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Ventura Harbor Village a Safe Bet for Traveling Families

Apr 23, 2014
Families planning road trips along California’s coastal Route 101 should consider a stop in Ventura Harbor Village.

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At the Tonga Room in SF, fun dining for families


Band on Boat in Tonga Room
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar has been a San Francisco fixture since 1945, famous for its tropical drinks and band that floats up and down the water on a thatched-covered barge more
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The secret to vacation happiness — ask the kids to help planning!


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The lesson: Take the kids’ opinions into account when planning a family getaway, whether it’s a big-ticket adventure, a trip to Orlando, a camping trip or a weekend exploring a city. Believe me, if the kids aren’t happy, you won’t be. more
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Back to Bolton Valley with the ABC boys — many lessons learned


The ABC Westport Scholars at Bolton Valley
Why would three sane adult males drive five hours for a day-and-a-half of skiing and snowboarding with a group of five high school boys when there are bigger and fancier ski areas much closer to home? A guys weekend of course. more
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Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches


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As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip. more
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As spring breaks grow in popularity, how to plan one on the fly


Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Spring break these days is more for families than for college kids, as parents find it easier to grab a few days off in spring rather than summer when the kids have jobs, summer school, camp, sports practice and everyone at work is vying for the same vacation days. more
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Why families love the quintessential ski town of Breckenridge, CO


At Breckenridge CO on a blue bird day
Challenge is a good thing for all ages on vacation and Breckenridge offers it up in spades, whatever the kids’ ages and ability — from the Four O’clock run, which is 3.5 miles long, the terrain parks, the kids’ trails through the trees and kids’ terrain features with names like Rip’s Ravine and Dragon Trail. more
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Mammoth Still Formidable in California Drought


Mammoth Late January
With a trip to Mammoth planned back in October, it never occurred to me that in a few months I’d be hearing news about one of the worst droughts in California history. Sure, that’s bad news for the state’s water supply, bad news for agriculture, bad news for just about every facet of life. But most importantly — it’s bad news for ski trips. Call me an only child. more
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At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders


Blue skies at top of Bald Mt at Deer Valley
The families I met here like Deer Valley—one of Park City’s three ski resorts— because of the groomed runs but more important, because there are no snowboarders allowed. Deer Valley, in fact, is one of only three resorts in the country that don’t allow snowboarders. more
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When the snow is falling, the spa is a perfect backup plan


The Tram at Snowbird on a clear day
I admit it. When it comes to skiing when the wind is howling and I can’t see in front of me, I’ll pack it in, even at such a wonderful mountain as Snowbird. more
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Outwitting the storm for once for a family ski reunion in Park City, Utah


View from our room at the Montage Deer Valley
When the forecast got worse by the hour for the latest storm primed to hit the East Coast, I figured our flight from New York to Salt Lake City would invariably be cancelled the next morning. more
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