California Wine Month Celebrations

California Wine Month Celebrations at Heart Castle (Jennifer Miner)

September’s here, and our summer vacations are already becoming a retreating memory. Kids complain about their new school schedules, adults resign themselves to a long stretch of workweeks before our next big vacation, and even our dogs seem to look wistfully [Read more]

Fab Food Finds in Phoenix

Thai Cashew Quinoa at Flower Child in Phoenix.

When summer rolls around and temperatures rise, you might find me saying (occasionally), "It's too hot to eat." But thermometers soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit during a June trip to Arizona didn't stop me (at all!) from eating my way through some amazing [Read more]

North Dakota Girlfriend Getaway Ideas

Corsair at Fargo Air Museum

Some of my favorite trip memories have been girlfriend getaways. What I've learned about such trips is they are not a one-size-fits all. Depending upon whom you are traveling with your itinerary is likely to be quite different. For example, if you're traveling [Read more]

Spur Alliance: Top 10 Guest Ranches in North America

Spur Alliance

One of the best surprises my family discovered during a summer vacation was how family-friendly a guest ranch experience can be. When we were living in Tucson, Arizona we certainly visited some local ranches for day rides or evening parties but it wasn’t until [Read more]

Disney isn’t Just for Kids: Meet Jerri

Wine n Dine

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....Halt. Wrong opening. Let's try again. A long time ago in the late '70s my parents relocated to Baton Rouge and we settled in a brick house in a cute neighborhood. Down the street and around the corner lived another [Read more]

Pamper Your Inner Artista in Ojai

Tartaglia Fine Art Gallery (Jen Jones Donatelli) Art in Ojai California

There are many things to do in Ojai, California, ranging from rugged and outdoorsy to elite and pampering.  While some travelers focus on the hikes, and luxury vacation fans spend much of their time in destination spas, guest contributor Jen Jones Donatelli [Read more]

A Day in Reykjavik, Iceland

View of Reykjavik Old Harbour from the Harpa Concert Hall

When my mom and I get away together we head to a spa. Travel writer Julie Henning goes with her mom to... Iceland! Here she details some key sights in the country's capital, and offers tips for a budget friendly visit to this Nordic country. We love her savvy [Read more]

Matterhorn Celebrates 150th Anniversary in 2015

Zermatt's pedestrian friendly main street

Summer 2015 is going to be an exciting time for the Matterhorn. No, not the ride at Disney, the real one. We will let our contributor Mira Temkin tell you why... The Tissot Countdown Clock proudly stands on the Bahnhofplatz, the village center, in Zermatt, [Read more]

Caribbean Getaway at the Aruba Marriott Resort

caribbean getaway at the aruba marriott resort

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Casino hosted a trip for The Vacation Gals' contributor Jill Florio and her mother-in-law, along with several other bloggers and their mothers. The Vacation Gals loves girlfriend getaways and family travel; how terrific that our [Read more]

Great Girlfriend Getaway at Sunset Cove in Laguna Beach

great girlfriend getaway at sunset cove in laguna beach - two bedroom view (Kim Tracy Prince)

Regular contributor to The Vacation Gals, Kim Tracy Prince, was recently treated to a great girlfriend getaway at Sunset Cove, in Laguna Beach, California. Laguna is well known for its beaches and local arts scene; Sunset Cove appears to be a comfortable, [Read more]