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4 Ancient Ruins You Don’t Want to Miss

Bring history out of the classroom and onto vacation when you visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating ancient ruins around the world. We chose five we think are “Can’t Miss!”

Bath's Roman Baths

Roman Baths in Bath, England

The Roman Baths is one of the most popular ruins to visit in North America. While there, you can go on a walkthrough, enjoy the costumed characters or take part in some of the frequent family activities. There are two different Activity Trails based on child’s age, so no one will get left behind. You can even play along before your visit!

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Longmen Grottoes in Henan Province, China

The Longmen Grottoes were carved during the 5th through 8th centuries. The statues and inscriptions carved into the limestone cliffs along a one kilometer stretch of the Yi River are completely dedicated to the Buddhist religion. One of the most famous areas, Yaofangdong Cave, shares 140 inscriptions pertaining to medical treatments! The more than 110,000 stone statues, 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions show us the high point in the history of Chinese carving.

Carthage, Tunisia

Carthage in Tunisa

In the 9th century B.C., Carthage was a great commercial empire. Founded by the Phoenicians, the town finally fell to their Roman rivals in 146 B.C. The Romans rebuilt a new city on top of the old one resulting in the wonderful mix of Punic, Roman, Vandal, Paleochristian and Arab cultures we observe today. Use a visit as an opportunity to explore Roman myth—starting with Dido and Aeneas!


Mycenae in Greece

Mycenae, located in the region of Argolis and founded by Perseus, was an economically successful town and was the center of power during the Mycenaean civilization of 1,600 to 1,00 B.C. Many of the most famous Greek myths, specifically the tragedies of Agamemnon, are set here. The Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae are must-sees. Just a short drive from Athens, this is a great day trip!

What’s your favorite ancient ruin to visit? Share in the comments!

photo credit: Nadezhda1906/

Posted by Elizabeth on 01/15 at 08:30 AM
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Ready for a Post-Holiday Getaway?


The holidays are always fun, but you could probably use a break! If you’re looking for a warm, relaxing post-holiday getaway at just the right price head to our favorite: Velas Resorts in Mexico. Through April, specials at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya include resort credits, city tours, room upgrades, unlimited golf and more in addition to discounted rates.


At Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel, guests booking the 2016 Winter Promotion receive a $50 spa credit per adult per stay, unlimited golf, 20% discount at the Resort’s boutique, one dinner at neighboring sister property Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, transportation to the hotel from the airport, and either a city and shopping or cultural and tequila tour in downtown Puerto Vallarta. In addition to the downtown city tour and cultural tour, families escaping to Velas Vallarta receive a two-for-one rate for children ages five to 17 years old, early check-in or late check-out, $30 spa credit, and a 10% discount on nightly rates. The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya extend guests a 10% discount at resort boutique shops and a $50 spa credit per adult per night, which can also be used towards golf at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. As an added bonus at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, adults receive an automatic upgrade from an Ambassador Suite to a Grand Class suite, each a minimum of 1,300 sq. ft. with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and private plunge pool.

Valid for travel through April 30th, discounted rates start at $263 (Casa Velas), $162 (Velas Vallarta), $385 (Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit) and $416 (Grand Velas Riviera Maya). Rates are per person per night and are based on double occupancy. All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

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property image courtesy: Casa Velas

Posted by Elizabeth on 01/12 at 08:30 AM
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Le Méridien Launches New Family Program

Le Meridien Kids Club

Le Méridien, the upscale, culture and design-focused hotel (don’t forget the éclairs!) offering from Starwood, has applied their unique approach to travel and accommodation to the their family programs. In the Le Méridien world, that meant finding a way to show that travel can be both fun and educational for the whole family. The Le Méridien Family Kids Club design echos the hotel’s famous coffeehouse-inspired Le Méridien Hub lobbies, chock full of artwork, references to local landmarks and, of course, opportunities for creative expression. And there’s no tech allowed!

