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Win a $20,000 Package to Boca Raton Resort & Club!
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is running an Instagram contest, and the prize is a luxurious 4-day, 3-night stay at the resort! Want to know how to enter? We’ve got the info!
Step 1: Follow @BocaResort and @WaldorfAstoria on Instagram.
Step 2: Upload to Instagram a photo of your “unforgettable South Florida luxury experience”.
Step 3: Use hashtags #UnforgettableBoca and #WaldorfMoment in the photo caption!
Don’t worry! If you don’t have Instagram, you can still enter. Click on the contest rules link for alternate instructions!
The prize is a Legends of Boca Experience for two valued at $20K, Highlights include:
- Roundtrip airfare
- Private, chauffeured airport transport in a Maserati Quattroporte
- 4 days, 3 nights in a luxurious suite
- A half-day with tennis legend Jimmy Connors. Play golf, tennis or just enjoy a leisurely lunch!
- Couples massage at the resort’s award-winning spa
- Dinners at Morimoto (prepared exclusively by Chef Takao Soejima,) Lucca and The Blue
- Cocktails at Bar Luna
- Private sunset cruise on a yacht, private personal shopping excursion to Boca’s fabulous boutiques and chauffeured transport throughout the stay
- Round of golf for two
...and so much more!
Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 7, 2015. Check out the rules here, and good luck!
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/04 at 08:30 AM
Refuge from the Cold
Summer is unfortunately coming to an end, and the cold autumn months are quickly approaching. When snow starts to fall and you’ve brought out the family’s coats, you’ll be wishing you could enjoy just a couple more warm days. Plan your escape in advance! If you plan your fall and winter trips now, you’ll find great deals impossible to find in the upcoming months. Here are a couple of affordable travel destinations to help you stretch your family’s summer break.
During the summer, you’d be crazy to vacation to Arizona, but in the winter the weather is perfect. Your family can enjoy amazing red rock wonders in Red Rock State Park, Oak Creek Canyon or the infamous Grand Canyon. The crowds are light, meaning reduced lodging prices and less traffic. Cozy cabins are available in scenic Oak Creek Canyon, where cooked-to-order meals, spa services and yoga classes will keep the whole family satisfied. There is no better time to visit Arizona!
Experience rocky or white-sand beaches, sprawling markets and an abundance of shrimp in a warm year-round climate. The temptation to never go home will become increasingly enticing after you visit the Cathedral Basilica, travel to the Stone Island and zip line through the treetops. A winter vacation to Mazatlán is one your family will never forget!
Key West, Florida
Notorious for amazing winter weather, Key West is the perfect East Coast getaway from the cold. The water is even pleasant enough for the kids to swim! Kayaking and snorkeling are memorable activities available year-round to make your break from the cold feel like summertime.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 09/01 at 08:30 AM
Luxury Accommodations, Amazing View…Sheer Terror?
Have you been considering glamping? Glamourous camping, complete with all the luxuries of a 5-star hotel, has been all the rage for the last few years, and we’ve been dying to try it! But Skylodge Adventure Suites has taken glamping a step further—by suspending luxury pods 1,312 feet in the air over the Urubamba Valley (the Sacred Valley of the Incas) in Peru. Not for the faint of heart, this experience should only be undertaken by the most adventurous travelers!
There’s a little bit of effort required to get to your destination, but it’s worth it. To reach the pods, you need to either climb, hike or zipline your way there. When you arrive, there will be some wine waiting for mom and dad to kick back and enjoy while drinking in the amazing scenery. And after all that exercise, you’ll be able to fall asleep without thinking about how high up you are! Either way, you’ll wake up to some of the most amazing views in the world and a wonderful gourmet breakfast.
Inside the surprisingly spacious pod, you’ll have a 300-degree view of the valley. Each pod is 24 feet long and 8 feet tall and is made of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate. Fine quality mattresses, cotton sheets, down pillows and quilts ensure you’ll spend a cozy evening staring at the sky. And with four beds, a dining area and a private bathroom, you’ll have plenty of room to move around!
For those with safety concerns, each pod comes complete with a rooftop escape hatch allowing occupants to climb out onto a wooden platform attached to the side of the mountain.
