I’ve always abhorred Hallmark holidays. My husband learned long before he was my husband that I had no desire to have a romantic date for Valentine’s Day or receive flowers or chocolate on that day. It is all too contrived for me. But once I became pregnant with my first child I wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day. At the time I really had no idea what it meant to be a mother. I only knew what it was like to have a life growing in my body and I wanted to celebrate that.
Leading up to spring break we debated vacation ideas. The whole family desperately needed some warm sun and a break from the snow. We planned to break away from our tradition of visiting family to fulfill these needs but due to our pattern of visiting family every holiday we haven’t renewed passports so within the U.S. became a necessity and within driving distance was preferred. After much debate we decided on Las Vegas for family vacation and I admit that I felt a twinge of embarrassment when asked where we were headed for spring break. But the response was overwhelmingly, “We did that a couple of years ago” or “Our friends so and so are headed there too.”
In honor of National Pet Day 2016 we are sharing our favorite pet-friendly hotels. Since our pets are members of our families and sometimes we want them to be able to join us on vacation or need them to travel with us it is important to know of hotels that go out of their way to welcome our furry family members.
Austin, Texas is probably best known for its live music scene, BBQ and TexMex but it is also a fun place to visit with your family. Austin is located in what is known as “hill country” in Central Texas. It is set amongst rolling hills full of trees and in the spring fields of Bluebonnets. The Colorado River runs through Austin and has provided three man-made lakes for boating fun and spectacular sunsets–Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Town Lake (renamed Lady Bird Lake).
Located approximately midway between Aspen and Vail or 160 miles west of Denver, Glenwood Springs is set in the canyons of the majestic Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 7,000 feet. It is known for its natural hot springs and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Glenwood Adventure Park is the perfect day trip from either the Vail or Aspen areas when looking for an exciting family outing.
With almost two feet of snow in the last week, 25 feet so far this season and powder in the forecast, Vail Mountain has announced it is extending its scheduled closing date for the 2015/2016 winter season one week to April 17.
I have always loved traveling Europe because of the rich history and had not thought of my own country as a place to find this history until visiting Mesa Verde. It is amazing that the Pueblo people flourished here approximately 1400 years ago, building elaborate stone communities in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls.