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The beautiful “City on the Hill.”
The beautiful “City on the Hill.”
We love #FRIFOTOS and today’s theme is “Purple.”
Here’s our contribution—purple night skies enveloping blossoming cherry blossoms in Washington.
Post your purple themed photos on Twitter with hashtag #FriFotos.
Gotta say, it’s pretty beautiful outside! Especially since the cherry blossoms have made their appearance here in DC. (If you missed them don’t worry… there’s a link for you below.) Here’s your weekly round up of all things fabulous family travel!
There’s a Cherry Blossom Cam! Like Live! Tune in to take in the beauty from your desk.
New Posh Pick: Kaanapali Alii, on the northwest coast of Maui. Aloha!
My Top 7 Droid Razr HD Apps for Managing Life, Work & Travel
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@poshbrood wine— WhatWouldGwynethDo (@WWGwynethDo) April 11, 2013
There’s been lots of buzz about the Droid Razr HD lately—the latest Android™ smartphone for those wanting the best network and technology.
Its HD display is vivid enough to resemble an HD TV along with the Verizon 4G LTE power and long–lasting battery it’s a fab device for my hectic life as startup founder, traveler, mom to three young kids and wife. (Not necessarily in that order.)
In addition to having the face of the Droid Razr HD being large (hey, I’m 40-something and appreciate a larger screen!) and HD resolution, Droid Razr HD also has a ton of great apps that I use regularly.
My top 7 that I use daily for personal and professional reasons are the following:
1.) Skype: I use Skype stay in touch with my family while I’m away. I love that I don’t have to login and find a WiFi network to chat with my husband or “tuck” my kids in at night when I’m on the road. From Iceland to Istanbul to Tulum, I can video chat with my family for free.
2.) Instagram: We use Instagram for Poshbrood.com (filters make everything look better don’t you think?) and I have even borrowed my 10 year old’s iPod when I traveled to have this app. Now I have it on my Droid. LOVE!
@poshbrood We love, love, love the cherry blossoms!— Mini Magazine (@theminimagazine) April 3, 2013
3.) Twitter for Android: Yes, I admit I’m an enthusiastic over-sharer of travel deals, experiences and strong opinions. All with a dash of snark.
4.) Spotify: My mobile playlists easily accessible are key to long plane rides and exercise.
5.) Cut the Rope: This addicting app is a cute and clever game that can occupy any of my kids for hours. I admit I’m now getting into it.
6.) Words with Friends: This is mama’s app and my total obsession. Exercise for my brain.
7.) Gate Guru: An amazing travel app that will be your new BFF if you fly a little or a lot. GateGuru gives you gate information, flight status, TSA security wait times, and even shows you deals on food, rental cars, hotels and activities during your layover or at your destination. This app has been especially helpful when traveling with hungry and cranky wee ones.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits. There is no additional compensation and no promise of a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own.
Glad I’m not alone. My tongue hurts! RT @poshbrood: Peeps hangover.— Renee D’Antoni (@ramblecrunch) April 1, 2013
The blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation’s capital city. The famous trees were a gift from Japan in 1912.
Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors from around the world to Washington to witness the pink spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Currently, the National Park Service estimates that the cherry blossoms will peak around April 4-8.
You can use the Park Service’s cherry blossom cam to view the progress by clicking here.
And stay up to date on all the blossom news by visiting http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/.
You can also download a free Cherry Blossom Festival app here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/festival-app/
If you hate the idea of boarding your pet and leaving them behind while you’re on vacation, you will love this infographic from Marriot Hotels. They believe even your furriest brood should be able to join the family for their travels and this information will make sure you have them covered while they’re with you far from home. Also, be sure to check out the Marriot’s list of pet-friendly properties for your next trip!
Poshbrood in cahoots with fabulous traveling moms at Ciao Bambino and Luxury Travel Mom can help you find the perfect summer getaway. We’ve mom-tested and approved some of the best summer family vacation spots worldwide.
Want to see our collective kid-approved luxury destinations and the poshest family hotels? CLICK HERE!
With football stars, legendary musicians, and knighted actors, London has a reputation as a city buzzing with celebrities. But before you start fantasizing over impressing Chris Martin or Gwyneth Paltrow with your dancing skills, remember that you are in the original land of nobility. Stars in London are used to getting the ultimate royal treatment far from the prying eyes of the peasantry, which is why we are here to help. Because if you want your chance at a London celebrity sighting you better know where to go and be ready to look the part. So brush off that snazzy sports coat or make a shopping stop at Regent Street, because here are five exclusive clubs in London where you’ll have the best chance of finding your favorite celebrity.
