May 192015
 
A Fun Weekend Getaway with Family in Mystic, CT

Even before we arrived, my family knew that Mystic, Connecticut was the right mini-vacation spot because of the way people spoke of it. “I used to love going to Mystic as a child,” person after person sighed when we told them of our upcoming trip. “It’s such a charming little place!” Mystic has many fans, and we soon learned why.

Mystic is a New England seaport village with just 4,205 inhabitants and 3.4 square miles. In fact, it is not an actual [...Read More!]

May 172015
 
This Ireland Castle Hotel Made Us Smile and Laugh

I have never stayed anywhere that has as much character as Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in County Galway, Ireland. What a hoot that hotel is! It was a highlight of our Ireland road trip, and its colors and cast of characters would fit perfectly into a Wes Anderson movie.

Want an illustration of how well the hotel pairs luxury with quirk? As the well-dressed porter ushered us into the lobby, what should we see [...Read More!]

Apr 302015
 
A Great Dinner in Mystic, CT, in Yummy, Funny Photos

What was the best part of our first ever visit to Mystic, Connecticut? The dinner you’re about to see. How good was it? Colin and I spent the entire meal arm wrestling with our baby for every last morsel!

The restaurant in question is called Harbour House, and is part of the Inn at Mystic: a hotel with some of the best water views in town. Allow me to lead you through our culinary adventure…

“You [...Read More!]

Mar 172015
 
How Smart Is This Boutique Hotel in Galway, Ireland?

“You could sleep at a hotel right in Galway City,” explained my Ireland informant when my husband and I were planning our week-long Ireland trip, “OR, you could stay in the cute town of Barna, just a few minutes outside of Galway City, at one of the most famous foodie hotels in Ireland.”

“Famous food?” I panted. “I’m in! What’s the name of this hotel you speak of?”

It turned out that the spot was called The Twelve [...Read More!]

Feb 022015
 
My Cuba Travels: The Most Beautiful, Little-Known Town

If you only picture Cuba’s beaches, Havana, and old fashioned cars when envisioning your travels through the forbidden island, you’re missing a stunner. I, too, didn’t know about the town which became my favorite during my 2008 Cuba trip, until my travel partner steered me there. I hope I can lure you to its beauty, too!

“Viñales?” I asked my Cuba travel buddy, Oliver. “What’s so special about that place? I’ve never even heard of it.” [...Read More!]

Nov 282014
 
A 1st Birthday Party: Tips in 7 Funny But True Steps

Want to win at throwing a 1-year-old’s birthday party? Stink at entertaining, like me? Follow these easy steps, laughing all the way.

Step 1: Force baby into overwrought formalwear. Purchase discount baby tuxedo (replete with frilly blouse), and slip it onto squirming baby. This is worth it, despite the fact that the following will happen to this tux: bow tie crumpling, crotch ripping open to permanently expose diaper, and baby soiling tux via an impressive variety of methods.

Step 2: Cake Smash… [...Read More!]

Oct 122014
 
How to Travel With a Baby: 11 Tips to Make it Easy!

People keep asking, “What tips do you have for travel with a baby?” ever since we got back from our Puerto Rico adventure and a subsequent two-week U.S. road trip.

I’d been replying with long emails and extended phone conversations, when it suddenly occurred to me: Why not compile all the advice into one super-useful article on how to transport, feed, pack for, and entertain a baby while away from home? Here it is, chums. From now [...Read More!]

Sep 302014
 
See Boston By a Fun Harbor Cruise... With Brunch!

Take to the water, fellow Boston lovers! As summer wanes, I bring you one last gasp of it: images from a sun-kissed “Brunch Cruise” with Boston Harbor Cruises. When the warm weather returns, these boats are a must for spying Boston from a whole different angle.

There were many cruise options to choose from for our family outing, but I selected the brunch boat because… there was food involved. Lots of food over the [...Read More!]

Sep 232014
 
A Comfortable Place to Stay in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

There’s a major downside to staying at a place with “Sunrise” in the name: You’re kind of peer pressured into waking up at the crack of dawn to see what all the hype is about!

When we checked in to Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn during the last leg of our Puerto Rico trip, I grudgingly looked up the sunrise time and set my alarm for 5:52am. (Ooof!) The name of the inn didn’t lie, though. The [...Read More!]

Sep 152014
 
Where to Stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Kids or Baby

“Is vacation with a baby just like being at home, but harder?” a fellow new mother asked me this week.

“No!” I responded with passion. “It’s still vacation, just different! With a little planning and some wise choices, I promise you will be able to achieve relaxation and fun.”

The key to actually feeling like you’re on vacation while traveling with a baby, we found during our Puerto Rico travels, is to start with [...Read More!]