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A SPIN ON FAMILY TRAVEL
Coastal living is more than just the beach; it's a way of life.
Hit this city's growing food scene while you take in the sights.
TOFINO BC's surf town offers outdoor adventure with a family-friendly vibe.
EDITORS' NOTE We are thrilled to be publishing our second issue of Twist! This Summer issue is packed with even more content then the first issue. We have the same incredible contributors from the Spring issue, but we've also added a few more family travel experts to the mix! This season, we celebrate the traditional All American Summer. We were inspired by the iconic lifeguard stand that can be seen on beaches up and down the coastlines all around the USA. We know summer road trips are a big part of family vacations, so we have the perfect Southwest road trip itinerary for an epic adventure. Families love San Diego, so we've ask a local expert to fill us in on her favorite hidden gems. What's more American than visiting New York City? Another local mom gives us the scoop on how to spend the summer navigating the city with kids! And let's not forget ice cream, one of our favorite things here at Twist! Ice cream trucks have come a long way and we've scouted out some of the best across the country. Be sure to visit these sweet mobiles that are in your neck of the woods. No matter where your summer takes you, we hope it's filled with fond childhood memories of the past and new exciting memories for your family to treasure.
ANDREA FELLMAN AND KERYN MEANS EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
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Summer Travel Inspiration 2 | THE TWIST
24 | TOFINO
Summer is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy the warm sunshine. Let Twist be your guide.
Adventure awaits at this edgy surf town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.
4 | SUMMER BEAUTY MUST HAVES
31 | SAN DIEGO HIDDEN GEMS
Enjoy the sunshine without compromising your skin or style with these go-to products.
Look beyond the headliner attractions to experience San Diego as the locals do.
11 | SHE GETS AROUND
38 | OUTDOOR FAMILY ADVENTURES
The founder of Flytographer touts the benefits of one-on-one travel with kids.
You don't need to pay for expensive travel and gear to get outside with the kids.
14 | LONDON
41 | TWIST FAVORITES: HOTELS
Explore London's emerging global food scene alongside this historic city's must-see sights.
From Europe to Guatemala, these resorts are destinations in and of themselves.
18 | LISBON
SPLURGE: 47 | SPOTLIGHT ON USA
Portugal's capital city may just be the next up-and-coming family travel hot spot. We'll show you why.
Whether you'll be exploring the U.S. this summer or celebrating at home over 4th of July fireworks, inspiration lies inside.
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A QUICK GUIDE TO THE SEASON
Summer is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. The longer days ahead allow us to reconnect as a family. Make sure you take time for long bike rides, picnics in the park, roasting marshmallows, and watching sunsets.
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t a h w k c a p to SUMMER BEACH CHIC By Andrea Fellman, WanderlustLiving.com
Whether you are heading to a far flung exotic island or simply hitting up the local pool with the kids in tow, there are a few things mom needs to look and feel good hanging poolside! Here are some of my beach chic picks.
Swimsuits I found Cabana Life a few years ago and I have not bought another swimsuit brand since! I love this brand because the swimsuits are beautiful, well-made, and actually cut to fit a real woman's body!
Beach Cover Up Everyone needs a beach cover-up or two. Again, Cabana Life has a variety of great cover-ups that match their swimsuits. They also have these very fun beach lounge pants that you might want to also check out!
Flip Flops Of course you will need flip flops! I no longer buy the cheap ones. Buy a quality pair that will last all summer and look good, and are also comfortable if you are not by the pool or are walking around town. Tory Burch always makes some beautiful ones.
Poolside Beach Bag You’ll need a nice big bag to dump all your stuff. I like this one because it also comes with an inside pouch to protect all your small things like wallet, room key card, and phone. Stelladot.com
Packable Sun Hat A packable sun hat is a must. You really do need to protect your face from the sun and a hat also helps protect your color-treated hair! STYLE / 41 TWIST Summer 2017 | 3
Summertime brings plenty of weekends at the beach or pool. I always try to include SPF in all of my face and lip products when I’m going to the pool or beach. I love to use multi-tasking products that can double as a blush or a lip tint or an eye gloss or highlighter. Cream products are always a great choice for warmer days and can give a more natural look. These are some of my go-to beauty products to help me get ready for the summer!
• Supergoop! Lip & Cheek Treat (SPF 40) • Fresh Sugar (SPF 15)
• Colore Science Sunforgettable
Mascara • Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara & Lash Prim • Cover Girl The Super Sizer Waterproof
Multi-Taskers • By Terry Sun Designer Palette
• IT Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder (SPF 50+)
Tinted Sunscreen • It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour Super Smart Skin Perfecting Beauty Fluid (SPF 50+) • Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi Protection Tint (SPF 50)
• Honest Highlighting & Strobe Kit
• Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream (SPF 35)
CC Cream with More Coverage
• Vita Liberata Body Blur
• BareMinerals Complexion Rescue (SPF 30)
• Artis Palm Brush
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Not sure what to throw in your beach bag this summer. Grab this YA fantasy fiction, travel memoir, drama and more.
The Hate U Give… By Angie Thomas A girl's friend is gunned down by the police. She is the only one who knows what really happened.
Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty Find out who died! It's time to read this book turned hit HBO mini series .
Smart Mom, Rich Mom By Kimberly Palmer Empower yourself through your finances this summer and never feel in the dark again.
The Mommy's Short Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting By Ilana Wiles We aren't supermoms or horrible moms. We are just your average moms and it's time to be celebrated.
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes By Elizabeth Bard Sit down to lunch? Check. Meet future husband? Check. Start new life in Paris? Check.
The Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah Maas The third installment of this New adult fantasy fiction novel sees Fayre going undercover.
I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. - J.K. Rowling
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5 Safe Sunscreens for Kids Sarah Wagner / usalovelist.com All Good lightweight, non-greasy formula is 80-minute water resistant. Made with organic chamomile for gently soothing sensitive skin.
Badger makes Organic Sunscreen Base with Zinc Oxide SPF 30. It is unscented, affordable and perfect for kids. Goddess Garden convenient lotion pump spray sunscreen makes protecting your kids easier than ever. Environmentallysafe, non-nano, biodegradable, and reef safe.
California Baby organic SPF 30 sunblock is ideal for little ones. Titanium dioxide is the master ingredient that makes this an award-winning mineral sunscreen super effective.
Sunology offers SPF 50 broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen for kids. Using only mineral active ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, for safe sun coverage.
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Weekender Bags 1. Cleobella Weekender Bags 2. AwlSnap Weekender Bag 3. Nena & Co Weekender Bag 4. Amuse Society Weekender Bag STYLE / 41
By Sharon Garafalow cupcakesandcutlery.com
Weekend getaways are my favorite kind of travel. A great weekender bag can help you reign in your over packing tendencies and up your style game. The smaller size helps me to be more efficient with my packing, which ultimately keeps me more relaxed on my trip. And a well designed bag can easily add visual interest to a comfy, chic travel wardrobe. TWIST Summer 2017 | 7
Ice Cream Trucks across the USA
CLAUDIA LAROYE THETRAVELLINGMOM.CA
The seasonal appearance of the ice cream push cart goes back to the early days of the 20th century. But the timeless allure of a traveling truck of frozen ice cream treats, sandwiches, and shakes remains as strong as ever to young and old alike. Today's ice cream carts and trucks feature products made with artisanal methods, locavore ingredients, and a passion for bringing people together in a common love of sugar, cream and deliciousness. Here are some of the coolest cream trucks around the USA.
Fifty Licks Handmade Ice Cream – Portland, OR
Big Spoon Creamery – Birmingham, AL
Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream – Philadelphia, PA
From ice cream trike, to truck, and now storefront in Avondale, Big Spoon spreads its mission of building community through the common love of small batch, artisan ice cream. Choose from yummy seasonal flavors like Lemon Buttermilk Poppy Seed, Honeysuckle Blackberry, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
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Passion for food science is behind the French custard-style ice cream base made from scratch, without chemical stabilizers or fake anything. Local ingredients are seasonally sourced from the Portland Saturday Market. Flavors scooped from a cheerful blue truck can run exotic, from Blackstrap Gingersnap to Thai Rice. The founder's passion began with beer, so naturally, the 21+ only Chocolate Porter Beer Float is a must sip.
Enjoy a scoop of the signature black magic in a cone, or go all out with a two-handed sandwich of vanilla ice cream between salted toffee almond grahams. Scoops or pints are served from a roving retro blue 1963 International Harvester van, aptly named Gatsby.
Hello! Ice Cream – Ann Arbor, MI Hello! specializes in Italian-style ice cream (less cream and air than in the regular version), served from a bright 1965 International Metro van named Ingrid. Operating in summer months, Hello! serves up gelato, sorbetto and other Italian desserts in traditional flavors like pistachio, zabaglione, and espresso.
Twirl and Dip Ice Cream – San Francisco, CA Located in Golden Gate Park near museums and the Japanese Tea Garden, Twirl and Dip serves up natural soft serve in a twirly swirl of organic vanilla bean and organic chocolate ice cream. The cones are dipped into dark chocolate, or topped with handmade toppings and sauces. Fresh fruit ice lollies are also available in seasonal flavors like watermelon lemonade.
Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream – Seattle, WA Home of the farm-to-cone, Parfait is committed to housemade everything (including the sprinkles). They use locally sourced ingredients from farms in the Washington area, and grow many of the herbs and berries used in their ice cream, including lavender, mint and rosemary. Enjoy seasonal treats at their best, like Local Strawberry, Peaches & Cream, and vegan apricot sorbet.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream - New York City, NY They do things on a grander scale in NYC! Van Leeuwen has not one but six trucks offering frozen treats with ingredients that are naturally sourced. Unique flavor combinations change seasonally, including Ube with Coconut Jam, Passion Fruit Layer Cake, or Sweet Sticky Black Rice. Interested in trying this at home? The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook shares over 100 vegan and classic recipes and stories of ice cream truck life.
Hello Ice Cream Photo credit: Amanda Dumouchelle
Sticks and Cones Ice Cream – Charlotte, NC Charlotte is graced with two soft serve ice cream trucks to meet local demand. The Sticks Truck offers regular ice cream delights, while the Cones Truck has specialty creations, including the Carolina Gold. This sundae features ribbons of chocolate, caramel and white chocolate sauce, topped with crushed homemade vanilla wafers.
The S'Cream Truck – Los Angeles, CA The bright retro-fitted mail truck serves up all natural and hormone free ice cream on the go. Their signature product is the S'Cream Ball, an ice cream ball on a stick dipped into the chocolate topping of your choice. Also available in a S'Cream Cup, should the stick prove to be a challenging eat.
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Twist SUMMER DESTINATIONS
We ask a few of our family travel friends to share their top summer inspirations with us
Copenhagen was one of our favorite summer vacations because we were able to explore the city both on land and by water!
I have had a lot of great summers, but a 10 day RV trip driving up California State Route 1 will always rank up there as one of my favorites
I cried as we entered Yellowstone because I never thought I'd get to be a dad, let alone share one of my favorite places on earth with them.
She Gets Around!
The Magic of Traveling With Just One Child Twist travels with Nicole Smith, founder of Flytographer, and her son to Hawaii
Five years ago, I made a decision that changed my family forever. I followed my gut, quit my safe marketing job at Microsoft, and started a startup. Everyone thought I was crazy, including my own parents, but I forged ahead. A startup is like having a new baby: you are sleep-deprived, and obstacles and frustrations are everywhere. Yet, like with kids, you love it harder than you ever could have imagined.
Having two other “babies” in my life, however, meant a lot of juggling and tradeoffs these past few years. My kids are now 10 and 12 and the teen years are approaching fast. It always feels like there is never enough time with my boys, and one-on-one time is particularly rare. I wanted to slow down and create special memories together and deepen our bond. Hopefully, that would also help us ride out the teen years ahead.
I wanted to slow down and create special memories together and deepen our bond. Hopefully, that would also help us ride out the teen years ahead.
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The 10th Birthday Trip I first heard of this idea from a travel blogger friend, Kim-Marie Evans. She explains why ten is a great age for a “mommy and me” birthday trip: "They are young enough to take out of school without ruining their pre-college GPA, they still think you know everything, and hey are old enough to remember it forever." Sold. Two years ago, I tested this theory out and took my older son, Harrison, to Palm Springs for his 10th birthday. It was awesome. We swam, played volleyball, and visited the local zoo. Every night he would crush me in a heated game of UNO after we cooked dinner together. There was no sibling rivalry, homework, or domestic day-to-day distractions. It was just the two of us, having fun, creating memories together and a lot of “inside jokes” along the way. We were two peas in a pod, chilling in the desert together. It was bliss. This February, my youngest, Jack turned ten. He had been anticipating this moment for awhile, (his very own 10th birthday trip!) and chose Maui. We had fun doing research on where to stay,and what to do, and in hindsight, I think the planning together was half the fun! We stayed at the Grand Wailea, and if you are a tenyear-old boy, it’s pretty much pool paradise with a waterslide jackpot. There are four jungle pools, four intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool, the world’s first water elevator, and a swim-up bar (my favourite part). We slept late, went for long walks, took photos, played in the ocean, and swam like fish. We saw humpback whales, ate shave ice, and took day trips to Lahaina and Paia. At night, he whispered stories, asked questions, and shared fears, curiosities and interesting observations from the innocent lens of a ten-year-old . His guard was down, and we bonded in a way we simply couldn’t with all of life’s daily distractions. It made me appreciate his unique, young personality in new ways. The memories are priceless.
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There was no sibling rivalry, homework, or domestic day-to-day distractions. Just the two of us, having fun, creating memories together and a lot of “inside jokes” along the way.
Jack and I created our own little rituals in Maui. Take, for example, the “crazy elevator dance”. Every time the elevator doors closed and we were alone, we danced like crazy until they reopened, and then stood solemnly sideby-side, sneaking smirks at each other as people came in. Our little secret. Back home, months later, the magic of these memories still lives with us. Last week at our local juice shop, the cashier turned his back and Jack smirked at me. I smirked back knowingly, and we broke out into a crazy dance for ten hilarious seconds. When the cashier turned around, we froze and stifled laughs. As we walked back to the car, Jack said, “Mom, you’re pretty fun to hang out with.” I smiled back and said, “You too, buddy." I glowed with joy the rest of the night. I think he did too.
NIcole Smith, founder of Flytographer
His guard was down, and we bonded in a way we simply couldn’t with all of life’s daily distractions. It made me appreciate his unique, young personality in new ways. The memories are priceless.
SEE THE CITY THROUGH FOOD
LONDON THERE WAS A TIME LONDON WAS NOTED FOR ITS BLAH, BLAND FOOD. RECENTLY THAT REPUTATION HAS FADED LIKE THE FOG THAT ROLLS OFF THE THAMES EACH MORNING. LONDON NOW HAS A PHENOMENAL GLOBAL FOOD SCENE WHERE PALATES OF EVERY KIND CAN BE PLEASED. YES, EVEN THE YOUNGEST ONES! Families with limited vacation time or school calendar constraints can’t simply spend their entire holiday on endless quests for top-rated food, however. The best culinary trips combine sightseeing highlights with tasty eats. Here’s how to see (and eat) it all!
By Nicole Wiltrout ArrowsSentForth.com
South Kensington/Hyde Park
Tower of London/Borough Market
The best way to burn off jetlag is with lots of fresh air. Fortunately, London offers one of the best places to play in the world—Hyde Park. The Princess Diana Memorial Playground is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, with incredibly imaginative and challenging play structures (like a pirate ship embedded in sand). If a rain shower pops up, head to the Natural History Museum or the Science Museum (just south of the park), or Kensington Palace (adjacent to the west side of the park).
No trip to London is complete without taking in the sometimes gory but always entertaining Tower of London. Let the Beefeater guards guide you around (and tell a few jokes), see the Crown Jewels, and admire this building that has served the city’s most dangerous felons and most notable royals since the 10th century. After, cross over the often photographed Tower Bridge (you can even walk across a glass platform on the top if you dare).
Where to Eat: For a fancy, pinkies-up type of lunch, book a table at Bibendum. Housed in the former headquarters of the Michelin tire company, families will enjoy the clever décor, as well as the beautiful stained glass windows that makes a lunch reservation more enjoyable than dinner. For a quicker dining experience, walk to Harrod’s and indulge at the ground-floor food hall. In the evening, think about booking a family class at Jamie Oliver’s cooking school in the nearby Shepherd’s Bush neighborhood.
Where to Eat: All that history will leave you hungry, so walk a few blocks to the smorgasbord of incredible cuisine that is Borough Market. London’s largest food market rivals anything you might find in Paris or Italy. It’s best to enjoy small bites from lots of different vendors, but to please the kids, don’t miss Kappacassein, which serves up the best grilled cheese sandwiches (called toasted cheese in England) you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.
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Day 3 Central London Walk London is best seen by foot, and families can hit many sights if they’re smart about the route. Start at Westminster Abbey/Big Ben, then head to 10 Downing Street, followed by a stop at Buckingham Palace. From there, you could walk to the Thames to ride the London Eye or press on to Trafalgar Square to admire the lion sculptures. Where to Eat: Cap off these landmark London attractions with one of England’s most cherished culinary traditions: afternoon tea. Tea doesn’t just mean the hot beverage. It’s actually a light late afternoon meal. A perfect spot to head with kids is the Willy Wonka-themed afternoon tea at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel. It has just enough English charm, but with lots of whimsical treats to keep children engaged.
Day 4 Souvenir Shopping You can’t leave without souvenirs to remember your time in London. Start at Hamley’s on Regent Street where five stories of toys await you. This store is as much about playing with the many interactive displays and friendly staff as it is about spending. Don’t miss the Legos on the top floor, where you’ll see life-size sculptures of the Royal Family. After Hamley’s, you can visit other iconic London stores nearby like Selfridge’s, Liberty’s, and Fortnum & Mason. They’re all a short walk away. Or venture to Leicester Square and visit the new Lego mega store, the largest in the world. Where to Eat: Stop at the ice cream parlour on the second floor of Fortnum & Mason. Order the legendary Knickerbocker Glory. Even a cup of tea or coffee is served with a miniature ice cream cone! The shop itself is a wonderful place to get authentic delights to bring home. Every savvy traveling parent knows full bellies equal happy kids. With this itinerary, the whole family will be well nourished to make incredible memories in one of the world’s most iconic cities.
