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About Me & My Family

I'm a travel and eco blogger, freelance writer, and editor living in beautiful Oregon. I love to travel with kids (most of the time) and run a review site for parents called www.pitstopsforkids.com.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
A whirlwind tour of the national parks of the Southwest!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Oregon state parks or Laguna Beach, CA. It's a toss up!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
St. John's in the US Virgin Islands
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching my children explore Disney World for the first time!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Stranded in the San Francisco airport at 2 am with a toddler and an infant. Not. Fun.
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July 08 2014
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Willow Witt Ranch | kids travel, kids activities
Willow Witt Ranch
658 Shale City Road,
Ashland, Oregon
"Breathtakingly beautiful, incredibly welcoming!"
Willow Witt is a sustainable farm with goats, pack goats, pigs, chickens, and organic gardens about 30 minutes outside Ashland Oregon. It's tucked into the high meadows of the Siskiyou Mountains, in a beautiful alpine setting. On site, the ranch offers studio rooms in their historic ranch house, a separate ranch house available for rental, deluxe 'glamping' tent cabins, and rustic camping sites.

We stayed in the campground, which is really just a small area in the trees, above the barn and ranch area. The tent cabins are adjacent, and campers have use of a lovely outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers, and very clean, brightly lit bathrooms with running water, sinks, etc. Tents are permitted in the camping area (no RV, etc) and there's a nice trail from the camping area to the ranch.

While staying here, it's possible to 'meet' the animals, help with chores as available (you just need to be in the right place at the right time), and hike on the property. There are numerous trails spanning for miles...you won't see another soul! It's also an easy enough commute to go into Ashland for a day, taking in a Shakespeare play or playing in the gorgeous Lithia Park.

Sign up for the Willow Witt CSA if you're local, and if not, enjoy the fresh eggs and milk you'll receive in your kitchenettes if you stay in the farmhouse. Kitchenettes are stocked with all the basic items for meals, plus the aforementioned farm fresh dairy items. Meat is available for purchase (otherwise, do some grocery shopping before arrival).
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July 06 2014
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Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tours | kids travel, kids activities
Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tours
Historic District,
"Fun for older kids!"
Older kids may enjoy adding to their Gettysburg history lesson with a nighttime ghost tour. We chose Sleepy Hollow because unlike some of the MANY Gettysburg tour companies offering such tours, the guide focuses on actual historical tales around town instead of promoting one particular building, sitting inside waiting for ghosts to show up (yes, some actually promote this). Instead, Sleepy Hollow walks you around town in a 3-4 block area, and points out various buildings where Civil War era stories have become local legends. You learn about Jennie Wade, a beloved young lady who became the only civilian casualty of the Gettysburg battle (shot in a kitchen while baking bread), and the ghost that still (supposedly) mourns for her. You also tour the Rupp House, home of a Civil War soldier and his family, where rumor has it Confederate soldiers still lay buried in shallow graves in the side yard. And so on and so forth. The tour is light-hearted, and more historically bent than supernaturally-bent. Our school-aged kids had no problem with it, though very sensitive children may be scared.
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July 06 2014
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Ride the Ducks of Philadelphia (Philly Duck Tours) | kids travel, kids activities
Ride the Ducks of Philadelphia (Philly Duck Tours)
6th and Market,
"Great overview of the city!"
Duck Tours (in many US cities) are one of our favorite ways to get oriented in a new city. They're fun, informative, and lighthearted. The Philly duck tour took us on land and water throughout the city, from the older historical parts to the art museum (hello, Rocky!) to a view of the capitol. Our guide was also a working actor, and definitely worked it! The tour only takes a few hours, and once we were done, we had a good sense of where everything was. We went back to several locations for more in-depth experiences later!
July 06 2014
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Belle Meade Farm and B&B | kids travel, kids activities
Belle Meade Farm and B&B
353 Ft Valley Road,
Sperryville, Virginia
"Great farm stay option!"
Part bed and breakfast, part school house, and all agricultural tourism destination, Belle Meade Farm offers rural Virginia charm with a sophisticated, well-cultivated atmosphere. What does this mean? It means families are welcome alongside couples and outdoorsy-types, kids are expected to behave (of course) but also allowed to be kids, and outdoor playtime is punctuated by lessons in farm life.

We already knew we were fans of farm stays when we booked our two night stay at Belle Meade, and it didn’t disappoint. All farm stays are different, and while Belle Meade keeps horses, cattle, pigs, and chickens, it focuses on the beauty of the countryside and recreation options more than the farm chores. This doesn’t mean you can’t get involved, but unlike some farms, farm work is not guaranteed. It depends on the season, the needs at the time, and the ages and ability of individual kids. However, whether you help on the farm or not, there’s plenty to do. Belle Meade is the only farm stay we’ve experienced with a full-sized (oversized, really) outdoor pool and hot tub, plus a large pond for swimming, canoeing, and fishing. There’s a rope swing to try, floating docks, and diving platforms. Nearby, Shenandoah National Park awaits with hiking, scenic drives, and visitor’s centers.

Belle Meade has a small number of bedrooms, located in the historic main farmhouse. Families have the use of their own room(s), each with it’s own bathroom, and a living area and dining area. There’s a nice porch out front, gardens, and the back lawn with the pool. Breakfast is included in your stay, and can be arranged at whichever hour you’d like (within reason, I assume). Each morning, we had fresh, cooked to order meals with farm-to-table foods straight from the Belle Meade chicken coops and vegetable gardens, including frittatas and pancakes.

During the day, we were free to roam the grounds, greeting animals and swimming. We asked for recommendations for area hikes, and would have loved to ride the country roads on bikes had we brought some. In the evening, the stars and fireflies come out to give you a nighttime light show. Overall, this is a slow-paced, relaxed vacation option, perfect for a weekend getaway or a short term break between more high-paced travel stops. We visited between seeing Williamsburg VA and Washington DC, and really enjoyed the change to stop and breathe.

Disclosure: We were hosted at Belle Meade for the purpose of review. All opinions remain our own.
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July 06 2014
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Shane's Confectionery | kids travel, kids activities
Shane's Confectionery
110 Market Street,
"Great fun!"
We stopped in at Shane's one evening while walking the city, and loved all the old-fashioned candy options. It's part museum: you can find many older kinds of licorice, outdated candy like candy cigarettes, and older treats like butterscotch and peppermint. The standard fudge, caramel, and lollipops are offered as well, but you won't see any 'new' brands of candy bars or treats here. Shane's accepts cash only on it's old-fashioned cash register, and gives your your selection (by the pound) in a cute paper cone.
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