Ann Anderson is a Mom of 3 little explorers. Her family loves road trips, National Parks, and any place off the beaten path. She lives for three day weekends where her family can be found in their packed SUV on another great adventure.
My family spent a week as guests of Majestic Dude Ranch, where we felt as if we had starring roles in the television series Bonanza mixed with a little Duck Dynasty reality TV. We can honestly say it was one of the best family vacations we have ever had! Majestic Dude Ranch espouses two things...
“There’s no place like home.” Dorothy was the first to say it, but we’ve all repeated her quote when we experience that good-to-be-home-feeling. And, that is exactly why Kansas is wonderful; it feels like home whether you live here or not.
I wasn’t so sure Cabo San Lucas could be family friendly. Forgive my cynicism; I assumed Cabo San Lucas wasn’t family friendly only because of its shrewdly named night clubs and its reputation for raucous beaches.
Alas, it’s time to store away the ski and snowboarding gear for the season. Coincidentally, it’s also time to plan the perfect ski resort SUMMER vacation. Yes, summer is the ideal season to vacation with kids at ski resorts, where outdoor recreation abounds, and luxury on a budget exists.
This winter we visited Vista Verde Ranch, an all-inclusive luxury guest ranch located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and I (aka, “Mommy Travel Agent”) actually had a vacation where I wasn’t responsible for every family member’s wants, needs and desires!
Off-season national park visits provide two huge benefits: (1) crowd avoidance, and (2) discounted lodging prices. But of course, there are many cons to the off-season. These cons include unpredictable weather, transportation issues, closed trails, limited camping and dining options, kids’ school schedules and missing out on high-season sites or activities.