Mother’s Day SPA Getaways

It's time to give mom a break and pamper her at any of the following luxurious spas in Mexico, California and Arizona. Whether it's getting a massage creekside, swimming in a sparkling pool or strolling through a zen garden, show mom that life is a bed of roses (especially with a sweet red rose massage and facial). You can always book a stay or treatment for a future date and celebrate mom all … [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA Desert Escape: Time to Relax and Rejuvenate at La Quinta Resort

A girls’ weekend at California’s iconic La Quinta Resort & Club, includes tranquil spa treatments, upscale culinary experiences and chillin’ in a swanky new casita. As spring fever set in, I decided that a visit to La Quinta Resort & Club was called for and arranged a trip with my 14-yr. old daughter. After a stressful few months, we were both looking forward to a reprieve, away … [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...]

Waves for Water: Cartagena, COLOMBIA

Kinga Philipps goes on a mission with Waves for Water to Cartagena and provides clean drinking water to communities in need. You can do the same, just by packing a few filters in your suitcase. There’s a surplus of humanitarian needs in the world we live in. Fortunately, humanity redeems itself with the efforts of people who offer their support, energy, funds and (most importantly) time to make … [Read more...]

Golden Temples and Floating Markets in BANGKOK

From majestic palaces, to open-air markets and elephant rides, Bangkok offers a myriad of ways for visitors to experience Thailand’s unique culture. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok serves as the country’s cultural, spiritual and culinary center. With more than 10 million inhabitants, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the city has to offer. Our suggestion is to sample the best of … [Read more...]

Taste of VAIL Celebrates 25th Anniversary

For a quarter of a century, Vail's top-rated food and wine festival has been showcasing outstanding culinary dishes and wines that celebrate the best of Colorado and beyond. The Taste of Vail will be celebrating its 25th anniversary April 8-11, 2015 with new enhanced events, wineries and exciting venues such as the Four Seasons Resort Vail. Rated as one of the top food and wine festivals in … [Read more...]

Branch out in BELIZE

Kinga Philipps delves deep into the Belize jungle, exploring caves, visiting ancient Mayan ruins,  and sleeping amid the treetops at Parrot Nest Lodge. Charlie, said endearingly as if referencing an old friend, is the palm-sized wolf spider you might see occupying wall space in the cabins and bathrooms at the Parrot Nest Lodge. Let me clarify, Charlie is the common name for ALL the various wolf … [Read more...]

Logan Square: CHICAGO’S Best-Kept Secret

Dive past the deep-dish pizzas and dive bars to the hip 'hood of Logan Square, where foodie and cocktail connoisseurs rejoice. Logan, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, is essentially the Brooklyn of Chicago and home to Negroni slushees, wild boar sloppy joes and 80's pinball machines. Its transformation from a shady boulevard littered with questionable bars to cool gastropubs serving bone … [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...]