Julie Cohn

Julie Cohn

Julie Cohn Before motherhood, Julie had a crazy but exciting life as a corporate travel/meeting planner. She traded corporate life for diapers and teddy bears, but continued to travel with baby in tow. Today, her baby is 15, and she is the writer of the deliciously witty cooking, travel, entertainment and family lifestyle site, A Little Bite of Life. Julie has lived several places in the US, but currently lives in Arizona with her husband, teenage son, and spoiled wiener dog. In addition to being the Good Living TravelingMom, Julie is the Google Plus community manager for TravelingMom.


10 Holiday Guest Tips to Get Invited Back Again

You know that old saying, “Guests, like fish, start to smell after three days” (Ben Franklin).  Holiday time almost always involves traveling to see family and friends. That time together can be joyous, or it can be miserable, it’s up to you.  Here are 10 tongue-in-cheek holiday guest tips so you get invited back again next year. 1. R.S.V.P:   If you have R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for your hosts, R.S.V.P. in a timely manner.  Let them know you are coming and when.  There is nothing more frustrating (as a host) than running around all day cleaning, just to find out that...

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Fairmont Hotels Gold Program Offers the Ultimate Luxury Experience

Part of the decadence of staying at a hotel is experiencing comforts you do not get at home, while still feeling “at home”.  Fairmont Hotels Gold Program, introduced in the U.S. in 2008, offers personalized luxury services for guests staying in Fairmont Gold rooms and suites.  One of the first Fairmont properties to host the Fairmont Gold Program, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, provides Fairmont Gold guests with Gold accommodations, personalized services, and a private Gold Lounge. Fairmont Gold Exclusive Services The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a sprawling, AAA five-diamond Fairmont property in North Scottsdale, Arizona, offers all guests lush hotel...

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Dreaming About Summer Family Travel

It’s the last day of winter vacation, and I can’t help but daydream about our summer family travel plans. My son is a sophomore, so our summer adventures are governed by the beginning and end of the high school calendar.  Eight weeks of summer vacation go too quickly, so we try to make the most of our summer family travel; ever cognizant of the fact that our time together is diminishing before he goes off to college. Our family has had many great vacations in the past, usually involving one or two (or six) of his other teenage friends,...

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Claremont: A West Coast Town with a New England Feel

My son has started the process of visiting colleges, and Harvey Mudd College is one of top three on his list.  With a fall break on the horizon, it was the perfect time to hop in the car and drive to Claremont for a visit.  One does not expect to drive along Interstate 10 toward Los Angeles, get off Exit 47, and find themselves in a quaint little New England college town, but that is exactly what I found in Claremont.  At 13.4 square miles, Claremont is packed with everything one would want in a great college community: good...

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort: Relaxing Family (and Dog) Fun

Complete relaxation. It’s what many families seek on vacation — and can be found at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, near San Diego. My family and I have stayed here every year for the past seven years.  Why?  Read on and find out! Loews Coronado Bay = Luxury Rooms with a View Set on the bay side of Coronado Island, about 10 minutes from the center of Coronado, the Loews Coronado Bay has a variety of guest room options available, all with balcony views of the San Diego Bay or marina. The rooms are spacious, with island-chic decor and...

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Grand Canyon Railways: Wild West Fun

For a child, there is nothing more exciting than riding a train.  The sight of the enormous steel wheels churning round and round; the wail of the whistle; the smell of diesel, and the adventure of a new destination.  Add a singing cowboy, a visit the Grand Canyon, and a train robbery, and you’ve got a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway! All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway! Travelers can board the Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) in Williams, Arizona.  Nestled among the Ponderosa pines, 40 minutes west of Flagstaff, this area offers a variety of family-friendly site-seeing, such as...

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The Road Trip Less Traveled

Many moms love traveling with their kids. I’m one of them. Every journey we take is a new adventure, and a large part of our travel together involves the road trip.  Sometimes we plan out our journey, but more often than not, we develop a rough idea of what we want to do, then get in the car and go, without a schedule or road map.  Often, we take side trips to see new places that were not part of our original plan.  Even a wrong turn can lead to a new adventure;  it is on those side trips...

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The National Steinbeck Center

Bring literature to life for your family with a visit to the National Steinbeck Center, in Salinas, California. Located in central valley, near the Monterey peninsula, the Steinbeck Center is home to the legacy of one of America’s greatest writers, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck. Steinbeck is my favorite writer, so when we walked through the front door of the National Steinbeck Center, I was practically giddy (and a little tearful) to be in a place that celebrated this great writer and his works of art. Interactive Exhibits Illustrate Steinbeck’s Writing and Life Our first stop was a small...

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Best Restaurant Mobile Apps For Travel

One of the perks of traveling to a new area is getting a chance to sample the local cuisine.  A trip to New York City would not be complete without a stop at Katz’s Deli for pastrami on rye, or Serendipity 3 for a frozen hot chocolate; a trip to Chicago would not be complete without trying the Italian beef at Al’s Beef.  But what do you do if you don’t know where to eat when you travel, or someone in your family is vegetarian or gluten-free?  Fortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to find great places...

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Hearst Castle: A Castle In California

In Europe, castles are fairly common, but in the United States, castles are hard to come by. Though Hearst Castle is not a “real” castle by European standards, it is the perfect opportunity for your family to see the enchantment of an American “castle” in central coast California. A Bungalow Becomes a Castle Set on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, near San Simeon, California, Hearst Castle was owned and built by the famous publishing mogul, William Randolph Hearst. Hearst Castle is the embodiment of the decadent life for the wealthy of the mid 1900s, complete with 56 bedrooms,...

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