Entries by Candyce H. Stapen

Great Family Adventures for Spring and Autumn in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah

A little bit of adventure goes a long way toward a successful family vacation. By sharing an out-of-the-ordinary experience and tackling the challenges together, kids and adults build bonds. The pocket of the Southwestern United States that includes Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah is especially well-stocked in outdoorsy things to do together, including rafting, hot… Read More

10 Best Family Beaches in California

Nothing says “California” quite like a beach. Surfing and swimming are quintessential elements of the lifestyle here. That’s because the region features some of the best beaches for families. Each sandy stretch has its own flavor. Where the waves crash against the shore, watch experts ride the curl. At strands with mild swells, take surfing… Read More

12 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale long ago shed its spring break zaniness to become a year-round destination for families, boaters, and sun-seekers. There are so many things to do with kids in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding region, both on and off the water. With 24 miles of beach in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, including the seven-mile… Read More

Family-Friendly Ski Resorts with Fun Activities for Non-Skiers

An exhilarating way to enjoy winter with your kids is by taking the whole fam to a snowy mountain resort. But when there are non-skiers and non-snowboarders in your group, you’ll want to choose a spot where the off-the-slopes attractions rival the downhill delights. That way, the vacation will make everybody happy—from been-there-done-that grandparents to… Read More

12 Things to Do in Puerto Rico With Kids

There are so many things to do in Puerto Rico with kids that one trip to the island is not enough. Puerto Rico dazzles families with its unique mix of attractions. Stroll through centuries-old forts, hike a tropical rainforest, explore underground caves, and soak up the sun on golden sand beaches. Explore Old San Juan,… Read More

Vacation in Style on Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos

When asked to describe my fantasy island vacation, my response always includes space. Not the moon and the stars kind, but the sort that comes with deserted beaches, acres of scrub brush, an abundance of birds and critters that chirp and rustle in the leaves, plus great food, service and lodging. After all, a vacation… Read More

Holiday Dazzle: The USA’s Most Spectacular Winter Light Displays

Wanna go on a holiday lights safari this winter? You have plenty of options for such a journey. When the weather turns chilly, gardens, zoos, racetracks, caverns, city parks, resorts, and mansions across the U.S. outdo themselves with multitudes of twinkling lights and stunning décor involving trains, animals, North Pole denizens, and other creations.  Book… Read More

3 Fabulous Fall Foliage Family Getaways

Leaf-peeping families love fall for its crisp weather and dazzling foliage. At these mountain resorts in West Virginia, Colorado, and New York, the activities are endless. Go horseback riding, golf, and hike with your kids. In nearby towns tackle ziplines, ride a train to a majestic mountain peak, and savor the brilliantly colored waterscape from the… Read More

Winter Family Fun, Beyond Skiing: Off-the-Slopes Adventure in the U.S. and Canada

There’s a lot more to winter outdoor adventure than downhill skiing. Dogsledding, snowshoeing, cross-country treks, horseback riding, and cycling across snow with special “fat bikes” are just a few of the ways families can celebrate the coldest season off the piste while still getting out into nature. If you and your kids aren’t into fighting… Read More

A Fabulous Fall Getaway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains dazzle in fall. The hillsides billow with ribbons of red, yellow and rust-colored leaves, and roads lead past fields edged by fiery crimson and bright orange thickets of trees. To explore Nelson County, Virginia, we based ourselves at the Wintergreen Resort, a ski resort that sprawls on nearly 11,000 acres. The… Read More