Club Med Opio: The Ultimate All-Inclusive Family Adventure in Provence

There are two kinds of families: those who want to choose their own adventure in authentic locations with unique experiences, and those who want only to relax together with no need to think constantly of their next move or meal. At the iconic and reinvigorated Club Med Opio in the hills of Provence, France, just…

Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio: A Woodland Retreat Near the Center of San Francisco

Arriving at the Inn at the Presidio, a former U.S. Army post turned 22-room luxury inn at the northern tip of San Francisco, my family and I thought we had entered a magical forest. It turns out we had: The Presidio is a 1,491-acre national park and historic landmark with 300 acres of cypress and eucalyptus…

Escape to Europe Without the Jet Lag in Quebec City

Jet lag. Long, expensive flights. Limited vacation time. There are many reasons that a trip to Europe seems daunting with kids. Having been on more than a dozen trips around Europe with my own young children, I can sympathize. But a magical place exists right here in North America that eliminates many of these challenges and makes…

Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Best Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Hiking is a wonderful all-family activity. When kids are very young and can fit in a backpack, any hike is fair game as long as you pack food and don’t overestimate your endurance to carry the extra pounds. When kids start walking, selecting kid-friendly hikes is essential, although it’s amazing how far motivated school-age kids can go.

I’ll never forget the Dutch family we ran into in Banff National Park a few years ago with 5-year-old twin boys who were hiking the same 6-mile-loop we were with some serious vertical.

Best Day Trips from London, Stonehenge

8 Favorite Day Trips from London with Kids

The sheer number of tourist attractions in central London may leave families feeling somewhat tethered, but a few well-placed day trips are a great way to break up any British holiday itinerary. With unique settings that offer distinct flavors of England and plenty of room to frolic, these outings — all within 2 hours’ train…

Postcard from Canada: The Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World

We knew Churchill, Manitoba was the place to go for polar bears and beluga whale sightings, but there can be a tinge of doubt or concern when spotting wildlife is the inspiration for travel. It doesn’t matter how many months of planning you put in or the price you pay — Mother Nature offers no…

A Perfect Week on Lake Como for Families

Lake Como beckons families with its spectacular waterfront set against scenic mountains — and keeps them coming back for its plentiful activities, relaxed vibe and bounty of restaurants and shops. While the lake is about unwinding and simply soaking up the local atmosphere (there’s a reason people from Milan have flocked here each summer for…

Edinburgh with Kids

72 Hours in Edinburgh with Kids

For families looking beyond the big European cities, Edinburgh is a convenient choice. Just a short train ride north from London, the capital of Scotland is loaded with interesting architecture, historical sights and museums. And because Edinburgh has a compact city center, it’s easy for families to explore on foot, making 72 hours a good…

The Grand Hotel and Spa, is York's only five star hotel

The Grand Hotel and Spa, York: A Luxe Home Base for One of England’s Most Historic Cities

Just a 5-minute walk from the main railway station in York, yet within the medieval walls, The Grand Hotel and Spa, York sits right at the heart of this historic English city. It’s the perfect base from which to explore everything York and the surrounding Yorkshire countryside has to offer.  Family-Friendly Review of The Grand Hotel…