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Do St. Patty’s Day Right in Montserrat
What is the only only nation in the world, outside of Ireland, to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday? Montserrat, of course! On this Caribbean island, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations go beyond the “ordinary” custom of wearing the color green and drinking beer at the neighborhood pub. Montserratians shake up St. Patty’s Day Caribbean-style—infusing their African and Irish heritage into the yearly celebrations.
The approximately 39 square mile island is lush, green and mountainous and lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, the pear-shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers and honeymooners.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a week of feasts, costumed parades, concerts and cultural exhibitions that commemorate the planned slave uprising that occurred on the island during St. Patrick’s Day in 1768. Local bars and restaurants celebrate in the traditional Irish way, by serving Guinness and decorating with shamrocks and plenty of green, but that’s just the start! National exhibitions showcase the island’s history, art and literature. There’s a “Catch the Mermaid” island-wide treasure hunt, a Junior Calypso Monarch Competition, a pub crawl; a Freedom Walk and Run; a Heritage Day Feast, offering samples of local traditional foods, such as bush tea, goat water, stewed yard fowl and the “not-to-be-missed” event Leprechaun’s Revenge.
The harp and female figure on the flag and official seal of Montserrat are derived from the Irish heraldy and in the southern region of the island, there is even a village named St. Patrick’s (located in the exclusion zone). Goat water, the national dish made of kid or mutton and spiced with cloves and rum, is believed to hail from the original Emerald Isle. The Irish legacy is present in the folklore, surnames and even the local speech that is laced with an Irish brogue.
Photos courtesy of Montserrat Tourism by Abi Kamalei
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/08 at 08:30 AM
3 Spring Break Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss!
Spring break is almost here! This week we’re sharing three Poshbrood-approved suggestions for your spring-break adventures. We know exactly where you can find all the luxury, activities and opportunities for relaxing you’ve been wishing for…
Rancho de los Caballeros
We’ve covered ranch experiences before, but Rancho de los Caballeros is one of the best for spring break! Located in Wickenburg, AZ, you’ll find tons of amenities and hospitality at this family-owned and operated ranch. Between horseback rides through the desert, soothing hot stone massages, laid-back games of golf and a fabulous kid’s club.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Not quite ready for winter to be over? Head to the Steamboat Resort in Colorado. The Kids’ Vacation Center won’t disappoint with instruction for kids as young as three! The center was recently expanded and includes five kids-only lifts and two special beginner teaching areas with dedicated Magic Carpet lifts. There’s also a kids-only terrain at Rough Rider Basin, complete with dedicated lift plus teepees, a frontier-style fort and the Beehive - a kids’ terrain park.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
If you’re a true summer baby, head to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Located between magnificent lush mountains and sea, this spot is likely to become your own personal paradise. For activities, head to the Kauai Surf School on Poipu Beach for some professionally-taught surf lessons. The Family Surf Camp is custom built for you and includes unlimited instruction!
Let us know where you’re headed this spring break!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/04 at 08:30 AM
Moms Know Luxury Travel!
We’re excited to share that more people agree: Moms ARE the new authority on luxury travel—especially when it’s on a private jet! Our new besties at Stratos Jet Charters chose Poshbrood as one of the top blogs for “mom-tested luxury travel experiences and accommodations.” That’s because we know just ‘cause you’re traveling with a kid crew doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style! Read the article here—and share on Facebook!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/01 at 08:30 AM
It’s an Oscar Time of Year Again!
It’s that time of year again! The 2016 Oscars are THIS Sunday. We’re excited to watch, but even more excited to find out what’s in the annual, exclusive swag bag that’s always filled with crazy, extravagant goodies. The loot this year is worth a total of $232,000—up 43% from last year. In fact, this year’s offering is so over-the-top, the Academy is suing the independent company that creates the bags for going too far…
We still want to know, though, what’s in the fab swag bag? Everything from a Haze dual-chamber vaporizer to fancy bathroom tissue from Joseph’s Toiletries and even $5,530 worth of plastic surgery from 740 Park in New York City. Keep in mind these fancy treats are NOT sanctioned or approved by the Academy!
Travel Worthy of a Celebrity
In addition to the dozens of amazing items we’re dying to get our hands on, there are loads of luxury vacations. How about a 10-day vacation to Israel with all expenses paid? Or a $10,000 Italian trip (returning from last year) with 3-day stays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como. There’s also a private 15-day walking tour of Japan valued at $54,000 and a 3-day stay at the Golden Door Spa Resort in San Marcos, CA valued at $4,800. All in all, travel makes up more than half of the gift bag’s price tag.