Le Meridien Kids Club

Rather than simply entertaining kids while parents grab a quiet moment, Le Méridien is focusing on the increasing trend toward multi-generational travel and inclusiveness. Each location has put together a carefully curated Discovery Guide of family-friendly activities to encourage and inspire curiosity for the local area. If your kids are under 12, they’ll also receive an age-appropriate LEGO® toy to take home. The relationship with LEGO® is just the start, though! Expect more interesting partnerships as the program grows.

Le Meridien Kids Club

At the club, your kids will explore music, art and cuisine, and dive into activities that pique their senses in an immersive world of amusement where toying, tinkering and imaginative free play is celebrated. Family rate packages are available at select properties.

Photos courtesy Le Méridien

Posted by Elizabeth on 01/08 at 08:30 AM
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ABC Travel Guides Announces 2016’s Top Family Travel Destinations!

When you’re ready to introduce little ones to traveling in the U.S., ABC Travel Guides for Kids is a great place to start! This cute series covers family attractions with an activity and souvenir guide in an alphabet book format. Each year they list their top seven family travel destinations. For 2016, Philadelphia tops the list, three Florida cities are featured and Detroit’s comeback continues…!

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Time for an authentic Philly cheesesteak and a visit to the City of Brotherly Love as Franklin Square turns 10 and the National Constitution Center hosts Headed to the White House this election year. The guide also mentions the best ice cream parlor is The Franklin Fountain!

Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, IL
The Cubs are going to win the World Series in 2016 and Chicago’s Museums, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute all remain among our nation’s best. Stay at Residence Inn’s 700th hotel or the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for a fun family experience!

Touch it!

Orlando, FL
More than just the theme park capital of the world, Disney Springs and nearby Kennedy Space Center’s Heroes and Legends attraction features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Kids love staying at The Hard Rock Hotel!

St. Petersburg, FL
Take a “Bird Quest” through the areas museums, parks and hotels and let your senses go wild at the hands-on exhibits at Great Explorations, Sunken Gardens and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. When looking for a place to stay, try the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club!

Michigan LEGO Train Club Display at The Henry Ford - 2011

Detroit, MI
Only in Motor City can you visit the largest penguin facility in the world, stop at a LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy an afternoon of Beatles at The Magical History Tour at The Henry Ford. For dinner, kids will enjoy the iconic Buddy’s Pizza. Both Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills and Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica are great options for families.

Miami, FL
A Miami Culinary Tour in Little Havana is life changing and GameTime Miami, Jungle Island, Coral Gables Venetian Pool and Lincoln Road Mall provide unique experiences for everyone. The Pizza Bar and Bodega are fun, too! And the Palms Hotel & Spa is an incredible place for the fam to stay!

Hilton Head, SC.

Hilton Head, SC
Beaches, bike trails, kayaking and water sports, horseback riding, and we’re just getting warmed up! You’ll think you’re in the Caribbean when you stay at Omni’s Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.

Posted by Elizabeth on 01/05 at 08:30 AM
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Happy New Year from Poshbrood!

Posted by Erin on 01/01 at 08:30 AM


Lego Magic at Bondi Beach

To celebrate the world premiere of The Art of The Brick: DC Comics, renowned LEGO Brick artist Nathan Sawaya has crafted some of the most popular superheroes currently on display at Sydney’s iconic beaches. Exclusively in the Harbour City, this is the world’s largest collection of DC Comics inspired LEGO artwork and sculptures including super heroes and villains Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker. Embrace your inner superhero with exhilarating DNSW activities such as Stand Up Paddle Boarding through Bondi SUP, the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge climb or taking in the panoramic 260-degree view from Sydney Tower. Enjoy!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/29 at 08:30 AM
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Merry Christmas from Poshbrood!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Erin on 12/25 at 08:30 AM


Head to Great Wolf Lodge for the Holidays!

Just in time for the holidays, guest poster Kate Rockland and her family visited Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos and shared their wonderful experience as a Poshbrood Destination! Between the snow-filled wonderland in the lobby the fantasy-filled scavenger hunt and the waterpark, this resort has enough activity to keep your brood busy for a month! Check it out here!

Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.

Find Kate here:

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/22 at 08:30 AM
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Pro Packing Cubes Will Get You Ready for Holiday Travel!

Pro Packing Cubes

Have you started packing yet for travelling next week? I haven’t, but I’m not worried! I’m excited to share that our good friends at Pro Packing Cubes are now offering a set of SIX packing cubes. I covered their set of five packing cubes back in July, so I was super excited to try out the six! They make packing a lot easier and faster by allowing you to organize your luggage better—and fit way more in! Less decision making and less time spent is a good thing!

Pro Packing Cubes

The new six piece set has all the same features as the set of five (read that review here) with the added benefit of a large cube and one extra slim cube. After experimenting with different packing strategies, the extra slim packing cube is why I prefer the set of six over the set of five. The slim packing cubes are perfect for both toiletries AND cords and charges so having two is perfect! When you can barely move while seated on the plane, being able to reach for just one stylish bag with a handle containing all your chargers is heaven!

Pro Packing Cubes

These cubes are amazingly sturdy and hold more clothes, accessories and toiletries than you’ll believe. I recommend the six piece set, and I’ve got your discount code right here! Use coupon code JIJXXN83 for a 10% discounts on the 4, 5 or 6 piece sets through December 31!

photos courtesy Kevin Norris

Posted by Erin on 12/18 at 08:30 AM
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Introduce Your Family to Art, Food, Music and Culture in Los Angeles


For most families, the major draw for visiting Los Angeles is Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Knott’s Berry Farm, Dodger Stadium and all the other great tourist spots you see on TV every day. But when you want to incorporate a little culture into your kids when visiting L.A., whether you’re enjoying a short weekend in the city or a longer vacation, head to Downtown Los Angeles. There are loads of great new restaurants serving up international cuisine, art galleries, museums and musical venues. Read on to discover some of the best in the newly revived DTLA!


Architecture, Art Galleries and Museums

Introduce your posh brood to the world of art and architecture, by checking out hotels on and finding accommodations in or around DTLA. You’ll be in the heart of the rebirth, and all the cool places worth exploring will be right outside your door!

For starters, head to the historic core of revitalized Downtown, found around Broadway, where you’ll see striking buildings and engaging architecture. The art deco-style Eastern Columbia Building, the former United Artists Building (now a funky hotel) and the Bradbury Building, made famous in the classic Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner, are all within a few blocks.

Another great place to visit is the Arts District, southeast of Downtown. In this area, decrepit factories have been revamped into hip gallery spaces. Keep an eye out for the psychedelic art coloring the warehouse walls as you walk down the street!

Art loving fams won’t run out of activities for sure! Stop by The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). At the Broad, you’ll find 2,000 works of contemporary and post-war art including pieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Ray Lichtenstein. The Broad’s works are displayed within a $100 million-plus building and were collected by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. MOCA has a collection of more than 7,000 pieces including works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The Norton Simon Museum, housing artwork by Van Gogh and Rembrandt, is nearby as well. Or, step outside the Western world and head to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo to learn about the history and culture of Japanese Americans.



In Los Angeles, you won’t have trouble finding diverse restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Book a Six Taste Food Tour of the Arts District and experience artisan bakeries, provedores and all the other flavors DTLA has to offer. Or visit Grand Central Market for ramen noodles, artisan juices, tacos, Latin bagels, the painfully hip eggslut and more.

A new restaurant in L.A. that’s gaining rave reviews is the perfect spot for kids to try new tastes. POT, owned by Korean chef Roy Choi (who also operates Kogi barbeque taco trucks in the city), is a diner found inside The Line Hotel in Koreatown. Here, chef Choi whips up dishes that riff on classic noodle and stew recipes.



