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...
Dude Ranches: A Different Kind of All-Inclusive Resort

Dude Ranches: A Different Kind of All-Inclusive Resort

By Eileen Ogintz You can relax without worrying about planning, cooking, cleaning or entertaining the kids at an all-inclusive dude ranch resort. All you need to do is get there and others will do all the heavy lifting, whether you want to ride, sit on the porch with...
Slope Side Lodging for families, pooches too

Slope Side Lodging for families, pooches too

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Where would you go for an après ski treat?A snow beach or ice bar? S’mores made at a fire pit overlooking river ice floes. Perhaps a sleigh ride dinner. Definitely for s’mores said Lauren Ikeman,10, staying with her family at...
Taking the kids on spring break safely

Taking the kids on spring break safely

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your backpack? Reusable water bottle? Especially this year, consider getting outdoors for spring break. The more time you can spend outdoors, the safer you’ll be, public health experts suggest. But that doesn’t necessarily...
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...
Making time for romance on vacation

Making time for romance on vacation

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Imagine sitting in your private hot tub overlooking the jungle, listening to howler monkeys and birds. Consider a hilltop alfresco couples massage or bespoke just-for-you cocktails under the stars made from a variety of infused...
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...