<p class="">Although travel remains on pause, we’re busy dreaming about the far-flung escapes we can’t wait to visit once quarantine has ended. These are a few favorites where the new standard of social distancing is already in place. We can’t predict when we’ll be back on the road, but we hope this helps with a little inspiration to keep the arm-chair travel interesting.</p><hr />

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<h2>Laucala Island</h2><p class=""><strong>Location</strong>: Fiji</p><p class=""><strong>Privacy Points</strong>: only 25 villas on the 3,500-acre island, each completely separate.</p><p class=""><strong>Boredom Busters</strong>: hiking through the rainforest, every watersport under the sun, and there’s even an 18-hole golf course.</p><p class=""><strong>Getting There</strong>: 45-minute plane ride from Fiji’s Nadi airport on Laucala’s private jet. </p><p class=""><strong>Passported Perks</strong>: One 60-minute spa journey per person, early check-in and late check-out, upgrade upon arrival subject to availability. </p><hr />

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<h2><a href="https://timeandtideafrica.com/camp/miavana">Time + Tide Miavana</a></h2><p class=""><strong>Location</strong>: Madagascar</p><p class=""><strong>Privacy Point</strong>s: like Laucala, Miavana is a private island and the only other guests will be tucked away in one of the 14 villas on the property.</p><p class=""><strong>Boredom Busters</strong>: Fishing, kite surfing, and incredible snorkeling and scuba diving directly in front of your villa. Bonus points: combine with one of Time+Tide’s sister camps in Zambia for a safari and sun combo.</p><p class=""><strong>Getting There</strong>: 30-minute helicopter flight from Madagascar’s Diego Suarez airport on Miavana’s private helicopter.</p><p class=""><strong>Passported Perks</strong>: $100 resort credit, early check-in and late check-out, upgrade upon arrival subject to availability. </p><hr />

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<h2><a href="https://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/necker-island">Necker Island</a></h2><p class=""><strong>Location</strong>: British Virgin Islands</p><p class=""><strong>Privacy Points</strong>: with the exception of a few weeks per year, Necker Island, Richard Branson’s personal retreat, is available only on an exclusive use basis. So when you book it, ain’t nobody but your crew (and the Necker staff) around.</p><p class=""><strong>Boredom Busters</strong>: boating, snorkeling, scuba, hiking, kite surfing…you name it, Necker’s got it. </p><p class=""><strong>Getting There</strong>: 35-minute boat ride from Tortola.</p><p class=""><strong>Passported Perks</strong>: Two one-hour massages, early check-in and late check-out upon availability. </p><hr />

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<h2>Sweet Bocas</h2><p class=""><strong>Location</strong>: Panama</p><p class=""><strong>Privacy Points</strong>: Sweet Bocas’ seven bedrooms and two glamping suites only accept one group at a time, so you won’t see anyone that isn’t part of your travel tribe or the villa’s staff. </p><p class=""><strong>Boredom Busters</strong>: Swimming, tennis, yoga, sure, but the biggest draw is some of the best surf breaks sit a short boat ride from Sweet Bocas.</p><p class=""><strong>Getting There</strong>: a quick boat ride from Isla Colon and Bocas del Toro airport. </p>

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Tue, 05 May 2020 17:54:53 +0000

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? We looked back at our lists from last year to see which hotels were most popular with Passported clients, and there aren’t many surprises. Read on below to see who stayed where, and why you should have these on your list for this year.


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This Riviera Maya resort checks all the boxes for families: proximity to the airport, a great kids’ club, excellent food and service, and it all comes at a reasonable price. Worth noting: Nizuc has enough adults-only areas (rooms, separate pool and beach, even a no-kids restaurant) that it works for couples or moms’ weekends away as well. 

Parrot Cay

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A legend for a reason, Parrot Cay combines all the best Caribbean castaway vibes with seamless service, excellent food and a spectacular setting. Sure, beach villas on this 1,000-acre private island may come at a high cost, but there are few spots in the world as special as this. Bonus points for the new kids’ club (finally!) and adults’ only pool, meaning everyone can vacation at their own pace.

Four Seasons Orlando


Disney may call itself the happiest place on earth, but we’re a lot more at ease when we check back into the Four Seasons Orlando at the end of the day than navigating the crowds of the Magic Kingdom. From the lazy river and splash zone for the kiddos to the remarkably good restaurants to keep adults happy, this is the rare theme park destination we’d visit without even hitting the rides. 

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We try not to have favorites, but we’ll admit to having a soft spot for this boutique gem tucked away north of Tulum. A master of midcentury design with one of the best beaches on the Riviera Maya, this is the kind of spot for couples, families, or groups (it’s a homerun for a birthday bash) who thrive on the cool house party vibe and the excellent margaritas. 

Four Seasons Punta Mita

Four Seasons Punta Mita may not be the newest or trendiest hotel, but this resort has managed to evolve with its guests in a way we wish others would emulate. From adding a teens club (no parents allowed) to incorporating more serious fitness offerings (cross fit, spinning, HIIT, you name it) to constantly tweaking the culinary offerings, Four Seasons has managed to maintain all the reliability we expect of the brand without ever becoming boring.

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:59:36 +0000

Museums that sell out faster than concert tickets.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:09:04 +0000

Three hotels where the check-in process is as memorable as the stay.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:54:12 +0000

What’s up and coming in the world of luxury hotels

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:05:03 +0000

Announcing Passported's first group getaway, a boxing retreat to Cartagena!

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:09:35 +0000

If your kids suffer with car sickness, the ride to and from the airport may be the most stressful part of your vacation. Passported co-founder Henley has a lot of experience in this area of family travel, but also has a fix: Easy-to-reach resorts that still offer all the sand, sea, and seclusion of a relaxing beach vacation. Read on for her master list.

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:30:41 +0000

Passported’s Henley Vazquez recently hopped down to the new Àni Villas on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Read on for her favorite features, what to know before you go, and why even the most committed hotel lovers would enjoy the home rental experience here.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:26:48 +0000

One of Tuscany’s most popular seaside towns, Forte dei Marmi attracts a
loyal mix of summer visitors for its laid-back beach clubs, family-friendly
hotels, and upscale restaurants. At the heart of the action is Hotel Byron
, an elegant, kid-friendly sleep with views across the Ligurian Sea and
Apuan Alps. We spoke to owner, and Forte dei Marmi expert, Salvatore
Madonna about the highlights and hidden gems of this quintessential
northern Italian beach town.

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:34:47 +0000

Passported co-founder, Henley, recently chatted with our favorite pregnancy
and parenting site, Well Rounded, about her essential gear for traveling
with infants. Read the full interview here, or scroll down for your
quick-fire packing list.

Mon, 14 May 2018 14:13:25 +0000

Starting to dream of summer in Europe? Consider a multi-stop tour of
Greece's largest island, Crete. We planned an off-season,
multi-generational trip for a London-based family at the end of last year
and received rave reviews. Read on for their three-stop itinerary, the
hotels they loved, and the coastal town not to miss.

Mon, 14 May 2018 14:07:09 +0000

<p>Anyone who’s traveled with kids has probably lamented the lack of space in a hotel room. But if you’re like us, you’ll choose hotels over home rentals because it just ain’t vacation if you’re shopping for someone’s favorite cereal, making beds, and booking your own dinner reservations. So, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite houses that function like tiny hotels. These aren’t villas attached to resorts — there are plenty of those — but rather a hotel in a house, the kind of place that lets you spread out a bit without sacrificing the amenities of a resort. Read on for four of our favorites.</p><hr /><h3 class="text-align-center">MUSTIQUE, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES</h3>

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<p><strong>What</strong>: Fully-staffed houses on a pristine private island in the Grenadines, complete with great hiking, amazing beaches, access to resort services, including six tennis courts, a spa, gym, and even a riding stable.</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: A private chef comes with every home, and you’ll spend less than you would on a couple of rooms at a fancy hotel. You’ll be surprised the kinds of deals you can get here.</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: A 30-minute flight on a small plane from St. Lucia. If you can handle the St. Barth’s trip, you can do Mustique.</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a href="http://anivillas.com/">ÀN</a><a href="http://anivillas.com/">I VILLAS</a>, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC</h3>

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<p><strong>What</strong>: Sprawling design-savvy homes with a full staff, including housekeeping, concierge, and chef.</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Rates are all-inclusive, so this is an especially good option if you’re hosting an extended family or a group. Eat and drink up! Read our full review here.</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Two locations in Rio San Juan in the north of the Dominican Republic (near the new Amanera) and Anguilla.</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="#">SON BUNYOLA</a>, MALLORCA</h3>

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<p><strong>What</strong>: Three homes tucked into the countryside of Mallorca, each with its own staff, as well as private pools, walking paths to the seaside, and a tennis court.</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Like Ani Villas, prices here include all the services, accommodations, and food and beverage, so you don’t need to worry about what you’re spending once you arrive. Oh yeah, and these are part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection, so it’s got the Richard Branson stamp of approval.</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Mallorca, Spain.</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="https://www.beachenclave.com/">BEACH ENCLAVE</a>, TURKS &amp; CAICOS</h3>

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<p><strong>What</strong>: A collection of villas in Turks &amp; Caicos.</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: With so many quick, direct flights from multiple cities, Turks has become a year-round destination for meeting up with friends and family for some beach time.</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Long Bay and North Shore, Turks and Caicos Islands</p>

Tue, 01 May 2018 16:17:50 +0000

Traveling with infants comes with one guarantee: excess baggage. So how do
you cover the basics without packing the kitchen sink? We called up Dr.
Vicki Porges of New York’s Downtown Pediatrics to get her input. A
fourth-generation family doctor and mom of two, Dr. Porgesshares her
down-to-earth approach on everything from the sunscreen to buy to what to
pack for the plane. We feel calmer already.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:16:54 +0000

Vienna is a dream city break for families, packed with fairytale palaces, picnic-ready parks, and apple strudel on the breakfast menu. We asked one family just back from the Austrian capital to share their tried and tested highlights. Read on for the kid-approved list, from the museum to visit twice to where to find the best schnitzel in town.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:42:59 +0000

Don’t put away the skis just yet — there’s still time to hit the groomed trails, cozy fires and rustic cabins around Lake Placid this season. To put you on the fast track, we asked Lake Placid regular and Passported travel advisor and contributor, Elisa Brown, to share her favorite spots to sleep, play and eat on and off the slopes.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:02:26 +0000

Passported's Brandi Wilson is back with her insider guide to Sedona, Arizona. Read on for where to sleep, eat and play in Red Rock country. 

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:46:25 +0000

At 7-months-pregnant, Passported co-founder Henley hopped a plane to Casablanca with her husband, 10-year-old and 6-year-old to explore Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, and desert at Dar Ahlam in a jam-packed weeklong adventure. Here, she shares her planning pro-tips, including why an empty duffel should be top of your packing list. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:58:12 +0000

The wild saguaro and red rock deserts of Arizona are the perfect (Zika and hurricane free!) Spring Break stomping ground for the whole family, whether you want hot air balloon rides, horseback riding excursions, spa time or serious Southwestern food. Passported's Brandi Wilson breaks it down with her favorite eats, sleeps and adventures in Scottsdale.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:46:19 +0000

Receiving member postcards is our very favorite sort of mail. We're talking texts, what's apps and emails rather than anything with a stamp, but there's nothing like in-the-moment travel notes for boosting our destination knowledge and fueling our wanderlust. Here, journalist Jackie Cooperman shares highlights and tips from a recent family trip to Athens and Crete — essential reading for anyone thinking of a Greek adventure next summer.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:11:30 +0000

Stowe, Vermont is one of the most visited ski destinations in the northeast, but there's much more to this quintessential New England town than the slopes. The region's lakes, lush green mountains and picturesque woodlands attract adventure seekers and families throughout the year, while the town itself is a walkable treat of high-steepled churches, wooden bridges, lauded restaurants and independent shops that celebrate local artisans. Here, Passported contributor Elisa Brown shares her guide to experiencing the best of Stowe in every season. 

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:54:08 +0000

Each fall, we receive a slew of trip requests for “somewhere upstate,” “nature… but with a gorgeous hotel,” “leaf peeping, long walks and good food.” Our suggestions nearly always include two all-inclusive standouts: Vermont’s sprawling gem of an estate, Twin Farms, and upstate New York’s famous lakefront resort, The Point. Recently, Passported’s Monique Thofte and Brandi Wilson paid visits to each property, and now we’re comparing notes. Read on to find out which of these storied sleeps is best for you. 

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:56:13 +0000

Announcing Passported's first group getaway, a boxing retreat to Cartagena!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:51:55 +0000

Passported's Brandi Wilson shares her favorite things to see and do across
Seattle for the whole family.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:35:34 +0000

Our Seattle expert Brandi Wilson is back with her picks of the best spots to eat and drink across the Emerald City.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:51:04 +0000

For travelers, Seattle does double duty as a sophisticated city break and
dramatic escape to nature. Expect busy days exploring the city’s revamped
downtown, family-favorite waterfront, and coffee shops galore, and don’t
miss a cruise on the Puget Sound or day trip to the Olympic National Park.
And where to rest your weary head? We asked insider Brandi Wilson to share
her favorite hotels across the city, from a waterfront classic families
love to a new hotspot with a knockout rooftop bar.

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:09:41 +0000

If Panama isn’t yet on your family travel wish list, read on! For the culture, history, adventure, beach, water sports, and dreamy hotels, all just a five-hour flight from the east coast, it’s a no-brainer for families ready for a multi-stop itinerary. Read on for our eight-day, three-stop trip plan in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, and get in touch when you’re ready to book your next big trip.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:58:40 +0000

The road to vacation relaxation doesn't always lead to the beach—even when traveling with toddlers. Read on for all the reasons we love a family city break, and where to go on your next urban adventure.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:37:38 +0000

Passported's Monique Thofte is the office expert on Southern Italy, and we're all regularly asking her advice on everything from where to eat in Positano to where to stay on Capri. She recently visited Puglia's Borgo Egnazia (one of the best spots to book this summer) and shared her tips on what to see in the area and where to eat while exploring this special part of Italy.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:41:55 +0000

A 30-minute drive from the South Beach scene, and close to all the luxe shops in Bal Harbor, Four Seasons opened its newest Florida hotel in the Surf Club estate in March 2017. Five years in the making, the property now has five Richard Meier–designed glass towers housing the 77 hotel rooms and separate private residences. Unchanged, although meticulously renovated, is the 1920s clubhouse and its famed loggia known as Peacock Alley—now the setting for Le Sirenuse Miami, the first outpost of the Positano original. Passported’s Monique Thofte got a sneak peek of the property in the spring and raved about the huge bedrooms, elegant spa, and “chic” (really! check out the pics) kids’ club.

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:18:15 +0000

Whistler regular, Passported contributor and mom-of-two Cathy Fedoruk
recently snuck in a stay at Vancouver's stylish Hotel Georgia en route to
her mountain retreat. She shares what to know (and love) about this
Rosewood property, and why she'll be returning.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:45:01 +0000

Family travel begins with the babymoon—a chance to slow down before the baby arrives, squeeze in a dream trip before more complicated travel logistics, or just lounge in an adults-only infinity pool while you can. Read on for some of our favorite babymoon destinations, whether you want a far-flung escape in France or brain-off staycation in NYC

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:30:51 +0000

Tips on navigating Florida's most famous theme park with kids plus a bun in the oven.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:53:44 +0000

Leave the heels at home, forget your make-up and tell the office not to call. Families looking for a true escape from city life are skipping the scene at the Hamptons, Nantucket and Malibu and succumbing to the lure of the American West. But it’s not just the drop-dead landscapes and pristine wilderness that are pushing the cowboy life to the top of everyone’s wish list. 

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:39:39 +0000

June in New York is all about outdoor eats, rooftop drinks, festivals in the streets and movie nights with a view. Read on for our pick of city events to celebrate the start of summer… with and without the kids.

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:01:00 +0000

Last week we shared some of the best hotels for plotting a romantic escape
to Italy. This week, we're focused on where to feed your love. In other
words, these are the best spots to binge on fresh pastas, fish straight
from the sea, and just about every other delicious delicacy that brings us
back to Italy year after year. Bring the kids, book a sitter, do whatever
it takes to live la dolce vita to the hilt (and worry about the diet

Tue, 30 May 2017 14:45:35 +0000

London is shrugging off its annus horribilis and rolling out the red carpet to visitors with a glut of luxury hotel openings from city veterans like Four Seasons and Soho House to newbies including the teams behind the Experimental Cocktail Club and NYC’s Gansevoort Hotel. The trends? The City (aka London's financial heart) is no longer just for business travelers, Shoreditch is still drawing the cool crowds, and Londoners love a members club. Read on for the new arrivals topping our London lust list.

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Whether you're getting hitched or celebrating a few (or more) years of
surviving marriage, few spots top Italy's Amalfi Coast for its combo of
romantic hotels, drop-dead views and fantastic food. And though this
Mediterranean paradise may be booked to capacity already for much of the
summer, we're still squeezing in couples sneaking away for that perfect
Italian escape. Here's how to do it up right.

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:50:26 +0000

Whether you're getting hitched or celebrating a few (or more) years of surviving marriage, few spots top Italy's Amalfi Coast for its combo of romantic hotels, drop-dead views and fantastic food. And though this Mediterranean paradise may be booked to capacity already for much of the summer, we're still squeezing in couples sneaking away for that perfect Italian escape. Here's how to do it up right.

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:50:26 +0000

An NYC native, journalist Mara Hoberman lives in Paris with her husband and adorable toddler, already an experienced world traveler. Mara is also expecting her second child soon, so for a final family adventure, she and her brood skipped down to Country Kids, a picturesque French farm resort near Montpellier in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Read on to see why the Passported team is now pining for some clean country living.

What We Wanted

Having lived in France for nearly five years, I had heard from friends and colleagues about “agritourisme” (farm-stays), where you can holiday at a working farm. Although I do not personally find the concept of being woken at dawn by roosters or learning how to milk a cow particularly appealing or relaxing, it all sounded like heaven for my animal-obsessed two-and-a-half-year old son. So, with spring break coming up, I decided to look at possibilities in this vacation sub-genre that just might please us all. At seven months pregnant, I was not willing to even attempt roughing it, so I wishfully Googled: “luxury-farm-stay-France.” The first hit that came up, Country Kids, seemed almost too good to be true.

Had I stumbled upon the Club Med of farms? My fantasy morphed into reality as I read more about this all-inclusive resort-style country farm claiming to be “a paradise for kids, a holiday for you.” On its website, Country Kids describes an on-site daycare for the wee ones (3 months–4 years,) a kid’s club for ages 5–12, a spa, a private chef, daily housekeeping, and acres of farmland to explore.  Miracle of miracles, this renovated 19th century Roquefort dairy in the south of France (bonjour, wine country!) seemed to tick all the boxes for our ideal family getaway.

Before We Arrived

As soon as I contacted Country Kids, I knew my family would be in good hands. Sylvain, who bought the property in 2015 and runs it his wife, Laure, answered all of my questions promptly and in perfect English. (English, in fact, is the official language of Country Kids, and most of the front-of-house staff is Brits, as were the original owners.) “Farmer Syl,” as we came to call him, described the accommodations and the amenities and promised a relaxing time for all. As he put it, “You will not have to lift a finger.”

With four 3-bedroom apartments and one 2-bedroom apartment in the Old Dairy, a 5-bedroom Farm House (perfect for a family reunion or friends traveling together), and a 2-bedroom cottage, Country Kids is the size of a boutique hotel and can accommodate 16–18 adults and 18–20 children. On-site activities for kiddos include mini-golf, a heated pool with waterslide, tennis, a mini soccer field, a zip line, a trampoline, and of course the farm animals (goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, bunnies, donkeys, and a horse, are just a 5 minute tractor ride away and the kids go with Sylvain to feed them every morning.)  For the adults, there is an on-site wine cellar that hosts wine tastings from local vineyards, yoga, a spa, an adults-only pool, and excellent childcare at the crèche or kids club from 10am-5pm. We booked the 2-bedroom apartment in the “Old Dairy” and started to count down the days till our vacation.


Thanks to a simple pre-arrival form, I was able to let Country Kid’s private chef know about our family’s various diet restrictions (mostly my own pregnancy-related ones) and was assured that substitutions would not be a problem. Given that we would be arriving in the late afternoon, Sylvain proposed stocking our fridge and freezer with gourmet foods, so we wouldn’t have to run to the supermarket.


Meandering over to the side of the windy road as we made our way up into the beautiful hills of Languedoc region, a friendly and inquisitive heard of donkeys were first to welcome us to Country Kids. Five minutes further down the road, past the barn and a picture perfect blue and orange tractor, the farmer and his wife greeted us at the entry gate.  My husband and I took in the beautiful landscape of olive trees and fragrant jasmine while enjoying refreshments while Julian, our son, immediately ran off to play on the pétanque court with Laure and Sylvain’s children, under supervision of their English-speaking nanny.  


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Right from the start, everyone was warm, welcoming, and relaxed. Unlike other upscale resorts in France, the vibe at Country Kids is refreshingly casual. There is no “Madame” and “Monsieur” pretentiousness and, in fact, all of the guests’ first names were written on a chalkboard next to the bar/general store, which serves as a hub where guests can always get hot and cold drinks, snacks, frozen meals, and information from staff. We toasted the start of our vacation with some of the other arriving guests and then checked into our spacious two-bedroom apartment. My husband and I were excited to see the large Jacuzzi bathtub with a view over a blossoming chestnut tree, while Julian immediately got to work inventorying the chest of toys in his room.


The next morning we were visited by Country Kids’ concierge, Alice, who had great suggestions for activities to keep us entertained, well-fed, pampered, and relaxed on- and off-site. We booked a pony ride for Julian, a spa treatment for mama, and chose two restaurants for date nights (during which Country Kids provides complimentary babysitters.) Then, it was off to the crèche to introduce Julian to the staff and other kids. I must say, I was a skeptical whether he would be willing to leave us much during the vacation, but once he saw the soft play area and child-size tractor, he could barely be bothered to wave good-bye.  “Go enjoy lunch by the farm house,” said one of the crèche staffers, “We’ll play, feed him here, and then have a nice nap.” I winced, thinking about how my husband and I struggle to get Julian to sleep—especially in a new place, filled with new faces and excitement—but decided to go with the flow. Later, as we were tucking into a delicious cassoulet prepared by chef David and served en plein air in front of the Old Farmhouse overlooking the swimming pool and verdant grounds, an envoy from the crèche came by to discretely let us know that Julian had eaten well and fallen fast asleep. I felt myself relax deeply. This just might work!


And work it did. For me, our week at Country Kids was the most relaxing vacation I’ve experienced as a mother. The childcare staff and facilities are top rate and Julian was happy going off to crèche everyday from about 10–4:30, when a happy hour/snack is served to all guests. Each time I dropped him off, I told him he could always ask for Mama and Papa to come get him. He never did. Between BBQ picnic lunches, bike (er, trike) riding, the sandbox, the jungle gym, animal grooming, the soft-play ball pit, and small “hikes,” he was having the time of his life. The added bonus: my husband and I had time to read, swim, spa, relax, and reconnect. When it was time to get Julian after crèche we were refreshed and excited to hear what fun activities he had been up to that day.

A week at Country Kids can include as much or as little activity as you like. Most guests stay one week, though the lucky ones book for two. In the low season (April–June and September–October), everything is à la carte from activities to meals (childcare is always included.) Lunch can be ordered from the chef and served anywhere on the property and at dinner you can order chef-prepared frozen meals or self-cater using food from the small, but well-stocked on-site market. For those who enjoy cooking, I highly recommend going to the weekly marché in nearby Clermont-l'Hérault (Wednesday mornings.) We came back with delicious produce, cheeses, and meats that lasted us for most of our stay.

For those who have never visited this region of France before, a trip to Country Kids during the low season has the advantage of leaving you feeling free to take some excursions off the farm. (During the high season the package is truly all-inclusive and you may not want to venture off-site since you are paying for all meals and activities.) Within easy driving distance you will find charming villages, like medieval town (and UNESCO world heritage site) Saint-Guilhem le Désert, and many natural attractions (Lac du Salagou for swimming, paddle boats, sailing, etc; the Hérault river for summing and boating; and Mediterranean beaches where Country Kids can book you access to a private beach club, if so desired.) There are more than a few Michelin-starred restaurants in the region and oyster lovers won’t want to miss a meal in the picturesque port of Meze. One of the best meals we had was at the unassuming restaurant La Palombe, which happens to be within walking distance of the farm, in the tiny town of Octon.


