This fall break we visited Pearl Harbor. It was a moving experience (more on that later). Touring the visitors center, Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri (which I highly recommend) took about four hours.
Suffice to say, we were starving by the end and found a gem just a five minute drive away. The Dixie Grille.
You can get snacks at the main visitor's center and at the Missouri, but this is all chips, candy, hot dogs and nachos. It'll do in a pinch, but not for a real meal.
There's a restaurant in the air museum which is one of three stops on the complimentary shuttle. The visitors center and Missouri are the other two stops. You don't need museum tickets to eat there, but we were ready for a change of scenery.
The Dixie Grille was delish. Just down the street in Pearl City it's a laid back bar and grille with southern comfort food.
We had bbq chicken, gumbo, hush puppies and fresh corn on the cob. It was just what the doctor ordered. It's not fancy or chic, but the beer was cold and the food yummy!
Bonus: kids eat free on Tuesday so we saved a few bucks.
For a quick family-friendly lunch in Hanalei, stop by Bubba Burgers. The burgers are delish and they have killer fries and shakes. They also have chicken sandwiches and chili.
Afterward, grab a shaved ice or coffee right next door.
Picnic tables and lawn make it perfect for kids to stretch their legs.
This spring break we headed to the beautiful island of Kauai for a week. While we've been to Kauai before, we have always stayed in hotel suites - the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton which are both located in Poipu. This time, I wanted to explore the northern part of the island so I opted for a home in Princeville which is about a 50 minute drive from the Lihuie airport (you'll pass a Safeway and Starbucks in Kapaa on the way).
Let me cut to the chase and say that the home, Surf Song, was amazing.
Skiers love big storms that bring in big snow. That is, of course, unless you are at the airport trying to get to the slopes when said storm rolls in. Then you curse the storm and the havoc it wreaks on your travel plans.
Last winter, after years of trips to Deer Valley, we decided we should mix it up and I booked a four-day trip to Aspen connecting through Denver. The beauty of Park City/Deer Valley is that we can fly directly into Salt Lake and be at the mountain an hour after we land. Minimizing transitions is one of my chic family travel rules, but rules were meant to be broken, right?
If you've been to Kauai then you've no doubt seen chickens and roosters. . . EVERYWHERE.
Well, in 1992 they were "liberated" from their coops by a hurricane. Local lore has it that they have no natural predator and they tast like c-r-a to the p, so they're taking over.
And that's my fun fact for today.
We've been to Hawaii several times and the best view is from the air. On Kauai you can catch a ride with Sunshine Helicopters from the Princeville airport. We've also used Sunshine on Maui and were not disappointed.
In one hour you'll see mountains, beaches, canyons and tons of waterfalls. Your guide will also point out locations from Juaisic Park, Pirates of the Carribean and more.
Our group loved it and our pilot Greg!
Prices start at $249 pp.
New York City is an amazing place and quite overwhelming unless you're from, well, New York City. This summer we travelled to New York and spent nine days in the city. We saw, and did, everything there was to do, but there are only so many lines and museums a five year old can stand. It was during our wanderings that I discovered New York City's best children's attraction: the playgrounds.
There are literally hundreds of parks in New York City. A great resource for finding one near you is the City's Parks and Recreation page. Here are the five playgrounds that my five year old son couldn't get enough of.
Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I was a Girl Scout, but I'm all about redundancy when it comes to travel. Before we leave on a trip I make two copies of everyone's passports and visas or immunization records if required for travel.
I hold all originals. I give one set of copies to my husband to put in his bag and I leave one set home with my mom (who is always listed as our emergency contact and has a complete itinerary with our travel confirmations and whereabouts).
Finally, I take a pictures with my phone.
For our first trip to Africa I knew that we needed immunizations. What I didn't know was where to get them.
The answer: Passport Health.
Passport Health is a clinic that specializes in travel vaccinations and immunizations and they have offices throughout the U.S. They'll tell you what you need and administer it right there in the office. They can also provide antibiotics (in case of a stomach bug), malaria pills and altitude medication.
Your regular doctor or pediatrician will likely not have most of what you need because their volume isn't high enough to stock the meds. That said, take your kids records with you so you don't duplicate anything they already have.
I'm a recovering attorney/CEO turned entrepreneur. Before I could travel in style I just traveled, bed bug bites and all.True story. Today, I'm fortunate enough to visit iconic locations and stay in the very best hotels with my husband and son. So, whether you're living the champagne travel reality or just dreaming about it, I'm glad you're here!