It’s my reentry day from the fabulous Beaches Moms conference and while I am still recovering from all the amazing ways they spoiled us, I HAD to share some insider tips ASAP in case you are planning a trip. And if you aren’t, why not?!
1. Even if you are not getting a spa treatment, you can still use the sauna and plunge pools at the Red Lane spa. So spend a relaxing afternoon in a serene space while drinking cucumber water.
2. Soy won’t pack up sushi to go but if you are anticipating a late night sushi craving Bayside will pack their delicious freshly rolled rolls for you to eat on the beach or in your room at 3am.
3. Speaking of late night cravings, Crickteers with a British themed menu is open until 2am. And the fifties diner Bobby D’s (with on demand soft serve) is open until 6am. French fries at four am… no problem! For early morning flights, hit Cafe de Paris for a box of pastries and ham and cheese croissants. You will be happy you did since the airport restaurant is often closed.
4. And while we are on the beer tip, for some variety you can get Guinness and Bass at Cricketeers and Kirin at both Soy and Kimonos. Another pro tip concerning Soy and Kimonos, their signature cocktail is AMAZING. and while I would totally eat sushi every night, you might want to try some of the other amazing restaurants on site. But you can the cocktail at Kimonos’ bar any time they are open.
5. If you absolutely must eat at Kimonos, head to the Culinary Concierge office in the Caribbean village lobby right when they open at 9am. They will fit you in right then if they can.
6. Those cabanas by the pools look lovely don’t they? A concierge gave us the tip that if the butler suites are not using them, you can request use of one. Unfortunately, they don’t come with a butler but who wants to miss swimming up to the bar anyway?
7. One of the biggest benefits of Beaches are the amazing (and FREE) water sports. To take advantage of them, do a little pre trip planning. Having your scuba certification and requested medical info in hand before you get there will mean you can scuba right away. Consider bringing your own snorkel and mask for the circle reef just past Treasure beach. You won’t have to worry about making it back during the two hour check out time. Want to sail? An instructor will go out with you and teach you the ropes so you can go out at leisure (as long as a boat is available!) Dying to ride the Aqua Trike? They can only be taken out on green flag days so if you see an opportunity, take it!
8. Hang 10! But if you want to surf, you need to hit the simulator in the morning. It’s only offered then. Get there at 9am ready to fill out paperwork for you and your kiddos. Paperwork covers boogie boarding too so you can surf all morning then hit the waves in the afternoon.
9. Love king crab legs? You can snag them at Schooners on the crab risotto (which is delicious) but if you want a whole plate, call ahead and you can eat a plate full the next night.
10. The biggest insider tip of all, don’t miss the Soon Come Back desks! They offer some of thes best rates you can get on a Beaches vacation!
As an ambassador for Life 360, I feel a little like a cult leader. I can’t help it though. This app is an awesome family (or should that be frambily) communication tool. To encourage you to try it, I have come up with some fun ways to use it to make your Halloween more fun and way safer.
There are some trips that are just made better by having kids along. As we discovered this past summer when we took the girls to Mount Rushmore and Rocky National Park. Seeing these sites through their eyes made us want to take as many trips as possible with them. So here’s a list of ten trips to take with kids.
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The girls don’t always love it when I have to work but they do love it when a package arrives in the mail and it’s something new for them. Reviewing toys is definitely a perk of being a blogger’s kid. Though it’s not a regular feature on this blog, leading up to the holidays I will be sharing many more because when it comes to spending holiday money, you want to make sure you are spending on something your kids are going to love.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of travel that you forget to actually do it. Not every trip has to be to a far flung locale. Sometimes just taking off for a day or even an afternoon is enough to change your perspective.
Last week, we did just that when friends invited up for a walk in the nearby town of Rocheport. Getting out, walking the Katy trail a bit, and swinging from unfamiliar trees was just the way to end the weekend and reset for the week ahead.
Trail side stone oven pizza didn’t hurt either…
Who knew Rapid City was so awesome? If we had known how much we would enjoy it, I totally would have planned more time there on out Epic Road trip. But twenty four hours was enough time to get a taste of Rapid City life.
Rapid City is the home base for most Mount Rushmore visitors. But this city has a ton to offer on its own. With a charming downtown and several city parks, it’s a haven for families. Start your visit with the presidential statues. You can visit and pose with your favorite. Be sure to visit the visitor center and get a list. If you visit all of them, you get a presidential soda.
Before sundown, head to Dinosaur Park. This Public Works project built in 1936 boasts seven life-size concrete dinosaur statues and stunning views of the city from its hillside perch. The visitor center’s porch is the perfect place to have an ice cream and watch the sun go down.
Due to all those Mount Rushmore visitors, Rapid City has almost every chain motel and hotel you can think of (some of them even have their own water parks) but if you’re looking for something a little more local, the Hotel Johnson is right in the heart of downtown. Across the street is a restored movie house, The Elks.
End your trip to Rapid City with a magical morning on Storybook Island. This vintage kiddie park is a must see, even if you don’t have children. Did I mention that it’s totally free?
Where else can you ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enter the home of the three little pigs, and slide down an ice cream cone? Entrance and play are free but you might want to bring some cash for the train ride and gift shop. Plus a donation to keep this gem up and running!
Tis the season for haunting. Courtesy of CheapOAir, here are five places to head for chills and scares.
These fares are samples based on certain gateways and may have changed! But this should give you a jumping off point. If you are looking to take one of these trips, book by October 24th.