A Kid-Friendly Alaska Cruise with Adult Appeal on Celebrity Solstice

Alaska and cruising are a perfect match for families looking for activity, convenience and comfort. An Alaska family vacation is filled with soft adventure, wildlife, glaciers and whales, and a cruise is the easiest way to see it all. Celebrity Cruises has been on my list to experience for families; this past summer, I got…

Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel: The Magic of 16th-Century Rome in Lively Trastevere

Rome is the first stop on many a trip to Italy with kids. It sets the foundation for understanding Italian culture and provides immersive opportunities to experience life like a Roman both past and present. Seizing on this theme, my family stayed at a restored 16th-century monastery, the 4-star Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel, in the happening neighborhood…

Hotel Raphael: Quiet Luxury and Smart Style in Rome’s Ancient Center

The vine-covered facade at Hotel Raphael in Rome suggests an elegant residential building rather than a luxury hotel on a cozy piazza. Part of the luxury Relais & Chateaux group, the hotel is filled with art and sculptures, a wonderful first introduction for kids to Rome’s historical treasures. It’s elegant and comfortable at the same…

A Window Into California’s Past at the Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco’s rich history and famous attractions draw visitors to the city year round, and the Fairmont San Francisco has watched it all from atop Nob Hill for more than a hundred years. Fires from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake severely damaged the inside and delayed its opening until 1907. It’s been a destination for celebrities,…

Family Traditions are Born at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

“How long have you been coming here?” the little girl asked my family as she scootered past us on the grounds of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This was our first visit, but it was obvious from the baseball mitts, scooters, lacrosse sticks and soccer balls that many families were seasoned guests. One grandma…

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Nature, History and Haciendas: Three Unforgettable Weeks in Ecuador with Kids

Ecuador is ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs. Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers a combination of the jungle, the Galápagos islands and colonial history — all in one trip. My family’s recent three-week itinerary contained all of these elements plus a few days of…

Red Horse Mountain Ranch: A Great Dude Ranch Getaway Even If You Don’t Ride

Considering a dude ranch family vacation but not a fan of horseback riding? Choosing the right dude ranch vacation is key to enjoying the experience. My family spent a week at Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho and I expected to ride each day, but on the third day, I realized that I was happier off the…

Top Tips for Maximizing a Visit to Universal Orlando Resort

My kids have been clamoring to go to Universal Orlando Resort for several years. When a last-minute change in vacation plans left us with a few extra days in Florida, we knew where we were headed. Family vacations tend to fall into two broad categories: relaxing vacations with unscheduled days that create their own rhythm,…

Tropical Reef Snorkeling Right Outside Your Door at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Families flock to Hawaii for sun, sand and an abundance of outdoor activities — among them snorkeling, a must-do on a Hawaii vacation with kids. Tropical fish and green sea turtles lure parents and children alike into the islands’ blue-green waters for a closer look. At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, you don’t have…