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About Me & My Family

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:
priceline.com jennventures.com

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November 25 2014
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La Quinta Inn & Suites | kids travel, kids activities
La Quinta Inn & Suites
3960 Coleman Crossing Circle,
Paducah, Kentucky
"Spacious, Clean and Perfect For Families"
The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky, was the perfect place for my family and I to recharge after a long day of traveling. My boys, age 9 and 6, loved the ever changing lights located at the front of the building that were calling us into the hotel and I loved the cozy lobby and large rooms.

The light show that was displayed on the front of La Quinta Inn & Suites was not something I was expecting but it did add a fun flair to our hotel stay. My boys were literally in awe. I became amazed as we walked through the front doors of the hotel. I was surprised and delighted by the modern decor which included a stunning chandelier and beautiful cabinetry. As we walked to the front desk a very kind hostess greeted us and instructed us on everything we needed to know during our stay. She even had a little conversation with my boys. I loved that and so did they.

Our room, 414, came complete with 2 queen size beds, a microwave and small refrigerator, a work area and sitting area. It was nice and extremely spacious. The kids were able to play with their games on the couch and on the coffee table while my husband and I got situated and then just relaxed. The decor of the room was modern just like the lobby. It was very nice. The bathroom was large and everything was very clean. Both of our beds were very comfortable and the room was quiet. The hotel is located near the interstate and I didn’t notice the traffic at all during our stay. Oh, and we could connect to the internet without a hitch and the speed was perfect!

La Quinta Inns & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky offers its guests nice amenities including a heated indoor pool, spacious workout room and a nice free breakfast. My boys loved the swimming pool, of course. It was clean, warm and large. They couldn’t get enough swimming time in during our stay. On my way down to breakfast I took a peek at the workout room. It was very large and clean. I was tempted to test out the equipment but a second cup of coffee was calling my name. Breakfast was pleasant as there were many items to choose from including sausage, waffles, fruit, yogurt cereal and much more. They even had honey for your tea or coffee.

We really enjoyed our stay at La Quinta. The guests and staff were extremely friendly and the hotel was warm and inviting. We would definitely stay at La Quinta Inns & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky, when we visit again.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB. All opinions are my own.
 
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November 25 2014
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The Gold Rush Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
The Gold Rush Cafe
400 Broadway St.,
Paducah,
Kentucky 42001
"Delicious!"
The Gold Rush Cafe in Paducah, Kentucky, is delicious! It is a small restaurant located on the corner of Broadway Street that is always busy and totally worth the wait!

My family and I visited Gold Rush Cafe for lunch. They both ordered a hamburger and macaroni and cheese and I ordered the BLFGT. Oh, it was delicious! The flavors of the thick bacon, perfectly fried green tomatoes, and the chipotle ranch dressing blended together perfectly! The cafe was super busy and our waiter knew we/our kids were hungry so he offered to bring us some rolls while we waited for our order. These rolls weren’t just any rolls. They were steaming hot and delicious. The banana nut bread jam and cinnamon butter that he thought we should have with the rolls were over the top delicious. Even though we were the “out of towners” our waiter and the restaurant guests made us feel at home by striking up conversations with us and just playing around with our boys. At the end of our meal our waiter handed the bill to my youngest son. My son opened his eyes wide and looked at him and said, “I don’t have any money.” It was hilarious and made for a memorable time at the Gold Rush Cafe in Paducah, Kentucky.

Visit often as their specials are always changing. I can’t wait to go back to try their red velvet waffles!

Tips:

A great place to stay is La Quinta Inn & Suites Paducah.
Stop by the Paducah Visitor Center and pick up a walking cell phone tour brochure to learn about this area’s unique history.
You and your kids will love visiting the River Discovery Center.
Do you have quilters in the family? Then you will want to spend a few hours at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and attraction visits in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB . All opinions are my own.
 
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November 17 2014
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The National Quilt Museum | kids travel, kids activities
The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street ,
Paducah,
Kentucky 42001
"Fantastic Fabric Art"
What do you think of when you hear the word quilt? You think of something warm and comfy don't you? Well, The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, will give you an entirely new perspective on quilts. Here quilts are art and not used as a source of warmth. People travel from all over just to take in the beauty of these quilts.

I visited the museum with my boys, ages 6 and 9. They were fascinated with the unique designs and they were particularly captivated by the Hobbit quilt that was on display. The story that went along with the quilt was just as interesting as the quilt itself. A vibrant blue work of art with thousands of swarovski crystals intertwined throughout drew me in. Each quilt had its own story which myself and my husband found particularly interesting.

The staff at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky were amazing and extremely knowledgable. During our visit a husband and wife team, who were volunteers, greeted us and explained how things were laid out and gave us a bit of history of the artwork. They walked the floors of the museum offering to answer questions of the guests, explain how the quilts were made, their history and to tell us about the quilt’s makers. It was all very intriguing.

This museum is a hands off museum so keep that in mind when planning your visit. If you or your kids are quilters then this is the must visit museum for you. The shop outside of the museum is a place you will want to visit as well. Here you can buy all kinds of memorabilia including quilting patterns and fabrics.

Tips:
There is a large open green area for the kids to run around on when visiting the museum.
A great place to stay is La Quinta Inn & Suites Paducah
When you get hungry the Gold Rush Cafe is delicious.
Stop by the Paducah Visitor Center for a walking cell phone tour brochure so that you can learn more about the downtown area.
The River Discovery Center is a great hands on museum for the kiddos.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and attraction visits in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB . All opinions are my own.
 
