Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront: Stylish, swanky, and brightly colored

Could the decor in the lobby of the Best Western Fort Walton Beach Resort be any cuter? The playful colors–flamingo pink, key lime pie green, ocean blue–recall those days in the 1960s when travelers were just discovering Florida’s impossibly white beaches, turquoise waters, and fragrant orange groves.

Cheerful polka dots are everywhere! That’s my daughter in […]

Best Western Plus Beach Resort: A sweet spot on the water in Fort Myers Beach, Fl.

The Best Western Plus Beach Resort sits right on the beach, steps from southern Florida’s pretty pale green waters. It’s the sort of place where you could easily spend a week, walking the sugary white sand beach in the morning, playing a game of shuffle board in the afternoon, and falling asleep every night […]

Spring Break: Have you made plans?

My kids’ spring break is just around the corner. We’re planning a road trip through Florida, starting in Miami and tracing the Gulf Coast to Fort Walton. We hope to get in lots of beach time and see a manatee in the wild.

If you’re still looking for something to do, USA Today put together a […]

Canary Islands, Tenerife slide show

Our family visited the Spanish Canary Islands this winter. We enjoyed a week of hiking, eating, and beach going on Tenerife. Here’s a sampling of our best photos (click on photo below).

Europe has its worst travel day ever–and our family was right there in the thick of it

3 p.m. This story starts with a phone call to Virgin Atlantic Airlines.

“Hello, is the 5:50 p.m. flight to London delayed or canceled?”

“No, still on schedule.”

“But I’ve heard that all flights out of SFO are delayed three hours due to weather and Heathrow is also experiencing major delays.”

“On schedule. You better get to […]

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