The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

Near Poipu Kauai (Jennifer Miner)

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 is our first such list, but presumably not our last. After all, a short list of five recommended travel destinations leaves a lot of great places off the list. Nevertheless, five is a manageable number; [Read more]

Map Your Travels: Wall Art for your Home

Map Your Travels

Travel destinations have been piquing my children's interest lately. Questions like, "How far is..." or "Where is..." or "How long would it take to get to..." I suppose it's no surprise considering they are learning and memorizing geography at school. That's [Read more]

ABS by Allen Schwartz: Dresses for Travel

Beth in ABS dress

Ahhhh, formal night. It's one of the details I love most about cruising. If you've never cruised before, let me explain. Depending upon the cruise line, there are normally two dress codes for dinner: casual wear and formal wear. Casual is basically "look [Read more]

Fun Hostess Gifts from the Traveler

Pocket Garden Pack

Where are you going this holiday season? If by chance you're staying with friends or family on your trip, it's always a nice idea to bring a little gift to show your gratitude for your host's generosity. The question is...what is a good hostess gift? For one, [Read more]

How to Childproof Your Home for Company

baby gate

I recently wrote a post with tips on how to make your out of town guests feel welcomed. I mentioned that if crawling babies or toddlers are descending upon your home this holiday season you should make an effort to childproof the environment for the little [Read more]

Going Back in Time in Grand Lake, Colorado

Antique sewing machine, and the bell that Mrs. Kauffman, a teacher, used to call kids to class in a one-room schoolhouse.

A history buff, I could spend hours looking at period clothing, artifacts and memorabilia from just about any era. But as a relative newcomer to the West (I moved to Colorado from New Hampshire nearly 20 years ago), I'm particularly enthralled with stories of [Read more]

Cruise Ship Health and Safety Tips

cruise ship dining

My family and I are sailing on the Carnival Breeze this spring. When I've mentioned our pending cruise vacation to local friends, I've gotten some raised eyebrows in return, in light of the much-publicized Carnival Triumph debacle that occurred in February, [Read more]

Three Reasons to Visit Ski Resorts in the Off Season

Aspen autumn gondola

Ski season is in full swing here in North America. Colorado got some much-needed snow this week and spring break is approaching -- a hugely popular time of year for families to hit the slopes together. As much as I enjoy the hustle and bustle of mountain [Read more]

Scissors and Seat Belt Safety

rsz_envoy_interior (1)

As I was reaching out my Envoy's window, a dozen books balanced on my lap as I did my best to deposit each library book into the return slot, spine first, as the cold winter wind whipped my hair across my face. When the last book was set on the conveyor belt I [Read more]

Exercise Vacation Tips for Visiting The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Fitness Ridge hike

I recapped my late January visit to The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Ivins, Utah. Click on over to my first installments about my exercise vacation, if you haven’t read about my check-in and weigh-in, followed by Days 1 to 3 and Days 4 to 6 and [Read more]