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During the busy and coveted summer season, Country Kids, kicks into high gear and becomes an all-inclusive resort with all food, wine, spa treatments, and more built into a week-long package. High season (July and August) rates are about twice as expensive as during the low season, but for those who don’t want to budge during vacation, this period is best.  Wine-lovers, for example, won’t have to venture off site in order to sample the region’s vintages.  Sylvain’s cave, stocked with local wines (except for champagne, mais bien sûr), is open 24/7 and one evening per week, Country Kids hosts a wine tasting and tapas party.


Pros and Cons

Here’s what made Country Kids a great family vacation for us:

  • The talented, friendly, and knowledgeable staff was attuned to the needs and desires of guests of all ages.
  • Finally, we were able to travel light! Country Kids’ baby-proofed apartments come ready with whatever gear you might need. Check in with Laure in advance and everything from a baby bath, crib, and high chair to a shelf full of English books and an age/gender appropriate toy chest will be ready for you at check-in.
  • The pool house is stocked with swimmies, kickboards, hula-hoops, beach balls, swim diapers and (shhhh) ice cream!
  • The kids pajama party on the Friday before we left meant that crèche staff came to pick up Julian at 7am, while we enjoyed a leisurely morning. (This was the first time I slept past 9am in over two-years!)
  • Julian absolutely loved “driving” Famer Syl’s tractor down to feed the animals each morning. He proudly took a bucket of our food scraps (each apartment is equipped with such a bucket) to feed to the pigs, sheep, and goats. Another exciting morning ritual for the kids was collecting fresh eggs from the chicken coop—we had the best omelets ever during our week at Country Kids.

Some food for thought:

  • With so many return guests, Country Kids books up far in advance.  Many families book a year in advance, or more, to be sure to they get a spot in the high season. Sylvain is already taking bookings for 2018, so don’t delay!
  • Coming from Paris, Brussels, or the UK, travel to Country Kids is relatively easy by air or train to Montpellier or Carcassonne where you will want to rent a car for the week. Those coming from the US may find that connecting flights and trains, make for a more complicated arrival and departure. Think about combining a week at Country Kids with some time in London or Paris on either end of the trip.
  • Country Kids encourages socializing among guests (adults and kids alike) with group activities and meals planned throughout the week.  Though it is possible to keep to yourself if you wish (there’s always a quiet nook to read a book or catch a nap), families who definitely do not want to mix and mingle while on vacation may not enjoy the tous ensemble ambiance.
  • Country Kids may be the size of a boutique hotel, but the décor inside the apartments and houses is not super chic. If interior design is an important factor in your vacation happiness, think twice before booking as the furnishings are comfortable, but certainly not the main focus of the resort.  The vibe is country cute and comfy, not shabby chic or chateau luxe.

Favorite Finds Nearby

DINNER: La Palombe

We were surprised and delighted by the sophisticated menu at this quiet, beautiful spot with indoor and outdoor seating. Leave the kiddos at home and book this romantic restaurant for one of Country Kids’ babysitter nights (two are included as part of your one week stay.)

DAYTRIP: Saint-Guilhem le Désert

This well-preserved medieval village is along the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Kids will love exploring the car-free cobble stone streets and racing France’s largest plane tree, which graces the central square (a charming spot to enjoy a crêpe or ice cream.) New Yorkers will be interested to know that part of the cloister from Saint-Guilhem le Désert’s gorgeous monastery was moved to the Cloisters Museum in 2009.

SHOPPING: Weekly Markets

The weekly local markets in Lodève (Saturdays) and Clermont-l'Hérault (Wednesdays) are great places to stock up on farm-fresh produce and regional delicacies as well as souvenirs like woven baskets, local pottery, herbs de Provence, lavender soaps, and Camargue salts.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:28:06 +0000

Passported contributor Elisa Carbone Brown is a bit of a hero around these parts. She travels well, has a nose for sussing out the best guides, sends back reports of amazing restaurants, and often she does it all while wrangling her three kids solo. Seriously, she rocks. She recently shared some of her Napa Valley tips, which is a place everyone in the office is dreaming about now that spring has finally sprung. Read on to get Elisa's tips on where to stay, what to sip, and more.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:52:57 +0000

<p>The St. Barth's season extends far beyond the winter. In fact, one of our favorite times to visit is spring and summer, when prices on the legendarily expensive hotels drop to more reasonable levels. This year, the island welcomes a new crop of stunners, from beachfront resorts to chic hilltop hideaways. Here are the places to scope out on your next getaway.</p><hr /><h1 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://saint-barth.villamarie.fr/en/#!saint-barthelemy/home">Villa Marie</a></h1>

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<p>We've always said that St. Barth's is more South of France than it is Caribbean, and the arrival of the Sibuet Group's Villa Marie pretty much seals the deal. That signature Sibuet style transitions perfectly from St. Tropez and the Luberon to the hilltops of Colombier in this 18-room charmer, a quaint collection of bungalows and small villas.&nbsp;</p><hr /><h1 class="text-align-center">Le Toiny</h1>

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<p>Although Le Toiny isn't new to the island, its beachy redesign, additional villas and private beach club are, so we're calling this a must-see—and a must-stay. Every suite has a private pool plus plenty of space to fit a family, if you decide to bring the kids along. Us personally, we're fantasizing about a responsibility-free getaway here stat.</p><hr /><h1 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.lebarthelemyhotel.com/en">Le Barthelemy</a></h1>

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<p>Kitesurfers, take note. St. Barth's Grand Cul de Sac Bay is one of the best spots (we recently talked about some others), putting this beachfront resort square center on every kiter's wish list. But with a pool as photogenic as neighboring Le Sereno and a La Mer spa, you might not make it beyond a lounge chair.&nbsp;</p><p> </p><p> </p>

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Kitesurfing isn’t a new sport, but we’ve never seen so many requests for family trips that include kites, and not the fly-in-the-park variety. The follow-up question to where to kite surf is often: is there a kids’ club? Which makes sense, since the parent left in charge of the kids while the partner is off pursuing his or her passion is usually looking for a little downtime of their own. To help you fanatics out, we’ve mapped out our favorite resorts that have kitesurfing from their own beach, as well as a few others with the sport nearby.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000

We're often asked for our favorite spots to grab a meal in Jackson Hole. These are the standouts, from date night to family apres. 

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000

A New York family with two young children (and another on the way) recently returned from a stay at two of Oahu's most kid-friendly resorts, the new Four Seasons Oahu and Aulani, a Disney resort. And lucky for us, they were willing to share their feedback with the entire Passported community! Read on to see what to love about Hawaii's newest Four Seasons, and maybe find some inspiration for your next family getaway.

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:00:49 +0000

You only get 18 summers with your kids. Make them count. Passported partner
Paws Up is offering a special summer promotion for our readers. So pack up
those cowboy boots and let's plan a trip to the ultimate dude ranch. 

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:49:40 +0000

For years, we’ve been praying for a decent hotel to open up at one of New York's nearby ski mountains. Scribner’s has come to the rescue. Read on to see what why we’re making repeat trips to Hunter this year.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:30:58 +0000

In light of this East Coast whopper of a storm, we're sharing some photos of a place we'd rather be: Anguilla! Photographer Michael Edwards, whose credits include Sports Illustrated, Glamour and Vogue, recently spent time on the island while shooting supermodel Ashley Graham. He shared snaps from his stay at one of our favorite hotels, Malliouhana, and it's pretty much all we want to think about today.

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:36:17 +0000

Getting on a flight can feel like time travel when everything goes to plan. While we like going to far-flung destinations, nobody likes connecting, so we've rounded up the best direct flights from NYC to some of our favorite places that aren't major hubs. Getting on a flight can feel like time travel when everything goes to plan. While we like going to far-flung destinations, nobody likes connecting, so we've rounded up the best direct flights from NYC to some of our favorite places that aren't major hubs.

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:22:31 +0000

 Located just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, the resort is most popular with local Californians looking to escape for a few days, but it's the perfect for anyone looking for a poolside Zika-free vacation for a babymoon or family getaway. There's plenty of splashing room for the kids and an adults-only pool for couples looking to unwind. 

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:25:54 +0000

This year has been a big one at Passported HQ. We feel lucky to with so many wonderful clients on exciting trips from Anguilla to Zagreb. We hate to play favorites with hotels because we really do love them all dearly, but he's our list of the most booked Passported hotels this year. 

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:05:31 +0000

Is there any more quintessential winter activity than ice skating with the
kiddos? So lace up those skates, but you don't head to Rockefeller Center.
We've rounded up four alternative places to hit the ice in NYC.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:23:18 +0000

<p>Just a quick boat ride from St. Martin, Anguilla has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The Malliouhana is an island chic resort only 44 rooms with two pools and a huge beach-- so it's ideal for some quality beach and family time by the sea.&nbsp;</p><hr /><h1 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="https://malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com/">Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort</a><br />Meads Bay, Anguilla</h1>

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<hr /><h2>BASICS</h2><ul dir="ltr"><li>Junior suites provide double-queen bedding and generous square footage for a family of four.</li><li>Two-bedroom suites have separate bedrooms connected by a small living room.</li><li>Garden view and ocean view rooms offer connecting options with a king and double queen (confirm directly with the hotel).</li></ul><hr /><h2>BESTS</h2><ul dir="ltr"><li>Following a $80-million renovation in 2014, the new Malliouhana has the signature touches of an Auberge resort (fantastic food, stylish rooms, friendly staff) while retaining the elegant architecture of one of Anguilla’s most legendary properties.</li><li>Each of the 44 rooms has private terraces, spacious marble bathrooms and a blend of Caribbean décor with contemporary touches like tvs hidden in Art Deco-style mirrors.</li><li>Two pools, three beaches, multiple restaurants plus a spa, gym and loads of cozy seating nooks: there’s always a place to plant your family.</li></ul><hr /><h2>BESTS</h2><ul dir="ltr"><li>Wifi, the mini bar and continental breakfast are included in the room rates.</li><li>Huge grounds but only 44 rooms means the pools and beaches never feel crowded.</li><li>The resort’s blend of history and authenticity has a heartwarming sense-of-place.</li></ul><hr /><h2>BUTS</h2><ul dir="ltr"><li>Rooms jump from an open-plan junior suite to a 2-bedroom suite; there’s no option for a 1-bedroom set-up where the children sleep in the living room.</li><li>There’s no kids’ club, but the staff arranges family activities during peak periods, and there’s a shady playground built like a pirate ship.</li><li>The family pool sits just beneath the adult pool, steps apart, so the vibe isn’t quite right for screaming games of marco polo.</li></ul><hr />

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Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:29:56 +0000

We take the art of packing very seriously here at Passported HQ and it all
starts with having the right suitcase. The key to not overpacking is a
reasonably sized bag that is smartly designed to fit everything you need.
Pro tip: After you're all packed, go back in your suitcase and remove two
items-- trust us you won't need them and you'll give yourself a little
extra room for those souvenirs.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:56:22 +0000

What do we do if we have a spare second at Passported HQ? We read about
travel, of course! Here are some of the articles we've been perusing in
between booking holiday trips for our clients. If you're inspired to get
away, just give us a ring and we'll help you plan your next adventure.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:44:11 +0000

There are few places that say "vacation" like Hawaii evoking dreams of luaus, volcanos, and crashing waves. It's easy to find sunshine and outdoor activities like hiking and surfing, but not as simple to navigate the bustling hotel scene. Check out our family-friendly Hawaii hotel picks for your next Pacific adventure.

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:25:08 +0000

We saw some flurries which means winter is here. But it doesn't have to
mean all sleet and ice, there are tons of wonderful destinations to head to
when the temperature drops. Here is a roundup of some of our go-to chilly
climes and where to stay when you're there.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:43:34 +0000

Looking for a real family adventure? Try Thailand and experience a bustling
city, tranquil countryside and famous beaches. Our team has been to explore
the region and we know the smartest routes to traverse and of course, the
best places places to stay. We recommend starting in Bangkok, heading up to
Chiang Rai and then relaxing seaside in Phuket. 

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:24:44 +0000

Check out these three new hotels to know for the holiday season. There's a
cool Lake Tahoe hotel for the design-conscious family, a stylish stay with
a new name in Anguilla, and a grownup getaway for #romance in the Maldives.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:34:48 +0000

Being preggo doesn't mean you have to be unstylish (or worse,
uncomfortable!) while traveling. We recommend cozy knits and stretchy pants
for long or even short flights when you're traveling for two. Below are our
favorite picks for pulled together mile-high maternity style. 

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000

At Passported we we think experiences make the best gifts so we've rounded up our favorite places to take your loved ones for a thrill that will last longer than those new wool socks you were considering. From a pop-up restaurant in Tulum to hobbits in New Zealand, give the gift of travel this year. 

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:47:39 +0000

It's always best to navigate Art Basel with an insider, so we asked our
friend Anna Maria of Precious7, a cutting edge design magazine, for her
Miami picks. Read on for her take on where to sleep, where to eat and what
not to miss in Miami. 

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Dads are notoriously hard to buy presents for so we did some digging to come up with 7 awesome finds that he will love. This holiday season don't get him something he'll return, opt for easy gifts that he can enjoy on his travels around the globe. Everyone needs a carry on cocktail kit, right?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Navigating the scene at Art Basel Miami Beach can be doozy for even the
most sophisticated connoisseur, but that never stopped us for bringing the
kids. Our friend Jenn, owner of cool kid shop Babesta in TriBeCa grilled
Passported CEO, Henley for her take on how to take on ABMB en famille. And
of course, check out Jenn's picks for the best gear for your budding art

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Think you've been to everywhere? Well read on for three European beaches we are guessing you haven't been to yet. From Basque country to Montenegro, these beaches are the ultimate escapes for those who feel like they've done it all. 

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

If you really want a break from it all this holiday season, there's nothing
better than going to a resort with an awesome kids' club to keep the whole
family relaxed and happy. The littles get to make new friends while
enjoying fun activities and you get some peace by the pool. Read on for our
favorite beach getaways with the best kids' clubs around.

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Looking to hit the slopes this winter with the kiddos? We've rounded up our favorite cold weather destinations with the best ski schools so the little ones can learn and explore while you enjoy the mountain (or maybe just the spa).

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:12:00 +0000

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends eating, drinking and probably eating some more. But it's also a great time to getaway as a family and create new holiday traditions. So while some people fly home for turkey day, we recommend getting out of town and checking out these stays that are ideal for feasting as a fam. 

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:11:00 +0000

All of the Passported kids got their passports before they could crawl. When dealing with any government agency it's always good to be prepared, so read on for the scoop.

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:58:04 +0000

Autumn is the season to visit destinations where can you warm up by the
fire, watch the foliage change and take brisk walks in cozy sweaters. Below
are our picks for the dreamiest places to go when there is a chill in the
air and the leaves start to fall.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:09:34 +0000

Veterans Day is more than another long weekend. This year, use the extra holiday to plan a trip that honors vets by visiting some of the sites where military history was made. 

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:56:05 +0000

The Resort at Paws Up has been on my wish list for as long as I’ve known of its existence, and I finally visited recently. Three days was barely enough time to scratch the surface, but now I understand why we’ve had so many happy clients there. The ranch is camp for kids and adults equally, a place where you’ll forget about wifi and Netflix binges because there’s nothing as appealing as being outdoors in the vast Montana landscape. Start your day early, end it passing out on the custom beds (so good that I asked how I could buy one), eat well, breathe fresh air and have a freaking ball in between. Here’s what to know for your trip. 

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:05:11 +0000

Just in time for Halloween, we're celebrating some of our favorite sweet stops around the world. 

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Our philosophy at Passported is take your kids everywhere. So when we connected with Niels and Emma van Gijn via their gorgeous Instagram feed @silverless, we immediately loved them. This UK-based couple managed a luxury safari camp in Botswana's Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and honed their photo skills documenting a six-month drive from Botswana to the UK. When they had children, nothing changed, apart from a bag of nappies. Now based in the UK, the family still hits the road frequently, with adorable Inigo (now four) and Oriel (now two) along for the ride. Read on for their smart take on why a 10-month-old is no reason to skip a trip, and to see Niels’ beautiful photos.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:24:48 +0000

Time to pull out the snow gear and start planning for a season of snow. If you’re an East Coaster who prefers the fluffy stuff of the West, it’s also time to book some flights, since the nonstops to the Rockies can cost a small fortune. We’ve mapped out the trips that New Yorkers and their neighbors can take that get them nonstop from cityscape to mountain high. 

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:51:14 +0000

Three perfect days for New Yorkers of any age, and the photographer that will capture the most memorable snapshots of it all.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:37:48 +0000

Los Angeles is famous for its sunny skies and stylish crowds. It has claims
some major notoriety for its traffic, which is why we love this hotel. The
W West Beverly Hills sits in the adorable neighborhood of Westwood,
adjacent to UCLA, but just a hop from everything else you'll want to do in
the City of Angels. Here's what to know, and where to go when you're
staying. (P.S. we're giving away a two-night stay!)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:00:24 +0000

Los Angeles is famous for its sunny skies and stylish crowds. It has claims
some major notoriety for its traffic, which is why we love this hotel. The
W West Beverly Hills sits in the adorable neighborhood of Westwood,
adjacent to UCLA, but just a hop from everything else you'll want to do in
the City of Angels. Here's what to know, and where to go when you're
staying. (P.S. we're giving away a two-night stay!)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:00:24 +0000

The family road trip is an American rite of passage, and the nation's most iconic is a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway, 101. Load the kids in the car and explore the best food, wildlife, views and wine that the US has to offer. California native, Paula Franklin, maps out a perfect one-week trip.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0000

No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, and if it's on your travel wish list for next year, don't delay. Hotels in Machu Picchu are small, seats on trains into Aguas Calientes are limited, and the best guides book up fast. The newly renovated Sumaq Hotel, located at the quiet end of the village, offers weary hikers spacious rooms, comfortable beds, strong showers, gorgeous Peruvian decor and the kind of personalized service you only find in family-owned hotels. P.S. When you're ready to journey there, let us know and we'll hook you up with the Passported special perks and amenities you can't score on your own. 

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  • Five minutes walk from the Aguas Calientes train station, the sixty-room Sumaq has recently completed a beautiful top-to-bottom renovation, making it one of the most special places to stay anywhere in Peru—but especially at Machu Picchu.
  • Families are more than welcome, there are triple rooms with 3 full sized that technically accommodate you and two little ones; adjoining rooms will be more comfortable, though, so it’s worth spreading out a bit if you can.
  • Located on the banks of the Vilcanota River, all rooms have dramatic views of the lush rainforest and rugged mountainside; there's also a spa, a restaurant and coffee bar and cooking classes for those interested in learning more about local cuisine.


  • The passionate, creative and humble family that owns Sumaq is proud of their heritage and goes to great lengths to encourage a connection between their guests and Peruvian culture, from local art and Andes crafts incorporated into the décor to the excellent food and excursions.
  • Request a cleansing ceremony and blessing with the in-house shaman, Willko, who believes deeply in our connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth). You’d be hard pressed to find a more chill and spiritual dude, and he helps visitors to develop a deeper understanding of why Maccu Picchu was so sacred to the Incans and to share the ancient customs that have been passed through generations.
  • Passporters receive a Pisco Sour cocktail and Peruvian ceviche demonstration as part of their rate (the ceviche was the best we had the entire trip).


Sumaq Machu Picchu
Avenida Hermanos Ayar
Aguas Calientes, Peru
(51) 1-447-0579

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:39:07 +0000

Two hideaways in France's Languedoc Roussillon region prove why families and Francophiles should go west. Two retreats in France's Languedoc Roussillon region prove why families and Francophiles should go west. 

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We could write a book about travel to Peru. And you'd probably never find
time to read it. So instead of overwhelming our readers with info, we put
together this mini guide to give you a sense of where to stay and how to
plan an itinerary from Lima to Machu Picchu and beyond. 

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:02:00 +0000

Peru is one of the most authentic and culturally rich countries in South America, a place where ancient tradition, archeological wonders and a serious food scene come together in one itinerary. But planning a trip requires a bit of know-how, and a lot of preparation. Here’s what to know before you go.

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:08:56 +0000

Travel writer and mom-of-two Nubia DuVall Wilson chronicles her family's globetrotting adventures on Encounters with Nubia. She recently left the kids at home for a city staycation and learned a thing or two about sailing the Hudson River. Read on for her tips on where to stay (with or without the children) and how to pick up a maritime sport without leaving Manhattan.Travel writer and mom-of-two Nubia DuVall Wilson chronicles her family's globetrotting adventures on Encounters with Nubia. She recently left the kids at home for a city staycation and learned a thing or two about sailing the Hudson River. Read on for her tips on where to stay (with or without the children) and how to pick up a country club sport without leaving Manhattan.

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:08:17 +0000

This is the second in our series on Zika-free babymoons. We mapped out three easy beach destinations last time, so now we’re talking about cities, focusing on smaller, easy-to-navigate settings with great hotels, good food and a nice dose of culture. Who says a great babymoon has to be on a beach?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:07:55 +0000

Having a baby and need a breather before your family expands? No sweat. We're mapping out the best Zika-free babymoons to plan, kicking it off with three of our favorite beach destinations.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Katerina Panayotopoulou, an Athens native, mama of one (with one on the
way) and travel pro, shares her tips and places to discover in Athens
energy-filled streets.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

The summer people have cleared out, the weather's gorgeous and the restaurants you couldn't jam yourself into in August now are happy to give you a table. Yay for fall in Montauk! These are our favorite Out East eats that stick around when the crowds don't.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Travel-loving mom and author Isabelle Demenge shares our philosophy that there's no such thing as a non-kid friendly place. Her Leap and Hop children's travel activity books are the perfect companion for your little one—or ones—on your next big adventure. With plenty of adventuring and parenting under her belt, we couldn't resist asking Isabelle just how she does it all. Read on to hear Isabelle's story, including an inside look at some of her fave secret spots and her recommendations for Hong Kong, the city she now calls home. 

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Whether you absolutely hate packing, or you're pulling out outfits for a
forthcoming trip with glee, we've all been in that position where no matter
how you fold, stuff, or push you've just packed too darn much. We're all
for making traveling as easy as possible, so with that in mind we've got a
few tips & tricks to avoid overpacking mishaps. 

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

What to do in Havana with kids? Lots. Here’s the itinerary we followed and that worked great for the younger set. What to do in Havana with kids? Lots. Here’s the itinerary we followed and that worked great for the younger set. What to do in Havana with kids? Lots. Here’s the itinerary we followed and that worked great for the younger set. 

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:54:42 +0000

We've run our first trip to Cuba for families, scouted by five- and
six-year-old boys. This is what we learned along the way. 

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:11:36 +0000

<p>Arguably one of the most fun parts about traveling somewhere new is trying new food. Granted, it can be difficult when you have picky little ones, but more often than not, you and your kids will find something tasty you fall in love with. Why not bring that memory home by remaking it in your kitchen? We’d like to start sharing fun, family-friendly recipes inspired by our (and your!) travels.</p><hr />

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<p>For our first recipe, we wanted to keep it simple and it doesn't get much simpler than a Greek Salad. But for a fun twist, we've got a recipe for a Greek Salad Dessert that is full of fruit and kid friendly!&nbsp;</p><hr /><h2 class="text-align-center"><strong>DESSERT GREEK SALAD</strong></h2><p class="text-align-center">Instead of cucumber...<strong>Green Melon</strong></p><p class="text-align-center">Instead of tomatoes...<strong>Strawberries </strong></p><p class="text-align-center">Instead of Olives...<strong>Grapes</strong></p><p class="text-align-center">Instead of Feta...Make a simple <strong>cream cheese frosting</strong> like the one from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/pies-bakery/fruit-pizza-with-cream-cheese-... recipe</a></p><p class="text-align-center">Instead of salad...add a few <strong>mint leaves </strong></p><p class="text-align-center"><strong>Directions:&nbsp;</strong>Cut up the strawberries and melon in equal sized chunks and combine with some grapes. Add a dollop (or if you're feeling fancy, let your little one try drizzling) of the cream cheese frosting and garnish with a handful of mint leaves. Simple!</p><hr />

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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

August was a busy month--no wonder September snuck up on us so quickly!
It's always bittersweet when school starts, particularly for the little
ones, but in honor of back-to-school we've included a few fun links that
might make the transition a little easier! Keep reading to see what other
links have caught our eyes lately. 

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000

We at Passported are partial to a girls' getaway weekend--whether that
means hitting up the ski slopes, sipping on cocktails on the beach, or
heading to a spa. We've rounded up a few fun filled trips perfect for a
ladies' weekend. 

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

September is just around the corner (read:tomorrow) and we're feeling
particularly excited for all our clients headed to Croatia this upcoming
month. With them in mind, and because you know how much we love food, we've
got a round up of the best eats along the coast from one of our most
trusted guides, Shirin from Travel in Style. 

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Whenever it feels like those classic, popular destinations just won't cure
your case of wanderlust, it's time to try somewhere a little less
well-known. We at Passported love taking the path less traveled--and we
doubly like when we can find a quaint boutique hotel along the way. We've
pulled together a few destinations and their top boutique hotels for the
next time you're looking for somewhere not-so-classic.  

