Best Bets for a US Virgin Islands Family Vacation
Family Travel

Best Bets for a US Virgin Islands Family Vacation

Dreaming of a getaway to a Caribbean island? Make it happen with a US Virgin Islands family vacation. These islands are just a short flight from the East Coast, and because they are US territories, no passports are required. Here are recent publications of my best tips and recommendations: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The…

The Secret of Smart Kids and Great Families: Family Travel
Family Travel

The Secret of Smart Kids and Great Families: Family Travel

What if there was a way to guarantee that your children would love to learn? Ensuring top grades in school and higher income prospects after graduation? And what if all this could be yours along with a happier, stronger family? Studies now show that the secret to all these wonderful outcomes lies in the family…

Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks
Outdoor Education

Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks

Earning entry into the Adirondack High Peaks Forty-Sixers club has long been on my bucket list, and considering the proximity of the 46 mountain peaks, there was no good reason not to give a go. Last weekend, I finally embarked on what will likely be a very long term quest when I took on Cascade Mountain,…

The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding
Outdoor Education

The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding

My sister refused to join us at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Her husband, an Orange County native, warned that it was going to be a “zoo,” and didn’t think it would be a good environment for their young children. But even he didn’t expect to wake up to headlines about…

Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families
Outdoor Education

Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families

I’ve been thinking a lot about why family vacations seem to bring us closer. Developing shared interests and just having time to spend together are big factors, but I think the main reason is that we bond over outdoor adventures with kids. Seven Reasons for Outdoor Adventures with Kids When I first read Extreme Kids: How to…

What’s in New York City for Teenagers? Ask a Teen Concierge
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What’s in New York City for Teenagers? Ask a Teen Concierge

If you want to know what’s in New York City for teenagers, ask the Teen Concierge at Omni Bershire Place in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I had a chance to interview Larissa Horn, the the Teen Concierge behind Omni Berkshire’s Teen Connect Program when she was gearing up for the busy summer months. Larissa is from…