This spring break was a bit out of the ordinary for Elena and I (Dani) and our two kiddos. If you’ve been around Daily Mom at all, you know that we have a bad case of wanderlust, especially when it comes to us two. Half of the grand travel gestures we toss around never come to fruition, but this time was different. Elena decided to spend every extra minute she had – and trust me, there are not many extra minutes in this power woman’s day – on planning the perfect kid-friendly, with an educational twist, ten day trip on the other side of the country. Her hard work paid off, and we are currently – I’m literally sitting on the lawn of Tanque Verde Ranch writing this post – traveling through the state of Arizona, soaking in all the sunshine, desert heat, and cowboy facts we can find. Our first leg of the trip landed us in Tucson, at the best dude ranch in Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch. We’re pretty okay with just staying here for the whole week, as it’s a western paradise that fulfills us in every way, but our restless souls will ultimately move on tomorrow. So here is our diary entry into these last three days that were spent on an authentic ranch, together with our little cowboy and cowgal, Eli and Lexi.
Spring breaks are like Christmas; every year they come rolling around, whether we’re ready or not. If your typical spring break consists of lounging around the house, plugged into the boredom-busters, listening to the kids fight while you catch up on laundry and Netflix episodes, consider doing something different next year when spring break creeps up on you. If you’re craving a bit of adventure and western flair, whether you live on the East Coast or the West, pack up the cowboy boots and hats, and take the family to a real life dude ranch in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde Ranch is your answer to a week full of disconnected family bonding time, spent among the most stunning landscapes and wildlife that nature has to offer.
This spring and summer, we want to inspire you to hit the road and visit new places. Weekend getaways are perfect for the busy family wanting to travel. I’m Elena, Daily Mom’s managing editor and lover of all things travel. I want to share my city, Naples, Florida with our readers. I am always jetting off to other locations all over the world, but I call Naples home and know that it is a fabulous place to visit. If you want to visit Florida this summer, I think you should add Naples to your itinerary. Here is my personal list of places to visit and see while you are in my gorgeous city on the Gulf!
Easter is first and foremost a religious holiday. People gather in churches (sometimes for the first time all year) to celebrate The Resurrection. Of course for us moms, there’s another side to this beautiful holiday – the Easter Bunny. Where the idea to have a man-sized rabbit hop around depositing eggs came from, we may never truly know, but every kid loves a good egg hunt! Couple all of this with the fact that it’s often a three day weekend for most employees, and you’ve got the makings of a great vacation. Here are a few great getaway ideas for this Easter, all on the East Coast, complete with Sunrise Services, chocolate bunnies, and the most comfy beds we could find!
Mazatlán is a wonderful city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. This resort town located on the Pacific Coast has so much to offer. You can stay at an all-inclusive resort and still venture out for an authentic local experience. There is so much to see and do here. Try the cuisine, enjoy the natural beauty, learn about local history, and just generally have a ridiculously fun time while doing all this. Mazatlán itself is a very historic town, authentically Mexican, not overly touristy, and has lots of flights (direct) from the continental US and Canada. Believe it or not, you can experience the best of Mazatlán in less than a week. Here is how…
Let’s face it, time away from your kids is a luxury. While we love our children more than life itself, every mama needs a break to breathe and recharge. After a child-free vacation you will return home a better parent. If you haven’t taken a trip without your kids yet, please do everyone in your family a favor and plan a getaway with your partner or with some friends. Because time away comes at such a premium, you should make it worth your while. Don’t check into some motel just outside of your town. Take a trip to paradise. Take a trip to a place where you will not be around any kids and where you will be pampered and treated like royalty. That is the kind of trip that will leave you feeling renewed and ready to return home feeling amazing. You will find this at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.
