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

17Jan

Our Weekend at Woodloch Resort

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When we were invited to spend some time at Woodloch Resort in the Poconos with my family in tow, I was suitably excited. I had heard so much about it from various friends, many who go back year after year, and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. Also, after living in an apartment for the past few months while undergoing massive renovations on our home, we were all eager to get up and out and sleep elsewhere. Woodloch is a mere two hours from NYC, so the drive was relatively short and easy until the last 15 minutes or so when we hit local, Read More

28Dec

A Weekend in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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A few weeks ago, my husband, tween-aged daughter and I headed to Lackawanna County for a bit of exploration. Having never been to that neck of the woods after living in the Northeast for over 20 years, I was looking forward to it. We were also in the midst of home renovations and living in flux, so it was going to be nice to get away for a few days and do what I love most - traveling, of course. Our Weekend in Scranton When I heard Lackawanna County, I immediately looked to Google to find out more about it (have you done that yet?). It's an area just Read More

10Dec

On Traveling with Tweens

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If you've been reading this blog, or any of my writing over on the many sites I contribute to from time to time, you know I'm a HUGE traveler and have taken my kids pretty much everywhere. From the moment they came out of my belly, they became world travelers - at first because my husband and I love to travel and refused to let parenting stop us, and then later because of my work, both as a marketer and as a travel writer. Well, it appears that life as we once knew it has come to an end. Gone are the days where we could pick up and head to a place, Read More

09Sep

Our Family Vacation on Carnival Cruise Line

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As a former anti-cruise goer, I am happy to report that the last (and first!) cruise my family took was a great success. We enjoyed seeing different parts of the world, the variety of entertainment and daily activities, the international staff and the fact that everyone found something to do. Our days were full of sunshine, sitting by the pool, riding the waterslide and spending quality time together. There was also plenty for my special needs child to appreciate. My cynicism was squashed and it was decided that cruises for us a family work. So this Read More

03Sep

A Trip to Houston with the Kids

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We recently spent a quick few days in Houston, Texas, before boarding a ship in nearby Galveston. It was our first time to this sprawling city, and when I say, "sprawling," I mean it. Houston is a BIG city - the sixth largest in the country, spreading over 8,788 square miles.  We had a car, which was necessary, to get around. Despite Houston being known as a popular U.S. city, I had no idea it had so much to offer tourists - from museums to restaurants to its proximity to the port, it has a lot to offer families on vacation. Unfortunately, I wasn't in Read More

02Sep

A Family-Friendly Visit to Hip Austin

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I'll say it upfront. I'll just get it out there before you go on so you know how I feel about Austin. I love this Texan city. On our recent visit, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd been itching to attend SXSW, an annual Austin trade show, as a marketer for the past 10 years and have ogled at the photos of colleagues and friends year after year, leaving a sense of curiosity and wander for what all the hype was all about. Would it truly be the land of the hipsters, as I envisioned it, and how would that go down with my kids? Well, fortunately enough, it Read More

03Aug

A Family Stay at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Offers Historic Elegance

I recently spent a long weekend at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia with the kids. We jumped in the car, drove the few short hours to the City of Brotherly Love and landed at this historical yet extremely cozy hotel. Located right by City Hall, Love Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it's a reminder of a nation’s birth with its grand use of architecture. The building was originally Girard Trust Company, which became Girard Corn Exchange in 1951; Girard Bank in 1970; Mellon Bank in 1984, and finally The Ritz-Carlton in 2000. We felt the enormous amount of Read More

26Jun

A Family Trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania

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For years my daughter has been asking to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania. She had a feeling it was going to be a place out of heaven, with its Hershey theme park and chocolate-related activities. So, mindful of the fact that she's 12 and has six summers left before turning 18 and venturing into the world, we spent last weekend in what's billed as "the sweetest place on earth," where Milton S. Hershey opened and ran his manufacturing factory. What we found was a weekend full of chocolate - and non-chocolate - with pure, unadulterated fun at the theme park, Read More

24Jun

Hanging Out in Coney Island & Brighton Beach

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Last week my family and I went for a day out at the shore in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. A long time favorite haunt of ours, I was eager for a dose of this very Southern part of Brooklyn. These coastal towns may have a kitsch way about them, but they are some of the most uniquely fun parts of the five boroughs. After enduring a bit of traffic to get there, we finally found ourselves on Surf Avenue, in the heart of it all.  Our first stop: Luna Park (Surf Ave at W 10 St; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. $35 for four hours of unlimited rides on Read More