The planning began six months earlier when the COVID-19 vaccines rolled out. We chose Anguilla for its world-class beaches, noteworthy restaurants, and intelligent approach to pandemic containment, one that earned the island a Level 1 classification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lowest possible risk level for COVID-19. We sought a villa… Read More
About Candyce H. Stapen
Candyce H. Stapen is an award-winning travel journalist and author. As travel editor/producer at USA TODAY, Stapen launched the company’s digital travel sites. Her work appears in many outlets, including the Washington Post and Frommers.com. Candyce has written thousands of articles and 29 books about family travel, including two for National Geographic. She founded non-profit Henny’s Kids to bring solar-powered laptops and computer training to rural elementary schools in Africa.
Candyce raised her family in Washington, D.C., and currently resides there with her husband and Lily, a Newfoundland.
Entries by Candyce H. Stapen
So you’ve scored a great deal on a resort condo or villa on Vrbo, Airbnb, HomeToGo, or a similar website? Don’t take it for granted that you’ll be allowed to use all the hotel’s facilities. You might not. Rental-by-owner agencies open up a wide variety of lodgings to vacationers, often at prices lower than if… Read More
Families who crave autumn leaf-peeping don’t have to resign themselves to piling into cramped cars for fall road trips. They can just stay in comfort at a full-service hotel that happens to be rooted in the middle of the action. At the lakefront, riverside, mountain-view, and ridgetop resorts detailed here, you and your kids can… Read More
Living history breathes excitement into textbook studies. At role-playing attractions across the United States, you and your kids can feel as if you have traveled centuries back in time to meet Pilgrims, Native inhabitants, Revolutionary War rebels, loggers, and whalers who wear period attire to talk about their lives. There’s nothing to engage kids in… Read More
It takes a careful plan to make beach-loving toddlers skip the water. Kevan Kentish knew exactly what to do. The coordinator of the new Mini-Explorers Summer Program for Malliouhana Auberge Resorts Collection Anguilla, asked 4-year-old James* and 2.5-year-old Charlotte* if they wanted to make a rainbow. Skeptical but wide-eyed, James and Charlotte followed Kentish into… Read More
The planning had begun six months before, when the COVID-19 vaccines rolled out, for our vacation to Long Bay Villas in Anguilla. We chose the location for its world-class beaches, noteworthy restaurants and intelligent approach to pandemic containment — one that earned the island a Level 1 classification from the Centers for Disease Control and… Read More
Sometimes you and your kids just want to keep things simple. A cabin-in-the-woods vacation turns your family’s fantasy of getting closer to nature—and away from crowds—into a refreshing reality. At these resorts with acres of land, your family can hike forests and red rock canyons, paddle canoes on lakes, collect seashells on wind-blown beaches, go… Read More
A condo-style resort goes a long way toward making a family vacation successful. Self-contained lodgings—also marketed as apartments, villas, or residences—grant more space and convenience than traditional hotel rooms. Even at all-inclusive properties with standard rooms, you can often find units with kitchens that make daily life easier. You can serve cereal to early-rising preschoolers… Read More
When we sat down to plan our first family trip since the start of the pandemic, we knew we’d have to try something new. The size and composition of our group — four adults, two kids, and two dogs — would dictate our options. We were looking for drivability from D.C. (no one was ready to… Read More
After more than a year of the pandemic lockdown, we’ve planned a June trip to Anguilla, a Caribbean island known for its gorgeous beaches and great food. We’ve booked a house at Long Bay Villas to celebrate all the missed birthdays and milestones for our multigenerational family. We’re happy, hopeful and also hesitant. After all,… Read More
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- LUXE BEAT MagazineA Luxury Family Vacation in AnguillaSeptember 1, 2021 - 3:00 pm
- Frommers.comWarning: Some Vacation Rentals Don’t Include Access to Property AmenitiesAugust 21, 2021 - 3:14 pm
- Frommers.comGreat Family Resorts for Fall Foliage Fun Around North AmericaAugust 17, 2021 - 3:53 pm
- Frommers.comAmerica’s Great Living History Museums and ExperiencesAugust 6, 2021 - 9:17 am