What kind of getaway are you looking for this spring? If you have visions of a child-free vacation where you are pampered and can party the night away, Breathless Riviera Cancun is the ideal destination for you. This resort is a luxurious all-inclusive designed specifically for adults who want to let go of the boredom and stress that can set in with everyday life. You can live like a celebrity at Breathless Riviera Cancun. When your visit here comes to an end, sadly you must return to the real world, but Breathless Riviera Cancun will leave you refreshed and satisfied before you do.
On the Pacific coast of Mexico, you will find a resort town full of history and tradition. Don’t take that to mean this place is boring. The exact opposite is true. If you are looking for a party, they’ve got all the fun you could want and then some. You will find yourself surrounded in natural beauty unlike anything you’ve ever experienced as you try to experience it all. Mazatlán is a magical city in Mexico, and we have the photos to prove it.
Orlando, located in central Florida, is a tourism hot spot. It is one of the most popular areas to visit in the United States and for good reason. Both Disney and Universal set up shop here with amazing parks. There is so much to do in Orlando. You could never see and do everything in one visit, and that’s why people keep coming back for more. What you choose to do in Orlando depends on if you are traveling with young children, older kids and teenagers, or just adults. Yes, adults can have an amazing time in Orlando when they get away without their kids. An adult trip to Orlando can be just as fun as traveling with kids. You get to tailor your itinerary to what you want to see and do. If you are planning a kid-free getaway to central Florida, here are ten things you must experience!
Whether you want to plan a casual romantic getaway or an adventure whirlwind romance trip, you’re sure to find exactly what you desire, not only in your lover’s eyes, but within your final destination. While you are shopping around and looking for the perfect place, don’t forget about the thing to do this Valentine’s Day. Forget doing just the getaway, get out there and do something different, fun, and amazingly sexy, for couples and singles!
Nestled halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, amidst the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. A town that is pristinely maintained, with bustling boutiques, inspiring cuisine, and breathtaking views, the Highlands is home to a uniquely European style retreat that spans the town, giving you the feel of staying at a one-room, private bed and breakfast, yet delivering a wide variety of upscale accommodation options. It’s basically a hotel resort spread out and amongst the town, providing a homey feel and an interactive vibe. This winter, enjoy the bare tree beauty and the crisp air that surrounds Old Edwards Inn & Spa, while you retreat to their retreat.
This winter, a new kind of place is calling you: Whistler, British Columbia. Calling you away from the ordinary to experience an extraordinary world, high up on a mountain, covered in white. If you and your partner are planning on spending your winter hunkered down in your home watching Netflix, change your plans. You need a romantic trip, just the two of you. Get off the couch, hit the slopes, and discover everything Whistler has to offer for a romantic getaway.
You have a lot of choices for where to stay when planning a vacation to Orlando, Florida. Not all hotels and resorts are created equal though. Don’t just stay at any boring old hotel. Live a little, and pick a world class resort that is a destination in itself. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort transports you to a tropical paradise. The grounds are lush and full of palm trees and other tropical greenery. Beautiful blue waterfalls cascade around the grounds. The rooms and suites are fantastic. The pool is luxurious and so much fun, and you get some amazing benefits that make experiencing all the excitement at Universal Studios even better.
Whether you are exploring this amazing island in the dead of winter as a throwback to the summer that left too soon or as an actual summer vacation to embrace the heat and sunshine that the season brings, Turks & Caicos will not disappoint! If this is your first time in the tropical British territory – or even if you travel here every year (because, really, why wouldn’t you!) – we have a fulfilling 5 day itinerary all drawn up for you, complete with our very own Daily Mom Turks Tips and chock full of original photos taken by editor Dani, all guaranteed to provide you with an island experience that is both active, view-worthy, and relaxing.
As winter starts to settle over most of us in the US, our moods drop, our energy levels dissipate, our skin pales, and our hearts start wishing for the warm sun again — at least for those of us who are summer babies and suffer from self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder. Don’t let the snowbanks and looming months of scarves and earmuffs get you down this year. Escape it all for a week, round up your other winter-weary friends and family, and book a ticket to year-round sunny Turks & Caicos.