The Big Apple is back!

The Big Apple is back!

By Eileen Ogintz Shops and restaurants are packed again in New York City. So are museums like the American Museum of Natural History with the new Discover the World of Sharks exhibit (love the touchless interactives!) and the renewed Northwest Coast Hall showcasing...
How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

By Eileen Ogintz Who said vacation would be easy with kids? Certainly not at Walt Disney World, especially when it is crowded and over ninety degrees. Certainly not when you have toddlers “It’s hard,” acknowledges Sara Weakley here from Michigan with her husband and...
Away from the crowds in Park City UT

Away from the crowds in Park City UT

By Eileen Ogintz PARK CITY, UT — Crunch…Crunch. Crunch… The only sound out here in the Uinta National Forest outside of Park City, Utah is our snowshoes on the snow. We’ve signed on for a guided snowshoe with All Seasons Adventures, a local company that also...
Why a vacation rental is great for family trips

Why a vacation rental is great for family trips

By Eileen Ogintz Got your cast iron pan? Your favorite spices? My husband Andy, who loves to cook, has brought his cast iron skillet and his favorite spatula to our Vacasa vacation rental in Park City Utah.  Vacasa is the leading vacation rental management...
Snow day in Denver? Head up to Vail

Snow day in Denver? Head up to Vail

By Eileen Ogintz VAIL, CO — Ruby Gorden, 8, was having the best snow day ever. Denver schools closed for snow, so Ruby, her dad, and younger brother drove up to Vail to spend the day on the slopes. She didn’t mind the two-hour drive, longer because of the...
Wrong turn and comfort zone on Vail Mountain

Wrong turn and comfort zone on Vail Mountain

By Eileen Ogintz Uh OH… We took a wrong turn on Vail Mountain, not hard to do on such a big ski area with some 5,317 acres of terrain. We were looking for Blue Ski Basin, one of my favorite intermediate areas on the mountain with groomed intermediate glade skiing...
Vail’s perfect ski-in ski-out hotel

Vail’s perfect ski-in ski-out hotel

By Eileen Ogintz What’s the best part? We’re at the ski-in-ski-out Grand Hyatt Vail and guests—young and adult—have their faves about the hotel. “The views from the hot tubs,” says Christina Marksym, from Chicago. “The cozy environment,” said Jessica Gaeta, here for a...
Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

By Eileen Ogintz We’ve signed on for an Open Hearth cooking lesson at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and there’s a lot of chopping to do, says our teacher and chef Marco Yuk.  Marco has been cooking here for years and is working to become a master chef. He...
Chaa Creek: Wildly civilized romance in Belize

Chaa Creek: Wildly civilized romance in Belize

By Eileen Ogintz There’s a totally private hot tub overlooking the jungle and an outdoor shower. Can you hear the birds chirping? The bed is big and comfy with a mini-bar and coffee set up nearby. The hilltop spa offers alfresco couples massages. The bar offers all...
Next Trip – Pack a Pound of School Supplies

Next Trip – Pack a Pound of School Supplies

By Eileen Ogintz Are you ready for a challenge before your trip to Belize? All you need to do is pack a pound less in your suitcase. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, whose owners Mick and Lucy Fleming pioneered eco-tourism in Belize some 45 years ago, take giving back to the...