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Whether you’re yearning to fulfill a fairytale fantasy or you’re just a huge history buff, you may have dreamt about spending the night in a real Irish castle. After nearly three weeks exploring Ireland, we wanted our last night in the Emerald Isle to be a memorable one. So we dusted off our royal robes […]

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Once a playground for Hollywood’s rich and famous along with a escape for snowbirds wishing to get away from the cold of old man winter, this picturesque desert oasis has changed in the 21st century into a very family-friendly vacation getaway. LOCATION Palm Springs is tucked away in the Coachella Valley between Los Angeles and […]

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The Great Wolf Lodge Resort— the largest chain of indoor waterparks in North America—opened their latest location in Garden Grove, California a mere two miles from Disneyland earlier this year. And, in taking advantage of their grand opening special, we booked a one-night stay recently. On top of the hours of fun the family can […]

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When taking our kids abroad we have two main goals: first to introduce them into a new culture, and secondly to introduce them to a different way of living. And scouring the globe earlier this year for our summer vacation we came upon Costa Rica. We figured surely any kid would love the jungle as […]

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On our recent Oregon road trip, we had the pleasure to enjoy a short stay at the Running Y Ranch Resort. We used the ranch as our jumping off point for the lower Oregon area and Crater Lake National Park. The ranch featured an overall comfy western ranch-style atmosphere with attentive staff and nicely appointed […]

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Perched atop pilings 300 feet or so out into the swift current of the Columbia River is a unique building. The Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa was the dream of a local Astoria native, Robert Jacob. It took Jacob thirteen years to see his dream built, but it was well worth the wait. Location The […]

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We recently took our kids to Disneyland for their first time. While you’re more likely to find us hiking a mountain or visiting a European museum, every kid loves amusement parks and we felt it was time to explore the Magic Kingdom. With so much information out there about Mickey’s home, there is no need […]

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If you are a resident of Southern California, you already know why we pay so much to live here, the beautiful year-around weather. With so many sunny days, it’s easy to plan a quick getaway, like our recent trip on our kids’ winter break to San Diego. Location We stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt […]

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The Hotel Nestled on the southwestern coast of Hawaii’s Oahu Island is Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. Situated less than hour away from Honolulu, the resort is a fantastic getaway destination for families. For centuries the area of Ko Olina was the sacred place of rest and relaxation to the royals of Hawaii. But now […]

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When families think of sunny San Diego their thoughts generally go to places like Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, or even Old Town. But many don’t think of looking west across San Diego Bay to “the crowned one,” Coronado Island. Coronado is just a short distance across the bay […]

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Brussels was never one of those cities high on the bucket list. However, it was along our high-speed train route from Paris to Amsterdam and we felt this unique and underrated travel destination was worthy of a 24-hour visit. Unfortunately, like most European cities in the spring, it rained A LOT during our stay. Nevertheless, […]

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Nestled in the heart of Europe is one of the oldest countries in the world: Hungary. While Budapest’s charm attracts majority of the country’s visitors, Lake Balaton is a favorite summer retreat amongst the Hungarians. It’s also the largest freshwater lake in central Europe, but more enamored by its breathtaking turquoise color than the actual […]

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