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The Ideal Itinerary for a Weekend Getaway in Santa Fe New Mexico

Before touching down I can tell you I knew all of two things about Santa Fe: it was in New Mexico and I would definitely be eating Tamales at some point during my 3 day Santa Fe weekend itinerary. I slowly opened the shade and blinked blindly into the full New …

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Where You Need to Stay in Santa Fe

Amidst the red and brown dessert of New Mexico, we find sanctuary at these Santa Fe hotels – immersed in lush green serenity at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort and then surrounded by art, culture, and history at La Fonda on the Plaza.  I touched down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a …

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The Perfect Weekend in Santa Barbara: Luxury, Wine and Adventure

I think we can all agree that life is full of, well, life. You never know what tomorrow, or even today, will bring. Whether it be hectic, joyous, disappointing, exciting, stressful or satisfying – I’m always looking for more. More what? More experiences. More food. More laughter. More discoveries. More …


Temecula: Where the Sun and the Earth Meet

What do you do when you’re dying to get away but only have a couple days to do so? Plan a staycation! Staycations can make the perfect couples’ weekend getaway and for those living in Southern California, Temecula is the ultimate staycation destination with plenty to see, do and eat. Temecula …


How to Have the Most Epic Summer Road Trip in Michigan

Ah, the days of sweet summer sunshine mixed with endless backyard barbecues and children laughing while running through sprinklers are finally upon us. After a long winter like the one we just had, I’m extra itchy for some sort of epic family adventure – a “Mother-of-all-trips.” Something to be savored …


5 of the Best Natural Springs in Florida to Visit This Summer

While Florida might be notorious for its scorchingly hot summers, but thankfully it’s also plentiful in solutions for beating the heat. One of the most popular options for cooling off on a hot summer day are venturing out to its plethora of more than 700 natural springs spread across the …

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Disney Planning Tips for a Stress-Free Family Vacation

My last visit to Disney World was for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party a few years ago, just a couple of moms with one toddler each. This time around, visiting the theme park was a whole different ball game. My own family had expanded by one and this time my in-laws …


Orlando For Grown-Ups: Universal Orlando Without Kids

Living across the country from family, it’s rare that my husband and I get the opportunity for a proper date night with two young children. It’s an even rarer occurrence to be able to go away overnight. So when his family came to stay in Orlando with us for a …


6 Things You Can Only See In The Conch Republic

Do you want more than just a standard beach getaway? If you are looking for a vacation that offers up new, exciting fun as well as weird, fascinating and even historical, check out the Conch Republic. Never heard of the Conch Republic? It is actually the micro-nation that includes Key West …


Why a Dry Tortuga Seaplane Excursion is Worth the Green

Do you plan your vacations around the cheapest airfare you can find and whatever budget hotel has a great deal for a room with two twin beds? You and your hubby can always push them together, right? While ninja bargain hunting can allow you to take trips you might never …


Polynesian Dances and Chants Explained

What would you do if you had no way to write or record anything in your life? How would you remember anything? From day to day life to ancestry, we rely solely on the written record to safeguard history. Before the written word existed, cultures found their own ways to …

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5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Maui

Miles of coastline, incredible sunsets, gorgeous views and endless activities draw millions of people to Hawaii annually. One of the things that makes Hawaii so unique is that it’s appeal is wide and varied. Paris may be for lovers, but Hawaii is for lovers, solo travelers, adventure seekers, surfers, hikers, beach …


Residence Inn Maui Puts the Relaxation Back in Vacation for Parents

Have you ever come home from a family vacation and felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation? As a child, my memories of family vacations play through my head like a highlight reel, remembering only the best parts. Being a parent is like getting the chance to see …

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Mountain High: Where Los Angeles Goes to Ski

This winter, California has seen an unprecedented amount of snowfall. Everywhere from Tahoe to Big Bear has seen record breaking snow showers, and Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA is no exception. I was lucky enough to be invited for full day of fun in the snow by the kind …

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Photographing the Hidden Gems of Jacksonville

  If you’re the type of traveler who is looking for authentic travel experiences, a delicious culinary scene and the opportunity to interact with locals, then a visit to Jacksonville, Florida might just be for you. Jacksonville is the city where you can find yourself serenaded by the Jacksonville Symphony …

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Winter Activities Around the Country…That Don’t Involve Skiing

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter can feel like an endless season of boring. Instead of hiding in the lodge on your winter vacation, wishing away all that snow, try one of these other winter related activities. All around the country, cold weather states have plenty to offer during …