Tag Archive for Trips with Kids

Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Blissed out girl in the pool

Since our kids don’t know how to swim yet, inflatable pool rings turned out to be a godsend on our trip to the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. Easy to pack and only $1.50 each, they gave the kids confidence to paddle all around and me comfort knowing they had some help. Best buck…

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Kids heading to their favorite place (the pool)

Nobody will be surprised to hear that The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is a beautiful, luxurious destination because well, it’s a Ritz-Carlton. What is surprising, however, is that on top of living up to its posh reputation, this particular Ritz-Carlton is incredibly kid-friendly. From the spacious casitas to the welcoming restaurants, a water slide, wading pools,…

Road Trip: Portland, Oregon

Bike Delivery Person

Officially the City of Roses, Portland has many nicknames:  Stumptown (referring to the city’s rapid growth in the mid-1800s when development was happening so fast there was only time to cut trees without clearing their stumps), Bridgetown (this one is obvious since multiple bridges cross the Willamette and Columbia rivers within Portland’s city limits), and Beervana (Portland boasts…

Visiting the San Juan Islands with Kids

Orcas passing San Juan Island

I love the sea. I am happiest with my toes in the sand, listening to waves lap along the shore, searching for shells and beach treasures, paddling along in a kayak and hoping to glimpse any kind of marine life. My favorite vacations always include water and I’m grateful that we live close enough to…

Family-Friendly Fun in Tucson, Arizona

Between visits to Great Grandma’s place in Arizona last Spring, we headed to Tucson and stayed at the super family-friendly JW Marriott Starr Pass resort for the first time. It was magnificent! Tucked into the desert hills beside Tucson Mountain Park is this gorgeous, sprawling adobe compound that was built only 5 years ago. There was a…