Family Wellness Lives At Omni La Costa Resort
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The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is designed for family fitness vacations, and is a fun place to introduce children to a healthy lifestyle. Luxuriously restored, the Mediterranean style resort was founded nearly a half-century ago as the country's first spa (they called it a "fat farm" then.), They've been perfecting the arts of wellness ev...
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Kids' Guide to Washington, D.C.
What would he think of us now? As we celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Black History Month in February and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the march to Selma in March - commemorated in the new much-lauded film - that led to the passage later that same year of the Voting Rights Act, we might ask: What would King and al...
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Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota
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I'm not fond of winter, though I am resigned to it. Growing up in Iowa, moving to Minnesota, then returning to Iowa, it's obvious I've made my choice to deal with the harshest season. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. My kids love it, though. And, being a mom, I don't want to hold them back from experiences, regardless of my prefer...
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Omni La Costa Restore and Spa is Fun for Families
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Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in sunny Carlsbad, California. It is one of the best-rated family resorts in the U.S. and is a top golf and spa destination as well. Carlsbad makes a great base for a Southern California family vacation. This year-round beach town is the home of LEGOLAND California and near the San Diego Zoo...
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The Beautiful Omni La Costa Resort #TMSCarlsbad
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A few years ago I had the opportunity to bring my family along to the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California for a resort review. It was a short trip, but I knew it was a place I would love to come back to. Just before the holidays I had that very chance to stay and attend the Travel Media Showcase, and what an amazing stay it was!
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Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
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A wellness resort that works for family travel? Yep, we've found one. Carlsbad California's Omni La Costa is one part golf and tennis resort, one part spa retreat, yet somehow, 90% family-focused. Those familiar with the Omni brand will understand how we arrived at this conclusion, but for everyone else, let's break it down.
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Family Wellness Lives At Omni La Costa Resort
January 16, 2015
The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is designed for family fitness vacations, and is a fun place to introduce children to a healthy lifestyle. Luxuriously restored, the Mediterranean style resort was founded nearly a half-century ago as the country's first spa (they called it a "fat farm" then.), They've been perfecting the arts of wellness ever since.
Taking the Kids -- and visiting Mantua, a hidden Italian gem
January 9, 2015
After all, I'm staying in a palace -- the Palazzo Castiglioni, which dates back to the Renaissance, located right across the piazza from the 500-room Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, Italy. Where? That was my reaction when Kit Burns, whose company Doorways specializes in booking villa vacations to Italy, suggested we spend a few days in the palazzo that has been owned by the same family since the Renaissance, in a city just 40 minutes from Verona. (If you know your Shakespeare, you'll know this is where Romeo came to buy the poison.)
Kids' Guide to San Francisco
January 7, 2015
Dim sum anyone? There's likely no better place than San Francisco's Chinatown -- the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, the oldest in North America and one of the city's top tourist attractions -- to sample those delectable bite-sized dumplings and other foods served in steamer baskets, though some locals say they now prefer the less touristy restaurants on Clement Street.
Cajun Country Cravin'
January 2, 2015
When most people visit Louisiana, they spend time in New Orleans but never experience the rest of the state. Two of the state's largest cities - Baton Rouge (also the state capital) and Lake Charles - offer a different side of Louisiana. Explore the Cajun and Creole traditions, along with the bayous, back roads, cuisine, and celebrations that define the region.
Things to Do for Christmas with Kids in New Orleans
December 23, 2014
There is no doubt that New Orleans is a city that knows how to celebrate - and Christmas is no exception. From French Quarter galleries draped in garland and wreaths to the twinkling lights decorating City Park, NOLA shares her most charming self during the holidays.
Professional Travelers Share Money-Saving Tips For Holiday Travel Shopping
December 15, 2014
Today's savvy traveler may check out blogs, social media feeds, online travel agencies and the Sunday Travel Section for deals, but nothing beats the advice of trusted friends. And since everyone's Holiday Wish List includes a dream vacation, the expert vacation planners at the 4th TMS Family Travel Conference have shared their money-saving secrets for travel with family, friends or solo adventures.
The Kids' Guide to Boston
December 14, 2014
Ready to party? Grab the kids and head to Boston for New Year's Eve. Boston has the oldest and biggest family First Night kid-free celebration in the country, lasting 11 hours and complete with fireworks, parade, music, huge ice sculptures and even an all-day Puppet Festival. Let's not forget, it's alcohol-free!
Mankato Christmas Lights: Making the Holiday Merry & Bright
December 10, 2014
Isn't it funny how the things you tend to really enjoy you just don't do yourself Take Christmas light displays, for example. I will drive miles to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights. But in my own yard... well, we have a couple of lawn decorations. Sad, but true. Though we didn't drive to Minnesota just to view the Mankato Christmas lights, this beautiful public display in Sibley Park was a highlight of our winter weekend.
Take a walk on the wild side in the Cotswolds
December 8, 2014
Ready for a nice country walk for 100 miles or so? The famous Cotswolds Way in Britain is 102 miles, actually, through rolling fields, past villages that couldn't evoke Old England any more than if you were on a film set. Think thatched roofs, winding country lanes, ancient stone cottages, huge manor houses. We stayed in one that's now the Ellenborough Park Hotel-and even Sudeley Castle that once was home to royalty.
This Year's Best Ski And Snow Family Vacations
December 8, 2014
It's time to warm up to snow sports by planning family ski and snowboard vacations. Introduce the kids to the great outdoors at North America's top mountain resorts where, no matter their fitness or ability level, there are snow activities to do together.
PHOTO TOUR: IlluminOcean at Dana Point Harbor
December 5, 2014
IlluminOcean is a brand new holiday event featuring festive sea-themed light sculptures, dazzling light tunnels, a 50-foot GlowMotion tree, and even more exciting it's FREE! Currently running nightly through January 4th, IlluminOcean is located in Dana Point, California, a small beach town widely known for their whale watching excursions.
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