Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows review

Can't get to Hawaii or Mexico to escape the winter and don't love Las Vegas? Head to Pheonix Arizona's cozy neighbor, Scottsdale, for a relaxing, family-friendly and tranquil desert getaway at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. A Hyatt property … [Read more...]

Lakedale Resort: San Juan Islands glamping

After a stay in 2015, we listed Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes as our #1 kid-friendly resort pick on San Juan Island Washington. And guess what? In the years since, they've only improved their offerings. New this summer, Lakedale has become the … [Read more...]

Skiing with a Tween at Sierra-at-Tahoe

This post was originally published as part of our Home (Away) for the Holidays series. It's easy to find kid-friendly skiing in Tahoe, but what about those hard to please tweens and teens? I spent an extra day at Sierra-at-Tahoe last week with … [Read more...]

Holiday magic at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel: win a stay with Passports with Purpose

Fewer sights are more magical than a luxury hotel trimmed for the holidays, with trees, silver Christmas ornaments, and holly. One of our favorites, the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, is already appointed with holiday cheer, from the sandy beachfront to … [Read more...]

Where to stay in Tofino BC: a review of MacKenzie Beach Resort

As you might guess, the outdoor excursion, storm-watching, and surfing mecca of known as the west side of Vancouver Island offers more lodging in Tofino than anywhere else we visited on our July 2012 Vancouver Island trip. Families can choose from … [Read more...]

A stay at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, CA with SPG Kids’ Pass

The desert oasis of the Westin Mission Hills is located adjacent to Palm Springs, CA in Rancho Mirage, CA. While it may seem slightly on the crazy side to visit this part of the California desert in summer, we had a wonderful stay here, even in July. … [Read more...]

A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our family's favorite--if not thefavorite--DisneyWorld resort. When readers ask me, "Why pay to stay at a DisneyWorld resort?" I always cite Disney's impeccible attention to detail, from the in-room touches to … [Read more...]

Disney done right: Finding the right Disney resort for your family

When visiting Disney, we recommend fully immersing yourself in the magic of an on-site resort, but as a family of five, we also know the frustration families of five or more experience when seeking accommodations at a reasonable rate. Below are our … [Read more...]

The Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound

20500 Old Highway 99 SW Grand Mound, WA This past week, my family and I spent two nights and two days at The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. We arrived at the resort at approximately 9 pm on a Sunday night. The lobby was still filled with … [Read more...]