Posted on 12 August 2009
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Throughout the month of August my family has been taking various trips around the state of Pennsylvania, exploring great family destinations and creating awesome vacation memories. Our first trip was to Woodloch, an amazing all-inclusive family resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, very close to New York state. (Here is a quick link to a slideshow of photos from our trip)
From the minute we arrived to the time we left, we were treated like we were part of the Woodloch family, with friendly smiles and attentive service. The owners of Woodloch personally meet and greet each person multiple times during your stay and truly make you feel like you have known them for years. Beyond the amazing hospitality, we couldn’t get over how peaceful and beautiful this place is, with its incredible lake, beautiful trees and trails, and spacious, nicely appointed rooms and suites. The meals were delicious and plentiful, in a very homey and comfortable dining room. Finally, everyone there, from toddlers to grandparents, can stay as relaxed or as busy as they choose, with the vast amount of activities happening all throughout the day.
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Posted on 30 July 2009
This summer so many of my friends and I are forgoing our more extensive vacations for ones closer-to-home. And where I live, outside of Philadelphia, there are so many amazing places within driving distance that are worth visiting. I’m excited to tell all of you about the great trips we have been taking in my neck of the woods and my advice to help you plan your family vacations.
Throughout the month of August, I will be profiling a different area of Pennsylvania. For those of you who live in the Northeast part of the country – I hope I can show you some amazing places that you can easily travel to with your family. For those of you in other parts of the country, I hope I can show you that Pennsylvania is an amazing family destination, and definitely worthy of a family trip. I also plan to share some great travel tips, discount codes and ways to save money when taking family vacations. See below for a few to get you started.
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Posted on 01 July 2009
My family and I may live in Southern California, but we never miss a chance to escape to one of the local beach resorts. So when we got a chance to check out the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa with its new “Slyders’ water playground, our bags were packed before we could get a confirmation number.
Yes, Slyders was everything it had promised to be – a fabulous, $4 million complex complete with three water slides that drop into a splash pool, a main pool, a wading pool for the little ones and an oversize hot tub. The kids never got out of the water, except for airbrush tattoos and hair braiding, and Doron and I enjoyed relaxing in our private cabana sipping icy drinks from Shubee’s poolside café.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the heart of “Surf City, USA,” the 100,000 square-foot Spanish-inspired Hyatt Regency combines the best of luxury and family-friendly appeal. We didn’t take advantage of the surfing lessons this time, but we did enjoy biking on the Huntington Beach pier and making s’mores at fire pits located throughout the facility. We ate most of our meals at “The Village,” a piazza with everything from restaurants to shops and a grocery store. And after a busy day with the kids, an evening dip at the relaxing spa grotto was just what the doctor ordered.
Lisa Armony is a Foothill Ranch writer and mother of three active kids ages 10, 7 and 4. When she’s not driving car pool, hosting play dates, helping with homework and doing yoga to regain her sanity, Lisa can be found pounding the computer keyboard into the wee hours of the night. A regular contributor to Parenting Orange County, LA Parent, the Saddleback Valley News and other consumer and trade publications, she specializes in parenting, education and family health issues.
Posted on 25 June 2009
We’d only been driving 2 hours when my husband decided it would be a great idea to drive off the highway and onto the salt flats. Let me just put it this way: it took as much time getting our car out of the mud/salt as it did getting from our house halfway to Wendover, Nevada. And let me just say, having your new SUV stuck in 3 feet of salty mud in the 100+ degree heat? Not my idea of a good time.
This is what it looked like from the rear.
And the side.
And this is what ‘Petit Travels’ looks like spelled out of beer bottles discarded on the side of the road.
What the tires looked like after being pulled out of the mud by the tow truck you see in the background on the other side of the highway.
Off to a good start of the vacation, no?