Must-See Stops on a California Central Coast Road Trip

Ciao Bambino receives more requests for family trip planning services in California than any other U.S. state, especially as summer nears and families consider a California road trip with kids. San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are familiar names on the itinerary, but mention Cambria or Avila Beach and there’s a pause in the…

Why Go to the Dominican Republic with Kids

Miles of gorgeous beaches with powdery white sand and brilliant, warm blue water. Top-rated resorts and golf courses. The Dominican Republic has all of these things, but so do other Caribbean islands. What makes the Dominican Republic really stand out for a family beach vacation? Good Reasons to Head to the Dominican Republic with Kids People…

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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An Oasis in New Orleans’ French Quarter at Audubon Cottages

If you weren’t looking, it would be easy to stroll by the door to the Audubon Cottages without a second glance — and that’s the point. Unassuming from the outside yet luxurious to the core, this retreat in New Orleans’ French Quarter feels a world away from the to-ing and fro-ing on the streets. The sense of peace and seclusion is extraordinary,…

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The Benjamin: A Landmark Midtown Manhattan Home-Base for Families

The Benjamin is a beloved Midtown Manhattan landmark — designed in 1927 by famed architect Emery Roth, the Beaux Arts facade inspired artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “New York Night.” Thanks to recent room renovations, excellent kids’ amenities and unbelievable value, this icon has become a go-to escape for families seeking a boutique hotel home base in the heart…

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15,000 Acres of Beach Vacation Happiness at Puntacana Resort & Club

Many people who haven’t visited the Dominican Republic know about Punta Cana. This iconic Dominican brand refers to a world-class resort development on the Caribbean shoreline. The development includes an international airport, making it extraordinarily convenient and easy to access. It also includes three miles of beach, 45 holes of golf, a nature preserve, and…

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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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Summer Family Vacation Brainstorm for 2015

Still deliberating over what to do this summer? I’ve asked family travel experts from around the Web for a list of their favorite summer destinations, paired with links to followup information. The question isn’t if, it’s where! This is a great list— a big thank you to everyone who participate for this awesome brainstorm.

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Quebec Winter Carnival Highlights for Families

My family and I have always wanted to explore Quebec City for a taste of European charm without having to cross the Atlantic. We finally got the chance to visit, and at just the right time of year, during the annual Winter Carnival, one of the world’s largest such events.  The Quebec Winter Carnival stands out because…