As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
Check a tide table before heading out. Minus tides are the best because there is an endless amount of tide pools chock full of sea anemones, crabs, sea stars, fish and other surprises! Invest in a Muddy Buddy suit by Tuffo (online or at Necessities and Temptations in Port Angeles) and bring boots so your child can scramble all over the rocks and in the water w/o you worrying. Bring band aids only because the rocks and the mussel shells can be sharp and you don't want to have to cut your adventure short and head back to the car. Bring a picnic lunch and a frisbee or basketball and plan to stay and play at the great playground and huge play field. It's also worth it to bring your camper or a tent to spend the night depending on the weather. One of the best places in the NW to check out tide pools and a beach without much walking or driving.
We loved this bowling alley. It was always our top choice. They were affordable and friendly. Unfortunately it has now closed. Hoping someone will reopen it soon! We could absolutely use another smaller and family owned business that is fun yet affordable for a night of family fun.
A few miles out into the rural area surrounding Whitehorse will take you to some of the neatest places in the area; one of those places is the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
We got to experience the fun of seeing some animals that had been on our 'trip bucket list' and were unlikely for us to have seen them in the wild. This includes Caribou (which we finally DID see on the Alaska Highway as well) and Musk oxen -- which we would have never seen on our route otherwise!
Other than those rare wildlife sightings, we felt like Stouffer filmmakers while viewing the lynx enclosure, since there were kittens with the mother and they were actively vocalizing and playing. Even though there was a chainlink fence between us, it seemed like a truly magical wild moment. This is something we'll likely never experience again, so it was amazing to share with our son.
The naturalist aboard the bus gives full narration of the five kilometer loop, and would have been a treat to listen to. Unfortunately, after days in the car, our son opted for walking (which led to us carrying him on our shoulders...) The park is completely walk-able, but I think you miss a bit since there aren't really interpretive signs around the grounds, just placards that tell you what mammal should be living in that particular fenced in area.
This is beyond a "zoo" experience -- if you want close encounters and some truly wild memories without the crowds, waiting or steep prices, this is a place for you! The little gift shop has some great coffee roasted and packaged for the Preserve that we recommend highly as well!
Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to the preserve. All opinions are honest and are our own. Thank you!
This has to be one of the most relaxing, luxurious family friendly resorts around! The ladies and gentlemen of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation really know how to welcome guests and anticipate their every need. From the cheerful porters to the world-class chefs, the staff gracefully goes above and beyond to make your stay here ideal. The feeling is a relaxed elegance which means you can dress up as much as you want. If you'd prefer to stay a bit more casual, that's ok, too. This is your lodge to enjoy for as long as you're there.
The beautiful Lodge blends well with the natural landscapes. The lobby and other public areas feel comfortable and welcoming. It was easy to kick back and relax in the lobby while playing a game of checkers as a warm fire crackled nearby. The picture windows let in just enough natural sunlight to entice us outdoors. There are comfortable chairs along sloping paved pathways as well as tree swings and bench swings for the kiddos. The views of Lake Oconee and the heated Infinity Pool made us want to frolick in the clear blue waters even though it was a bit chilly for swimming. We took a chance and jumped right in. The cool air and warm water was refreshing! Fortunately, there's a wonderful hot tub nearby which made it easy to warm up after a quick swim.
Please read more about my dining, Ritz Kids and spa adventures at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on the Trekaroo blog.
Disclosure: Special thanks to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation for hosting me on this adventure. As always, the opinions expressed in this article are my own.
Gluten free baked goodness of all sorts can be had here! Breads, bagels, cookies and more that taste as amazing as their wheat counterparts that you remember. Located below Woodley Park but above Dupont Circle, there aren’t any good metro stops close so you will still walk a bit or Metrobus. Seating is pretty limited, but service is quick and friendly so you will not wait long. They have yummy gluten free breakfast sandwiches and also vegan options as well.