As the air turns crisp and the leaves transform into a kaleidoscope of fiery hues, it’s that time of the year again – Halloween! Here at Mama Crow’s, we’ve been working tirelessly to bring you a bewitching collection of Halloween Wax Melts that will infuse your space with the essence of the spookiest season. Join us on this eerie journey as we unveil the secrets behind the creation of some of our spine-tingling favorites.

Vogue Vampire: Our enchanting Halloween lineup wouldn’t be complete without the alluring fragrance of Vogue Vampire. This scent is like a seductive dance with the supernatural, starting with the tantalizing top notes of Blood Orange, Ruby Red Grapefruit, and Mandarin. It then dives into middle notes of Geranium, Bourbon, Oak Moss, and Dark Patchouli, finally resting on notes of Black Amber, Sandal Tree, Cashmere, and Musk. With Vogue Vampire, we’ve captured the essence of a creature of the night, elegant yet mysterious.

Vampire Vogue Halloween themed wax melts

Werewolf: In the moonlight, things take a beastly turn with our Werewolf Wax Melts. This scent is sexy and animalistic, with fresh citrus highlights dancing around the heart of lavender and ylang. An earthy signature of patchouli and spiced wood leads to a base of warm animal tones, while leather and musk balance with balsamic undertones, and hints of powdery vanilla complete the blend. Inspired by the transformation under the full moon, Werewolf is a thrilling olfactory adventure.

Halloween inspired wax melts

Boogeyman: Just in time for the spooky season, Boogeyman Wax Melts bring a little sweet and a little spicy to your Halloween festivities. This fragrance opens with notes of geranium, bergamot, cinnamon, and rich Indian spices, creating a spellbinding aroma. The earthy notes of amber and woods, combined with a hint of musk, add an alluring depth to the scent. Boogeyman is the perfect companion for those who love a touch of the macabre.

Bitches Brew wax melts

Bitches Brew: When crafting our Bitches Brew Wax Melts, we knew we needed something truly mystical and captivating for the Halloween season. The result is a bewitching blend of Fresh Brewed Coffee, Orange Zest, White Tea, Blonde Woods, Cranberries, and Cinnamon. It’s a concoction that’s as enticing as a witch’s brew simmering in a cauldron. With this fragrance, we’ve summoned the spirit of Halloween’s most enigmatic spellcasters.

Bite Me wax melts

Bite Me: Sink your teeth into the irresistible aroma of Bite Me Wax Melts. Dracula himself would fall in love with this scent that begins with fresh citrus notes of lime and orange, sparkling with effervescent highlights. This leads to a luscious blend of berry and cherry, while leafy green accents intensify the fragrance. A base of vanilla creates sweet tones that linger like a vampire’s kiss. With Bite Me, we’ve captured the essence of timeless seduction.

Trick-or-Treat: Our Halloween journey wouldn’t be complete without a nostalgic nod to the classic tradition of Trick-or-Treat. These Wax Melts are a unique and fun blend that embodies the spirit of Halloween and beyond. With top notes of pumpkin, persimmon, and apple, and middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange, and cinnamon, it’s a scent that evokes the excitement of Halloween night. Base notes of sugar cane and vanilla add a sweet finishing touch, like the joy of indulging in Halloween treats.

Creating our Halloween Wax Melts collection has been a spellbinding experience. Each scent was carefully crafted to transport you to a realm where witches, vampires, and werewolves roam freely. We’ve mixed ingredients like Blood Orange, Patchouli, and Cinnamon to bring the essence of Halloween to life, crafting fragrances that capture the spooky spirit of the season.

As we prepare for the most haunting night of the year, Mama Crow’s invites you to embrace the magic of Halloween with our Wax Melts collection. Light them up, let the scents fill your space, and transport yourself to a world where every day is Halloween. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the enchantment and let Mama Crow’s Halloween Wax Melts cast a bewitching spell on your senses this season!

Corpus Christi, Texas, is a vibrant city with a rich coastal heritage, offering a delightful blend of history, nature, and entertainment. Whether you’re fascinated by aviation history, eager to soak up the sun on sandy beaches, interested in exploring diverse cultural attractions, or a devoted fan of Selena Quintanilla, Corpus Christi has something to captivate every traveler. So, pack your bags and get ready to experience the unique charm of this Texan gem.

