Gone Glamping in Ventura, CALIFORNIA

Ziplining, a resort-style pool and luxe cabins make KOA Ventura Ranch a stand-out property. As a young camper, I loved cooking macaroni and cheese under the shade of pine trees and roasting s’mores late into the evening with my family. But the quintessential childhood camping trip was never all fun and games. I adored being in the woods and eating out of enamel dishware, sure. But I didn’t … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: A Far East Family Feast

From the maze of lanes in the Old City market where locals haggle over live flinching bugs, to Pudong’s illuminated space-age skyline, Shanghai is a feast for the senses. Shanghai bridges the past to the future with sensory-rich experiences, but traveling with children in China’s most populous city needs clever planning. I’ve compiled some tips to keep the beasts at bay. First of all, the … [Read more...]

Unplugged in Ubud, BALI

The verdant rice fields, temples and spiritual village life of Ubud, Bali offers a back-to-nature family break away from tech driven tantrums. If my kids were left to their own devices during vacation, they would be eternally plugged into some kind of device: Minecraft, Youtube, Angry Birds, iTunes, iMovie… iDunno. I often question whether killer apps are killing kids’ appetite for real … [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA’S Hotel Irvine Has a Hip New Look

The stylish Orange County lifestyle hotel has reinvented itself with a modern and vibrant design, convenient dining options (24/7) and innovative technology. The new Hotel Irvine grabs your attention as soon as you walk through its' doors with bold pops of color and a sleek, contemporary design. A wall of organic plant art, comprised of 14 synthetic jade plants, provides a cool textural … [Read more...]

Stargazing, Movie Making and Scorpion Hunting in ARIZONA’s Sonoran Desert

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has added nine one-of-a-kind adventures to its popular recreation program, with a focus on authentic southwestern experiences. From late-evening hunts for fluorescent scorpions, to family movie-making and an intriguing Ridge and Ruin discovery tour, the new activities take spectacular advantage of the property’s 850-acre high Sonoran Desert setting and of … [Read more...]

Wailea Wonders in MAUI

Well-known for its pristine beaches, lavish resorts and natural beauty, Wailea hits all the right notes for a classic Hawaiian vacation. Whether it’s sliding into a refreshing pool or sipping a refreshing drink while watching the sunset over the Pacific, Wailea offers some of the best beaches and resorts in Maui, throughout its 1,500 acres (three times the size of Waikiki). For a … [Read more...]

Keystone, COLORADO Makes Travel With a Teen a Peak Experience

A family ski trip to Colorado serves up a stellar experience even a teen can love. This was it – our first “mixed” vacation with my 16-year-old daughter and I traveling with my fiancé and his 24-year-old son. The stakes were high: A new family hitting the slopes together with the added wildcard of bringing along a teen with dietary restrictions. We rolled the dice and chose Keystone, … [Read more...]

Guide to LOS ANGELES

You may think of Los Angeles as a land of Tinseltown dreamers, tight facelifts and tanned bimbos, but delve beyond the celebrity status and you'll find plenty of relaxing nature escapes and creative urban pleasures. From scenic mountain hiking and sunny beaches to shiny museums and multi-cultural eateries, it’s always a picture perfect day in LA. Where to Sleep Traffic in LA is … [Read more...]

LOS ANGELES With Kids

Leave the screaming for the rollercoasters and head to Los Angeles for a squabble-free holiday with something for everyone. Everyday life is busy, busy, busy. Between school drop-offs, office meetings, homework, swimming and soccer, healthy dinners, birthday parties and late night conference calls, quality family bonding moments seem few and far between. I imagined a vacation with the … [Read more...]

Local Culture and Luxury in MAUI

The beauty of the northwestern coast of Maui is stunning, from the white sand beaches of Ka’anapali to the coral reefs and coves of Kapalua. Nothing says peaceful elegance and serenity like the legendary Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, located on the western edge of Maui near Kapalua Bay. The Polynesian people who previously inhabited this area were drawn to the protected cove’s hospitable shores … [Read more...]