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We may be super excited about upcoming trips but that doesn't mean we're
excited to see summer coming to an end. But at least the onset of fall
means we get to start layering, right? In an attempt to amp up excitement,
we've got some fun fall-ish links mixed in with our weekly round-up on this

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Another day, another city to explore, and Copenhagen is one of our favorites.  Hallie Burton, founder of our go-to line for easy-to-wear and stylish pieces for kids and adults SMOKKS, gives us insight into all the best shops, yummy restaurants, and sites to see when visiting Denmark's beautiful capital city. 

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000

While we may love to trail blaze, sometimes going with a classic
destination is just what’s needed for a flawless trip. We’ve pulled
together our top five go-to destinations and the classic hotels to stay at
in each. 

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We're choosing to ignore the fact that summer is slowly winding down, even
though we wouldn't mind a break from the scorching heat. If you too are
putting off thoughts of fall, why not distract yourself with some of these
reads we've been loving of late? 

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000

 If you find yourself driving from Calgary Stampede to Whistler, in that
area of Canada, or you're just looking for an excuse to visit Canada's
beautiful countryside, look no further than the Jasper Fairmont in the
Jasper National Park.

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We love food. Arguably one of the best parts of a trip--if not the best--is trying some amazing food. In fact, there would be absolutely no shame in picking a destination based on the cuisine. Such thinking is why we put together a list that matches the 50 Best Restaurants in the world with nearby hotels so you can make all your gastronomical dreams come true. 

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

The Passported team has been all over the place lately--and that's just how
we like it! But though we may all over the world, we couldn't miss sharing
a few favorite tidbits of late. Keep reading for this week's roundup of

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Passported's Henley recently checked into the Lowell for an early anniversary celebration and staycation. Here's her report on what makes this charming Upper East Side hotel so special (and why you should be checking in, even if you live a subway ride away).

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

It's likely that when you think of vacationing in Florida, Miami is the
first place that comes to mind. And for good reason--it's definitely
somewhere that packs in the glamour. But there's a hidden gem up in
northern Florida that offers a quainter vacation experience: Amelia

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Just in case you need another reason to love Italy--though we doubt you do--we've found one: Forte Dei Marmi. The beautiful beach and even better atmosphere makes it the indisputable Hamptons of Italy and, dare we say it, an upgrade from our own Hamptons in New York. Lucky for you, we've got the best hotels to stay in at this incredible destination. 

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Chances are, after seeing our Director of Travel Monique's adventures in Stockholm (and beautiful insta posts), you're ready to jet off to the beautiful city. And with our hotel recommendations, we're here to help make that dream visit a reality! 

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

This Ryanair passenger missed his flight departing from Madrid and somehow
managed to get around security, sprint down the jet bridge and jump then
chase his plane across the tarmac. What's the craziest thing you've done to
catch a flight? Us, we just cry. 

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:43:59 +0000

With the NYC Fringe Festival drawing near, our thoughts couldn’t help but
drift to all kinds of festivals and fairs in general. Festivals can be
incredible experiences--experiences you would want your child to enjoy. But
then again, they might not always be easy to navigate with children so
we’ve come up with a few tips & tricks to help you out if you’re headed to
a festival, carnival, or event of the sort anytime soon.

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

It's been busy busy over here at Passported lately, what with our Director
of Travel doing what she does best--traveling--and a new mini Passported
member on the way soon. We've still managed to find some time to catch up
on reading and of course, watch the 2016 Rio Olympics. Keep reading for a
few fun links that have been on our radar of late. 

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

While it's easy to automatically think of Italy or Spain when planning a trip to the meditteranean, we want to make a case for Portugal, specifically its capital city of Lisbon. Whether you've got a trip planned in the near future or you've previously overlooked Lisbon, our mini guide is a must read!

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

A big hello to August! We don't want to be too cheesy and ask where the
summer is going (but actually--where is it going?). In case you've been
wondering the same thing, let us offer you some distraction in the form of
our favorite links of late. 

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Waited too long to book a summer trip? Yeah, us too. But that’s no reason to give up, or to assume that you’ll need a second mortgage to afford something nice. Just head to Tuscany, where  it’s not only possible to book somewhere gorgeous that fits a family for 500 euros per night, but you’ll actually have choices. Here’s what we turned up.

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:27:09 +0000

Passported's Director of Travel, Monique, is headed to Stockholm, Sweden this week and she's shared with us her ideal three day itinerary for exploring the beautiful city. Spoiler alert: it contains a ton of great food! 

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:10:00 +0000

The South of France is eponymous with "getaway" and the dreamy location of Ville Franche is no exception. Photographer Hallie Burton gives us insight into all the sandy beaches, yummy restaurants, and historic sights to see for a perfect vacation in Ville Franche. 

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000

While it may be easy to get a little one's attention, it's holding onto it that can be difficult. Pair a short attention span with the daunting idea of a museum visit and it could seem like a disaster waiting to happen. However, we know of a few tips and tricks so you don't have to worry before heading out on a trip that's sure to be rewarding for both you and your kids!

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

While we are never opposed to a spontaneous trip to the beach, sometimes
it's helpful to have a handy little checklist to ensure your day in the sun
happens flawlessly. We've come up with a list of essentials so the next
time you tote along your cute beach bag, you won't have to worry that
you've forgotten something important!

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

With the scorching temperatures in NYC of late, it's hard not to want to
hibernate inside with our AC's on full blast. The one upside? Plenty of
time to catch up on our favorite sites and blogs so we can share them with
you! Keep reading for a few things you should have on your radar this

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000

To say parents work hard is an understatement. And while we think you
should show your parents some appreciation regardless of a holiday, we also
aren't opposed to those days that are completely in celebration of all the
hard work they do. In celebration of parents' day this July 24th, we
thought we'd share some of the best travel advice we've received from our

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Free nights and sunny days in Miami.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:42:09 +0000

While we will never say no to an island getaway, sometimes it's nice to be
in the hustle and bustle of a city. We've pulled together three of our
favorites (two of which still offer a beachy vibe) for those vacations that
need the fast city pace. 

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We love a family getaway, and Newport is one of our favorite destinations.
And now, thanks to travel-loving mama Elisa, we have the lowdown on the
places to stay, restaurants to eat at, and things to do in Newport. Keep
reading for her take on a Newport family weekend getaway...

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000

You've got your trusty camera, you've taken your fabulous photos--now what?
It's no use packing away your pictures in a box that gathers dust over the
years, hardly looked at. We've thought up a few of our favorite ways to use
our photography in case you're stuck for an idea. 

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

What's a day at the beach without something good to read? If you're tired of glossy magazines and want to dig into something with a bit more substance, we've rounded up 10 must-reads from a novel that follows a girl's experience with a cult in 1960s California to a thriller about a plane crash and its unlikely survivors. 

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

It's been a busy summer: we've wrapped up a competition, sent some clients
on an Icelandic getaway, and explored Cuba. In between all that, of course
we've had some time to read. (What would a day at work be without a peruse
through some of our favorite sites?) Get caught up on the stories we've
been loving below!

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Navigating the world with kids is our MO, so when we need advice about travel strollers we go right to the source. We got the scoop from Jennifer Cattaui of TriBeCa's cool kid shop, Babesta on everything you need to know to find the best travel stroller to fit your travel style. While favorites like Uppababy and Bugaboo make travel systems that are compatible with car seats, there are some really well-designed and inventive lighter options for parents on-the-go. Read on for some of the newest and best travel stroller options out there for your next big adventure. 

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:27:54 +0000


It seems like everyone is going to Italy this summer and everyone loves pizza. So we've combined two of our most favorite things—eating and traveling—for our latest guide to the best pies all over Italy. Better yet, we tapped local experts for their insider take on where to grab the ultimate slice. From pizza al taglio to thin crust and deep dish, we've got the scoop on where to manga in Rome, Venice, Naples, Capri, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. 


“Pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) is Rome's ubiquitous street food. It's baked in long, oblong slabs or rectangular sheet pans, sold by weight, and eaten on the fly. Locals love it because it's quick and cheap and while many examples are fairly delicious, rarely does Roman pizza al taglio enter into superlative territory. At Gabriele Bonci's Pizzarium, however, pizza by the slice has been elevate to an art form. The dough, which is made from stone ground heirloom wheats, is fermented slowly for up to 72 hours, rendering it a light and aromatic vehicle for delivering gourmet toppings like burrata and Cantabrian anchovies or simple classics like potato and mozzarella.While there is on seating nor table service, there's a fun selection of Champagne, which is a terrific pairing with Bonci's pizzas.”

Katie Parla, a NJ native, is a Rome-based food and drinks writer. She is the author of a popular food and travel blog and the book Tasting Rome.


“Venice isn’t pizza famous like Rome or Naples, but I would say Antico Forno is among the best. It’s an institution in the Rialto market and has really good pizza, both thin crust and deep dish. You can order by the slice, too. Really good calzones as well!”

Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler and writes for the New York Times, GQ, Bon Appetit and more. She lives in Tuscany with her husband and son, where they own two of the area’s best hotels, La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse.


“One of our favorite spots for pizza is a very famous restaurant called Sorbillo, right on Via dei Tribunali, the main street in the city centre. I believe they actually claim that they invented pizza, and they are constantly busy—to the point that a member of staff is always standing outside with a megaphone calling out people who have put their names down once their table is ready! It obviously attracts tourists but you will be struck by how the vast majority of clientele is actually Italian.

The funny story is that there is another pizzeria called Sorbillo on the same street! The first time we visited Naples we thought we were actually going to the original place I mentioned above, as the pizzas were also great here, too. I don't know what the story is with them having the same name etc, but I would also really recommend visiting the “sister” restaurant if you have time.”

Ben Romberg of The Roman Guy runs private or small group tours around Italy (food-focused and more) and is based in Rome. The Roman Guy's goal to separate you from the masses, so you can experience Rome and the rest of Italy like a local.


Villaverde Restaurant makes the best traditional pizza. Aurora Restaurant makes the lighter and most successful pizza on the island. They call it "water pizza" because is very thin, light and crispy, made with very little yeast so the pizza is easy to digest. The family has actually patented it so the name can only be used at Aurora Restaurant. In Italian, it’s called “pizza all’acqua.”

Martino Acampora is the General Manager of JK Place Capri, the hotel that inspires Passported’s Pinterest dreams, and our favorite place to stay on the island.


“Although Tuscany isn't known for its pizza, you can still find some great options if you know where to go. One of my favorites in Pienza is Pummaro, which has delicious freshly made pizzas to go, whole or by the slice.”

John Voigtmann is the owner of La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse, two of Tuscany’s best hotels. John co-owns the properties with his wife, writer Ondine Cohane, and their adorable son Jacabo.

Amalfi Coast

Tre Sorelle in Positano makes a lovely pizza, but it’s not of the same standing as Naples, which is epic!  In Naples, Ciro a Mergellina is fantastic! It is a no frills restaurant, but the location in Posillipo is spectacular, and it has large windows looking over the sea. Their mozzarella is excellent, too, yet what stands out the most is the pizza.”

Antonio Sersale is the owner and manager of Le Sirenuse, the Positano hotel that is consistently rated one of the world’s best.



Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:32:41 +0000

Now that you’re set with your choice of camera (or cameras), it’s time to
start taking some pictures! Rather than give you the lowdown on every
camera technicality under the sun, we've listed a few important things to
keep in mind once you start hitting that shutter button. 

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Summer days and beach escapes go hand in hand, and we at Passported are partial to those getaways that involve being surrounded by blue water and white sand. Keep on reading to find out five of our favorite island getaways. 

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Chances are that you're still getting into the swing of things this Tuesday
after the long holiday weekend. If you're looking to put off work for
another few minutes--or you just need a break!--take a look at the links
we've been loving at Passported HQ lately. 

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Whether you're on a staycation or a summer getaway, July 4th is the perfect holiday to indulge in some cocktails or for the kids (and soon to be moms) the always fun mocktails. We've found some fun drinks guaranteed to put a smile on your face this holiday weekend. 

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:45:19 +0000

The hot weather is hardly breaking news, but there's been no shortage of
that lately (election, Brexit, Supreme Court decisions). Read on to see
what we've been chatting about at the Passported HQ recently--everything
from world politics to drinks you'll want to have in your hand to stave off
the high temperatures.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:16:40 +0000

In our busy, busy lives, memories can sometimes feel fleeting--which is what makes photographs of our travels even more special. Freezing a moment in time is extraordinary whether it be an overzealous giggle on a car trip, a sunset at the beach, or a hike through an ancient city. But how best to capture the photographs we cherish so dearly? We've gathered up a few camera favorites to help you pick what suits your travels and needs best, so you never miss that perfect shot. 

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000

We all strive for organization, and for moms and dads on the go it's more
of a necessity than a luxury. Thankfully, there are plenty of new baby bags
on the market perfect for those daily essentials. We've gathered up a
little list of some great baby bags (and one cheeky beach bag that was too
cute to ignore) for all those organizational needs!

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:47:08 +0000

Temperatures are rising, tans are deepening, and we're busy booking (and
dreaming of) vacations as we head into the full swing of summer. Catch up
on what's caught our attention lately at Passported HQ including a Hamptons
shopping guide, plenty of style inspiration, and an old classic for a rainy
summer day.

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Check out these two new cool restaurants currently on our radar at home and

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:47:27 +0000

We make no secret of our love for St. Barth's as a destination for both
couples and families. Hotel Christopher is one of the best places to escape
on the French isle with a spectacular pool and chic vibe. See why we love
this hotel and let us know when you want to go and we’ll hook you up with
some fantastic Passported Perks.

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:35:30 +0000

With the summer sun in full glow, a beach is the perfect place to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Passported has teamed up with weeSpring, Motherly , Scary Mommy, and Stroller Traffic to offer an incredible summer giveaway: three nights on the island of Bermuda, which offers some of the world's most stunning beaches, along with an incredible bundle of prizes.  Read on for the details of this can't-be-missed giveaway!

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Located two hours outside of Santiago, Chile, Viña Vik is a wine country retreat with jaw-dropping architecture, world-class art installations and stunning valley views. Part contemporary art museum, part zen-inspired escape, it's the ideal place to take in nature while enjoying the fruits of the Millahue Valley. Check out these astonishing images of Viña Vik and add this one to your #vacationgoals now. 

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:06:34 +0000

Napa Valley offers more than just stellar wines, there is also the fabulous food to pair with it! We recently had a client stay at one of our favorite wine country hotels, Solage Calistoga and she came back with delectable recommendations for where to eat and drink (more) in St. Helena and Calistoga.  

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:24:20 +0000

Blogger, globetrotter and mama of two, Nubia DuVall Wilson, leaves the kids at home for the weekend to explore New Hope, PA. Nestled in bucolic Bucks County, New Hope is a historic town in Pennsylvania that offers parents the perfect setting for a kids-free getaway. Read on for her take on this quaint east coast escape.

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:28:03 +0000

With 48 hours in London, two high-energy kids and a couple of moms that are dying for a nice hotel to balance out the Harry Potter mania, where do you sleep? Right here.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:38:22 +0000

Sure, we play favorites, at least when it comes to hotels. Throw in some
free nights, and you’ve really got us. Check out some sweet deals at two of
our most loved hotels (real gems), where you can escape the daily hustle
and experience some of the coolest destinations for less.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:06:40 +0000

For any holiday we always recommend the gift of travel. So what better to way to surprise the dad in your life than with a new tome and a trip to discover the destinations they are reading about? From Austin to Antibes, read on to find the perfect book to get dad for Father's Day and the our hotel picks to experience the story IRL. Happy Father's Day! 

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:26:28 +0000

Two tours, two kids, two moms and two very different takes on what to see and do in London. Read on for Henley's spin on how to balance Harry Potter madness with some serious culture at the British Museum.

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:19:50 +0000

This week at Passported HQ was filled with far-flung travel and lots of
bookings for the best summer family vacays yet. Check out what we've been
reading about recently, including an unexpected city break with the kids, a
side of Hawaii you've never seen, and a great book to pick up for your next
beach day. 

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:39:59 +0000

English expat, Lauren Mansell is a Manhattan mama on a mission to make your date days and nights even better with her app, Hello Sitter. With Hello Sitter, you can hire pre-vetted on-demand babysitters with the tap of the screen. So what will you do with all of this free time? Lauren has some ideas. Read on for her date night picks.

Tue, 31 May 2016 14:58:52 +0000

TriBeCa dad, Michael Edwards has shot for the likes of Vogue and Glamour,
so when we got the opportunity to chat with him we couldn't resist asking
him about everything from the best way to take flattering family photos to
his favorite places to travel for work (hint: swimsuits are involved). Read
on for his picks including the a secret must-buy souvenir in Nosara and the
best place to grab a drink in downtown Manhattan.

Thu, 26 May 2016 17:26:26 +0000

Everyone wants to escape the city heat in the summer, so skip the traffic
on the LIE, hop on a quick flight and land in the preppy paradise of

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:56:47 +0000

Everyone wants to escape the city heat in the summer, so skip the traffic
on the LIE, hop on a quick flight and land in the preppy paradise of

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:56:47 +0000

Passported co-founder, Henley, just got back from a trip to Costa Rica with
her young son. They loved the rugged terrain, wild beaches, and surfing
culture and learned a lot along the way. Read on for Henley's take on the
what to know before you go to Costa Rica. 

Wed, 18 May 2016 16:32:14 +0000

One size doesn't fit all. Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast has hotels that
suit every style of family, from those who want to spread out in a gorgeous
villa to the surfers and the traditional resort lovers. These are our

Tue, 17 May 2016 19:44:53 +0000

One of my colleagues recently referred to the "axis of cool" in travel—the
Ibizas and Tulums and Jose Ignacios of the world. Nosara has occupied that
axis for a while, but now the Costa Rican surf town is eclipsing some of
its more famous compatriots. More understated than the Baelerics and free
of the scene-chasers in overpriced caftans that have invaded Tulum, Nosara
retains all the laid-back surfer charm that put Playa Guiones on the map
but with a fantastic hotel (I write loopy love letters to the Harmony in my
diary), mellow eateries, a couple cool shops and more activities than I
could fit into one stay. Read on to find the places not to miss on your own

Tue, 17 May 2016 17:36:08 +0000

Nosara has occupied the "axis of cool" for a while, but now the Costa Rican
surf town is eclipsing some of its more famous compatriots. More
understated than the Baelerics and free of the scene-chasers in overpriced
caftans that have invaded Tulum, Nosara retains all the laid-back surfer
charm that put Playa Guiones on the map but with a fantastic hotel (I write
loopy love letters to the Harmony in my diary), mellow eateries, a couple
cool shops and more activities than I could fit into one stay. Read on to
find the places not to miss on your own trip.

Tue, 17 May 2016 17:36:08 +0000

New York mom of two, took her son on an unforgettable trip to the mountains
of Costa Rica. Hacienda AltaGracia, is an upscale country retreat that is
not for the faint of heart. There are endless outdoor activities to keep
even the most high energy kiddos occupied. From hiking under waterfalls to
zip lining through the jungle, check out this mama's adventurous trip to

Mon, 16 May 2016 14:57:50 +0000

When it comes to Latin America, our partners in everything from scoring the
right guide to getting the up-to-date intel are John and Erynn Montgomery,
the founders of Mosaico Travel and the brains behind Tropic of Candycorn.
They recently shared their insider take on what to do in the Galapagos with
kids, and we listened up. As parents of four daughters, ages 2, 5, 9, and
11, they really know how to travel with tots and what activities are best
for the whole fam. Read on for their tips, and contact our bookings team to
get going on planning your own trip with John.

Fri, 13 May 2016 19:46:00 +0000

This week at the Passported HQ, we've been getting a lot of questions about
places that you normally think of as colder climes, but are equally great
(if not even better) in the summer months. Read on about what to do in
Iceland, Jackson Hole and Whistler when the temperature goes up. 

Thu, 12 May 2016 19:09:18 +0000

This week we are reading all about dreamy destinations from Baja to
Tanzania, the coolest suitcases for the kiddos, and why your bump shouldn't
prevent you from getting a glass of rosé this summer in the city. 

Tue, 10 May 2016 17:20:19 +0000

For a destination special event—50th birthday, anniversary, massive family
reunion—why not make the destination your very own? Consider Passported’s
picks for the best hotel takeovers to hole up and have the run of the

Mon, 09 May 2016 18:11:55 +0000

Ana Fritsch of Lucky Penny and her daughters Edith and Lilah, just got back
from Grand Isle Resort in the Exumas, Bahamas. Below, Ana gives us the
inside scoop on the resort and you can read all about her trip.

Thu, 05 May 2016 20:04:01 +0000

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and you haven't made any plans yet?
Well, we've rounded up some great last minute Mother's Day ideas in cities
around the country. Don't forget to at least call your mother...or flowers
always work! 

Thu, 05 May 2016 14:40:53 +0000

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and you haven't made any plans yet?
Well, we've rounded up some great last minute Mother's Day ideas in cities
around the country. Don't forget to at least call your mother...or flowers
always work! 

Thu, 05 May 2016 14:40:53 +0000

We are so excited to have one of our favorite bloggers and Instagrammers,
Ana Fritsch of Lucky Penny, check out the Grand Isle Resort in Exuma just
for us. With her adorable daughters, Edith and Lilah, in tow she navigated
the crystal-clear waters, craft markets in town, and even swan with the
pigs. Check out her story and gorgeous snaps of her kiddos loving island

Wed, 04 May 2016 14:15:06 +0000

We're already huge fans of JetBlue when it comes to flying with kids of any
age, but this Mother's Day promotion makes our team love them even more. On
a cross-country flight (New York aaaaallllll the way to Long Beach), the
crew announced that every time a baby cried, every passenger would receive
a 25% discount on their next flight. Four cries, free flight for everyone. 

Tue, 03 May 2016 16:51:09 +0000

Traveling mama, Elisa Carbone Brown, is at it again! Last time she reported
from a kiddo-friendly vacay in St. John, now she's filling us in on her
family trip to the Sagamore in Lake George, New York. The Sagamore, a four
hour drive from NYC, is a classic lakeside getaway. Think Victorian-style
manor home meets Dirty Dancing summer lodge. There is plenty to do from
tennis to water sports to golf and spa. And nobody puts our babies in a

Mon, 02 May 2016 16:11:50 +0000

How do you get to St. Barth's? This may not be a question you ask yourself
everyday, but it's definitely a question that our friends and clients ask
us at least once a week. As a result, we decided to round up the three best
ways to get to our favorite francophile Caribbean island. Bon voyage!

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:27:25 +0000

This chic resort built right into the cliffs is one of the best choices for
families looking to escape to Cabo. The resort boasts four restaurants, a
family pool, and your room even has its very own private plunge pool. So
pack your bags and head to this hotel when your looking for a sunny

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:58:10 +0000

You've still got time to get your travelin' mama a Mother's Day gift she'll
love. Read on for some of our picks for packable, beach-friendly, long
airplane ride saving goodies for the jet set woman in your life. Flowers
not included (but always appreciated). 

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:33:16 +0000

Summer is around the corner. Seriously, we can almost feel it! The island
retreat of choice for relaxed New Englanders and preppy summer sailors, is
Martha's Vineyard and it also happens to be the topic of our newest guide.
We love the quaint cottages and family-friendly hotels, in addition to the
casual bistros, and of course, the lobster rolls. You can read on to
explore some of the highlights of new Martha's Vineyard guide.

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:01:26 +0000

Have you been taking so many airplanes, that you're like, "Dude, where's my
car?" Well we're bringing back the road trip in a big way! So pack up the
station wagon (or SUV), fill 'er up, get out those license plate bingo
cards, and check out our picks for best road trips from cities east of the

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:39:01 +0000

There are plenty of reasons to travel far and wide, but sometimes you don't
want the hassle of airport security and baggage claim, so why not hop in
the car instead? We are bringing back the family road trip in a big way.
We've gathered up our favorite destinations for road warriors from Chicago
to California.

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:12:47 +0000

Daisy, a 13-year-old 8th grader from Brooklyn knows a thing or two about
travel writing. Her mom, Jocelyn Zuckerman, is one of the most
inspirational travel writers, a Condé Nast Traveler contributing editor,
and teaches at Colombia's school of journalism, so Daisy's got this writing
thing in her DNA. Read on to get her perspective on the sunny Channel
Islands off the shores of Santa Barbara. 

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:27:39 +0000

This week we've been reading a wide variety of stories on travel— some
through the lens of food and wine (we like to see life through rosé-colored
glasses), others through a prism of fashion and beauty. So check out the
roundup of articles including how to choose wine based on your favorite
color and an expat's guide to Marrakech.

