Foodie fun for families: Oregon Chocolate Festival with kids

If you're in the Pacific Northwest, a family trip to Ashland, Oregon should be on your radar. With both the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) and Rogue River in its backyard, Ashland is known for its outdoor adventure. And of course, it's also a theater … [Read more...]

Southern California CityPASS or Go Los Angeles pass?

If you're planning a trip to Southern California, AND you plan to visit at least one or two major theme parks in the area, you will almost certainly save money buying either a Southern California CityPASS or a Go Los Angeles attractions pass. But … [Read more...]

Russian Tea at the Heathman Hotel Portland

The historic Heathman Hotel in Portland has offered a holiday tea service for decades. New in 2016, chef Vitaly Paley brought Russian flare to the service with his festive, elegant Russian Tea. Within days, all available reservations for the service, … [Read more...]

Grown Up Getaway: Portland Alberta Arts District and Tiny House Hotel

Whether you’re intrigued with the idea of building or buying your own tiny house one day, or simply want to sample the tiny house lifestyle for a few nights, a stay at the nation’s only tiny house hotel should definitely be on your radar. Caravan, a … [Read more...]

The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood: What to know before you go

If you have kids who live and breathe all things Harry Potter, and you can't take them on a trip to the motherland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is the next best thing. With the Wizarding World is now open on both coasts, … [Read more...]

The MaiZe at the Pumpkin Patch

A fun outing for kids of all ages, the MaiZe at The Pumpkin Patch consists of acres of twisting, turning stalks that kept our group of kids entertained (and lost!) for nearly an hour. Located on picturesque Sauvie Island about 10 minutes from … [Read more...]

Exploring Shasta Cascade: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Northern California hosts wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities for families, from Lassen National Park to Mount Shasta hiking trails and ski areas. If you only have a day, and want a taste of the area's lakes, trails, and mining history, head … [Read more...]

Shasta Cascade pit stop: Turtle Bay Exploration Park

If you've taken I-5 on a west coast road trip, chances are you've driven right through Redding, California. We had passed through numerous times before we had the opportunity to stop and check out this Northern California town. If you're looking for … [Read more...]

Shasta Cascades: Mt. Shasta Ski Park review

In summer months, majestic Mt. Shasta is a climber's paradise, but during the winter months, this volcanic peak in Northern California becomes decidedly more family friendly. Mt. Shasta Ski Park offers up 425 acres of downhill skiing and … [Read more...]

Grown up getaway: Society Hotel Portland

Love unique properties, boutique hotels, and repurposed buildings? Portland has the motherload. It seems that every time I turn around, a new boutique property has opened in my favorite Northwest city. The latest: The Society Hotel, which we checked … [Read more...]