Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families
Ashford Castle in Western Ireland

Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families

Ashford Castle, in western Ireland on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, is famous for its fishing and falconry but if you're a boy just staying in a bona-fide castle is the real attraction.

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At sea with Windstar – connecting families and generations
Forward deck and bridge of Windstar Star Legend

At sea with Windstar – connecting families and generations

Of the 204 passengers, there are 117 who have sailed Windstar, some as many as 11 times. While you may think of this as a cruise line for adults, I’ve been thinking of this as a way for grown and mostly grown kids to connect with parents and grandparents, sharing new experiences.

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Learning about the origins of the Titantic in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Artwork at the Titantic Experience in Belfast

Learning about the origins of the Titantic in Belfast, Northern Ireland

We are on day two of our cruise aboard the Windstar yacht Star Legend – the Gaelic Explorers tour. We’ve anchored in Portrush and taken an excursion bus for the one-hour trip to Belfast to learn about the building of the Titantic.

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When in Ireland, spend time soaking up culture in Dublin
The Selfish Giant in Merrion Park playground Dublin

When in Ireland, spend time soaking up culture in Dublin

Our guide says the mistake Americans make when visiting Ireland is rushing around too much. “Give yourself time,” he says. Don’t rush off on day trips to the west of the country. “I don’t go to New York to see Chicago,” he said. Here are some places he suggests you visit

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A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle
Porridge with a spash of Irish whiskey

A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle

The great food at Ashford Castle in Ireland is inspired by Lord Ardilaun, a scion of the Guinness family, who insisted on only the freshest and most varied of local produce, a tradition continued by new executive chef Philippe Farineau

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Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families
Ashford Castle

Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families

We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry—the oldest in the country—at Ashford Castle that dates back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, and the River Cong, which is reputed to have the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe.

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