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...]

A stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

I'll admit it: as my airport shuttle pulled up to Aulani, Disney's destination resort on Oahu, I expected to find Mickey front and center. I was prepared to greet that familiar pair of mouse ears from every angle: in person, in silhouette, in every … [Read more...]

One Tank Wonders: where to travel after school starts

Our family vacations extensively during the summer months, but by autumn, school and sport schedules once again reign. Do we stop traveling? Never! But our adventures do take place closer to home. In fact, some of our favorite trips have taken place … [Read more...]

Exploring the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Directly along Oregon's stretch of coastal Highway 101 lie the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area: miles of sandy hills and valleys awaiting exploration! Never heard of it? I'm not surprised...many don't realize these mammoth mountains of sand are … [Read more...]

A stay at Central Oregon’s Pronghorn Club

An unique and beautifully luxurious oasis in the heart of Central Oregon's high desert, Pronghorn Club offers families the comfort and convenience of vacation homes, the fun of a family resort, and the excitement of a full-scale outdoor adventure … [Read more...]

Legoland California’s Star Wars miniland and water park

While we were in Southern California last week, I had the opportunity to stop by one of our favorite theme parks for the younger set: Legoland California. We love Legoland for their whimsical, primarily-colored theme, their young … [Read more...]

San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

The Marriott Marquis and Marina is located in the heart of San Diego, California's Gaslamp Quarter, situated directly on the bay. It does not include beach access, but the water is in easy reach via the harbor, where kids can watch the boats and … [Read more...]

Disney done right: how to survive (and thrive!) in summer crowds

The first advice I offer any family asking how to get the most from their Disney theme park experience is to visit in the off-season. Of course, such a plan isn’t always realistic. If your only option is to visit Walt Disney World or the Disneyland … [Read more...]