Interesting Facts:

  • Sparkling Shorelines: Corpus Christi boasts 113 miles of beautiful Gulf of Mexico coastline, making it an ideal destination for beach lovers and water enthusiasts.
  • Selena’s Legacy: The city is famous for being the hometown of Selena Quintanilla, the “Queen of Tejano Music.” Visitors can explore the Selena Museum to learn about her life and remarkable music career.
  • Aviation History: Corpus Christi is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, one of the oldest naval aviation facilities in the United States. Witnessing the impressive aircraft in action is a thrilling experience.
  • The Texas State Aquarium: An exciting marine world awaits at the Texas State Aquarium, where visitors can witness aquatic life up close and even have the chance to touch stingrays and sharks.

Useful Information:

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to travel to Corpus Christi is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the crowds are thinner.
  • What to Wear: As a coastal city, Corpus Christi has a warm climate. Pack lightweight and breathable clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat for sun protection.
  • Getting Around: Renting a car is the most convenient way to get around Corpus Christi and explore nearby attractions. Additionally, ride-sharing services and taxis are readily available for shorter trips.

What to Do:

  • Visit the Selena Museum: Pay homage to the iconic singer, Selena Quintanilla, by visiting the Selena Museum in her hometown. Learn about her life, music, and lasting impact on the world of entertainment. Fans and music enthusiasts will find this experience truly special.
  • Explore the USS Lexington: Explore the “Blue Ghost,” the USS Lexington aircraft carrier turned museum. Discover the history of naval aviation while admiring breathtaking views of Corpus Christi Bay from the flight deck.
  • Stroll along the Beachwalk: Take a leisurely walk along the scenic Bayfront Beachwalk, featuring picturesque views, public art displays, and various dining options.
  • Explore Padre Island National Seashore: Just south of Corpus Christi, this protected natural wonder offers pristine beaches, diverse wildlife, and a serene escape from city life.
  • Art Museum of South Texas:  Art enthusiasts will love the museum’s collection of regional and national art, including works from renowned Texas artists. The modernist building itself is a piece of art.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family which consists of six children and fifteen grandchildren. This is the next installment in the Let’s Travel to…series, a collection of short informational articles covering some of the world’s top travel destinations.

Galveston offers a blend of history, entertainment, and natural beauty, making it an exciting destination for travelers seeking a memorable experience on the Gulf Coast. Whether you’re interested in the island’s fascinating past or its modern amusements, Galveston has something to offer every adventurer.

Interesting Facts:

  • Galveston is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas, known as the “Wall Street of the South” during the late 19th century due to its thriving port and financial significance.
  • The city has a rich history and played a pivotal role in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico, hosting the “Lone Star Flag” and being the site of the signing of the treaty that ended the Texas Revolution.
  • Galveston is home to the historic Pleasure Pier, a waterfront amusement park with thrilling rides and attractions, offering nostalgic charm and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • It’s the birthplace of Juneteenth, an important event in American history, as it was in Galveston where news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865.

Useful Information:

  • Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May) and Fall (September to November) are ideal. The weather is pleasant, and there are fewer crowds compared to the busy summer months.
  • What to Wear: Light and breathable clothing for the hot summers, but also pack layers as the evenings can be cooler. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially if you plan to explore the city on foot.
  • Getting Around: Renting a bicycle is a popular and eco-friendly way to get around Galveston. The island is also easily navigable by car, and there are local buses available for public transportation.

What to Do:

  • The Strand Historic District: Explore this charming area lined with 19th-century buildings housing boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. It’s a hub for shopping, dining, and embracing Galveston’s unique atmosphere.
  • Galveston Island State Park: Enjoy nature at its best in this picturesque state park, featuring hiking trails, birdwatching opportunities, and a beautiful beachfront for relaxation and picnics.
  • Moody Gardens: An educational and entertaining attraction featuring three glass pyramids housing a rainforest, an aquarium, and a discovery center with interactive exhibits that delight visitors of all ages.
  • The Bryan Museum: Immerse yourself in Texas history at this museum, housing one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the state and the American West.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family which consists of six children and fifteen grandchildren. This is the next installment in the Let’s Travel to…series, a collection of short informational articles covering some of the world’s top travel destinations.

I love to travel and have had quite a few margaritas while on my adventures over the years. While every day is a great day for a margarita, many people get stuck with the classic lime and tequila recipes, but there is a whole world of creative margarita recipes waiting to be explored.