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:44:56 +0000

Co-founder of Passported, Henley, recently took a family trip to the
Salamander in Virginia, outside of Washington DC. It was a pretty tall
order to find a place that everyone from her 5-year-old son to 83-year-old
father would enjoy, but this laid-back resort fit the bill. Read on to hear
more about the secret to planning a multi-gen trip and the lowdown on this
resort where you can even bring the whole fam and even your own horse!

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:11:46 +0000

Before kids, I believed in cutting time short, showing up for flights at
the last minute to avoid spending time sitting in an airport. But once
children arrived, everything from check-in to security clearance to simply
stocking up on snacks for the flight (and sixteen last-minute potty trips
before boarding) took more time. Plus I can’t bear the thought of missing a
flight and trying to reschedule us all. So we follow procedure, arrive two
hours early, get our chores done...then sit. It’s boring, and I try to save
the screen time and battery life for in-flight entertainment. So what to do
to ease the pre-departure and layover time? A few amenities have popped up
in recent years that make the airport experience less trying for parents.
These are five of our favorites.

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:52:00 +0000

Before kids, I believed in cutting time short, showing up for flights at
the last minute to avoid spending time sitting in an airport. But once
children arrived, everything from check-in to security clearance to simply
stocking up on snacks for the flight (and sixteen last-minute potty trips
before boarding) took more time. Plus I can’t bear the thought of missing a
flight and trying to reschedule us all. So we follow procedure, arrive two
hours early, get our chores done...then sit. It’s boring, and I try to save
the screen time and battery life for in-flight entertainment. So what to do
to ease the pre-departure and layover time? A few amenities have popped up
in recent years that make the airport experience less trying for parents.
These are five of our favorites.

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:52:00 +0000

This week at the Passported HQ, we've been fielding questions left and
right about what to do in Italy this summer. Some clients are looking for
over-the-top destinations for big-number birthdays and honeymoons, while
others are families seeking to unwind in style. We love la dolce vita, so
we have no problem chatting all day about Tuscan villas and Amalfi coast
getaways. Read on to get the scoop on what we've been buzzing about all

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:05:23 +0000

Brooklyn Mamas is a collective of creative and ambitious mamas who are
raising kids, working hard and finding the nearest bar. (Their words, not
ours!) According to their mantra, finding the right community can change
everything.  As some Brooklyn mamas ourselves, we wanted to find out more
about the women behind the @brooklynmamas Instagram account and their witty
posts on love, life, and the kiddos in hippest borough. 

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:27:57 +0000

This week we scoured the Internet for all things fun in travel, from a
famous chef opening a hotel/restaurant in Versailles to "familymoons" for
new parents, we've culled together the must-reads on family travel. 

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:54:32 +0000

New Yorker and mom of two, Gaya Vinay, recently got back from ski trip to
the Montage Deer Valley. She loved it so much, she wants to go back for the
summer season. Gaya breaks down the pros and cons of visiting this luxury
Park City, Utah resort.

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:33:37 +0000

We're excited to announce our new Santa Barbara guide! Two hours north of
LA, this seaside town rocks our world with activities for minis and moms
alike. From vineyards to surf shops, mountain hiking to beach bumming,
Santa Barbara has four-season appeal but is particularly rad come
summer. Check out our Santa Barbara guide now and start California

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:13:42 +0000

Wondering what we're talking about this week around the Passported HQ?
Well, you're in luck! Welcome to a new weekly feature about what we're
currently working on for our lovely clients and what's cool, new, and
exciting around our office. This week: Japan. Did you know our very own
CEO, Henley actually lived in Tokyo? So when we say we have the inside
scoop, we mean it. Feel free to eavesdrop on our conversations. 

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:11:51 +0000

We woke up this morning to sub-freezing temps, and it's April. So today
we're dreaming of places we'd rather be, mainly the pampering spas where
the coldest thing we'll touch is a cool cup of mint tea in the hot
tub. From tropical islands to mountain hideaways and urban escapes, these
are a few of the places that have crossed our wishlist on a chilly spring

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:33:41 +0000

This week at Passported HQ, we are reading all about summer destinations,
new hotspots around the globe, and even gluten-free bakeries in the land of
baguettes. Check out our favorite stories.

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:15:05 +0000

We're thrilled to partner with our friends at Four Seasons Resort O'ahu, 
Babyccino Kids and Babiekins to celebrate the first LA ShopUp and to raise
awareness for Mothers2Mothers, a nonprofit organization fighting to end
pediatric AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Please help us by entering and
sharing plus donating to m2m. The winner will receive a three-night stay at
Four Seasons' newest resort, opening this summer on O'ahu's beautiful
western coast, as well as a subscription to Babiekins magazine and a gift
basket featuring Babyccino's ShopUp participants including Baby Bubbles,
Pipsticks, Lululuvs and Mischievous Goddess. Enter to win now. 

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:53:55 +0000

Sometimes the easiest getaway plan is not to leave at all. We're picking
the hotels we love within our own cities for checking out without facing
planes, trains or weekend traffic, starting with New York's Baccarat

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:27:07 +0000

Spring Break and relaxing on the beach go hand-in-hand, but if you're
looking for something a little more adventurous, check out our favorite
surf destinations and hang ten with your whole crew.

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:09:06 +0000

<p>From how to relax like a celeb to when you'll be able to travel in a supersonic jet, check out what we're reading this week at Passported HQ.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.vogue.com/slideshow/13420928/texas-ranch-travel-guide-under-t... know we love a good ranch, and <em>Vogue</em> rounded up five under-the-radar destinations to find your inner cowboy (or girl)</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.mothermag.com/copenhagen-with-kids/"><em>Mother Mag </em>checks in with a real mom to get the insider scoop on one of our favorite cities, Copenhagen</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/dining/kids-restaurants-nibble-and-squ... New York Times</em> profiles an NYC dining club where toddlers are invited to the table</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="http://goop.com/gp-scrapbook-imanta-mexico/">Gwyneth (of <em>goop </em>fame) recently got back from a vacay to Imanta in Mexico...want to go? We can totally book you there</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/23/boom-the-startup-that-wants-to-build-su... </em>covers new startup, Boom, which is building supersonic jets (for real!), so get ready to fly from NYC to London in 3.5 hours</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.castigliondelbosco.com/en">How to eat like Tom and Giselle on vacation via <em>Well+Good</em></a></li></ul><h1 class="text-align-center">PHOTO OF THE WEEK</h1>

<img class="thumb-image" alt="Our travel director, Monique, casually poses with her hubby at one of our fave Tuscan destinations, Castiglion del Bosco." data-image="http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52f785aae4b0e482df7bac2e/t/56fab3f... data-image-dimensions="750x750" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="56fab3fbb6aa60a4b267b739" data-type="image" src="http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52f785aae4b0e482df7bac2e/t/56fab3f... />

<p>Our travel director, Monique, casually poses with her hubby at one of our fave Tuscan destinations, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.castigliondelbosco.com/en">Castiglion del Bosco</a>.</p>

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:56:46 +0000

Families looking to add some space-age learning to their Disney visit
should consider a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center, an hour's drive
from Orlando. Here's how to do it.

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:52:20 +0000

Mama of three and business development extraordinaire at our favorite
consignment shopping site, TheRealReal, Elisa Carbone Brown just got back
from a fun-filled trip to St. John. She intrepidly brought her brood, Jack,
12, Fin, 10 and Hadley, 7 along with two cousins, ages 14 and 16 to St.
John for February break. Yes, she took five kids by herself to an island! 
Read on for the whole scoop. 

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:13:17 +0000

We were excited to hear from our friend, mom of two and Verbier regular,
when she sent us all of her insider tips for what to do with kids in the
Swiss ski destination. According to her, the one thing to remember about
Verbier is that nothing is fancy, even while some things are more expensive
than others, the majority of restaurants are a Swiss affair— which means
jeans are the attire of choice. The most important thing is that you MUST
make reservations everywhere, for lunch and dinner before you go,
especially if you’re traveling over Christmas week. Check out her picks
below, so you can start planning your itinerary now and go to all of the
great places both on and off the mountain.

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:50:18 +0000

Supermodel-turned-writer and mama of two, Cathy Fedoruk, just got back from
The Island House in the Bahamas, a chic and sophisticated getaway on the
Lyford Cay Marina. This is an ideal spot for a long weekend by the pool or
a longer stay in one of their stylish apartments. Check out her review
below for the scoop on this boutique Bahamian bolthole. 

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:58:18 +0000

When we launched Passported a year ago, Hallie Burton, the founder of
Smokks, was one of our first profiles. We fell in love with her travel
stories, started living in her dresses (our kids, too), and swooned over
the photos of her gorgeous globetrotting daughter Pompie. We've been doing
a lot of Aussie dreaming these days thanks to some fun trip planning in the
works, so we figured what better than to get Hallie's take on her native
land. Read on to get her take on date nights in Sydney, where to beach bum
it for an afternoon and the shops to hit for the Down Under look.

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000

After finding a great apartment rental in Barcelona, journalist Mara
Hoberman, a mama of one,  explored the Gràcia neighborhood in search of the
best eats, sweet treats, and all things fun for the kiddos.

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:07:56 +0000

Disney: whether you’ve dreamed of taking your children or dreaded the
moment you’d be pulled into a theme park, there will come a time that
you’ll give into the siren call of the Magic Kingdom. And regardless of
motivation, be it personal desire or a sense of parental duty, you’re bound
to face some, um, STRESS when corralling kids, spouses, potentially
grandparents plus lines upon lines of sugared-up crowds. But that’s the bad
part, and there’s a lot of good news, all of it from our panel of real moms
who shared their insider tips on how to get Disney right.

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:53:34 +0000

Your carry-on bag is no place for a baby, 'kay?

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:58:08 +0000

Travel writer, Cabell Belk, went down to Nicaragua to check out one of the
most talked about hotels in South America: Mukul. This luxury pioneer
offers soul, substance and full-service pampering in a country of rustic

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:09:00 +0000

Mini Magazine is one of our favorite resources for all things new and cool
for style savvy parents. We love Mini's vision and advice, so we reached
out to Kaitlyn Kirby, founder and editor-in-chief of the online mag, to get
her take on travel and running a business. She dished on everything from
the inspiration behind Mini to her ultimate travel uniform, and of course,
what it's like to run two magazines at one time. 

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:53:32 +0000

An NYC native, journalist Mara Hoberman lives in Paris with her husband and
adorable toddler, who is already an experienced world traveler. She
recently went to Barcelona for the first time as a family and wanted to
experience the city from a local perspective (and have the conveniences of
home) by staying in an apartment instead of a hotel. We connected her to
one of our favorite home rental companies, Oasis Collections and you can
read all about her journey below. 

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:40:00 +0000

A New York family reports back from a ten day journey to France and Italy, including stops in Chamonix and Venice. Traveling with another family, they explored the winter sights from snow-capped mountains to small shops along the canals. Check out her take on the hotels they loved and how you can plan a winter European getaway. Writer Jill G. is a stay-at-home mom who calls NYC and Montauk home and the world her oyster. 





Chamonix, France

Chamonix, France which is about an 1 1/2 hours outside of Geneva, Switzerland was our first stop. L'Heliopic is a wonderful contemporary, family hotel and spa right in the center of the village in the French Alps. There are connecting rooms, though our friends weren’t able to secure them (family of five) and settled for two rooms next door to one another.  The rooms are on the small side, but comfortable with a King bed and pullout sleeper chair. Our room had a small balcony and the bathroom was modern, but snug.  But there is no reason to spend too much time in the room because there are plenty of beautifully appointed public lounge spaces for both adults and children.  One of the highlights is a playroom for younger children offering unlimited candy (yikes!) and juice boxes.  There is also a wall of headphones offering all different types of music, a library with giant chess table, DVDs, books and free popcorn.  The restaurant has an excellent kids selection featuring local produce and a huge wine selection for the adults. The lounge is loaded with cozy chairs, couches, tables and a fire place to warm up by on chilly nights. Overall, the decor is soothing and sexy in an understated way.  

The spa is a nice escape and children are welcome to use the pool/jacuzzi at certain times.  The town center which is filled with charming restaurant is within easy walking distance and the whole place is surrounded by gorgeous snow capped mountains. My husband enjoyed the skiing immensely, but I unfortunately had to stay local with a sick kid, but I made do. The hotel was a good refuge and I was able to relax with fabulous spa treatments.  Bonus: I have a local French doctor’s phone number if you need it!



Aqua Palace Hotel


Venice, Italy

This small boutique hotel has huge rooms that can sleeps a family of four,  but can easily sleep fit a family of five with room to spare.  The bathrooms are marble and gigantic which isn't common in Venice. The overall vibe in the hotel is traditional in style, but small and neat. There is access to a small canal where you can get picked up by water taxi (arranged through the front desk) and gondolas can be hired just a few blocks away. It’s only a five minute walk to the Rialto Bridge through charming back alleys.  We explored lots of high end shopping in the sleepy back alley right around the corner from the hotel.  St. Mark's is also only about a five minute walk in the other direction. After seeing the big hotels near St. Mark's, I am sooooo glad we chose this one with the charm and the winding back “roads” instead.

It's important to note that there is an easy to open door from the lobby into the canal, so keep an extra close eye on the little ones.  While the hotel doesn't have a lot in the way of amenities, I would say it was a very good deal for a good location. The concierge was helpful enough and the breakfast was perfect.

Osteria della Pista

Outside of Milan, Italy

On our last night with an early flight, we chose to stay at the best little hotel, a mere ten minute drive to the Milan airport. I dreaded the idea of staying in a soul-less airport hotel on our last night in Italy (a Saturday at that!). The four-star hotel featured a fantastic restaurant which turned out to be very trendy and popular with the locals. All of this in a tiny walled village close to the airport!


Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000

We'd all like to think that our lives look rosier through Instagram
filters. Despite the effortless feel, it does take a little (read: a lot)
of skill to master the ultimate #photoftheday. So we tapped the Instagram
queens from one of our favorite feeds, Heymama and got them to spill their
secrets for the perfect photo finish. 

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:15:00 +0000

<p>Passported's editor, Nikki, just got back from a family trip to Turks &amp; Caicos. Check out her picks for the best places to dine with kids on Providenciales.&nbsp;Many of the best restaurants are in the resorts that front Grace Bay Beach, so you can plan a restaurant crawl from breakfast to dinner without ever leaving the sand. &nbsp;</p>

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<p>One of the many gorgeous view from Grace Bay Club.&nbsp;</p>

<h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://gracebayresorts.com/gracebayclub/">Grace Bay Club</a></h3><p><strong>Infiniti</strong>&nbsp;Grace Bay Club's signature restaurant, it's one of the island's more splurge-worthy options, but the food and alfresco beachfront setting live up to the hype. Just be sure to make an early reservation to catch the beautiful sunset.&nbsp;Toddler-age kids will be distracted by all the fire pits and huge swinging lanterns, so expect to be doing a few laps of the dining areas!&nbsp;Reservations recommended and kids' menus and highchairs are available.</p><p><strong>Grill Rouge</strong>&nbsp;The hotel's more casual, affordable eatery right next door to Infiniti, so the sea views are just as good. Good option for lunch.&nbsp;</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.beachhousetci.com/">Beach House Inn</a></h3>

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<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1456598056218_64482"><strong>Kitchen 218</strong>&nbsp;Not on the beach, but the excellent food makes it an essential stop for dinner. Order two of the ceviche appetizers, splurge on the steak and skip the tofu!<span>&nbsp;</span>The kids' menu has a red snapper or chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies, which was a nice change from "pasta with cheese." During our trip, the restaurant was packed on Friday and Sunday,&nbsp;but strangely quiet on Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>Food at the beach restaurant is disappointing and expensive, but there are kid-friendly options like wraps and burgers, as well as the vacation-essential frozen margaritas&nbsp;and&nbsp;piña coladas for&nbsp;parents.&nbsp;</p>

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<h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com/hotels/gansevoort-turks-caicos/">Gan... Turks + Caicos</a></h3><p><strong>Zest </strong>Very good for light bites just a few steps from the beach. Tasty salads, affordable wines and a friendly cat to keep toddlers entertained. The table next to us was settling in for a long, rose-fueled lunch, which would be the optimal choice here,&nbsp;but kids' are welcome and highchairs available. There's no dedicated kids' menu, but posh pizza should keep everyone happy. Closed between 5 - 6 p.m.</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bluehaventci.com/">Blue Haven Resort</a></h3><p>In case you need a break from the beach, this big resort is in the marina and has a big pool, manmade beach and highly-rated kitesurfing school. Grounds are huge, so good for busy toddlers.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Salt Bar &amp; Grill</strong>&nbsp;Not the best location adjacent to car park, but the fresh fish dish with rice and beans was excellent. There's an affordable kids' menu and lots of outdoor games (horseshoe, giant chess etc.) to play after. The signature restaurant,&nbsp;<strong>Fire &amp; Ice,</strong> is a better option for dinner. There's also a big <strong>market</strong> here for any supplies. Like all the supermarkets on the island, however, everything's incredibly expensive.&nbsp;</p><h3 class="text-align-center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thesandstc.com/">Sands at Grace Bay</a></h3><p><strong>Hemingway's</strong>&nbsp;A fine option for lunch on the beach and $10 kids' dishes.&nbsp;</p>

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<h3 class="text-align-center">Beyond the hotels...</h3><p><a target="_blank" href="http://somewherecafeandlounge.com/"><strong>Somewhere Cafe &amp; Lounge</strong></a>&nbsp;A sweet little beach cafe with surprisingly good tex-mex. Fish tacos are excellent and desserts serious crowd pleasers. Bit of a bar vibe and it was definitely getting rowdier as we left around 9.30 p.m., but we saw lots of families and kids running around on the beach. Try and catch the live music on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.cocobistro.tc/">Coco Bistro</a> </strong>Provo's best-known restaurant in a romantic, inland setting surrounded by towering palm trees. It was closed on Monday when we tried to go,&nbsp;but everyone we spoke to said it's worthy of the hype. Very pricey, so better for date night if possible.&nbsp;</p>

<a href="http://blog.passported.com/travel-journal/2015/12/4/where-to-retreat-in-... class="sqs-block-button-element--medium sqs-block-button-element" >Where to find a little me time in 2016</a>
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Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:39:56 +0000

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<h2>Study Your Geography</h2><p>Teton Village sits at the base of the ski mountain, and most of the resorts (with the exception of Amangani) are here as well. The town of Jackson, however, is a 20-minute drive from the mountain base. While Teton Village has restaurants and shops, those who want the town-vibe of an Aspen or Vail will need to take a taxi or rent a car to explore more of the area.</p><h2>Come Hungry</h2><p>Okay, fair enough that any food tastes better after a day of hard skiing, but in Jackson, it’s legit, not just a byproduct of exhaustion. You could eat at a different restaurant every night and never run out of options (plus, find some you missed and need to visit on next trip). Hit Teton Thai early, both in your trip and in the night. They don’t take reservations, and it’s tiny and casual, but serves the best inexpensive Thai food that even New Yorkers will miss when they get home. In town, Cafe Genevieve is a great choice for a cozy lunch, and it’s right next to Persephone Bakery if you want to pick up some yummies for later. Bin 26 has a wine store in the front, a restaurant in the back (is that like a restaurant mullet?) , and the Local serves up regional game and lays a good foundation for late-night beers and line-dancing at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar next door. Book a sitter that night (Jackson Hole Babysitting, tried and approved by my kids) since the littles aren’t welcome here. On mountain, I ate at the Four Seasons’ Handle Bar so many times that the staff assumed we were guests of the hotel (if only). We also loved the fondue at the Alpenhof and pizzas at the Osteria in the Hotel Terra. Skip Couloir, the schmancy spot at the top of the gondola (prices too high, atmosphere too low) but definitely grab a waffle at Corbet’s Cabin. And always apres at the Mangy Moose.</p>

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<h2>Ski Hard</h2><p>Skiers and boarders in search of a challenge rave about Jackson Hole’s epic terrain: 50% of trails are expert, plus, there’s lots of back-country access, bowls and the famous (and heart-stopping) Corbet’s Couloir. If you’re expecting a mountain with loads of blue cruisers, though, you may be disappointed. For those whose skills are a bit dusty, consider starting you time with a lesson or a guide who can show you around the mountain and help you find your niche. Tip: the tram goes down as well as up, so if you make it to the top and realize you’re out of your league, feel no shame heading back down the same way you came up.</p><h2>Shop like a Cowboy</h2><p>I’m not much of a shopper at home, but Jackson brought out my inner retail monster. In Teton Village, Wool and Whiskey has the hipster-meets-lumberjack vibe that would be equally at home in Brooklyn, with leather-bound flasks, marled-wool sweaters and rugged outerwear for the manly man—and obviously, &nbsp;a full bar of whiskey and bourbon. In town, I loved Made, where locally-crafted and locally-inspired goods range from home decor to stationery to accessories. Just across the way is Valley Bookstore, a perfect place to pick up a good read for a stormy day while the kids enjoy a great children’s section. (PS Cowboy Coffee is at the end of the lane should caffeinating be required.) Walk across town square to hit Beaver Creek Hats &amp; Leathers for classic cowboy boots and hats and Yippy-I-O for a fantastically old school candy shop.</p><h2>Stray Far, but Plan Ahead</h2><p>There’s lots to do beyond the mountain, even in winter. But many of the wildlife activities book up in advance. I was dying to do dog sledding with the kids, but it was booked for the season well before I inquired. Sleigh rides through the Elk Reserve are easy, but just about everything else requires a little planning ahead. &nbsp;</p>

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<h2>Sleep Well</h2><p>It’s tempting to look for a bargain hotel when planning a ski trip, given the cost of lift tickets and ski school. I jammed my family into a one-room set-up at the affordable <a target="_blank" href="http://www.snakeriverlodge.com/">Snake River Lodge</a>, which isn’t stylish but does have a convenient location right next to the Four Seasons. Seven days, though, was too long to be sharing such a small space with such a large amount of clothing (especially given that I caught strep throat two days into the trip). Next time, I’d stay at the Hotel Terra, which has condo-style suites with fully-equipped kitchens, organic linens and furnishings, and an awesome pizzeria and cafe downstairs. For a splurge, the Four Seasons is tough to top and, while pricey, really delivers on service. The big surprise, though, was Amangani, which I’d (incorrectly) warned people was not good with kids. Turns out that every suite in this gorgeous 40-room hotel sleeps a family of four, there’s a game room and a kids’ menu, and half of the guests staying this past week were families. Although the hotel is a 20-minute drive from the mountain, they have their own ski concierge on mountain where you can leave equipment, and there’s even a private lounge if you just want to chill Aman-style on the mountain.</p>

<a href="https://www.passported.com/jackson-hole/city-guide" class="sqs-block-button-element--medium sqs-block-button-element" >Jackson Hole City Guide</a>

<a href="http://blog.passported.com/travel-journal/2015/2/25/know-before-you-go-a... class="sqs-block-button-element--medium sqs-block-button-element" >Know Before You Go: Aspen</a>
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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:08:28 +0000

If you travel back and forth to the west coast for work, play or family
time, Passported correspondent Paula Franklin recommends skipping the
red-eye on your next trip and checking in at her favorite SF and LA
escapes: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa
Barbara. Read on for her insider take and what to know before you book. 

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:29:34 +0000

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Zika, both in the Passported
offices and in our extended community of parents. And while we’ve read all
the articles in the major news sources, there’s something more comforting
about talking to a real medical expert. So we called up Dr. Vicki Porges of
New York’s Downtown Pediatrics to get her input. Dr. Porges, a
fourth-generation family doctor and a mom to two, shared her down-to-earth
approach to the now-famous virus as well as travel medicine in general. We
feel calmer already.

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:31:55 +0000

Want to escape for Valentine's Day, but just don't have the time to travel
far? Simply book a staycation at one of these fab hotels and feel a million
miles away, just a few blocks from your house. 

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:54:00 +0000

Gina Bradley may be known as the SUP queen of the Hamptons thanks to her
amazing Paddle Diva shop in East Hampton, but she's quickly become our
go-to gal for all things Rincon as well. She recently expanded her shop to
this hip Caribbean surf destination, and she agreed to spill all her local
secrets. We can't wait to sneak down for a visit.

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:32:54 +0000

Passported recently sat down with Michael Miller, founder of the New York
and London Meditation Centers to get his guidance on how to kick-start a
practice. It’s less complicated than we thought.

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:53:53 +0000

It's winter, it's snowing, it's time to get away. Here's where we're headed
in Puerto Rico.

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:52:59 +0000

The St. Regis Bahia Beach launches a meditation program, and Passported's
co-founder Henley Vazquez checks it out.

