The right kind of family condo found! The Antlers at Vail
View from living room at The Antlers Vail

The right kind of family condo found! The Antlers at Vail

The condos here range from one to four bedrooms but they all are unique—the one bedroom we have, for example, has a separate alcove with two bunk beds—perfect for a young family.

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Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate
Mel and Andy dish out their Build Me Up Butternut red chili at the CB Chili and Beer Fest 2018

Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate

I realize as I look back over this past year that food has played a role in my family’s most memorable experiences. Here are five stand-out food memories for 2018:

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Taking the Kids — when a vacation rental is more than a place to sleep
Columbus Day weekend celebrate all things pumpkin at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, one of the largest and oldest local festivals in California

Taking the Kids — when a vacation rental is more than a place to sleep

Fall, of course, is harvest season around the country and there are many festivals to celebrate the bounty, including those that include showing off your prowess in the kitchen and the garden

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Vacation rentals are perfect for families that like to enjoy home-cooked meals
A family enjoying the kitchen in a Homeaway vacation rental

Vacation rentals are perfect for families that like to enjoy home-cooked meals

My far flung family loves to cook when we are together on vacation so we like to stay in condos where we can spread out and enjoy homemade meals—whether chili and just baked corn bread, spaghetti bolognese, or steaks cooked over the condo grill.

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Kids influence family vacations, HomeAway survey finds
HomeAway vacation rental cabin in Lake Tahoe CA

Kids influence family vacations, HomeAway survey finds

HomeAway, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace, has found in a new survey that kids are wielding increasing influence on where families go and what they do not only in the United States but in Europe too.

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Gather the family for a holiday feast at a country villa
All hands for pasta-making

Gather the family for a holiday feast at a country villa

You can gather the gang in a beautifully decorated home without doing all the work that typically entails, and without cooking at all — unless you want to. All you’ve got to do for a stress-free holiday is to celebrate at a vacation villa or condo rather than at your overcrowded house.

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