A Historic Family Adventure at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia

Pretty view from the restaurant at Kingsmill Resort.

At the tail end of the summer, guest contributor Erin Gifford and her children vacationed at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia -- home to a myriad of historic, educational attractions. Here's her report.  – Ed. It had been a number of years since [Read more]

Family Travel to Panama City Beach: Our Bucket List

Panama City Beach Florida - Swashbuckling with pirates in Panama City Beach during Pirates of hte High Seas Fest

When family travel fans think of Florida, their minds usually go to Orlando. The theme park capital of the world is only one city in Florida, though, and there are other fun parts of the state for adventure travel, family getaways, and (obviously) beach [Read more]

Top Ten Hawaii Luxury Resort Hotels

Pool area at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay

Snow dusted the mountain peaks around my Colorado home the other day, and this morning I'm wearing fleece, leggings and wool socks as I work on my living room couch. Temperatures are dropping in my neck of the woods and naturally that's got me thinking of [Read more]

Top Zip Lining Companies in Hawaii

Top Zip Lining Companies in Hawaii include Princeville Ranch (Jennifer Miner)

Hawaii is one of the most gorgeous, stunning states in North America. While each Hawaiian island is different, they have more in common with each other than just rainbows and macadamia nuts. Zip lining is a great activity for those of us (hello, me) who want [Read more]

Packing List for Avoiding Vacation Spoilers


Prevention and preparation are our best bets for a smooth and successful family vacation. Unlike our younger years when we didn't think twice about sleeping in the car at rest stops or "waiting until we get there" to find a place to crash, when you have a [Read more]

US Grant Hotel in San Diego: Comfortable Elegance and Style

US Grant Luxury Hotel in San Diego

The US Grant is a luxury hotel in San Diego, centrally located for quick access to many of San Diego’s top attractions. The most fun, smartest place to stay in San Diego is The Gaslamp Quarter. The youthful vibe there cannot be beat; steakhouses, gastropubs [Read more]

Orlando Starmark Vacation Homes

vacation rental

Last month, for the first time, my family stayed in a vacation rental home in Orlando via Starmark Vacation Homes. Our past accommodation experiences have mainly been hotels and resorts. This was a completely different but positive experience. Here's [Read more]

A Family Stay at Sunset Key Guest Cottages

sunset from sunset key

Key West is one of those destinations topping bucket lists and why shouldn't it? Between stunning sunsets, salt-rimmed margaritas, Key Lime pie, and the balmy climate it certainly sounds like the ideal vacation location. Last month I was invited to [Read more]

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: A Family-Friendly Getaway in Lake Placid

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: A Family-Friendly Getaway in Lake Placid (Erin Gifford)

Guest contributor Erin Gifford and her lucky family vacationed at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, New York. Lake Placid is widely known for its family-friendly approach to outdoor fun, specializing -- of course -- in water sports. The gorgeous [Read more]

Country Inns & Suites American Dream Package

Country Inns and Suites

Last weekend my family had the opportunity of to be tourists in our own town by teaming with Country Inns & Suites at Mall of America (MOA) to help promote their Do More Country promotion. For three days and two nights Country Inns & Suites was our [Read more]