No family visit to Beijing, or China for that matter, is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. There are many options as to what part of the Great Wall you can visit, depending on whether you prefer rougher terrain, steeper climbs and more run down but quieter areas. However, if taking childre [ ... ]
Polished wood, burnished brass, a giant globe of the world and a gentleman Sea Captain in a navy blue blazer greet you as you enter the foyer of Disney Resort’s Yacht Club at Walt Disney World.ou’ve now entered Disney’s version of turn-of-the-century Nantucket complete with a lighthouse and [ ... ]
Parents of toddlers – stop limiting your vacations to staycations. This is coming from a mom who has raised a ddler into a traveler once, and is doing it all over again. If you have a toddler, you have anarchy on your hands … trust me, I know! But you don’t have to stick close to home if you [ ... ]
It may not be Daniel Day Lewis walking the streets of Springfield, Illinois, but there’s likely someone who looks a lot like him. OK, it will be someone who looks a lot like Daniel Day Lewis when he looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln.
Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Dreaming of something tropical and exotic, yet Tahiti just isn’t in your budget? San Diego’s dise Point Resort feels like it’s a world away, yet there’s no passport required. Paradise Point sits on a 44-acre island on Mission Bay, just minutes fr [ ... ]
Great summer vacations start with planning. Where are we going to go? Where are we going to stay? For my kids one of their all time favorite trips was a road trip through South Dakota.
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It's always refreshing to see a new choice of hotel property near the San Francisco Airport -- and the options have gotten even better recently. Just a half mile from the airport, the hip and ultra modern new Aloft hotel is a great choice for a comfortable stay before or after flying or when vi [ ... ]
The village of Avalon is only one square mile in size, making it easy to get around, and the picturesque harbor provides a good excuse to slow down and enjoy the view.
If You Go
There are two boat companies that service the Island with daily departures from Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Catalina Passenger Service
Helicopter service is also available year-round with daily departures from San Pedro and Long Beach.
Island Express Helicopter Service
Where to Stay
While some hotels on Catalina Island cater to couples only, most are family-friendly. Here are a few top picks.
Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa
Catalina Island Vacation Rentals
(800) 631-5280 or (310) 510-2276
(800) 300-8528 or (310) 510-1884
(800) 414-2754 or (310) 510-2500
Where to Eat
Cuisine on Catalina Island ranges from hot dogs on the pier to exclusive Country Club dining. Here are some suggestions for eating out with kids that won’t bust your budget.
Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret
Buffalo Nickel Restaurant
Channel House Restaurant
Descanso Beach Club
Sally’s Waffle Shop
Catalina Adventure Tours
Catalina Island Museum
Cartopia Golf Cart Rentals
Descanso Beach Ocean Sports