New York City with kids: a stay at Affinia 50

We chose to stay at Manhattan's Affinia 50 for our kids' introduction to New York City, and within moments of checking in, I knew we'd made the right decision. It was instantly made clear to me that Affinia 50 does things differently than standard … [Read more...]

Boston with kids: a stay at Marriott’s Custom House

Marriott's Custom House is hands down the most unique Marriott Vacation Club property I've ever seen. Originally built in 1847 as a--you guessed it--custom house for 1/5th of the world's wealth brought in at the busy harbor, the hotel is one of the … [Read more...]

The Four Seasons Vancouver: kid-friendly luxury

Last week, had I been asked to describe the Four Seasons family of resorts, I would have used phrases such as 'exceptional reputation', 'luxury accommodations', or 'famed attention to detail'. After spending three blissful days at the Four Seasons … [Read more...]

Bear Lake State Park Rendezvous Beach

Clear, turquoise-blue water. White sand beaches. Scuba diving, fishing, and wind surfing. Would you guess you're in Utah? I wouldn't! In fact, until I saw Bear Lake's Rendezvous Beach for myself, I assumed the state park was exaggerating with its … [Read more...]

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park

Built in 1926 on the south shore of Lake Quinault on the lush and beautiful Olympic Peninsula, Lake Quinault Lodge is one of the national park system's most beautiful and timeless historic lodges. Charming when approached from the street (South Shore … [Read more...]

Running Y Ranch Resort

Located outside the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon just north of the California border, the Running Y Ranch is many things in one beautiful, pine-forested package: luxury retreat, golf resort, Western-style ranch, family getaway, and romantic … [Read more...]

Thimbleberry Cabin: winter escape in Southern Oregon Cascades

For a year-round mountain getaway in the Northwest, families can't beat the Southern Oregon Cascades. Easy to access from I-5 (to Highway 140), this region south of Crater Lake National Park and west of Klamath Falls is rich with national forest … [Read more...]

Timberline Lodge and ski resort

If you're looking for a Pacific Northwest ski resort experience that will really impress while remaining kid and family-friendly, you'll want to book an overnight ski package at Timberline Lodge, a ski-in and ski-out resort nestled on the slopes of … [Read more...]

Disney done right: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

I wrote recently on the benefits of staying on-site in Walt Disney World. Of course, deciding a Disney resort is right for you and your family hardly narrows down your field of options, given that at last count, there were almost 20 of them to choose … [Read more...]

Crater Lake National Park and Lodge

One of the Pit Stops crew's favorite national parks is in our backyard: Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon. Open year round, Crater Lake is a true natural wonder that's (surprisingly) never swarmed with crowds. It's not too large a park as … [Read more...]