Waldorf Astoria Orlando pools

Best Hotels Near Disney World: Easy-Breezy Luxury at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Disney and luxury may not be two words you often put together, but the Waldorf Astoria Orlando combines comfort and elegance just outside the Walt Disney World gates. Situated on almost 500 acres within the Bonnet Creek nature preserve, it’s among the best family hotels near Disney World, home to a wealth of kid-friendly amenities and activities. When it’s…

Riviera Maya Mexico

5 Favorite Summer Vacation Ideas to Book Now

People always ask me what my favorite family vacation destinations are. Narrowing it down to just five is so hard — the more you travel, the more favorites you have. But if I had to pick, they would be Italy, Iceland, dude ranches, Mexico and the Caribbean, and just about anywhere with a beach. Here’s why, and a few of…

Spanish Riding School

72 Hours in Vienna with Kids

For those looking to explore beyond the typical European capitals, the elegant city of Vienna, Austria is a perfect choice for families. Its narrow cobblestone streets, classical architecture and grand palaces make even a simple stroll for coffee a delightful experience. Plus, what kid can turn down the delicious selection of pastries? In fact, my…

Carmel, California

Postcard from California: Breezy Beach Life in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of our favorite stops along the California coast. The Bavarian-style architecture and the small-town charm of the village are a nice change of pace from the busier cities, and there is so much to offer kids, from a Dr. Seuss gallery and a shady town park to outdoor cafes and courtyards galore. With…

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Soak Up Beachfront Southern Charm at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Nestled against the state line off the northeastern coast of Florida, Amelia Island bears a closer resemblance to the Golden Isles of Georgia than the palm tree-lined beaches farther south. The natural, laid-back vibe, with a focus on the beautiful shoreline rather than the happening pool scene, carries over to the luxe yet family-friendly Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. From…

Iceland South Coast with Kids

Postcard from Iceland: A Nature-Lover’s Paradise on the South Coast

For families who love nature, Iceland is a must-see. On our recent vacation, we spent one very full day exploring southwest Iceland’s landscape of extreme contrasts — from waterfalls with mossy green cliffs to icebergs, glaciers and barren lava fields. We started off our road trip along the southwest coast of Iceland by walking up to…

9 Quarter Circle Ranch review

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch: Wholesome Family Fun Near Yellowstone National Park

There is a reason why nearly 80 percent of dude ranch guests are families. Dude ranches are the perfect place to connect with nature, fellow guests and each other. While they come in all flavors, from luxury ranches to actual working ranches, at heart these properties provide a comfortable, safe environment for kids to be kids … away from…