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Jul 9, 2015
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The future of family travel?


I think I’ve seen the future of family travel. It’s called Azul Fives and it’s about a half hour south of we’re staying just outside of Playa del Carmen. Originally, we were supposed to stay here -- I liked the location (plenty of action in town for the young adults, Mayan ruins a short drive away, good diving and snorkeling right from the resort). more
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Dance lessons, Spanish lessons or yoga?


I walk down the beach. A toddler is snoozing in the spacious covered “beach bed;” a grandfather is playing cards with his granddaughter; a dad is tossing a football along the beach with his sons. There is a beach volleyball game going on at one end of the beach and a kids’ soccer game at the other. more
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A vacation on the Mexican Riviera


My mission: seeing if a vacation with teens and young adults can be successful at an all-inclusive resort. When they were younger, I liked all-inclusives for the organized kids’ activities that gave parents a break and the fact that I didn’t have to pay $4 every time they wanted a soft drink. more
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Finding an affordable last minute holiday getaway


Finally, some good news for traveling families. If you thought the ever-worsening economy meant you should forgo a holiday or post-holiday getaway with the kids, think again. The reality is that this may be the year to travel. more
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At Mohonk, the spa gathers its own witch hazel


It must be the witch hazel. My daughter Mel and I had the best facials we’d ever had at Mohonk Mountain House (www.mohonk.com). The Mohonk- “ Mohonk Red” treatments, I learn, use witch hazel from trees grown on the extensive more »
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A castle is a great place to time-travel


After 9/11, families who didn’t want to venture far from home discovered Mohonk—just 90 miles from NYC. The owners hope in this economy that will happen again but I think they will need to rethink their price structure for families with young kids -- just as I think all resorts should right now. more
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A trip to a castle — Mohonk Mountain House


View of the Mohonk Mountain House from the Skytop trail
I love castles. I’ve stayed at a centuries-old castle turned bed and breakfast in Wales and visited castles wherever I go — France, England, Austria and the Czech Republic last summer. But I never realized there would be such a more »
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A BFF weekend at Turnberry Isle


I'm not a golfer -- I never have golfed, in fact, though my two friends, Sue Tober and Elise Carlton, do. Christina Trammell, the resort's director of golf is very patient. I'm pleased I can even hit the ball! One person in the clinic has just finished up two full days of lessons with Christina. more
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TO ORLANDO ON THE CHEAP


It's bad enough to say no to the kids all the time at home, much less on vacation. (No, you can't have that $40 sweatshirt. No you can't order that $20 steak...) Vacation, after all, is when we all want to indulge the kids and ourselves. But with the economy the way it is, I think we're all going to be saying no more often, until we figure out better ways to stretch those vacation bucks. more
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Five Days in San Francisco


DAY ONE — As long as I was flying cross country to San Francisco, I thought I’d try Virgin America (www.virginamerica.com) . I always liked flying Virgin Atlantic to London. They were among the first to have individual seat entertainment more »
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