Small ship cruising: a travel philosophy that holds water

The following is the first in a two-part interview with AdventureSmith Explorations founder and president Todd Smith. In the past decade, cruising has morphed from a dowdy vacation your grandparents took to one of the most popular family … [Read more...]

Best Ski Towns: Keystone Resort, Colorado

Vail, Colorado has long been synonymous with top-notch skiing, but vacationing families may overlook one of the most family-friendly gems in its crown: Keystone Resort. Less well-known than nearby Vail, Beaver Creek, or Breckenridge, Keystone is … [Read more...]

Planet Explorers guidebooks review and giveaway

Before any family vacation, I always advise educating kids on where they'll be going and what they'll be seeing. In preparation for our June 2011 visit to New York City, we read books, watched movies that promenently featured the Big Apple, and … [Read more...]

Haleakala National Park

When I think of Maui, I think sun-kissed sand and stunning beaches...not ascending to 10,000 feet to hike amid peaks. But families vacationing on the island would be remiss to skip Haleakala National Park, where kids will learn about the natural … [Read more...]

Wildlife Images, Grants Pass OR

A Southern Oregon gem, Wildlife Images is an animal rehabilitation center located off I-5 near Grants Pass. If you have an animal lover in your car, this is a pit stop that's not to be missed! Open year round, the facility is beautiful, peaceful, and … [Read more...]

Little People, Big World’s Roloff Farms

If you're a fan of the TLC program "Little People, Big World", you'll want to make a stop off I-5 this fall season to tour Matt Roloff's very own family travel destination, The Roloff Farms, which he opened to the public earlier this month (to remain … [Read more...]

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa: dining guide for families

During any resort family vacation, dining is a huge factor...both on the budget and in terms of enjoyment. While at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, I made it a point to try every dining option at least once in order to get the skinny (oh, don't I … [Read more...]

The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery

The Oregon Vortex, location of the House of Mystery is described as a natural wonder. A spherical field of force half above the ground and half below the ground, it amazes both kids and scientists alike. A guide takes visitors on a tour … [Read more...]

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa: Adventures by Disney excursions

During a stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, families have the opportunity to participate in something very unique: authentic Hawaiian excursions run by Adventures by Disney. As a huge fan of what Adventures by Disney does--expose families to a … [Read more...]

Aulani, a Disney’s Resort and Spa: what’s included in the Aulani value

There's no doubt about it: Aulani, Disney's new Hawaiian resort on the leeward side of Oahu, is jaw-droppingly fabulous. Throughout my stay, I experienced first class service, amenities, and activities across the board. For the average traveling … [Read more...]