Would your family consider cliff glamping?
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Posted by Elizabeth on 08/28 at 08:30 AM
3 Fantastic Hotels You Won’t Believe!
Fairy Chimney Inn, Turkey
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a fairy land, the Fairy Chimney Hotel in Turkey is just the place for you. Carved into the rock hundreds of years ago, the rooms are authentic and welcoming. Views look out onto the Goreme Valley or the hotel garden. The design keeps to the original local style with simple furniture and traditional textiles, but provides modern conveniences like heated floors, Turkish-style (Haman) bathrooms and, of course, wi-fi. Meals are served communally on the garden terrace.
Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These adult tree houses at Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island use bio-mimicry to let you commune with nature without causing any damage to the forest. Spiral stairways and a short suspension bridge lead you up to your sphere, where you’ll find almost all the comforts of home. There are three styles of sphere, Eve, Eryn or Melody, each with its own style. Interiors are simple, but most have a sleeping area, small basic kitchen and seating. Restroom facilities are separate. The spheres rock gently with the wind, but are anchored to the trees in eight places with each one able to support the entire weight of the sphere.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
Experience one of the best views of the northern lights from a warm and cozy glass igloo built for two at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland. Even if you don’t get the chance to see the lights, the thousands of stars in the sky is likely something you’ve rarely seen when you live in a populated, light-polluted area. Each igloo is made of frost-resistant thermo glass, so the inside stays warm and the glass stays clear. With a just a small bathroom and luxurious bed in each, you won’t want to stay in the glass igloos for more than a night or two, but hopefully those nights the northern lights will appear! The rest of the resort has many welcoming and equally cozy room and cabin choices for the rest of your stay!
Do you have an unusual hotel to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Posted by Elizabeth on 08/25 at 08:30 AM
Where Are YOU Headed for Labor Day?
Looking for a little last-minute Labor Day getaway? According to our sources, only 20% of you have reserved your travel plans. Don’t get caught in the eleventh-hour frenzy! Poshbrood has the inside scoop on some great rates at LaPlaya Golf & Beach Resort in Naples, Orlando World Center Marriott and Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.
Orlando World Center Marriott
As the sun sets on summer, say yes to one last hurrah at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Towering above more than 200 prime, Central Florida acres, the Four-Diamond Orlando World Center Marriott offers experiences that are a “World Beyond Compare.” Still basking in the glow of an extensive multi-million dollar transformation, the resort now features one of the “world’s coolest hotel pools” according to Forbes. The Falls Pool Oasis has a new Slide Tower featuring two 200-foot winding waterslides and one 90-foot speed water slide, in addition to a Splash Zone offering kids a zero-entry pool and playground, as well as a Kid’s Activity Zone and Poolside Bar and Grill. Other on-property amenities include a championship golf course, Bill Madonna Golf Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, a full service spa and fitness center, as well as 10 tempting restaurants and lounges. Use promotional code HO9 for a great rate!
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort: Naples, Florida
As summer winds down, take advantage of the “Summer Getaway” package at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort—the only true beachfront, boutique resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Situated on the sweeping white sands and gently lapping turquoise waters next to the picturesque Vanderbilt Bay, LaPlaya has posh and panache down. You’ll have no problem appreciating the Balinese-style spa, marble bathrooms and personalized beach butler service. With a coveted spot on the Condè Nast Traveler “Gold List,” as well as being ranked #12 on their “Best U.S. Resorts List,” enjoy your stylishly simple escape with crisp blue cabanas alongside four cascading rock-waterfall pools, beach fire-pits, a thatch-roof tiki bar, nightly sunset celebrations, ultra-exclusive David Leadbetter Golf Academy complete with the private 18-hole Bob Cupp golf course, exotic SpaTerre, delectable oceanside fine dining and “toes in the sand” dining at BALEEN, stunning “green flash” sunsets that you must see in person and more.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
At Pelican Grand you can indulge in the laid-back pace of the final days of summer for as long as possible. Adorning 500 feet of Fort Lauderdale’s pristine beachfront, the newly enhanced Pelican Grand Beach Resort couples Old Florida grandeur with seaside elegance to offer a beach-chic waterfront retreat. Watching stunning sunrises from your private balconies, enjoy culinary creations at OCEAN2000 Restaurant & Lounge and float down Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river. Pelican Grand gives beach lovers a spirited, yet sophisticated getaway in a sun-drenched destination of seaside cafes and picturesque waterways.
