12Jun

Walking in the Steps of Women Who Made History in The Finger Lakes in Upstate New York

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Last week I took a trip through the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York and found a plethora of women's history to explore and trace. It was a pleasant surprise, given that I hadn't been to these particular parts of New York. Add that to my genuine interest in women's rights and human rights. It was amazing how in just a short few days, I would walk in the footsteps of so many incredible suffragettes' steps who changed the course of women's history forever. I started my journey in Syracuse where I visited the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home and learned about Read More

08May

Raleigh, North Carolina: An Unexpected Family-Friendly Getaway

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This past weekend I spent a few busy days in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having grown up in Georgia, I'm not a stranger to the Southern state, but I'd yet to really explore it as a parent and I was very impressed with what I found. Firstly, Raleigh is a very short flight from New York City. It took less than 90 minutes in the air. One minute, I was in a windy, rainy, cold NYC, the next in a green, flowery Southern city. The airport is relatively small and easy to get through, and it offers over 400 flights daily so you can get to Raleigh from virtually Read More

05Mar

Visiting Walt Disney World with Tweens – My Top Ten of What Not to Miss

Over spring break, we headed to Orlando for what my husband would coin as the "reluctant dad's trip to Disney". Yes, my husband is a naysayer when it comes to everything Disney, but I know the value of taking the kids and understand the significance of doing it while they're young. With my daughter going on 14 and my son a very unimaginative 12, I felt as though the trip was 100% necessary this year. So this will be my first of several pieces on our visit. I will also have pieces on publications besides this blog, which I'll be sharing on Twitter and Read More

18Dec

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: Munich’s Hotel Laimer Hof

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    On a recent visit to the city of Munich, I had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Laimer Hof. Having never visited the city before, combined with coming during the last leg of an European adventure, the hotel was a breath of fresh air. Set slightly outside the central part of the city in a charming neighborhood, the hotel is housed in a neo-Renaissance villa that was constructed in 1886. Not only is it a proud homage to its heritage, but it's family-run and the hotel's owners are fully invested in their guests. They want to make sure that not only are Read More

09Sep

Hotel Review: Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

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If you're headed to Amsterdam and can afford to indulge, I implore you to stay at the Conservatorium Hotel. Built in 1897, the hotel is situated in a beautiful Neo-Gothic building that was originally the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music. In 2011, it was transformed into a deluxe hotel brand. It's the first member of The Set, a collection of of hotels for sophisticated, design, literary travelers in the 21st century, and let me tell you, it's classy - it's classic - yet it stays true to its roots. Besides the magnificent violin display you encounter when Read More

06Sep

Hotel Review: Old Swan & Minster Mill in England’s Cotswolds

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When we first pulled up to the Old Swan & Minster Mill, I was instantly intrigued and inwardly delighted. The hotel is a village within a village, literally 60 rooms and a few cottages that resembles a small village. It has so much charm with its dose of traditional English culture and stunning setting, with a 18th century mill located on the River Windrush across 65 acres. It's right down the road from a cathedral and authentic ruins from Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, and the nearby scenery is dynamic. In addition, the Read More

05Sep

Hotel Review: The Rectory Hotel in England’s Cotswolds

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When I first walked into the Rectory Hotel during our recent visit to the Cotswolds, I was in total awe of its decor which is a modern ode to British culture. The hotel is a bit of Pottery Barn mixed with luxury, and its modern yet rustic features and amenities are extremely welcoming. Located in a grand Georgian country house on three acres of walled beautiful gardens, it was the perfect spot for my family to rest our heads and one of my favorite hotels I've experienced as of late. Why were we there? To experience some of England's most stunning Read More

03Sep

Hotel Review: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales

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If you're looking for an off-the-beaten path hotel in Brecon Beacons, Wales, look no further than Gliffaes Country House Hotel. My family and I were so lucky to have paid a visit last month while vacationing in the United Kingdom. Located on 33 acres on the eastern corner of Brecon Beacons National Park, the hotel offers a complete getaway. The Victorian style hotel is surrounded by beautiful foliage, rivers, woods, hedges and sheep fields and is near quaint villages like Knighton and Crickhowell to explore. While exploring the grounds, we even bumped Read More

02Jun

48 Hours in Boston with the Kids

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This past weekend we spent a lovely 48 hours in Boston. The trip was primarily planned in order for our tween daughter to visit one of her camp friends, but we wanted to introduce both of our kids to the city of Boston. We had gone for a visit when they were very young, and we felt it was time to return to soak up its important history and classic vibe. Day #1 We started with the Hahvahd Tour (www.harvardtour.com), taking a tour of Harvard University. It's an hour tour walking through Harvard Yard, run by actual students (ours had just Read More

16May

Exploring Southern California with CityPASS

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Southern California is a place that demands exploration. It's got great weather, amazing beaches, good shopping, beautiful people and of course, amusement parks. My 13 year-old and I have loved our various visits to the region, always bonding over new experiences and the most beautiful scenery in America. She's a Disney kid, too, so Disneyland has always had particular appeal, but the issue is typically cost and time. When we've gone to Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego in the past, we haven't had the time to squeeze Disney and the other parks in, Read More