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LONDON DAY TRIPS Day trips into the quieter parts of England are a great way to balance the hustle and bustle of London with a slower pace of travel. And just like the wide variety of attractions in London proper, there’s something outside the city for every interest.
Literary Fans WARNER BROTHERS HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR: This is an obvious choice for any fan of the Harry Potter series. But be warned, this isn’t the Florida amusement park version of Harry Potter. This is the home of the studio sets of many of the scenes from the movies. You can hop on a coach bus from central London, many of which play the films while in transit, and then spend a few hours immersing yourself in scene after scene of the Harry Potter fandom. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: For a more high-brow literary experience, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Surprisingly, this quiet, charming town along the River Avon has done a great job of making the various Shakespeare-related properties fun for children as well, with hands-on games, costumes, and multimedia shows. There’s even a working farm to tour.
History Buffs BATH: Throw it way, way back with a journey into the Roman era with a stop at this remarkably wellpreserved town. The must-see attraction is the Roman Baths, where children will enjoy the many costumed characters they can interact with while touring. Be sure to stop for Sally Lunn’s buns, the city’s trademark pastry. CAMBRIDGE: The rare sunny day in England is best spent punting on the River Cam. Don’t try to navigate this yourself, instead hire one of the Cambridge students to push you along and share stories of the various rivalries among colleges as you pass by their magnificent buildings along the way. Fans of Winnie the Pooh will be delighted to know that the author, AA Milne, was a student here and the original manuscript is found here.
WINDSOR CASTLE: If visitors to London are disappointed to learn their travel dates fall when Buckingham Palace is closed (which is often the case), then visit the next best thing: the queen’s preferred weekend home. Not only is Windsor Castle an easy, direct train ride from central London, but the town that surrounds it is very enjoyable to visit as well, full of shops and family-friendly restaurants and cafes. The castle has a children’s audio guide and a family room where hands-on activities are offered. You might even spot Her Majesty.
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By: Andrea Fellman WanderlustLiving.com
TAKE THE KIDS: LISBON & SINTRA PORTUGAL
3 days in Lisbon Lisbon is definitely having a moment, and it knows it. Last year, Lisbon was picked as one of the top travel destinations for 2016 by Travel and Leisure, and I can now see why. The weather is fantastic, prices are very reasonable, the city has a rich (and very traumatic) history, the people are kind (and most speak English), and it has a creative vibe that practically oozes into the streets. One side effect of all this industry: there are a lot of renovations happening in Lisbon, and when you walk around town, you will see and hear a lot of construction. Wear quality, comfortable shoes. The streets and sidewalks are hilly and made of small stones, which are actually pretty smooth but can be a bit slippery. Between the cable car tracks, uneven sidewalks, and construction, you need to watch your step and have flat shoes on! The same day we landed in Lisbon, we hit the ground running with a walking tour of Lisbon from With Locals. This was the first time we did a city walking tour with our kids. I figured they are old enough now to learn a little bit more about where they are. We met up with our guide Jorge at Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara in the Barrio Alto neighborhood. This is a fantastic promenade and park overlooking the city, and proved to be a great way to kick off our time in Lisbon. From this vantage point, Jorge was able to explain in detail about the devastating 1755 earthquake, flood and tsunami that demolished the city. We spent the entire afternoon walking with Jorge as he explained the different areas of the city, and shared interesting and significant stories about Lisbon’s history. He also told us about "convent sweets": the yellow custard-looking treats you cannot miss in all the bakery shops. Convent sweets got their name because traditionally, the nuns would make them with all the leftover egg yolks, which remained behind after the nuns used the egg whites to starch their whites and to clarify the convent wine.
Lisbon Walking Tour Tuk Tuk Tour Sao Jorge Castle Belém Tower Barrio Alto Neighborhood Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara Alfama Neighborhood Miradouro Porta das Sol Chiado Neighborhood Santa Justa Lift Jardin da Estrela Trolley Cars / Elevador da Bica Time Out Market Fado Shows TWIST Summer 2017 | 19
The Alfama neighborhood is the oldest neighborhood in the city and was literally built to protect the castle, São Jorge Castle. The streets are very narrow and maze-like, which was intentional to make it difficult for enemies to attack the castle. This is a great area to spend an afternoon wandering. Another great way to see the city is with a Tuk Tuk Tour. Even though this tour repeated some of the things we saw on the walking tour, it was nice to just sit and cruise through the streets, taking in the city’s charming rhythm and vibe. Travel Tip: Be sure to hire an electric tuk tuk – the old ones are really loud and bumpy and the ride is not as enjoyable, trust me. As luck would have it, our Tuk Tuk tour took us up to a different lookout spot, called Lady of the Mountain. This lookout is apparently the highest in the city. Lisbon is known as the City of Seven Hills (even though there are more than seven hills), and I think we may have stood atop four of the seven lookout spots in our short three day visit. In general, Lisbon felt to me like a mini San Francisco and a bit like Cuba. Three days is plenty of time to experience the city and get a taste for the culture.
Where to stay in Lisbon Martinhal Chiado Family Suites is a brand new hotel in the center of Lisbon that is excellent for traveling families with young kids. They have modern, apartment-style suites that come with full kitchens, washer and dryer, high chairs, booster seats, cribs and even bathroom necessities like toddler potties and step stools. We had a one bedroom deluxe, which had a enormous living room and a bunkbed room for the kids. The best part about Marthinal Chiado Family Suites is their childcare facility right on the property. It lets you go out and enjoy the city for a kid-free day or allows you to have a dinner out with your spouse. The kids' center has activities for kids up to about age nine, but they will of course watch older kids as well.
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The Royal family built Pena Palace on the site of an old monastery, as a summer residence. Dom Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha and Queen Dona Maria II acquired the old monastery and the surrounding land, as well as the Moorish Castle and a few other estates in the area in 1838.
Pena Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Sintra and while the palace itself is a beauty, the palace park and gardens are just as gorgeous. In fact, you may actually spend more time wandering around this enchanting park than at the palace itself. The kids will be able to run free and explore all the paths, bridges and ponds they happen upon. From the entrance to the palace, it is a short 10 minute walk up. As you climb the palace starts to show you more of its beautiful colors and layers. Once at the palace, you will be able to walk around the palace walls with spectacular views. You will even spot the Moorish Castle walls from Pena Palace.Â After you've spent enough time at the palace, explore the palace grounds and be sure to head to the valley of the lakes, which ended up being my favorite area.
The Moorish Castle The Muslims built the Castle of the Moors/The Moorish Castle as a military fortress in the 10th century. The castle was strategically built high up in the Sintra hills to protect the local territory and Lisbon. It also served to control access to the sea. From Pena Palace, you can easily reach the Moorish Castle. Once at the entrance I recommend first heading to the right and saving the highest summit (which is to your left) for last. There is really no wrong way to explore; just take your time and watch your step! As you walk along the fortress walls, you will be able to see stunning views of the area. You'll easily spot the small town of Sintra, and the Sintra Palace. Once you reach the highest peak you'll come to a nice lookout point where you will see Pena Palace high up on the mountain top! This entire climb with the kids was fun and it is not too intense. My daughter did get a little tired but my son was just so excited to reach the top I had to keep telling him to wait for me. There is a small snack bar that offers pre-made sandwiches, salads, chips, and drinks. If you are traveling with smaller children I would suggest having a backpack with water and snacks.
Palacio Quinta da Regaleira Palacio Quinta da Regaleira is only about a 15minute walk form the center of Sintra. The easiest way to view it is to simply buy tickets when you arrive at the front gate. We grabbed a map and started to make somewhat of a plan, but then quickly decided to let ourselves just wander and explore randomly. The grounds are filled with walking paths, old ruins, and a few towers for the kids to climb up. We eventually found our way into a cave and the underground walkways, which are a series of tunnels that lead to the Cave of the Orient, an inactive well, and a waterfall. This was one of the coolest areas of the palace grounds to explore! If you are in Sintra, this is definitely worth a visit. I was pleasantly surprised.
I recommend staying one night in Sintra. Initially we did not know about Palacio Quinta da Regaleira until we were in Sintra and I was so glad we had the extra afternoon to visit this palace and the mystical grounds. Pena Palace and The Moorish Castle can be done in one day, with kids! In fact, I highly recommend doing them back to back since they are so close to one another. Unfortunately we did not get to Montserrate palace and park which is a little further away. If you have time to fit it in, I would do it!
Where to stay in Sintra Quinta das Murtas is a small bed and breakfast in a historic Portuguese villa. The main building has traditional rooms, with a few cabins and family suites situated behind the house, sitting next to their small garden and pool. We booked one of the family suites and it was a large studio-type room with three beds and a full kitchen. While the accommodations are not necessarily fancy, our cabin had large windows that faced the garden. We were surrounded by such lush green scenery that it made us feel like we were in a greenhouse. This hotel is in a great location and only a short five minute walk to the center of Sintra.
