The Fabulous Forrest Hills Resort

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We had been to Dahlonega, Georgia before; in fact, that’s how we learned to actually pronounce the name of this charming town because, until right before we arrived and made complete fools of ourselves, we were pronouncing it like Talladega. Luckily, we figured out before we arrived that it’s actually pronounced duh-lon-uh-guh with an emphasis on the second syllable.

When Tom and I were there a couple of years ago, we learned a little about the gold mining history of the town, just enough to learn that gold was actually discovered here first, not in California(!), and that we needed to return with our grandson, who would love the old gold mines and panning for gold.

It’s truly a delightful place, with a lovely downtown area, lots of interesting little shops, and fabulous restaurants.

Downtown Dahlonega. Photo courtesy of Forrest Hills Resort.

Downtown Dahlonega. Photo courtesy of Forrest Hills Resort.

This past summer, I managed to return with our grandson and our grown daughter, and were thrilled that they loved this wonderful mountain town as much as we did. We had a great time in Dahlonega, but what I really want to tell you about in this article is the beautiful and amazing Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conference Center.

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A Multi-Generational Family Trip to Cincinnati

CincyThe “Queen City” of Ohio is a beautiful location on the banks of the Ohio River with a wide variety of family-friendly attractions – from a zoo to an amazing aquarium to a major league baseball park and a football stadiums – that everyone, including the grandparents, will enjoy.

Check out these great spots on your next family visit to Cincinnati.

BB Riverboats. The best way to see Cincinnati with kids is on one of the riverboats that cruise along the charming Cincinnati riverfront area as your whole family learns the history of these river towns and the impact the river had on their development. The riverboats are large and comfortable, with plenty of seating for grandparents, snacks available for purchases and no worries about seasickness! Plan for a lunch, dinner or just sightseeing cruise, or go on one of the special themes cruises available like a pirate cruise! These are perfect multi-generational experiences as they are enjoyable for all ages.

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The Fabulous Feeders’ Cup

Feeders CupAs you know, we are huge foodie fans and often plan our trips around the next food experience of some sort. We have been known to plan lunch and dinner as we are actively consuming breakfast.

We may not remember all the details of a particular city visit but we can damn well tell you where the best bakery in town is located.

So it should come as no surprise that we are excited about the first annual Feeders’ Cup on Saturday, October 24 at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Feeders Cup is part of the Lexington, Kentucky Breeders Cup Festival Week and, for foodies, it might very well be the best part. For those of you who don’t know, the Breeders’ Cup is a thoroughbred horse race which is held annually at different racetracks throughout the United States. This year, it will be held at the gorgeous Keeneland Race Track in Lexington.

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See the Sights from These Missouri Hotels

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One of the main reasons travelers visit the St. Louis area is to see the Gateway Arch, and it’s a great reason to go. The Arch is actually a National Park, is situated in a lovely, grassy park overlooking the river, and offers a magnificent view of the city from the top. But the Arch is not the only reason to visit this area. Check out these hotels and some equally interesting tourist sites in Missouri.

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Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center, Kansas City, Missouri: If you plan to bring Fido along on your trip, the Adams Mark Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect place as it’s a pet-friendly hotel. The kids in the family will be happy as well since this hotel includes a complete, indoor water park. Since this hotel is so family friendly, it makes sense to plan a visit to the nearby, amazing Kansas City Zoo which is complete with true-to-life habitats like Kenya, the Congo, and the Australian Outback, and has over 900 animals.

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Dining on the Viking Delling Longship

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diningI have written about our amazing stay on the beautiful Viking Delling Longship before but I didn’t go into detail about all our fabulous dining experiences as I decided they quite rightly deserved their own post.

Viking River Cruises does a lot of things exactly right and the food on our cruise of southern France was one of those things. In fact, it was a highlight of our trip. We are big fans of a culinary experience and often plan our trips around where we are going to eat next so having a great foodie experience on the ship was perfect for us.

Since we spent the day sightseeing before we actually boarded the ship for the first time, our first meal on the ship was dinner. Although you are not expected to dress formally for dinner, the dining room is always beautifully set up with white tablecloths and lovely dinnerware. If you are feeling even more casual, you can always dine on the Aquavit Terrace with a nice view and fresh air, which we did one night and for several lunches.

In the main dining room, you are handed a menu to make your choices which is so lovely! They always had several options and if you wanted to try more than one, it was no problem at all.

A sample breakfast menu.

A sample breakfast menu.

