escape to seattle – the kimpton palladian hotel

New Boutique Hotel Seattle

My love affair with boutique hotels, and Kimpton hotels in particular, began many years ago. I blame my obsession on the fact that I am the type of person who wants to feel like a VIP all the time (although I only rarely legitimately qualify). After my first stay at one of Kimpton’s Seattle properties, I was hooked. I loved the intimate size of the hotels, the complimentary morning coffee and tea service, the nightly hosted wine hour, and the exceptional loyalty program that offered all kinds of perks to returning guests.

When the opportunity was presented to visit the new Kimpton Palladian in Seattle, I simply could not wait!  I’d been following the renovation of this 1910 Belltown heritage building for a year and was dying to see how it had turned out. For my inaugural visit, I decided that a girlfriend trip was in order. And so began a 30 hour getaway vacation from Vancouver with my friend Sarah. Here is what our stay looked like:

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nightmare vacations – confessions of 10 family travel experts

Nightmare Family Vacations

For years I have wanted to write this post. Although I consider myself to be quite skilled at family travel, sometimes things still go sideways on our family trips. Most of the suggestions I share on this site come from my own trial and error experiences. When things go terribly wrong on one of our adventures, I often share my tales of woe with other family travel experts. In exchange, they offer back equally disastrous stories along with humorous anecdotes. I find these imperfections comforting (because misery loves company). For this post, I decided to reach out to this community of family travel experts to share their stories. While we do not get it perfect every time, we share a determination to carry on traveling despite the occasional setback.

With that said, I hope you find inspiration in the following stories.

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10 epic summer adventures with kids in canada


Attractions for Kids Canada

Knee deep in my research for an upcoming trip to the Maritimes, I have fallen deeply in love with my home and native land – Canada. It occurred to me that despite having criss-crossed the globe with my kids in search of all things weird, wild and wonderful, we have largely neglected our own backyard. With that in mind, I have put together a list of adventures that I would like us to experience in Canada over the next fews summers.  Here they are.

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resort review – the viceroy – zihuatanejo, mexico

Family Friendly Hotels Zihuatanejo

While doing research for a post on the best family-friendly boutique hotels in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I came across the Viceroy, a luxury beachfront resort on gorgeous Playa La Ropa. Formerly Villa del Sol and then The Tides, we were thrilled to discover that under the Viceroy management, our kids would be welcomed (which has not always been the case under previous management). We couldn’t wait for our stay !

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