Puerto Rico Beach Vacation

Postcard from Puerto Rico: A Perfect Morning on Condado Beach

The sun had already called it a day when we arrived at Puerto Rico’s Condado Beach. Lined up on the balcony of our room at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, my family of four listened to the surf with anticipation, without realizing the surprise morning would bring. Just a 15-minute drive from San…

Postcard from New Mexico: Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta

Usually kids and pre-sunrise wakeup times don’t mix, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, each October is a notable exception. Yes, it requires awakening while on vacation when it’s still dark. But the reward is being able to witness the glow of flames as the hundreds of balloons begin to go from…

Things to Do in Assisi, Italy

Postcard from Italy: Enchanting Assisi

Amid the green-velvet hills of Umbria, spilling down the gentle slope of Mt. Subasio, lies one of Italy‘s most beguiling destinations: the ancient town of Assisi. Religious pilgrims have made the trek here for many centuries in honor of St. Francis, whose namesake basilica is Assisi’s crown jewel, but it’s a wonderful place to spend…

Postcard from California: The Magical Monterey Peninsula

California might be the most dynamic of the 50 states, with deserts, valleys, dramatic coastlines, winding rivers, world-class skiing and so much more. Yet nowhere shows off the state’s epic beauty quite like the Monterey Peninsula. Stretching from Santa Cruz through Big Sur, a drive along this unforgettable coastline is the perfect family getaway. Whether you choose to…

Charleston Walking Tour

Postcard from South Carolina: Stroll Back in Time Through Historic Charleston

Stunningly pretty and drenched in Lowcountry charm, Charleston, South Carolina, is the grandest of urban grande dames. While this coastal gem feels vibrant and fresh, it also flaunts its past with pride — nowhere more so than in the historic district at the very heart of town. This is Charleston as you’ve always pictured it,…

Napa Silverados

Postcard from California: Root, Root, Root for the Home Team in Napa Valley

For fans of America’s favorite pastime and idyllic wine country scenery, the perfect pairing is at bat in Napa, California, thanks to a new professional baseball team, the Napa Silverados. With 80 games each summer and 40 at their home field at Napa Valley College, just south of downtown Napa, there’s plenty of good baseball to…

Postcard from Holland: The Magical Windmills of Kinderdijk

With Holland comes windmills. More than simply a piece of picturesque scenery, windmills have helped the Dutch live with the water that surrounds them for more than 1,000 years. A visit to Kinderdijk, home to the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, should be part of every family-friendly itinerary. Declared a UNESCO World…