Winter holiday season at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

We've reviewed Squaw Valley in the past, and the info linked above is still relevant, helping you plan your Squaw Valley ski trip! But the holiday season at Squaw Valley is amazing, and worth planning around. For a taste of what this iconic ski … [Read more...]

Vail luxury ski hotel: Sonnenalp hotel review

I have been lucky enough to stay in many luxury ski hotel properties, from Whistler to Tahoe to points east. My stay at The Sonnenalp, a Leading Hotels of the World property in Vail, Colorado, met the expectations that properties like the Fairmont or … [Read more...]

Best ski towns: Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain

Ready to plan Lake Placid skiing with kids? Whiteface Mountain boasts the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, it hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and it has an impressive (or intimidating, depending on your skiing ability) 38% expert … [Read more...]

What to do and where to stay in Knoxville Tennessee

Knoxville Tennessee is a small city with a lot going on. Known affectionately as the 'cradle of country music' (after all Dolly Pardon got started here), Knoxville is now also gaining a reputation for its dining scene, urban wilderness and vibrant … [Read more...]

Grown-Up Getaway: What to do in Orange County without the kids

What? Go to Orange County, home of Disneyland, without the kids? Yep! And here’s why you need to go with the fellow grown-up of your choice (and what you need to do): Orange County without the kids: Orange County has recently surprised me with … [Read more...]

Fall in the Poconos: Woodloch Pines Family Resort review

An hour northeast of Scranton, Penn., Woodloch has been an East Coast family destination for generations, with many families returning year after year. While there are a number of properties under the Woodloch umbrella, the one families will want to … [Read more...]

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5 fun yet creepy places to spend Halloween

If you’re a wimp about the supernatural like me and my family, you’ll be content to spend Halloween safely at home, carving a few jack-o-lanterns and calling it a night. If however, you and your kids are made of heartier stock, read on to find five … [Read more...]

Five fall weekend getaways to take on a budget

School's in session, and magically, travel costs have dropped! Resorts and theme parks across the U.S. are offering discount packages to entice autumn travelers, but what if you only have weekends free? Try any of the following give fall weekend … [Read more...]

Five haunted hotels worth visiting this Halloween…if you dare

My kids tend to be frightened by kid-friendly haunted houses, let alone a haunted hotel, but if yours are made of heartier stock, a stay at one of the following haunted hotels might be just what you need for a memorable Halloween vacation. The … [Read more...]

Planning a Family Ski Vacation: Where to Go for Snow

In the past few years, the ski scene has changed with changing weather patterns. For the many families who only take one major ski vacation per season, it’s more important than ever to know where to go for the best conditions. And yes, NOW is the … [Read more...]