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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 […]