Northstar-at-Tahoe with kids: dining on and off the mountain

Let's face it: feeding a hungry family at a ski resort can be pricey! Northstar-at-Tahoe is no exception, but with a thriving village scene and the addition of a brand new mid-mountain lodge, guests have more choices than ever. And we all know that … [Read more...]

Northstar California with kids: a stay at Big Horn Lodge

As with any large Tahoe ski resort, families have many lodging options at California's Northstar-at-Tahoe, from rental homes to studio suites and condos, to hotel rooms. For our three-day weekend family getaway, we choose to stay in a luxury condo at … [Read more...]

Seeking ohana in Kauai’s quiet spaces

This post is sponsored by The Hawaiian Islands, where you could be Living in the Moment on the Island of Kauai. Miles past the smattering of resorts, tourist destinations, and restaurants dotting Kauai's scenic coastline, a rusted pick-up … [Read more...]

Is Mexico safe for traveling families?

The short answer: it depends on where you go. Asking whether Mexico is safe for traveling families is like asking whether the entirety of the U.S. is safe, or the Caribbean, or anywhere else you may wish to travel in the world. One cannot judge an … [Read more...]

Family-friendly paradise: a stay at Velas Vallarta

Guests arriving at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico's Velas Vallarta resort should expect to be greeted in the spacious, breezy lobby by a friendly staff offering a cool, freshly scented towel and an ice-cold bottle of water. My husband and I were also … [Read more...]

Camping with babies and toddlers: gear up!

The first time my family and I took our eldest son out camping, it was a three-day backpacking trek into Oregon's Columbia Gorge near Multnomah Falls, and he was 13-months old. Were we crazy? Well, yes, but we had a great time introducing baby Nate … [Read more...]

Searching for Bigfoot on Collings Mountain

On a dreary but warm day in January, we skipped the ski slopes to brave a wintery hike skirting Applegate Lake near Ruch, Oregon. Our destination? A bona fide Bigfoot trap. Located along the Collings Mountain trail in the Rogue River National Forest, … [Read more...]

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

As Northern California natives and Oregon residents, we're well-versed in Oregon Trail pioneering history, and specifically, the Donner Party. We've taken the kids to Sutter's Fort State Park in Sacramento, CA, where they first learned about the … [Read more...]

Winter camping: extend your outdoor travel season

'Tis the season for everyone at the Around the Campfire community to be talking about winter camping. What's quickly become apparent, however, is that everyone's interpretation of 'winter' and 'camping' is different. As an avid camper and backpacker, … [Read more...]

How to snag last minute holiday vacation deals

The holiday preparation is done and soon the kids will be out of school, but you don't have a winter vacation planned? There may still be time to find, plan, and execute the perfect holiday getaway for your family if you act quickly! Follow the tips … [Read more...]