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Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, independent, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Anza Borrego
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
Favorite Vacation Memory
Wandering around castle ruins in Tonsberg, Norway and enjoying the beautiful views of the town and fjord below.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Believe it or not, the worst travel moment does not involve my children!

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96 Reviews

May 13 2010
2 families found this helpful
Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport | kids travel, kids activities
Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport
7550 Augusta National Dr,
Orlando, Florida
"Terrible Management"
We stayed one night at the Sheraton Suites because we had a layover on our way to Puerto Rico. The hotel itself was decent. The room was fairly clean and spacious, especially for one night. The kids (ages 7 & 9) enjoyed a dip in the pool upon arrival. The location is not great if you don't have a car (which we didn't) and you want to go out to eat. The hotel has a restaurant, but it seemed pricey for what you got. Your choice is to take a cab somewhere or walk 15-20 minutes to a chain restaurant.

Our biggest complaint was with management. We had a minor medical emergency during our visit. We called the front desk for advice and it took 30-40 minutes for the manager to come check on us. He promised to get us a butterfly bandage and look into helping us get to an ER and return in just a moment. Forty-five minutes later, a young kid comes to our door with one small butterfly bandage. When we inquired about the manager, we were told that he left for the day. Needless to say, we were quite upset. Without any assistance from the hotel manager, we had to negotiate our way to an emergency room where three sutures were placed. The manager never checked up with us to see if everyone was taken care of and everything was OK. Needless to say, I would not stay here again, nor would I recommend it to anyone else.
January 03 2010
2 families found this helpful
Fort Ross State Historic Park | kids travel, kids activities
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway 1,
California 95450
"Russian, Aleutian & California History Lesson"
We had driven by Fort Ross numerous times, but always on our way to or from somewhere else. This time we decided to trek to the coast just to visit Fort Ross. We were not disappointed. Our girls (7 & 9) had a blast running around and exploring the various buildings of Fort Ross. The buildings are very unique because they were built by Aleutians and Russians. There is a small museum with a short film. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy eating under the Cypress trees on the property. It is a peaceful place along the rugged coastline.
January 03 2010
1 family found this helpful
Fort Ross Lodge
20705 Coast Hwy 1 ,
Jenner, California
"Clean, basic lodge"
We stayed at Fort Ross Lodge for two nights with our kids. You can get a basic room or a suite. Most rooms also have fireplaces which are nice. The lodge is on the ocean side, so you can hear the waves at night, as well as the occasional sea lion. Although the ocean is near, there are not spectacular views- we knew this ahead of time, so we were not disappointed. Each room has a patio with a grill if you want to BBQ a meal. The owners are friendly. The room was clean. The location is very close to Fort Ross. The bummer is that there really is nothing else close by. There is a small market across the street, but it's more like a mini mart. There is another lodge that has a restaurant just up the road a few miles, but if you want choices, you will have to drive 35 minutes or so up the coast.
July 25 2009
1 family found this helpful
Tenaya Lodge | kids travel, kids activities
Tenaya Lodge
1122 Highway 41,
Fish Camp, California
"Comfortable rooms, beautiful setting"
We stayed two nights at the Tenaya Lodge with our two children. We stayed in a suite- we got the king sized bed and the kids slept in the other room in a sofa-bed. Staff were kid friendly. My kids loved swimming in the pool every evening after hiking around Yosemite during the day. We ate in the nicer hotel restaurant one night, but were not impressed with the food. We had better luck driving into Oakhurst and finding a restaurant for dinner. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

We stayed here again in February 2010 to enjoy the winter wonderland. Our stay at the hotel was just as nice and relaxing. We enjoyed skiing at Badger Pass, which is about a 45 minute drive. The kids enjoyed ice skating at the rink located at the hotel. We did not use the sledding hill at the hotel, but thought it was a nice option for those with little kids. As usual, we found ourselves at the pool at the end of the day. We recommend the BBQ restaurant in Oakhurst, sorry I can't remember the name, but it's on the left side as you're driving from the hotel before you reach the center of the town of Oakhurst. It's a very casual restaurant, but the food was great!
July 25 2009
2 families found this helpful
Monticello | kids travel, kids activities
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway,
Virginia 22902
"Fascinating history & beautiful grounds"
We loved visiting Monticello, it was a highlight of our trip for the whole family. Before we went I had purchased a kids book on Monticello, its architecture and builder (Thomas Jefferson). Once at Monticello, we viewed the introductory movie. Then we boarded the shuttle that took us to Monticello where we opted for the kids tour. We were glad we did! The tour was smaller, about 4 families with a total of 9 kids. The woman giving the tour was great! She let the kids sit on the floor in each room and played games with them, asked questions, pointed out fun things in the room and fun facts about TJ and his house. We enjoyed the tour and most of all the kids really enjoyed themselves. We then walked the beautiful grounds and enjoyed the views. I highly recommend the kid tour if you've got kids. Don't forget to ask for a AAA discount!