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About Me & My Family

We love visiting historical sites, spending time outdoors hiking and geocaching, and days at the beach kayaking and enjoying the water.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
A family stay-cation
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Holden Beach, NC
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Nova Scotia
Favorite Vacation Memory
Beautiful evenings on the beach in North Carolina.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Having to stop a long road-trip to deal with the stomach flu - so not fun!

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136 Reviews

December 08 2016
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My Grandma's Empanadas
120 S Armed Forces Blvd,
Warner Robins,
"Delicious Locally Sourced Empanadas"
I first encountered My Grandma's Empanadas at the International City Farmer's market where they had a booth set up, assembling and frying empanadas. The best part was that they were using fresh local produce, meats, and even local cold-pressed non-GMO sunflower oil that was for sale from the vendors at the market.

Now My Grandma's Empanadas has opened a Luncheria that still holds to those same principles of local fresh ingredients in freshly prepared food. Located directly across from Robins Air Force Base, the restaurant is only open from 10:00-2:00, in order to take advantage of lunch traffic from across the street. I would love to see it open for longer hours, but still love it for lunch. If you are hoping to avoid the crowds, I would advise going later in that time frame.

The luncheria offers plenty of seating both at tables and booths and at a long metal lunch counter with bright yellow bar stools. The environment is colorful and fun and you can even find local farmers and crafters products for sale, such as local honey.

Most of the empanadas on the menu are around $3, but the best deal is to get a combo which includes 1, 2, or 3 empanadas of your choice, plus a bottled drink and a side. (Try the stuffed avocado - so good!)
October 28 2016
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Flint Riverquarium | kids travel, kids activities
Flint Riverquarium
117 Pine Avenue,
"Fabulous River Life"
On a beautiful (but HOT) day last summer we went on a two-hour drive to Albany GA to visit the Flint RiverQuarium. It was one of those days where anything outside sounded like torture and the idea of an indoor air-conditioned educational opportunity beckoned. I really didn't know what to expect as we left the house, but found it was totally worth the drive and we had a marvelous time!

Our party consisted of two adults, a ten-year-old, and a very active two-year-old and all of us really enjoyed the RiverQuarium. While the RiverQuarium focuses mostly on the ecology of the local Flint River Basin, the displays and animals incorporate all types of river life from all over the world, both fresh and salt water. We loved learning about the mysteries of local "blue hole" habitats throughout the facility and were impressed that you could visit all the different levels of a simulated blue hole to see what lives in the various levels.

The alligator exhibit was fun because you could see the alligators right at eye level. It was a little freaky to see the creatures interacting with our daughter (following her back and forth across the front of the tank for about 15 minutes), but she loved it!

We happened to be visiting at feeding time, so followed the keeper through most of the facility to watch all the different types of fish eat - fascinating! We asked questions and discovered what types of food they prefer. (Who knew seahorses were such predators that they only like their food alive?)

Another highlight was the touch tank near the entrance. They provide horseshoe crabs, anemones, hermit crabs, and other creatures to pet and interact with.

It took about 3 hours for us to see everything with a short break for a picnic lunch at the nearby Riverwalk. We can't wait to go again!

If you happen to have any extra time, take a quick drive down the road to visit Radium Springs, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of GA" and home to one of the "blue holes" the RiverQuarium spotlights.

September 14 2016
1 family found this helpful
Holden Beach Turtle Talk
110 Rothschild Street,
Holden Beach,
North Carolina
"Learn All About Loggerheads"
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm in June, July, and August, the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol puts on a family-friendly "Turtle Talk" program at Holden Beach City Hall.

Don't miss this chance to learn all about the endangered turtles that nest on the beaches here in North Carolina. You will hear from local volunteers, learn about rescue operations, and watch a video about the journeys Loggerheads make to return to lay eggs on the beaches where they were born. If you arrive early, there are displays and a huge shell to check out as well.

Seating is limited, so you may want to try to arrive early. Doors open at 6:30. We attended in August and the room was nearly full before the presentation started at 7:00. After the presentation, there is plenty of time for questions and answers and if you happen to be there at the right time of year, you might get a hint as to where possibly active nests might be getting ready to hatch. If you do get a chance to see a nest hatch, don't pass it's one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you never forget!

The Turtle Patrol also is offering some "Children's Turtle Talks" with hand's on activities on certain Wednesday afternoons, but you should call the Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (910) 842-6488 for more information.
September 10 2016
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The Taco Shed
100 Georgia 247,
Warner Robins,
Georgia 31088
"Tasty and Creative Tacos"
When we ate at The Taco Shed this summer I spent the whole time kicking myself - why hadn't we come here earlier? The food was so good! In our town, the majority of the restaurants are chains or BBQ places, so finding an independent eatery with creative and fun food is quite a treat.

The Taco Shed offers a large selection of tacos, all named after local roads, schools, or hangouts and all with really great flavor combinations. There are so many choices on the menu, it might be a good idea to look it up online and familiarize yourself with the options before you go. There are many more flavors we would like to try, but so far my favorite is the "International City" - blackened chicken, shredded cabbage, pickled red onion, queso fresco, and cinnamon agave crema on corn tortillas for $3.55. My husband's favorite menu item is the generously portioned Chicken Fajita Nachos at $8.50.

The kids menu is pretty appetizing, too. Our daughter got a chicken and cheese quesadilla $3.25 (she added tomatoes and spinach) and said it was the best one she had ever had at a restaurant.

The Taco shed is open for breakfast most days of the week and then again for lunch, every day but Sunday. Thursday and Friday they offer dinner hours, as well. Since it is located right next to the Air Force Base, they get very busy right at lunch time, but if you come for a late lunch, you may be the only one in the place.
February 24 2016
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Residence Inn By Marriott Atlanta Midtown 17th Street | kids travel, kids activities
Residence Inn By Marriott Atlanta Midtown 17th Street
1365 Peachtree St Ne,
Atlanta, Georgia
"Location, Location, Location"
There is only one place we stay when visiting midtown Atlanta now and this is it. There is no better location: The HIGH Art Museum practically across the street, many theaters and museums within easy walking distance. Great restaurants, parks, shopping, and easy access to MARTA if you want to travel to another part of the city. The last time we stayed for a weekend, we never even got the car out of the garage! Just walked all over town.

The rooms are always clean and well-stocked and if you're traveling with a family, there is nothing better than having a kitchen in your room! We were able to cook most of our meals at the hotel, saving a lot of money.

Don't miss the chance to walk over to nearby Piedmont Park if the kids need to get out some wiggles - lots of space to run and play.