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I caught the ski bug at 43. It’s not as if I had never been on the slopes. But, having been deposited atop a mogulled run at Alta by a boyfriend in my 20’s (he whizzed down leaving me to descend by rump), I felt fairly certain that powder was best enjoyed on a doughnut.  Then a girlfriend invited me to Park City. Instead of being coaxed into too-difficult terrain, we took lessons with an affable...

After decades of taking a back seat to New York and Los Angeles, Chicago has emerged the belle of the restaurant ball with dozens of Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards to her name not to mention accolades from top publications recognizing the Third Coast as the most exciting American city to eat in. The latest batch of eateries, many husband and wife teams, pay homage to to the Midwest with wildly creative, seasonally-inspired flavors...

Positano. Vail. St. Tropez. Yellowstone. There’s one big problem with these vacation hot spots. Everyone knows about them. So, don’t be shocked when you turn up at your hard-won summer holiday, sun-screened and ready to de-stress, only to be assaulted by fellow vacationers jostling for your place in the sun. Crowds kill my vacation mellow. I go to great lengths to preserve the fantasy that I’m less tourist than fly on the wall, a traveler...

5 Mountain Resorts to Merge Bunny slope, Moguls and Merlot Skiing as a family ranks high on the vacation hot list. But, how you transition your fearful kid into a fearless downhill Ninja is as important as where this milestone takes place. Newsflash: Snow is only part of the equation. You need to think about lift lines and crowds. Whether ski in/ski out accommodations-and ski valet- are a possibility. And, investigate the quality of the ski...

Getting kids to behave is not genetic. It's an art, a tap dance of give and take that hinges upon a parent's ability to be 10 steps ahead of looming meltdowns. This is especially true with travel. Fact: Flying with children is a disaster waiting to happen. Land mines abound: enclosed space, hunger, boredom, medical maladies, and, worst of all, non-specified freak-outs that don't have an obvious remedy. So, how can a parent stave off tantrums at...

Some assignments are pure pleasure. Like, writing the data-driven World’s Best pieces for Travel + Leisure. This year we had some newcomers. But, one thing is clear: T+L readers love Hawaii. Florida, Mexico, Southern California and South Carolina, too. Toss in some classically glorious properties in Michigan, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, GA, mix with a Caribbean paradise and dreamy slice of Costa Rica and you’ve got our WB Family Beach list for 2016. Written by editors...

Travel Like an A-Lister on a D-List Budget If you tend to ogle over celebrities vacationing with their brood in glamorous destinations -whizzing down the slopes in Aspen, yachting in Anguilla, snorkeling in Tulum-wipe up that pool of drool and know this: fabulous getaways can be had without breaking the bank. Here are four family fabulous trips inspired by celebrity globetrotting. INSPIRATION: Maria Carey and kids in Aspen WFL: Hit the slopes in Mammoth Aspen is a star-studded ski...

How to increase organization, avoid over packing, and arm yourself for potential travel disasters Any way you look at it, packing is a chore. A recurring entry on one’s to-do list that holds as much allure as emptying your child’s 3-day old gym bag. But, a vacation is on the books, so, pack you must. Though every fiber in your body tells you to procrastinate, do not give in. Last minute packers are over-packers. Especially when you...

Every parent deserves to escape the grind of parenting. This assignment for Travel + Leisure was one of my favorite projects. Instead of my usual quest for compelling family getaways, I foraged for 20 perfect parent getaways to revive fatigued moms and dads. Sans offspring. My guidelines? Properties are luxurious, low key and, for the most part, intimate in scale. Rooms are spacious and airy; the ambiance is decidedly anti-millennial. No dark lobbies, bathrooms, or rooms,...

I don’t need much of a reason to head to LA for a few days. Especially in the middle of a Chicago winter. So, after a brief chat with my husband (don’t we need a parent getaway?) we packed our bags and headed west armed with a checklist of all that is new and buzzy on the left coast. [caption id="attachment_20160" align="alignnone" width="500"] The Broad Museum[/caption] First stop after reviving myself with a vanilla iced blended from The Coffee Bean? Anastasia...