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Kids Get the VIP Treatment at San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo Inn

That quintessential family destination, San Diego, has no shortage of hotels or resorts — but Rancho Bernardo Inn stands out for its seasonal family packages and proximity to North County attractions, including Legoland and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The mountain town of Julian, known for its apple picking and pies, is also just…

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8 Kid-Friendly Cruises We Love

For many families, it isn’t a question of whether to take a cruise with kids — it’s a question of which one. The family-friendly cruise market has exploded in recent years, with small vessels, luxury lines and traditional mega-ships all actively courting parents. The good news is that means it’s easier than ever to find a cruise…

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Simple Pleasures Abound at California’s Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

After a quick two-hour drive east from our home in Los Angeles, my family and I found ourselves in the serenity of the mountains at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. We could feel our shoulders drop as the car climbed 5,000 feet above sea level to the tiny mountain town, which sits within the San Bernardino…

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Family-Friendly Suites On the Water’s Edge at Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver

Practically along the waterfront, the 377-room Fairmont Pacific Rim offers a true sense of place in a vibrant city that’s both urban and outdoorsy. Families will appreciate the suite configurations (many with two bathrooms!) and the proximity to attractions such as Stanley Park, the Gastown neighborhood, Granville Island and more. Family-Friendly Review of the Fairmont Pacific…

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In-Flight Entertainment, Baby and Toddler Style

Surviving a flight with young children is no small feat. Of course, you’ve got to keep your cool and exhibit bottomless patience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for and pack some distractions to keep little ones busy and content. Here are some sanity-saving ideas for toys and tricks that keep babies and toddlers…

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A Serene Stay at Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa in Peru’s Sacred Valley

In Peru’s Sacred Valley, the 128-room Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa Valle Sagrado, a partner in Starwood’s Luxury Collection, feels incredibly modern but still retains a strong sense of place. The mountainous surroundings really ground the property, lending a feeling of seclusion and tranquility. Yet the location makes it easy to plan day trips…

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An Enriching and Authentic Adventure in Cusco, Peru at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

When we told friends and family we’d be headed to Cusco and Machu Picchu with our toddler, our excitement was typically met with silence. I could see the wheels turning: Why would we take a toddler on a trip she’d barely remember? Was it even safe? What would she do? Well, our toddler ate quinoa,…

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A Historic San Francisco Bay Area Kid-Friendly Hotel: Cavallo Point

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point  is a perfect base, literally, for exploring Sausalito, Muir Woods and San Francisco. Previously an U.S. Army post, the 10-acre property features a complex of former officers’ residences that have been converted into luxurious and sprawling suites, ideal for families. Kid-Friendly Review of Cavallo Point: The…

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A Perfect Hotel Residence in San Francisco: Fairmont Heritage Place

From Golden Gate Park to cable car rides, San Francisco has plenty of kiddie appeal. But as city destinations go, most hotel rooms in town are tight and limiting when traveling en familie. Which is why The Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square, with its 53 two- and three-bedroom residences along the waterfront, delivers in…

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The Latest and Greatest in Baby & Toddler Travel Gear

Many parents, as adventurous as they might have been before having children, deem travel a no-go, literally. Wanderlust and wee ones don’t mix, they declare. Or do they? Parenthood is an experience shared across cultures and continents, not barred by language, religion, or race; and children – the ultimate icebreaker. We realized this in Lisbon…