Celebrate the Holidays at Carmel Valley RanchDec 13, 2013
Nestled in California’s Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley Ranch has planned some exciting events to help its guests get into the holiday spirit.
”Eileen’s ‘Taking the Kids’ page on southwest.com has proved to be a valuable resource for families traveling on Southwest Airlines. A mother of three and avid traveler, Eileen has firsthand experiences and advice to offer families with kids of all ages. She’s provided us with content on a variety of topics, ranging from “Flying With a Baby” to “Getting a Break on Vacation” to “Traveling Greener.” –Linda Rutherford, Vice President, Communication and Strategic Outreach, Southwest Airlines.
“We worked with Eileen Ogintz as part of a summer travel campaign to promote the value and benefits of vacation rentals – more space, added privacy and full kitchens for less than the cost of a hotel. Eileen did a great job in conveying our message in each television and radio interview she conducted during the satellite media tour.” – Eileen Buesing, senior director of global public relations for HomeAway, Inc.
Eileen Ogintz is a leading national travel expert and syndicated columnist of the weekly column Taking the Kids and the creator of Takingthekids.com. Read her biography and how she became an expert on family travel.
Taking the Kids all started with her son, a cat and a goldfish pond.
Eileen Ogintz’s then 3-year-old son, Matt, pushed a hapless kitty into a pond at a Wisconsin cottage that her family had rented for the weekend. The furious owner insisted they pack up and leave immediately. The embarrassed parents drove home three hours to Chicago in a downpour.
“I thought the kitty wanted to eat the goldfish,” Matt explained.
Ogintz was a national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune then (1987), covering news stories around the country. The travel editor, hearing her tale of woe about the cat and the goldfish pond, encouraged her to write a story about the trials of traveling with young children. That story led to others. “We realized there were a lot of people like me, parents who wanted help planning trips now that they had kids.” The award-winning syndicated column Taking the Kids and this popular website grew out of those stories.
Taking the Kids is a major and growing presence online, appearing on online news outlets such as www.msnbc.com, Smartertravel.com, and Frommers.com. Taking the Kids also appears in newspapers around the country through national syndication by Tribune Media Services.
Ogintz is the author of seven family travel books, which soon will be released as e-books. The two most recent titles are The Kids’ Guide: Cruising Alaska and The Kids’ Guide: NYC. Ogintz is considered a leading national expert on family travel and is often quoted in major publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times as well as parenting and women’s magazines on family travel. She has appeared on such television programs as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” as well as dozens of local radio and television news programs. Ogintz is also often asked to speak to corporate groups about family travel, including Governors Conferences on Tourism.
Ogintz holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and is a 30-year veteran of the news business, reporting for The Anniston Star, The Record in Hackensack, N.J., and Des Moines Register as well as the Chicago Tribune, where she created the paper’s family-issues beat. She has also taught journalism and writing at Northwestern University, New York University, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University.
From their home in Connecticut, Ogintz travels with her husband, their three children, Matt, Reggie and Melanie, and other young children in the extended family who serve—not always graciously—as Taking the Kids’ special team of experts.
“Eileen was the ideal expert for us to reach families planning summer trips. She’s the mom next door who happens to be an expert on where to take your kids and how to do it.” – Paul Leonard, VP of Brand Marketing at Expedia.com
“Travel is such an important experience that even when something minor goes wrong, it can seem like a major calamity. Eileen really understands this. As a trusted voice in the media and family travel arena, her practical and savvy travel advice on our website and blog is frequently viewed and has positively impacted our visitors’ travel experiences.” — Susan Lomax, Associate Vice President, Publicity, www.VisitOrlando.com.