Around October the temperatures in Dallas finally drop to a comfortable level with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s or 70s. For family fun in Dallas, fall is a perfect time to visit and enjoy outdoor activities in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area. Last weekend we took a quick family trip and enjoyed the Dallas Arboretum and The State Fair of Texas while in Dallas.
Fall in the Rocky Mountains is spectacular. The aspen leaves turn golden and discounts at hotels and restaurants abound. It is the perfect time for a family getaway.
Living on the Western Slope of Colorado, Denver has always been a favorite weekend getaway. So when the opportunity presented itself to join some old friends for a ballgame we jumped at the chance to enjoy a family weekend in Denver. I envisioned writing an article about the kids’ first baseball game and the little guy’s first visit to the Denver Children’s Museum. But who would have guessed that Crawford Hotel and Denver Union Station would become the highlight?!
Western Colorado is home to some of the most spectacular hikes in the country and Hanging Lake makes many top ten lists. Hanging Lake is geologically interesting. The lake was formed by travertine depositions and the natural geologic and hydro-logic processes continue to operate as they have done for thousands of years. The lake also boasts a thriving hanging garden plant community. It was designated a national natural landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.
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.