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:52:07 +0000

Friends in fashion: for those of us less stylishly oriented, these are the
girlfriends who keep tabs on up-and-coming designers so we can make a
purchase that counts as cool every once in a while. Which is why we stalk
everything that pops up on the curated shopping site Of a Kind. Founders
Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are the kinds of women we idiolize, with
impeccable taste, a sense of humor and a constantly rotating supply of
limited edition accessories, clothing and home decor. We recently chatted
them up for designers to know, travel must-haves and destination intel from
Brooklyn to New Orleans.

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:07:07 +0000

Make a date with the 50th state this winter. Conde Nast Traveler
contributor Ondine Cohane shares her take on five very different Oahu
hotels, from a sceney boutique sleep that will score you cool points with
your teens, to an all out megaresort romp on the beach.

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:56:43 +0000

For all its self-proclaimed weirdness, to us, Austin is just plain
wonderful. Passported's Nicole returned from a recent trip with some
serious love for the city's newest boutique sleeps — Hotel Van Zandt and
South Congress Hotel. 

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:26:24 +0000

Austin is known for it's food scene. But with only a few days in town and
so many places to try, how many eats can you pack in? Passported's Nicole
shows us what twenty-four hours of dining can accomplish.

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:11:18 +0000

Want to mosey around Austin like a local? We caught up with stylist Rebecca
Gaddis, Founder of Ambhasaa, a beachy-cool online boutique to get her take
on where to eat, hang out and of course shop in the capitol city! 

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:04:00 +0000

Copywriter and mom of one, Monique Stringfellow, recently made a break from
LA for the desert scenes of Palm Springs. Read on for her tips on where to
stay, eat and play. 

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:08:29 +0000

Passported’s Monique recently returned from Argentina and snuck a side trip
in to the famous Iguazu Falls. She maps out when to go, how to get there
and, most importantly, where to stay. (Hint: the best place is NOT in the

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:44:49 +0000

Our trend-spotters swear that 2016 is all about South America, where good
deals, great food, amazing landscapes, history and culture are all a
reasonable flight away. Passported’s Monique just returned from a long
weekend in Buenos Aires and shares what’s right for a romantic getaway to
this uber-chic Argentine city.

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:12:54 +0000

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<p>We're excited to team up with our favorite neighborhood bakery once again for an event on our home turf, TriBeCa! Team Passported will be answering all of your travel questions, whether scoring the best kids' club in the Caribbean or escaping to romantic boltholes in the south of France. Swing by Greenwich Street, grab a croissant,&nbsp;and let's chat about how to plan the well-traveled life you've always wanted. Bonus: Arrive early for a chance to get one of our totally stylish Passported tote bags! See you there!</p>

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:14:44 +0000

Miami has become a default setting for frozen families (and couples)
seeking a quick winter escape. And for good reason. The supply of Grade A
hotels, hip eateries and serious art has accelerated from a few outposts to
an overflow of choices that can keep any style of traveler happy. Both
Henley and Monique from the Passported team spent the holidays in MIA and
checked in on a few newcomers as well as the stand-bys we’ve loved for
ages. Here’s their guide to where to flee now that winter has officially

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:16:09 +0000

We’re unashamed hotel junkies here at Passported, but also love the ease of
a home rental when traveling en famille. The problem for us is always
navigating the scores of listings, entering into endless back and forth
with individual home owners, and finding a substitute for good concierge
know-how. Enter Oasis Collections. Started in South America but with new,
and ever growing, markets in North America and Europe, Oasis properties are
all handpicked by an all local staff and guests are paired with Guest
Experience managers in advance. That means you can get the low down on the
best neighborhoods to stay, where to eat, seasonal events to book, and
request all the kid essentials (cribs, monitors etc.) so you don’t have to
lug them from home. 

To celebrate Oasis Collections' newest destination, Paris, we spoke to
launch manager (and mom!), Alexia Sako to find out where she recommends for
families visiting the City of Light.

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:31:13 +0000

From blogger and globetrotter, Nubia DuVall Wilson, read on for everything
you need to know about the colorful Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao
before your next trip. 

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:20:20 +0000

We're huge fans of Babyccino Kids here at Passported and were excited to
meet co-founders Courtney, Esther and Emilie during their ShopUp Brooklyn
event back in September. Courtney was in the midst of planning her family's
year-long round-the-world adventure, so, of course, we got to talking
travel. Knowing they would spend just three nights in Buenos Aires, we put
the globetrotting family in touch with Oasis Collections, one of our go-tos
for posh home rentals thanks to their curated picks and seriously well
connected staff on the ground. Here, Courtney shares the highlights of
their time in Buenos Aires. 

Read more about the Adamos adventures at Somewhere Slower.

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000

Direct flights from both coasts plus a blend of eco-adventure and
beachfront luxury make Mexico's Riviera Maya one of our favorite
destinations. Our full report on all of the area's best hotels launches
later this fall, but here's a sneak peek at one of the standouts.

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000

<p>Travel veteran Ninan Chacko has logged an impressive career running some of the industry's most powerful players, recently taking the reins as head honcho at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.travelleadersgroup.com/">Travel Leaders Group</a>. During his recent sabbatical, though, he chose to hone a different skill set: mountain biking. Kids, this ain't no Soul Cycle. Check out what happens when a CEO joins a Colombian bike brigade and takes boardroom tough to a new level.&nbsp;Ninan shared his transformative experience, and some pretty amazing photos, with Passported. Read on for some travel inspiration.&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>My desert island sabbatical took place in the Colombian resort town of Paipa, Boyaca. &nbsp;As an executive transitioning into my next career role, I had the opportunity to plan a 6-week sojourn, the bulk of which was to be spent in a vacation cabin by Lago Sochagota. &nbsp;Paipa figures prominently as the resolutely non-electronic family “camp” that my wife brings our children to every summer for a number of weeks, in a reprise of her childhood vacations.</p>

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<p>In addition to carting along a Weber grill, my desert island discs, assorted sambals, a few cases of Bordeaux, Malbec and some port, I also brought along my biking helmet and gear in anticipation of getting some exercise. Through a friend of my wife’s, I was introduced to Alex Rodriguez, who biked with a MTB Club called the Bufalos (Grupo de Ciclomontañismo de Paipa Bufalos) in Paipa. This informal group of mountain bikers got together on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays for 2-3 hour group rides and on most other days a smaller subset of Bufalos met to ride.</p><p>The Bufalos held court in their den (in reality, a small cafeteria across from the sole traffic light in Paipa) at 7am daily, over numerous cups of tinto. Impeccably attired in professional looking MTB gear, smartly Bufalo-logoed, the riders spanned the spectrum of youth to retirees and varying professions from restaurateur to professional athlete to limo driver. Warmly welcomed by the defacto leader Miguel Ochoa, and Daniel “casco loco” Cepeda, Cesar, Elber, Esperanza, Herman, Dr. Edgar, Popeye, Malagon, Nemecio, Tonio, Los Gatitos and the others as a friend of Alex’s, thus began my 3+ weeks of physical, linguistic and cultural education with the Bufalos.</p><p>My first ride with Alex and his cousin Robinson was a relatively easy 26km jaunt on a moderate somewhat paved ascent to Duitama via the quaint pueblito of La Trinidad and a return on the shoulder of the autopista.</p>

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<p>By Day 2, I had “qualified” for a full-fledged assault on La Isla, beginning with ascending over pasto, traversing across many different fincas, hauling our bikes under alambradas (some electrified just to keep one on one’s toes), up part of the 9km ascent to Palermo (which I am confidently told is some of the steepest paved road in Colombia and is used for training by Nairo Quintana, the acclaimed Colombian professional champion cyclist) and then into the woods and more narrow trails up to the top and beyond the Páramo, about 2,000’ above Paipa. &nbsp;</p><p>Suffice to say, I was gaining deep experience in pushing my bike on foot, across a variety of terrain, thoroughly sodden by seemingly inexhaustible amounts of perspiration pouring out, although enjoying the very crisp and clean mountain air and incomparable vistas. The hair-raising descent was enough to cause me to dismount a few times and allow self-preservation to win over valor and prevent any serious injury. What an awesome experience...I was hooked.</p><p>Fortunately the daily post-biking activities centered on an afternoon excursion with the family to the local Estelar resort, where a very reasonable “bono familiar” membership gave us access to the heated pool and the thermal spring-fed jacuzzis. BBQ’ng daily on the terrace of our vacation cabin overlooking the lake with a glass of wine was topped off by an hour massage with our favorite local masseuse.</p>

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<p>To level set, my entire MTB experience up to this point consisted of several rides on dirt trails in Dallas, TX in my early 30’s and plenty of moderate street riding on paved roads in New York city on my hybrid. &nbsp;Equally, my proficiency in Spanish was frozen in time (and fluency) at the equivalent of a 3-year-old, which is when my bilingual twins firmly declined to let me read to/converse with them any further in Spanish. &nbsp;</p><p>Miguel assumed the dual roles of el torturador and coach, announcing both what punishing route to undertake that day while providing sage advice on how to tackle the seemingly impossible and never-ending ascents. Across the three and a half weeks, we never repeated a single route, inevitably arriving at some stunning mirador thousands of feet above Paipa or its surroundings before embarking on a spine-tingling descent right on the edge of being out of control. Some senderos were so dense with vegetation that we had to physically hoist our bikes over our heads and trudge through, while others had rocks the size of grapefruits. Most of our ascents crested 10,000’ and thus afforded views of alpine meadows, lakes and forests that thinned out to the unique fauna and flora of the Páramo. Miguel also functioned as the resident botanist, identifying and sometimes collecting samples of local plants.</p>

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<p>I was vaguely aware that Paipa with its 8,455’ altitude, surrounded by las lomas, with warm, sunny days and cool nights, was known as high altitude training for professional athletes. &nbsp;However nothing prepared me for the all-consuming, gluttonous desire for oxygen as soon as one embarked on any strenuous physical activity. &nbsp;Miguel’s gnomic utterances of “toma aire”, “despacio”, “pasito”, “equilibrio”, frequently echoed by Alex and Daniel, were comforting but really did not resonate until near the end of the 3+ weeks.</p><p>With equanimity, grace, infinite patience and good humor, Alex, Daniel, Miguel and numerous other Bufalos shepherded me through innumerable ascents (and some descents), selections of gears, a flat tire, composure and a great improvement in my Colombian slang: flojo, flojeras, su mercé. &nbsp;From necessity, my pidgin Spanish improved and eventually we got to the inevitable discussions on Catholicism, Donald Trump, job security, families, the FARC etc.</p><p>I also learned that the secret elixir of Colombian bikers is agua de panela, which hence found its way into my bike water bottle. However, the strongest source of inspiration was seeing the rest of the Bufalos, from the 73 year oldest member, the several women, the less regular riders, all metronomically tackle ascents without stopping or walking, human machines indeed.</p>

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<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1450709553054_49995">By the tail end of my time, the proportion of walking my bike versus mounted ascents had thankfully inverted and I had only four falls to my name, with no injuries and just the usual assortment of battle scars, minor cuts and scrapes. Aside from hearing Herman’s hilarious accounts of falling onto an electrified alambrada and bouncing up and down involuntarily, I had no actual encounters with the latter.</p><p>I have been enormously fortunate in life to have had the opportunity to travel widely for work and pleasure all over the world. &nbsp;However, one seldom has the time or the perspective to fully immerse oneself into the essence of a place. To discover its pulse and to truly appreciate a place, sometimes you have to adapt to its rhythms rather than having it adapt to you (which is really what I had vainly attempted in my previous visits to Paipa). &nbsp;My sabbatical afforded me that different opportunity to try a little humility, check out, chill out and change.</p>

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000

In 2015, our team traveled to five continents, planned trips to all seven,
scouted city guides from Rio to Reykjavik, got a sneak peek at new hotels
across the globe, and shared travel tales about Guatemala, China, New
Orleans, Bermuda, Montana, Grand Cayman and beyond. As we close our
passports on this very happy (and hectic!) year of travel, we’re already
planning our next adventures. Read on for the destinations that will be
topping our travel wish list in 2016.

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:45:22 +0000

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<p>New babies bring happiness, love, family celebrations and, of course, lots of sleepless nights and minimal "me" time. So whether you're expanding your family or just starting one, marking the exciting arrival with a pre-baby getaway is a great way to relax, bond with your partner and enjoy one last flight where you won't be lugging a diaper bag the size of an SUV. We checked in with <a target="_blank" href="https://aubergeresorts.com/">Auberge Resorts</a>, who are pretty expert when it comes to romance (think Napa's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aubergedusoleil.com/">Auberge du Soleil</a> and Anguilla's <a target="_blank" href="https://malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com/">Malliouhana</a>), to find out what's shaking at their newest resort in Costa Rica. Here's how to babymoon pura-vida style at <a target="_blank" href="https://altagracia.aubergeresorts.com/">AltaGracia</a>.</p>

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<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1450103530354_39247">Even if you're too pregnant to gallop off into the hills, go visit the resort's gorgeous stables and meet their horses. All the science shows that spending time with animals actually lowers stress levels (you probably need this, mama-to-be), plus there's an amazing collection of handcrafted artisan saddles, a birthing room to learn about equine breeding and you can send hubby off on a ride while you relax by the pool.</p><hr /><h2 class="text-align-center">Food Tours</h2>

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<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1450103530354_35419">Hungry much? Spend a day at&nbsp;Quesos Canaán, a sustainable cheese farm where you can do tastings and make your own Swiss to bring home, age and eat in three months. Nearby as well is the town of Cedral, in the coffee-growing region at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. Learn how the organic beans are raised, harvested and brewed, and bring some with you to kickstart foggy mornings when you arrive back home. The San Isidro farmer's market and a chocolate farm&nbsp;are other great spots to explore Costa Rican cuisine.</p><hr /><h2 class="text-align-center">Los Cusingos Wildlife Refuge</h2>

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<p>Pre-Colombian petroglyphs, lush rainforest trails and a remarkable number of distinctive animal species make this wildlife refuge a fascinating spot for learning about local flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for capuchin monkeys, colorful parrots, armadillos and butterflies. Los Cusingos is only thirty minutes from the resort, so this is an easy way to add a quick eco-tour into your calendar and still be back in time for an afternoon spa appointment.</p>

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<p>We love a trip request that has us pulling out maps and devising new routes for the first time. Passported reader Polly Brandmeyer's request certainly fell into this bucket as she planned a special trip to China to discover more about her family's past &nbsp;— all with her Tin Tin addict son, Nick, in tow. From her father's birthplace in Chongqing to her great-grandfather's grave in Hong Kong, read about the highlights of this big mother-son adventure.&nbsp;</p>

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<hr /><p>"After discovering my Chinese grandmother was adopted by British river explorer, Cornell Plant, who famously opened the Yangtze’s Three Gorges to modern shipping, I had to go to China and see the great river and his legacy for myself. My nine-year-old son, Nick, a self-professed Tin Tin addict lobbied me hard to be bring him along and I couldn’t think of a more suitable travel companion. The thought of a real life Asian journey back to colonial-era China aroused his imagination as he dreamed of rivaling some of his comic hero’s best adventures.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Passported arranged our customized itinerary for our mother-son trip. Here’s a snapshot of our adventures."</p><h3>Chongqing</h3><p><em>We started in my father's birthplace, also Cornell Plant's home, to retrace family footsteps and locate Plant’s house.</em></p>

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<p><a target="_blank" href="http://chongqing.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html">Chongqing’s Hyatt Regency</a> welcomed Nick with a stuffed animal from this year’s zodiac – Year of the Sheep - and surprised us with an upgrade to a suite thanks to Passported. &nbsp;An indoor pool, modern amenities, and a comfortable room could have easily sidetracked us, but we forged ahead with our mission to find Plant’s house. Surprisingly, the site was both preserved and landmarked. The 1891 banners commemorated Chongqing’s opening as a Treaty Port.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />In the morning, a cable car supplied an aerial view of this massive industrialized municipality of 34 million people and the stunning convergence of two rivers, the Yangtze and Jialing. We spotted the blue, pitched roof of Cornell Plant’s house just below the cable car station and raced down the hill for a closer look! A bit of exploration in the brush behind Plant’s home revealed other vestiges of China’s past. We discovered this exciting trend of historical preservation in all of the cities we visited.</p><h3>Yangzi Explorer Cruise</h3><p><em>We traveled the stretch of the River that Captain Plant opened to modern shipping and saw the impact of the Three Gorges Dam.</em></p>

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<p>Passported booked us on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/china-cruises-yangzi-explorer">Yangzi Explorer</a>, a luxury liner, for a three-day cruise down river to Yichang. We departed from Chaotianmen docks. I remembered hearing about this famous Chongqing launch from my father. He’d described the Chinese laborers who carried the baggage, and the docks' grand staircase that rose straight up from the Yangtze’s shores. Though much has changed in 70 years, some things, like our porter, harkened back to a time of yore. He strung our luggage onto his bamboo poles with rope and carried it on his shoulders down to our ship.<br />&nbsp;<br />Lectures, teas, seated meals, mother-son card games, and comfortable room and lounge areas on the ship’s deck or on our balcony provided ample entertainment in between our shore visits. &nbsp;Excursions included a visit to a relocation village for a close-up look at how life on the river has changed since the dam; a sampan trip on a scenic tributary; and a tour of the Three Gorges Dam. Commentary on deck filled in history and legends of the Gorges as we passed through the splendid landscapes.<br />&nbsp;<br />While entering Xiling Gorge, our excitement could hardly be contained. A 50-foot obelisk, erected over 90 years ago, came into view on the hills to the left. The ship’s director announced it was a monument in tribute to Captain Plant for his role in establishing river’s modern navigational systems. He introduced Nick and me as Plant’s descendants and the passengers gathered to inquire about our story.</p><h3>Yichang</h3><p><em>The port city where my grandmother was raised, we met the local gentleman who’d been researching and writing about my family and explored old Yichang in search of the Church of Scotland Mission where my grandmother lived.</em></p>

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<p><em>Exploring Yichang</em></p>

<p>Passported booked us at the Crowne Plaza, Yichang’s newest western hotel, with gorgeous views of the Yangtze River. To my delight, we located old city walls and several landmarked buildings, one in good condition from the Scottish Mission, and others in disrepair but still standing nevertheless.</p><h3>The Plant Monument</h3><p><em>We paid our respects, met the mayor, toured the township, and saw the site of the new museum where a permanent exhibition on Captain Plant will be housed.</em></p>

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<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1449501634092_347128">After driving for a stretch, a local ferry shuttled us to the relocated monument site. The local township flagged the Memorial as an important cultural relic during the Three Gorges flooding and paid for its relocation. The gesture has captured the attention of historians and journalists. It's a rare occurrence in China to see a foreigner respected in this special way. But Captain Plant was not a typical colonial man. He adored China, its people and especially the junk pilots, trackers and boat makers who shared his profound passion for the Upper Yangtze River. Instead of living in the British expatriate community, he opted to live in the Chinese local community he loved. Ninety years later, his memory continues to be honored.</p><h3>Shanghai</h3><p><em>We explored the French Concession and found all of the buildings and parks from old family photographs.</em></p>

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<p><em>Nick in Shangahi</em></p>

<p>Passported recommended Shanghai’s posh boutique hotel <a target="_blank" href="http://thepuli.com/en/">PuLi</a> in the French Concession as the perfect springboard for my quest. PuLi is an exquisite blend of east meets west chic modernity. It’s the hotel of cool in Shanghai. Nick and I indulged in an evening of room service, movies and relaxation to recharge our energy for an excursion down former Rue Dubail. PuLi found a local guide to assist with our endeavor to find old signs of my family’s past in the French Concession before the Chinese Civil War forced evacuation. Many of the French Concession buildings have been landmarked and all of the ones in my photographs are still standing!&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />PuLi gave us the inside track on Shanghai’s best soup dumplings; we shopped at Tianzifang, a maze of lane houses filled with restaurants, clothing stores, tchotchkes, portrait artists, paper cutters, etc.; and tackled Shanghai’s massive underground metro system for a train experience back to the hotel.</p><h3>Hong Kong</h3><p><em>Here, I gave a lecture on my grandmother’s Eurasian Experience in China and we visited Captain Plant’s grave.</em></p>

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<p><em>Polly Brandmeyer at Captain Plant's gravestone in Happy Valley Cemetery</em></p>

<p>Passported set us up in the intimate <a target="_blank" href="http://www.upperhouse.com/en/default">Upper House</a>, within walking distance to mid-levels, the venue of my talk. Another room upgrade, thanks to Passported, offered gorgeous harbor views. Nick and I welcomed the laid back attitude of the hotel. No minibar charges, no grand lobby (but there is a lounge on the 39th floor with panoramic Hong Kong views) and plenty of seating areas both inside and outside for relaxed gatherings. Nick and I visited old friends, poked around Pacific Place, the shopping mall just below Upper House, and paid our final respects at Captain Plant’s gravestone in Happy Valley Cemetery.</p><h3>Highlights</h3><p>Nick did not want the trip to end. I asked him why he would recommend China to his friends. He responded, “It’s a really beautiful place. A lot of people should come to China. It has good food to eat, amazing parks, amazing toys, amazing flowers and amazing hotels.”<br />&nbsp;<br />Nick’s unbridled enthusiasm enriched my personal journey. That I could pass down a great story of adoption and a glimpse of my Chinese heritage to my son warmed my heart and filled my soul. China could not be a more hospitable place for children. Food options cater to both Asian and Western palates and unlike the United States, the airports in Asia accommodate the young traveler with play spaces and lounges for pay. Bodegas with toys line every street in every city. As a culture, the Chinese adore kids and embrace them in any form – in tantrums or in play – anywhere – from 5-star chic hotels to gritty street stalls. Nick’s presence connected us in a more tangible way to the local people who could not pass up the opportunity to stop and say hello to the sweet young traveler.</p><hr />

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<p><em>All photos courtesy Polly Brandmeyer</em></p>

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:55:32 +0000

As we get into the thick of the holidays, and all that comes with them,
it’s time to look forward, and inward, and plan a little "me" time in the
new year. Claude Davies rounds up the top places to retreat in 2016.

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:01:16 +0000

One for the parents-to-be (or new parents ready for their first solo
trip!), we're giving away an exclusive escape to Auberge Resort's Hacienda
AltaGracia, Costa Rica, in partnership with WellPath, reBloom, Wee Spring,
Le Tote, and Motherly. Read to find out more and enter to win.

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:14:15 +0000

Just in time for the gift-giving season, we've discovered a gorgeous new
online store to blow the festive budget. Launched in fall this year, Over
the Ocean is a showcase of stylish European design for kids, parents, and
the home. We caught up with San Francisco–based founder and Munich
expat, Birgit Sfat, to talk Euro style, life in SF, and where to vacation
in the east Algarve.

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 01:34:10 +0000

With the 2015/16 ski season just around the corner, we spoke to a Beaver
Creek expert and mom of three about the places to eat, off-mountain
activities to know, and reason everyone loves ski school in this busy
mountain town. 

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:40:07 +0000

'Tis the season... for long road trips to Grandma's and the battle to
entertain your kids from the front seat. Read on for our family road trip
essentials — including the Toca Boca app we're giving away for free!

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:20:36 +0000

Giveaway alert! In partnership Toca Boca, we're giving away a free download
of Toca Hair Salon 2 to every Passported reader. If you don't know Toca
Boca, they're the good guys of digital play, with a learning through play
approach, gender-neutral characters, no levels or high scores, and zero
in-app purchases. We chatted to co-founder and CEO, Bjorn Jeffery, about
the Toca Boca philosophy, family life in SF, and why he and Kanye should be

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:20:27 +0000

On the Dominican Republic’s little-explored north shore, designer Celerie
Kemble officially unveiled Playa Grande Beach Club, her nine-bungalow,
2,000-acre beachfront resort, earlier this month. Passported’s Director of
Marketing & Community, Claude Davies, was given a sneak peek of the
exclusive property over the summer and shares her highlights here. For
information about how to book Playa Grande, contact our Bookings Team.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:42:22 +0000

Away from megaresorts of the DR's developed east end, the Samana Peninsula
is a pristine ribbon of wide, white sand beaches and lush jungle-clad
mountains, plus a smattering of top boutique hotels and beachfront resorts.
Passported's Director of Marketing & Community, Claude Davies, checked out
three of the best: Casa Colonial, the brand new Playa Grande Beach Resort
and Sublime Samana.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:38:05 +0000

Passported's Head of Product, Nicole, recently won (yes, won in an Instagram contest) a free round-trip to London from Virgin Atlantic and WeWork. So she hopped on a plane and jetted out to explore the city she used to know well and discover what's new and cool to do right now in London for the weekend. 


I have a very specific memory of going to London for the first time as a kid. I was 10 years old peering over the makeup counter at Selfridges feeling very proper and grown-up . With customers and salespeople fluttering around me, I picked up a tube of clear mascara, inspected it carefully and brought it to the cashier to make the purchase. With a nod from my mom, I was handed back a small yellow Selfridges bag which I carried around like a trophy.

