Olympic-themed winter at Lake Placid with kids

Lake Placid is an adorable town in upstate New York. It’s most famous for hosting the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, including the men’s hockey “Miracle On Ice.”

There are many winter activities to participate in — from bobsledding to snowshoeing to skiing to ice skating, there is sure to be something for everyone. And if you need a break from all the snowy fun, Lake Placid has a cute downtown area to browse.

Out of all East Coast ski destinations I’ve visited, I found Lake Placid to be the most vibrant and active. Plus, decorations during the holiday season make the place look magical!

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Experience relaxation in Vietnam at The Angsana Hotel

Our private pool at the Angsana
Our private pool at the Angsana

If you are looking to spend a few days in Vietnam to relax and move at a slower pace, the Angsana Lang Co is a great resort to visit. The resort is situated on East Sea and surrounded by the lush green forests of the Truong Son mountain range at Laguna Lăng Cô. The Angsana Hotel is a beautiful, secluded, luxurious waterfront retreat located near the remote village of Lang Co. It shares the property with The Banyan Tree resort. While The Banyan Tree is catered more towards couples, Angsana is definitely a family resort. Because it is located outside of Vietnam’s main cities, the Angsana is great value price-wise for both a kid-friendly and luxury resort.

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Hoi An: experiencing the Magical City with kids

Hoi An is one of our favorite towns in Vietnam. It is the most beautiful and magical historical town, featuring fabulous white sand beaches, great food, and many resorts to stay. In this post, I will be outlining the standout spots I visited with my family in Hoi An.

Historic sites of the Ancient Town

A beautiful area of Hoi An

Hoi An’s ancient town is one of the most charming, old quarters in Vietnam. Its architecture is a mix of French, Chinese, and Japanese designs. This enchanted town has hundreds of colorful lanterns hanging everywhere, making it look magical day and night. Technically, everyone over the age of 16 has to buy tickets to see the old town. However, no one really checks it unless you visit historical sites, which are included with the card. The ticket fee goes towards funding conservation work in the old town. Tickets include entry to 5 out of 22 sites and a traditional performance held daily at 5 pm. My kids enjoyed this show!

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12 reasons to visit Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa during the ​holiday season

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa

Last year, we decided that rather than cooking and hosting Thanksgiving at our homes, we all would celebrate the holiday with our family at a resort. We chose the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in New Hampshire. Here are some of the reason we love this resort and decided to go again this year.

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Desert Safari with Kids


If you are headed to Dubai, you have to experience the desert safari. It is a great experience to try with or without your kids. It’s like a huge carnival on the soft, brown sand, complete with thrills, henna painting, camel rides, exotic birds, enthralling performances, photo booths and, of course, incredible food. With all that, what ’s not to like? Plus, there’s sand everywhere, like a beach without the ocean. What kid doesn’t love that?  

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​Atlantis, The Palm – with kids

Atlantis, The palm - with kids

Sometimes, when traveling with kids, you get to plan things that you know they will enjoy and that you will secretly love, too.  For our family, it was Atlantis, The Palm. During our visit to Dubai, we spent two days at this family-friendly resort.   The Atlantis comes with water parks for grown-ups and kids, boutiques, a variety of themed restaurants, a big aquarium, and a lovely beach.  During our visit, we had a chance to enjoy: Continue reading “​Atlantis, The Palm – with kids”