Purple trees in California – Dancing in the purple rain

Purple trees in California – Dancing in the purple rain

In late spring, I started noticing these purple trees popping up all around our new home in southern California. So ethereal and vibrant, I was captivated. Purple has always been my favorite color. I started taking walks simply to seek out more of these purple wonders. And eventually some meandering drives. I even got my…

Quick Itinerary Guide: Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – Summer Edition
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Quick Itinerary Guide: Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – Summer Edition

Lake Tahoe is a breathtakingly beautiful freshwater lake nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains straddling the California Nevada state line. Tahoe is a great year-round travel destination, but this guide focuses on summer or the warmer months. Below you’ll find family-friendly itinerary ideas for a trip to Lake Tahoe with (or even without) kids in…

Quick Itinerary Guide: Nashville, Tennessee
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Quick Itinerary Guide: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee, commonly referred to as “Music City.” It has played an important role in the life of numerous country music artists. Regardless of whether you like country music, Nashville is still such a fun and lively place to experience. While we visited Nashville pre-kids, this itinerary guide was created with…

Quick Itinerary Guide: Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities), Minnesota
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Quick Itinerary Guide: Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities), Minnesota

Any destination can be family-friendly. Below you’ll find family-friendly itinerary suggestions for a trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Before you dive into the guide, you may want to first read Understanding a Quick Itinerary Guide. This will provide you with details on our trip planning philosophy, why it’s a quick guide, and what resources we use to…

Places in San Francisco not to miss for the best Golden Gate Bridge views
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Places in San Francisco not to miss for the best Golden Gate Bridge views

Is there anything more synonymous with San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge? From TV shows, movies, postcards and more, this iconic landmark is often the first thing people think of when they picture San Francisco. Here are some of the best spots in the city not to miss for amazing views of the Golden…

Quick Itinerary Guide: Park City, Utah – Winter Edition
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Quick Itinerary Guide: Park City, Utah – Winter Edition

Any destination can be family-friendly. Below you’ll find family-friendly itinerary suggestions for a trip to Park City, Utah during winter. Before you dive into the guide, you may want to first read Understanding a Quick Itinerary Guide. This will provide you with details on our trip planning philosophy, why it’s a quick guide, and what resources we…

Day trip to Bavarian Christmasland from Seattle
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Day trip to Bavarian Christmasland from Seattle

About a year ago around Christmastime we drove only two hours east but it felt like we had gone on an international trip, flown 12 hours east and landed in Germany. We were in Leavenworth, Washington though, not to be mistaken with the Bavaria region of Germany. Leavenworth is a small village nestled in the…

6 easy and beautiful family-friendly hikes near Seattle
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6 easy and beautiful family-friendly hikes near Seattle

After we moved to the Seattle area, we were excited to get outside and explore the famously beautiful Pacific Northwest (PNW). With a baby and toddler, and minimal hiking experience though, we needed to find easy hikes near Seattle. Over several months we walked and hiked the below beautiful places. If you’re visiting Seattle, these places…

Wine tasting with or without a baby in Sonoma & Napa
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Wine tasting with or without a baby in Sonoma & Napa

We visited San Francisco and Napa Valley pre-baby. Post-baby we headed back to the Bay Area and wanted to check out more wineries, but we had a baby with us this time! Is it still possible to go wine tasting with a baby? Thankfully the answer is: yes! I don’t know all the wineries, there…