Visiting Philly During Spring Break

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I've grown up spending a lot of time in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I’ve explored it from head to toe. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones. When I realized recently I would have both kids home for a week, I decided to head to Philly for a bit of family, as well as sight-seeing. Once again, I teamed up with the folks at Visit Philly to give my kids a real taste of what the … [Read more...]

A Bit of England at High Tea at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix

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How do you hold your cup of tea? Do you lift your saucer and insert your pinky through the handle of the tea cup? Little did I know before I had high tea at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon that I would learn the true way to hold my cup and experience an Afternoon Tea right out of England.  Yes, I do go to the UK every year and I do get served a lot of tea when I'm there, but I haven't mastered the art of high tea.  I was in for a big surprise at High Tea at the Ritz. The Ritz is as elegant as it gets and you can't beat the … [Read more...]

Staying in the Heart of Phoenix

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Like every other New Yorker, I've had a tough few weeks.  First I was sick for a week.  Then along came Hurricane Sandy which took away our power for 10 days and certainly didn't help me heal quickly.  Then we got hit with a snow storm.  Back in August, I met the people from the Greater Phoenix and Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and they invited me on a press trip that was set to take place this weekend.  I was never going to cancel but I have wondered how I would actually ever get myself here this weekend. But yesterday at 5am, I left my house … [Read more...]

Exploring Greater Williamsburg with Kids

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Colonial Williamsburg is a place I've been wanting to take my family for some time.  I have vivid memories of traveling to the historical town as a child and have been waiting for them to be of a certain age to appreciate it. My kids are 7 and 9, maybe a little bit younger than needed to understand about the American Revolution, but its an education in its own rite and gave them a basic understanding of how life in America evolved over two hundred years ago.  But I also didn't remember it being so big and diverse in its history, as this was the first … [Read more...]

Charleston Place: Elegant and Cozy Family Travel in Charleston

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On our recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we had the most perfect visit at the Charleston Place Hotel.  It was our first visit to the city as a family and we could not have asked for a better location to make as our base.  Built in 1840, the hotel is very elegant yet comfortable, cozy, and the service defines southern hospitality to a tee.  As soon as we walked though the door into the refined lobby with a grand staircase and chandelier shining down from the ceiling, we were enchanted.  We knew we were in for something special.  Something … [Read more...]

Eclectic and Comfortable Family Visit at Hotel Monaco

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We kicked off our two week long road trip from New York to Georgia with an overnight stop in Alexandria, Virginia, a quaint historic town in Northern Virginia.  Located thirty minutes right outside Washington, DC, it was an ideal location for us to stop.  We were able to drive five hours and not have to venture into the hustle and bustle of the city.  Unbeknownst to us, at various points in her past, Alexandria has been part of the District of Columbia, a regional slave trading market, an occupied city, a washed-up post-industrial hamlet, and a hometown … [Read more...]

A “Zen” Family Stay at the Hempel Hotel in London

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Tucked away in the beautiful Notting Hill section of London lies a jewel of a hotel, and what you might find a surprisingly child-friendly place to stay. The Hempel is a breath of fresh air for any family wanting a bit of an escape from the excitement and business of London.  Instead of staying in a typical London hotel and getting very little space for your money, The Hempel offers full-size apartments with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax after exploring the city.  Best of all, it's located right next to Hyde Park and Notting Hill … [Read more...]

A Family Stay at the Casa in England’s Peak District

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If you're traveling through the North of England and head to the Peak District with your family, you'll want to make sure to stay at the Casa in Derbyshire. You can't beat this 4-star hotel's excellent location.  It's in the historic market town of Chesterfield, but is in easy reach of Sheffield, Nottingham and a number of landmarks and attractions.  It's also very family-friendly as the hotel really focuses on comfort and you can't find a nicer staff in all of England. When we entered the hotel, we were greeted by a pleasant and upbeat host at … [Read more...]

A Family Stay at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England

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If you're planning to visit Manchester, England and are looking for a place to stay with the kids, the Lowry Hotel is a great choice. Located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the center of town, right near the commercial shopping district and load of things to do, this five-star hotel has 165 bedrooms, six suites and is as child-friendly as a hotel can get. Named after a famous Mancunian artist, DS Lowry, the hotel is part of the world's exclusive Rocco Forte Hotels and is both modern and elegant.  The inside is filled with interesting artwork, … [Read more...]

A Weekend in the Lehigh Valley with the Kids

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Last weekend, we found an unexpected hidden gem of a family travel spot in the Lehigh Valley.  Located just less than two hours from where we live in the heart of Pennsylvania near the Poconos Mountains, lies several quiet towns filled with museums, restaurants, antique shops and things to do.  As my daughter correctly stated when we left, we have never really explored much of Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia (though we have actually been to the Poconos and the Amish Country).  After this trip, I can tell you for sure that we will be back.  We were … [Read more...]