Families welcome for sun and fun on the tiny island of Anguilla
Farming on stilts in the hydroponic garden at CuisinArt Resort Anguilla

Families welcome for sun and fun on the tiny island of Anguilla

Locals are quick to tell you Anguilla, a British territory, isn’t only about the beaches, though their motto is “tranquility wrapped in blue.” “I have lived in Anguilla for 20 years and the thing that never changes is the people,” says children’s book author Jo-Anne Mason, originally from Brooklyn.

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Mixing and matching different tastes on the ski mountain
Mel with Eileen before she ditched us at Beaver Creek

Mixing and matching different tastes on the ski mountain

Even in the most terrific locales, nothing goes as planned. Someone gets sick (we’ve had lots of ear infections). Someone ends up in the ER (me, here three years ago after a bad fall). Someone has a meltdown. And someone just doesn’t want to spend that much time with mom and dad.

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Skiing the backcountry at the C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado
Snow Cat backcountry skiing at C Lazy U

Skiing the backcountry at the C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado

No we’re not at a ski resort –there isn’t even a ski lift or any other skiers anywhere in the vicinity. That’s because we’re on some of the 8,000-plus acres at nine thousand elevation at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby CO.

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Families having lots of fun in the snow in New Hampshire
Poncho and Gonzo the sled dog brothers

Families having lots of fun in the snow in New Hampshire

Dog sledding, is just one of the ways you might not have thought of to have fun in the snow here in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley that includes 27 towns surrounding Mount Washington, the pinnacle of the 6,288-foot White Mountains

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Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome open again after huge restoration
Living room at Hotel Jerome

Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome open again after huge restoration

The Hotel Jerome has just reopened before Christmas in the heart of downtown Aspen after a multi-million dollar renovation (every one of the 93 rooms and suites has its own luxurious bathroom, of course) and its not unusual in ski season for room rates to be over $800 a night.

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Two blue bird family days in Snowmass and Aspen
nother blue bird day at Snowmass

Two blue bird family days in Snowmass and Aspen

I’ve always thought Snowmass was terrific for families with younger kids—its Treehouse kids’ learning facility is a standout in the industry complete with indoor climbing wall. There’s a climbing room, teen activities like movie night, and six interactive themed rooms for infants 8 weeks and older.

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Exploring and learning with the kids in San Francisco
Hannah and Ethan Sitzman at the Cable Car terminal

Exploring and learning with the kids in San Francisco

Our past trips to San Diego and New York have been made more enjoyable, and more cost-effective by using the great benefits that CityPass offers. Our hope was that our holiday trip to San Francisco would be enhanced by using the CityPass book.

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