Interrupting road trip
Destination Delayed – The Beauty of Interrupting a Family Road Trip

“Mommy, I LOVE CALGARY! I wish we could live here!” my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter exclaimed while staring out at the City’s core from the 24th floor of the gorgeous Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve always liked Calgary just as much as the next
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Hawks Cay Resort: Why This Florida Keys Oasis Should Be on Your Family’s Vacation Radar

Saltwater sprays my face and I grin, sinking back into my seat on a small boat powering through the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area, home to some of the best snorkelling in Florida’s Middle Keys. It’s day three of our stay at Hawks Cay
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The freshly carved front desk at 1 Hotel - photo Debra Smith
A Star is Born – 1 Hotel West Hollywood

True Green A lot of hotels say they’re environmentally responsible. Most of the time that consists of not changing the sheets or towels unless you ask them to. That’s not really being green in my book. I recently had the pleasure of staying at a genuinely environmentally conscious hotel –
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Grown Ups Only Getaway to Scottsdale, Arizona

If you’ve ever whisper/yelled to your partner “You said the kids were asleep!!” while hastily pulling on whatever shirt you can find, you probably deserve a grown-up getaway. Keeping the couple-connection alive after you have children can be challenging. Date nights are great, but sometimes it takes a little bit
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Lush greenery and flowers outside the Empress. Photo MV
From Posh to Posh-ish: Hi-Lo Hotel Variety in Victoria, BC

If you’re longing for a real spring with visions of crocuses and balmy weather dancing in your head, you may want to head to Victoria. British Columbia’s capital city offers a wide range of great hotels, from luxurious high end to ‘low’ – a bit more affordable, fun and funky.
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Iberostar Paraiso Maya -Beach
Iberostar’s Star Camp Gets Five Stars!

By Karen Robock Mother-daughter time is special. Sometimes it’s squeezed in during the drive to school post-dentist appointment, with a spontaneous Sunday afternoon movie date or during a younger sibling’s nap time. Those minutes – or on miraculous occasions – hours, are precious. And then my 6-year-old and I jetted
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Coco Key Hotel and Waterpark Group Check-in Building
Coco Key Hotel & Waterpark is the destination in Orlando

Last winter was particularly cold, snowy and relentless so this year we’re leaving it all behind for sunshine and good times in Florida splitting our visit between the coastal beaches and the theme park madness. Coco Key Hotel & Waterpark in Orlando, Florida is our home base for 3 very
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CN Tower
Wintry Weekend Getaway in the City of Toronto

It has been an exceptionally cold winter in Ottawa with temperatures regularly hovering around -20 C. Our family needed a break and an early February weekend trip to Toronto fit the bill perfectly. The forecast for – 1 C seemed positively balmy compared to Ottawa. Where to Stay The Chelsea
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The Chicago Fire leaps into life at the Chicago Architecture Center - photo Debra Smith
In and Out of The Loop in Chicago

Have you heard of “The Loop”? Many of Chicago’s must-see sights are found in this eight by five block area in the heart of downtown – including the Theatre District. Enjoy everything from current Broadway hits to spirited revivals during 2019’s celebration of The Year of Chicago Theatre.  Venture outside The Loop
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Chasing Christmas to Oxnard California
Racing Christmas to Oxnard California

“What does Santa do?” I used to ask my daughters when they were tiny tots. The answer was always the same: “RUN!” In those days, the extent of my girls’ knowledge of Santa started and finished with a series of running t-shirts I wore around the house. The large central
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