Things We Love
Some of the coolest non-travel items are a lifetime supply of Pu-erh Tea Nourishing Cream and Cleansing Bars from Lizora and a $300 gift certificate to trendy women’s clothes designer Belldini. We also love the beautiful Sedona Lace makeup brushes!
What’s your favorite? Share in the comments below!
photos by Joseph’s Toiletries, Golden Door Spa Resort and Lizora
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/26 at 08:30 AM
5 UK Attractions that will Inspire Your Imagination!
Sometimes we hear about attractions that sound so fun, we know we’re just using “the kids” as an excuse to visit. Following on from our article last week, we’re looking at 5 UK attractions that will inspire the imagination of even the most jaded kids and adults!
Not that far away from amazingly beautiful Windsor Castle, you can stop by Legoland Windsor Resort—one of the most colorful and lively places in the UK. Just like in the US, this theme park is built entirely with Lego blocks, and they even have working Lego cars! Legoland in Windsor is full of themed rides, mini-models of famous tourists sites, and building workshops where the whole family can express their creativity.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
If you’re already missing Downton Abby, head to Alnwick Castle in the North of England. The 2014 Christmas show was filmed there, and you can check out their permanent display of costumes and props from that episode. Enjoy a real-life knight experience when you dress up in traditional medieval attires and explore the castle, make some medieval crafts with the Company of Artisans, start an epic dragon quest or just walk around dressed like a Lord or Lady!
Bristol Science Centre, Bristol
Give your kids the chance to fall in love with chemistry, psychics and other sciences when you take them to Bristol Science Centre. Try your hand at crazy, interesting experiments, invent something unique and explore the solar system all in one awesome location. There are tons of special activities for all ages!
Natural History Museum, London
Kids love to check out real dinosaurs skeletons and learn about other unusual creatures, so the Natural History Museum in London is perfect for a day trip. This free museum offers lots of interactive fun for kids with exhibits ranging from beautiful wildlife photography to all-night Dino Snore events for both kids and adults!
Wanted to run wild and have a blast in the woods? Then BeWILDerwood in Norfolk is for you! This amazingly beautiful forest is full of treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, storytelling, boat rides, marsh walks and much more. The park is truly an imaginative adventure where everything has a little magic, and nothing is ordinary.
Check out some of the best hotel deals, book plane tickets, and start planning your amazing trip!
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/23 at 08:30 AM
Check out London in Style!
Traipsing around any city as a tourist is tiresome after awhile—especially with a cranky brood in tow. If you’re headed to London this summer, why not hire a limo to see the sights? You’ll not only keep the kids rested and interested longer, you’ll also get the added benefit of local tidbits of knowledge shared by your driver! And if you’re wondering what sites to see and hotspots to hit, we’ve got a handy infographic to share that will help! It recommends some of the old standby’s like Buckingham Palace and the British Museum, but also some you might not think of like playgrounds and the best of the West End Theatre shows. Take a look below!
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/19 at 08:30 AM
Adventures in Dog Sledding!
Winter doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any time soon! Rather than try to escape, why don’t we double down…with some dog-sledding! That’s right! Now you and your brood can experience this iconic winter activity without having to travel too far.
The Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures in McMillan, MI is open right now with adventures that will work for everyone ages 10 and up. You’ll learn how the dogs are cared for, and you’ll receive training on how to drive your own team. If you don’t feel comfortable on your own, you can catch a ride with the guide!
The kennel offers several different packages, plus half- or full-day training sessions. Want the full dog-sled experience? Book an overnight trip. You’ll learn the basics of dog sledding and how to care for the dogs, go on a 20-mile sled and sleep in a cozy camp before returning to the kennel the next morning. Sounds fabulous!
If you love winter photography, they’ll be offering a workshop and dog-sledding adventure at the beginning of March. Imagine the opportunity for amazing images!
photos courtesy Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/16 at 08:30 AM
Tour Africa in Style with Abercrombie & Kent
Africa encompasses a great many wonders, both natural and man-made, from the rock-carved churches of Lalibela and the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti, to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. And the best way to experience this beauty is on a ultra-luxury Africa Revealed: A Journey by Private Jet tour with Abercrombie & Kent!
