My Family Travels | Search Results
Article
Double Your Pleasure On California Streets And Chutes

This wallet-friendly California road trip from fabulous San Francisco to the sunny slopes of Lake Tahoe's mountain resorts delivers twice the vacation bang for your buck. As luck would have it, my daughter Eve lost her a high-tech job in Seattle just as the snow began gracing the slopes around Lake Tahoe, California. What better place to search -- not too hard– for a new meal ticket? Our...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Doing Spain Right With Adult Kids

It was meant to be a real vacation. Three weeks in Spain. Just the two of us…. Not!Once the word was out, the kids started calling – daughters in New York and The Hague, our college-aged son in London. Who would not jump at the chance for an extended, all...

Read More    6 min read

Article
True North: Off Road Wilderness, Luxury Nearby

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello bills itself as a luxury wilderness retreat in the heart of the pristine Canadian backwoods, and that description is spot on the mark.Closer to Ottawa (1 hour drive) than Montreal (90 minutes distant), this historic resort, on the western slopes of the Laurentian mountain range (think Mt. Tremblant), Montebello offers visitors both wilderness and luxury...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Tremblant in Winter

Avid skiers take the family on holiday to Quebec's Mont Tremblant resort for mountains of fun. The location and timing of our family ski vacations owes little to fancy brochures touting the competitive advantages of one resort over another or the quality of snow to be had as early as Thanksgiving or as late a Memorial Day. We are slaves to both the iron logic of the school calendar,...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Orlando Theme Parks For The Reluctant Parent

First of all, a disclaimer: I have been putting off for years the increasingly insistent demands of my kids to visit the theme parks in Orlando. They wanted the rides at Universal and Disney World... I feared the crowds. They wanted to get splashed by Shamu the whale at Sea World... I dreaded the summer heat and humidity. They wanted dolphins, Spider Man, Barney, and Body Wars... I wanted some quiet...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Have Kids, Still Spa At The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Offering a great Kids Club and entertaining nearby attractions, this Farmington, Pennsylvania resort pampers families with an amazing spa getaway. Before I visited, I put Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the "maybe someday" category. My wife had long sung its praises as a great spa getaway in Farmington, Pennsylvania, a couple of hours' drive from our home in the Washington...

Read More    4 min read

Article
France With Teens Requires Letting Go

When teens are along for the ride on your family travels, sometimes you just have to let them choose the route and steer for all of you.In all of our travels my wife had never visited the French capital. Last spring she decided that a week-long visit would be the perfect way for the three of us to spend my son Josh’s spring vacation. To be honest I was not that enthusiastic. I did not...

Read More    4 min read

Article
East Vs. West: Negotiating The Family Ski Vacation

A family of avid skiers debates whether the eastern mountains or the western mountains should be their goal for the next perfect vacation. Negotiating a steep drop into a powdery glade is nothing compared to our family discussions about ski vacation destinations. It is never simple to accommodate the range of age, skiing ability and, frankly speaking, even interest among various family members...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Virgin Gorda By Sail

A seven day sail to Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, proves to be the perfect ticket for one couple on leave from their teens.I approached Virgin Gorda as Columbus did.... by sail. Anegada is the first landfall from the north, a barely perceptible island hardly higher than sea level, visible only because of the few palm trees that appear incongruously on the horizon. Some...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Retreating to New England’s Lesser Known Snow Resorts

"Let It Snow" is the appropriate anthem for these traditional mountain resorts of Vermont and New Hampshire.One of the staples of the Christmas television season is the movie "Holiday Inn," starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Crosby, a refugee from the New York rat race, moves to bucolic Connecticut and opens an inn - the Holiday Inn - where he produces nifty numbers for the city's finest. At...

Read More    7 min read

Article
Crested Butte, Colorado At Its Best

A well-skied family goes late in the season to higher altitudes, guaranteeing the best conditions.For families, a ski trip to the Rockies is, at best, a once-a-season endeavor. With only one chance to get it right, mistakes, errors in judgment, and the vagaries of weather and airline schedules are magnified. As parents, we try to minimize such problems -- we buy the right clothing and equipment,...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Family Resorts of St. John, USVI

A family of 5 sleeps around at several of this US Virgin Island's top resorts to judge the best.Our family of five travels often from Washington DC. We swim in rooftop pools in New York hotels and snow-fed New Hampshire rivers. We sleep on rainy mountaintops in tents and in king size beds you never want to leave. We eat on paper plates in places I'd rather forget and in fancy restaurants...

Read More    6 min read

Article
North of the Notch In New Hampshire And Maine

New Hampshire and backwoods Maine offer sailing, moose-sightings, hiking and more adventures for your spring, summer or fall vacation. How many places can you play the game of "I Spy" and look for a moose at the same time? Few travelers venture `North of the Notch,' along the less traveled byways north of New Hampshire's fabled Franconia Notch. This route cuts a breathtaking, narrow path through...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Skiing And Learning In St. Anton, Austria

A lifelong skier and his son explore the sport's Austrian roots at the modern resort of St. Anton, home of the founders of many New England ski resorts in America.A short walk from the main cable car that spirits skiers to St. Anton’s Galzig summit, there is a high-end restaurant tucked into a suitably traditional alpine chalet.  Although the food and decor at the Arlberg...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Switzerland Skiing

An avid skier ditches business to ski the Swiss Alps, then returns with his family to share the wealth of sights, slopes and culture.Every ski season is a blessing, and last year I was not once -- but twice -- blessed. Not only did I do more skiing than I had in years, I was able to do most of it in Switzerland. For the uninitiated, the pistes of Europe open a new dimension to Americans...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Paris For Me And Morgan

A Family Travel Forum father describes his journey to France with his 10-year-old daughter. A three-day weekend offers many vacation possibilities. Add another day and you've got the makings of a short, off-season trip to Paris, by way of London. This was the journey I took recently with my 10-year-old daughter Morgan, a fifth grade student in Montgomery County's French Immersion program....

Read More    4 min read