February 19, 2018

Choice Hotels Wants to Give You the Caribbean Vacation You Deserve

The storms have passed and the sun is once again shining down on the Caribbean. Thank goodness, because I am more than ready to get back down to the islands. Seriously, is it just me, or did it feel like January lasted more like a year than a month? I’m so glad it’s February. Most People Don’t Use All Their […]

Red Rocks, Rafting & Railways: Our Colorado Springs Road Trip

Colorado is easily one of my favorite states, replete with views you just won’t find here on the East Coast. So naturally as I began to plan out last summer’s epic three-week road trip, I knew that Colorado had to be front and center. We flew to Denver in mid-June, picked up a rental minivan and made our way 90 […]

Side Trip: Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower in Wyoming was on my bucket list for some time. I’m not entirely sure why. I hadn’t even seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind (sadly, I still haven’t, but that’s another story…). I guess I just thought it looked really cool, so I literally built our three-week summer road trip from Denver to Minneapolis around Devils Tower. […]

Road Trip: 9 Stops to Make Along I-94 in North Dakota

At the end of the summer, I had the opportunity to visit North Dakota for the very first time. Similar to my recent adventure in South Dakota, I drove all the way across the state on one highway. This time it was I-94, from Fargo on the east side to Medora on the west side. My primarily reason for traveling […]

Top 10 Stops to Make in Denver with Kids

Colorado is a great place to explore with kids. There’s great skiing in the winter, fantastic hiking in the summer. It’s a real nature lover’s paradise. I’ve been all over the state, from Grand Junction to Estes Park to Colorado Springs. Over the summer, my kids and I spent a few days in Denver and we can’t recommend the Mile […]

10 Things You’ve Got to Do at the Mall of America

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (just outside Minneapolis) is seriously so much fun. I’ve been there twice now and didn’t have enough time to explore all that is the Mall of America either time. There’s just too much stuff to do there. Clearly I must go back a third time. My kids and I went to the Mall […]

Watch the Tram Car: Boardwalk Fun in Wildwood, NJ

It’s hard to believe, but I had not been to the Jersey Shore in 30 years, at least not to the southern section of Wildwood and Cape May. Until last month, that is. Wait. I just realized I spent time in Avalon and Stone Harbor, maybe 20 years ago, but now that sounds like a long time too. Those were […]

South Dakota Road Trip: 10 Stops to Make as You Cross the State

We just got back from our three-week road trip and it’s safe to say that South Dakota is a pretty amazing state. My oldest daughter and I explored the Rapid City area a few years ago, but this time, I brought the whole family (well, minus my husband, who was called back for a work crisis). We started out in […]

10 Things to Do in the Outer Banks with Kids

When you live in Northern Virginia, you go to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for a week at the beach during the summer. It’s what you do. So it came as a surprise when I realized it had been 25 years since I’d been to the Outer Banks. Clearly it was time to make a trip back to the Outer Banks, […]

School’s Out: Take the Kids to Learn About Golf

School’s out – or nearly out (my kids still have another week) – for a lot of kids, so now is the time to start getting serious about what to do this summer to keep busy. For me, it won’t do to have my kids glued to their iPads every day. As much as I can, I try to get […]