If music is your thing, you probably know Los Angeles is home to a number of diverse musical venues. For the opera experience, book tickets at LA Opera, whose current general director is none other than the great, Plácido Domingo. The company lured Domingo to the ranks to mark its 30th anniversary, and the star not only sings in the first half of the Puccini opera, Pagliacchi (directed by Woody Allen), but also conducts the second half himself.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a beautiful, curving, silver building designed by Frank Gehry, and is the place to hear the LA Philharmonic show off their musical chops. If you can, book tickets to a concert conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel!

Did we miss any of your favorite DTLA hotspots? Let us know in the comments below!

photos courtesy Kevin Norris

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/15 at 08:30 AM
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Revive Tired Skin at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston!

Revive Oxygen facial

Just got off a flight at Logan Airport in Boston, and your skin’s feeling a little…toxic? Before spending a lovely afternoon shopping on famed Newbury Street, stop by the The Spa at Mandarin Oriental for the Linda Meredith Revive Oxygen facial. The Mandarin boasts they are the only spa to use Brit Linda Meredith’s products in the United States, so now is the time to try this exciting service!

The Revive Oxygen facial uses a little shiny contraption that looks exactly like a hand-held tattoo gun to soothe tense skin. The aesthetician massages a lovely hydrating serum over your face, and the oxygen gives your skin a clean, plump look immediately erasing that icky feeling one gets from recycled plane air.

Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.

Find Kate here:

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/11 at 08:30 AM


Our 5 Fave Hotels Around the World

Business Insider Hotels

Business Insider recently put together a list of what they think are the 30 Best Hotels in the World. We chose our fave five… Do you agree?

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Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Prague, Czech Republic
The Four Seasons Hotel Prague, just steps away from the Charles Bridge in Old Town Prague, mixes classical, renaissance and 18th century baroque architecture for a stunning edifice. The interior, though, is a thoroughly modern building with a décor inspired by the history of the Czech Republic. The hotel has some of the largest rooms in Prague, a modern Italian restaurant and in-room massages.

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Stein Eriksen Lodge

Park City, Utah
The world’s best ski hotel, and the only Forbes Five Star Hotel in Utah, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort. A European getaway in the heart of Park City, accomodations are designed with rich colors, natural textures, and sumptuous fabrics, and each echoing elements of Norway’s traditional style mixed with contemporary American aesthetics. There are more than 145 stone fireplaces so staying cozy won’t be a problem!

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Hotel Alfonso XIII

Seville, Spain
Hotel Alfonso XIII, in the center of Seville, is one of the most prestigious hotels in Spain. Each of the 151 suites and rooms are decorated in either Moorish, Castilian or Andalusian styles with beautifully crafted ceramic tiles and wood finishes. The property also boasts a courtyard, pool, gardens, several restaurants and a spa.

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaipur, India
The Oberoi, Udaivilas is on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar on the bank of Lake Pichola. Just like the city of Udaipur is linked by canals, the hotel is linked by domes and corridors. The property includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary and spectacular views of the City Palace, gardens and Lake Pichola. Most of the rooms have private or semi-private pools and terraces.

Business Insider Hotels

Castello di Casole

Siena, Italy
Castello di Casole in Siena, Italy is a beautifully appointed castle located dating back to the year 998. Each of the 41 full, private suites effortlessly combines Old World Tuscan charm with modern luxuries and sublime comfort with elegance and sophistication. Graceful and intimate accommodations, inspired cuisine and an inviting repertoire of activities including their mesmerizing spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining, inspired activities and everything your family could hope for all with the best in customer service.

Check out the full list here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/08 at 08:30 AM


Head to the Smithsonian for your Holiday Shopping!


We’ve got a lot of shopping to do this month, and we’re starting at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Institution offers great gifts every year, that are unique to the museum stores. Shop online or on-site for a fun, educational and family-friendly alternative to traditional department stores.

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In honor of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opening this month, the National Air and Space Museum is featuring Star Wars themed gifts for kids and adults including jewelry, Darth Vader, Ewok and Chewbacca beanies, Yoda plush toys and an M&M Star Wars Light Up Lightsaber!

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The National Museum of the American Indian is featuring products related to the Inka Road Exhibit at the museum. The designs on these products (scarf, umbrella, tote bag) are drawn from a Colonial Inka Ceremonial drinking cup.


Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu (ca. 1570 – ca. 1640) is celebrated for his mastery of tarashikomi, a technique that brought to life every detail of his nuanced paintings. The first major exhibition in the Western hemisphere devoted to Tawaraya Sōtatsu debuted October 24, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and will be available through January 31, 2016. This is the first and only opportunity to see more than 70 of Sōtatsu’s celebrated masterpieces from Japan, the U.S. and Europe together along with homage works by later artists.
These exquisite gift accessories are adapted from his Painted Fans Mounted on a Screen in the Freer Gallery of Art.

Moravian Star

From the National Museum of American History, we have a beautiful handcrafted, three-dimensional Moravian Star ornament. The Moravian 12-point star originated in Germany hundreds of years ago and is most recognizable as the way this denomination celebrates Christmas. Moravian Stars continue to be a popular Advent, Christmas and Epiphany decoration throughout the world in both churches and homes.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/04 at 08:30 AM


Ready to Shop? It’s Posh’s Annual Product Review Roundup!

Already worn out from holiday shopping? We’re ready for a nap, and we haven’t even started! Just in time for the gift-giving and travel season, we’re gathering all the awesome travel products and services we’ve shared this year in one convenient place. Take a look, and happy holiday season!


Lugabug adds an instant element of fun and adventure to travel. Kids love it because they get to ride safely and comfortably without getting tired feet. Adults love it because Lugabug carries your kid for you. You know where they are at all times, and you have a free hand to carry extra bags, a coffee or nothing at all… making all the difference between calm and chaos. Sound like the perfect accessory for your family?  Use code lugabugtravel15 through the end of December for a 20% discount.

Pro Packing Cubes

Pro Packing Cubes

Pro Packing Cubes make packing so much easier. Save an amazing amount of space and organize your suitcase like a pro with their 4, 5 or 6 set pieces. Each packing cube holds a crazy number of clothes, toiletries and chargers, all neatly separated for easy access at airport security, on the plane or at your hotel. Get a 10% on any size through 12/31 using discount code JIJXXN83.

Squeeze Pod

Squeeze Pods

Squeeze Pods are easy to pack, lightweight, single-use pods filled with shampoo,conditioner, lotion…any basic toiletry you’re likely to need while traveling. They are made in the USA, vegan, PETA-certified cruelty-free and TSA compliant. If that’s not enough for you, they smell and work great!  Stock up for holiday travel using code POSH25 for a 25% discount.



Trash is one thing you never seem to run out of when you have kids—especially in the car. That’s why we love the Trash-Zilla Auto Trash Bag so much! This sturdy portable trash can is designed to keep trash where trash belongs—in the can and off the floor and car seats! The two pockets on the outside are great for wipes, sanitizer or anything else small that you need to store in there.



How often do you desperately need a massage, but just don’t have the time to get away? Well, your problem has been solved! We shared the deets on Veluxe, the DC area’s premiere app for on-demand fitness and beauty services.

Partage app


Partage—an easy-to-use app—lets you rent high quality household items, like Britax car seats and UPPAbaby strollers, and have them delivered to you when and where you need them. Save time, hassle and money by having baby gear waiting for you at the airport or your hotel. And returning them is just as easy!

Reserve  Reserve


Heading off for an adventure in a new city and have no idea where to eat? Or just want an easy experience at your favorite local restaurant? Reserve is a new app (or on-call dining concierge) that gives great restaurant recommendations, gets you the table you want and lets you effortlessly pay at the end of the meal so you and your family can head to what’s next.

Happy traveling, Poshbrooders!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/01 at 08:30 AM


A Posh Visit to the Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Thanks to Posh Papa Almus Thorp for contributing this amazing review of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Cancun.

With a tagline like “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare,” the Grand Velas experience was particularly enjoyable, and it sounds like our Posh travelers can’t wait to head back!

Find the entire review at Poshbrood Destinations!

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/27 at 08:30 AM


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