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Featured Family Friendly Property: Lost Creek Ranch
Featured Family Friendly Property: The Beachmere Inn
Winter Specials: Active Adventures
New! Winter Festival: San Francisco's Chinese New Year
Destination: Las Vegas, Nevada
Travel Tips for Families on the Go
Family Recommendations
Featured Family Friendly Property
Lost Creek Ranch
Moose, Wyoming
Lost Creek Ranch and the Halpin Family are proud to celebrate 40+ Years of Service. Join us for a very special 2011 Season.

Lost Creek Ranch combines the best of a western guest ranch with a world-class resort.

Every aspect of the buildings, log cabins, corrals, spa, and other facilities ensures your comfort, safety and enjoyment. Our lodge located near Jackson Hole is spacious and refined with comfortable nooks and wonderful views. The sleeping accommodations are elegantly Western and our spa contains state-of-the-art equipment.

The most important and noticeable features of our Wyoming dude ranch lie not in its structures but in its people. The ranch is dedicated to personal service. On average, we have one staff member for every guest. Our ranch crew consists of educated, experienced, trained professionals. You might discover that your wrangler has been working at the ranch for more than a decade, knows enough first aid to be an ambulance driver, and trades fixed income securities in his free time.
While very good at what they do and continually attentive to your needs, our staff members are informal and approachable.

View Lost Creek Rance full listing here.
Featured Family Friendly Property
The Beachmere Inn
Ogunquit, Maine
Walk to town or to Perkins Cove on the famous Marginal Way coastal walk, accessed off our lawn. Intimate and stylish, our size allows for personal attention and warm welcomes from our family & staff. Magnificent ocean views from your room or private deck from the Victorian Inn, Beachmere South & Beachmere West.

Free wireless Internet on our main property. Enjoy direct access onto the scenic 1 1/4 mile Marginal Way ocean footpath (which surrounds us on three sides). Our own little sandy/rocky beach as well as our expansive green lawn on which to enjoy outdoor activities or take in the sun & surf.

Some rooms offer wood burning or gas fireplaces in all buildings except the Bullfrog. njoy our the spa level in Beachmere West with hot tub, sauna, massage rooms, exercise room all new in 2008! Kitchenettes (small fridge, cook top, dish ware, microwave and sink, toaster, coffee maker and all cooking implements) Cable TV, DVDs & VCRs. Telephones with data ports Air conditioning in all rooms. Daily housekeeping service for all locations (including Hearthstone). Complimentary continental breakfast served each morning. Additional accommodations (Bullfrog, Mayfair & Hearthstone) on Israel Head Road - ideal for families or larger groups.

In 2008 we added our own little pub, offering a full range of bar services, room service and a light fare menu. Open nightly at 4pm, enjoy the best ocean view dining in town or a cocktail on the deck before heading out to dinner.

View The Beachmere Inn full listing here.
Winter Specials: Active Adventures

Looking for a way to burn off that pent up energy that your kids have from being kept inside all winter? Here are some family specials for active adventures from our family friendly hotels! 

Horseback Adventures
Tucson, Arizona

Sea and Rafting Adventure Package
Kennebunkport, Maine

All-Inclusive Family Ranch Vacation
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Sightseeing Cruises
South Lake Tahoe, California

Good Life 2011

Montego Bay, Jamaica

More Family Friendly Properties Offering Active Adventures

Winter Festival:  San Francisco's Chinese New Year

On your expedition through Northern California, don't miss out on the Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco. The February 19th celebration has three portions with the highlight of the holiday beginning with the Chinese New Year Parade. The parade has been named one of the top ten parades in the world. This celebration of the Chinese New Year is the largest found outside of Asia. The Chinese New Year has been celebrated in San Francisco since the 1860's and has grown to this extravagant holiday. The parade will have over 100 different units including many floats featuring the theme of this year - which is taken from the Chinese Zodiac sign - the rabbit or hare. The other main point of the parade is the Golden Dragon. The Golden Dragon is always the grand finale of the parade because it is such a spectacular sigh to see, the dragon is over 200 feet long and takes a team of over 100 men and women to carry the dragon through the parade.  The Golden Dragon will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers! The parade usually lasts until 8pm at night or even longer so you may want to relax after the excitement at one of the family friendly hotels in the area. Be sure to book your hotels soon because San Francisco expects hundreds of thousands spectators who will come from all over the state.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Las Vegas, Nevada

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It's a widely felt notion that Las Vegas, Nevada is the grownup playground of the world. However, if you are looking for a family fun destination for your next family vacation, don't cross Las Vegas off your list just yet. While Las Vegas hasn't lost its hold on the adult travelers seeking a vacation of fun and indulgence, Las Vegas is also currently enjoying a renaissance as a family vacation destination. "Sin City" is also "Fun City," with activities for kids, teenagers and adults alike. So gather the herd and head to Las Vegas for a fun and exciting family vacation! Within only a few square miles, you'll find activity after activity designed to keep a family entertained and having fun together. From roaring tigers to a chocolate factory, it is even safe to use the "W" word when referring to a Las Vegas family vacation... yes, it's true-Las Vegas offers wholesome, family-friendly activities galore!

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Family Friendly Lodging in and around Las Vegas, Nevada 

Travel Tips for Families On the Go

 - Carry On List -


I'm a firm believer in traveling as light as possible. But when it comes to carry-on, you want to have all of the little necessities at hand aboard a plane, not stowed in the hold. The following is my list of essentials for myself followed by essentials for children by ages. Please use this as a reminder/checklist and of course, add your own "can't live withouts."


Wet washcloth in a zip lock bag
ear plugs
Moisturizing eye drops
Breath mints
Small spray-on or splash-on cologne
Anti-bacterial, individually wrapped hand wipes
Makeup kit
Colorful scarf
Driver's license
Other ID


We usually start out dressed in casual but presentable clothes. Jeans or chinos seem to work well paired with a colorful shirt. We always dress the kids in bright-colored clothes to make them easier to spot and pin a whistle on their jacket ages 4 and up so that they can signal we get separated. We also wear or carry on bulky items such as jackets or training shoes so we don't have to pack them.


Bunting, the zip up kind which baby slips into. These are great for making a little nest to sleep the baby and keep them somewhat confined.
Diapers and wipes
Another wet wash cloth in zip lock bag
Small tube diaper cream
Pacifier or teething toy, etc.
Change of clothes
Baby food
Umbrella stroller (narrow ones are much easier to fit through the aisles)
A bag for all this gear which can hook on the back of the stroller
Bottle and formula or at least one bottle of milk
Dry powdered milk in a baggy just in case
Blanket (one or two)
A changing mat or receiving blanket
Spoon and dish



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Family Recommendations

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corn fritters
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Hickory Bridge Farm
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double chocolate oatmeal cookies
Recipe From
Captain's Inn at Moss Landing
Family Travel Blog

fter the happy chaos and delirious excitement that can consume the hectic holidays, what is a family to do with a week or two more off of school? A great way to get some of the pent up energy from the holidays expressed is on a family vacation full of seasonal sports and activities. Kids and parents alike will be excited to try out some of the following winter sports, and they represent some great lessons and bonding opportunities this winter!
Family friendly lodging properties want to attract guests during these school downtimes, so be on the lookout for some excellent specials and deals that include active family adventures. Sports like skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to relieve the year end stress, and whether your kids are just learning on the bunny slopes or outstripping their parents on the powdery mountain tops, families will enjoy this kind of active getaway.
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