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There are 4 of us and a dog. I'm out numbered because I'm the only girl.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
Visiting Williamsburg and walking down the street while the drums were playing in the background.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying in a plane with my oldest on our way to Tennessee. He was screaming (he was like 2 at the time) and everyone was giving me the evil eye.
Websites I Like:
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June 20 2016
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Amargosa Opera House and Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
HR-C 608,
Death Valley Junction,
California 92328
"Such a unique experience! "
Such a unique experience! The Amargosa Opera House was founded by an amazingly talented women named Marta. She and her husband, at the time, had a flat tire. While her husband was tending to the tire Marta found an old abandon building that was once used by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. She turned the old building into a hotel and theater where she performed plays that she choreographed. During my visit I did not stay overnight in the hotel but I did enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Opera House.

The Opera House was still in use during the time of my visit. Marta was an amazing dancer but also an amazing artist. Her shows were not always sold out so she created an audience that is now ready to watch her shows whenever the curtain rises. She painted murals on the ceilings as well. As the seats filled with people, she captured audiences with her own unique performances. She no longer performs but currently there are dancers who continue to carry on her legacy by performing Marta’s shows.

When passing by Death Valley Junction you should take advantage of this fascinating tour. You will be inspired by Marta’s story. Be sure to have your cameras ready as there will be lots of picture opportunities!

Tips:
There are wild horses in the area. Marta provides water for the horses so be on the lookout!
Be sure to call for reservations.
There is a cafe on the property. I enjoyed a sandwich lunch and dessert during my visit. Be sure to grab lunch or a coffee when you stop!

Disclosure: I received a tour during my visit. As always, this review is honest and completely my own.
 
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June 20 2016
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Stovepipe Wells Village | kids travel, kids activities
Stovepipe Wells Village
6312 South Fiddlers Green Circle,
Greenwood Village, Colorado
"Perfect Desert Oasis With Lots Of Complimentary Events To Enjoy!"
Stovepipe Wells Village is a comfortable oasis located in Death Valley, California. The village provides travelers with hotel or camping options, stores for shopping, a saloon, restaurant, and fun desert activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Check in was quick and easy at Stovepipe Wells Village. The person behind the desk who checked us in gave us a rundown of the property offered us some water and cookies, and then pointed us to the direction of our room.

The Room
I enjoyed a deluxe room that faced the sand dunes. The view and the room were amazing! My room came equipped with two large queen sized beds, a working area, TV, sitting area, and nice sized restroom. I was also provided with an extra bin for my recyclables. I really liked that feature. My a/c kept my room cool and worked great. I was very thankful for the bottles of complimentary water that kept me hydrated during my stay.

Amenities
Aside from the view, the hotel offers a pool for guests to enjoy. In the business center guests have access to two public computers, a printer, and wifi. Scanning and copying services are available upon request.

Dining Options
Toll Road Restaurant is a great place for families to enjoy a meal. Here you can enjoy a buffet breakfast and dinner or order off of the menu. Also, boxed lunches are available upon request. If you are looking for something a little lighter, or a place to wet your whistle, then Badwater Saloon is the place for you!

Things To Do
Shopping at the general store is a must when visiting the desert. Here you may purchase souvenirs that show you “survived” the desert. You should definitely take advantage of the free events this hotel has to offer. I enjoyed the Guided Night Sky Viewing, the Native American Flute demonstration, Sunrise at Mesquite Dunes and The Badwater Tour. I recommend each of those activities. You and your kids will have a really good time exploring and learning about Death Valley during your stay.

I highly recommend you and your family enjoying Stovepipe Wells Village when visiting Death Valley, California. The owners of the property want to provide an enjoyable stay to everyone, but especially to families. That is one of the reasons why their tours and events are complimentary to hotel guests. You will have a great time and make lots of memories during your stay.

Enjoy!

