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New Cookbook Perfect for Foodies

May 22, 2017
The Chubby Vegetarian: 100 Inspired Vegetable Recipes for the Modern Table is a creative, veggie-inspired cookbook from award-winning authors

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Thirty years later son learns dad was right about Aspen

Turns out, my dad was right. Aspen and neighboring Snowmass — where we spent the first three nights — lived up to the old man’s hype. And then some. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary | 1 Comment

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a great and safe place for kids to learn

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention we’re less than a year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar forecasts will signal the end of all humanity. But experts aren’t convinced and I’m not worried. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 5 Comments

Learning to scuba dive with the whole family

diving | wreck diving | family travel
I’m just thankful to share this spectacular adventure in paradise with my husband and kids. It’s terrific — and rare — when you can find something you all enjoy, especially as the kids grow older more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments

It’s not too late to plan a spring break — or think about summer

Spring Training
The good news is it’s not too late to plan a spring getaway (check the rest of my website for ideas) whether you’ve got just a few days or an entire week to spend and there’s still time to find a great deal. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments

There’s something about Orlando

Despicable Me underway at Universal Orlando
The thing about Orlando is no matter how often you visit, there is always something new. That’s why Orlando became the first city in the country to welcome more than 50 million visitors last year—some 54 million to be exact! more
Destinations, Disney, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics | 3 Comments

Just a walk in the snowy woods

Solden Austria
I was thinking about that Snow Walk the other night when Mel called from college to report giddily that she’d spent the weekend on a back-country skiing trip that “was harder than anything I’ve done on skis.” more
Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Parks & Outdoors, Snow Vacations | comments

Taking the Kids doesn’t mean leaving the romance behind

Wine tasting on an O.A.R.S river trip
I love traveling with my children, their pals and various other pint-sized relatives. I do it all the time. But there’s something deliciously decadent about an adult-only trip, whether you manage just a night away in a nearby hotel or a trip of a lifetime. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment

At the 9/11 Memorial on a cold, snowy morning

ABC Westport boys at the National 911 Memorial in New York
Every one of our boys parents are immigrants—from Africa, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad, from other places. They learned that had they been immigrants in the 1870s living here, they would have worked 10 hours a day rather than go to school... more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Diary, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service | 2 Comments

Seven teen-aged boys at a Penthouse in NYC for a weekend

ABC Westport boys sizing up the Penthouse at the New York Hilton Hotel
Some of my friends thought I was nuts. When I won a weekend stay at the Hilton New York’s five-bedroom penthouse, I invited along seven teenagers to share the fun at New York’s largest hotel. more
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From Guest to Guide: Growing up in Adventure Travel!

Guest blogger Kasey Austin writes that her "earliest memories go way back to Alaska, everything from ice fishing with my dad to spending time at a remote fly-in camp and hiking trails frequented by moose and other larger than life critters!" more
Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics | comments


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