(photo credit: Copyright © Elaine Zager and Ernest Lawton 2007 / Abercrombie & Kent Picture Library)
You’ll see seven countries in 21 days on this ultimate safari while traveling on an exclusively-chartered private jet. Begin in the sands of Ethiopia and continue south through the game-rich reserves of Tanzania and Botswana. Experience the finest in both nature and cuisine in South Africa and visit Uganda to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. End the journey in Morocco with an unforgettable desert camping experience in the remote Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, following by a visit to dazzling Marrakech.
Each seat is a fully lie-flat bed and is equipped with a personal massage system, four-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support. You’ll enjoy a fully-stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to an on-board chef who provides personalized, first-class meal service. Completing this best-in-class in-flight experience is a flight crew who travel with the group throughout, learning personal preferences and helping to make the private aircraft a familiar and inviting home away from home.
Accommodations on the ground are always the best available selected to reflect the destination’s spirit and style. Enjoy historic hotels, luxurious lodges and remote bush camps that offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views.
A&K’s deep roots in Africa allow for privileged access and invitation-only events such as a private tour led by the owner of one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, a choral performance by dozens of Ethiopian Orthodox priests and a “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights” dining experience under the stars in Morocco–all arranged exclusively for A&K’s Private Jet guests.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/12 at 08:30 AM
Ian Ziering Shares the Celebrity Travel Secrets You’ve Always Wanted to Know!
Whether it’s sailing through Italy, fab beach vacations or visits to the homeland, celebrities have the best holidays! Wondering how they find out about such amazing travel opportunities? So do we! The solution has arrived courtesy of…Ian Ziering?
Yep, you read that right. This 90210 OG loves to travel and has decided he wants to share his inside info with us. He’s started his own travel website, Celebrity Hideaways, highlighting all the great, secret (until now!) places around the world that are regularly frequented by the rich and famous. From Secret Bay, West Indies to a Greek Chic tour and Casa Majani in Mexico where you can rent a six-bedroom, seven bath, full-service vacation home, the site provides access to the top travel locations around the world.
Search by location or type of experience. You’ll see the best of the best of what’s available at the destination, and the who’s who that has visited there. Then get a quote for your own couple or family travel. You’ll see some of the more famous celebrity destinations, but also the secret retreats and the undiscovered jewels that will be tomorrows celebrity hideaways!
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/09 at 08:30 AM
Celebrate Carnaval in Trinidad & Tobago!
While most of the U.S. is freezing our bums off, the Caribbean’s ‘happiest’ nation,Trinidad & Tobago, is heating up with their annual Carnival celebration—the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean!
Over the past two centuries, Trinidad’s Carnival has developed into one of the most colorful and culturally diverse pre-Lenten celebrations in the world. Carnival season there actually starts after Christmas with events being held in the months leading up to the main event on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year. It’s the most significant event on the islands’ cultural and tourism calendar, and brings people from all walks of life and backgrounds together for a celebration of culture, calypso and cuisine!
The LIME Fête
Hyatt’s LIME fête is a benefit for charity—this year’s recipient is The Heroes Foundation—that takes place every year on Carnival Wednesday. This white and lime-green themed event is set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Port of Spain’s waterfront. A favorite with residents, jet-setting revelers and international celebrities alike, the LIME fête combines the best of soca music with classic calypso in the LIME lounge and flowing top-shelf liquor, champagne, wine, signature cocktails and culinary treats to tempt every palate. Lively performances from crowd pleasers Machel Mantano, Kes The Band, David Rudder, Bunji Garlin and others, plus the camaraderie among charismatic party goers, makes it the party of the year—every year!
Turtle Watching Season
If you can’t make it for Carnival, turtle watching season is right around the corner! From March through September, both Trinidad and Tobago are the home to some of the most important sites for sea turtles. With 80 percent of all leatherback turtles nesting in the insular Caribbean, one of the world’s most important leatherback turtle nesting locations, Trinidad offers a near guarantee to witness giant sea turtles on beaches. Tobago has an important population of hawksbills living in its numerous coral reefs and many of green turtles inhabit the sea grass beds off the coast. The nesting population on these islands makes the conservation efforts critical. The best time to spot a leatherback is during a beach walk on Matura Beach or Grand Riviere during their nesting time from March through July. The hawksbills, found in the coral reeds of Tobago, nest from May to September.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/05 at 08:30 AM
5 Best Travel Snacks for Kids
The right travel snack can save they day while the wrong one can bring on a hunger-fueled tantrum before you know it. We evaluated travel snacks based on messiness, liklihood of causing the dreaded sugar crash and heartiness and found five perfect travel snacks for kids we love. Whether by land, air or by sea, these snacks will keep you stress free!
