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...
Two Belizean Spas – all about nature

Two Belizean Spas – all about nature

By Eileen Ogintz The Naia Resort & Spa, about 15 minutes from Placencia is all about relaxation. It has private beach-front bungalows (many with their own pools).  The spa is inspired by nature. Imagine bridges over freshwater lagoons, palm trees and...
Can’t see monkeys? Hear the howling!

Can’t see monkeys? Hear the howling!

It’s still fun and you always learn something new By Eileen Ogintz We could hear the howler monkeys—boy could we hear them howl—on a jungle walk on the Monkey River near Placencia, Belize. But they were hard to spot in the tree canopy above, sun blazing through. The...
Vacation with ease – in Belize

Vacation with ease – in Belize

By Eileen Ogintz PLACENCIA, Belize — Conch carpaccio or shrimp fritters? We are having lunch on the terrace at Naia Resort and Spa on the Placencia Peninsula of Belize. It’s a private 200 acre reserve where we’re ensconced in our own bungalow. We step out onto...
A Farm Dog’s Trip to the Big Apple

A Farm Dog’s Trip to the Big Apple

By Ollie the Collie, Special to Taking the Kids Norwalk, CT – December 12, 2021 – When my parents told me we were taking a special trip into New York City — The Big Apple –I did a very big excite. You see, I was born in Arkansas, and was found abandoned in...
Coconut Bay St Lucia: Multi generational haven

Coconut Bay St Lucia: Multi generational haven

By Nicky Omohundro, Taking the Kids Contributor We all know that vacations are important for families. Finding the right destination and resort to accommodate everyone in your clan – from the youngest to the oldest – can be a daunting task, but it’s...