Where are you headed for Labor Day?
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/21 at 08:30 AM
Bahama Buddies at Abaco Beach Resort
We just heard about the new Bahama Buddies children’s program at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, and we’re super excited! We love kid’s programs, but we’re especially intrigued by this one. In addition to staying busy fishing, snorkeling, conch diving and kayaking, kids get paired with a buddy from the local area. Designed for ages of 3-12, this experience presents a unique opportunity for your kids to learn about life in the Bahamas and share what life is like for them back home.
Activities reflect authentic life on the island like catching, cleaning, and cooking fish and learning how to crack a conch. The demonstrations on how to debark and enjoy a coconut are especially popular—and yummy! Exploring the island by foot and bike is encouraged as is learning about local sea life through snorkeling excursions. After all that activity, kids finish out the program by trying their hand at creating some island crafts or practicing the traditional island dance, Junkanoo.
Everyone loves souvenirs, and Bahama Buddies participants are no exception. Kids receive a Bahama Buddies T-shirt, souvenir and photo CD to remind them of their exciting cultural experience. But Bahama Buddies is really meant to build lasting friendships! Continuing the friendship after the vacation is over is encouraged with the Bahama Buddies Email Exchange.
Abaco Beach Resort has tons of family activities as well. The Turtle Crawl offers one of the most amazing views of these majestic and protected animals in their natural surroundings and a visit to the mysterious Blue Holes of Abaco. On the Eco Tours, you’ll adventure by foot, on bicycle and by kayak on a cultural and historical journey through Marsh Harbour and Great Abaco Island. Explore Abaco’s six national parks, photograph the rare Abaco Parrot, search for the beautiful wild horses of Abaco and learn about the area’s heritage.
Photos courtesy of Abaco Beach Resort
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/18 at 08:30 AM
3 Fun Kids’ Travel Apps We Love!
Whether you’re traveling in the country or out, we love these three apps for kids who love to explore!
Lonely Planet Amazing World Atlas
The Lonely Planet Amazing World Atlas app is chock full of fun facts for wherever on Earth you’re headed! The app is intended for ages 9-11, but is actually pretty fun for anyone who enjoys learning. Explore continents, countries and cities around the world while learning geography and absorbing knowledge on historic sites, wildlife, food and culture. There are five mini-games and 30 levels, all of which are so amusing, your kids won’t even notice they’re learning! Click here for iPhone or Android.
Roadtrips can get pretty boring, but we promise everyone will stay entertained with Roadside America! The app catalogs the weird and wacky sites that can only be found in America (and Canada!). From the smallest and largest attractions to Mystery Spots and quirky cafes, Roadside America lets you plan your trip, provides location details and often very funny tips from the travelers who’ve passed through before you. While not exactly educational, kids will certainly get a taste of the whimsical side of America (and Canada!) Unfortunately, this one is iPhone only, but hopefully will come to Android in the future. Click here for iPhone.
Star Walk lets you see the stars as they are. With the amount of light pollution most of us experience, it’s hard to remember that the stars are always out there. Star Walk shows you the stars in their positions above you, maps out the constellations and gives you background and history on what you see. You can even view different times of the day or year so you can see what the sky looked like on any date in the past or future. Great for experiencing astronomy at home or when traveling! Click here for iPhone or Android.
Do you have favorite travel apps? Share in the comments below!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/14 at 08:30 AM
Forte Village Resort Does Barbie™ Right!
The offerings for the younger crowd at the Forte Village Resort in Sardina are all-around pretty amazing. With a miniature village just for kids and travel around the resort provided by Thomas the Tank Engine™ himself, Forte Village has no end of fun for the little ones! This resort even has a kids-only restaurant. No adults (except in the kitchen!) allowed.
But the pinnacle of summer-themed fun comes in pink and sparkles! Remember how much you wanted to live in your Barbie Dreamhouse™? A lot, right? Well, now your kids can move right in!
