Quebec vacation with kids, Pointe-a-la-Renommee Lighthouse

10 Secret Places to Visit on a Quebec Vacation with Kids

When you think of Quebec, well-known-and-loved Montreal and Quebec City are most likely the first spots that pop into your mind. But Québec is big (huge, actually), encompassing more than a quarter of the total surface area of Canada’s 10 provinces. That’s a lot of ground to cover, making it easy to miss must-see places like Le Quebec…

We Bike Athens

Postcard from Greece: The Best of Athens by Bike

We had explored Ephesus in a heavy thunderstorm, walked in grooves formed by chariot wheels in the streets of Pompeii, thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain and climbed 414 steps to the top of the Campanile (Giotto’s Tower) for a bird’s-eye view of Florence. As family vacations go, our European adventure was a complete…

Le Sentier des Ocres, Provence

Postcard from Provence: Le Sentier des Ocres, Roussillon

The port of Marseille was our first stop on a 10-day European cruise aboard Carnival’s new ship, Vista. It was the port my teenage daughter had been most looking forward to during the entire trip, as she had chosen the day’s family adventure: a boat trip to the Calanques. When we found out the night before the…

Somerston Estate atv tour

Best Kid-Friendly Wineries in Northern California Wine Country

There was a time when visiting Northern California’s wine country meant leaving your kids at home. It was a long time ago, but the bad reputation has been hard to kick. While wine country is certainly famous for wine, it’s important not to forget that many of those award-winning winemakers are also parents themselves. The…

Outaouais zipline, Quebec with kids

An Action-Packed Family Holiday … Canada Style

There are numerous family vacation destinations around the world that are synonymous with adventure. Families trek around volcanoes in Costa Rica, go on safari in Africa and go snorkeling along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Would it surprise you if I added the Outaouais Region of Canada to the list? It surprised me.

Where is Outaouais?

If I asked you to show me the Outaouais Region …


Yosemite Family Travel Guide

I guess you could call it travel guilt. It kicked in big time last year, when a number of friends were planning trips to Yosemite National Park. At some point, someone asked me what my kids liked to do in Yosemite.

I started to talk about the Mist Trail then realized, though I love Yosemite, I’ve never taken my kids. We live in Northern California. Yosemite is practically our backyard. I got out the calendar and picked a weekend. It was still winter, I had months before I needed to get organized … or so I thought.


A Kid-Friendly Costa Rica Adventure

I was in my front yard catching up on everything I didn’t do while I was on vacation when my neighbor asked me about my trip to Costa Rica and if I would go back again. I didn’t even hesitate to answer, “In a heartbeat,” I said. Her next question was of course, why?

And I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about it until she asked. On our trip, there were two parents, one grandparent and two borderline tween girls.