luxurious family getaway – the kimpton riverplace portland

Family-friendly boutique hotel portland

I have been eyeing up Kimpton’s newest luxury boutique hotel property in Portland since they acquired it two years ago. In a very short time the RiverPlace has become the top rated hotel in the city in almost every category (including the all important family-friendly category). It has an ideal downtown location, that also happens to be directly adjacent to the picturesque Waterfront Park on the Willamette River. The real show-stopper for families, however, is the amenity that is often referred to as the Holy Grail of family travel – the pool ! We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to visit this much-touted Portland boutique hotel.

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terra nova rural adventure playground – richmond, b.c.

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City of Vancouver, it is time to step up your game. Richmond has a way cooler park than you do !  I can’t believe it took me a month to get out to the new Terra Nova Rural Park that has been receiving worldwide acclaim for its unique design.

Terra Nova Rural Adventure Park it situated on a large piece of riverside acreage within minutes of downtown Richmond. Surrounded by large trees, a slough (sure to attract ducks-a-plenty) and a large community garden, its design was intended to help children reconnect with nature.

Shortly after arriving, my own children declared it as one of the best parks they had every been to. Their only complaint was the line ups for some of the more popular playground features, including the twisting hillside slide, the tandem zip lines and the 10 meter tall tree house.

Here is a short video or see photos below:


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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. The Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Viceroy Family-Friendly Hotel Zihuatanejo

details for the Viceroy Zihuatanejo:

price range: $$$
hotel class: 4.5 star
notable features :  3 pools, fantastic beachfront location, 2 restaurants, spa, fitness center, business center, free wifi, welcome cocktail, and DVD players for loan.
rooms to book:  Two bedroom suites are very popular with families.
reviews: 89% of family reviewers rate as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor.
more information: For rates and availability please see the Viceroy Zihuatanejo 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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