The Forte Village in Sardina offers the full Barbie™ experience for all kids who love their Barbies™. Everyone who takes part in the Ultimate Barbie™ Experience gets to stay in an exclusive Barbie™-themed room featuring a Barbie™ bed set and chock full of other Barbie™ decorations. Guests receive an exclusive gift and a Barbie® doll of their very own!
Even the bathrooms get their Barbie™ on with decorations and a full set of bath products.
And the activities won’t disappoint either! Barbie™ Fashion Academy is held inside the Barbie™ Activity Centre and is where kids can craft bejeweled clothes for themselves and their Barbie® dolls followed up by an awesome fashion show. Learn Barbie’s dance moves, watch the Barbie™ movie or take a bike ride on a Barbie™ Bike! When that’s through, head over to the spa for a manicure and facial with Mom.
A walk through the rest of the Activity Centre is like walking through your very own Barbie Dreamhouse™! And, you never know, Barbie herself might even show up!
Don’t you wish this had existed when you were a kid?!?
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/11 at 08:30 AM
4 Places in the World Your Family Should Visit
The world is a big place, especially when you’re searching for the best location to visit. Seven continents, more than 190 countries, thousands of resorts and beautiful wonders to behold—your options are limitless! There are only so many family vacations before your kids move out of the house, so we’ve put together a list of the destinations that will leave an impression on your family for a lifetime.
Rome is a man-made wonder that makes you appreciate culture, history, art and astonishing architecture. The Colosseum, Pompeii and Vatican City are just a small sample of the vast number of historic sites you could experience. Rome boasts consistently good weather, allowing you to walk and enjoy more of what the city has to offer. Fresh bakeries no map will show you. Unique piazzas undisturbed by countless tourists. The outdoor museum that is Rome! Your taste buds will enjoy the world’s finest cuisines, with menu options that will satisfy even your pickiest eater. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will you be able to experience all it has to offer in a day.
If your family is looking to escape the city and enjoy one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, Zermatt is the place to go! The breathtaking Swiss Alps loom above the city. The Matterhorn, one of the Europe’s largest mountains, majestically graces both locals and guests with its mystical appearance. The 5-Seenweg (Five Lakes Walk) is a beautiful trail that makes you appreciate the mountains in an unparalleled way. There is no place in the world to slow down and experience marvelous natural wonders like Zermatt!
Voted #1 Traveler’s Choice for 2015, the “Red City” of Marrakesh is the perfect place to enjoy a different African culture and beauty. The Koutoubia Mosque is the symbol of the city, and a must see for your family, though entrance is forbidden for non-Muslims. Endless markets stretch across the Medina where you can buy quality hand-crafted souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else in the world! Numerous Riads (traditional Moroccan houses) are available for renting as you enjoy the city and culture of Marrakesh in an unprecedented fashion.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The sunrise at Angkor Wat is worthy of any bucket list, and sure to be an unforgettable memory for your family. Cambodia’s cab drivers are notorious for their remarkable personalities and service, a perfect transportation and local guidance option for your trip. Take a zip line adventure through the jungle or admire the elephants up close and personal on an elephant trek, where you can ride, feed and wash the giant animals under a magnificent waterfall. Regardless how you spend your time at Siem Reap, your future vacations will have a difficult standard to beat!
Have you taken a family vacation to any of these places? Share in the comments below!
This week’s guest poster is Jesse Sumrak. Jesse lives in Utah with his lovely wife, and is going to BYU as a public relations major. He loves to travel and see the world, and is setting his life in order to fulfill his wife’s desire for eight children.
You can read more from Jesse on sowhatsumrak.wordpress.com
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Posted by Elizabeth on 08/07 at 08:30 AM
Where Have All the Celebrities Gone…
...for vacation this summer? With so many celebrities inviting us into their personal vacations with Instagram, we thought we’d put together a list of all the fabulous travel that’s been going on recently. We covered Christie Brinkley’s posh sailboat adventure a few weeks ago, but where did everyone else summer?
Salma Hayek spent her summer holiday relaxing in Portofino, Italy with family. Accompanied by her husband, François-Henri Pinault, and daughter, Valentina, they spent time relaxing and celebrating François-Henri’s 52nd birthday.