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Vancouver Island may be a secret surfer's haven but Tofino has more for families than meets the eye BY TARA CANNON PINTSIZEPILOT.COM
My kids give Tofino, British Columbia a ten out of ten. In all of our travels, there have been precious few perfect tens, and it delights me that one of them happens to be from a place so close to our home of Vancouver, Canada. They love the sandy beaches, the giant tidal pools, the wind swept waves, and the tranquil forests. I love all of those things too, but for me, what makes this west coast town even more special is the presence of some beautiful hotels and awardwinning restaurants. Long days exploring the beach, followed by a freshly foraged feast in front of a cozy fireplace — what could possibly be better?
What Makes Tofino Special? Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, off the mainland of British Columbia, Tofino is the perfect place to experience the wild and rugged west coast of Canada. Visit for the abundance of wildlife (whales, black bears, eagles, and more), rugged hiking and sea kayaking, year-round surfing, ancient forests, endless sand beaches, and world class restaurants.
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Beaches, Tide Pools and Beachcombing
Tofino saturday Market
There are many great beaches to explore in Tofino, but family favorites include Chesterman, Mackenzie, and Cox Bay for their miles of sand and super-sized tidal pools. Mackenzie is a little more sheltered for little ones wishing to do a little wading, although be aware that the water is quite cold (temperature peaks at about 17°C or 63°F). Do like the locals do and warm up after a dip around a bonfire. Beach fires are allowed in Tofino on Chesterman and Mackenzie beaches.
From late May to early October, you can experience something truly local by visiting the Tofino Public Market (their motto is 'make it, bake it, grow it and gather it'.) It is fun for the whole family with its festive atmosphere, live music, great food, and unique local products.
Biking Tofino has a 7km paved bike path that runs from Cox Bay into town, passing by several other beaches along the way. Technically, it is considered a multi-use path, so expect to share the route with skateboarders and the occasional surfer riding along with a board. It's not a race. Relax and enjoy the mostly flat ride. Rental bikes and add-ons (baby seats, trail-a-bikes, etc.) can be found at Tons of Fun Bicycles Tofino.
Whale watching and Bear Safaris One of the most amazing experiences to enjoy in Tofino is to head out on the ocean for a whale watching or bear spotting safari. Several companies, including the highly rated Adventure Tofino Wildlife Tours, offer half day and full day Zodiac adventures with potential bonus sightings of sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, bald eagles and more.
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Playgrounds In the center of town, next to the Tofino Tuff City skate park, there is a wonderful playground for toddlers and school-aged kids. There is also an excellent adventure playground located in the Crystal Cove Beach Resort near MacKenzie Beach.
Surfing in Tofino With a consistent year round break, Tofino is very popular with surfers. Summer is the perfect time to learn, with warmer (but by no means warm) water and smaller waves. Local shops such as Pacific Surf Co. and Surf Sister offer private surf lessons for kids as young as six as well as family group lessons. Be aware that a wetsuit is essential in these rather frigid waters.
Ucluelet Aquarium Just a 40 minute drive from Tofino is the quaint coastal town of Ucluelet. This town has a small, but very progressive aquarium, where the focus is clearly on education. Species are collected, kept only for a short time, and then released back to their natural habitat on community release days.
Favorite Tofino Restaurants
Getting to Tofino, Vancouver Island
Tofino has amazing restaurants, and being a resort town, most of them are family friendly. Several that should not be missed include the Wolf in the Fog (freshly foraged fare), Sobo (wood fired pizza, homemade soups, incredible pies), and the Ice House Oyster Bar (fresh seafood and a great patio). For more casual fare, try the Wildside Grill (burgers, fish n’ chips) and the Tacofino Food Truck. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Chocolate Tofino for, you guessed it, chocolate — as well as house made gelato.
Like many incredible places, getting to Tofino, located about halfway up the west side of Vancouver Island, takes a little time (but is well worth the effort). Fly in from the mainland via seaplane or conventional airplane. If you are coming by car from Vancouver (5 hrs) or Seattle (8 hrs), you must first take a ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island, followed by a drive of several hours. From Victoria, you simply take a 4.5 hour drive up island. Please see Tourism Tofino's 'getting to Tofino' page for driving instructions and current flight options.
Tofino Hotels There is no shortage of family friendly hotels in Tofino but they are hugely popular so you are advised to book well in advance. Top family beachfront picks include The Pacific Sands Resort, The Long Beach Lodge Resort, and for a real luxury splurge, The Wickaninnish Inn.
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CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT By Claudia Laroye TheTravellingMom.ca As our floatplane lifts away from Vancouver, the landscape changes. Gleaming high-rises fall away in favor of towering green pine trees that cover the mountains of Vancouver Island. Small towns dot the valleys, but it’s mostly trees, lakes, and more trees as we fly west towards a small bay north of Tofino. The float plane dips down towards the sparkling Bedwell estuary, located in the remote Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere reserve. It’s hard to believe that in this challenging and remote location, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort operates a luxurious, all-inclusive glamping expeirnce for only five months of the year. In the tradition of great safari camps, the luxury guest and amenity tents are assembled in mid-May and taken down at the end of September, then stored until the beginning of the next
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season. This is glamping at its finest and most luxurious. And yes, families with children aged six years and older are welcome. This luxury Relais & Chateaux property is the ‘land of firsts’ for many visitors to this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site area in the coastal temperate rainforest, a thirty minute boat ride from Tofino. Many urban-dwellers and families have never experienced the view from a saddle, nor the rush of salmon fishing, or seeing orcas in Bedwell Sound. For adventurous travelers and families looking to really get away from it all and reconnect with nature and each other in the pristine wilderness, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers an experience unlike any other, on the edge of the world.
Luxury Glamping Tents Glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort reaches a whole new level of comfort. Each white canvas prospector tent is spacious and cosy, decorated with turn-of-the-century antiques from across Canada. Tents are heated with a propane gas stove. Each night, I snuggled underneath down comforters and handmade quilts in my comfortable king- sized bed. There are only 20 luxury guest tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Luxury Ensuite Bathroom tents have king sized beds, a full-sized day bed, seating area and antique dressers. The ensuite bathroom contains a fantastic outdoor shower. Wash your hair underneath centuries-old fir trees, breathing in the pure air of the coastal rainforest. Five original Deluxe Outpost Tents are roomy, with king bed and two twin beds or a single day bed. Washrooms and showers are located outside of each tent. Raised and lighted cedar boardwalks connect all of the resort tents. You can hear the Bedwell Estuary waters come in and out with the tide from underneath. Children six and older can enjoy a special sleep-away camp experience when you request (at the resort’s discretion) one of a limited number of children’s tents. The tents are smaller in size, with two twin beds or one queen bed. There’s a flush toilet in the private bathroom outside the tent, plus an assigned private shower and sink in a nearby shower house.
Adventures in the Wild The all-inclusive nature of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort extends to its extensive menu of wilderness experiences on land and sea. Each evening, the resort's Activity Directors discuss and plan the next day's activities with each guest. The activity plan will depend upon weather, tidal charts, animal sightings, and a guest’s age and spirit of adventure. Activities include half or full-day salmon fishing, ocean fishing, ocean and river kayaking, bear and whale-watching (in season), archery, target and range shooting, hiking, mountain biking, and even water skiing. All the activities are included in the allinclusive price for a three, four, or seven-night stay at Clayoquot Resort.
My activity choices were all part of my own ‘land of firsts’ list. Horse-backing riding on a strong-willed chestnut-brown mare, salmon fishing in the sound, (or in my case, more like rockfish fishing), and skeetshooting. The exhilaration of each activity, sense of adventure, and pure joy of being in such a magnificent environment was profoundly moving. It is easy to see how travelers return home changed by their wilderness experience. For those looking to go higher and wilder, the resort’s on-site helicopter can lift you 4,500 feet above sea level to Cloud Camp near the top of Ursus Mountain. Spend the day in an outdoor playground of high-altitude fishing, hiking, wild foraged food picnics, and even yoga. (extra fees apply). Fully certified, friendly guides lead all Clayoquot Wilderness Resort adventures, including kayaking, salmon fishing, crabbing, hiking, and river-rafting. The Resort provides all helmets, fishing gear, life jackets, rain gear, riding boots and whale-watching suits for all ages. Should anyone tire from all that wild adventure, guests can have fun with the resort’s trampoline, ping pong table, gym, yoga studio, and games room.
It is easy to see how travelers return home changed by their wilderness experience.
