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Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa


Thermal pool at Willow Stream Spa
I’m soaking in a natural thermal pool that’s heated to more than 90 degrees. Even better, the setting couldn’t be more bucolic—flowering shrubs all around. We’re at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Willow Stream Spa, more
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Skiing conditions not optimal? Try a spa treatment, like at Beaver Creek


A Beaver Creek tradition, warm chocolate chip cookies at end of day
It has been dumping snow it seems since we arrived in Colorado. So time for a treat off the slopes. Fantastic is how I feel during the sports fusion massage at the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt two-story Allegria Spa more
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In Germany’s Bavarian Alps, Welcome to the Schloss Elmau Experience


Just 100 km south of Munich is Schloss Elmau, tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps. A sanctuary, framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests and rushing streams. more
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A spa treatment with a Balinese Guru


Balinese Healer Guru Made Sumantra
I am a fan of spas—especially on vacation—as a way for moms (and dads) to decompress and get some much needed “me time.” more
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Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess


Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess
The on board Izumi Japanese Bath features indoor and outdoor bathing experiences ($15 for 90 minute visit), including misted steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hot tubs, some open to the sky. more
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Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise


Chefs table at Gleneagles Deseo restaurant
What is vacation without good food and Gleneagles Hotel certainly delivers. It is home to Andrew Fairlie, chef of Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant. But the other restaurants offer something special as well—maybe trying Scottish food for the first time. more
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Off the slopes and into the Spa: At The Peaks in Telluride


Winter_Sunset at The Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride CO
My daughters and I head up to one of Colorado’s biggest Spas at The Peaks Resort in the Mountain Village, where kids love the indoor-outdoor heated pool complete with water slide and is ranked a top spa by Conde Nast Traveler more
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Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins


Farmer John and one of his chickens
Farmer John Muller, a third-generation California farmer, is also the mayor of Half Moon Bay, which bills itself as the World’s Pumpkin Capital. The coastal climate here, with warm days and cool nights, is perfect for growing pumpkins. more
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Families love Vermont in Fall for more than the colorful foliage


Sustainability Academy student at Children’s Farmyard
If you think visiting Vermont in fall is just about the foliage, glorious as it may be, think again. There are mountains to climb, golf and disc golf, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking to try. more
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A family outing for late summer beauty in Northern Vermont


Trooper loves Topnotch
I’m at the Topnotch Resort Spa, one of the largest in the quintessential New England mountain town of Stowe, Vt. where I’m indulging in the Little River Stone Massage, one of the expansive spa’s signature treatments that uses hot stones, cold stones, massage and aromatherapy. more
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