Chris Pratt wasn’t exactly on vacation, but his press tour for Jurassic Park took him all around the world in style. Of course, it was Lego Owen who got to do most of the sightseeing. Here he is taking time for a selfie in Berlin!
Brand-new BFF’s Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence stayed closer to home, but still managed to have a ton of fun with their group of gal pals. The group spent a high-energy week in Montauk Beach jet-skiing, sunning on yachts and driving the internet crazy with their delightful adventures.
Not to be outdone, Amy Poehler and Cecily Strong hit the beach themselves and quickly followed suit with their own version of the pyramid! Will human pyramids while vacationing be the next selfie? We’ll keep you updated!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/04 at 08:30 AM
Day at the Museum in Stuttgart
You can’t spend the night at any of these museums, but you definitely can spend the day! Stuttgart has several unique, state-of-the-art museums you’ll find nowhere else in the world. Considered the birthplace of the automobile, Gottlieb Daimler’s workshop and home are in Stuttgart, as well as several classy car museums and a car-themed hotel that is surrounded by vintage cars. But it’s not just for gear heads!
From the glass cube of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart housing unique German art to the square white house by Le Corbusier showcasing the Weissenhofsiedlung, these modern institutions are destination must sees. Given the astounding architecture of the buildings themselves, you might think they are the artwork! But you’ll soon realize the collections housed within are deep, varied and well-presented. Overall, the historic racing cars, excellent audio guides, delicious dining and wonderful gift shops make Stuttgart museums delightful for the entire family.
Built in 2006, the Mercedes-Benz museum will mesmerize you with a collection of luxury cars belonging to famous people, including Princess Diana, the Pope and Emperor Hirohito. Blitzen-Benz and Formula One winners, along with other record-winning cars, are on display. Headed to Stuttgart in summer? Their fabulous annual event, the “Starry Night,” transforms the top floor of the museum into a restaurant where diners can enjoy the museum and views of the beautiful countryside. There’s also yoga on the roof and open-air cinema!
The Porsche Museum opened in 2009 with an angular and futuristic design. The 80 racing and sports cars on display are in perfect running condition and are used at exhibitions and old-timer races. Kids will love watching the skilled mechanics at work on the cars in the museum’s own workshop or heading over to tour the factory next door.
Another one-of-a-kind museum, the Weissenhof Estate, started as a residential development created by 17 world-renowned architects in 1927, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hans Scharoun, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. The building is one of the most significant landmarks left by the movement known as “Neues Bauen.” Even before you leave your home, you can check out the museum by taking a virtual tour of Le Corbusier’s house, reading about the famous exhibition and looking at the wonderful photos.
By this time in your marathon museum tour of Stuttgart, you might be tuckered out, but don’t miss the art museum Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. The wonderful glass cube design of the building is amazing as it hangs over the palace square in the center of Stuttgart. The museum houses extensive collections of Swabian impressionists, avant-garde painters, along with a number of concrete art examples, and one of the largest collections of the German expressionist and satirist, Otto Dix.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 07/31 at 08:30 AM
EVERYDAY MOMENTS AT THE NATIONAL MALL & MEMORIAL PARKS
Our brood is lucky to call Washington, DC our home. So when people ask me what to do in Washington, DC for families. The answer is easy: visit the icon of the nation’s capital – The National Mall and Memorial Parks.
For more than 200 years, the National Mall has symbolized our nation and its democratic values, which have inspired the world. The National Mall - the great swath of green in the middle of our capital city and stretching from the foot of the United States Capitol to the Potomac River - is “America’s front yard.” Explore it!
Tip: The National Park Service has a free National Parks app for iPhones and Androids: http://www.nps.gov/nama/learn/photosmultimedia/app-page.htm
I partnered with the American Express EveryDay Credit Card to promote a cool partnership between American Express & The National Parks to encourage people to visit the national parks and monuments in their own backyards!
Here are the 6 must-see, must-do things on the National Mall, starting at our favorite memorial – the Lincoln Memorial.
