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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The Outback: 180 miles of interesting
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The Outback: any remote or sparsely populated region (not just in Australia). Most people think Australia when they hear the word... but you don't have to travel that far to see spectacular scenery, unusual creatures or expansive marshland. Tucked away in Southwest Louisiana, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers 180 miles of q...
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Leaving Las Vegas: The best casinos outside Sin City
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While Las Vegas is famous for one of the nations top gambling and party scenes, you don't have to travel to Sin City to see some of the world's best casinos. Scroll through our gallery to find the 10 best casinos located anywhere but Vegas that are also travel destinations in and of themselves.
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Escape the Weather Extremes with a Spring Break
Whether you have been experiencing the blizzards in the USA or the blistering heat of Australia, it's time for your family to relax and enjoy the milder weather of a spring break. But where to go?
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Is a Zipline the Right Adventure for Your Family?
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My first zipline experience was a single line over Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, Texas. Strapped into harnesses and topped with red helmets, we were taken to the rim of the canyon in an open trailer, the grand views stretched out before us. Arriving at the zipline, we were hooked to guide wires before stepping on to a wooden walkway tha...
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Mardi Gras: 5 lessons we all can learn
February 23, 2015
What's your first thought when you hear the words Mardi Gras? Do you think Bourbon Street? While that craziness might be what makes the national headlines each year, thatís not the whole story. I just got home from celebrating Mardi Gras in Louisiana, and the experience shattered my stereotypes! In fact, I think if we all adopted a little Mardi Gras culture, the world would be a far friendlier place! In no particular order, here are five lessons we all can learn from Mardi Gras.
Spring Break Ideas - Freelance + Travel
February 23, 2015
With a baby on the way, my husband and I struggled with choosing between taking a family trip with our 3-year-old, or a quick babymoon sans child. We take travel pretty seriously. Our time is limited, and we only want to spend our money and resources on experiences worth sharing. That means saying "no" to a destination just because it's easy or cheap. We want to create meaning around our family trips and create a tradition of valuing experiences over a mindless getaway.
Family Travel Ideas for Spring Break
February 10, 2015
By now we know the groundhog saw his shadow, and six more weeks of winter are yet to come. If your family is anything like ours, the kids are getting cabin fever and itching for a change of pace. Below are some of the ways our family has enjoyed the vacation in the past. For even more spring break ideas, check out this detailed list from our friends at Taking The Kids. Don't see your favorite mentioned? Please share your own spring break travel ideas in the comments below.
Hotel Review: Omni La Costa Resort - Golf, Spa, Aaaah in Southern California
January 27, 2015
The development of luxury family resorts is a growing trend in family travel. Just because you're traveling with the kids, doesn't mean parents can't pamper themselves a little too. Take Carlsbad, California's Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as a prime example. With its expansive, manicured grounds, jaw-dropping pool and waterslides, Kidtopia Kids' Club, spacious family suites, and a world class spa, it's no wonder Condè Nast Traveler named the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as one of the Top 20 resorts in Southern California.
Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota
January 21, 2015
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 preferences.
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.
Omni La Costa Restore and Spa is Fun for Families
January 12, 2015
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 Safari Park. It's a short drive from all of the family activities in San Diego and a reasonable distance from Disneyland as well.
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.)
The Beautiful Omni La Costa Resort #TMSCarlsbad
January 8, 2015
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!
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.
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