Gwen Kleist

Gwen Kleist

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.

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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Eat Healthy on a Cruise (And How to Get Away with Eating Not-So-Healthy, Too!)

Even if you begin your cruise vacation with the best of intentions, making healthy choices can be a challenge. The nightly dessert menu and 24 hour pizza and ice cream can get the best of even the most diligent efforts. So indulge. Enjoy. But find balance on your vacation with these simple tips for eating healthy on a cruise ship. An amazing array of fresh fruit at the Disney Wonder’s buffet. Photo credit: Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom. Eating Healthy on a Cruise? One of the best parts about going on a cruise is the food. The endless, decadent, bountiful...

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Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance – Just Steps from Disneyland

Location, location, location. Just like the old real estate adage, sometimes it is all about location when you’re picking a hotel. And when you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, you really can’t beat the location of the Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance in Anaheim, California. This brand new hotel is literally across the street from Disneyland, just a 5-minute walk to the theme park’s entrance. And not only is the location to die for, the hotel itself is pretty awesome, too. Like the name suggests, the Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance is just steps away from both Disneyland and...

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Beyond Disneyland: 5 Top Things to Do in Orange County

Unless you are from Orange County, visiting Orange County, California is usually associated with going to Disneyland. And while I’m the first to say Disneyland is awesome, there’s also a whole other world of fun to be had just minutes from Anaheim. So whether you’re looking for other things to do outside the parks on your next visit to Disneyland vacation, or planning a vacation that doesn’t include Mickey at all, here are five top things to do in Orange County. Living in Southern California, we are lucky to have an amazing array of world-class activities all within easy...

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