1. Lincoln Memorial: A beautiful memorial dedicated to our 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial is perched over the Reflecting Pool and is a tribute to the man that saved the Union and until his untimely death, supported our nation’s founding principles that all men are created equal. We like to ride our bikes to the Lincoln Memorial or take a picnic and a Frisbee. Tip: Older kids (and parents) will love the Ranger’s guided tour of the National Mall’s Monuments at Night. It’s free, offered almost every night from 8 to 10 pm and meets at the Lincoln Memorial Plaza. For more information, contact the Ranger Station at (202) 426-6841.
2. Signer’s Island: Just North of the Reflecting Pool and near the World War II Memorial, is a little-known gem of a Memorial – Signer’s Island. Signer’s is a tiny park-island on the National Mall within Constitution Gardens Pond. A ring of memorial slabs on the island honors the signers of the historic American document – the Constitution of the United States. Access is from a footbridge on the north side and is a good place for quiet time, feeding ducks, enjoying a picnic.
3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: Dedicated in August 2011, this stunning monument honor’s Dr. King’s leadership in the Civil Rights movement; in the form of solid granite, his legacy is further cemented in the tapestry of the American experience. The memorial is cleaved in two parts – to illustrate victory borne from disappointment, but allows visitors a clear view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial—which reflects the principles of freedom and liberty—which gave birth to America.
Tip: The National Park Service offers little visitors a Junior Rangers program. You can ask any Park Ranger at any memorial for more information or download the booklet before your visit here: http://www.nps.gov/nama/learn/kidsyouth/upload/Junior%20Ranger%20Book.pdf
4. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: Take a break from history for some fun on the Tidal Basin. On the Northeast side of the Tidal Basin, there are seasonal paddleboats for rent. The boats are available in a two-seat or four-seat model. This is a great way to burn off some extra energy, splash around but also see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial close up from the water. During the springtime, the Tidal Basin is lined with DC’s iconic Japanese cherry blossoms.
Tip: There is food available at the paddleboat rental station for hungry little paddlers. http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com
5. The Carousel on the National Mall: The Carousel on the Mall is across Jefferson Drive from the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building and about a 10-minute walk from the Tidal Basin. The Carousel is insight of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument and is a great reward for kids after a visit to one of the eleven Smithsonian museums located on the Mall or as a stand-alone activity. The one-of-a-kind Carousel was built by the Allen Herschell Company in 1947, and is known as a “traveling machine.” The horses are four abreast, all jumping, the last one of it’s kind. A Sea Dragon was added in 1996 and it’s the most popular seat. The carousel is open daily from 10-6 pm and is $3.50 per ride.
Tip: Don’t miss the old-fashioned popcorn wagons—in front of the Air and Space Museum and at the steps of the Natural History Museum. http://www.nationalcarousel.com/
6. United States Botanic Garden: Steeped in history and rich with tradition, the Botanic Garden, established by Congress in 1820, is a living plant museum located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol. The renovated Conservatory showcases an extraordinary state-of-the-art indoor garden with 4,000 seasonal, tropical, and subtropical plants. Kids ages 9 and older will love the Junior Botanist program, through which they can engage in scavenger hunt-style adventures throughout the Conservatory. A Children’s Garden gives kids a chance to handle plants in bloom and play with gardening tools. Best of all? Entry to the U.S. Botanic Garden is free.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 07/30 at 06:38 AM
A Night At…. Courtesy of Airbnb!
Have you been looking for a truly adventurous, unique vacation spot? For the last few months, Airbnb has been on the case! Inspired by the #WaterstonesTexan story, Airbnb has been holding “A Night At…” contests offering a curated selection of one-night stays in highly unusual locations.
Opportunities are limited so guests compete for the honor by submitting short essays making their case for why they should be chosen to stay at a particular location. And what locations they are!
Cable Car at Courchevel
If you love to ski, or if you’ve ever wanted to spend the night suspended 9,000 feet above the ground, this stay was for you! A cable car at Courchevel in 3 Vallées was transformed into a luxury condo to host four lucky winners. The car featured floor-to-ceiling red curtains, fuzzy white rugs, a cozy living room and four walls of windows. Amazing!
Night on a Plane!
