Royal Caribbean and Universal Orlando Surf and Turf Family Vacations
In an exciting move to offer family vacation planners an all-in-one kids vacation, the Royal Caribbean cruise line is offering a deluxe Caribbean cruise vacation combined with a three or four-day land stay at the Universal Orlando theme parks. Already the best in class at what they do respectively -- cruises and thrill rides -- a combina...
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At The Tonga Room in SF, Fun Dining For Families
Mai Tai or Virgin Colada? No we're not in some tropical resort though we could be with the South Seas tiki décor, the lagoon that bisects the restaurant and the tropical rainstorms over the lagoon.
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Dublin, Ireland
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! The Savvy Stews have landed in Dublin, Ireland to check out the sights, meet with the President (yes, THE President of Ireland!), and Bobby learns how to pour the PERFECT pint of Guinness!
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Midwest Travel: Summer in Rockford, Illinois
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Home of the sock monkey and Mrs. Fischer's potato chips, Rockford, Illinois may seem like an unlikely destination for a road trip. Less than a two-hour drive from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Dubuque, and the Quad Cities, Rockford offers many of the amenities of the "big city" without the big price tag.
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Anderson Japanese Gardens: Paradise on Earth
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What better place to be on a sunny spring day than in a fertile garden surrounded by luxuriant plants and bubbling brooks. One such magic location is Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford., Illinois. As you enter the garden. all your senses are rewarded. A fresh earthy fragrance mingles with the sounds of a small tumbling stream and multi...
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Be a Part of Your Favorite Childhood Tales at Storybook Land
What is your favorite nursery rhyme or story from childhood? Maybe you dreamed of being a knight or princess in a magical castle. Or did you dream of having a farm like Old MacDonald? Maybe you just wanted to click a pair of shiny red shoes together and be transported like Dorothy?
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TMS 2013 Rockford, IL
The 2013 Travel Media Showcase conference was held in Rockford, IL from August 20-23. The 70 travel writers and 82 exhibitors networked, went on local area attraction tours, and experienced the best of what Rockford has to offer!
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Groundhog Day
January 26, 2014
Bigots Can't March: Holocaust Museum: Skokie's Answer to the American Nazis
April 14, 2014
It takes more than a swaggering neo-Nazi to scare a Holocaust survivor as a bunch of goose-stepping Neanderthals learned when they attempted to bring their particular form of hatred to Skokie, Illinois.
Midwest Travel: Summer in Rockford, Illinois
April 7, 2014
Home of the sock monkey and Mrs. Fischer's potato chips, Rockford, Illinois may seem like an unlikely destination for a road trip. Less than a two-hour drive from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Dubuque, and the Quad Cities, Rockford offers many of the amenities of the "big city" without the big price tag.
Midwest Travel: Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois
November 18, 2013
If you live in Wisconsin and love the Kettle Moraines, Devil's Lake, or even the Iron Range, then you should point your car south and head down to Utica, Illinois for a getaway in the Illinois River Valley.
Indoor Adventure at the Mall of America
November 3, 2013
The kids are back in school, winter is inevitable, and road trip season has shrunken to the tune of a long weekend or holiday vacation. Accommodating both road warriors and jet setters with a long layover or stopover at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International, the Mall of America offers more than just mega shopping.
Waterpark Roundup: Waterpark of America
October 29, 2013
Located minutes from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, residents from near and far make the mecca to the southeast corner of the Twin Cities in the name of shopping, entertainment, dining, and adventure en masse. At the Mall of America, that is.
Five Places For Your Kids To Get Up Close and Personal With Dinosaurs
April 3, 2014
The teenage boys couldn't resist posing for selfies with the stars of the show. It didn't matter that these stars were the famous dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. If you think kids outgrow dinosaurs by kindergarten, think again. "The dinosaurs were amazing. It is astounding that these creatures once roamed the Earth," said Khaliq Sanda, a high school senior.
At The Tonga Room in SF, Fun Dining For Families
April 8, 2014
Mai Tai or Virgin Colada? No we're not in some tropical resort though we could be with the South Seas tiki décor, the lagoon that bisects the restaurant and the tropical rainstorms over the lagoon.
A New Way With Kids Menus at San Francisco's Exploratorium
April 7, 2014
There's no kids menu. No burgers, no fries, no mac and cheese. "People ask every day," says Clay Reynolds, the general manager of the SEAGLASS Restaurant on San Francisco's increasingly popular—and hip Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay that is home to a growing number of popular and innovative restaurants and a mecca for foodies.
Trip Advisor Survey: 75 Percent Include Kids In Travel Planning
April 2, 2014
My, have times changed! When I was a kid, my parents never asked me or my sister where we wanted to go, much less what we do when we got there. I don't remember letting my kids make family vacation decisions. In fact, I remember feeling that I was very forward thinking when I allowed my seven year old to plan a day of our trip to France - to visit Monet's famous gardens in Giverny. (She was enamored of a book about a little girl who visited the gardens. Here's what I wrote about that experience.)
Rockford, Illinois's Swedish Heritage
March 28, 2014
Rockford, Illinois has the third largest concentration of Swedish people per capita in the United States. Erlander Museum in Rockford preserves Rockford's Swedish roots. It's named for John Erlander and his daughter Mary. The Englander family is typical of many Swedish immigrants to Rockford. John emigrated from Sweden to Chicago, Illinois and then Rockford. He worked as a tailor and later opened a furniture store in partnership with other Swedish men.
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