I have compiled a list of tasty concoctions that are begging to be mixed and sampled. So, let the celebration begin!

Chamoy Margarita
  1. Chamoy Margarita – Rita’s on the River, San Antonio, TX

This is a personal favorite from the San Antonio Riverwalk. Dressed with Lucas and a chamoy stick, it has a tangy little kick. Salty, sweet, sour and spice makes ALL your taste buds feel nice!

Bark at the Moon

2. Bark at the Moon – La Puerta, San Diego, CA

Bark at the Moon is the spiciest cocktail on La Puerta’s drink menu. It features a soul-burning chile pepper mixed with Dos Lunas Reposado, fresh lime, agave, and a hint of serrano. The heat is not for everybody, but if you are looking for spicy – look no further!

Prickly Pear Margarita

3. Prickly Pear Margarita – Red Mountain Resort, St. George, Utah

This margarita is almost too pretty to drink! The Prickly Pear is as tasty as it is beautiful. It is the perfect combination of agave and prickly pear. This one is definitely Instagram-worthy!

El Diablo

4. El Diablo – Lone Star Taco Bar, Boston, MA

The El Diablo stands out for its spicier twist on the traditional margarita. Made with reposado tequila, mezcal, lime, jalapeño, and habanero agave syrup served over ice with a chili-lime salt rim. A taste of Texas in the heart of Boston.

Viva Mexico

5. Viva Mexico – Royalton Suites, Cancun, Mexico

I love the name of this next drink, ¡Viva Mexico! I just want to shout it over and over as I sip on this minty, watermelon margarita. Why? Because I love Mexico and cannot wait to visit this beautiful country again. Hurry up November!


6. Mezcalarita – Barrio, Seattle, WA

As you can see, I like my margaritas spicy. The Mezcalarita is made by blending with Del Maguey “Vida” mezcal, high-end Giffard triple sec, fresh lime juice, and honey syrup. Then, topped with topped with sal de gusano, a traditional salt from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, created from dried agave grub worm, salt, and chile.

Wheatgrass Margarita

7. Wheatgrass Margarita – Grand Velas, Los Cabos, Mexico

I know most of you will think I’m crazy, but I do love me some wheatgrass! Somehow, it becomes more palatable, and downright delicious, thanks to tequila and her sidekick simple syrup. If you ever get the chance to visit Grand Velas Los Cabos, you have to try one!

Cucumber Cilantro Margarita

8. Cucumber Cilantro Margarita – Macayo, Phoenix, Arizona

The bartenders at Macayo in Phoenix expertly balance Herradura Reposado Tequila with cilantro and cucumber to create a delicious margarita that pairs perfectly with tacos.

El Churro

9. El Churro Margarita – Don Chido, San Diego, California

This dessert cocktail is made with cinnamon-infused El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Licor 43, lemon and lime juices, cinnamon, and agave. The margarita is dressed with lime, a cinnamon stick, and a sugared rim to finish it off.

Pancho Peppers Margarita

10. Pancho Peppers Margarita – Panama Jack Resorts, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This margarita is perfect for someone who loves the flavor of peppers but doesn’t prefer a drink that is too spicy. Bell peppers are the secret ingredient. Combined with orange and lime juice (and of course, tequila), this cocktail is filled with flavor but will not set your taste buds on fire.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family which consists of fourteen children and eleven grandchildren.

Sharing books with your kids is a great way for them to step into other worlds, build imagination, have amazing adventures, hear about other cultures, and learn to empathize with characters. It’s also a very special way to spend time together as a family and a great bonding experience for family members of all ages. 

Wouldn’t it be fun to visit the destinations where some of your favorite books take place? Here are a few classic children’s books with accompanying locations to add to your bucket list. 

Fairy Tale Places to Visit with the Kids

Kindred Spirits Country Inn

Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Prince Edward Island: This is one of my all-time favorites! Those who love this book will find Anne-related attractions all over this lovely and remote island, including Avonlea Village, Green Gables Heritage Place, and the author’s family home where her descendants still live. Kindred Spirits Country Inn and Cottages is the perfect family-friendly location to stay when visiting, offering cottages complete with kitchenettes, a heated swimming pool, and bike rentals. 

