Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is a resort town located an hour and a half north of Chicago and an hour south of Milwaukee. In the summer, the town welcomes visitors coming to sail and swim on Geneva Lake, relax in their lake houses, or stroll down main street. Lake Geneva’s population hovers around the 7,700 mark, but on busy weekends the sidewalks swell with visitors. The winter is much quieter, with the exception of Winterfest, when tens of thousands of visitors gather to enjoy the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition and celebrate winter in earnest. This year the festival runs from February 3 through 13th, so if you haven’t been, there’s still time to go and have a fun time with your… [Read More]
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, it can be helpful to have snacks nearby when hunger strikes. We’ve asked around for 25 easy to make and pack travel snacks and I think you will love what we found. A nice mix of sweet and savory and a few allergy friendly recipes too. A perfect companion to our most pinned post of all time, 25 Easy to Pack Travel Snacks, and many options here for after school, lunch time, or game day too. Enjoy!
Whether you’re stuck in the gray tundra of the Midwest, buried under a snowstorm in the heartland, or tired of the rain on the west coast, odds are you’re looking to escape to somewhere warm right about now. With year-round beautiful weather, Kissimmee, Florida is the perfect winter escape for families. Just minutes from the theme parks, families can soak up the sunshine on an airboat ride through the Everglades, zipline over alligators at Gatorland, or learn about space travel at the nearby Kennedy Space Center. Whether your family loves theme parks, shopping, or outdoor adventures, Kissimmee will be the perfect winter escape.
If you’re visiting Chicago or live in the city or suburbs, I would highly recommend making time to visit the suburb of Rosemont. While tiny in population, the village certainly doesn’t lack for entertainment, restaurants, or shopping opportunities. Long popular as a convention destination, the village is celebrating its 60th anniversary so there will be a lot of excitement this year. Rosemont has an abundance of upscale hotels, the state-of-the art Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Allstate Arena, and the Rosemont Theatre. It is also home to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and MB Financial Park, a one stop dining and entertainment center.
* This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars as part of their #asweetpairing campaign. Of course all opinions are my own. We’re also giving away two (2) $75 American Express gift cards! Don’t miss your chance to win by completing the entry form at the end of this post. Tired of trying to find the perfect restaurant for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Why not skip the fancy restaurant and consider a Valentine’s Day picnic instead? Whether you want to arrange for a night away at a local hotel or simply snuggle by the fire after the kids are in bed, this easy to plan meal will have your significant other singing your praises.
Visiting Rome with kids can seem overwhelming, but it is a wonderful city to enjoy with children, who will love the ruins, the people, and the gelato! The city is beautiful any time of year, but the crowds will vary depending on weather and school holidays. Our best advice is to have a plan and make reservations for the more popular tourist sites, but leave time for wandering the squares and enjoying la dolce vita.
While many of us dream of road trips and flights to exotic places, traveling with kids in tow can feel less like a vacation and more like a chore. Thankfully, we live in a modern world with the technology to keep kids entertained for long haul car and airplane journeys. Here are some of the best apps to keep your kids happily engaged instead of asking, “Are we there yet?” for the hundredth time.
Disney World is one of those vacation destinations where it helps to plan ahead and have some travel tips in mind before you arrive. It is hard to explain why, but people are magically drawn to Walt Disney World over and over again. I happen to be one of those people, and we just booked our tickets to head to the Magic Kingdom for the fifth time in 8 years. We spend loads of money to visit multiple theme parks, pull muscles we didn’t know existed, and suffer through endless lines and crowds of people. We do this for our kids, for the memories, and for the love of the mouse.
This upcoming weekend, January 23rd and 24th, families won’t want to miss the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Family entertainment may be difficult to find during the winter, but the Travel and Adventure show will captivate parents and children of all ages.
January is typically the time of year we begin planning vacations in earnest, asking friends and families for recommendations or planning a return trip to our favorite destination. For those of us that live in colder climates, we tend to look for destinations that offer beaches and ample sunshine. Here are some of our favorite warm weather destinations that need to be on your radar and as a bonus, we’re giving away a chance to win $500 to finance your trip!