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Hotel Beacon: An Affordable Gem (with Kitchens!) on New York’s Upper West Side

Hotel Beacon has been a CB! Hotel Collection favorite for years — readers rave about this kid-friendly standby in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood. I had the chance to experience it firsthand on a recent New York City trip with my 10-year-old son, and quickly discovered the reason for the love. The Beacon checks all the “just right” boxes, from size to comfort to price…

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Win a 2-Night Preferred Hotels & Resorts Stay with #FamilyTravelTruth Campaign

Family travel is never quite as scrubbed and shiny as it looks in artfully edited social media feeds, but that’s just part of the joy. Whether they’re serendipitous discoveries, sweet surprises or plain old bloopers like getting hopelessly lost, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it real … the unscripted and unexpected moments are what make exploring the world with kids…

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An All-Inclusive Tropical Oasis in Small-Town Florida

When families head to Florida, it’s usually to hit the mega-theme parks, explore Miami’s glamorous South Beach or perhaps even swim with the dolphins in the captivating Florida Keys. Most don’t have the small town of Port St. Lucie on their radar, but they should! Located on Florida’s Atlantic coast about two hours southeast of Orlando…

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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: A Peaceful Seaside Retreat Just an Hour from San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an elegant yet beach-casual resort on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, an hour from San Francisco. Bordered by a walking path with ocean views and the green rolling hills of a golf course, it’s a destination hotel that feels worlds away from busy schedules yet is packed with…

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Paws Up: An Extraordinary Venue Where Independent and Extended Families Connect

Does The Resort at Paws Up sound familiar? Conceived, owned and operated by the Lipson family, this luxury guest ranch in Montana is a truly extraordinary venue for independent and extended families alike to connect and have fun together.  Paws Up pioneered the brilliant term and product “glamping” — tented camping with glamorous creature comforts — and over…

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Simple Pleasures Abound at California’s Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

After a quick two-hour drive east from our home in Los Angeles, my family and I found ourselves in the serenity of the mountains at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. We could feel our shoulders drop as the car climbed 5,000 feet above sea level to the tiny mountain town, which sits within the San Bernardino…

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Pampered Bliss on the Arabian Gulf: Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Luxury tourism has exploded in Dubai, and there are a dizzying number of resorts to choose from in this fascinating city. With its warm and dry climate (nearly 0% chance of rain year-round), Dubai is the perfect spot for a fun-in-the-sun family getaway. If you are looking for the creme de la creme of deluxe accommodations…

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Wequassett Resort and Golf Club: 5-Star Luxury with Cape Cod Charm

Thoughts of Cape Cod evoke images of windswept dunes and rustic beach cottages. Yet nestled in the crook of the Cape’s elbow, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club brings top-of-the-line luxury to the area. It isn’t just the property and amenities that have earned the Wequassett a 5-star rating from Forbes — from the minute guests are greeted by name at…

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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa: A Private Island Retreat Without the Crowds

The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa — Italy’s first JW Marriott hotel — is set on a resortlike private island in Venice, just minutes from the tourist-thronged Piazza San Marco. It’s the only resident of the tiny Isola delle Rose, and with its olive groves, lush gardens and knockout pools, both parents and kids will be happy to stay…

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Bovey Castle: Kid-Focused Luxury (and a Lego Concierge!) in the English Countryside

Before we go on about Bovey Castle, let’s pause on that headline statement. This is a hotel that has Lego on the room service menu! Now that is what I call child-focused. You pick your project and the concierge delivers it. Before you know it, everyone is sprawled out on the floor creating a mini…