This story starts a couple of months before I would visit The Omni Homestead Resort, a stunning historic hotel in Hot Spring, Virginia. I needed to be in southern Maryland at 10am on a Monday morning to visit the new Camp Kesem summer camp location I helped fund by hiking across England with a gaggle of dad blogger buddies to honor a dear friend who succumbed to cancer. Phew that’s an emotional mouthful. D.C. traffic, 100 miles of hiking, terminal cancer. Facing the daunting prospect of battling both the Baltimore and D.C. beltways in rush hour traffic, I instead...Read More
Irvine, California located in south Orange County, is one of the larger cities in the region and is home to fantastic restaurants, hotels and fun for families. With John Wayne airport in town, the city of Irvine is super easy to access as well. Let’s break down the best of Irvine for family travel! Where to Stay While in Irvine, our hotel home was the Homewood Suites Irvine. Opened last year, this all-suites hotel features a free daily breakfast, a fantastic outdoor pool, workout center and amazing amenities. We had a two bedroom suite that had a full kitchen...Read More
Santa’s Wonderland is a behemoth of the Texas Christmas light scene. In fact it is the BIGGEST Christmas attraction in Texas. It began as a drive thru Texas Christmas light attraction and grew into the type of theme park that would make Clark Griswold proud. It draws Texans from far and wide to its delightful explosion of Christmas Cheer. The idea of a visit can be overwhelming so I’ll run through the Don’t Do’s but first let me give you some Christmas background on my family so you know what we’re dealing with. Christmas in the Stump household can be...Read More
Sometimes, in the life of a family travel writer and photographer, you must leave the family back at the ranch and have experiences all by your solo self. It’s a happy and sad reality all at once, but sometimes there’s not budget for +3, and so I go it alone and report back to them and to you. And then sometimes, I make immediate plans to return to that exact spot I stood, or in this case swam, with my wife and kids because the experience was so grand, so unique, and so enormous! There I was, at 6:45...Read More
Chevrolet invited us to road trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado and find adventure as part of its Find New Roads campaign. Our trip included a visit with Chevy representatives to see the family-oriented features of the Chevy crossovers, a scenic drive into the Rocky Mountains, a day at a mountain top adventure park, a dip in some natural mineral hot springs, and a scenic drive home through Northern Colorado and into Wyoming. Road Trip in a Chevy Traverse Our drive for this getaway was a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse in its (theme-appropriate) High Country trim. The Traverse has three rows of...Read More
Parkersburg, West Virginia sits at a crossroad of early American history. The Ohio river was an important waterway for westward expansion in the early 1800s and port towns sprang up to support travelers. The region also saw the first major oil fields in the United States and was a leader in oil and natural gas production into the 20th century. The Parkersburg area offers an unique glimpse back in time through walking tours, museums, and a boat ride to an island with a special story. Fort Boreman: See Parkersburg from Above Before heading into Parkersburg, drive up to...Read More
Disney World is known for providing magical childhood experiences where kids can meet fantastic princesses, be wildly spun around in giant tea cups and ride in the air with a flying elephant. That doesn’t mean dads can’t have some fun of their own during a visit, especially if you are a science fiction fan like me. From pretending to be an astronaut during a mock spaceship take-off to eating a meal at a Disney sci fi diner that replicates a drive-in movie theater, there are a lot of Disney sci fi attractions for sci-fi loving dads, and moms, to...Read More
I’m sure many people who have never ventured to Pittsburgh picture the place as a city filled with factories, steel mills and warehouses based upon its industrial past. Looking to spend some time bonding and having fun with my nine-year-old son, we embarked on a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh where both of us were familiar with its pro sports teams but neither had ever visited there before. What we discovered during our father-son road trip wasn’t the stereotypical factory town image that had been envisioned but rather an upbeat, energetic city that is full of world-class museums and educational...Read More
Just minutes north of San Diego, the community of La Jolla is famous for the challenging links at Torrey Pines Golf Course, the famous stages of La Jolla Playhouse, the renowned expertise of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the sunswept surfers at Windansea Beach. It’s also famous as an enclave for the rich and sometimes famous. And, it’s an easy place to bring your family and visit luxury La Jolla on a budget. Our family loves visiting the La Jolla Cove area the best, and we could go back again and again to watch the blue ocean waves,...Read More
Disney World not only contains four theme parks, it has over 20 resort hotels to choose. From. Over the years, my family and I have stayed at several. Each has its own unique theme and layout. More importantly, there are different price levels and amenities to choose from for your particular vacation style. Will pools be an important part of your days, or maybe easy access to the parks is more important. Here are my picks for best Disney World hotels for families to help you decide. Disney World Pop Century Resort Pop Century has always been my pick...Read More
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