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Oklahoma – Family-friendly hotel with activity pool in Bricktown OKC

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When I contacted the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau to ask for help planning our stay in OKC, they recommended that we stay in the Bricktown entertainment district. There are several hotels from which to choose in Bricktown. We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites which was very conveniently located. It is located right next to the ballpark (some rooms have a view into the ballpark!) and an easy walk from the Bricktown Water Taxi.

There was a bit of confusion at check-in. We had reserved a room with two queen beds and the front desk clerk thought […]

Utah – Family-friendly hotel with an amazing view

Red Cliffs Lodge - Moab Utah

Red Cliffs Lodge definitely ranks way up there in hotels with an amazing view. This gorgeous property is not far from Moab, Utah. While it is a bit of a drive from town, the amazing views more than make up for added driving time.

It’s easy to see where they got the inspiration for the hotel name.

We stayed in a double queen mini suite in the Creekside section. The rooms have outdoor corridors, but don’t let that turn you away. It’s very convenient to be able to drive right up to your door; plus, with this layout, […]

Colorado – Comfortable suite hotel in Colorado Springs

Embassy Suites Colorado Springs Atrium

During our visit to Colorado Springs, we stayed at the Embassy Suites, which is one of our favorite hotel chains. We’ve stayed at several Embassy Suites hotels in the past(including one in Washington, D.C.), so my kids knew what to expect. Our room was a typical double-queen suite with a spacious sitting area. We love having room to spread out.

This room also has a desk and small kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator.

The bedroom has two queen-size beds with lots of pillows.

The bedroom also has an armoire and lots of floor space.

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Oregon – A family-friendly all-suites hotel in Portland

Living area - Inn at Northrup Station suite

I simply can’t imagine a more colorful hotel than the Inn @ Northrup Station in Portland, Oregon. This place says fun from the moment you walk in the door. While I checked in, my kids relaxed in the breakfast area. The centerpiece on each table was a vase filled with colorful candies. What kid wouldn’t like that? (Fruit was also available, BTW.)

We took the elevator up to our floor. The funky floors and walls were a hint of the kind of furnishings we’d find inside. The inn is decorated with fun and funky artwork by local artists.

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Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House – A Christmas Carol

Giant Scrooge

Last year I visited Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time. I was so impressed that I wrote an epic post about it. This year they made a significant update to the KaLightoscope exhibit, so when they invited me back for a media preview, I jumped at the chance to see the changes. They invested over $2 million to completely redo the luminaries with a new theme. Now KaLightoscope tells the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

 

An interesting point to note here is that Charles Dickens once stayed at the […]

California – A family-friendly inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea

If a high-rise hotel on the beach is your ideal vacation, then bypass Carmel-by-the-Sea. But if a relaxing getaway in a quiet and quaint little village that feels like it belongs in Europe is more your style, then Carmel-by-the-Sea is a terrific choice. We learned some interesting tidbits about Carmel-by-the-Sea during our visit. Ladies, leave your high heels at home–a city ordinance prohibits them. Also prohibited is walking around town with ice cream cones. Yes, these are real ordinances on the books. You won’t see any neon signs, mailboxes, or street numbers either. All residents go to the Post Office […]

Oregon – McMenamins Old St. Francis School

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Soaking Tub

McMenamins is well known in Oregon for its hotels, pubs, breweries, and other businesses that are housed in historic buildings. I’ll admit, though, that it had been 20 years since I had been to Oregon and I hadn’t heard of McMenamins. I figure that if I wasn’t aware of them, then many of my readers might not be familiar with them either. The McMenamin brothers, Mike and Brian, opened their first pub in 1983, and now they own over 50 establishments in Oregon and Washington. We had the opportunity to stay one night in the McMenamins Old St. Francis School […]

Michigan – Bayshore Resort in Traverse City

Sunset at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

We had the opportunity to spend three nights in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Our lodging was provided by the Bayshore Resort, a smallish resort right on the beach of West Grand Traverse Bay. If you aren’t yet familiar with the geography of Traverse City, the Old Mission Peninsula divides the bay into two: West and East Grand Traverse Bay. Both bays have beachfront hotels, but the advantage of the western bay is its proximity to the downtown area. We were pleased with our stay and I would recommend it as a family-friendly hotel.

The Bayshore Resort has a Victorian theme […]

Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville

KaLightoscope Elf

When I was invited to attend a Media Preview weekend for Christmas at the Galt House, I was thrilled, especially because kids were invited. As a family travel writer, it’s hard to do research without kids, and it’s not often that media invitations include them. As it turned out, only one of my kids didn’t have other activities scheduled, so instead I invited my co-author and one of her daughters to join us. I had stayed at the Galt House before, but not at Christmastime and I’d heard that it was terrific. The holiday cheer starts before you even check […]

Kentucky – Unique lodging at the Inn at Shaker Village

Shaker Village Room Entrance

You may have noticed that I write mostly about attractions and not about hotels. That’s because, in most cases, I feel that a hotel is a place to sleep in between visiting attractions. But sometimes the lodging is an attraction, and that is certainly the case with The Inn at Shaker Village. If you read my article about the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, you may remember that the Shakers established the village at Pleasant Hill in 1805 and lived there about a hundred years. It is now a living history museum, and while a visit to the village is […]