London’s Tower Bridge

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett – London, England: In London, the entire family can enjoy some of the same sights Sarah Crewe might have in the book, which is set in the early 1900s. Big Ben, the famous, huge clock in the Palace of Westminster; the Tower Bridge, a suspension bridge which crosses the River Thames; and the Royal Albert Hall, a concert hall that hosts a variety of concerts and shows. Flemings Hotel in Mayfair is a great choice for families as children under eight years old receive a copy of Fleming Frog’s book about adventures in London, frog shampoo, milk and cookies at bedtime, and slippers and a robe.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – New England: A trip to Concord, Massachusetts, one of the most picturesque New England villages, after reading this classic book must include a visit to the Minute Man National Historical Park where you can watch a video all about the American Revolution. Tour the Orchard House, the historic home of the Alcott family, and the place that Louisa May Alcott used as the setting for the book, and then visit nearby Walden’s Pond, which is a lovely place for swimming and hiking. Concord’s Colonial Inn is a great family-friendly hotel with fully furnished one and two-bedroom cottages, complete with kitchens, and a complimentary grab-n-go breakfast. 

Little House on the Prairie Historical Site

Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Kansas: Families, like myself, who love this entire book series based on the real-life adventures of the author will enjoy visiting the Little House on the Prairie Historical Site near Independence, Kansas, then they can check out the Moon Marble Factory, the Kansas City Zoo, or see the Kansas City Royals play. The whole family will enjoy Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City with a complete indoor water park and family-friendly suites.

Alyeska Resort

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George – Alaska: Alaska is a place for family-friendly outdoor activities after reading this survival story, so plan to take a hike and see glaciers, go whale watching, take a dog sled ride, go fishing for salmon or pan for gold. Alyeska Resort is an all-season resort with lots of kid-friendly activities available, an indoor pool, and townhouse suites with a separate bedroom and two full baths.

Chincoteague ponies

Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry – Assateague Island: Most want to see the world-famous ponies. You can take a boat tour or rent a kayak, and you can also go hiking on the island to see them on foot. The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel is located right on the beach, has fully furnished condos, and an Olympic sized, heated indoor pool. The property is perfect for families!

Horse-drawn carriage Central Park

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsberg – New York City: Any visit to New York has to include the world-famous New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where the two characters ran away to, as well as nearby beautiful Central Park, which is the most visited urban park in the world and offers plenty of space to run and play. From the park, a horse-drawn carriage ride will introduce visitors to the area around the park and museum. Family-friendly Affinia 50 has large suites with a separate bedroom and full kitchen, cribs, strollers and highchairs available, and you can have a complete picnic delivered to your room!

Gyeongbok Palace

A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park – Korea: Korea is home to many glorious temples, which help visitors learn the history of the magnificent country. Bulguksa Temple was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO, and the artistry of the stone relics is well worth a visit. Nearby is the Gwangju National Museum, which has cultural relics on display from Korean history through the ages. Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty and was the most beautiful and grandest of all the palaces in Korea. Today, the walled palace complex is being restored to its original form. The Lotte Hotel World in Seoul is great for families with large suites, an indoor pool, and a direct connection to the beautiful Seokchon Lake and Lotte World Adventure, one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks.

The Great Wall of China

Dragon’s Gate, by Laurence Yep – China: Naturally, visitors to China are curious to see the Great Wall, which is over 13,000 miles long and was built over 2,000 years ago to keep invaders out of China. In Beijing, take a rickshaw tour of the hutongs, traditional Chinese neighborhoods; in the village of Guilin, take a cruise along the scenic Yangshuo River to see traditional villages, bamboo groves and local farmers in the fields; and in Xian, see the notorious Terracotta Army, which is composed of stone figures of warriors, horses and chariots built in 246-208 BC. The Hilton Beijing offers large suites with separate bedrooms, an indoor pool, and special amenities for kids like cooking classes, five restaurants with children’s menus.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren.

*Note: This article was written pre-coronavirus outbreak. Keep these destinations in mind for next Easter.

Fancy a fantastic Easter vacation with the kids featuring seasonal treats, great attractions and fun activities, all set in wonderful family-friendly destinations? Depending on your family’s interests and budget, you can choose a resort in popular Florida, Caribbean getaway, Latin American adventure or upscale European break.