Fabulous Food As the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a Relais & Chateaux property, the quality of food and drink is of the highest standard. The resort prides itself on offering the best modern coastal cuisine of locally raised and grown products. This includes spirits and wine from British Columbia’s Okanagan valley. The continental breakfast bar opens early at 6:30 AM with freshly-baked breads and pastries, including several gluten free options, cheeses, fruit, muesli, and cereals. Guests can also order hot menu items such as pancakes, oatmeal and eggs benedict from the set menu. The choice and quality of the food options at any time of day in such a remote location is truly impressive. It’s so worth waking up early for! The open kitchen in the cosy Cookhouse allows guests to see the chefs hard at work from morning to night. The impressive menu highlights the freshest local seafood, such as salmon and shellfish, as well as delicious meat courses and desserts. Executive Chef Justin Witcher prepares an Eight-Course Tasting Menu once a week that cannot be missed. Cookhouse staff can easily accommodate children’s tastes as well. Chicken fingers and truffle fries or beef sliders and chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream can be served at every meal. But it’s a great opportunity for kids to try new foods.
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If your family catches a salmon or a basket of prawns during your stay, the Cookhouse chefs can prepare them for your dinner, or pack it up for transport home. The Cookhouse has a colorful, well-stocked Candy Bar that will tempt kids and adults. Freshly baked goodies sit in a glass case, alongside sweet candies and saltwater taffy. The Candy Bar sign gently reminds guests to enjoy the treats, but to save some for others too. A stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers adventurous travelers and families a once-in-alifetime experience to connect to the natural world, and reconnect with each other.
How to Get There Guests fly directly into Clayoquot Wilderness Resort via seaplane from the Seair Seaplane Terminal at Vancouver International Airport. Flights are included in resort accommodation reservations. Departures and arrivals are on Thursdays and Sundays. Guests needing a stay in Vancouver can book the Luxury Gone Wild package at the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia at either end of their travel schedules.
Over 70 miles of gorgeous coastline, beautiful state parks, incredible museums, and a ton of kid-friendly attractions are just a few reasons why families flock to San Diego, California. The variety of beaches, paired with epic hiking trails, and a serious foodie scene also help this SoCal area consistently rank as one of the top family destinations in the U.S. But, while a quick search will inform you of the most popular tourist spots (like LEGOLAND, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park) I am here to give you the low-down on the best WRITTEN BY AMBER MANAN
kept secrets in San Diego: those off-the-beaten-path gems that locals try to keep
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1. Liberty Station A former Naval Training Center turned public square located in Point Loma Liberty Station makes an incredible place to spend a sunny San Diego day. This family-friendly locale boasts a variety of incredible restaurants, plus an amazing food hall with over 30 artisan food vendors. Liberty Station also boasts artisan shops and fun events for the whole family, such as Second Saturday Cinema, a FREE outdoor summer film festival that runs from May-October featuring films such as the Lego Batman Movie and SING for the kids this summer.
2. Moonlight Amphitheater A truly unique and memorable experience can be found under the stars at the Moonlight Amphitheater, voted San Diego’s #1 outdoor theater by readers of San Diego Magazine. Each summer, this award-winning and critically acclaimed theater company produces four blockbuster Broadway musicals. We can’t wait for The Little Mermaid coming this summer. Insider Tip- Act like a local and enjoy picnicking on the lawn before the performance. The reserved lawn seats are the best pick!
3. Visit the NEW Waterfront Park Kids will love cooling down at San Diego’s new Waterfront Park located right along the harbor. The park makes for the perfect stop after a long day at the USS Midway, the Maritime Museum, or before touring through Little Italy. Here, families will find large grassy areas, 830 feet of interactive fountains for kids to play in (including 31 jets operating at firehouse strength), garden rooms, jungle gyms, and picnic tables. Insider Tip- be sure to pack swim suits or a change of clothes. The kids will get soaked.
4. Carlsbad Lagoon Locals love heading to the Carlsbad Lagoon where you can rent boats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, aqua cycles, canoes, and jet skis. Enjoying water activities amid nature is a sure-fire way to round out a day in the California sun.
5. VIP Experiences There's nothing wrong with hitting some of San Diego's most popular attractions...after all, they're popular for a reason. But if you are going to head to San Diego’s top-rated attractions, you might as well do so in style. These VIP Experiences take theme park visits to a whole new level. At the San Diego Zoo, little ones will love meeting the animal stars up close and personal with a Backstage Pass. Or head to the Safari Park, where older kids can soar on Flightline, a fast-paced zipline experience with aerial views of exotic animals. Looking for something totally unique? How about camping amongst the sounds of roaring lions at the Safari Park’s Snore & Roar Campground? At SeaWorld San Diego, families can participate in the Wild Artic Interaction Program, where families get to meet barking seals, giant walruses, and polar bears before climbing into the water with gentle beluga whales. Or for the ultimate experience, check out SeaWorld's Trainer for a Day program. Have a sports fan? Head to Petco Park where you can kick up the adventure by checking out a behind the scenes tour offered every day, multiple times a day! This kid-friendly ballpark also offers free entry to kids under 36 months and has an awesome section for parents with younger ones known as Park at the Park, where parents can watch the game on a giant screen while monitoring their little ones as they run around on grassy fields, play in the sand pit, or test their skills at the pint-sized diamond.
6. Kit Carson’s Park & Queen Califa’s Magic Circle You won’t regret a short trip to visit the sculpture garden and last major international project created by renowned French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The garden is open free to the public for a limited number of hours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, during which docents are on site and available to answer any questions. Plus, you will enjoy the surrounding park (which is open seven days a week) which features beautiful hiking trails, three duck ponds, shaded picnic areas, a playground, and a 22,000 square foot skate park at the giant Sports Center Complex.
7. There is more to La Jolla than the Sea Lions Most tourists make a quick stop at one of two places in La Jolla: the Children’s Pool to see the famous sea lions, or La Jolla Shores Park to take an Instaworthy shot of the Scripps Pier at sunset. But locals know La Jolla boasts some of the calmest waters in the greater San Diego region, perfect for swimming, surfing, and sand castle building. It is also an excellent spot to learn how to surf. Twist Tip:
Skip the fancy restaurants and head to The Taco Stand for amazing authentic al pastor, spicy shrimp, or fish tacos. Just be ready to wait in line. And, if you truly want an amazing photo op I recommend checking out the "Secret Swings" perched up on a hill above Scripps Pier. The location is ever changing so be sure to search #secretswings on Instagram to find them before you go.
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8. Bonfire at Mission Beach
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There is nothing better than grabbing family, friends, and firewood and getting cozy next to the warmth of a bonfire. Mission Beach is famously known as the home of Belmont Park, America’s only beachside amusement park, but it is also an excellent spot for a beachside bonfire. You will find the fire pits just a short walk away from the beach’s three-mile boardwalk. Insider Tip- make the night extra fun by roasting s’mores. Kits are sold at several nearby hotels or you can save a buck and run to a nearby grocer instead.
Hop on a ferry or drive across the bridge from Downtown San Diego and you will enter a slower- paced beach town voted 'one of the 10 best family beaches in North America' by the Travel Channel. Here you can tour the famous Hotel Del Coronado, go tide pooling, check out the visible shipwreck, or rent a surrey bike and ride around the island.
9.Torrey Pines State Park & Beach Another San Diego experience that is hard to beat: taking in the contrasting views of the gorgeous coastline against the towering, rocky cliffs at Torrey Pines State Beach & Natural Reserve Park. Here you will find eight miles of pristine hiking trails, sweeping ocean views, the namesake native pine, and clean beaches with showers, restrooms, lifeguards and a safe spot for kids to play by the lagoon. Insider Tip- Just be sure not to wander too far or you may end up at Black’s Beach where clothing is optional.
When the crew gets hungry, head to historic Coronado Ferry Landing, where you can grab a table on the covered patio at Village Pizzeria and take in the panoramic bayfront view of downtown San Diego. Here, they ship their water straight from New York to make an authentic pizza pie and their large pizza could feed a small army.
" Enjoying water activities amid nature is a sure-fire way to round out a day in the California sun."
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Bonus: Where to Eat!
BEST Kid Friendly Dining Spots You can’t go to San Diego and not check out this city's incredible food scene with new hot spots popping up around every corner. For the ultimate foodie day, check out our must eat spots below. Start the morning off right with a meal at Breakfast Republic. Their Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are divine, or if you are looking for something unique, check out their Vietnamese Chicken Wing Breakfast Bowl. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at the Crack Shack in Little Italy. The team behind San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurant, Jupier & Ivy, started this popular eatery with the mission to bring quality ingredients and high-end culinary focus to a casual family-friendly setting. Noteworthy entrees include their Anti-Salad Power Bowl and the Señor Croque, which is a crispy chicken sandwich topped with bacon, a fried egg, cheddar, and miso-maple butter on a brioche bun. They also have great kids' meals.
By: Amber Mamian globalmunchkins.com For dinner, you will want to make reservations at BoBeau Kitchen Garden in Ocean Beach. This casual neighborhood eatery has a retrofitted school bus inside and chalkboard walls for your budding artists. Grab a local beer or handcrafted cocktail, sit back, and relax while your kids are entertained. They are famous for their BO-beau’s Crispy Brussels Sprouts and the Boeuf Bourguignon. Another cool feature is the "Not a Kids Menu" with smaller portions of the popular adult meals like Steak Frites and Pan Roasted Sea Bass. Whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert because Baked Bear is sort of an institution around here. Sure, you’ve had an ice cream sammy before but at Baked Bear they have taken it a step further, allowing you to sandwich your ice cream between your choice of freshly baked cookies, brownies or even donuts!
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Abalone Cove Tide Pools
By: Vanessa Bell DeSuMama.com With summer upon us, I want nothing more than to soak up the richness of these childhoods, build our family legacy, and take as many adventures as possible. I want to show my kids cool things and expose them to nature. As a family, we accomplished both while at the Abalone Cove Tide Pools in Rancho Palos Verde in Southern California. The Abalone Cove tide pools are part of the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, a 64-acre reserve featuring great views, a number of short trails, two beaches, and important natural marine resources. The tide pools are located at the base of Portuguese Point, the most prominent feature in the reserve. Situated in Rancho Palos Verdes (5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275), the drive is easy to find. Parking is $5 in a gated area. You'll hike for about 10-20 minutes (give or take, depending on stride, or more aptly, to the length of your kids' little legs) before reaching the tide pools. You'll also have to either walk along a stretch of rocks, or head back up the mountain trail, before reaching the tide pools. If you have weak ankles, take care! All my kids loved Abalone Cove Park and the tide pools, but my four-year- old son especially had an amazing experience.
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During low tide, we got to see some beautiful marine life up close. From sea urchins to crabs and snails, my kids were amazed at the amount of life taking place underneath the ocean's surface level. Definitely wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Take one backpack and nothing more. There is no food or drinks around to purchase, so pack a light picnic to enjoy lunch by the tide pools. I took my big Canon Mark III camera, but be warned: you will get splashed by the tide. Also, there is light climbing to access the best tide pools, so plan your photography gear (and shoe choices) accordingly. We brought a small container to put the animals in for temporary observation, but didn't use it. The tide was low enough to allow us to observe the marine life right where it was. We loved Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and the opportunities to explore its tide pools. It's not far from the rest of Southern California attractions, although secluded enough to make you feel like you've left the hustle of the city behind you. Tip: Do some research before you go to ensure you're visiting during low tide.
OUTDOOR FAMILY ADVENTURES There’s no denying that children benefit greatly from time spent outdoors. Kids need fresh air and exercise, room to explore, and a connection with nature. We all do. Families who find ways to be outdoors together nurture not only their bodies, but their connection to life and each other. Research shows that kids who spend time outside in nature are happier, healthier, and calmer. Playing outdoors builds confidence, encourages creativity and teaches responsibility. 38 | TWIST Spring 2017
By Sara McCarty RunWildMyChild.com
Getting the entire family outdoors this summer is easier and cheaper than you think. Outdoor adventures don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You don’t need a ton of fancy gear or a trip to a national park to reap the benefits of being outdoors. Outdoor adventures can take place in your local park or even your own backyard. The following five outdoor activities are guaranteed to be fun for every member of the family, from the tiniest tots to the toughest teens.
Creeking Exploring a creek is an amazing adventure for kids and parents alike. Wading through a creek activates all of your senses and quite literally immerses you into nature. Giving your child permission to get wet and dirty and explore on their own promotes selfconfidence and independence. Walking through a creek helps with balance and stability (rocky creeks are unstable terrain), encourages problem-solving (how to get from one side to the other), teaches about life stages of nature (from tadpole eggs to live bugs to dead fish). Throw on an old pair of shoes and get in the creek with your kids. Help them catch minnows, tadpoles and crawdads, hunt for fossils, climb over and around obstacles, skip rocks, build dams and identify wildlife. Creeking costs absolutely nothing, but will pay dividends in memories, questions, and curiosity.
Geocaching One of the best ways to get older kids out of the house and into nature is to involve a bit of technology in the adventure. Geocaching is real-world, outdoor treasure hunting using a GPS-enabled device (e.g. smart phone), where you navigate to a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden container. Geocaches can be found all over the world – chances are there are quite a few close to you right now! All you need to do is download the app (free), set up an account (also free) and pick a cache to find. You can go geocaching in a local park or wooded area, at the beach or in the middle of the city.
Geocaching can take you to all kinds of new locations and allow your kids to explore with a mission in mind. Finding some caches involves solving puzzles or riddles, which adults and older kids love. And traditional caches usually contain little toys or trinkets, which younger kids get really excited about. Fun for the entire family.
Backyard Camping Camping is one of those quintessential outdoor family summer activities that we’d be remiss not to include in this list. However, just the thought of going camping with kids can be quite intimidating to most parents, particularly those that haven’t done a lot of camping themselves. Overnight camping involves a lot of gear, prep-work, packing, and logistical planning. If you’re up for the challenge, we highly recommend it; even if it’s a disaster, it’s worth it (and it gets easier every time). But if that’s too overwhelming right now, try backyard camping first. Set up a tent in the backyard and let your kids play in it (even if you don’t sleep in it), make a campfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, let the kids stay up late to chase fireflies, and stargaze.
Camping is always an adventure and sometimes the best adventures happen right in your own backyard!
"Fishing is a great way to teach kids about nature and conservation; from the "circle of life" lesson that comes with using live bait to the "leave no trace" principle of cleaning up after people, fishing is a way that parents can instill a love of nature and a respect for the environment."
Fishing with kids is an amazing experience and one that both parents and kids will always remember. It's a lifelong sport that all ages can enjoy. Fishing does require a little bit of gear (poles, sinker, bobbers, hooks), but those items can be purchased cheaply or borrowed. Try to ensure that the first few times you fish with your kids, they'll catch a fish.
Taking kids to a local farm or orchard to pick your own fruits and vegetables is not only a great way to get kids outside, but it teaches them about where their food comes from. From strawberries to blackberries, peaches to apples, there’s usually always something ripe for picking any particular weekend over the summer. Prep your kids about which fruits to pick (not the white or green strawberries) and be prepared for them to get muddy. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses and your own water. Most farms let you eat as much fruit as you can while you pick, so snacks are taken care of. Enjoy!
Easier said than done, I know, but take them to stocked ponds or rivers and use live bait if you can, which not only entices the fish, but keeps the kids interested. Remember, sometimes kids are more interested in playing with worms and minnows than actually fishing! Fishing is also really fun for everyone in the family because other than casting, it doesn't take a ton of skill and the playing field is pretty level for kids and adults. Kids have just as much of a chance of catching a fish as the grown-ups and that’s exciting!
Call your local farm before your visit and ask about the pick your own process, busy hours, prices, etc. Also, be sure to ask: (a) if the farm provides baskets or if you need to bring your own; (b) if they accept credit cards (some small farms don't); (c) if/which pesticides they use on their crops (particularly if you're organic).
Twist SUMMER MEMORIES Travel friends dive into their favorite summertime destinations and memories from childhood and how it has impacted there travels with their own kids.Â
@AndreaFellman Bonfires. I grew up in Minnesota and Summertime always meant sitting around a lot of campfires. And last Summer we were able to have some pretty epic bonfires on the beach in Costa Rica!Â
@NicoledStandley Growing up our summers were spent at the Jersey Shore. From Memorial Day to Labor Day we'd spend our days somewhere between Spring Lake and Lavallette, soaking up as much sun and sand possible before school started up again
@SusanPazera One of my favorite summer destinations is Italy. During a recent visit I traveled to the Dolomite Mountains ( Italian Alps) and was in awe of the magnificence and beauty that surrounded me
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LA LANCHA, LAKE PETÉN ITZÁ By Katja Gaskill, Globetotting.com
FAWAKAY VILLAS, MARRAKECH By Victoria Westmacott, Globetotting.com
Hotel Estherea By Lisa Frederick CiaoBambino.com Tucked on a peaceful side street in the heart of Amsterdam, facing the Singel Canal, Hotel Estherea radiates warmth and welcome. It’s no surprise to learn that the Estherea has been run by the same family since it opened in the 1940s — the pride in its history is palpable. The hotel has a sweetness about it that’s rare in such an upscale property, and the personal attention given to guests of all ages has kept generations of families coming back. The Estherea began life as a residential guesthouse, and its 93 rooms and two suites still evoke the sense of a private home. Although every room is uniquely decorated, they share common themes: elaborate wallpaper, rich woodwork and antiques, layers of pillows and lavish window treatments. Many have canal views; some overlook a pretty internal courtyard. To feel truly pampered, opt for one of the suites — perhaps Suite Van Oranje, a mahogany-paneled expanse crowned with what must be the most massive gilt chandelier this side of Versailles.
m a d r e t s Am At breakfast time, the crystal Champagne flutes perched on the counter are an instant tipoff that this is no run-of-the-mill buffet. Guests are spoiled for choice: traditional Dutch cakes and pastries, loaves of savory bread, all sorts of cheeses, hot and cold meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, just-squeezed juices, and, yes, a bottle of bubbly or two. The Estherea has an impressive range of amenities for its size, from a communal library stocked with an array of reading material to a cabinet filled with toys and games for little ones. Other niceties include a full fitness center, an underground parking garage and bike rentals, a must in this city. Pedaling to dinner in the neighborhood or to a local park makes guests feel just a little more at home, like true Amsterdammers — the effect that Hotel Estherea inspires as well.
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Pacific Edge Hotel
a i n r o f i l a C By Sharon Garofalow CupcakesandCutlery.com Southern California has some pretty amazing beach cities. But I will always be partial to Laguna Beach. Main Beach is always full of colorful characters and families, and the downtown restaurants are bustling from open to close, making Laguna Beach a perfect “staycation” spot for locals and out of town visitors alike. With ocean front rooms boasting views that will make you want to ignore your check out, the Pacific Edge Hotel is perfect for family travel or romantic getaways. This laid back hotel has a cool, not cheesy, ocean inspired décor, and the location keeps you close to the action (restaurants, boutiques and art galleries). Getting around town is easy with the seasonal Laguna Beach Trolley that picks up right outside the front door.
h c a e B a n Lagu Each room is simple and comfortable, with classic amenities. If you want a more economical option, the Pacific Edge also offers village view rooms. The hotel property features two pools and a Jacuzzi in addition to the beach area. Attendants are available to assist you with everything from putting up umbrellas to setting out beach chairs.
Of course, I can’t talk about the Pacific Edge Hotel without mentioning the food. Both on-property restaurants, Driftwood Kitchen (a little more upscale) and The Deck (totally casual and cool) are absolutely delicious. These open-air dining options have stunning coastline views that are best enjoyed over a tasty meal.
Some hotels have cabana rentals to make your vacation experience more enjoyable. But the Pacific Edge Hotel offers ocean front bungalow rentals. Featuring a spacious deck area and living room with a kitchenette, closet and full bathroom, these bungalows are the perfect way to spend the day overlooking the water. A staff member is available to help you out with anything you need, from paddle board rentals to ordering lunch.
If you are looking for a super highend, luxury getaway, it's likely that the Pacific Edge Hotel isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a true SoCal experience, however, this is absolutely where you need to be. As part of the Joie de Vivre hotel group, families can feel confident they'll be getting a fantastic, boutique hotel experience that is colored with local culture. Enjoy the beach life at the Pacific Edge!
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LaLAKE PETÉN ITZÁ By Katja Gaskill Globetotting.com
Arriving at La Lancha, a jungle hideaway on the banks of Guatemala’s Lake Petén Itzá, is an adventure in itself; this hotel is accessed by a 45-minute car ride from the airport, through the rainforest, along a bumpy dirt road, in the dark. But when you do arrive, you feel like you have walked onto a movie set. A tall, pitched, open air pavilion with a thatched roof sits at the heart of the property. Candles twinkle, the open fire pit roars, and the sky is thick with stars. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Francis Ford Coppola.
La Lancha is one of a handful of properties owned by the Coppola family, and while a meet-and-greet is not guaranteed, the family does stay here. Apparently this hotel is Francis’ favourite. It’s easy to see why. The hotel is home to ten bungalows that have been carved into the hillside, surrounded by dense foliage. Its hillside position means that there are a lot of steps here (some 200 from the main pavilion down to the lake) but also wonderful views; all rooms overlook the shimmering lake waters. The décor is very chic and showcases Guatemalan crafts. Colourful wooden masks hang on walls alongside delicately embroidered huipiles (the traditional garment worn by indigenous women of the region). The main reason that people come to La Lancha is to visit Tikal, the ancient Mayan civilization that lies deep in the Guatemalan jungle. The hotel offers guided tours to the ruins and, although pricey, are worth it as the guide is phenomenal. I would argue that the other reason to visit is for Lake Peten. The second largest lake in Guatemala, Peten is famous for its dramatic changes in color. Locals also believe that the fresh cool waters contain rejuvenating powers. Magic or not, the lake is wonderful for swimming as well as canoeing (the hotel has two for guests to use). A small pavilion offers shade as the kids jump in the water again and again.
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By Victoria Westmacott Globetotting.com
While the idea of staying in a renovated riad in the heart of Marrakech’s ancient medina is certainly a romantic one, it’s not entirely practical if you’re travelling with kids in tow. After a day experiencing the kaleidoscope of colors, sights, and sounds of the bustling souk, what you really want is some space. And a pool. That’s where Fawakay Villas comes in. This lovely property lies just 10km from Marrakech and is, quite simply, perfect for families. Three sand-colored villas, each sleeping 2–8 people, sit within a large walled garden dotted with olive trees and bougainvillea. A fourth villa belongs to Dawn and Francis, the wonderfully welcoming British owners, and their children.
and monitor to be set up before your arrival, a family trip into the Atlas Mountains, or a Moroccan cooking class for kids, families are taken care of. Francis will also whip up junior ‘mocktails’ for younger guests. The villas feature ground-floor dining and sitting rooms with open wood-burning fireplaces. Antique wooden doors lead onto a private terrace with a plunge pool. Home-cooked meals are prepared in the central kitchen and can be served whenever and wherever you like; at your villa or by the main swimming pool, for example. Set amid the lush lawns of Fawakay are the main swimming pool plus a kids’ pool, a full-sized tennis court and a ping pong table, giant beanbag loungers, and day beds and hammocks for relaxing. There is even a giant Jenga set for family competitions. Roaming the grounds are the resident goats, chickens and peacocks, as well as Dorris the friendly Donkey, setting the stage for the perfect family holiday in Marrakech.
It’s because of the owners that Fawakay is such a hit with families. This is not a five-star luxury resort, but it is a stylish, homey, relaxing place to stay where nothing is too much trouble. Whether that means organizing a baby cot
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NEW YORK SUMMER IN THE CITY
WRITTEN BY BRIANNE MANZ STROLLERINTHECITY.COM
Summer in the city can be one of the most fun and exhilarating times for kids. School is OUT, which can be a bit of a scheduling challenge for working moms and dads, but if you can swing it, the activities are endless (and all are available on the weekends, too). From art colonies at the Children’s Museum of Art to must-see public parks and everything in between, I’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your kids this summer.
HUDSON RIVER PARK PIER 25
Historic Governors Island opens every year from May to October for fun activities and art installations. They have a 50,000 square-foot junkyard playground for kids to go absolutely bananas. There is a zip line and wall climb with views of the Statue of Liberty (as well as a beergarden for mom and dad). An Audubon group and summer camp is also located on site. Getting there via the ferry is a lot of fun for the kids, too. Ferry routes start May 1 and run frequently from Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Families will find great little parks for the kids all along the Hudson River, but Pier 25 in particular has many fun things, from mini golf to beach volleyball. There is a playground with swings, climbing structures, sprinklers and water activities, refreshments and plenty of waterfront seating and tables. Plus, it always seems to be at least five degrees cooler here than in the rest of the city, since it is located on a long pier and gets a cool breeze from the river…as well as unobstructed views of the waterfront.
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MADISON SQUARE PARK Madison Square Park has plenty of interesting installations and hosts fun events. Many of the events involve eating, like the Big Apple Barbecue and Mad. Sq. Eats. But this park also has plenty of fun Kids' activities, in its seven acres of greenery, trails and outdoor space to explore, such as the Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground.
SPRINKLERS AT MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Ok, this may not be a top secret anymore but did you know there are sprinklers on the roof of the Museum of Natural History? The museum has so many amazing features…you can make a day of it. Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Park, hit a few exhibits and then splash in the water before heading home.
COOL MESS FERRY TO THE ROCKAWAY BEACH (IT'S NEW!) There is a new ferry route to Rockaway Beach! No more driving and parking nightmares or subway confusion…you can ride the ferry to Rockaway Beach for the day. Enjoy the sand and surf then hit one of the many amazing shops and restaurants nearby before heading back home. The ferry launches from Pier 11 near the South Street Seaport.
CENTRAL PARK Another historic and iconic space in New York is Central Park. I grew up in New York and have lived in Manhattan since I was 22, and I still haven’t fully discovered every little treasure that Central Park has to offer. It is an incredible and exciting place to visit…you can take walking tours (there are 36 acres of winding trails), ride bikes, hang out in Sheep Meadow, enjoy boat rides on the lake, visit the Alice in Wonderland Statue, ride the carousel, go fishing at the Meer and hit all the little hidden and spectacular playgrounds...and let’s not forget THE ZOO! Central Park is worth a visit—make that many visits with your kids this summer.
Brought to you by the Burger Heaven family…Cool Mess ice cream shop lets you make your own ice cream. Yes, really! They also serve food and other sweet treats like milkshakes, gelato, and sundaes. Their products not baked in-house are sourced from local bakeries and creameries. What is more fun that eating ice cream? Making it!
DUMBO AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK Brooklyn Bridge Park is a must-see destination for the kids. There is a lovely public pool, carousel…plus you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with the kiddos before hitting the park. Dumbo also has great shops and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous you can make your way to Pier 6 Playground for the day.
BRONX ZOO Summer in the wild is always fun. The kids love watching the giraffes and tigers and gorillas. It is definitely a destination to check off the list. And the nearby botanical garden is magical.
Southwest National Park Road Trip BY
Climbing sand dunes under the light of a full moon in Death Valley. ‘Adopting’ a desert tortoise found meandering a dusty trail in Joshua Tree. Chickening out on the precipice of Angel’s Landing in Zion. Sledding down a snowbank at Glacier in July. Some of the highlights in our family’s book of travel anecdotes were penned on national park road trips. While I’m certainly an advocate of the benefits of international travel, our road trips have taught us a lesson of equal importance: the United States is vast, filled with natural wonders, and very worthy of our exploration.
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"The United States is vast, filled with natural wonders, and very worthy of our exploration." In our desire to seek out the abundant biodiversity and diverse landscapes our country has to offer, we’ve embarked on multiple national park road trips in the seventeen years we’ve been parents. The following southwestern road trip itinerary features four of our favorites. If you’re ready to hit the road, pack the tent and pile the kids in the car! PHOTOS
Start in Southern California: You’ll want to make Joshua Tree National Park your first stop on your national park tour. Even though Joshua Tree sits at over 3000 feet elevation, making it cooler than other desert options in Southern California, temperatures will rise as the summer unfolds. About a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is an active kid’s dreamscape: boulders rise from the desert floor everywhere, providing ample climbing, playing, and jumping opportunities. The park is easy to navigate once inside, but can confuse visitors with its several entrances: enter at the North Entrance, so you can make the Oasis Visitor Center your first stop. Learn more about the park, talk to rangers about any trail closures, then start exploring! Split Rock Trail, a two-mile loop through yucca and Joshua trees as well as towering boulders, is a great introduction to your time in the park. If you want to watch serious rock climbers scale Joshua Tree’s boulders, head to Hidden Valley (you’ll find another one-mile loop trail here). If time allows and you have strong hikers, consider getting off the trail at Joshua Tree. We recommend hiring a local guide to show you the way; we used Joshua Tree Excursions. If you want a challenging hike (which you’ll want to hit in the morning due to a lack of shade), try 49 Palms Oasis.
Where to Stay If you’re camping, head to Indian Cove Campground, where every campsite is nestled up against boulders for some seriously fun campground scaling. Indian Cove is one of the only campgrounds with reservable sites, but note that it does not have flush toilets or running water (you’ll have to buy your own and bring it in). If you’re not the camping type, 29 Palms Inn has cute bungalows, an organic farm on-site, and its own oasis.
We recommend hiring a local guide to show you the way; we used Joshua Tree Excursions. If you want a challenging hike (which you’ll want to hit in the morning due to a lack of shade), try 49 Palms Oasis.
Drive six hours northeast to the Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon National Park is a must-do, right? Definitely! The Grand Canyon Village is at the center of the park, located on the South Rim. If you have young kids, your Grand Canyon experience may be limited to short hikes to canyon overlooks (not underrated), but if you have older kids or teens, you may want to consider the Bright Angel Trail, the iconic 12-mile round trip descent (and accent) to and from the Colorado River on the canyon floor. Read up on the Bright Angel before you commit, as it’s steep and difficult to navigate for some.
Where to Stay The Grand Canyon can get hot...or freakishly cold. It’s hard to predict the weather, which is why I recommend a family cabin at Maswik Lodge, located within walking distance of the village dining and trail options. Tent camping is set off the rim, which offers more protection from the elements but lacks those epic views.
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Drive 1.5 hours south to Zion: One of our all-time favorite parks, Zion National Park seems to have it all: dramatic scenery, kidfriendly hikes, an artsy gateway town with great dining options, and winding through it all, the Virgin River. In the high season of summer, families can expect Zion to feel crowded, but the park has taken strides to remedy this with a mandatory shuttle bus system. Hop on the bus at the visitor center, located directly at the entrance to the park, and take any of the number of stops to explore Zion’s interior.
Head three hours north to Southern Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park is often off families’ radar, and shouldn’t be! At 8,000+ elevation, it stays cool in the summer months, allowing families to really explore the many hiking trails and activities, even in the middle of the peak season. If you’re not sure where to start, book a day with Bryce Valley Tours; the owners are locals who can tailor a day’s exploration just for your crew. Otherwise, start with the two most impressive overlooks in the park, Inspiration Point (aptly named) and Swamp Canyon (deceptively named). After getting a dose of Bryce’s ‘wow factor’, hike into the canyon on the three-mile Tower Bridge trail or the four-mile Swamp Canyon trail.
Where to Stay If you’re the RV or motel room type, opt for Ruby’s, a local institution owned by the same family for decades. You’ll find causal dining onsite, as well as activities for kids. For campers, we recommend Sunset Campground.
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We actually love the shuttle; it takes the stress out of driving in traffic and trying to find parking at trailheads (hello, Yellowstone). Warm up on Zion’s Emerald Pools or Weeping Rock hikes, then graduate to The Narrows. Possibly the most impressive of Zion’s features, the Narrows is a fun, cool trek through the canyon up the Virgin River (for the most part in the river itself). Young kids may not get far before needing to wade through the water, but most summer days, the swim will be welcome. If you have particularly daring kids who can listen to safety instructions, Angel’s Landing is a challenging hike that ends in a cable climb up a knife edge overlooking the canyon. It’s not for the feint of heart, young children, or anyone fearful of heights.
Where to Stay Zion park campgrounds and the historic lodge fill up very fast in the summer, which is why I recommend the Cliffrose Lodge, located just steps outside the entrance in pretty Springdale.
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By Andrea Fellman wanderlustliving.com
Artifact Bags This wine tote bag is brilliant and very clever. There are wine pockets inside that keep your bottle secure. It is made of real leather and looks so much better than carrying your wine in a paper bag. Artifact products are handmade in Omaha, Nebraska and were built out of pure passion. Inspiring fact: this brand was founded in 2010 after the owner lost his job from the recession. artifactbags.com
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American Aheirloom We love these state cutting boards! This company was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and each board is made of bamboo. Show your state pride by having this out at your next backyard BBQ or get together. These make great hostess gifts and wedding gifts too. aheirloom.com
Good Company Wares We spotted these pot holders over on Instagram and instantly fell in love with what this unique design for pots. Not only do they make clever pot holders but beautiful pillows and tote bags too. All Good Company Wares are designed and handcrafted in their San Francisco bay area studio. beingoodcompany.com
Theo Chocolate Theo chocolate is produced in Seattle Washington and prides itself as the first organic, fair trade chocolate maker in North America. Buy the latest fantasy collection that includes a Root Beer Barrel and a Cinnamon Horchata. Always good to have chocolate on hand for Summer picnics. theochocolate.com
Aherloom Photo Credit: Alyssa Kirsten Photography Whitney Ott Photography
Quick & Easy
4th of July Recipes! By Alli Ward Madewithhappy.com
RED, WHITE, & BLUE SANGRIA 1 bottle white wine – I used Pinot Grigio 1 1/2 cups sparkling lemonade 1/2 cup vodka 2 large granny smith apples 1 pint raspberries 1 pint blueberries 1 cup sliced strawberries
Start by slicing the apples into fairly thin slices. Using a star cookie cutter, cut as many stars as you can from each slice. Grab a pitcher and add your white wine. You can use any white wine you like for this recipe. I went with a Pinot Grigio because of the light neutral flavor and lower acidity. You could also use a Sauvignon blanc, as it, too, is dry and refreshing. Add in your sparkling lemonade. You could also use flavored sparkling water, or ginger ale. I enjoy the sparkling lemonade as it has a bit more of the lemon tartness. Then add the vodka and berries to the pitcher. Refrigerate for 1-4 hours before serving.
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BERRY BASIL SUGAR COOKIES This Berry Basil Sugar Cookie Dessert recipe is super tasty and EASY to make! It starts off with a store-bought sugar cookie base and then gets even more radical with a touch of whipped cream and fresh berries. love the colors in this easy dessert. And these are perfect for Fourth of July because of the color scheme! The prep is quick, the finished dessert is super pretty, and this is the perfect thing to take to a potluck or block party! With an easy treat like these, I can look forward to someone asking me to bring a dish to a party. Knowing I don't have to do a ton of work beforehand takes the stress off!
One container of store-bought sugar cookies One pint of fresh strawberries, chopped One container fresh blueberries A few leaves of basil, chopped or chiffonade(ed) :) Whipped cream Rinse berries. Chop strawberries to roughly the same size as the whole blueberries. Chiffonade or chop your basil. Add chopped strawberries, blueberries and basil to a bowl and toss together gently. Lay out the sugar cookies flat on a plate. Top with whipped cream. Top each sugar cookie with 1-2 tablespoons of berry mixture. Eat and enjoy.
God Bless America and store-bought cookies, am I right?
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By Sharon Garafalow CupcakesandCutlery.com
Travel Lemons BY KERYN MEANS WALKINGONTRAVELS.COM
Somedays it's not easy to be a kid on the road with your parents. They make you do cool stuff like hike to see the Venus flytraps in Carolina Beach, North Carolina or stop at a yard sale to buy a trampoline. I mean, really. At four years old, you have to move your little legs in the summer sun to explore the world. Your parents must be horrible people! At least that is what I assume is going on in my young son's brain. I'll admit it, I'm a tough mom. I make my kids hike, get outside, and explore whether they like it or not. And darn it, we will have fun no matter how many tears fall and no matter how may times they stop on that path to sit down and give up. 'Cause travel is about being a family and bonding, darn it. Isn't it?
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