Since then I have been to London several times and even studied at UCL for a semester in college (many moons ago), so on this trip there was no reason to ride the London Eye, stare at Big Ben or visit the crown jewels. This a guide for grown-ups who want to experience the new culinary, art and fashion scene over a quick weekend in London. You can check out the whole whirlwind itinerary here and all my picks below — Selfridges included. 


ClassicFour Seasons Park Lane

A well-appointed mainstay recently renovated with top-notch amenities across from Hyde Park. Perks include a Rolls-Royce at your disposal and a world-class spa with jaw-dropping views of the city.

Contemporary: The Metropolitan by Como

For the jet-set with an emphasis on well-being, this recently renovated stay is also on Hyde Park and walking distance to shops and restaurants. The decor is minimalist chic wich makes it a calm oasis in the bustling city. Plus, Nobu restaurant in right inside the hotel. 

Traditional: Milestone Hotel

This boutique hotel is like being transported to another era. While not the place for style-seekers, excellent service from a friendly and attentive staff abound all with quintessentially British charm. Classic afternoon tea is a must-try and it's location across from Kensington Gardens makes it a great place for a potential run in with the Duchess herself. 


Tea at the Ham Yard: For a modern take on afternoon tea, head to the Ham Yard for an eclectic mix of traditional cakes and more contemporary favorites like pulled pork sliders. 

Tea at the Milestone: Cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream are the perfect way to experience the classic ritual of afternoon tea in a formidably British atmosphere. Kids can enjoy a special menu including milkshakes. 

Nopi: Famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi's new joint for med food is ideal for a fun night out. Eat upstairs for a more polished experience or opt for a booking downstairs at a communal table overlooking the kitchen to see all the action. 

Polpo: There may be a wait but it's worth it in the bar downstairs for these Italian small plates in a buzzy atmosphere in Soho. 

Hoi Polloi: A vaguely Scandinavian vibe sets this restaurant apart at the Ace Hotel in the hip neighborhood of Shoreditch. 

Berners Tavern: Within the Edition Hotel, this glamorous spot has wall-to-ceiling salon style artwork framed by crown molding that would make a royal blush. The food is excellent. I recommend getting there early for a cocktail in the lobby and then ordering the côte de bœuf for two.



Serpentine Galleries: An eclectic gallery showing contemporary art in Kensington Gardens, just a short walk from the Milestone Hotel. 

Pace London: Housed in the Royal Academy of Art, Pace holds a special place in my heart because I used to work there, and shows top international contemporary artists. 

Four Seasons Spa: On the top floor, this spa is exceptional with fantastic services and a vitality pool, sauna and steam room available to all guests, even without a booking. 

Selfridges: Need we say more? Yes, department stores are international these days, but there is one new brand called Self-Portrait that has a section there, which is not as readily available yet in the States. 

Liberty: A classic and cool store that's not Harrod's, worth a peek to see what's new and check out their famed colorful prints. 

Arsenal Football Club: While I'm not an avid sports fan here in America, going to an Arsenal match seemed like a fun cultural thing to do and it was! Getting tickets is a bit tricky because everyone is a season ticket holder, so ask your concierge (or us!) if you're interested. Also, there's no drinking in the stands, but there is a lot of singing, so read up on your cheering sections chant. 

Casually in front of a graffitied wall in Shoreditch. 

Casually in front of a graffitied wall in Shoreditch. 

Want more? Check out Passported's London City Guide

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:39:53 +0000

Around 90 minutes south of London, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is an
easy escape from the capital with all the manor house hotel trimmings, a
world-class spa and top restaurant. Ex-Vogue editor and beauty writer Grace
Timothy recently checked in for a family staycation, ready to test the
theory that toddlers + Downtown Abbey digs + romance-seeking couples can
add up to a happy break for everyone. Read on for Grace's trip report.

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:27:11 +0000

When thinking of what to do with kids on vacation, it's always good to go
right to the source: the kids themselves. We are lucky to have Maya Olson,
Passported's junior correspondent, a 7th-grade downtown New Yorker, who's a
keen observer with good taste and knows how to have fun in the sun. Check
out her story below for her take on everything cool to do in Sayulita,
Mexico, a cool beach town just north of Puerto Vallarta on the Riviera

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:33:21 +0000

<p>As former creative director of <em>Domino</em> magazine, a<em>&nbsp;New York Times T Magazine</em> contributor, interior designer and mom of three,&nbsp;Sara Ruffin Costello’s life in New York happened at warp speed. A trip to New Orleans and kismet encounter with a Gothic-Italianate house in the city’s Garden District in summer 2010 changed all that, inspiring the family of five to make the leap from NYC to New Orleans for a slower pace, sunset scooter rides by the Mississippi and beignets for breakfast. Here, Sara shares her favorite spots in her new hometown, including the best restaurant for dancing in the aisles at lunchtime and the only-in-New-Orleans experience not to miss.&nbsp;</p><hr /><h3>HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM NEW YORK TO NEW ORLEANS?</h3><p>"We were up for an adventure, but not sure what, when all of a sudden New Orleans came into view. After spending a week with some friends down here a few years ago, we started day dreaming about what it might be like to actually live in the deep South. A friend showed us the house that's become our home in the Garden District,&nbsp;and then it took all of a two-hour plane ride home to make the decision to blow out New York for New Orleans."</p>

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<p><em>Images above courtesy Sara Ruffin Costello</em></p>
<h3>WHAT'S SURPRISED AND DELIGHTED YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR NEW HOMETOWN?</h3><p>"There are few cities in America as charming and disarming as this one. The grit, the disfunction, the heat, the catastrophic storms, the potholes, and the <em>laissez les bon temps roule </em>attitude aren’t for everyone, but if you walk the oak-tree lined streets, ride the streetcar down St Charles, bike through any neighborhood and smell fragrant magnolia blossoms, jasmine and sweet olive, you are going to be seduced. New Orleans is a primal place where life and death are all around you, hanging in the still air &nbsp;— I mean Commanders Palace restaurant and the cemetery across the street fight for the same tourists everyday!&nbsp;But, for me,&nbsp;being part of a place that people are willing to fight tooth and nail to protect is at the core of the experience here. Civic pride. We want to make New Orleans better and fix its problems, but at the same time, please don’t change a thing."</p>

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<p><em>Restaurant crawl essentials: Beignets at Cafe du Monde and lunch at Lilette on Magazine Street.</em></p>
<h3>WHERE WOULD YOU SEND NOLA NEWBIES ON A PERFECT RESTAURANT CRAWL?</h3><p>"For your morning caffeine fix, get a slow-drip ice coffee at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stillperkinneworleans.com/">Still Perkin</a> in the Garden District, or head to <a target="_blank" href="http://hivoltcoffee.com/">HiVolt</a> or <strong>Mojo</strong>, both in the Lower Garden District. From here, it’s on to breakfast and obviously you have to go to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cafedumonde.com/">Cafe du Monde</a>&nbsp;for beignets. I’ve never had a guest who felt like they could skip it. It’s always packed, but this is my secret: don’t sit outside! Go straight indoors and grab a table — or push two together if you have a lot of kids. Alternatively, hit <a target="_blank" href="http://satsumacafe.com/">Satsuma</a> in the Bywater or Uptown for delicious, healthy eats, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lapetitegrocery.com/">La Petite Grocery</a>&nbsp;for brunch and a perfect Bloody Mary.&nbsp;</p><p>I live at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.liletterestaurant.com/">Lilette</a> on Magazine Street for both lunch and dinner, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.barutapas.com/">Baru</a> is actually one of my top five restaurants in the world. Just excellent, clean New Orleans/Caribbean food in a casual setting. For dinner, snag a seat at the bar of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.paladar511.com/">Paladar 511</a> in the Marigny. It’s just around the corner from Frenchman Street so you can listen to the music go up and down the street."&nbsp;</p><h3>AND WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A FUN DATE-NIGHT?</h3><p>"For an old school fancy dinner, head uptown to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gautreausrestaurant.com/">Gautreau's</a>, or to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feelingscafe.com/">Feelings Cafe</a> in the Marigny, which feels like a real secret. Have a drink at the bar and dinner in the courtyard."&nbsp;</p><h3>CAN YOU RECOMMEND RESTAURANTS FOR THE STROLLER SET?</h3><p>"You can really take kids everywhere in New Orleans (with the exception of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.soniathouse.com/">Soniat House</a> or the bars), but <a target="_blank" href="http://www.strochmarket.com/">St. Roch Market</a> is a really fun place to sample everything from oysters to Korean barbecue in a picturesque old building. Or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.commanderspalace.com/">Commanders Palace</a> is a good option for a fancy lunch or dinner; afterwards take a walk through the famous cemetery across the street. "</p>

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<p>St. Roch Market, New Orleans</p>

<h3>WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WALKS IN THE CITY?</h3><p>“Definitely <a target="_blank" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/audubon-park">Audubon Park</a> for the sheer sunset or sunrise beauty, or the Garden District to ogle the houses and the landscaping. I like to ride my bike aimlessly through all the gorgeous streets of the Bywater/Marigny neighborhood — an intimate, creative enclave lined with colorful creole cottages.”</p><h3>WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A RETAIL THERAPY FIX?</h3><p>"Wander Royal Street from top to bottom, and don’t miss <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nadineblake.com/">Nadine Blake</a>&nbsp;in the Lower Quarter. On Magazine Street, I like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.annkoerner.com/">Ann Koerner</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lilivintage.com/">Lili</a>&nbsp;for vintage shopping and great prices, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.leontinelinens.com/">Leontine Linens</a>, too.&nbsp;For kids, <a target="_blank" href="http://shop.cohenantiques.com/">James H. Cohen &amp; Sons </a>is an essential stop for everyone, but especially the 12-year-old boy set. It’s a fantastic, odd-ball shop selling everything from antique currency to firearms.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://www.magicboxneworleans.com/">Magic Box Toys</a>&nbsp;on Magazine is also good, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pippenlane.com/">Pippen Lane</a> for clothing,&nbsp;especially only-in-the-south favorites like Peter Pan collared items and cross-stitch bibbed dress."</p>

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<p>Lili Vintage, New Orleans</p>

<h3>WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO PLACES TO GET PAMPERED?</h3><p>"I like to go to the spa at the <a target="_blank" href="http://therooseveltneworleans.com/health/waldorf-astoria-spa.html">Roose... Hotel</a> or <a target="_blank" href="http://belladonnadayspa.com/day-spa/">Belladonna</a>. For nails, I go to <a target="_blank" href="http://buffbeautybar.com/">Buff Beauty Spa</a>."&nbsp;</p><h3>CAN YOU SHARE YOUR BEST ONLY-IN-NEW-ORLEANS EXPERIENCES?&nbsp;</h3><p>“Definitely Friday lunch at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.galatoires.com/home">Galatoire</a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.galatoires.com/home">'s</a>. Go a little late, around 1.30 or 2 p.m. and get ready to drink, eat and dance in the aisles. In my neighborhood, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.verretslounge.com/">Verret's Lounge</a> is a dive bar with a terrific jazz and swing band on Saturday nights. It’s a Harry-Connick-Jr.-on-the piano type of place, and everyone’s always dancing. Piety Street in Bywater is perfect for unique New Orleans experiences: Pies and sides at <a target="_blank" href="http://pizzadelicious.com/">Pizza Delicious</a>, the best sno-balls in the city at <strong>Piety Street Sno-balls</strong>, poster and album shopping at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.euclidnola.com/">Euclid Records</a>, and walk across the rusty bridge designed by David Adjaye for a chance to ogle the Mississippi River or explore new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nola.gov/city/crescent-park/">Crescent Park</a>.”</p>

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<p><em>Kid favorites in New Orleans: the Audubon Zoo and a classic carriage ride in the French Quarter.</em></p>
<h3 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1446652378718_176200">WHAT DO YOUR FORMER CITY SLICKER KIDS LOVE BEST ABOUT THEIR NEW LIFE IN NOLA?</h3><p>“<a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/" href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/">City Park</a> is amazing and huge (bigger than Central Park), and has the New Orlean’s Museum of Art’s incredible <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/new-orleans-museum-of-art-and-... href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/new-orleans-museum-of-art-and-... Garden</a>, and the <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/carousel-gardens" href="http://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/carousel-gardens">Carousel Gardens Amusement Park</a> with a carousel and beautiful old oak trees. You can rent bikes, kayaks or take a train ride. Scooter and skateboard rides in <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/audubon-park" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/audubon-park">Audubon Park</a> at sunset is a favorite. Seemingly millions of birds gather at the pond in the center and you feel like you might see a dinosaur walk past. It’s incredibly beautiful.&nbsp;Then, of course, <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo">Audubon Zoo</a>, the <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/aquarium" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/aquarium">Aquarium</a> and the <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/insectarium" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/insectarium">Insectarium</a> are always hits. Also, you can easily kill an hour at the <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://lcm.org/" href="http://lcm.org/">Louisiana Children’s Museum</a> in the Warehouse Art District, and my kids will always be excited for a classic carriage ride in the French Quarter.”&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:44:16 +0000

Lauren Imparato, the founder of I.AM.YOU, is known for her groundbreaking
yoga classes—her disciples sweat and center to the grooves of a live DJ—as
well as her nutrition programs. Her classes drawn thousands around the
globe, and she was recently named as one of Athleta’s Top 100 Women in
Wellness. She’s also an inspirational entrepreneur, a woman who ditched the
trading floors of Wall Street to build her yoga empire—and she’s a friend.
I caught up with Lauren over coffee and croissants recently and grilled her
on advice for how to mesh a heavy travel load with a healthy lifestyle. Her
advice: totally sane and incredibly helpful. Look for me doing lion breaths
on my next trans-Atlantic flight. 

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:42:08 +0000

Inspired by all the tricks, treats and spooks this Halloween? Book your next hotel stay at one of these legendary haunts.

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<p>With 11 years of Grand Cayman vacations under her belt,&nbsp;New York mom Margarit O has got to know the island as a young couple, newlywed, mom of one, and family of four. "On every count, we've found it completely enchanting," she says. "It's wealthy, well-developed, and safe, has almost daily flights from NYC, and excellent restaurants with a burgeoning organic haute-cuisine scene. My only disappointment is that the sleepy island doesn't live up to its nefarious reputation!"&nbsp;Read on Margarit's favorite places to sleep, eat, play and shop on the island.&nbsp;</p><hr /><h2 class="text-align-center">SLEEP</h2>

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<p>We've always stayed at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Default.htm">The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman</a>, which is the most child-friendly resort I have ever visited. In truth, it's lost some of its luster over the years, but we love it.&nbsp;They have two swimming pools; a kids’ club called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/AmbassadorsoftheEnv... of the Environment</a> (designed by Jean-Michele Cousteau), which offers various drop-off programs geared towards older kids; a spectacular tennis center and camps run by Ulrich Hoppe; and free water sports that include snorkeling lessons, paddle-boarding, glass-bottom-boat kayaking, sailing, water tricycle (don’t ask!), and more. There's also a competition-grade golf course that keen golfers seem to love. There are other water activities, like the large catamaran and a sailboat,&nbsp;that can be booked for an extra fee, and for parents in need of pampering, there's a lovely <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Spa/Default.htm">La Prairie Spa.</a>&nbsp;</p><h2> </h2><h2 class="text-align-center">EAT</h2><p><strong>THE RITZ-CARLTON, GRAND CAYMAN</strong><em> </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Dining/Blue-byEricR... by Eric Ripert</a> is the biggest "experience" restaurant at the resort. It has all the hit dishes from La Bernardin and impeccable service, but is definitely on the formal side and reservations are recommended.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Dining/Andiamo/Defa... is my kids' favorite for the more casual Mediterranean fare, dockside setting, and outdoor kids’ movie theater. Many families park their children downstairs and enjoy dinner on the terrace with a good view of the kids and the screen. Their truffled fries are ridiculous. They also do tarpan feedings off the dock daily at 5:30 p.m., which the kids really enjoy. Warning: the mosquitos here are vicious, so bathe in bug repellant if you plan to watch a movie.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />The steakhouse, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Dining/Seven/Defaul..., is excellent if overpriced. This is also the restaurant that serves the daily breakfast buffet and hosts the island's biggest Champagne brunch every Sunday, which is spectacular.&nbsp;Indoors, there's a surprisingly good sushi lounge, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Dining/taikun/Defau.... Good to know: Kids under age five eat for free (when dining with a paying adult)&nbsp;at all of the resort's restaurants.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NEAR THE RESORT<em> </em></strong>Within walking distance is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.luca.ky/">Luca's</a>. A fabulous Italian restaurant with a selection of Il Buco–worthy wines. It's a great option for a date night since you’re not too far from the hotel and can walk home along the beach.&nbsp;</p>

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<p><strong>FINANCIAL DISTRICT</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>My favorite restaurant is <a target="_blank" href="http://brasseriecayman.com/">The Brasserie</a>, the island's first and only true garden-to-table restaurant. It has no views and an in-town location away from the oceanfront, but they serve fish caught that day on the restaurant's two boats, and meat from all local farms. My kids love sitting in the garden and getting a tour of where their veggies are grown, and the Wednesday burger night is a hit, too.&nbsp;Note: Closed on Sunday and Monday, and reservations are recommended.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MORGAN'S HARBOR</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>Our sentimental favorite is <a target="_blank" href="https://www.pappagallo.ky/">Ristorante Pappagallo</a>. Set on a cute pond on the other side of the island, but only a 15-minute drive or cab ride away, it does old-fashioned Italian, and the big selling point for kids is the owner's exotic birds that are kept just outside the entrance.&nbsp;Another nearby favorite is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.calypsogrillcayman.com/">Calypso Grill</a>&nbsp;for the excellent fresh fish and lovely views. They no longer take reservations for outdoor seating, but it’s worth the occasional wait to snag a seat outside. Literally across the parking lot is a newer restaurant, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.catch.ky/">Catch</a>, which opened in December 2014 and already has a loyal following for their inventive seafood creations like smoked marlin crudo and nicely varied wine list. Both are good for dining en famille or for date night if you get a sitter. In the same northeast part of the island is <a target="_blank" href="http://osetrabay.com/">Osetra Bay</a>, which I would recommend for the hip look and good cocktails rather than the food, but is reopening under new management in December 2015, so could improve.<br /><br /><strong>WEST BAY</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>In the direction of the Turtle Farm,&nbsp;there's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crackedconch.com.ky/">Cracked Conch</a>. They serve the best conch ceviche I've ever had (and I make it a sport to try every single one I find on a menu) — with the kind of spice that makes you want to spoon off the juice when nobody's looking. The views for dinner are spectacular because it sits over the water, although in my opinion,&nbsp;the dinner entrees aren’t as impressive as the simple conch. If you do go there in the evening, keep an eye out for night-divers going in and out of the water.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>GEORGETOWN</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>I am not a huge fan of the restaurants along the waterfront, which are mostly cheesy versions of Caribbean food. Our friends who've lived on the island for a decade do recommend <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dolcevita.ky/">Dolce Vita</a>, however, for decent, reasonably-priced Italian and water views.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>CAMANA BAY</strong><em> </em>The mall and residential area by the resort is popular with families because of the big fountains where kids can splash about as you eat. My favorite place is <a target="_blank" href="http://michaelsgenuine.com/">Michael's Genuine</a>, or <a target="_blank" href="http://ortaniquerestaurants.com/aboutus/about-cayman/">Ortanique</a> has really nice, comfortable outdoor tables, though the food can be overpriced.&nbsp;I recommend packing a swimsuit and a towel for the little ones and letting them go nuts. There's also a small sandy area with a couple of hammocks, so it’s a good place to let the kids run around.</p><h2> </h2><h2 class="text-align-center">PLAY</h2>

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<p><strong>FROM THE RESORT</strong><em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em>In addition to the amenities offered at Ritz-Carlton and through a company called Red Sails, also based on the resort, here are some of the adventures that are child-friendly and fun for adults, too:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>The Atlantis Submarine rides that run from Georgetown every 90 minutes to explore the local sea life.</li><li>The glass-bottom boat ride, also from the Atlantis, for spectacular views under the Caribbean Sea.</li></ul><p><strong>STINGRAY CITY<em>&nbsp;</em></strong>Grand Cayman’s best-known attraction is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.caymanislands.ky/activities/attractions/stingraycity.aspx">St... City</a>, located about a mile-and-a-half off shore. An underwater sea dune, it’s now populated by enormous stingrays that jump out of the water and take pieces of squid out of your hands. My older son first went there when he was 21 months old, and it was ok for him. To get there, take a private boat tour or arrange a charter through one of the many local companies;&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://www.captainmarvins.com/">Captain Marvin</a>’s is great. From there, the charter boat can go to Starfish Point on the other side of the island, where you also stand in shallow warm water and spot all starfish on the sandy seabed.</p><p><strong>BLUE IGUANA HABITAT </strong>The island is also home to the only population of blue iguanas in the world, housed in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.botanic-park.ky/nature/the-blue-iguana-habitat/">Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Gardens</a>. I love going there, but it’s not an essential stop on shorter trips. We usually rent a car for a day and combine with a stop at Rum Point, just to take in the views.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>TURTLE FARM</strong>&nbsp;&amp; <strong>CAYMAN MOTOR MUSEUM </strong>Towards West Bay, there’s the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.turtle.ky/">turtle farm</a>, where you can see the entire breeding process. They have recently expanded and built a gaudy waterpark. There’s also the jaw-dropping <a target="_blank" href="http://www.caymanmotormuseum.com/">Cayman Motor Museum</a>, which was built by a ridiculously wealthy Norwegian shipping magnate to house parts of his private car collection. It has the first car ever made, the original Bat Mobile, and other rare models like the armored limousine custom-built for Idi Amin and a Rolls Royce made for the Queen of England, as well as about 100 vintage motorcycles. It's heaven for kids of any age and a great activity for a rainy day.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>CAMANA BAY </strong>Head here for the movie theater and some decent shopping, including a book store, a few ice-cream shops, and cute shaded areas to walk around.</p><p> </p><h2 class="text-align-center">SHOP</h2><p>Being tax-free, Grand Cayman is an appealing place to shop for jewelry, but it's decidedly not a place for fashion shopping. The stores at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.camanabay.com/cayman-islands/">Camana Bay</a>&nbsp;sell all the necessities, including clothes, underwear, swimsuits, and shoes. It even has an Apple store and a green market on Thursdays. They also have <a target="_blank" href="http://www.camanabay.com/bay-market/">Bay Marke</a>t, which sells a tiny subset of the organic brands found at Whole Foods.<br />&nbsp;<br />Within walking distance of the resort is <a target="_blank" href="http://fosters-iga.com/fff/">Fosters</a>, a Pathways-type enormous supermarket. It carries all kinds of diapers, sunscreens, creams, baby food, Earth’s best formula and infant food in jars, and sand toys (about four times cheaper than at the Ritz).They also have a good pharmacy. Alternatively,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://kirkmarket.ky/">Kirk’s</a>&nbsp;is a five-minute drive away and stocks a good selection of gluten- and dairy-free items.&nbsp;</p><p> </p><h2 class="text-align-center">NOTEWORTHY</h2><p>People often ask me about renting a car. I have never found it necessary to have it for the entire stay. Usually we rent it for a day and use it to drive to the Botanical Garden and then onward to the other side of the island. For the rest, you can take taxis, which are always parked by the hotel entrance and decently priced. The hotel has a car rental agency which will, of course, cost you more, but if you're renting for a single day, it's very convenient.</p>

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:04:19 +0000

Have you tried our new itinerary planner yet? 

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:05:40 +0000

Still relatively unknown to North American travelers, the pretty, rugged
island of Martinique is getting its moment in the spotlight. American
Airlines announced four new direct flights from Miami earlier this year,
and Norwegian Airlines will start a non-stop service from NYC, Boston and
D.C. from December 3. Passported contributor Kim Fredericks visited the
French Caribbean island and fell for its "fantastic food, gorgeous flowers
and greenery, great roads, and lovely people." Here, she shares her review
of the island's only five-star property, Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:47:28 +0000

Want to take a big trip with out the big travel time? Montreal is the
answer. One of the world’s great food cities, the city is known for an
almost militant honoring if its French heritage, making a trip there feel
like an easy European getaway. Paula Franklin and family map out three
perfect days in Old Montreal and beyond. 

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:34:33 +0000

Cristina Villegas first visited Tulum seven years ago, when her youngest
daughter was two years old. Since then, she's made regular trips, flying
down for vacations with the kids and for yoga and wellness retreats on her
own. We totally crush on her travel style (check out all the killer kids'
clothes you should be packing at her West Village boutique Yoya), so we hit
this Colombia-born NYC-based mom up for some real-deal Tulum advice. Read
on to see where she stays, eats and plays in our favorite Mexican beach

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:47:01 +0000

We love scouting and sharing the best places to stay, see, eat and play
with your family around the globe, but sometimes nothing beats playing at
home. Co-founder Henley Vazquez dishes on the places to know and love in
her local 'hood, Tribeca.


Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:44:11 +0000

With three days left in our exclusive L.A. competition (enter here!), we're continuing our celebration of all thing Angeleno with this insider's city guide from giveaway partner Olive & June's founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. Read on for her L.A. best of the best.

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:20:43 +0000

Brooklyn-based photographer, Nicki Sebastian (@nickisebastian) always steals our heart with pics of her sweet daughter, Cami, and the stream of beautiful NYC families she captures and shares on the 'gram. Following a recent trip to Cali, we tapped her for her favorite spots from Los Angeles and Ojai. 

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:26:18 +0000

Designer Jenna Jackson finds inspiration for her line of men's and women's accessories in destinations as far flung as Bhutan and South Africa. Back at home in LA, she has her regular hit list of family-friendly spots that are equally inspirational to those of us stuck in less sunnier climes. Follow her footsteps around the city for your next trip with the tots, and copy her cool-mama style with one of her gorgeous August bags.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:53:10 +0000

Passported and Heymama have joined forces with some of our favorite brands to give away the ultimate Glam Family Weekend in Los Angeles. Enter to win this special package worth over $3,250.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:45:41 +0000

Passported and Heymama have joined forces with some of our favorite brands to give away the ultimate Glam Family Weekend in Los Angeles. Enter to win this special package worth over $3,250.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:45:41 +0000

Passported and Heymama have joined forces with some of our favorite brands
to give away the ultimate Glam Family Weekend in Los Angeles. Enter to win
this special package worth over $3,250.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:45:41 +0000

Sunny days, sand castles, poolside lunches—and that's the winter. From the East Coast to the NoCal's foggy bays and the snowy midwest, families everywhere get a serious case of L.A. envy when the weather turns. Luckily, flights are almost always reasonable to the City of Angels, so planning an escape is never difficult. We've mapped out a dream weekend in Beverly Hills, with a mix of art, play and, of course, lots of good food. Follow our plan to keep the sun shining year round.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:00:05 +0000

The first of two series on exploring the South of France with kids. This week: six of our favorite lodges in the western part of the region. From a tiny but teen-friendly hideaway in St.-Remy to sprawling vineyard retreats, a resort with a kids' club, a dude ranch and a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, we've uncovered the ultimate way to Provence with progeny. 

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:30:00 +0000

Video proof that this father and son duo might have had the best trip ever.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:52:12 +0000

New Yorker Melissa Olson spends summers in Mexico's artsy San Miguel de Allende. Here, she shares her favorite restaurants, from casual spots for lunch with the kids to date-night dinners and great shopping and activities.

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:34:00 +0000

Part of family travel is escaping without the kids every now and then. A mom recently reached out for help planning a Costa Rica surf and yoga trip with girlfriends. First we asked if we could come along, then we pulled together a few options that would be the perfect girls-only getaway. These mamas are going to rule the waves solo, but we also ranked the kid-friendly factor at each lodge in case next trip, the niños are joining.

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:37:22 +0000

While many of us dream of upping sticks and moving overseas with our families, few take the leap towards this ultimate family adventure. Molly Berry, the textile designer behind Guatemala-madeLuna*Zorro, is the inspiring exception, having left her native San Francisco to move, first to Panama City with her husband and young son, and then on to Antigua, Guatemala, where her daughter was born in 2014. Here, she dishes on the reality of "being on permanent vacation in the tropics," what she misses about SF and the places to see in her new hometown. 

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:52:40 +0000

After posting our guide to exploring Rio with kids last week, two readers asked us for our favorite hotels in the city. We turned to writer and resident Lucy Bryson for her three picks in Ipanema, Copacabana and Santa Teresa, and what to know before you book. 

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:56:13 +0000

Read the inside scoop on Hacienda Bambusa, an intimate eight-room traditional farmhouse in Colombia's lush and verdant coffee growing region, around 180 miles west of Bogota. 

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:55:15 +0000

We had so much fun at Babyccino’s ShopUp event in Brooklyn over the weekend. Photographer Nicki Sebastian shares some gorgeous pics here!

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:07:55 +0000

Travel writer and safari expert Meg Nolan van Reesema flex to the Tanzania’s Serengeti in June for a stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. “From the location and lodge to game viewing and dining, the experience was consistently first-class, and exceptional when it came to family-friendly elements” she says. Read on for Meg’s full trip report and photos.

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:16:48 +0000

We’re so excited to be working with Babyccino Kids on their first ever US ShopUp event in Brooklyn this weekend. In support of their fantastic charity partner, Mothers2Mothers, we’ve teamed up with Capella Hotels & Resorts to offer an exclusive raffle prize — three nights for a family of four at the Capella Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. Read on for more info and how to enter.

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:45:58 +0000

Brit born but a Rio resident since 2007, writer and mom-of-one Lucy Bryson shares her guide to three perfect days in Rio de Janeiro with children. 

"Rio de Janeiro feels like a giant adventure playground for families. Soft sand beaches, towering mountains, tropical jungle, funicular railways and dizzying cable car rides are among the big-hitting attractions. Dining out is a breeze too as locals tend to take the kids with them when they go out to eat or drink, and laid-back restaurateurs welcome even the noisiest of children. Cabs, which are abundant and inexpensive, are the best way of getting around the city without hassle." 

Day 1: Beat the Heat on the Beach


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Rio’s beaches are world-famous, so tackle jet lag, get bronzed and tick sightseeing boxes at the same time by spending the day on the sands. Make Copacabana your first port of call, stopping along the way at one Rio's ubiquitous juice bars for a fruit salad and cafezinho (small but potent black coffee, served stiff with sugar) and give the kids a natural lift with bowlfuls of energy-boosting acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee).The Amazonian ‘power berry’ is served smoothie-style with ice and sugar, and topped with banana and granola for extra zing. 


Don’t bring a beach towel unless you want to stand out like a box-fresh newbie to the city. You need a kanga. These colorful sarongs function as wrap/dress and towel, and vendors sell them on the beachfront for around R$25 (around US$10).  

Copacabana's best patch of beach for families is the eastern end, known as Leme. Vendors operating from barracas — beach tents — rent out paddling pools as well as parasols and beach chairs, so kids can splash around without having to brave the crashing waves and undertow. Most barracas also sell super-hydrating coconut water, and the vendor will slice open the green coconut so that you can sip the cool juice through a straw. You won’t even have to leave your lounger for lunch; for a small mark up, most barracas will have somebody run to a nearby beach kiosk for easy eats such as toasted sandwiches or fries. 

After lunch, grab a cab — or walk the four-mile beachfront if you have the energy — to Arpoador, the point where Copacabana meets Ipanema. Arpoador has its own stretch of beach, and is famous for a giant rock that juts from the sands into the ocean. Scramble over the rock late-afternoon to catch the sunset.

Spruce up back at the hotel before heading out for dinner - children are welcome at most restaurants in Rio, but keep it fun and informal with a visit to a traditional churrascaria (grilled meat restaurant).  A favorite is Porcao Rio’s,  where for a set price (R$120, half price for children, kids under five eat free) you can feast on all the top-quality meat you can eat, along with limitless trips to a buffet laden with salads, sushi and other meat-free goodies. Bonus: floor-to-ceiling windows frame dead-on views of Sugar Loaf.

Day 2: Christ, Corcovado and Sugar Loaf


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Breakfasts at Rio hotels are a big deal, so tuck into fresh fruit and juices, bread, jams, cheeses, cake and coffee before setting off to meet Rio’s most famous resident: Christ the Redeemer.
Standing with arms outstretched to embrace the city and all its sins from its tallest mountain peak, this Art Deco Christ is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 


You can reach the statue by official minivan from in front of Largo do Machado metro station, but it’s more fun to take the cog railway which runs up the jungle-clad sides of Corcovado mountain from the pretty neighborhood of Cosme Velho. Pre-purchase tickets to skip the long line (kids under five go free).

After taking in the sweeping views from the foot of the statue, balance the foodie scales after last night’s meat feast with the best vegetarian lunches in town at Prana Vegetariano. This tiny, low key spot is tucked away just behind the cog railway station. For less virtuous eats, nearby Assis Garrafaria entices local families with its sandwiches, cakes, pastries and a vast array of imported beers, together with a library of kids' books.

After refueling, grab a cab to Urca — home to Sugar Loaf mountain. Take the time to explore this neighborhood as it’s one of the most picturesque and tranquil in the city. Ask your cabbie to drop you at Praia da Urca, nicknamed "baby beach" for its calm, shallow and warm waters. 
After a cooling dip, head to Sugar Loaf itself, and revive with a cool coconut water (or a beer for parents, which local tastes dictate should be served "stupidly cold" ) before taking the cable car ride in time to catch sunset over the city.The sense-tingling view is best enjoyed with a caipirinha (or ice cream for the juniors) from the mountaintop bar. 

Once you're back at ground level, take the short stroll through this lovely neighborhood to Bar & Restaurante Urca, where you can enjoy a drink propped up against the harbor wall against a backdrop of ocean, mountains and the Christ Statue. Opt for a table indoors to enjoy hearty traditional entrees of meat, fish or chicken served with garlicky rice, black beans and fries.

Day 3: Parks and Parrots


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Don’t bring a stroller today as you’ll face cobbles and steep hills — strap little ones into a sling or baby carrier instead. Start at Parque Lage, a park with gorgeous views that remains largely undiscovered by tourists . Delicious breakfasts are served at the park's cafe, which is set in the grounds of a fine arts school. Kids can explore caves and caverns — some of which house small aquariums — before heading next door to the more famous Botanical Gardens. Look out for chattering monkeys and squawking parrots as you stroll around these vast tropical gardens. 


Next, take a cab to Rua do Lavradio, the oldest street in Rio, where you should lunch at a pay-by-weight buffet restaurant. These popular lunch spots serve everything from grilled meat to dozens of types of salad, so the perfect pick for families with fussy eaters. 

Stroll to the nearby Lapa arches to catch the rattling yellow tram that clatters like a funfair ride over the arches and up to the historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa. (The historic tram is being reinstated in stages after a four-year absence for repairs.) Alight at Largo do Curvelo and follow the signs to Parque das Ruinas. Here, visitors can climb cast iron stairs through the ruins of a former mansion home, before ogling the 360-degree views from the semi-open roof and descending for coffee and cake or a play on the park’s swings and slide. 

Follow the tram track past artists' studios and vintage stores to Largo do Guimaraes, the lively square at the heart of Santa Teresa. Right next to the square is Cultivar Brasil, a small organic cafe serving undoubtedly the best pao de queijo (chewy cheese breads made with manioc flour) in Rio. Grab some to go, and eat it across the road at Cafecito, where delicious coffees, cocktails and ice creams are served on a leafy terrace.

Spend a couple of hours strolling the cobbled streets and admiring the colorful colonial mansions of this historic neighborhood, stopping at the bright pink Laurinda Santos Lobo Cultural Center, where kids can play on an antique tram in the gardens. 

For dinner, make the climb, or take a cab if little legs are tired, to Aprazivel (reservations necessary and ask for outdoor dining), a French-Brazilian restaurant where meals are served under straw-roofed gazebos in a tropical garden that attracts toucans and monkeys, and enchants children all ages.


Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:15:05 +0000

Lucy James, a fashion writer, toddler mama and London native-turned-New Yorker, shares her tips for perfect packing for Labor Day. Follow her journey and her style tips at her Secretstylist blog.

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:26:17 +0000

If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk. Or in our case, if you’re
going to preach about family travel, you better be willing to schlep your
own children around as well. This summer, the Passported team has crossed
the Atlantic seven times to scout destinations and visit family across
England, Sweden, France, Spain and Portugal. Back home, we’ve done Upstate,
Out East and the Shore, plus made a pilgrimage to the West Coast and
Montana. The Passported kids range from 9 months to tweens, and they’ve
been troopers. Really, troopers. We caught up in the office and traded
flying tips, so now we’ll share them with you — color coded by level of
difficulty expected. Safe flying, and happy travels!

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:56:42 +0000

We were very excited to catch up with super model and new mom, Coco Rocha at Grand Banks in NYC to celebrate the opening of the new W Hotel in Amsterdam. Obviously, we had a few questions to ask her about how she travels in style with her beautiful daughter Ioni, who at five months old already has over 40K Instagram followers! Fun fact: Coco's mom was a flight attendant, so travel is really the family business. 

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:21 +0000

They say that the truth comes from the mouth of babes. So when editor and
journalist Heidi Mitchell headed to Africa, we asked her kids to report on
the trip. Her son Gideon, age 11, delivered one of the funniest and most
fabulous trip reviews we've read. 

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:32:58 +0000

New Yorker Gaya Vinay recently visited Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn with her family, including her baby and toddler. Here, she shares her pros and cons for other families considering a trip to BC.

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:14:28 +0000

Tuscany with toddlers: London-based writer and editor Katherine Wheelock
shares what has brought her back again and again to La Bandita, from
engagement through motherhood. 

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:15:17 +0000

Why rent a villa if you can have an entire hotel? A family planning a
multi-gen Italy adventure in honor of a grandfather's birthday thought the
same and is taking over Tuscany's La Bandita for a week next summer. Find
out why this is the perfect country pad for a big family trip.

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:28:02 +0000

Context Travel's Petulia Melido is our go-to resource for fantastic family
guides in London, but this Italian-born mama is an equally good advisor on
exploring Rome with children. She returns frequently to her home town and
recently shared her favorite spots for sightseeing, park playing and gelato

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:46:08 +0000

Don’t throw your sun hat at us, but we have a holiday travel update. Yes,
in August. The data crunchers at Skyscanner have confirmed what we’ve
noticed for years — this blazingly hot month is the best time to book your
winter travels. During the week of August 10th, in particular, travelers
can save between 5% and 19% on their travel bookings. Read on to find out
where we're booking Passported families. 

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:55:29 +0000

The bi-coastal founders of Motherly balance biz dev and babies like pros,
so we asked for where they go to take a break. Elizabeth Tenety shares her
picks in Palo Alto, and Jill Koziol talks Tribeca. 

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:49:34 +0000

Last weekend, I spent 24 hours in Lisbon en route home from Spain. We
barely scratched the surface of the Portuguese capital, but it was a
fantastic intro to the city. Here’s how to plan your own layover.

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:56:08 +0000

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:17:05 +0000

When the city gets sweaty, families decamp to the country and the beach. These are a few of our favorite spots to escape the concrete jungle. Read on to see which one is right for your parenting style.  

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:03:29 +0000

Passported has teamed up with Langham Place New York, Little Swappies, Cosatto, Mommy's ToolBox, Flytographer and our blogger friends Stroller in the City and La Jolla Mom to celebrate summer travel. The winner of this incredible giveaway will receive a two-night stay at New York's Langham Place (see why we love it here), a Cosatto stroller, a subscription to Mommy's ToolBox and a photo session with Flytographer. This huge giveaway bundle is valued at over $2,500!

To participate in the giveaway: 
1) Click over to our Instagram, like this photo and follow our account. 
2) Tag a friend in the comments section for a bonus entry.
3) Tap the photo to see who is next up in the loop. Be sure to FOLLOW ALL of the Instagram accounts to qualify.
4) Once you have made it back to the first photo, you have completed your entry!

This contest ends on Monday, August 10th at 8:00PM EST, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 11th at 3:00PM EST.

NOTE: By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram's terms of use. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. US and Canada residents only.

Need more motivation to enter? Check out our new guide to New York City with kids, plus why Langham Place should be on every family's radar. 

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Did we mention Passported can now book your hotel (with perks!)? Our bookings team is a group of travel industry veterans, with little black books as extensive as their destination intel. Through relationships with some of the best hotels around the globe, we can score impossible-to-book rooms, insider rates, upgrades, food and bev treats, spa credits and more. Read on the trips we're booking right now.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:14:03 +0000

Brianne Manz has a background in fashion, three young children and a busy
New York life, all of which she chronicles in her blog Stroller in the
City. She recently shared her favorite places to eat, play and shop in
Manhattan with Passported. 

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:13:18 +0000

With its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and swoon-worthy porches, it’s easy to find and fall for Charleston’s southern charms. But for an insider experience, you need some local intel. We asked Lucky Penny writer, mom-of-two and Charleston expert, Ana Fritsch, to share her favorite spots around the city. 

"We love starting our day with a walk along South Battery. There are beautiful homes, a wide boardwalk perfect for walking the kids, and a park in the middle to take a break or have a picnic. Charleston is a walking city so be sure to bring your comfortable shoes!"

"Charleston is growing so much right now - there is always a great new restaurant to try. Leon’s Oyster Shop is a little off the beaten path but worth the trip for the fried chicken and hush puppies. Sitting outside under the patio lights is a real treat!"

"Pick up a lime sugar cookie (my personal favorite!) or one of their famous cupcakes for an after dinner treat at Sugar Bakeshop."

"Carriage tours are the most popular tourist attraction in Charleston. They aren’t the most exciting for littles, but you can always just go inside the barns to say hello to the horses. This is Big John. He is our favorite and a total sweetheart who loves when we pet his nose and bring him carrots. You can also look around the big red barn to find the elusive chickens, Monica and Chandler."

"If it’s not too hot, take the trip out to Sullivan’s Island during low tide. There are no waves (perfect for swimming with the babies) and plenty of sand dollars and seashells to collect. Afterwards, have lunch at Taco Mamacita and grab a gelato at Beardcat’s Sweet Shop."

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:46:52 +0000

News that Beverly Hills’ hip Mr. C hotel was launching new top-notch kids’ amenities seemed like the perfect excuse for a mom-and-daughter staycation. LA-based writer Jennifer Ryan and daughter Cora checked-in last week and shared this trip report and review of the hotel. 


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“If your next Los Angeles layover allows for an overnight, book Mr. C Beverly Hills, where at check-in guests are greeted with a freshly made Bellini. This summer the boutique hotel launched its Little C program, complete with the Honest Company amenities, cookies and Nutella at turndown, and children’s menus for meals poolside or in the swanky Italian restaurant. Stays should include a customized Espa massage for mom, and dining on pasta recipes conceived at Cipriani’s legendary Venetian outpost. If you have time, ask the concierge about Learn to Surf LA discounts for children.” 


Get in touch to book! Passported perks include free breakfast for 2, $100 spa credit, upgrade and late check-out subject to availability.


  • Tucked away in residential Beverlywood, the 138-room tower stands alone boasting panoramic views of nearby Los Angeles attractions like Beverly Hills and the Hollywood sign.
  • The “C” stands for Cipriani, the famed owner of Venetian outpost Harry’s Bar; now four generations later the family’s Italian food and European hospitality grace the West Coast. 
  • An outdoor pool with a lounge-y vibe welcomes children and classic Cipriani dishes can be served in the swanky restaurant or ordered in-room. 


  • A family of four can squeeze into standard rooms with two double beds, but either of the one-bedroom suites called Mr. C (two bathrooms) or Classic (one bathroom) with two rollaways ($35/night each) in the living room are more comfortable. Cribs are complimentary. 
  • Booking a one-bedroom Mr. C Suite with a guaranteed connecting room is the most comfortable option for a family of four; connecting rooms are not guaranteed when reserving two standard rooms. 
  • At turndown, staff bring milk and cookies with sides of Nutella for 


  • Mr. C is a boutique city hotel that is certainly child friendly, but not child-centered (posh crowd, no kids club). 
  • The trendy outdoor pool area, a corner with vintage board games in the lobby, and a small lawn with a croquet set accommodate children, but among mostly adult travelers.
  • Conveniences like a grocery store and casual restaurants are walking distance, but significant LA attractions are driving distance only. Then again, nobody walks in LA. 


  • Rather than walk up to a traditional check-in desk, guests upon arrival are directed to the bar for complimentary Bellini cocktails (sans alcohol for the littles). 
  • In-room the Honest Company amenities, Mr. C teddy bears, and kid-size robes make Little C guests feel most comfortable. 
  • Discounts for families to local attractions like Learn to Surf LA and the Santa Monica aquarium are available through the concierge.


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:41:10 +0000

For years, I’ve dreamed of taking my children to a dude ranch, and on every
front, Montana's Lone Mountain Ranch delivered. Here's the practical advice
I'd share with friends planning a similar vacation.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:50:44 +0000

Florida's Clearwater Beach and the Sarasota stretches of Lido and Siesta
Key are consistently voted the best beaches in the US, and
Passported correspondent Paula Franklin took her family to find out why.
Read on for her report.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:27:13 +0000

Summer is Bermuda's best season, and the flights from many East Coast
cities are shorter than the drive time to close-to-home surf towns. If
you're thinking of packing up for a long weekend on this pretty island,
here's our three favorite spots to lunch on the beach with the kids.

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:16:32 +0000

Travel writer, entrepreneur and Toronto mama Amanda Blakley chronicles
trips with her boys Archer and Atticus on her blog, The Adventures of
Atticus. Here she shares a recent trip to Pennsylvania's grand Lodge at
Glendorn, an Old World retreat that has us pining for summer camp now and
all through the fall.

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:05:50 +0000

Lauren Patterson, founder of Little Swappies, is a New York mama and
entrepreneur, but she's a Miami girl by birth. We asked for her hometown
favorites, and she mapped out the places she always hits with her babes,
ages 2 and 3.

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:35:53 +0000

<p>We've mapped out the Los Angeles to San Francisco drive with some less expensive picks, but where should you stay for a blowout road trip? These are a few of our favorite boltholes when cruising the coastline.</p><h3>In Monterey Peninsula:&nbsp;</h3><p>Stay at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com/">Carmel Valley Ranch</a> for its plush rooms, sprawling grounds and super cool kid-focused activities, including the Bee Experience, where families suit up to tend hives. The resort sits on 500 acres, so use it as a base to explore spots like Pebble Beach and the Monterey Aquarium, but leave enough time to chill "on campus" as well.</p><h3>In Big Sur:</h3><p>With little ones in tow, the top spots are off-limits. But if you're traveling with older teens, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ventanainn.com/">Ventana Inn</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.postranchinn.com/">Post Ranch Inn</a> are the bucket-list destination hotels to check off your list. Warning: they are uber romantic (Ventana even has a clothing-optional pool), so proceed with caution or stick to the more family-focused <a target="_blank" href="http://www.glenoaksbigsur.com/">Glen Oaks</a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.glenoaksbigsur.com/">&nbsp;Big Sur</a>.</p><h3>In Santa Barbara:</h3><p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara/">Four Seasons Biltmore</a> is a resort dream come to life, and it's a repeat destination for many families from both the East and West Coasts. If countryside is more your vibe, try the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sanysidroranch.com/">San Ysidro Ranch</a>, which has the pretty four-poster beds to impress the parents but the Beanie Baby turndown service, bottle warmers and infant monitors that baby needs.</p><h3>In Los Angeles and San Francisco:</h3><p>If having your start and end points at a city hotel doesn't appeal, you're in luck. Both LA and San Fran have resorts a short hop from the urban sites. Check out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.terranea.com/">Terranea</a> down south and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.featherandflip.com/san-francisco/hotel-reviews/cavallo-point... Point</a> in SF.</p><p> </p>

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:35:43 +0000

Hot off the press—pun, intended. A reader writes in from Portland, where
she just checked out the new Press Hotel, a hip new boutique option in the
foodie capital of Maine. This historic building housed the Press Herald
offices from 1923 to 2010. Here's the bringing the heyday of newspaper
journalism back to life. 

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:33:48 +0000

Our team at Feather+Flip loves to travel, but we universally despise
airports. So we were surprised to read this love letter to DC’s Reagan
National from Mindful Return founder Lori Mihalich-Levin, who admits to
spending time at the airport simply for fun. Has she lost her mind? Or is
she seeing something we’re not? We say the latter: thanks, Lori, for
putting a positive spin on one of our least favorite aspects of family

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:50:33 +0000

Dads: the pregnancy craving ice cream fetchers, midnight diaper changers,
time-out deliverers, date-night planners, all-around pinch hitters. We love
them, and we want to make their Dad Day weekend special for them. So this
Father’s Day, we joined forces with the ultimate pregnancy and parenting
site WellRounded to bring you a giveaway to spoil the coolest guy you know
(and let you reap a few of the benefits as well).

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:15:06 +0000

Who’s your (travel) daddy? With Father's Day round the corner, we're
pairing yours Pops with his perfect place for a weekend break or total

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:50:43 +0000

South of Brisbane, Byron Bay is a boho beach enclave with a laid-back vibe,
a clutch of great restaurants and fun music festivals. We tapped HeyMama
 co-founder Amri Kibbler, who makes an annual pilgrimage to Byron, for her
picks of where to eat, beach, shop and play like a local. 

