A romantic just-for-you dinner, a scented bubble bath for two, flower petals on your bed and someone to take care of your every need.
Raise your hand if you are ready for some romance — perhaps even an elopement for a much-postponed wedding (party to come later), vow renewal, babymoon, anniversary celebration, or just a much-needed couples’...Read more
Space-Ghetti, anyone? Maybe a Galactic Lobster Globe? All served up with bubbling or smoking atmospheric spirits and zero-proof cocktails. Welcome to the new homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2580317">Read more
Ever have a paleta? They’re yummy Mexican popsicles made from fruit, including strawberries and mango. My favorite is coconut.
And there’s no better time to introduce them to the kids, along with dishes like paella, ceviche or different kinds of tacos, than during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts until Oct. 15 and celebrates ...Read more
Talk about piling on vacation stress.
How about traveling abroad during a pandemic, and then boarding a cruise ship, perhaps for the first time?
“We’re vaccinated. We didn’t have reason to be nervous, but I was anxious,” said first-time cruiser Allison Granger, from Austin, Texas.
As we wound our way through the very organized health ...Read more
Got your costumes ready? Halloween is more than a month away but theme parks, zoos, resorts, haunted houses — and hotels — are already welcoming your little (and big) ghosts, ghouls and princesses.
Yes, there are COVID-19 protocols — think reduced capacity and masks (an especially good idea with the Delta variant surging). You will also ...Read more
There’s always one thing – one desperately needed thing – I’ve forgotten. A first-aid kit for the time one of my kids fell into a cactus while hiking, a rain jacket in a downpour, miles from the trailhead, cleaning supplies on the road trip when the pooch (not one of the kids) got car sick.
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Let’s party! Safely, of course. Outdoors and masked up, especially if you’ve got not-yet-vaccinated kids with you.
The good news — and we all certainly could use some — is that fall festivals are back celebrating everything from apples to pumpkins to cranberries, hot-air balloons, folk music, and even sheep.
If your summer vacation ...Read more
Coconut water, anyone? We’ve just gotten off our horses on a white-sand beach after swimming with them and we’re real thirsty — yes, we were swimming with them. It’s a signature experience.
Our young guide, Mwamba “Steady” Stedman, so nicknamed because of his steady way with horses, regretfully tells us he doesn’t have any water, ...Read more
Ready to get back on a cruise ship?
“We see an incredible demand from our Cruise Critic readers and great interest in returning to sea. Cruise lines have been reporting the same, reports Colleen McDonald, editor-in-chief of CruiseCritic.com that tracks updates on the return to homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2556888">Read more
Like blueberries? Maine is the number one producer of wild blueberries in the country, and you can certainly take your pick of how to eat them if you visit Maine — in pancakes, syrup, ice cream and pie.
August is blueberry season in Maine and there are, of course, places to pick them too, but be ...Read more
Katherine Lee Bates wasn’t bargaining for such an exhausting adventure. “One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to the 14,000-foot Pikes Peak,” the young English professor wrote. “We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top, we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I ...Read more
Long lines, delayed flights, unpleasant interactions, required COVID-19 tests and masks.
Air travel, unless you were fortunate to fly first class, hasn’t been fun for a long time, but as we return to the skies it seems worse. AAA expected 3.5 million people to fly over the Independence Day holiday, reaching 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels. ...Read more
I don’t know which is better — the food, the view, or bragging rights to the Jamaica experience very few have.
We’re sitting on the Star San Villa balcony overlooking the famous Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio, Jamaica, being served a veritable feast by award-winning Chef Brian Lumley, head chef at the R Hotel in Kingston, a popular Instagram...Read more
Watch your step! You don’t want to miss taking a selfie when you are exactly a mile high, 5,280 feet — on the 13th step of the west side of the State Capitol Building (check out the Gold Dome!) in downtown Denver.
That’s why, of course, Denver’s moniker is The Mile High City.
But it took a ...Read more
Got your bear spray? If you are heading to a western national park this summer — say Glacier or Yellowstone, you should be carrying some bear spray in your backpack and know how to use it.
Already last month, a man hiking on the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone was badly injured by a grizzly.
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