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Family-Friendly Luxury in the Heart of Vancouver Island’s Pristine Wilderness: The Wickaninnish Inn

The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, British Columbia, has been on my bucket list forever. A Relais & Chateaux member hotel, this property has earned a long list of awards over the years for exceptional accommodations and dining. I always erroneously assumed that The Wickaninnish was adult-oriented, given its superlative reputation; I was thrilled to discover at ILTM 2015 that…

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Summertime Fun in Colorado at The Sebastian – Vail

Although many think of Vail exclusively as a winter destination, it is also a summertime favorite for those in the know. Vail has world-class skiing and winter tourism down pat, but the warm weather, blue skies, and stunning mountain setting make summer another fantastic time to visit the Colorado Mountains. From whitewater rafting to biking to farmers’…

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Louis Hotel: A Chic, Global-Inspired Home Base in the Heart of Munich

For me, a European vacation is as much about the food as the history and sightseeing. So when I learned that Munich’s Louis Hotel is literally on the doorstep of the famed Viktualienmarkt — a permanent open-air market with stall after stall of local meats, produce, cheeses, breads and more, plus a delightful biergarten — I was…

Don’t Forget to Book a Flytographer Session Before Your Next Family Vacation

As I handed our camera and phones to strangers in an effort to get decent all-family photos on our recent family vacation in Europe, I was reminded again and again that I wished we hired Flytographer for a professional session. This fantastic service is available in 150 cities worldwide and they do an amazing job capturing family…

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Found: Stylish Swimwear that Keeps Kids Sun-Safe

My 10-year-old daughter and I went to a local sporting goods store to shop for sun-safe swimwear while preparing for our summer holiday. For each option my daughter tried on, she either did not like the colors or it wasn’t comfortable. I know when to pick and choose my battles — if she doesn’t like it, she’s not going…

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Where Luxury Meets Bucket List at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

It’s not every day that you have the option to take a sunset trek atop elephant-back through the bamboo forest or have breakfast in Burma, lunch in Laos, and dinner in Thailand, but if you’re visiting the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, all of this and more is possible. Many places offer luxury,…

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A New Style of Family-Friendly Hospitality at Portrait Firenze

Portrait Firenze is the newest hotel in the Lungarno Collection, luxury properties throughout Italy owned by the Ferragamo Group. True to the fashion-house ownership, impeccable style is one of Portrait Firenze’s defining features. But don’t let the chic atmosphere mislead you — the property welcomes kids, and the all-suite layout plus the convenient location make it a wonderful…

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A Sublime Oasis in St. Lucia at Viceroy’s Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, is a former sugarcane plantation on the west coast of St. Lucia, just outside the town of Soufriere. Built into a mountainside overlooking a pristine white beach between the majestic Gros and Petit Pitons (St. Lucia’s famous twin peaks), the resort offers a wealth of choices for both adventure-seeking and sun-soaking families. Family-Friendly…

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Europe: Northern Spain with Kids

Tucked away in the far west corner of Europe, the Atlantic provinces of Spain – Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia – boast unique cultures and languages, exceptional regional food, breathtaking natural beauty and blessedly mild summer temperatures. Collectively, these Northern provinces feel a world apart from the rest of Spain. The same steep coastal range and few degrees…

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Family-Friendly Club Med Punta Cana Soars to New Heights

What makes a great family vacation? The answer is complicated, to say the least. While Mom may want the beach, Dad may need a golf course. Then there are the kids. Although your planning certainly shouldn’t revolve around them, every parent knows happy kids are key to a successful vacation. In its 65-year history, Club…