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…

5 Reasons to Plan a Summer Vacation in Vail, Colorado

Vail might first come to mind as a fantastic luxury ski locale (indeed, it is!). But don’t be fooled by this seasonal reputation: It’s also an incredible destination for families in the summer months. In fact, visitors are often surprised to find they love it even more at this time of year. Best Summertime Things to…

Belmond Charleston Place: Well-Mannered Charm in the Historic Heart of Town

I’ve never considered a city hotel just a spot to sleep between sightseeing, but rather an extension of the city itself. The right home base achieves a perfect balance of creature comforts, urban polish and sense of place — it’s as much a destination as the streets that surround it. Belmond Charleston Place, tucked amid the bustle of historic…

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Sensational Boutique Hotel Experience for Families Visiting Angkor Wat

I get so excited when we discover a brilliant boutique hotelier who creates a fantastic product that is truly unique in the world. We have some favorites that fit this bill in popular destinations like New York and Paris … add Siem Riep, Cambodia (home of Angkor Wat) to the list! Phum Baitang is the…

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Mother-Daughter Day Out: Shopping in Paris with a Personal Guide

A vacation in the City of Light provides the perfect opportunity for mothers and daughters to connect and make special memories — and no mother-daughter trip to Paris would be complete without some serious shopping. Engaging a shopping tour guide is the perfect way to maximize your time and make for the best experience. During a recent trip to…

A Chic Urban Haven at The Mark Hotel in New York

Swank and warm, The Mark Hotel — housed in a 1927 Renaissance Revival-style building that overlooks Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of New York. This 5-star luxury property hotel has service to match, but it doesn’t feel at all stuffy. The staff was engagingly warm, welcoming and gracious throughout our stay.…

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History Comes to Life at Sofitel’s Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam

Significant landmark hotels have big expectations behind them, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is certainly no exception. What’s remarkable here, and what distinguishes the Metropole in Southeast Asia, is the incredible preservation of its historic North Vietnam sense of place as the hotel of choice for writers, celebrities and diplomats since it opened in…

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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…

A Grand and Gracious Beach Retreat at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Although The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island was built a mere 13 years ago, it holds the gravitas of the 19th-century Southern mansions from which it draws its soul. Part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, tucked along the South Carolina coast about 20 miles from Charleston, this luxurious beachfront enclave lives up to its name — the sense of seclusion and serenity envelops…

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Found: A Kid-Friendly Halong Bay Junk Cruise in Vietnam

UNESCO-protected Halong Bay had been on my bucket list ever since I first watched the movie Indochine and I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience a Halong Bay cruise this year over our recent Vietnam family vacation. I’m happy to report that the visuals were all beyond expectations — the 1,600 rainforest-covered…