Celebration in the Oaks Vendor

The holiday season can be filled with presents and family and parties and chaos. For many people, the holidays can also be a time of reflection and nostalgia and TRAVEL! My kids are teenagers now and using them as an excuse to enjoy Christmas lights is no longer valid. It’s time for me to admit [...]

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  ‘Tis the season to shop.  Hotels across the country are offering  travelers some delightful packages by partnering with mega malls and boutique shops.  From San Francisco to New York City, hotels are enticing shopaholics with everything from discounted stays and gift cards to free parking and complimentary meals. Pack your bags and bring an [...]

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Royal Sonesta Houston - Baron’s suite parlor

Royal Sonesta Houston, Texas   Kick off the holiday season with the royal treatment on the rooftop of Houston’s fabulous Royal Sonesta.  Book a stay for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and view the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony and 7 pm fireworks.  Guests also receive dessert, hot chocolate, and champagne for two.  Other perks [...]

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guesthouse hotel chicago family travel

Let’s face it, traveling with small children is no walk in the park. From schlepping gear to dealing with picky eating, it can frankly, be a total pain the butt and result in less family travel time. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Not when you visit the beautiful, family-friendly city of Chicago [...]

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View from the rocks at The Beehive Cottage in Maine

I’m similar to many travelers and enjoy a nice glass of vino local to whatever destination I’m in. It’s good for the heart, good for the brain, and yes, good for the soul, especially when making memories with loved ones, as well. TravelingMamas.com has partnered up with Expedia to highlight some great places I’ve come [...]

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Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar at State and Lake Tavern Chicago

We’ve had Chicago on our minds lately here at TravelingMamas.com, thanks to a tasty introduction to the city by Hilton. One of the most romantic things to do in any city is to explore the flavors and culinary offerings. Here are some choices we recommend for your romantic weekend in Chicago. Brunch State & Lake [...]

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Inside a 28,000 square-foot tent on the tropical island of Galveston, Texas, a team of Chinese artisans are wielding chainsaws and picks to shape blocks of ice into a holiday themed event.  The climate-controlled environment is a frigid 9 degrees. Dressed in protective garb, the ice carvers are transforming blocks of pink, blue and green [...]

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Traveling to a city can be the perfect choice for a quick weekend getaway. With just a few weekends left in the year, trying to choose which destination city is the best for your time and budget can be a challenge. At TravelingMamas.com, with the help of Hilton, we’ve been researching and a list of [...]

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Finding time to get away from it all can be a challenge when one works Monday through Friday or once the school year begins. Leisure trips can be far and few between, especially with football season and extracurricular activities. Every once in a while, though, a weekend opens up and screams “run away and get [...]

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One of my big concerns about taking a cruise was a fear of feeling claustrophobic. While I enjoy an occasional party, I am equally happy lounging in a quiet corner reading a good book. Would I be able to relax on a ship carrying more than 3,500 passengers?  My husband and I selected a seven [...]

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