A traditional exterior indicates Lodge at Vail's history as the original hotel in the village.

Mountain-Style Comfort in an Amazing Location for Families at the Lodge at Vail

When visiting a destination known for incredible natural beauty such as Vail, Colorado, families deserve a hotel that will enhance the stress-free vibe the mountains give off, not detract from it. The Lodge at Vail is a great choice for parents who want a touch of luxury but who also want to feel comfortable during a…

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Found! A Kid-Friendly Barge Vacation in France on the Athos Du Midi

A big part of the joy of a barge cruise in Europe is the time spent onboard the boat itself, not just the excursions. To that end, choosing the right ship and setup is important. Barge Lady Cruises is a service dedicated to barge vacations and works with a vetted list of options throughout Europe. After…

Lisbon's tram system is a fantastic and fun way to get around

Best Things to Do in Lisbon with Kids

Lisbon was a surprise to me. It has a reputation of being “Old Europe,” a bit stodgy and not as exciting as some of the other Western European cities on offer. Boy, is that wrong — Lisbon is thriving, with new architectural projects and arts and cultural centers giving the city a revitalized feel. It’s impossible to escape…

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An Elegant Escape in the Heart of San Francisco Action at The Westin St. Francis

San Francisco’s Union Square is a hub of trendy and mainstay shopping and restaurants located in the heart of the city. The Westin St. Francis has anchored an entire city block on the Square since 1904, and today is a mix of updated elegance and modern convenience in an excellent location for sightseeing. Families often…

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A Life-Changing High School Summer Abroad in China

15-year-old Maya Guzdar spent four weeks in China this summer as part of The Experiment in International Living, which offers high school summer abroad programs for students who want to experience meaningful cultural immersion in another country. This is the second post in her series about the experience … thanks to Maya for this fascinating insight on…

Family Riding Camels in Sahara Desert Morocco

Tips for Planning a Trip to Morocco with Kids

If you followed my recent trip to Morocco on Twitter or read Morocco Family Adventure on Mother of All Trips last week, you know our experience in this North African country was tremendous.

International trips that include multiple stops in remote locations, however, require meticulous planning. Add kids to the trip and there’s a new layer of vulnerability and complexity to consider. There are things …

Europe with Teens

Best Tips for Traveling in Europe with Teens

At home and abroad, teenagers tend to get a bad rap. However, I absolutely love traveling with my teens. Having successfully graduated from the stroller-using, nap-needing, peek-a-boo-playing age, my teens are excellent travelers, full of curiosity, enthusiasm and only the occasional eye-roll. Traveling through Europe with teens — with all its history, culture, and cuisine…

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Postcard from Greece: The Best of Athens by Bike

We had explored Ephesus in a heavy thunderstorm, walked in grooves formed by chariot wheels in the streets of Pompeii, thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain and climbed 414 steps to the top of the Campanile (Giotto’s Tower) for a bird’s-eye view of Florence. As family vacations go, our European adventure was a complete…

EmptyMet tour, Metropolitan Museum of Art

EmptyMet: A Unique Way to See New York’s Metropolitan Museum Without the Crowds

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City draws more than 6 million visitors a year. Translation: On any given day, you might share its hallowed halls with about 16,000 other art enthusiasts — an overwhelming crowd level for kids, especially smaller ones who can’t see over anyone’s head. Add in the fact that most children will only spend…

Several mountain-climber stairs add to the fun on the Aerial Adventure tour.

Summer Thrills Abound at Epic Discovery on Vail Mountain

Most parents have stood on the sidelines of athletic fields, concert halls and school programs, beaming with pride at the accomplishments of their children. It is not often that Mom and Dad get to participate in these achievements side by side with the kids. These are exactly the kind of moments that Vail Mountain has…