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Unique Perspective of Lower Manhattan: The Downtown Experience

EAVESDROP, ROAM, Seen, USA By July 3, 2017 Tags: , No Comments

You’re headed to the Big Apple, and you’d love to take in a show, but you’re limited on time and budget. You want to explore Lower Manhattan, but the weather isn’t exactly cooperating.

Or maybe you’ve got your kids with you and they are not interested in hiking all over looking at old buildings and statues while you read from a guide book. Let’s be honest, you’re fed up from wrestling the devices out of their hands when they get even slightly bored.

I could list dozens of reasons why you might be interested in The Downtown Experience, Powered by The Ride. Any one of them would be valid, but it would be window dressing for the real reason: It’s a blast.

Serendipity Indigo

Serendipity Indigo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Silver Linings. She frequently writes about the struggle to find the bright side on her blog Mother of Serendipity. Although raised a military brat, she's called New York City home for the last 16 years. Now a wife & stay at home mother to her two young Rebels she can be found ranting, raving, looking for unexpected treasures, and committing random acts of photography. Most of this randomness is shared on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever other social medias the kids are into these days.

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5 Tips for Visiting the Florida Everglades

ROAM, USA By January 16, 2017 No Comments

Swamps, alligators, snakes, big cats and lemurs never get old, and if you find yourself in south Florida, tear yourself away from the shopping at Sawgrass Mills for a few hours to do a tour. Not only can you hold a baby alligator and pet some epic snakes, but there are many other rare animals to encounter. As a National Geographic Kids Insider, I have learned a bunch about big cats, but this is certainly the place to see them in person. I was pretty sad seeing them in cages, but hoped they get to roam and run freely as much as possible in order to keep the species healthy. 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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NYC’s 5 Best Central Park Playgrounds

FAM, kids, LIVE, play, ROAM, USA By July 26, 2016 1 Comment

Nearly everyone who comes to New York City makes a point of visiting Central Park. It is, quite literally, the heart of Manhattan, and any guide to NYC will direct you to explore this green oasis, which is so full of wonders, it can make you feel like a kid again.

But for those of us with actual children in tow, sometimes you just need the relative sanity of a fenced in playpark, where you can sip a coffee while the youngsters burn off some energy. For us, some of the greatest gems sprinkled throughout Central Park are the 21 different playgrounds—all 100% free, open from dawn to dusk, many of which have been renovated by the Central Park Conservancy over the last few years. As a resident of Manhattan since my children were two and three years-old, I’ve done some serious investigation of at least two-thirds of those parks and have whittled down my favourites to these five Central Park playgrounds.

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Family Road Trip Tips

auto, beauty, Canada, GEAR, LIVE, play, ROAM, USA By May 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Road trip season is upon us and while we understand why you’re considering faking a flat tire to avoid the imminent whining from the back seat— we challenge you to put aside your fears and create lifelong memories along the ribbons of roads that cross North America. CTV Morning Live invited me on set to chat about these trip tips, and—while organizing for the segment—the nostalgia swept over me and I wanted to share some of my personal family road trip tips with you. 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Avoid Travel Anxiety: Pack with Ease

Canada, ROAM, USA By March 23, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Although I love saying, “Have toothbrush, will travel,” I need more in my suitcase than oral care tools and a passport! If you find packing for vacation scary enough to put you off leaving your house, check out how I pack with ease, then start planning your next vacay.

Lesley Donaldson

I write books, save lives and throw axes for fun.

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The Treasures of Fort Myers Beach

ROAM, USA By March 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

As far as traveling with young children goes during spring break, Fort Myers Beach, Florida is about as good (and easy) as it gets. After taking one of the many available non-stop flights to the Southwest Florida airport, you’ll find a small, narrow island off the gulf coast, with vast stretches of soft, pale pink sand, clear ocean water, and not a single high-rise hotel in sight.

Julia Arnold

Julia is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her husband and two young children. She loves reading, writing, photography, and all things equestrian. She blogs about Motherhood with humor and honesty at FranticMama.com.

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10 Items Parents Should Take in Carry-On Bags

Canada, FAM, International, kids, ROAM, USA By February 20, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

I travel often with my kids and while it’s much easier now as they’re getting older, I still remember the horrific time with one baby in a carrier, the other standing beside me trying to manoeuvre in a tiny airplane stall. And then there’s the flight where at least one child has cried for 9 straight hours. Yes, I have experienced flights from hell, and lived to tell the tale.

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Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma

Puneeta lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, and loves the colour her Indian roots bring to her life in Canada! You can find her at MapleandMarigold.com where she writes about family, food, kids, and how to make every day enjoyable, healthy, and delicious.

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A Traveler’s Guide to Mardi Gras: Get It Off Your Bucket List Next Year!

ROAM, USA By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Mardi Gras is an exciting celebration, known around the world for its colourful parade floats and beads thrown into the crowd. This exciting event is a great time to experience the personality and culture of vibrant New Orleans, held every February. The colourful masques, costumes and parade floats are only one of the reasons to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras. It’s a once in a lifetime trip, and to make it happen for 2017, you need to start planning now!

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Lake Tahoe Hosts Autumn Food & Wine Festival

ROAM, USA By July 16, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments
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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Four-Star resort, will welcome foodies from around the world to their property September 11-13, 2015 during the 30th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The resort will host special events over the course of the weekend including Art of Mixology, a Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner and the Wine Inspired Painted Vine Event. Stanley Miller, executive chef at the resort, says, “Every year, the Autumn Food & Wine Festival signals the start of one of the best times of year to be in Lake Tahoe. The fall colors, flavors and special culinary events make it the perfect time to be in the region. We look forward to welcoming guests to the resort to participate in the new and returning events we have planned for this year’s event weekend.” Highlights of the festival include:

 

Art of Mixology

On Friday, Sept. 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, participants will learn how to use infused liquor to create summer cocktails paired with freshly prepared herbs from the chef’s garden. The event will take place at The Backyard Bar & BBQ at The Ritz-Carlton and will feature three cocktails paired with appetizers. Cost is $40 USD per person and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Wine Inspired Painted Vine Event

In partnership with The Painted Vine, a local business based in Truckee, Calif. the festival will offer an evening of wine tasting and painting on Friday, Sept. 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m in Cafe Blue. The night will include a painting class for two, cheese and dessert stations, wine and beverages. Cost is $100 USD per person. 48-hour advance reservations are required.

Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner

On Saturday, Sept. 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. guests are invited to the Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner featuring a family-style dinner presentation of a special harvest menu prepared by Stanley Miller, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The menu incorporates fresh, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Guests will be seated together at a long table on the Manzanita Terrace to enjoy six courses with wine pairings al fresco, accompanied by the surrounding mountains views. Cost is $125 USD per person with wine pairings.

The culinary weekend concludes Sunday, September 13 in The Village at Northstar with the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting of which the culinary team from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will participate in.

Tickets can be purchased and more information about the weekend’s events can be found online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.

For more information on hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe or call 800-241-3333.

For more information about events and to make dining reservations at The Ritz-Carlton call: 530-562-3000.

 

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Family Travel: Kids Activities in Las Vegas

ROAM, USA By March 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

For many families, Las Vegas is an inexpensive and easy destination for travel, but are there enough kids activities in Las Vegas? I believe that kids can learn and have fun in any destination as long as parents are attentive to their needs and do a bit of homework. While smoky casinos and shooting ranges may be off the activity lists, there are loads of kids activities in Las Vegas that are thrilling for the whole family.

Here are a few Sin City activities that I’ve experienced that make me itch for a family trip!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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