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NY Hotel Offers Babymoon Package for Expecting Moms

Apr 27, 2014
The W Hotels of New York have teamed up with pregnancy expert Julia Beck to offer expecting moms the ultimate Babymoon package. Available through October 31

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Flying this summer? Get smart before you go


Millions of children will be flying this summer. As we head into the summer vacation season, let’s all try to be nicer to our fellow passengers whatever their ages. Here are some tips for traveling parents to de-stress the experience. more
Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Getting There | 1 Comment


In Virginia, a Tattoo is not what you might think


Cello player at Virginia Arts Festival
Traditionally a tattoo is a ceremonial military performance. The Virginia Arts Festival’s International Tattoo is a huge tribute to this tradition. more
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Half million more of us will vacation this summer


Memorial Day official kicks off summer vacation season and AAA says 34.8 million of us will be traveling—up 500,000 from last year. We’re not letting gas prices keep us home and most of us—almost nine out of 10 holiday travelers—will drive. more
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Healthy food is part of the kids’ adventure at some hotels


Finally, it appears, the hotel industry is paying attention to what traveling families have long been saying: Make kids’ menus healthier; give kids more choices! more
Families & Groups, Lodging, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


The Wild Side of Puerto Rico: Extreme Sports for Exploring Extreme Terrain


‘Snuba’ is not a typo, it’s one of the fastest growing aquatic activities that combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving and allows you to explore coral reefs in the depths of the tropical seas without getting scuba diving certified. more
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Orlando treats you like a VIP


Who doesn’t want to be treated like a VIP on vacation? We all do, of course, cutting lines, getting pampered, seeing what most tourists don’t. Orlando offers plenty of VIP options for the entire family—assuming you’re willing to pay extra for the privilege, of course. more
Destinations, Disney, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups | comments


Interacting with the Turtles at SeaWorld Orlando


TurtleTrek the 3D movie at Seaworld Orlando
TurtleTrek is home to adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles — all of whom, like Grandma, have been deemed nonreleasable by the Florida government. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Discovering the beauty of the California Coastal region


Eileen and Reggie pause in the redwood grove
During our five-mile hike, we see plump yellow banana slugs, the tiny Calypso orchid and blooming trillium, a member of the lily family. But the best part is the conversations with my daughter, Reg, who lives across the country from us in San Francisco. I’d forgotten how conducive hiking is to catching up! more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Farm to table at the historic Ocean House in Rhode Island


Jane Dane, the mom of three, is a modern day Forager. That means it is her full time job to act as the liaison between local farmers and the chefs at the luxe 49-room Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI which is a designated Relais & Chateau property with a focus on farm to table cuisine. more
Backyard Vacations, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary | 1 Comment


Lots of places to rediscover your inner Titantic


Dr. Robert Ballard the world-famous oceanographer
The real point here is to encourage youngsters and their parents to “journey to new depths of discovery.” That includes a 4-D theater where SpongeBob SquarePants takes you and your kids on an undersea adventure, complete with mist and bubbles more
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