South Seas Island Resort, FL

Located on the stunning Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico, South Seas Island Resort is home to superb family-friendly facilities such as the Resort Pool complex featuring water slides and lagoon-style pools, a private beach, tennis court and a golf course. Accommodations range from guestrooms to condos and private villas. Kids will enjoy exploring the 330-acre wildlife preserve, learn how to swim, dress up as mermaids and pirates (for ages 4-5) and take part in the social activities offered by Skully’s Family Interactive Center. They can also get familiar with marine conservation at Sanibel Sea School. So whether you’re traveling with a 12-month baby or a teen, this resort has something to keep every kid entertained. With the resort’s Spring Getaway offer, rooms start from $499 a night and guests receive a fourth night free and over $250 savings. 

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, FL

Located between  Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Swan Resort and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort offer complimentary transportation to the park’s attractions, 17 restaurants, and five pools. For Easter, the two resorts have devised an exquisite Easter program for guests. Expect meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, bunny hop races, and traditional and glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunts. Kids will also be able to join arts and crafts tuitions and watch the movie “HOP” by the poolside. In addition to these, there’s a sandy beach, fitness club, mini-golf, golf course and spa. The kids’ club, Camp Dolphin (for ages 4-12), is open late afternoon till late at night and offers special dinners, craft workshops and movies, plus video arcades. 

Carambola Beach Resort St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Set between a beautiful rainforest and idyllic white sandy beach, the kid-friendly Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa offers accommodation in spacious studio suites overlooking the tropical surroundings and the ocean. The fully equipped kitchenettes make it easier for families to make their own meal; otherwise you can eat at the on-site restaurants and nearby eateries. The elegant Caribbean resort also has a spa, golf course in the near vicinity, fitness center and pool. 

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao 

Located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, Curacao is a wonderful destination to spend the Easter break. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is home to varied restaurants and bars, a spa, Pete Dye designed 18-hole golf course, and on-site dive operator. Kids can splash out in the protected swimming lagoon, snorkel or join the Kids Camp Arawak (for ages 3-12) that offers arts and crafts sessions, nature walks, cave exploring, sports and games.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren.

With vibrant, diverse cultures, a booming economy and southern hospitality, it’s no wonder people love visiting Atlanta. It’s easy to fall in love with the city’s delicious comfort foods, decades of rich history, and mild weather.

Interesting Facts:

  • Atlanta is the most heavily forested urban area in the country, according to The National Forest Service.
  • There are more than 70 streets that have the word “Peachtree” in their name.
  • The world’s largest drive-in restaurant, The Varsity, can be found in Atlanta.
  • Atlanta is the only city in North America that was destroyed as an act of war.  
  • The Atlanta Braves are the oldest continually operating team in Major League Baseball.

Useful information:

  • Best Time to Visit: Anytime, honestly. During Spring, especially late March and April, daytime temperatures tend to be more enjoyable. Everything is in bloom and the weather is at its best. Autumn is also a good time to visit. Late September through mid-November often has pleasant days and cool nights.
  • What to Wear: When packing for a trip anywhere in Georgia, you will always want to check the forecast in advance. The weather can be very unpredictable from one day to the next but is generally mild.
  • Getting around: Driving is naturally the most popular option. The city does cover quite an expansive area. Many people fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, and then rent a car. MARTA and the Atlanta Streetcar are available for those interested in public transportation.

What to Do:

  • The Georgia Aquarium is the nation’s largest and most magical aquarium! More than 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater house the largest single aquarium habitat in the world and more aquatic life than any other aquarium in North America.
  • Tour Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birth Home and historic Ebenezer Church. Explore the neighborhood and places that shaped the life and civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the world.
  • Piedmont Park is the premier green space and central gathering place of Atlanta with picturesque views of the Midtown Atlanta skyline. The park features jogging paths, picnic facilities, playgrounds, tennis courts, public swimming pool, two ponds, and a dog park.
  • Ponce City Market is the epicenter for shopping, dining, and gathering among locals. The venue covers over two million feet. This historic building is home to retail stores, restaurants, office space, and live entertainment venues.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren. This is the next installment in the Let’s Travel to…series, a collection of short informational articles covering some of the world’s top travel destinations.

The city of Dallas offers lots of exciting activities for families to enjoy, making it a top vacation destination for travelers with kids. From its zoos and aquariums to its beautiful outdoor gardens, there are lots of attractions to see while visiting. Parents will be happy to know that there are also a number of hotels that offer family amenities and cater specifically to children. Here’s a short list of our recommended family-friendly hotels in the Big D.

