Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess
Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess

Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on 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.

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Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise
Chefs table at Gleneagles Deseo restaurant

Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise

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.

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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

Off the slopes and into the Spa: At The Peaks in Telluride

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

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Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins
Farmer John and one of his chickens

Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins

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.

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Families love Vermont in Fall for more than the colorful foliage
Sustainability Academy student at Children’s Farmyard

Families love Vermont in Fall for more than the colorful foliage

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.

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A family outing for late summer beauty in Northern Vermont
Trooper loves Topnotch

A family outing for late summer beauty in Northern Vermont

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.

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Fish right out of the water, strawberries, goat cheese and more
Fresh crabs at Princeton Seafood

Fish right out of the water, strawberries, goat cheese and more

At Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay near, where we were staying at the Beach House, locals either have downloaded the free FishLine App or call 650-726-8724 to see what fresh-caught fish commercial fishermen are selling “off the boat.”

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Half Moon Bay, CA — no crowds or rush yet near San Francisco
View from Beach House

Half Moon Bay, CA — no crowds or rush yet near San Francisco

My daughter is planning her wedding near Half Moon Bay. I can see why she loves this area -- between the mountains to the East and the Pacific to the west. The best part—it’s not busy or crowded, though we’re less than hour’s drive from San Francisco.

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Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid
Cloverdale, Sonoma County

Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid

Who says grown kids don’t want to travel with their parents? I don’t get to see my daughter that often and was determined to make our few days together as fun and as stress-free as possible for both of us. The key, I discovered, is choosing the right locale.

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