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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 4 (one 2 year old and a 4 month old) that loves to travel and explore. Our goal this year is to do one family fun activity a month. I'm here to share our findings.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, relaxed, energetic, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Niagara Falls
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hawaii
Favorite Vacation Memory
Honeymoon with the hubs in Hawaii; proposal in France
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Driving in Friday rush hour with a screaming toddler on the way to Michigan
Websites I Like:
For more detailed reviews and pics: http:www.otheplaceswego.com

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150 Reviews


March 16 2014
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Quinn's on the Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Quinn's on the Beach
400 South Collier Boulevard,
Marco Island,
Florida
"Wonderful Setting"
Located at the Marco Island Marriott, Quinn's on the Beach serves tropical style food, which I absolutely love. We started out a mango lemonade, an appetizer of lobster tacos and coconut shrimp. Everything was delicious! My husband ordered the roasted pork., "chicharrones," to share with the boys, and honestly the boys loved it and couldn't get enough.

As the name implies, Quinn's has a fantastic location right on the beach. Our family of four arrived just before the sun set, and it looks like most of the diners had the same thought as most of the seats right by the beach were taken. Next time, we'll be sure to arrive early for a prime location. The sunset was gorgeous! After the sun set we were treated to a fire dancer show right on the beach. We were able to get up from our table and get closer to the action (as did most of the other diners).
 
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March 09 2014
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Tropiks Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Tropiks Restaurant
400 South Collier Boulevard,
Marco Island,
Florida
"Best breakfast buffet!"
This restaurant located at the Marriott Marco Island Resort was our favorite! Their breakfast buffet was one of the best that we've had - ever! My husband enjoyed the Bloody Mary bar, and I enjoyed the different breakfast options such as the mango sausage, the different kinds of fruit including mango and lychee.

The price is a little steep at about $25 an adult. Younger kids are $2 each.
 
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March 07 2014
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Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa | kids travel, kids activities
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa
400 S Collier Blvd,
Marco Island, Florida
"Found our paradise"
We were in need of an escape from the harsh brutal winter, and the Marco Island Marriott provided that sanctuary and so much more. It was our very own slice of paradise!

RESORT:

The Marriott Marco Island Resort is located in beautiful Southwest Florida right by the Gulf of Mexico. Although we passed right by the resort at first (signage not so great), everything from our check-in to checkout was top notch.

One exemplary characteristic of the resort is the level of hospitality and customer service of the staff. From the front desk to the bellman to the Housekeeping was all smiles everywhere we turned.

THE ROOM:
We we fortunate to have a penthouse suite complete with a king bed and sleeper sofa in an adjoining room. Since we were on the 11th floor (the highest floor) we had awesome views overlooking the city and the beach. We were able to enjoy the views from our wraparound terrace complete with lounge chairs perfect for soaking up the sun. We also took advantage of the terrace's dining table and had lunch outside in the beautiful weather.

While there wasn't a full size kitchen, our family did like the convenience of having a mini kitchenette complete with a larger than normal mini fridge/freezer (perfect for those leftovers), a microwave, and sink along with a small dining table.

We had a comfortable night's sleep on the super comfortable bed. With 1.5 bathrooms, we didn't have to fight to use the bathroom. The master bathroom was great with its walk in huge walk-in shower and separate toilet room.

AMENITIES:
The big draw with the resort is their location right on the beach. They boast 3 miles of sandy white beach. For an additional cost, we could have rented a super fun (and shaded) chickee hut, but we stuck to the free (well, included in the resort fee) chaises and umbrella since we wanted to get as much sun as we could! We stopped by early in the morning and noticed so many people enjoying the day with an early run or walk or simply looking for sea shells.

As we've found with most high end resorts, there is a charge for internet. The most basic package was $10/day which I think is such a bummer since it's usually free at lower end hotels.

RESORT ACTIVITIES:

The resort boasts tons of activities enough to fill the week including fun dolphin watches, sailing and shelling tours. We also saw fun, kiddie activities by the kiddie pool area, but my sons were too busy swimming in the kiddie pool to notice. We did, however, speak to an 8-year-old while swimming and he couldn't stop talking about all the activities for kids to do on the resort.

If we weren't at the beach, our family was at the large, kiddie pool that included a water slide, zero depth entry, and waterfall. My overly cautious husband and I loved the fact that the area was no more than 3 feet deep and my toddler could walk around the area and not be afraid of the water. Plus there was a rope dividing the deeper parts of the pool from the shallower end. I also loved the fact that it was heated and stayed a toasty 86 degrees! My only quip with the area is that the overhead sprinklers didn't work when we pushed.

Even though our kids were too young, it was nice to see that there was an option for a day camp program. We also passed by the arcade and it seemed a fun way to spend an hour of so.

RESTAURANTS:
We really wanted to take advantage of all that was offered at the resort so we happily dined at their restaurants. We loved their breakfast buffet at Tropiks. In fact, we ate there twice since we loved it that much! Read all about our visit here: http://www.trekaroo.com/restaurants/tropiks-marco-island-florida
The Marriott also happens to boast the only restaurant directly on the beach - Quinns. Read about our experience here: http://www.trekaroo.com/restaurants/quinns-on-the-beach-marco-island-florida

BOTTOM LINE:
If we are lucky enough to be in the area again, we will no doubt stay here again. The accommodations are excellent, the staff superb, the amenities including the beach and pool super fun. Everything we would look for in an ideal family vacation!

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Marriott Marco Island Beach and Spa resort. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay. The resort did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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January 24 2014
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Ella's Deli and Ice Cream Parlor | kids travel, kids activities
Ella's Deli and Ice Cream Parlor
2902 East Washington Ave.,
Madison,
Wisconsin 53704
"Fun, friendly restaurant with a carousel"
My family has been to Ella's Deli a couple of times, not just for the food but for the atmosphere. We love it because our toddlers are always distracted with the toys and moving parts. That means waiting for our food isn't always a struggle.

As far as the food goes, we are never disappointed. The portions are huge and the food delicious. We always start with the matza ball soup and my husband always gets the corned beef or pastrami.

Don't forget to save room for their extensive dessert menu. Our always go to dessert? Grilled pound cake. Yum!

Bottom Line: For a fun place to take the kids and delicious food, don't hesitate to visit Ella's Deli in Madison. Plus, how can you go wrong with a restaurant that has a carousel outside?
 
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December 22 2013
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Shor | kids travel, kids activities
Shor
2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
Chicago,
Illinois
"Good, but nothing special"
On our recent stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago hotel, we dined at this restaurant for breakfast. Our main reason for dining here was because it was located just down a set of elevators from our hotel room.

We tried the steel cut oatmeal, buttermilk pancakes, and the caramelized onions and portobello omelet. While everything was great - the portions big, the service prompt, and food tasty, I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here again.

Bottom Line: Shor is a great option for those hotel guests staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place especially being so convenient.

Disclosure: We were given a complimentary meal at Shor restaurant. The opinions express are 100% my own.
 
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