Westin Hotel Galleria Dallas

For a completely non-smoking establishment, families can stay at the Westin Hotel Galleria Dallas, which is located inside the Galleria Dallas shopping center. This gives families easy access to popular retail stores and restaurants that are located in this complex. Room service is available 24/7 and front desk service is available around the clock as well. Kids stay for free and can visit the onsite kids club for a chance to enjoy fun activities like arts and crafts. The hotel welcomes dogs that weigh up to 40 pounds, so small family pets are welcome to stay so long as they are properly supervised by their owners. The Second Floor Restaurant and The Oceanaire Seafood Room are two wonderful restaurants at the hotel where guests of all ages can enjoy seasonal entrees and locally-inspired dishes.

Residence Inn Central Expressway Dallas

The Residence Inn Central Expressway Dallas is ideal for extended stays, so anyone planning a long family vacation should consider booking a room at this hotel. Complimentary amenities include high-speed internet access and a free daily breakfast. Onsite laundry facilities make it easy for parents to wash their children’s clothing. Cribs are available upon request for people traveling with young infants, and rooms feature pull-out sofas for families who need extra sleeping space. Local restaurant delivery is a convenient option for guests who want to eat great local food from the comfort of their lodgings. The outdoor pool is perfect for hot days when families need to cool off. The hotel is only two miles away from a miniature golf course and about four miles from popular hiking trails.

Hyatt Place Hotel Park Central Dallas

For a kid-friendly hotel in North Dallas, families should try the Hyatt Place Hotel Park Central Dallas. Guests have easy access to the Dart Light Rail, which offers public transportation to local attractions in the area. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius. Free Wi-Fi is available so that guests can stay connected and 24-hour room service ensures that hotel patrons can always order something to eat. A complimentary breakfast is offered to guests every morning to help them start the day off right. People of all ages will love the onsite swimming pool and the 24-hour fitness center. Pets under 50 pounds are welcome for an additional fee, so kids can bring their favorite small dog along for the trip.

Hotel Crescent Court

Families who are in search of a luxury hotel in Uptown Dallas can stay at the Hotel Crescent Court. With a perfect blend of modern style and traditional Texas hospitality, this hotel is ideal for travelers who want to enjoy high-class amenities and comfortable accommodations while visiting the Lone Star State. The Rose Buds program is designed especially for children so that they can enjoy fun activities during their stay. The program offers kids menus for onsite dining and makes it easy for parents to request cribs, baby monitors and babysitting services. Families that want extra room can even choose to stay in spacious suites with full kitchens.

Ritz Carlton Hotel Dallas

Another luxurious place to stay in Uptown is the Ritz Carlton Hotel Dallas, which features upscale amenities and elegant furnishings in every guestroom. In-room dining is available 24 hours a day and the hotel features an onsite restaurant called Fearings Restaurant and has poolside dining options. The Ritz Kids program is designed to welcome children and help them enjoy their time at the hotel by offering fun activities and helping them explore the local area. There are several types of rooms and suites to choose from, including rooms with two queen beds to accommodate families with at least two children. The hotel is less than a mile from popular attractions like Victory Park, the Dallas World Aquarium and American Airlines Center.

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren.

Chicago, Illinois is a city full of culture, history, and interesting facts. The city is a major business hub and an important seat of culture. There are literally a million things to see and do in the city. This is a destination everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Interesting Facts

  • Many famous people have roots in Chicago, including Oprah, Walt Disney, Hugh Hefner, Al Capone, and Kanye West. It was once the home of former president, Barack Obama.
  • Chicago has many nicknames including the City of Big Shoulders, the City that Works, and the Windy City.  
  • Chicago River runs through various systems, and it’s the only river that flows backward. 
  • Over 48 million people visit the city each year. 
downtown chicago

Useful Information

  • Best Time to Visit: Over 48 million people visit the city each year. Summer travel is most popular, but if you want to avoid large crowds, fall may be a better option. It’s wise to have a general idea of what places you plan to visit before deciding which season is best.
  • What to Wear: Spring and summer tend to be mild and comfortable in the Windy City. Late fall into winter can be brutal if you aren’t used to the cold, so pack accordingly.
  • Getting Around: Most visitors choose to drive or use services like Uber and Lyft, although traffic can be very hectic. The trains of the Chicago Transit Authority can be a fun way to experience The Loop. Like most big cities, many prefer to walk in the downtown area.
Lincoln Park