DIY Trail Mix
When you make your own trail mix, you choose what’s in it. No hidden sugars here, just exactly what you want. And you don’t have to stick with the traditional granola! Use your favorite low-sugar cereal (Cheerios actually works great!), pretzels or even Teddy Grahams for a cute, slightly sweet base. Add raisins, yogurt drops, chocoloate chips, dried bananas, peanuts or whatever your kids love. You now have your own signature healthy, mess-free trail mix!
Yogurt is portable, but can be a little messy in the wrong circumstance. And be aware that some add sugar in the kid’s version. But, the right yogurt is a tasty, healthy treat that fills kids up. If you can’t find the right yogurt in a portable version, try a reusable cup. Some even have tops where you can store granola or fruit to add in later!
Fruits & Veggies
Bite-sized fruits and veggies are an ideal travel snack for kids. Sliced apples (add some cheddar chunks for protein!), Clementines, berries, cherry tomatoes, celery slices and baby carrots are all perfectly designed for travel. Colorful and yummy mini bell peppers are good, too!
Edamame is the perfect snack! This flavor-packed bean is nutrient dense and rich in protein and dietary fiber. Many people eat nuts by the handful, unaware of the substantial amount of fat they’re consuming. Even though nuts have good fat, edamame has less, so munch away!
Nothing beats the original travel food: sandwiches! Pretty much anything tastes good between two slices of bread, but for travel, use nut butters or thinly sliced veggies as fillers. Avoid ingredients that will fall or squish out of the sandwich as little ones are eating.
What are your favorite travel snacks for kids?
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/02 at 08:30 AM
Hotel Esprit St Germain’s Awesome Winter Promotion
Headed to Paris for Valentine’s Day? Book your stay at the gorgeous Hotel Esprit St. Germain! Their awesome winter promotion will make you wish you never have to come home!
Located in the heart of Paris, in the St. Sulpice neighborhood on the left bank, close to wonderful restaurants and great boutique shopping, this cozy hotel provides the perfect French experience. Snuggle up in the Fireplace Lounge during tea time or enjoy a drink and a book in the Library Lounge—there’s an open bar all day! Or explore the wonder of Paris right outside the door. When you book now through April 20th, you’ll get your fourth night free!
In addition to that fourth night free, you’ll get complimentary:
- American breakfast daily.
- Bar in the lobby with champagne, wines, spirits.
- In-room mini bar.
- Access to the business centre and fitness centre with steam room and sauna.
- Flowers and fresh fruits daily.
Click here for more info!
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/29 at 08:30 AM
The Perfect Valentine’s Day Package for YOU!
Valentine’s Day may be three weeks away, but the travel deals are here now! If you haven’t made your plans yet, we’re highlighting three fabulous getaways you’ll love whether you’re IN love—or not!
The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis
Spend a cozy Valentine’s Day enjoying understated style and warm hospitality at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis in the heart of the city. With easy access to the climate-controlled skyway system, you’ll stay warm and dry the whole time! If you even want to go out… The Grand is offering two special packages!
Treat your loved one to Romance Package that includes:
$20 In-Room Dining Credit
Or try the fabulous Grand Spa Package where you can relax and pamper with:
Two $100 Life Spa Gift Certificates;
A Special Gift From Life Spa;
A Grand Healthy Amenity; and
A Late 2PM Check-Out!
And don’t miss out on the fabulous Valentine’s Day menu at the sophisticated Six15 Room!
Hotel Monaco, Chicago
Is your BAE also your furbaeby? Why not spend the holiday with your pooch on a posh doggy date at Hotel Monaco in Chicago with the My Furry Valentine package.
Enjoy the weekend pampering you and your pup with:
Overnight accommodations in the newly renovated AV Serenity Suite;
Welcome Amenity including a split of Prosecco and sweet treats for you and your dog;
Lux bath amenity for you and your dog;
In-room massage for you and your dog;
No pet fees!; and best of all
10% of your room rate will be donated to PAWS Chicago, a local no kill animal shelter!
This package is only available Feb. 12–14 only, so get your reservation in now!
Hotel Palomar, Chicago
Single this Valentine’s Day? The Hotel Palomar in Chicago feels ya. What better way to get over an ex or just celebrate YOU than by looking/feeling great followed by a night on the town! Grab a fellow singleton and shred away negative feelings and pounds with an hour-long high-intensity interval training workout with Shred415.
