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Keryn Means is a freelance writer and founder of walkingontravels.com, a site that gives hope to today’s modern parent who doesn’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride.You can find Keryn dragging her two boys around Seattle most days and across the globe several times a year. Find her on Google+.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, rowdy, disorganized, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Europe
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Buenos Aires
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching my son learning to walk on the Great Wall of China and my youngest learn to roll in Sicily.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Son and husband coming down with skin viruses as we were landing on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Websites I Like:
http://walkingontravels.com, http://suitcasesandsippycups.com, http://flashpackerfamily.com, http://www.motherofalltrips.com/

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September 27 2013
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Chilcoot Lodge
148 Silver Lode Lane,
Silver Star, British Columbia
"Big enough for the whole family"
First thing to note: Check in is across the way at the Vance Creek Hotel. This can be a little confusing because there is no sign.
Other than that, our 2 bedroom unit was perfectly configured to suit our needs.
In the main condo we had a queen bed plus a set of bunk beds for the kids. There is even an en suite full bath. A living room/dining room and full kitchen are off of the bedroom. It was a great place for us parents to hang out when the kids went to sleep and to have dinner as a family every night. A door off the living room goes into the 2nd bedroom, which can be locked and treated as a separate hotel room, making this unit expandable, or smaller to fit your needs. The 2nd bedroom had a full bath plus a small kitchenette. We had our sitter along to help us out. The second bedroom gave her the privacy she needed, but could have easily been another space to put the kids so they can have some space from mom and dad (and vice versa!)
The lodge had 2 outdoor hot tubs that we happily soaked in every night to warm up and unwind from a day on the slopes. Laundry was available if we needed it. This was a slightly older feeling building, but it was clean and very comfortable four our family.
We were close enough to all of the action, but just a block off the main drag making this a much quieter lodging option than I imagine the units right on the main street would be at night. I would happily come back again and again.
 
 
September 24 2013
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Silver Star Mountain Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Silver Star Mountain Resort
123 Shortt Street,
Silver Star,
British Columbia V1B 3M1
"Small town with big snow action"
Driving up to Silver Star through the Okanagan Valley you’d think you were headed to the North Pole or some sort of winter wonderland. With my 1-and 3-year-old sons in tow we were ready to take on this mountain that boasted fabulous snow and an excellent ski school not just for kids, but for parents too. This resort lived up to its reputation and then some.

Champagne powder and Spectacular views

Ride the gondola to the top of Silver Star and you will be in for a treat. White champagne powder, snow so fine and delicate you will slice right through it, and land as if you are on a cloud, cradles you the whole way down. Snow lovers travel hours for the view of the surrounding area from the top of the mountain and to get their skis and snowboards wet on the mountain. With trails from beginner all the way up to double black diamond, skiers of any level will find a place to call home.

Impeccable instructors and ski school

From the moment your child steps foot into the Star Kids Centre they will never want to go home. The staff there is engaging and keeps the kids entertained for hours. They help your child get ready for their ski lesson, and welcomes them back when they are finished. Ski instructors know how to get a nervous kid excited about trying a new sport, and keep that enthusiasm going throughout the lesson and even into the next day when they strap on those skis again. While the kids are playing, mom and dad can enjoy a private or group ski or snowboard lesson. The resort has an award-winning Nordic Ski program that you must take advantage of while there. With neighboring Sovereign Lake Nordic Center you will have access to over 105km of trails; not a bad way to stay in shape and have fun!

What to do with baby?

Unfortunately the Star Kids program cannot accept children under 18 months old. There are several babysitters that the program can recommend. Many are Star Kid employees or ski instructors working on their days off. Call Star Kids ahead of time for a few recommendations and book before you arrive. These babysitters get scooped up quickly and their daytime hours can be limited.

Free tour of the mountain

After you drop the kids off, find a Mountain Host outside of the adult ski school and go on a free-guided tour of the mountain. This is only for intermediate and experiences skiers and snowboarders though; newbie riders should take advantage of the ski school instructors. A private lesson could get you over that beginner hurtle and into the intermediate zone.

Great lifts and gear

Let an expert help you pick out the best rental gear for you and your child’s time on the mountain. They know just the right size for your toddler skier or more adventurous snowboarder. The rental staff is patient and understands that strapping on a pair of ski boots can be a bit strange for little ones, but it can also be an exciting adventure.

Small town with a lot going on

This mountain resort is only about two blocks long, but it does pack a punch. There are several dining options and some great shops that can get you outfitted for the season. End of the season sales are spectacular, so be sure to pop back up in early spring. A few family-friendly eateries include Bugaboos Bakery Café (a must every morning!), HB Pizza (gluten-free crust available), Long John’s Pub (yes, your kids can go inside) and The Bulldog Grand Café for one delicious burger.

Good bang for your buck

Snow sports aren’t exactly cheap, but the Silver Star “My 1 Pass” makes it easy to take full advantage of all of the activities on the mountain. This all-inclusive season pass and day ticket program includes your lift tickets as well as access to 55km of Nordic trails, tubing in Tube Town, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Rentals are not included in the pass, but instead of multiple tickets to keep the whole family entertained, you just need one per person. Anything that saves families money and gives them more chances to have fun is definitely worth checking out.

“This review is based on a complimentary visit to Silver Star Mountain Resort. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.
 
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May 01 2013
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The Bulldog Grand Cafe
At the end of Main street opposite the car park,
Silver Star,
British Columbia
"Don't miss out on the burgers!"
It's hard to miss the BullDog Grand Cafe when you drive into Silver Star. It sits at the top of the main street through the resort and covers at very large portion of the block. The cafe sits on the first floor of the Bulldog Hotel, has plenty of seating to offer families outside of the bar area, and serves up one heck of a burger. And always, ALWAYS remember that when a burger comes with bacon it isn't the long thin strips American's are used it. It is Canadian bacon, which is also very tasty.
 
 
May 01 2013
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Long John's Pub | kids travel, kids activities
Long John's Pub
139 Main Street,
Silver Star,
British Columbia V1T 7E3
"Decent food to fill your belly"
After a long day on the slopes your family will be famished. Long John's is very kid friendly, with enough variety in the menu to satisfy any picky eater needs. A favorite was the Grilled Cheesiest, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Butcher Block Beef Salad (ask for the dressing on the side if you don't your lettuce to swim), Tuna Melt (actually a tuna steak, not flaky tuna), and Bunkhouse Chili. There are hot dogs and burgers as well if you are in the mood, or go more adventurous with Mussels and Chorizo or Back Hand of John Ribs. There is a bar you can sit at if you are of age, but there are plenty of large tables for a family to settle into, even if you brought a few friends with you.
 
 
May 01 2013
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HB Pizza
139 Main Street,
Lord Aberdeen Boardwalk,
Silver Star,
British Columbia
"Easy (and healthy) take away meal for the whole family"
Normally when you tell me my pizza will be on a whole wheat crust I cringe inside and hear pizza angels dying somewhere, but HB Pizza somehow pulls it off. The crust wasn't too dry, and it wasn't half bad cold later in the evening. Their fresh toppings and creative flavor combinations make it an easy family stop after a long day on the slopes. Order your pie to go and bring it back to your room or cram into a table in their tiny shop. Beverages, dessert squares, meat pies, pasta, salads, and calzones are also on the menu.