Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on November 26, 2014 and you can still see them through January 4, 2015 every evening starting at 5 pm. When? IlluminOcean […]

5 fabulously festive English Christmas teas

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The ritual of sitting down to afternoon tea has graced the households of Brits for centuries, and has become a tradition recognized by many restaurants and hotels, too. Families around the country come together for a mid-afternoon meal of biscuits, pastries and finger foods, all centered around the main event: a refreshing pot of hot […]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For Travelers

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Not sure what to get the frequent traveler on your holiday shopping list? Stumped for ideas? I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite products to give and to get in this year’s holiday gift guide: 1 SKITS Tech Case, $69.95 Regardless what type of traveler you’re shopping for, chances are they travel with an assortment […]

5 places to celebrate Christmas in Alberta

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While I love calling California home for the constant sunshine and proximity to the beach, when Christmas rolls around, I’m always ready to head north for snow! I’ve heard so much about Christmas in Alberta and this is seriously on my bucket list. With the picture perfect mountains and the pretty much guaranteed snow, I […]

The Magic of Santa: A Ride on the Polar Express

Frank and the kids on the Polar Express

For me, driving from Connecticut with four kids the weekend before Christmas to experience the Polar Express in Saratoga, New York was akin to driving to the real North Pole. Children, ages 1.5 to 11, packed with anticipation on a 3.5-hour drive from Westport, CT—it ain’t easy. But our accommodations at the Inn at Saratoga were […]

Travel Tip of the Day: The Best Time to Travel? (and Happy Holidays!)

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The Best Time to Travel? (and Happy Holidays!) One of the two best times of the year to travel is fast approaching us: the week after New Year’s (the other is the week after Thanksgiving). In the travel industry, weeks like these are referred to as “dead weeks” because very few people are traveling. After […]

Travel Video of the Week: Empire State Building’s first-ever Christmas light show

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This Christmas season, New York City is really in the holiday spirit! For the first time ever, New Yorkers and holiday visitors have been given the gift of a Christmas light show on the iconic Empire State Building—not once but five different times. Beginning on Friday, December 20 and closing with the grand finale today—Christmas […]