Tips:
Bring lots of water as you will be drinking quite a bit during your stay.
Sunblock and hats are a must.
It gets hot during the summer. Make sure you car is in proper working order to avoid troubles.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay. I was not asked to express a particular view for my stay. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
 
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June 20 2016
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Mount Whitney Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Mount Whitney Restaurant
227 South Main Street,
Lone Pine,
California 93545
"Dinner at Mt. Whitney Restaurant in Lone Pine, California was relaxing and satisfying. "
Dinner at Mt. Whitney Restaurant in Lone Pine, California was relaxing and satisfying.

The decor was very casual with pictures of some of the great Westerns that were filmed in the area displayed on the walls.Mt Whitney Restauarant seemed like the place where locals liked to visit as several of the guests seemed to know the wait staff.

The menu was varied but not too overwhelming. This restaurant is known for its burgers but I decided to order the fish. The trout was great and just what I was in the mood for! The food was prepared and delivered to the table quickly. Dessert was probably the highlight for me. I ordered cheesecake and it was amazing. I had not had cheesecake in a while so that may have contributed to its amazingness.

I really enjoyed my meal at Mt. Whitney Restaurant in Lone Pine California. It is a great place for families to stop for dinner!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Mt. Whitney Restaurant. I was not asked to express a particular view for my stay. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
 
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June 20 2016
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BEST WESTERN PLUS FRONTIER MTL | kids travel, kids activities
BEST WESTERN PLUS FRONTIER MTL
1008 S Main St,
Lone Pine, California
"I slept like a baby!"
I stayed at the Best Western Plus Frontier Motel during my stay in Lone Pine, California.
Check - In was a breeze. They had all of our information on file and the staff was super friendly.

My room was larger than I expected. It consisted of 2 queen sized beds, a sitting area, a work area, nice TV and chest of drawers, plus a large bathroom. Each room opened to the outside but I did not hear much traffic noise from my room at all. It did not affect my sleep as I had a great night’s rest.

Breakfast was nice. It consisted of the usual breakfast foods: eggs, yogurt, sausage, fruit, coffee and such. It was complimentary so that made it even nicer! The eating area was small but I was able to find a table with no problem.

Best Western Plus Frontier Motel is a great place for you and your family to stay when visiting Lone Pine, California.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay. I was not asked to express a particular view for my stay. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
 
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June 20 2016
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Manzanar National Historic Site | kids travel, kids activities
Manzanar National Historic Site
5001 Highway 395,
Independence,
California 93526
"This is a piece of history that I did not learn about in school. "
This is a piece of history I did not learn about in school and I am so thankful to the men and women who have preserved this site so that we can be educated and will never forget about the horrible way our fellow Americans were treated during World War II.

The visitor’s center is home to a bookstore, theaters and exhibits that tell the story of how the residents of this camp lived during their detainment. Unfortunately, I did not have a lot of time to explore the exhibits. I did listen to the ranger as she explained the different areas of the camp while pointing them out on the large model of the camp created by former interns.

The guided tour of the camp really had an impact on me during our visit. We walked outside from the visitor’s center to the camp barracks and it was hot! I can’t imagine how miserable the people who stayed in the camps were just from the heat alone. Once we made it to one of the small homes I was able to touch and lay on their beds and experience just a bit of the suffering the Japanese Americans endured. I was amazed by their stories and the fact that they actually beautified the portion of dessert that they were confined to. They planted beautiful trees and food, created ponds and small parks, plus they respected and were kind to the people who forced them to live in such awful conditions. The tour then brought us to the Manzanar cemetery. The words “Soul Consoling Tower” are etched in Japanese on the memorial in the center of the cemetery. It was so moving to look at this one tower and remember the innocent people who paid so much for one horrible decision.

This park is a must visit.

Tips:
My visit to Manzanar was a quick one as we had a limited amount of time. Make sure to block out at least half of a day to learn about this important piece of America’s past.
Pack, water, hats, snacks, and sunblock.
Be sure to pick up the Junior Ranger booklet for your kiddos at the beginning of your visit.
Visit the park’s website for field trip opportunities and instructions for purchasing Manzanar’s Educator Resources box.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tour of this park. As always, this review is honest and completely my own.
 
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