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November 17 2014
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River Discovery Center | kids travel, kids activities
River Discovery Center
117 S. Water Street,
Paducah,
Kentucky 42001
"Learn About the History of the Rivers"
The River Discovery Center in Paducah, Kentucky, is a great place for families to visit during their stay in Paducah and it's surrounding cities. Here you will learn about the present day and historical facts of the navigable waterways within the United States and their workings. You will also have the chance to step back in time as you all explore the Founders Room located above the museum.

There are many different exhibits to explore at The River Discovery Center including Hidden Highways, Civil War, Music Stations, a River Film and more. Our favorites were the Boat Simulators and 24 Hours on the River.

My boys, ages 9 and 6, really enjoyed trying to drive 3 different boats along the river on the Boat Simulators. It wasn't as easy as it looked. There were many different weather simulations and boating traffic that each driver had to maneuver through to get to their destinations. After a few tries my boys got the hang of it and would have spent all day at this exhibit if I would have let them.

Their second favorite exhibit was 24 Hours on the River. There they could look at the river located right over the floodwall from The Discovery Center. They were able to control a camera located outside of the museum to see what was going on at that moment. Then, with a flick of the wrist, they were able to see what happened within the last 24 hours on the river. It was really neat to see all of the boat traffic during the day and then in the evening.

Exploring the Founders Room was probably next on the favorites list. They loved sitting in the gentlemen's room and acting well, like gentlemen. The old books, flooring, staircase, and furniture fascinated them- and me too! There is a great view of the Flood Wall Mural from this room.

I really enjoyed talking to Merryman. She was our hostess for the day. She greeted us with a smile and gave us a verbal tour of the Center along with the history of the building. It was very interesting. She had grown boys of her own so she encouraged mine to touch and learn as much as they could during our visit. Then while my kiddos were playing Merryman and I were able to talk about Paducah, both it’s past and present. She was extremely knowledgable and fun to talk with.

Once you complete your tour, there is a nice gift shop where you can purchase books that will explain the history of Paducah, KY, its rivers, and talk about some of the famous people who have lived in the area. Also, you will find some fun toys and memorabilia that you and your kids can take home.

The River Discovery Center is one of the must visit places when trekarooing through the Paducah, Kentucky, area. We had a blast learning and exploring and I'm sure you and your kids will as well!

Tips
A great place to stay is La Quinta Inn & Suites Paducah.
When you get hungry the Gold Rush Cafe is delicious.
Stop by the Paducah Visitor Center and pick up a walking cell phone tour brochure to learn about this area’s unique history.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and attraction visits in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB . All opinions are my own.
 
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October 11 2014
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Reflections at Bay Point | kids travel, kids activities
Reflections at Bay Point
4100 Marriott Drive,
Panama City Beach, Florida
"Peaceful, Beautiful Views"
Reflections at Bay Point in Panama City Beach, Florida is situated on an absolutely stunning piece of property. The resort is surrounded by two scenic 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Courses, the St. Andrews Bay, The Gulf of Mexico and in the back of the property you will have a perfect view of St. Andrews State Park. It will truly become your little piece of paradise while on vacation.

Check-In
We drove up to the property, parked our cars and then checked-in. All of my information was on file so check-in was a breeze! I didn't have much luggage so I didn't make use of the luggage cart but it’s good to know it’s there if needed. Next, I took the elevator up to my 6th floor room and oh my, how beautiful.

The Condominium
I enjoyed my weekend in room 608 at Reflections at Bay Point. It was more than a room it was a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium with a full size kitchen, washer and dryer. It was amazing!! With 1,298 square feet of living space I didn't know what to do with myself!
The master bedroom included a king bed, private bath with a his and her sink and a sliding door that opened onto the back patio which allowed you to behold a fabulous view of the Bay, Gulf, Golf Course and St. Andrews State Park.
The second bedroom contained a queen bed and was located right next to the second bathroom and laundry room that contained both a washer and a dryer.
The Living Area was fabulous! The kitchen was large and stocked with everything I needed to cook and clean with for the weekend, minus the food of course. The living room was great. There was plenty of seating and the couch pulled out into a bed. The view was the same as that of the master bedroom, fabulous, and a glass door opened onto the furnished back patio.
The condominium was clean and the resort took care of every detail in preparation of my stay.

The Amenities
The resort has everything you will need for your vacation. You don’t need to go offsite for activities unless you want to. A few of the amenities included are:

An expansive zero entry pool that is absolutely beautiful. The trees surrounding the pool offer shade which is great, especially for families with little ones.
A beautiful spa and fitness center with staff that are kind and ready to meet all of your needs.
Four onsite restaurants.
Gulf access so you can layout on the sand or play around in the water.
Water shuttle service to Shell Island.
Water sport rentals.
Two 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Courses including the only Nicklaus Design Course in North West Florida.
And so much more….

Reflections at Bay Point in Panama City Beach, Florida is a luxurious resort that is easy on the pocket book which means you and your family can truly enjoy this little piece paradise.

Tips:
Publix and Winn Dixie grocery stores are right up the road from the resort which makes it easy for you to stock up on food if you prefer to eat in during your stay. (I like Publix)
There is a lot to do in the area. The front desk will have information for you and maybe even a few discounts.
You can find a Panama City Beach list here on Trekaroo which can help with your vacation planning.
Coconut Creek Family Fun Park is right up the road. The have a put-put course and gran maze for you and your family to enjoy.


Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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