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Napa Girls Weekend and Choice Hotels

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I have never taken the time for a girls’ weekend with friends. I’ve done girls’ night out, lunches, breakfasts, and day outings, but never an extended period of time, with just my girlfriends. I’ve been married for 14 years, come this October. Those of you that have had girls’ weekends, bravo! The truth is, life is so busy, it’s difficult to find the time. With our family, we treasure travel time, and each weekend together, and work to maximize our…
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Connecting With Friends and Choice Hotels

Connecting with Friends

As my daughters started school this year, I started thinking about what it was like when I was kid. Things were different. We had a TV where you had to walk to the screen, and turn the knob to change channels. Sometimes the channels were just black and white fuzz. Sitting through commercials was still torture. I remember when we had a Beta and a VHS VCR, that’s a video cassette recorder for you young people. Back in the day…
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Maui For Families

Maui for families

Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island. Frankly my dear, I would not be opposed to retiring on the island of Maui. I already envision myself at sunset, strolling along the shore with my husband, with the water lapping at our toes. I glance around the area and smile as I see my daughters, with their children enjoying the last rays of the sun. I can feel the warm breeze, and hear the comforting crush of the waves, and I feel…
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Atlantis for Families

Atlantis for Families

Atlantis. Just the name conjures up mysterious treasure, mythical stories, and mountains of adventure. The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers up all of that intrigue. My husband and I visited Atlantis in October of 2008. It was a sales incentive trip through his company. It was an amazing trip, but I desperately missed our young daughters, who were just four and two years old at the time. We kept thinking, during that trip, of how lovely…
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Oahu for Families

Oahu for families

Frankly, my dears, I am not made for winter. Maybe it’s the low blood pressure, but I am always cold. My nose, my toes, my fingers, and my rear, sweet cheeks, are always a bit chilly. This is why in the winter, even in Northern California, my heart sings arias for tropical climates. Hawaii is hands down, my favorite place to visit when I crave ocean breezes, fresh flavors that make my mouth water, and a laid back, relaxed attitude towards…
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A Beautiful Boutique Hotel NYC

A Beautiful Boutique Hotel NYC

A good hotel is my kryptonite.  For real, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous hotel in a cool city.  Fresh linens, a plush bed, room service (in theory, if you’re a kazillionaire), and if you’re really lucky, a thick white robe and slippers. I have a weakness for white robes in gorgeous hotel rooms.  It will be my ultimate downfall. So a few weeks ago I went to New York City for some meetings around the United Nations annual meetup,…
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How To Make the Most of a Disneyland Weekend

How to Make the Most of a Disneyland Weekend | Petit Elefant

Disneyland is called the Happiest Place on Earth, and my family is not disagreeing. After taking our very first trip to the West Coast park last summer, I’ve been back solo four times since, which translates to some pretty good tips to help you make the most of each visit. And just as I did in my Walt Disney World post, I focused on basic ways you can make a long weekend at the parks that much more pixie dusted for your family. Bonus:…
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Make The Most Of A Walt Disney World Weekend

Make The Most Of A Walt Disney World Weekend | Petit Elefant

Ask anyone at our house, and they’ll tell you they’d rather be at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. 20 trips to our “second home” since 2007 have taught us a few things about making the most of each visit, and for this post, I focused on tips and insider secrets that will make spending a long weekend (Thursday-Sunday) at the parks that much more pixie dusted for your family. The very…
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Beautiful Park City hotel getaway

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Have you ever been to Park City?  I’m a little spoiled because it’s in my backyard, and grew up looking at those mountains every single day of my life.  But even for me, jaded mountain beholder that I am, Park City is a mecca of beauty.  It doesn’t matter if you go in the summer or in the winter, that place is gorgeous. Okay, it kind of matters if you go in the summer or winter, but stay with me…
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