Named after the king of cool himself, McQueen is an ultra-sleek nightclub and lounge in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London. Purple and blue hues pervade under the dim gold lighting while deep black leather banquettes and sofas balance the rooms. Three separate areas provide the power players and swank fashionistas with a place to eat, drink, and dance, but the masculine coolness of the venue is topped off with what goes on in the basement. Its Thursday night burlesque shows and late-night DJs are famous for inspiring the sort of antics that would have made the legend himself proud. McQueen, with its crafted cocktails, risqué environment, and trendy clientele, will be a likely place to spot a celebrity dressed to impress. You might even test out the inherited moves of Jade Jagger who’s been known to dance here from time to time – luckily you can do so with impunity as the rest of the crowds will be distracted by the cabaret.
The Cuckoo Club
Deserving of its own Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous episode, The Cuckoo Club is where the city’s finest throw on their Louboutins and little black dresses for a night of glamour. Competing with clubs in LA for its constant celebrity sightings, the Cuckoo Club is a prime suspect for spotting stars looking to hit the dance floor. Make a reservation and arrive early to this lavish spot because the lines are guaranteed to be stiff. And keep your eye out for British and American royalty – both Prince Harry and Eva Longoria have been spotted here.
You might not look twice at this featureless four-story building, but within its upper three floors is an exquisite members-only club known for its celebrities, athletes, and affluent corporate-types that relax and socialize in its tranquil environment. By far, the highlight of the Shoreditch House is its rooftop. Perched on the roof are a restaurant/bar, a crystal blue pool, and even a Lazy Lawn – a garden area with lounge chairs and beds perfect for a sunny day tan while sipping on world-class cocktails. But if you aren’t a member, how do you get in? Well, tough luck Chuck. Just kidding, there is actually an adjacent hotel next door, and guests are welcome to use the club. So book yourself a room or be prepared to dish out a pretty penny if you want to muster up the courage to talk to Shoreditch House’s famous patrons like Mischa Barton, David Beckham, or Emma Watson.
Ministry of Sound
Known around the world as one of London’s top clubs, Ministry of Sound is the center of the trance and EDM universe. Some of the biggest DJs and electronic acts in the world have started out here. And with multiple DJ booths, colorful visuals, and an enormous sound system, Ministry of Sound has secured its reputation as London’s hottest club for the biggest names in electronic music like Tiësto, Erick Morillo, and David Guetta. Serious audiophiles will want to share in the multisensory experience that is The Box – Ministry of Sound’s soundproofed room with one of the best systems in the country. If you can take a break from dancing, celebrity sightings are routine here and the chart-topping DJ Calvin Harris is a known regular.
Mahiki will be the best gamble for those looking to simply get hammered with some celebrities and have a rowdy good time. The Polynesia-inspired club has two things going for it. First off, you don’t have to be Prince Harry to get in – although he’s been known to stop by. Secondly, the place is known for turning into an animated blur of debauchery. The downstairs dance floor is alive on any day of the week and the ripe talent mixed with the South Pacific flair will have you dreaming about your own From Here to Eternity reenactment. The upstairs lounge, with its tropical décor, serves up fiery displays of entertainment – oh, and your cocktails will probably be on fire too. Everyone from David Hasselhoff to Rihanna has turned up here, so if celebrity sightings are your thing, be on the lookout at Mahiki.
About the Author: Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth, an international media and entertainment company that features reviews, editorials, and listings of the best bars, clubs, festivals, concerts, events, and more in 19 cities around the world.
We celebrated our first day of “Spring” Break with 3 inches of snow….gah!
My fantasies about a family beach vacation are at epic proportions. I’ve begun searing for an early summer getaway and the fabulous Preferred Family website has easily narrowed down some major front runners.
We love the Preferred Hotel Group—a fabulous collection of Luxury Hotels and Resorts. We’ve had lovely stays at many of them including: The Tides Inn, Montage Beverly Hills, The Atlantic and The Trump Hotels in NYC.
They truly love families!
Preferred Hotel Group has made luxury family travel even easier with their Preferred Family website.
