Santa Ynez Valley-Solvang California Worldmark

Vineyards and wineries abound in the lush and beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  If you enjoy wine you will love the quaint Danish town of Solvang, California.  But since wine country is not usually associated with family fun, I thought I would write a review of our time at the Santa Ynez Valley – Solvang California Worldmark Resort […]

Franklin Falls Hike Near Snoqualmie Pass

The hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest are some of the most coveted in the world, and Franklin Falls near Snoqualmie Pass far exceeded all my expectations! Our friend had been telling us about the Franklin Falls hike for a long time and when we finally had the chance to get there we didn’t want […]

The Ridge Tahoe Review

Just when you pass a ski lift and think you can’t possibly drive any higher the road curves and The Ridge Tahoe sign comes into view.  And what do you know, the steep incline continues UP!   I am not a skilled writer so I can not impress upon those who have not been to The Ridge […]

Seattle Shopping & People Watching

Seattle has a vibrant shopping district servicing any demand you may have.  Within just a few blocks you can shop at high end stores like Coach and Michael Kors or fill up your bags without emptying your wallet at Ross or Nordstrom Rack — my personal favorite. And don’t worry about running on empty from […]

Beyond Fish Throwing – Exploring Pike Place Market in Seattle

Pike Place Market Pike Place Market in Seattle is one of those places where you feel alive just being there. If you want to experience some of the diversity that I love so much about the puget sound area you don’t have to look much further than this one place. At any given time you […]

Yellowstone National Park with Kids

Stretching across Wyoming and into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is best known for the popular geyser, Old Faithful, and other geothermal activity.  Made up of mountain ranges, forests, rivers, and lakes, Yellowstone became the first national park in the world after President Ulysses S. Grant signed The Act of Dedication in 1872. Since then countless millions […]

Lava Beds National Monument with Kids

Going to The Lava Beds National Monument was an unplanned detour for us and one we were happy to have made the time for.  After spending the night in Klamath Falls, OR we were gassing up at the local Albertsons gas station when the friendly attendant suggested we check out Lava Beds on our way to Lake Tahoe. […]

Where is Crater Lake & Why Should I Go?

Where is Crater Lake anyway and why should I go?  If you are anything like me, who apparently slept through geography class, you may be asking yourself the same question.  After having been, I can assure you, you don’t want to miss out on this gem! Crater Lake is located in southwest Oregon in the spectacular Crater Lake National Park View Map.  Besides its immense beauty and […]

Top 5 National Parks in California

5 Must-Visit National Parks in California The west coast of the United States is known for its beauty and natural resources.  Each year travelers from all over the world come to experience all that the state of California has to offer.  One of the best ways of experiences the state’s beauty and natural resources is […]

FREE Things to do in Santa Barbara, California With Kids

Things to do in Santa Barbara California Santa Barbara, California is a fantastic place for families to relax and enjoy the sun and beautiful beaches while on vacation! Children will love to dig in sand and get their feet wet as they explore Santa Barbara’s coastline.  I know ours did! Many of the activities in Santa Barbara […]

Guide to Portland: The Fun & Frugal Parents Guide to the City of Roses

A Guide to Portland, Oregon- A city steeped in contemporary architecture, charming neighborhoods, and abundant natural resources, Portland provides the perfect back drop for a memorable family vacation.  Portland has a multitude of fun and affordable options for families.  Here are a few of the more noteworthy ones: The International Rose Test Garden: While stopping […]

Things to do in Sedona, AZ {Splurge Worthy}

There are so many things to do in Sedona, AZ for families and adventures.  If you haven’t had a chance to read our Top 10 Budget Friendly Activities Sedona has to offer make sure to check that out.  Sedona is a warm, earthy place full of vibrant culture and rugged beauty.   If you are wondering […]