Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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Kids Clubs - Do They Have A Future At Resorts And On Cruises?
The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids - all eight and under - rarely take part in organized kids' programs. "The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the f...
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Mardi Dog: Mystical Krewe of Barkus a howling good Mardi Gras parade
She proudly struts down the street, her long slender legs clad in gold boots. Peacock feathers atop her head sway in the breeze as parade watchers cheer and clap when she passes by. Accepting the adulation with calm poise, she seems to know she is top dog. In fact, the beautiful Rosie is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and she will be crowned the g...
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The 411 On Grapevine With Kids
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When traveling to or through North Texas, the obvious choice for your stay may seem the bright-lights big city of Dallas. But through our years of navigating the sprawl of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, my family has found a favored base in the nearby historic city of Grapevine. As the city in which the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) is act...
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This Small Town Is the Christmas Capital of Texas
With a population of approximately 52,000 people, you may assume that Grapevine, Texas, hosts a charming, small-town holiday celebration each year. And you'd be right. The city's holiday events do have an intimacy and warmth to them that you only find in small towns. But, as they say, everything's bigger in Texas, and the holidays are not...
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9 Dreamy Winter Destinations In Iceland
Every year millions of people across the world set up a bucket list filled with dream destinations to travel to. Did you know that these bucket lists are often created to use for future travel plans? Bucket lists are created with the intent of going to and scratching off that once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Don't Miss The Magical Grapevine Christmas In Texas
December 20, 2017
Being named the Christmas Capital of Texas is not a designation taken lightly by the city of Grapevine. From mid-November until the New Year, over 1400 events are hosted city-wide, drawing more than one million people to create magical memories with family and friends in this Dallas suburb during the holidays. You don't want to miss a Grapevine Christmas!
Entertainment and adventures at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018
November 15, 2017
We look to a great season of racing, entertainment and adventures at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018! We have a packed schedule of activities and events and would welcome you to join us for any of them. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the ultimate destination for travel enthusiasts, with options for every travel budget and preference.
Florida 2017: The Best Kid-Friendly Beachfront Condo Rentals in Florida
October 13, 2017
Everybody loves a day at the beach, and with Florida's 1,800 miles of coastline, you can choose from numerous Sunshine State beachfront locations to enjoy fun in the sun. Many of Florida's beachfront condo resorts make the perfect destination for a family vacation, as well. With oceanside swimming pools, kid-friendly activities, onsite restaurants and, of course, quick beach access, you can choose among these resorts for the ideal location to spend quality family time together.
How To Maximize Fun At The Great Wolf Lodge
October 5, 2017
I know from my children that I tuck more into a few day vacation than most do in a full week or even a month and I am proud of this! Vacation to new destinations is about learning all about it and then enjoying everything it offers. Our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge was no different in my 'get er' done' way as we capitalized on ultimate kid fun and I even took part. I wanted to see if it really was fun or a bunch of 'hoopla' over nothing?
Allergen Friendly Dining At The Great Wolf Lodge
October 3, 2017
The Great Wolf Lodge will provide you with an outstanding place to lodge at, play at and dine in. From dairy intolerances to Gluten Free dining and all food allergies in between, the Lodge surpasses my test of allergen-friendly dining. This is our story on how to lavishly live allergen friendly dining out loud at the Great Wolf Lodge.
A Weekend Getaway At The Great Wolf Lodge Poconos
October 2, 2017
The adventure I thought we would take versus the adventure we were on was bigger than anything I had imagined and the magic of a getaway to the Great Wolf Lodge happens the minute you get into the car and set your GPS coordinates to your favorite Great Wolf Lodge location.
Close Encounters: Roswell offers UFO seekers a unique experience
October 1, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in the summer of 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," the mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Charlotte's Art and Culinary Scene is the Perfect Spot for Solo Travel
September 20, 2017
As a travel writer, I often take trips with other journalists, a girlfriend, a significant other or perhaps it's just little ol' me. Each has its own set of pros and cons, however, more and more I've come to appreciate the freedom of traveling alone. It's blissful to be the only decision maker. You can skip breakfast and sleep in 'till noon or get up before dawn to take in the sunrise.
Enjoying the Historic Charm of Wilmington, NC on a Girls' Weekend Getaway
September 20, 2017
If I asked you to think of a girls' weekend getaway destination on the East Coast that offers historic charm, good food, and is near the beach, what would you suggest? Charleston? Savannah maybe? Would Wilmington, North Carolina have crossed your mind? Well, I was invited to explore the Wilmington Coast last month after the Travel Media Showcase Conference in Cabarrus County and I think it is the perfect place for a girlfriend getaway in the South. If you are looking for weekend getaways in NC, let me give you the scoop on this little gem.
Getting the Ultimate Charlotte Motor Speedway Driving Experience
September 14, 2017
I'm the first to admit that I have a wee bit of a lead foot. The older I get, the more cautious of a driver I've become, but there was a time when I dreamed of doing a race car driving experience. Of course, I also dreamed of owning a Corvette but that dream isn't going to happen (although I did have a lot of fun driving one at the Chevy factory.) The race car dream came pretty close to coming true last month at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having the
September 12, 2017
Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you're thinking, "But wait, aren't we in September now?" you'd be right. However, I'm giving you advance notice for 2018 because you're not the only one who's down for "having the time of your life". There are well over 1,000 other fans who want to relive Dirty Dancing alfresco on the big screen, humming, singing or dancing along to the timeless songs.
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