a deadline? Our head posh mama Elizabeth Thorp rocks her Halloween costume in the office. She make work look so fun, right!
Elizabeth is judging a Pinterest contest! If you want to win a dream vacay from Homeaway, you better get on it! Here are the deets.
Love this infographic on all the fabulousness that is New York! Concrete jungle where families flock to, baby!
We hope you had a safe and sweet Halloween! (Emphasis on the “sweet”, am I right?!)
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/01 at 03:44 PM
Like to pin your dream vacays? Then Pin to Win with HomeAway!
HomeAway is pulling all the stops for their launch of the new luxury vacation rental website: Luxury Rentals from HomeAway. Check out all the deets here.
They’re giving away an $18,000, seven-night stay at Quinta Clara in Playa del Carmen, a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa available for rent on their site!
All you have to do is PIN TO WIN! To enter this contest, you just need to create a board on Pinterest inspired by their idea of a dream vacation (as if you don’t already have one!) Then the judges (including me! Yes me!) will pick their favorite to win the ultimate getaway!
Be sure to check out my co-judges: Becca Hensley and Michael Corbett as well as Homeaway on Twitter!
For more details of how to win, pop over to the Facebook page. And then get pinning! I’ll be watching!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/30 at 02:05 PM
New York: Concrete Jungle Where Families Flock To?
With Crain’s citing a 43 increase in air travel to New York City over the last 10 years, it’s clear that “The Big Apple” is a top desination for family travel. Did you know NYC has enough restaurants for a person to eat out every single night for 54 years without repeating?
This and more reasons why we love NYC for travel with the brood in this infographic from NewYork.com - a great resource for anything and everything New York.
Where is your fave place to go/recommend in NYC?
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/28 at 09:46 AM
Fab Friday: Wish You a Very Spooky Weekend
Halloween was certainly sneaky this year as this weekend is full of festivities almost a week in advance! Are you getting your spook on? How about a fun #trickyourtreat activity with the kids? We love this one from Homemaking Hacks:
18 Badass Girls Who Skipped Princess Costumes. Great idea for your girl that’s looking for that edge!
Top 5 Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Holiday
We asked when you pack. Early or last minute? Oh love your answers…
What do you buy right when you get past security?
NEW POSH REVIEW! Check out Canyon Rach in Lenox, MA. Mountain fabulous!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/25 at 11:29 AM
Top 5 Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Holiday
Family holidays can be incredibly fun and exciting. But to do it successfully, you need both time and planning. Unlike when you were single, you can’t just throw a few clothes into your bag and travel for a holiday at a moment’s notice or with just a. Now, you have to factor in other people‘s needs –your wife and kids. Not to worry, you can still have a lot of fun during your holiday if you use the following tips
Planning is Everything
In order to thoroughly enjoy your vacation, you need to plan the entire trip. That means you have to carry your family along, ask for their opinions and see where they would like to go. Having differing opinions can often result in a less than satisfactory holiday for you all. In fact, we recommend planning ahead by at least 2 months. Book your flights, make arrangements for accommodation, decide on whether you’ll be renting a car when you get to your destination or driving there, and make all the necessary reservations. That way, you’ll hardly miss anything; and even if you do it’ll probably be something insignificant.
Mobile Movies and Toys
If you’re going to be driving long distances, travelling by sea or going by air, be very sure to get the kids’ toys. If you have an entertainment system in your car, you could pay the movies for them. However, creating a compilation of movies they can watch on their phones or tablets too is a fantastic –if not a better- idea. This is a must have if you have teenage children considering they’ll probably have differing tastes in movies. Toddlers and younger kids might be satisfied with their usual toys, but teenagers tend to get bored really fast.
Have a Decent Music Selection
Kids don’t like listening to old school music –unless they have a really mature taste in music. But we can’t count on that. So, prepare a selection of music that they’ll thoroughly enjoy on the road. If you also like listening to music, you can reach a compromise. A little bit of your type of music and a little bit of theirs and there’ll be all round peace. If they have cell phones, you might want to hook them up with Spotify or Pandora.
Teach the kids how to pack only the most necessary things. The rest you an easily get when you get to your preferred destination. Seasoned travellers will always tell you to travel light. You don’t need to carry items like towel. These will be provided for you.
Always have a First Aid Kit
No one likes it, but accidents do happen. Kids can get so carried away they injure themselves whilst playing. In fact, for kids younger than 10yrs, getting injured is kind of like their job. Having a first aid kit can be lifesaving particularly when there’s blood loss, swelling or broken bones.
Do all of these and you’ll find that your family holidays will be fun and enjoyable.
This guest post was written by Sam Jones who is a freelance travel writer.
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/18 at 09:50 AM
Kids cook with Chef Desmond at Trump SoHo
The Young Entrepreneurs SoHo (yes.) program at Trump SoHo really knows how to get kids creating!
On October 21 they will be hosting a cooking class with Executive Chef Desmond Lim (featured on Food Network’s “Chopped”!) where they will prepare a 3-course kid-friendly meal! They even get their own apron to take home as well! Totes adorbs!
Details below of how you can sign up for the program and RSVP for this event. New York young entrepreneurs, get cookin’!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/15 at 12:15 PM