Be smart about vacation rentals for holidays

Be smart about vacation rentals for holidays

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The 7-year-old couldn’t contain her excitement as she raced from kitchen to living room (big TV and oh-so-comfy couch), bedroom, and bathroom (oversized tub). That she could ski right out the door and back at the end of the day...
To the literal end of the road on Kauai

To the literal end of the road on Kauai

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Have you ever reached the end of the road? Or seen the end of the rainbow? The Na Pali Coast of Kauai is the place. We’re nearly there at the Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore, famous for the drop-dead...
Traveling smart during hurricane season

Traveling smart during hurricane season

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I feel your pain. I know what it’s like when weather derails your plans. Nearly 10 years ago, I was in Orlando when Tropical Storm Andrea messed up our theme and water park plans. But that was nothing like Category 4 Hurricane...
Meet Jack at the Surf Jack Hotel Waikiki

Meet Jack at the Surf Jack Hotel Waikiki

By Eileen Ogintz Do you miss your pooch on vacation? Jack is happy to step in. He’s the hotel dog at the boutique SurfJack and Swim Club Hotel in Waikiki, named to Yelp’s list of 100 top 2022 USA hotels. He has his own Instagram account @jackthehoteldog. “It’s a fun...
Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

By Eileen Ogintz They were oblivious to the paparazzi, alternately splashing in the water and sunning on the rocks as adults and kids alike gathered around snapping photos. Welcome to Turtle Beach on the north shore of Oahu. Laniakea Beach so nicknamed because of the...
Truly welcoming to kids: Four Seasons Ko Olina on Oahu

Truly welcoming to kids: Four Seasons Ko Olina on Oahu

By Eileen Ogintz It’s easy to talk the talk. Not necessarily easy to walk the walk—when it comes to truly welcoming kids. Luckily for families who can afford The Four Seasons Oahu Ko Olina about a half hour north of Honolulu and the crowds in Waikiki, the resort more...
Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

By Eileen Ogintz Lei making, hula lesson jumping in the big waves or racing down a water slide? “I love the big waves,” says Zeke Smith, 7. “And shave ice.” Shave ice, for the uninitiated, is the quintessential Hawaiian treat, with a mound of chopped ice covered with...
At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

By Eileen Ogintz We’re nearly at the end of the road—literally. The Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore is past the quirky town of Hanalei with its mix of surf shops, shave ice stands, galleries and restaurants like Bar Arcuda that require...
The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Do you know your ABCs? We’re talking the ABC islands — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba is best known to Americans; Bonaire is a diver’s paradise....
Cooking with the locals on Curacao

Cooking with the locals on Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz If you want to get the true sense of Curacao, you’ve got to meet locals—local families to be specific. Try a cooking class with Krris Kierindongo. Kierindongo introduces us to his mom and aunt as they are busy chopping herbs, squeezing juice and...