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:50:33 +0000

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<p>Kumbhalgarh Fort, which dates to the 15th Century, stands in the Aravalli Mountains, east of Jawai.&nbsp;Richard Mosse via <em>The New York Times</em></p>

<p><em>Monocle</em>&nbsp;launches <a target="_blank" href="http://monocle.com/film/edits/the-monocle-travel-guide-series/">a city guide series</a> starting with New York and London for the young sophisticate looking to find the metropolis' hidden gems.&nbsp;</p><p>Take your little Hans Solo or Princess Leila to these <a target="_blank" href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/photos/2015/05/star-wars-locations-in-... locations featured in </a><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/photos/2015/05/star-wars-locations-in-... Wars</a></em> films from New Mexico to Norway via <em>Vanity Fair</em>.</p><p>Heading to <a target="_blank" href="http://goop.com/city-guide/chicago/">the Windy City</a>? See what Gwyneth has to say about it first including everything from the best kids' menus to where to shop for&nbsp;the whole brood.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Condé Nast Traveler</em> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-18/how-toms-founder-blake-myco... target="_blank" href="http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-18/how-toms-founder-blake-myco... Haiti with Toms Shoes founder</a>, Blake Mycoskie,&nbsp;discovering local culture and illuminating how we can all help rebuild.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out&nbsp;<em>T Magazine</em>'s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/t-magazine/travel-issue/index.html">newest Travel Issue</a> featuring a beautiful piece about a town in India that lives in harmony with wild leopards.&nbsp;</p><p>Happy Memorial Day! To kickoff the unofficial start of summer don't miss <em>Business Insider's </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-get-from-nyc-to-the-hamptons-2015-... to getting from NYC to the Hamptons</a> by&nbsp;planes, trains and automobiles.&nbsp;</p>

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:52:58 +0000

The news that FAO Schwartz is closing its Fifth Avenue flagship at the end
of July got us reminiscing about other classic kid experiences in NYC. Read
on for our favorites, and the new alternatives to try now.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:29:45 +0000

London’s the obvious choice for a first family jaunt to Europe: no language
barriers, plenty of parks and the whole country’s baby-crazed right now
thanks to a new infant princess. Here’s how to spend a few days before
hopping off to farther points.


Wed, 20 May 2015 17:45:02 +0000

Bookmarks at the ready — introducing your new favorite shopping site, 
MINIMODE. The brain child of InStyle’s marketing director Maria Benetos and
Chalk NYC designer Colleen Crivello, MINIMODE mixes inspiring,
shoppable content with curated (and splurge-worthy!) retail pages. We spoke
to co-founder Maria Benetos about the brands to know, what to pack for
beach and city breaks en famille, and where to have a perfect family day
out in NYC.

Tue, 19 May 2015 20:18:32 +0000

Lucy James, a fashion writer, toddler mama and London native-turned-New
Yorker, shares her tips from a holiday trip to Antigua. Follow her journey
and her style tips at her Secretstylist blog.

Mon, 18 May 2015 18:51:15 +0000

If Istanbul’s been on your radar (and it should be), May is the perfect
time to take the plunge. The weather’s not too hot, the city’s not as
crowded and summer surge pricing won’t kick your budget overboard. We spoke
to Koray Şahmali, president of local luxury tour operator Icons & Styles,
to get his local picks on what’s best for families. Read his
recommendations, from toy museums to shopping with teens, and ask us for an
introduction if you’d like to plan a trip.

Thu, 14 May 2015 15:51:32 +0000

We were beyond flattered when one of our favorite fashion brands, AYR,
asked us to join their Mother's Day takeover, Role Models=Real Models.
Aside from the obvious fear of photography, we loved the chance to put on
some make-up, pull a comb through our hair and play dress-up with our kids.
Now with the Mother's Day weekend upon us, we've mapped out the perfect
places to wear these outfits.

Fri, 08 May 2015 13:47:32 +0000

Call in the sitter and fly the nest for a weekend of romance (or, let’s be
honest, peace, quiet and day drinking) just a road trip from home.

Thu, 07 May 2015 18:00:59 +0000

Treat mom to a weekend getaway. No flights, no fuss, just a quick drive to some of our favorite family escapes. 

Tue, 05 May 2015 01:23:13 +0000

The latest dispatch from our awesome junior correspondent, Maya Olson. Read on for her insider guide to spring skiing in Colorado.

Photo by Maya Olson

Photo by Maya Olson

The best time of year to grab a few pairs of skis for the family and head to Colorado may very well be in spring. I love to ski in the winter, but spring skiing is a hidden treasure that gives you the slopes without all the crowds.

You may totally think of skiing differently after you hear the perks of spring skiing: Wake up whenever you feel like it (even the “die-hards” can sleep late in spring, the snow is best if you wait), throw aside your hand warmers (you won’t need those!), and prepare for the day in your not-as-expensive-as-February condo. 

When you step outside, the warming sun reminds you that you won’t need all those layers (hallelujah!), and when you pull up to the first row parking, you won’t need to pay because there isn’t anyone else there. Not one person in line. During my recent trip, I took a huge, soft groomer and didn’t see anyone else on the entire run. While everyone else may complain about the harsh winter and how skiing is too cold, you’ll prove them wrong! "Oh gosh, there’s a snow storm in my future! What will I do?" I guess I’ll just have to ski the sunny day with winter snow alone, since there will be no crowds to ski the butt-deep powder with me!

Here's my family guide to the mountains off I-70 Colorado.


Best Part: Where do I start? The best part about Breck is probably the fact that it has enough terrain skiers of different levels, all looking to spend time together and still ski at their own pace. There are plenty of family-friendly options (there are five peaks!) and a great ski school, but there is also more than enough crazy stuff for experts. Oh, and Breck always gets a lot of snow.
Lookout for: Crowds and prices. This mountain is a big hit, and you’ll see why!
My Secret: To me, Peak 9 has the best ski school. Also, avoid lines by not eating lunch with everyone else any time between 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
For the Die-Hards: Intermediate skiers will never get tired of the perfect groomers on Peak 8 and Peak 9, but you absolutely must go to the top of the Imperial Express, which is the highest chairlift in North America, and ski the amazing bowls off to its side. Some of the best trees are on the sides of Peak 10. On a powder day, head out to Peak 6 and drop into Intuition Bowl. Still, my favorite skiing is off of the E-Chair or the 6 Chair.


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Beaver Creek


Best Part: The best part of Beaver Creek is that, in my opinion, it is the best mountain for families. Maybe it’s the lady greeting you with complimentary warm cookies at the end of a great day, or the fact that it’s all so easy for kids with the ski-in/ski-out access, or maybe even the fact that it has the best ski school — and they keep the crowds off pretty well. Besides, Beaver Creek has some of the best grooming of anywhere, and is known for luxurious accommodations.
Lookout for: High prices!
My Secret: You absolutely should take a ski lesson. The instructors are so amazing!
For the Die-Hards: I love the trees at Beaver Creek, but since Beaver Creek hosted the Audi Birds of Prey Cup, you may want to check out that area. 

Arapahoe Basin

Best Part: Always pretty quiet, always good snow! There’s so much to explore and good snow to find. My personal favorite mountain.
Lookout for: A-Basin is not as high-tech and modern as some of the other mountains,
but that’s what keeps the crowds off. Also, their best terrain is extreme, so it may not be the perfect fit for your family, and it tends to be colder and windier. Also, A-Basin has winter-like conditions longer than the other mountains — they have been known to stay open until July 4th!
My Secret: A-Basin is the best mountain for a powder day. It always gets a lot of snow, and it’s super quiet.  
For the Die-Hards: On the drive to and from the airport, you can stop by A-Basin since it’s right on your way, and get a few runs in. Oh, and did I mention the Pallavicini chair and A-Basin’s hike-to and sidecountry terrain? Don’t forget to check out the East Wall, and Montezuma Bowl is a powder pig’s dream. Besides, if there is a powder day while you’re in Colorado, the best place to go is A-Basin, because it seems like they have an unlimited snow supply.  

Photo by Arina P Habich / Shutterstock.com

Photo by Arina P Habich / Shutterstock.com


Best Part: A really great family mountain, super high-tech, great terrain parks, and so many runs. There are a lot of things for kids to do to make sure they have a great ski day. 
Lookout for: the snow conditions, and the crowds. Because of all the crowds, sometimes Keystone gets icy or slushy, and can have very long lift lines.
My Secret: there’s night skiing (which is a lot of fun for older kids, and little kids if they have made it through the tiring day), and sometimes as you are night skiing there are fireworks that you can watch as you ski! An unforgettable experience for the whole family.
For the Die-Hards: Since Keystone is a very family-oriented mountain, and there are plenty of groomers on the front side, so the best terrain (and snow) is in the trees off the Outback lift, or the terrain you can access if you take a ride on the snowcat that they offer.

As you may be able to tell, the best conditions are in spring! I hope you now know all the secrets of my favorite mountains and how to navigate your way around them successfully. Nobody’s skiing so the crowds are gone, and the weather is at it’s best. I don’t know why people complain about skiing when skiing means soft snow, no lines, lower prices, and the best time for your family! 

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:25 +0000

Samjhana Khanal, a New York mom and Nepal native, took her children to her
home country for their first trek last December. Many of the amazing places
they visited lie in rubble following last weekend’s devastating earthquake.
Read about this family's experiences, and follow the links at the end to
donate to agencies aiding the rescue effort. Our hearts are with the
Nepalese people, the victims, their families, and the first responders.

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:57:19 +0000

From colorful colonial mansions turned boutique hotels to cool street art
in Getsemaní, amazing food and accessible museums, Cartagena not only met
expectations but exceeded them. On our way home, I asked my daughter, now
eight, to share her impressions of the trip. Turns out we don’t agree on
everything, but we’re on the same page about the most important part—we’ll
be back

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:30:00 +0000

<p>As parents, we don't often make it to the coolest off-Broadway theater shows. But we recently snuck out&nbsp;and discovered Baba Brinkman's&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.bababrinkman.com/religion/"><em>Rap Guide to Religion</em></a>, which the New York <em>Times</em> described as "the best TED talk ever." Turns out Baba,&nbsp;a Canadian rap artist and playwright based in New York City, is also dad to an adorable toddler and a frequent traveler. We caught up to talk tips on toting the&nbsp;tiniest roadie, doing Edinburgh Fringe with kids and his biggest travel fail (preview: long haul flight, wrong kind of formula and an eye infection).&nbsp;Baba's&nbsp;current play “Rap Guide to Religion” continues at the Soho Playhouse until May 3rd. Take it from us and&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://www.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/?e=1f352af0cd4ed8df6a9449e0460ca5... tickets</a> fast before you miss your chance!</p><hr /><h3>You’re from Vancouver, live in New York and tour frequently, so your daughter was a seasoned traveler from birth. But taking a baby on tour sounds pretty intimidating. Any survival tips you’ve picked up along the way?</h3><p>My daughter Hannah is 16 months old and has spent two months on tour with me in Australia, one month in Scotland, plus visits to Vancouver, Toronto, Sudbury, Albuquerque, and Hawaii so far.&nbsp; One thing that has made it a lot easier is just getting her acclimatized to new people from a young age. We’ve had to find nannies through websites and friend networks and she’s been pawned off on a lot of strangers over the past year or so, but she’s generally really good about that, easy with new people. It’s hard to say if that’s because of her experiences or if it's innate, but it sure helps! I also take her to work with me wherever possible. Obviously not during a show, but I’ve done lots of tech rehearsals with her crawling around on the stage or just holding her while I sound check.</p>

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<h3>Are there any challenges you haven’t been able to solve, any family travel fails?</h3><p>I guess the main fail was when I took my daughter to Australia when she had just turned six months old. My wife had a conference so wasn’t able to join us for the first week, but my dad had a business trip there that he managed to dovetail with my tour, so it was just me and baby and grandpa for a week. It was thirty six hours of flying from New York to Perth, and when we landed the Australian baby formula brands were all different so I (foolishly) switched her to the 6 months and up brand after a couple of days. When my wife finally joined us, Hannah had a virus she caught on the plane, an eye-infection, and was badly constipated from the new formula. The phrase “I’m never leaving her with you again!” may have been uttered once or twice at that point, but she got better and it blew over. Parenting definitely has its trial-and-error moments.</p><p>Also, I wish there was a daycare service for travelers. I’ve looked into temporary daycares and they usually have a three-month minimum commitment or something, so we end up going with nannies instead. It’s okay, but I’d rather have her interacting with other toddlers than just one adult all day long.</p><h3>You’ve performed 7 times at Edinburgh Fringe. We hear this is a festival where kids are welcome. Any tips on where to stay, eat and play?</h3><p>The key to the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.edfringe.com/">Fringe</a> is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gumtree.com/">Gumtree</a>, which is the UK version of craigslist. We listed for a nanny in their jobs section and found a lovely Irish lady in no time, and we found our apartment sublet there as well. In terms of child-friendly Fringe activities, there’s a whole entertainment program for kids, but Hannah was a bit too young for it all last year, so we took her to the park lots. One of the main parks is called The Meadows&nbsp;and it has playgrounds and swing sets. I was performing at a venue called The Gilded Balloon, and they were lovely about having a baby and stroller around in the afternoons. I even left her with the ladies at the admin office for fifteen minutes at one point while I ran a quick errand. Food-wise we really liked <a target="_blank" href="https://empirescafe.wordpress.com/">Empires</a> on St. Mary’s Street and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ciaoroma.co.uk/">Ciao Roma</a> on South Bridge. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kebab-mahal.co.uk/">Kebab Mahal</a> in Nicolson Square Gardens is pretty hard to beat for curry as well, but pretty small so not so kid-friendly</p><h3>What makes this event more family friendly?</h3><p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.edfringe.com/">Edinburgh Fringe</a> isn’t really an event, it’s the world’s biggest arts festival, with close to three thousand shows being staged in the city center for a month straight. The festival has a whole slate of children’s programming which starts in the late morning and runs until the early afternoon, and after that the comedy shows and other “adult fare” takes over. Edinburgh is just a gorgeous city with amazing heritage and nature sites nearby like Arthur’s Seat, so to have that kind of “old world” culture mixed with cutting-edge theatre and comedy performances daily is pretty special.</p><h3>What are some favorite trips you’ve taken so far with your daughter?</h3><p>Last week I brought her to Lasquiti Island off the coast of British Columbia. She saw eagles flying and wild sheep, went for hikes (with her in the Baby Bjorn) and had a real taste of the outdoors. And the BC Ferry ride over to Vancouver island is pretty great for kids as well. She was running all over the place, super curious to explore.</p>

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<h3 id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429718303873_25785">Are there any places where you’ll always return? Any destinations you’re dying to go next?</h3><p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429718303873_25786">My next stop is Orlando, FL for the <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://orlandofringe.org/" href="http://orlandofringe.org/">Fringe Festival</a> there. My wife Heather will be along for most of the trip, and Hannah of course, but it will be more of an “arts and culture” take on Orlando than a Disney trip. The Fringe is setting us up with a billet, a nice retired couple with a couple of guest rooms who live on the lake, so I’m just excited to check it out.</p><p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429718303873_25787">In terms of great destinations, we spent the past holidays in Kapoho Bay on the eastern tip of the big island of Hawaii and it was indescribably beautiful and great for kids, inexpensive, not too touristy, amazing natural splendor all around.&nbsp;The fact that there’s an active volcano eruption and lava flow currently threatening the nearest town is probably why you can get great deals on vacation rentals there right now, so act quickly!</p>
<h3 id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429646487424_15938">Describe your favorite family day at home, and where you go for a kid-free night out.</h3><p>On Saturday we slept in, then I made blueberry pancakes, which Hannah can’t get enough of, and later we went to Caumsett State Park here on Long Island, picnic on a park bench, then a walk with Hannah on my shoulders and in the Bjorn. She petted a horse someone had out for a ride and generally seemed to be having a blast. In terms of a kid-free night out, yeah, we should try that one day.</p><h3>Can you share a few of your favorite performers, whether in theater, music or other?</h3><p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429646487424_15807">I’m a big fan of <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.timminchin.com/" href="http://www.timminchin.com/">Tim Minchin</a>. He wrote the music for the <em>Matilda</em> musical on Broadway but is also a great stand-up comic and performer, highly recommended. I’m also excited to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/public-theater-season/hamilton/" href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/public-theater-season/hamilton/"><em>Ham... as well, the reviews have been ridiculously good. In terms of New York-area music, if you have a chance to see <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.soulinscribed.com/" href="http://www.soulinscribed.com/">Soul Inscribed</a> or <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.rabbi-darkside.com/" href="http://www.rabbi-darkside.com/">Rabbi Darkside</a> in action live, I wouldn’t miss it.</p><h3>Your next show will be the Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, and the Pope just announced that he’ll host a climate change summit. Have you scored an invite?</h3><p id="yui_3_17_2_3_1429646487424_15806">Ha! My last show was <em><a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.bababrinkman.com/religion/" href="http://www.bababrinkman.com/religion/">Rap Guide to Religion</a></em>&nbsp;about how religions have evolved by natural selection, so I’m not holding my breath for an invite from the Vatican. My uncle did recently send me a photo of his horse though, which appears to have an outline of Darwin on its flanks. So if the Vatican affirms the Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich as a miracle, then Darwin on a horse’s ass should qualify too, right?</p><hr /><iframe scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/57mGKYV_I7o?wmode=opaque&amp;enablejsapi=1" width="854" frameborder="0" height="480">
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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:36:10 +0000

New York parents Jamaal and Danielle share their tips on Anguilla after
returning from a recent trip with adorable baby Gigi. Read about the best
beaches, a favorite new restaurant and which hotel went the extra mile.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:50:47 +0000

F+F co-founder Henley Vazquez reports on Bermuda, fish cakes and pink

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:26:16 +0000

City breaks are great with children, from stroller age to teen years, but
even the most culture-wise kid needs some downtime eventually. The
solution? Everyone to the pool! More fun than Netflix, cheaper than
afternoon tea at the hotel and a great bargaining tool while sightseeing, a
good hotel pool is a game changer. We picked a few of our favorites urban
pools around the globe, from Boston to Buenos Aires. Dive in below.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:26:12 +0000

There’s nothing like pregnancy and the early baby days to keep you
grounded. Literally. To help cure the wanderlust and instill the travel bug
from day one, we asked Virginia-based designer and mom Kate Lynn Nemett to
craft a travel-themed nursery with inspiration from her trips to Ghana,
France, Italy and beyond. This is the globally sourced masterpiece she put
together — all mama-musts that look great and give back. Follow the links
to purchase, or contact Kate Lynn at Finely Feathered (no relation!) for
more ideas.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:56:26 +0000

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan Lazar made the move to NYC in the
early '90s to study fashion and eventually launch her successful, namesake
womenswear line. A decade later, egg by Susan Lazar was born in Dumbo,
Brooklyn and quickly grew a loyal following among New York's most stylish
parents and their mini fashionistas. We spoke to the busy mom-of-one about
the Parisian effect, a perfect day in Dumbo and sleeping under the stars en

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:35:11 +0000

Mary Firestone, founder of Wild Precious Life with her sister Lucy,
recently visited Mexico's Hotel Esencia. Here, she shares her impressions
of this boho-cool resort near Tulum, and why she'll be going back (it's not
just the rockstar hanging out by the pool). 

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:07:00 +0000

Sometimes the best advice on what to do with children comes directly from
the kids themselves. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to introduce Maya
Olson, Feather+Flip’s first junior correspondent. A 10-year-old downtown
New Yorker, she’s traveled more and eaten better than most adults we know,
and she’s an A+ writer to boot. In her first dispatch, she shares her
perfect days in her hometown—what to do, and where to chow. Parents, follow
her advice to keep the entire family happy. Kids, tell mom and dad to pay
close attention. 

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:53:57 +0000

A culture-crammed city of eclectic neighborhoods, leafy plazas and
world-class eats, Buenos Aires is a treat for families ready to explore
the barrios on foot, dine long past bedtime and venture beyond the city
limits. We asked writer, resident and dad, Matt Chesterton, to share his
favorite spots for eating, shopping and playing in the Argentinian

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:05:07 +0000

Springtime in Paris draws more than googly-eyed couples. Families ready to
trade the ski and sun vacations for a culture kick take advantage of less
expensive flights and hotels and hit the City of Light before the busy
summer season. Heading there soon? Here's how to plan five days.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:39:05 +0000

The writer behind one of our favorite travel blogs, Travels with Lulu,
Marissa Cortes waited more than a decade to take a dream trip through South
America — and did so with her not-quite-one-year-old daughter in tow. As
she explains, “I took my forever love for travel, my new love for Lulu, and
packed our bags for a five-month trip.” We spoke to the inspiring mama
about the most kid-friendly countries in the world, pro-level packing and
where’s next on their travel wish list.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:54 +0000

Fresh from six days in Aspen, I wish that I hadn’t waited so long to try
our first family ski trip. If you’re even considering a trip to the slopes
— go! But first, read on for what to know, and plan, in advance, as well as
all my Aspen finds.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:42:45 +0000

Need vacation inspiration for 2015? Read on. From the new grand dame in NYC
and a restored icon in Paris to a home away from home in Amsterdam and one
seriously stylish stay in Morocco, we’re rounding up the most anticipated
hotel openings this year. Book now to beat the crowds.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:24:22 +0000

Inspired by a round-the-world trip to over 60 countries, husband-and-wife
team Charles and Jenna Jackson founded august, a luxury bag line made in
Los Angeles. Now parents to 20-month-old Keller, the family of three
continue to travel the world everywhere from Bosnia and Morocco to Serbia
and Belize. Read on for Jenna’s honest take on traveling with a toddler and
where’s next on their travel wish list.

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:07:06 +0000

With U.S.-Cuba relations warming, the travel community is abuzz about increased visits to the island nation. And there’s no question—the time to go is now. We’ve received emails, tweets, text messages and school-yard questions, all asking: can I take my kids to Cuba? The answer is yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. We contacted two Cuba experts, both moms, to get their input. Read on for their take.

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:18:47 +0000

Tuscany is rich with hidden hilltop towns, open piazzas, tourist-free
trattorias and gelaterias galore — the trick is finding them. We tapped
John Voigtmann, the hotelier behind F+F favorite La Bandita, for his
favorite local spots for every occasion.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:12:44 +0000

One of the original founders of boutique trip planning agency, Trufflepig,
Charlie Scott stumbled into the world of travel 20 years ago and embraced
the semi-nomadic lifestyle that’s taken him to more than 45 countries,
including a stint living in Marrakech. Now based in Toronto, Charlie
continues to travel the globe with his wife and two kids, most recently on
a three-month tour of California, England and Turkey. Here, he shares tales
of that big trip, plus tips on where to eat in Maine, how to keep your cool
during flight delays and why a spiderman costume is a packing essential. 

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:43:53 +0000

In light of the horrific attacks two weeks ago, some travelers are
rethinking travel plans to Paris. We're not. Here's why.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:24:09 +0000

Inspired by the destinations and travel trends we loved in 2014, we're
rounding up the 10 places that look set to dominate the family travel scene
over the next 12 months. Read on for where we'll be getting our passport
stamps in 2015.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:59:35 +0000

Photographer Stephanie Pommez and her family relocated from New York to
Hong Kong last year. Since landing, they've explored all corners of Asia as
well as making trips to Brazil, sailing with extended family in the BVIs
and doing summer camp family-style in New England. Here she shares some
shots of a few places they've been (yes, there are even more) and what
stood out in each destination. We're so inspired by her beautiful photos
but also by her mission to introduce her children to the different
cultures, communities and cuisines around the globe. This is our kind of
family travel; hats off to the Pommez-Djerejian family. 

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:59:34 +0000

On an island with some 15 swimmable beaches and a buzzy French-forward
culinary scene, it can be hard to decide where to plant your umbrella,
especially if you're already thinking about your next glass of rosé.
Fortunately, in this part of the French West Indies, the regulars know
exactly how to mix dejeuner and soleil. Here, a week's worth of foolproof

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:25:54 +0000

A family favorite in every season, Washington DC sparkles during the
holidays with outdoor markets, classic Christmas shows and light festivals
galore. Get in the spirit with a stay at the grandest dame in the city,
the Hay-Adams. A block from the White House on Lafayette Square, interiors
are Old World and ornate, the service is formal and fawning, but the huge
bedrooms, family packages and White House views make it one of our
favorites. Read on for the Feather+Flip review.

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:02:47 +0000

'Tis the season for celebrating, and for giving back. Today we're marking
the kick-off of the the Museum of the City of New York's annual charity
auction, which raises funds for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's
Center. The center serves over 42,000 students and teachers each year, most
of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools, and we're
proud to join forces with Mandarin Oriental, Miami and Smokks to
contribute. Read our review to see why we love the Mandarin, then click
over to CharityBuzz to bid on a spring getaway with your family.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:15:44 +0000