Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom

Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom

Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer and PR professional who works full-time at a major medical center in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide. Follow her on Twitter at @HealthTravelMom.


Hotel Review: Vdara Resort & Spa in Las Vegas

If you’re traveling to Las Vegas, chances are you want to be right in the center of the action. But if you’re going with kids, maybe having to walk through a casino to get to your room isn’t ideal. That’s where the Vdara Hotel & Spa comes in! Smack in the middle of the Vegas Strip, but set back just far enough to be a relaxing retreat. Add big rooms with kitchenettes to the mix and you’ve got an ideal Las Vegas family hotel.   Las Vegas Family Hotel Review: Vdara Resort and Spa  The Vdara Hotel and Spa is an...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo Las Vegas

  Some people go to Las Vegas for the nonstop action, electrifying atmosphere and vibrant crowds. Other people love all that, but don’t necessarily want to be immersed in it 24/7. That’s where the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo comes in. Close enough to the Vegas fun, but a world away when you want to unwind, relax and enjoy some quiet time on your vacation. And, if you’re bringing the kids, it’s an ideal Las Vegas family hotel. The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo is just steps away from the Vegas Strip, adjacent to the...

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The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert

Once the choice hotel of the Hollywood elite, where Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin stayed and played, the Riviera Palm Springs has transformed into an enticing blend of retro sophistication and contemporary comfort. With two pools, sprawling grounds, well-appointed rooms and lots of family-friendly dining options and activities, the Riviera is a great choice for families visiting Palm Springs. The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert Located on 24 lushly landscaped acres at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, the Riviera Palm Springs captures the essence of...

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Orlando Marriott Village for an Affordable Disney World Getaway

To stay or not to stay on property when visiting Walt Disney World? That is the age old question when planning a trip, and there are strong arguments to be made both ways! But if you are looking to be near the action, have a comfortable, quality hotel room, and enjoy all the perks that come with staying at a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel, then the Orlando Marriott Village may be the perfect choice for you!   Orlando Marriott Village for an Affordable Disney World Getaway Located mere minutes from the parks, Orlando Marriott Village is a...

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Dream Destination: Dreams Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort

Winter is the perfect time to escape to somewhere warm, and an all-inclusive beach resort is just what the doctor ordered for some stress-free rest and relaxation. Dreams Los Cabos combines all the must-have amenities for a great vacation – fabulous views, a world-class spa, three pools, endless activities and unlimited food and drink. Throw in some amazing, friendly service and you’ve just nailed your dream vacation. Dreams Los Cabos Set along the sparkling Sea of Cortez in Mexico, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Resort that captures the beauty and elegance...

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MomsEscape Package at All-Inclusive Dreams Resorts

What is a vacation if not a chance to recharge and reconnect? Escape to a warm, beautiful destination, where no cash needed, and nothing to worry about except relaxing and having fun – that’s heaven. And that’s exactly what happens when you stay at one of the all-inclusive Dreams Resorts. Throw in some decadent spa treatments (MomsEscape Package), a bottle of champagne and unlimited quiet time, and that’s one happy Mom! Dreams Resorts Spa Vacation Sound too good to be true? Well, Dreams Resorts and Spas make all this fabulous-ness possible with their MomsEscape package. While most everything IS...

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Hotel Review: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

One of the original and most fabulously themed of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe Resorts in Orlando, Florida, Disney’s Polynesian Village combines all the Tiki goodness of a vintage Hawaiian vacation with the fun of visiting Disney parks. It is located right on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, just a monorail’s ride away from all the action!   Hotel Review: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Disney’s Polynesian Village is one of two original hotels that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971 (the other was the Contemporary Resort). So I can understand when people describe it as having that...

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Florida’s Tradewinds Island Resort: Your Adults-Only Getaway

Craving a few days somewhere tropical, but headed to Orlando for a work event, I decided to compromise and book a pre-business trip on the Gulf Coast in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The sugar white sand, warm water and lively beach atmosphere are as satisfying as a trip to the Caribbean but far less expensive! Where? At Tradewinds Islands Resort – an amazing destination for a grown-ups only getaway. Located right on the water in St. Pete Beach, Tradewinds Islands Resorts is actually comprised of two fabulous St. Petersburg FL hotels, Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost. Tradewinds is...

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Hotel Scavenger Hunt: How to Have Fun on a Rainy Day

Making sure your kids have a fantastic time while on vacation doesn’t always have to mean spending a ton of money. And when your plans change because of unexpected weather, an indoor Hotel Scavenger Hunt may be just what the doctor ordered to keep your kids busy and having fun at the hotel. Best of all, it’s free! You’ve spent all this money on an amazing vacation and arrive at your destination – let’s say Disney World – only to have your plans derailed by rain. Sure, you can bundle up and go to the parks and you probably...

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Mommy Needs a Drink! Best Spots for Cocktails at the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t adult beverages to be found. When you need a break, here are the best spots to enjoy a drink at the Happiest Place on Earth. Last year I fulfilled my “Lifelong Disney Dream” of getting to “Drink Around the World” at Epcot. Margaritas in Mexico! Champagne in France! Beer in Germany! It was so darn fun. And although I am not a huge drinker, it did make me wonder if throwing back a few cold ones at...

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