Over the two and a half days we were in Charlottesville on our summer family road trip, we mostly just kicked back and relaxed.  Even though the infinity pool at the Clifton Inn kept my daughter pretty busy, I dragged her out a couple of times to check out some of what the town – [...]

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Fireworks

Earlier this week, we celebrated Independence Day here in the USA. Our Canadian friends celebrated Canada Day and all around the globe countries celebrate important milestones in history by lighting up the sky with colorful bursts of fireworks throughout the year. Before we realize it, New Years Eve will sneak up on us, with more [...]

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Just a short post to rave about the food at the incredible Clifton Inn dining room.  If you go, don’t miss the chance to sit at the chef’s counter in Executive Chef Tucker Yoder’s kitchen!  I’d also highly recommend that you let Chef Yoder select what you’ll eat.  We did – and we’re still talking [...]

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Last week, my family decided to hit the road in our Prius (my husband is way into hyper-miling) and see what fun stuff we could do within a half-day’s drive of our Philadelphia home.  If you’ve been following along, you know that we headed first to Hanover, Pennsylvania, then to historic Gettysburg. On day three [...]

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Brian Harris 2011 Chevy Traverse at The Bluffs

Thanks to Brian Harris Chevrolet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, my family had the use of a 2011 Chevy Traverse to test out and review. As soon as I pulled into the driveway with this crossover family vehicle, both of my teens set to work checking out the interior for comfort and convenience. There are a [...]

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If you’ve been following my family’s summer road trip, you know that we left off in Hanover, Pennsylvania, at the gorgeous Sheppard Mansion.  While staying at the Mansion, we ventured out and about to celebrate Father’s Day; if I do say so myself, we showed Steve a great time. We started the day with the [...]

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Red velvet cupcakes decorated for Independence Day (c) Shannon Hurst Lane for TravelingMamas.com

July 4th is the day we Americans celebrate the birth of our nation. It’s a day of fireworks, family grilling, and a celebration of freedom. We’ve taken a holiday here at TravelingMamas.com and hope that you enjoy this celebration of a nation. Here’s a patriotic tune from Disney Parks – The Voices of Liberty at [...]

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image (c) San Diego Zoo

Little ones sometimes ask to visit the zoo right before bedtime. Depending on the child, you may have to convince them that even the animals have a bedtime. Take a trip to the San Diego Zoo without even leaving your home. The 100-acre Zoo has a new website for kids ages 3 to 11 filled [...]

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TravelingMamas.com founder Shannon Hurst Lane and son enjoying Fourth of July Celebration in Washington, DC

When my children were younger, we would drive down to the levee in Baton Rouge and claim a space for the Fourth of July fireworks that would explode over the Mississippi River. The Baton Rouge Community Band would play patriotic tunes and blankets with families would dot the grass near the USS Kidd. These days [...]

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Taking kids on a flight can be a lot of fun for the family, or a lot of stress for the family. Put the ball in your court by following a few of these tips to ensure flying will be a lot of fun for everyone. This past weekend on our flights to Branson, MO, [...]

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