Preferred Family has over 230 participating luxury hotels located all over the world, from cities to resorts, Preferred Family hotels and resorts welcome families with special amenities and activities, catering to the unique needs of travelers of all ages.
Their website, http://www.preferredfamily.com, makes family travel planning a cinch.
To be a member of Preferred Family, hotels have to go through an extensive certification process to prove they are indeed family friendly. Yay! This involves a survey and on-inspection. Preferred looks at what they offer for families – ranging from location and room set-up to on-site facilities and child-friendly programming – and then certify them for each age group they can accommodation.
This allows Preferred Family to tell travelers exactly what ages of children a hotel can accommodate to make their experience as enjoyable as possible and give them peace of mind knowing that a property is family-welcoming not just family tolerable. The certification also drives their search filters.
“3 Days In…” has suggested itineraries for families in a slew of locations including: LA, Tokyo, Dublin, Vail, London, Key West, Paris and more…They even have great resources for babysitting, information on culture, eating out, etc. It’s an amazing resource.
Back to my need for a fruity cocktail on the beach, I love Preferred Family’s Family Travel Planner feature. It makes finding your ideal family hotel a breeze: put in your criteria including setting (beach, country, city, mountains?) kids’ ages, amenities like adjoining rooms, kid’s club, playground, etc. and a list of properties that match your needs will pop up.
Shall we go to Phuket, Thailand, Tenerife, Spain, Laguna, California or Sea Island, Georgia? There are 26 properties matching our requirements! When I add “playground” to the search criteria, the list narrows before my eyes to 12 properties.
Hmmm…Tivoli Victoria in Portugal is looking pretty amazing: Kid’s Club, children’s pool, connecting rooms, beach, playground, kid’s menus, video arcade, story time, spa (for mama)!
Making reservations online at Preferred Family after you find the dream vacation for you and your family couldn’t be easier.
It’s hard to believe it’s already Spring, especially with the frigid temps here in the East. So we’re keeping up with the sunny locales for this Fab Friday!
Elizabeth Thorp, Founder of Poshbrood.com, was featured on NBC-4 this week playing the “Guess Where We’re Going” game!
Atlantis Resorts + Special Needs Children = Paradise!
Quick! Flash sale! And it’s Viceroy Hotel—one of our FAVES!
@poshbrood hey liz! I’m desperate! where to go for 10th anniversary in may? no kids this time just need sun, sand, pool, and a nice room ]— TV Todd (@ctoddv) March 17, 2013
Viceroy Hotel Group, a luxury brand of hotels and resorts that we ADORE (if you like Kelly Wearstler, Philippe Starck or Hollywood Regency style you will fall in love!) announced a flash sale through 11:59 pm ET on March 24th.
This flash sale offers guests the opportunity to take advantage of fantastic savings on some seriously amazing hotels and resorts.
A sampling of some of their properties and offers include:
· Viceroy Anguilla: 15% off BAR, and a $100 Resort Credit per night valid 4/21-6/17 & 10/5-12/15, blackouts apply (Rates starting at $340) FAB FOR FAMILIES!!
· L’Ermitage: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit valid 3/18 – 12/30, 2 night minimum, blackouts apply (Rates starting at $361.25) 90210, BABY
· Viceroy Maldives: 50% off BAR and breakfast for two valid 3/18 – 12/15, valid only on stays of 2, 4, 6, or 8 nights, (Rates starting at $455) YOU HAD ME AT WATER VILLA
· Viceroy Miami: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit valid 3/25 – 9/30, blackouts apply (Rates start at $228.65) MIAMI HEAT
· Viceroy Palm Springs: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit per night valid 3/18-6/30 (3 night minimum) and 7/1-8/31 (2 night minimum), blackouts apply (Rates start at $144.50) RAT PACK
· Viceroy Riviera Maya: 50% off and $50 credit per night valid 6/1 – 12/18, valid only on Premium Villa or higher room category (3 night minimum) (Rates start at $492.50)
LA PLAYA BONITA
· Viceroy Snowmass: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit per night valid 4/1-12/14, blackouts apply (Rates start at $127.50) ROCKY MOUNTAIN GORGEOUS
· Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort: 15% off BAR, and a $100 Hotel Credit per night valid 8/1st – 10/31, valid only on sugar mills, superior sugar mills and luxury cottages, blackouts apply (4 night minimum) (Rates start at $297.50) WHERE GOOP GOES!
