A Family Week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

This winter we decided to warm up in Rarotonga. Rarotonga is one of the Cook Islands which are basically a tiny dot in the South Pacific. After last year’s trip to Costa Rica, I thought we’d try a new experience at less than half the price. Don’t let that google-automated price tag freak you out. Cook Islands isn’t a frugal holiday but it’s nowhere near the cost of Hawaii or Costa Rica with similar accommodations unless you’re looking for a five-star resort. There is no five-star resort in all of the Cook Islands, there …

My Family is Weirder Than Your Family

My Mom and Doc are in New York City for her BFFs from Kindergarten’s 50th anniversary surprise party. This means that Mom and her BFF have been friends for approximately 900 years, give or take a few. In any event, My Mom’s been texting and emailing pictures of her trip as she goes. First they had a snafu with the packing. Then they arrived in the city, fortunately without the dog in the suitcase. I received an email with the subject line “NY after dark” and this photo was the …

Luxe Rodeo Drive: The Perfect Sleepover Staycation

Earlier this summer friends and I had an amazing dinner at the Luxe on Rodeo Drive. I’d mentioned that it’s the perfect place for a staycation so we pulled out our calendars and they gave me a pair of rooms Monday Night. The most difficult part of a staycation with The Luxe Rodeo was figuring out my kids’ schedules. I love a good hotel and Jane and her friends love a hotel sleepover. There’s something totally irresistible about crisp white linens, sumptuous beds, blackout curtains and room service. I am also …

Costa Rica: Christmas Vacation Planning

It’s a little late. Ideally I’d plan a Christmas week vacation in June but I never seem to get around to it quite on time. Last year we had an amazing vacation that I never really wrote about. I would say that it’s the best trip our family has ever taken and I’m not sure if it’s because my kids were just at really great ages and it was the right vacation at the right age or if Costa Rica is an easy to love vacation. We took a red …

New Orleans as a Solo Woman Traveler

Much has been written about New Orleans. It’s a culturally rich city that birthed Jazz, Dixie and American’s first pharmacists. The air in New Orleans is sweet with humidity and blossoms, spices and music. New Orleans is more than a city, it’s a culture and a way of life. In addition to being a cultural hub and a fabulous vacation destination New Orleans has a booming film industry (I’m not supposed to endorse that because of runaway production) and if you’re interested in learning more about that my friend Stan …