No one really enjoys flying, but we might if the accommodations were like what was offered by airline KLM last November. This two bedroom, multiple bathroom, WiFi-capable loft-style apartment on their retired MD-11 airplane featured 116 windows and a panoramic view from the cockpit. Unfortunately, some hopes were dashed when entrants were warned there was “No flying,” “No marshmallow roasting with the jet engines” and no use of the inflatable slide! Boo!
Ellis Island Memories
Fourth of July week was especially meaningful for the winner of Airbnb’s Ellis Island stay. After submitting her emotional essay describing her visits to Ellis Island as a child to see her grandparent’s names on the Wall of Hope, she was declared the contest winner. She and her mother got a private tour of Ellis Island and spent the night on a fabulous yacht docked in the middle of New York Harbor between the island and the Statue of Liberty. Oh, and her host for the evening’s festivities? Marcia Gay Harden, who has been exploring her roots, and trying to discover her own family history. After an excellent dinner with dishes representing the many different nationalities that passed through Ellis Island, the pair took a private after-hours tour of the Ellis Island grounds and museum before going on a late-night cruise and falling asleep with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. They woke up to more beautiful views of the city—and a wonderful breakfast!
Recent contests have included your own personal Lollapalooza and an overnight stay on the set of Conan. Those contests are closed, but there’s still more to come from Airbnb, so keep an eye on their website for an opportunity that piques your interest!
Posted by Elizabeth on 07/28 at 08:30 AM
Summer Camp for Adults? You’re Missing Out!
The kids are off to have fun at summer camp, and you’re left wondering what to do. It’s not like you can go to summer camp too! Or can you?!?
Even as the popularity of sleep-away summer camp for kids has declined over the last few years, summer camps for adults are on the rise. Many adult summer camps are oriented to the recently post-college crowd, but some are perfect for the big kids (at heart) who want to revisit a skill, disconnect from work or just have fun. We’re covering a few of the best!
Ace Camps are actually not just summer camps, they are “small group creative learning adventures.” The camps are held all year long—and include some wonderful travel choices! You’ll get to experience new places and experiences with other like-minded individuals. The trips are planned, but take advantage of interesting opportunities if they come up. Trips in 2015 include culinary camp in London, food and visual storytelling in Italy, food and photography in Portugual, print making in India and experiencing Morocco. Sign me up!
I’m not sure I can say no to this one! Wine Camp is a four-day adventure in wine country on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island and has been described as “the ultimate food and wine experience on the east coast.” Visit eight different wineries and learn how to taste wine like an expert, the chemistry of winemaking, how to pair wine and food and even how to blend your own wine!
Looking to unplug and reconnect with yourself? Wanderlust Festivals celebrate mindful living with yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for transformational retreats in the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts. You don’t have to be an experienced yogi to take part. I feel more relaxed just looking at the pictures!
Soul Camp is very close to “real” summer camp with no alcohol, kids or cellphones allowed! Just good food, good friends and great activities! Activities can include arts and crafts, yoga, boating, swimming and more, but unlike real summer camp, everything is optional! You can even bunk in a real cabin with others—or reserve a private cabin complete with fireplace and porch.
For more adult summer camps, like Space Camp, Cooking Camp or Band Camp, visit http://www.grownupcamps.com!
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Posted by Elizabeth on 07/24 at 08:30 AM
Christie Brinkley and Her Posh Brood Sail Through Italy
If dealing with the heat so far this summer hasn’t been hard enough, now our jealousy is in overdrive watching Christie Brinkley and her kids Instagram their way through a fabulous sailing trip in Italy. So far they’ve hit the crystal clear waters of Capri, Positano, Amalfi and the Stromboli volcano with more to come!
With the beautiful Italian sea beckoning in almost every scene, it’s clear that sailing is the perfect way to tour the Gulf of Naples! Built in 1937, their luxury schooner can be seen in many of the pics.
Not only does the whole family look beautiful, but the Italian scenery is gorgeous too!
So far on their trip there’s been quite a bit of swimming, exploring of the coastal towns and wonderful food. Caprese salad in actual Italy? Sign us up!
We can only wish we were there, and just have to believe our invite was lost in the mail. Maybe next year!
Posted by Elizabeth on 07/21 at 08:30 AM