Everything we ate for dinner was delicious and, if we were not completely satisfied, we could easily ask for something else. This only happened to me once when I decided to try frog legs for the first time. Not a fan. Not at all. However, Tom loved them and ate both his and mine.

Frog Legs. Not my favorite thing. At all.

Frog Legs. Not my favorite thing. At all.

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5 Family-Friendly Places for Kids Who Love Horses

HorsesThere is something about horses that many kids just love. Their beauty and gentleness, combined with the excitement of mounting up to actually ride them on an adventure, is a combination that will make kids excited about any destination which involves horses. Several locations, resorts, and ranches offer a variety of horseback riding experiences, so here are a few to get your started planning your next trip to some of these family-friendly destinations for a horse centered getaway.

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20 Oldest Cities in the US for Young History Buffs

BostonFor over 200 years, from the time Europeans first set foot on the continent, to the present, the United States has offered an amazingly diverse history. Learning about the country’s history is vital for kids to become well-informed citizens, and a visit to one of these family-friendly cities rich in history can be a great experience for everyone in the family.

New York City, New York

In 1624, the New Amsterdam colony was the start of present-day New York City. Learn more about the history of this remarkable city with a stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883; then continue your walking tour in Central Park, opened in 1857; and then give your feet a rest by boarding the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, built in 1931, for a view of the entire city.

Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the most beautifully historic cities in the country, with important attractions such as the Battle of Bunker Hill Monument and the Old North Church. The kid-friendlyColonnade Hotel offers family packages that include free overnight parking and breakfast.

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Sample Local Culinary Delights Near These Maryland Hotels

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Maryland’s proximity to the ocean means there is a variety of great seafood to try, and crabs are a state favorite. Check out these interesting hotels, with restaurants nearby at which you can sample a variety of crab dishes, along with some other Maryland favorites.

Ocean City, Maryland

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Tidelands Caribbean Hotel & Suites — Ocean City, Maryland

In a prime place on the boardwalk, Tidelands Caribbean Hotel & Suites offers spacious guest rooms complete with kitchenette, and two pools, one of which is a rooftop pool perfect for watching the sunset. Take a short drive to The Shark on the Harbor restaurant and try crab cakes made from fresh lump crab caught in Phillips Creek

Main Street Annapolis Maryland

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O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel — Annapolis, Maryland

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Food on the Fly: Successful Self-Catering

When we were in Paris, we walked across the street from our very swanky hotel to the grocery store in the basement of a shopping center, bought sandwiches, chips, and fruit, then brought it all back to our room and had a bed picnic. Much cheaper than any restaurant meal – and more fun! Here’s a few more ideas.

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on September 11.

self-catering-945x546Picture yourself at lunch in Paris, sitting at a sidewalk café, eating salade niçoise and gazing at the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Perfection, non? Doesn’t get much better than that.

Unless, of course, you were dining in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

This is the magic of self-catering. Skipping the restaurant meals in favor of a grocery bag full of goodies can lead to magical travel memories of perfect picnics, exotic delicacies and adventurous eating. You’ll also save a little money along the way. Start turning meals into memories with these tips for successful self-catering.

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The Four Best Day Trips For Fall Visitors To Seattle

We love Seattle and have been there several times so, unsurprisingly, we have actually done a couple of these trips. But check them out for the next time you are there.

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on September 23.

seattleFor visitors to the Pacific Northwest this fall, there is no shortage of activities in Seattle, the region’s largest and fastest-growing city. Baseball fans can check out a Mariners game, foodies can stroll around Pike Place Market for hours, and brave souls unafraid of heights can take in the unparalleled view from the Space Needle. But travelers who find themselves with free time, and with access to a car, may want to consider the following four day trips, which highlight the lush beauty unique to the Emerald City and the surrounding area, particularly in the Autumn season.

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The San Juan Islands:

About a three-and-a-half-hour drive north, the San Juan Islands are a must-see destination for out-of-towners. The San Juan Islands are composed of 172 individual islands, but four (San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island) are served by ferries and feature activities for visitors. For wine aficionados, visiting San Juan Vineyards, located on the main San Juan Island, is well worth the drive –  their well-regarded wines have won many awards. Those with fond memories of the film Free Willy should also be sure to go whale watching while exploring the islands, with the best time for viewing occurring from late May to October. All four islands have hotels and inns for those wishing to stay overnight, with the Earthbox Inn and Spaoffering the perfect ambiance to relax.

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