· Zetta San Francisco: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit per night valid 3/18-5/30 & 11/1-12/30, blackouts apply (Rates starting at $212.50) CITY BY THE BAY
· Viceroy Santa Monica: 15% off BAR, and a $40 Hotel Credit per night valid 3/18-6/30, 2-night minimum, blackouts apply (Rates starting at $314.50) SUNSHINE STATE
Book your break from reality with distinctive savings by visiting: http://www.viceroyhotelgroup.com/escape
We had so much fun yesterday playing “Guess Where We’re Going?” with Barbara Harrison on NBC-4.
Can you guess where we’re going??!!
View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.
When my husband told me last fall that he booked us a family trip to Atlantis in The Bahamas for January, I was thrilled! Beautiful beaches and sun in January, sign me up!
I love to go on vacation, but sometimes, since I am being honest, there is also a small hesitation. Going on vacation with three kids can be fantastic but it is, and has proven to be work too. My middle daughter, Devin, has Down syndrome, and although I think we are pretty lucky in the grand scheme of things, there is no doubt that it is harder.
Day to day life is harder, and so is vacation. I cannot just sit in a beach chair and close my eyes for 10 minutes at a time, I cannot send her to buy a snack or to the restroom on her own (at least not yet or in the foreseeable future and she is 10 years old). So, I am sure you can imagine my joy when my husband told me that Atlantis has a service that caters to special needs children.
About two weeks before our trip, I called to schedule time for all of my girls to go to their Kids Adventure sessions and I became smitten with the Atlantis. The person I spoke to at the Kids Adventure was so easy going even when I asked a million questions. Then she gave me the most amazing news!! Not only did she leave it to me to be comfortable with my choices for activities for Devin without hesitation (which always happens), they had a service for a one on one support person that I could get for her as well.
It was like Christmas all over again! I love my daughter, and we treat her just like our other girls but we know she needs extra help and supervision, so to be able to have that for her while we are on vacation, and to not have to do it all ourselves, was simply amazing.
We stayed at Atlantis for four nights and I have to say it was the easiest vacation EVER!! Some of that must certainly be because my girls are getting older, but without any question, much of it was because of the service and amenities at Atlantis.
When we checked our girls in for Kids Adventure, they made it so easy, comfortable and safe for us to leave our girls there, especially Devin. The girl who came out and was her one-on-one buddy gave her the biggest greeting and Devin’s eye lit up and her huge smile blossomed. How could I not melt on the spot?!
I knew I could go and enjoy the gym and spa with zero hesitation or concern. Then when we picked them up, all three of our girls could not stop chattering about their activities and how they were so kind to Devin and helped her with all of the activities.
Another main difference for me on this vacation was not just about amenities and activities for our family. Truly the most amazing thing was the way EVERYONE at the Atlantis treated my daughter Devin.
From the doormen, to the shuttle drivers, to the waiters and life guards to the people walking around! For five days, she was treated by everyone who worked at the Atlantis as a little girl. That might not sound so incredible to you, but if you have a child with special needs, I know you can appreciate this.
She was not the little girl with Down syndrome, or the special needs girl or anything other than a ten year old little girl who was on vacation with her family. They did not change the way they spoke to her or the way they acted around her. The man who was running the rock climbing assumed she could do it and encouraged her to even try it! And then made he made it work for her when she wanted to do it.
The sea lion trainer didn’t freak out when Devin got nervous about kissing the sea lion named Sunshine. When Devin was nervous about being so close, the trainer tried four different ways for Devin to be comfortable enough to hug Sunshine, and never once did I feel the anxiety or embarrassment that can often take over. The only thing I felt was joy- joy for my little girl, a little girl who simply wants to experience all of the wonderful things in life, just like her sisters.
It seems simple, going on vacation, but trust me, that’s not the case for everyone. My family will continue to try new places and vacation every year and I am sure we will continue to have a great time. That said, I know no matter where we venture in between, we will make another stop at Atlantis!
—Submitted by Gena Mitchell. Gena is a small business owner as a Partner at GM Ryan International with her husband. She also is very active in the disabilities community, serving her seventh year as President of the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Advocacy Coalition (MDAC). Gena resides in Bethesda, MD with her husband, three daughters and two yellow labs.
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