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All-Family Wellness in the Austrian Alps at Hotel Grüner Baum

Our family decided to escape city life with a brief sojourn to the town of Bad Gastein, Austria, set in a valley in the Austrian Alps. It is difficult to convey the sheer scenic beauty here — the word “stunning” does not begin to do it justice. Once referred to as the Monte Carlo of the Alps, Bad Gastein is…

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Grand Hyatt Istanbul Highlights for Families

Grand Hyatt Istanbul is located in Taksim, the heart of modern Istanbul. Families visiting this exotic city — the largest in Turkey, with a population of over 14 million people — will appreciate the the spacious, well-appointed rooms and kid-friendly amenities, as they provide a welcome respite from the bustle of this historic city. Here are highlights from our stay…

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Schloss Elmau Cultural Hideaway and Luxury Spa in the Bavarian Alps

Our family traveled to Schloss Elmau in February, a luxury family-friendly hotel located 90 minutes from Munich in a valley of the Bavarian Alps. This was our first journey to a locale so remote. As a family with young (ish) children, we are constantly trying to find a balance in our vacations; we seek destinations…

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Something Different: Stay on an Organic Farm with Kids in Italy

Fontanaro Organic Farm is located in the Umbria region of Italy. Umbria is bordered by Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. The property is not easy to find and requires a GPS or Google maps, but as it’s lovely co-proprietor states “Those who want to find it, will.” Fontanaro Organic…

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A Different View of Venice with Kids from Lido Beach

This was the first visit to Venice for our family. Rather than staying in the the center of Venice, we opted to stay on the Venice Lido, an island to the north of Venice that sits on the Adriatic Sea and is home to a 12 kilometer sandy beach. The value of being able to experience the city of Venice and explore its canals and history, and afterwards escape to the serenity and calm of a beach was ideal for us. This was a surprise to me as I anticipated wanting to be in the city full time and wondered if staying out at the beach would give us the true Venetian experience.

We discovered that staying on Lido Beach …