The Shred Your Ex package includes:
Overnight accommodations in Queen/Queen;
2 class passes to Shred415 studio*;
$30 gift card at Sable for Cocktails to toast your exhilarating workout; and
A healthy Welcome Amenity.
This one is available Thursday–Sunday the whole month of February and requires a 5-Day Advance Booking.
Whatever your Valentine’s Day situation, there’s an option for you. Get to making those plans now!
photos courtesy: Kimpton Hotels
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/26 at 08:30 AM
Blizzard? What Blizzard? We’re going to Puerto Rico!
Yes, there’s a blizzard on the east coast today, but it’s warm in Puerto Rico! At the famous, state-of-the-art Coqui Water Park, a new Piragua Concierge is serving up the popular Puerto Rican snow cone at a traditional Piragua cart. You get to eat a treat AND learn a little about the local traditions that go along with this yummy frozen treat.
Yes, those ARE gummy worms you see in the picture. Unlike American shaved ice, cotton candy, gummy worms, sour patch kids, whipped cream and others toppings are a definite “Yes!” on the piragua! Made of shaved ice and covered with fruit-flavored syrup, the refreshing pyramid shaped treat is available in both kid-friendly and adult-only flavors. Flavors range from coconut, strawberry and watermelon to Puerto Rican classics like Mojito, watermelon, wild berry or mango. And
The word piragua is derived from the combination of the Spanish words “piramide” (pyramid) and “agua” (water). While the traditional American snow cone is round and resembles a snowball, the piragua is pointy and shaped like a pyramid. Piraguas are frequently seen throughout the island of Puerto Rico as sold by vendors, known as piragüeros, in small colorful pushcarts.
I’m ready for snack, how about you?
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/22 at 08:30 AM
5 Unbelievable Kids’ Clubs
Every hotel has a kids’ club, but not every kids’ club is extraordinary. This week we put together a list of the five most unbelievable kids’ clubs from around the world just for you!
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Bahama’s Atlantis Paradise Island offers incredible activities for all ages! Teens and tweens have a Teen Club that features a massive gaming room with every video game ever created, a dance club or concert series with live bands like the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift. For the younger crowd, head over to the Imagination Area, an Earth and Fire Studio, Gamer’s Reef and Atlantis Speedway. There’s something for everyone!
Abama Golf and Spa Resort, Spain
Set in Tenerife, Spain, Ritz-Carlton’s Abama Golf and Spa Resort focuses on adventure and learning in their Ritz Kids Club. Meant to inspire the natural curiosity of your brood, activities are based on the four pillars of water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. One day they might be getting to know the planets and the next playing musical games. No boredom allowed!
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Turkey
Within Turkey’s Zeytinlikahve Cove lies Jumeirah Bodrum’s Palace, a magnificent getaway combining natural beauty for you and, for the kids, interactive science experiments. Their Sinbad’s Kids’ Club explores astronomy in an exciting new way. Kids use the latest telescopes to look for star clusters and nebulas and make their own Eco toys to learn about solar energy. It’s not all learning, though! There’s an aqua park and playgrounds too!
The Den, Thailand
Visit the world above the forest trees at Thailand’s Soneva Kiri, a culturally immersive atmosphere unlike any other! The Den is a treehouse-inspired kids’ club designed to trigger the imagination and ignite wonder. Kids have the opportunity to play Thai instruments, go to cooking class, learn to paint or participate in private expeditions to local villages. The Intrepid Explorers Club, set in the Eco Den, provides care and entertainment for ages 1-5.
The Palm’s Kids Club, Dubai
Have you ever watched a movie underwater? Well, you can at the Kids Club Underwater Theater at Atlantis The Palm! Games, films and great learning experiences all take place in a theater surrounded by an aquarium full of amazing marine life. Little ones will definitely earn some new bragging rights on this incredible adventure. From personal dolphin encounters—they’ll never have an opportunity to get closer than this—to creation zones and the latest in video games, there’s non-stop vacation fun! The Palm’s Kids Club also features a pirate’s playground for younger kids and a nightclub for your independent teenagers.
We think these kids’ clubs are unbelievable! What’s the best Kids’ Club your family has ever experienced?
Photos courtesy Atlantis Paradise Island, Abama Golf and Spa Resort, Jumeirah Group, Soneva Kiri and Atlantis The Palm
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/19 at 08:30 AM