Things to Do

  • The Cheney House Bed is one of the most unique places to stay. You will experience breathtaking panoramic views and a real feel for old town Chicago.
  • Lincoln Park is the home to several attractions, beaches, monuments, statues, and playgrounds. The best part is the free admission zoo found on the grounds.
  • The Navy Pier which was built as an amusement park will keep you busy throughout the day. A popular place to visit within the park is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
  • Millennium Park is located in the legendary Loop community and home to the famous “bean”, the #1 place in the city for selfies.
the bean

Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren. This is the next installment in the Let’s Travel to…series, a collection of short informational articles covering some of the world’s top travel destinations.

With a majestic desert backdrop, year-round sunshine and endless opportunities for family-friendly fun, it’s no wonder that Phoenix and the nearby town of Scottsdale are frequent destinations for travelers with kids in tow. Fortunately, there are plenty of accommodation options, and most of the region’s family-friendly resorts boast impressive amenities like stunning pools and engaging programs for the kids. If you are trying to decide on a place to stay during your Arizona getaway, you may want to consider the following list of resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

Families never have to worry about running out of things to do at this hacienda-inspired resort located in the heart of Scottsdale. The property is surrounded by two championship golf courses and breathtaking mountain views. There is plenty of room for families to splash around in the two on-site swimming pools. When it’s time for the little ones to wind down, 37‐inch flat-screen LCD HDTVs with in‐room movies provide the perfect atmosphere. For families with older children, the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch offers two Stillman Billiard Suites that include relaxing sitting rooms with an isolated deluxe king bedroom. The large living room area is centered by a full-size pool table, HDTV, 1.5 baths and deck that overlooks both the golf course and pool. These suites are the perfect space for you and your family to unwind after a day on the golf course.


Westin Kierland

As if a breathtaking pool, winding lazy river, and exhilarating water slide weren’t enough to keep kids entertained, the Westin Kierland also offers the heart-pounding Kierland FlowRider™. Thanks to this unique attraction, guests who are at least 52 inches tall can catch a wave, something that doesn’t happen very often while vacationing in the desert. Kids who are at least 42 inches tall can participate in bodyboarding instead of surfing. When you are ready to take a break from the sun, head inside to enjoy the animal habitat located in the lobby, which houses local desert-dwelling snakes and a Gila Monster.


The Phoenician

The upscale AAA Five-Diamond Phoenician Resort boasts a luxurious pool complex with a towering 165-foot waterslide and splash pad for smaller children. The splash pad provides a place to play under colorful buckets and sprinklers, while parents relax in the adjacent cabanas. When not frolicking in the pool, the Funicians Kids Club program will keep young guests entertained. Three 50″ TVs for video games, full-size Lego and magnetic wall, touch table with interactive games and a 180-gallon saltwater aquarium are just a few perks of this club. Sprawling guest rooms feature oversized bathrooms and private decks or patios.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

This lovely Scottsdale resort features an intricate water complex, which includes ten pools, slide, several fountains and other water features. Aside from all the poolside fun, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale also provides activities through the Camp Hyatt Kids Club. While attending the club, children ages 3-5 and 6-12 will play games, make arts & crafts and learn about Southwestern culture. Guest rooms are spacious and provide plenty of room, even for larger families.


The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley

The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley is the perfect choice for active families since the property offers swimming, a putting green, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and racquetball. Not to mention, some of the best hiking in Arizona is just minutes away. Guest rooms feature mini-refrigerators, playpens, high chairs, and private balconies, all bonuses for families. And of course, there’s that fresh-baked cookie that guests receive at check-in, a DoubleTree tradition.


The Scott Resort and Spa

The Scott Resort and Spa (formerly known as FireSky Resort) offers something for every member of the family. There are two pools, the first is a lagoon-themed area with private cabanas and the other a kid-friendly sandy “beach,” lined with comfortable deck chairs and plenty of shade. Plus, the resort provides spacious rooms packed with amenities, each having its own private balcony or patio. The property is conveniently located to dining and shopping venues at nearby Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town Scottsdale.


Lisa Crow contributed to this article. She is a travel writer and lifestyle blogger based in Waco, Texas. Lisa is the Head of Content at Gigi’s Ramblings and L&S Freelance Writers. She spends her free time traveling when she can and making memories with her large family that consists of six children and ten grandchildren.