Martinhal Chiado Family Hotel - Lisbon, Portugal
Dec 2016
15

Lovely Family Suites in Lisbon: Martinhal Chiado

I was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had just opened a new hotel in the fantastic Chiado neighborhood. Lucky for me, the night I stayed there, Web Summit was holding a “Night Summit” nearby – Night Summit being a code word for “party”.

So I got to explore a hotel that I definitely plan to return to with my family, tucked in an area of town I would have been exploring that night anyway. Perfect!

Martinhal Chiado – Family Hotel in Lisbon

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Visit Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado for a Tiny Homes vacation!
Dec 2016
10

Tiny Home Vacation in Colorado: Wee Casa

You have seen the shows about tiny houses, right? Have you ever stayed in one? Have you ever thought about a tiny home vacation?

A tiny home is typically under 500 square feet and they have become popular because of their small impact on the environment and our wallets.

We have a fairly small house ourselves, by American standards at least, and we love it. Less to take care of and more cozy.

That’s how we felt when we visited Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado, recently. They are a friendly, low-stress tiny home hotel right near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, with nearly 20 rental spaces parked in a community setting. Lyons is also home to the world famous bluegrass music festival, RockyGrass – which we have attended several times. (Next time we know where to stay.)

Your Tiny Home Vacation in Lyons, Colorado

Unit 10 was our (tiny) home for the weekend, which is 165 square feet on the main level and 70 square feet in the loft. Yes, tiny! But not as “small” as that seems.

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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village and Fun Fall Activities
Oct 2016
18

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village + Fall Activities

Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new “yurt village” at YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away.

The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries… you know – like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds.

And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.

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River Drift in Costa Rica - fun adventure travel for the family
Sep 2016
01

Family Adventure: River Drift in Costa Rica

There are so many adventures from our travels over the past year that I feel like I haven’t even been able to get to just because life moves so fast. One of them is the River Drift we did in Costa Rica right after ziplining near the Arenal volcano. Sky Adventures offers a combined package of zipline and tube rafting, and since I had visited their facilities during my 2014 Costa Rica trip, I thought it would be fun to expand our horizons.

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Road Trip to Mount Rushmore - Family Travel
Jul 2016
06

Road Trip: Mount Rushmore for a Long Weekend

A few weeks ago, my family and our best friend’s family did a tag-team road trip to Mount Rushmore. Neither of us had ever been, and the area is a quick 5-6 hour drive from Denver. So we decided to pack as much as we could into a 3-day weekend… but as I started to research the Black Hills area of South Dakota, I realized there were many things we would not be able to fit in!

I will describe where we went, and some alternatives/add-ons you may consider if you have more time. I definitely recommend planning at least the driving route fairly well because we lost cell service many times over the weekend – and, as always when driving in the west – be mindful of how full your gas tank is.

Road Trip to Mount Rushmore

My teenager. Hanging out with buffalo. As one does.

We pretty much did a loop, since we were coming in from the south. The map below shows our route, and while this seems like a huge amount of ground to cover, we did Hot Springs to Deadwood in one (long) day. Continue reading…