TBT – Kids in Hawaii – Kaanapali Beach

Mention Ka’anapali Beach to my teenagers and a smile immediately comes to their faces. In its simplest terms, this stretch of Maui is a happy place for traveling families. Its sand, sun and warm surf are all popular with swimmers and friendly sea turtles. A family could easily spend days along Ka’anapali Beach, either without a set plan or packed chock-full of activities from sunup to sundown. My advice? … Continue reading TBT – Kids in Hawaii – Kaanapali Beach

Throw Back Thursday – Family Travel Memories At B&Bs, Guest Houses, And Hostels

As a general rule, when I plan vacations to destinations, I don’t typically stay at high-end luxury resorts. I seek out places I think other Americans might not find. Nothing’s really off limits: small hotels, B & B’s, guest houses and yes, even hostels. My family has experienced, and most of the time, enjoyed them all.  Read more HERE. Continue reading Throw Back Thursday – Family Travel Memories At B&Bs, Guest Houses, And Hostels

Unforgettable Hotels – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

There was a time when spending the weekend in the mountains meant roughing it. Rustic can mean many things, but luxury isn’t typically one of them. Lucky for folks visiting Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton is anything but typical. Read more HERE. Continue reading Unforgettable Hotels – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Pretty Places Friday – Carneros Resort and Spa Napa

Carneros Resort and Spa is surrounded by vineyards and meadows, but still conveniently located just off Highway 121 in Napa. The property is just a touch more than five miles (eight kilometres) from downtown Napa, where restaurants, shops, art galleries, and close to two dozen wine tasting rooms are waiting. A star-studded list of wineries are within easy driving distance.  Read more HERE.

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Five Cool and Comfy Carmel, CA Hotels

If you’re looking for quick getaway, think Carmel. Just a couple hours in the car from San Francisco and you can play in the sand, do some serious shopping and drink good wine. But where should you stay? Carmel is chock full of great options for every taste. Read more HERE. Continue reading Five Cool and Comfy Carmel, CA Hotels

Travel Tuesday – Ecuadorian Rainforest

We’re eating breakfast at a table topped with white linen, overlooking 3,200 acres of Ecuador’s Choco-Andean cloud forest. A colorful Choco toucan chirps in a nearby tree. “Nothing is impossible,” says our guide, Anderson, and I am inclined to believe him.  Read more HERE.

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Travel Tuesday – Pismo Beach / Oceano Dunes

Pismo Beach and its neighbor Oceano are cities on California’s Central Coast. It’s known for its wineries and many beaches. Oceano Dunes is the only place in California to camp and drive right on the beach. The name Pismo comes from the Chumash language word for tar, which was gathered from tar springs in Price Canyon near Pismo Beach. The tar was a valuable product which the Chumash Indians used … Continue reading Travel Tuesday – Pismo Beach / Oceano Dunes

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling provides one of the best opportunities to watch wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Granted, I’ll admit I have a thing for being in the water, every time you put on a mask and snorkel you are rewarded in the Galapagos. Unlike diving it doesn’t require any special training or certification, you just need to be comfortable in the water.. Continue reading “Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands”