3 family-friendly boutique hotels in ixtapa – zihuatanejo

Looking for a boutique hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, Mexico that welcomes families traveling with children?  Me too !  For weeks I have been combing websites looking for the perfect family friendly small hotel. It’s not an easy task since so many lovely luxury boutique hotels in this area focus on ‘romance’ and seem to shudder at the mere mention of a baby, toddler or small child. It brought back memories of being hustled out of the stunning Casa Que Canta lobby years ago when we popped in to ask a few questions with our newborn son in arms. While we still had a great trip, we were convinced that there must be a few boutique properties that would welcome wee travelers. Although it has taken me many years to get around to this post, I have recently found 3 lovely family-friendly boutique hotels in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo that welcome kids of all ages.  Here they are.

1. Capella Ixtapa

Capella Ixtapa

details for the Capella Ixtapa:

price range: $$$$
hotel class: 5 star
notable features :  2 pools, cooking and cocktail classes (fee), several restaurants and room service, full service spa, library, nightly turndown service, and free wifi.
rooms to book:  Deluxe ocean front junior suites are most suitable for families.
good to know: Although the hotel is on the water, it does not have much of a beach (but there is a nice one a short cab ride away).
reviews: 100% of family reviewers rate as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor
more information: for rates and availability please see Capella Ixtapa website

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10 fabulously unique gift items from SkyMall

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I can’t help but wonder if other travelers get the same joy as I do from the SkyMall Inflight Magazine. In my former career, the coworkers I frequently traveled with would actually make the viewing of the catalogue a special inflight activity, saved until we could all give it our full attention (with a glass of cheap wine in hand). Despite now working in a more solitary profession, a recent flight reminded me that those pages can still bring me great joy. If you have not seen it lately, I thought I would showcase a section of my favourite weird and wonderful SkyMall items.

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family stay at the timberline lodge – mount hood, oregon

With both Halloween and ski season right around the corner, I have found myself thinking about our stay last month at the historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood (you may also remember it as the Overlook Hotel in the 80′s horror classic The Shining). It provided a unique place to rest our heads on the final stop of an epic four day, 1250 mile Oregon road trip that also included Cannon Beach, Cave Junction, and Crater Lake.

Timberline Lodge Pool

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picking the perfect pumpkin patch – greater vancouver 2014

Best Pumpkin Patches Vancouver

If picking your own pumpkins is part of your family plan for this October, here is a rundown of some favorite pumpkin patches around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (including Richmond, Langley, Delta, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Abbotsford).  Google maps have been included for city slickers who have not left the Vancity core for years.

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crater lake national park, oregon – with kids

Crater Lake with Kids 1

It is hard to really get an understanding of the scale of Crater Lake, until you peek over that edge for the first time. I have seen some pretty cool things in my travels, but I’ll admit to feeling truly awestruck by her beauty as well as her sheer enormity. Five miles across at the widest point, Crater Lake is also the deepest lake in the United States, formed in the caldera created by the eruption and subsequent collapse of Mt. Mazama, some 7700 years ago. Although a little out of the way on our recent epic Oregon Road Trip (Cannon Beach, Tree House Resort in Cave Junction and Mt. Hood), this natural wonder was a worthy day trip with kids. Here is a quick video peek, or just keep reading.

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