Robin Hutson, Mindful TravelingMom

Robin Hutson, Mindful TravelingMom

Appointed by her mom to be the planner of family vacations and navigator during road trips since she was 9, Robin fell in love with travel and travel planning. With most of her career as a magazine publisher, she launched Luxe Recess: For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels in 2014 to share her passion for and knowledge of hotels with other parents. Family travel plays a key role in her personal sanity and gives her an easier path to being present with her children. You’ll see her happiest wandering historic cities and gazing at architecture, with her two kids’ shirts sporting newly made stains from local chocolate treats.


6 Reasons to Book A Disney Private Tour

A Disney World VIP tour is the ultimate way to tour the park. Though not necessary for all vacations to Disney World, there are certain advantages and circumstances best for using Disney private tours that can be worth every penny.       6 Reasons to Book A Disney Private Tour Families invest great expense in Disney World vacations. While most families assume private Disney tours are beyond their budget, there are times when their price tag makes sense. Given the thousands of dollars a family of four will spend on accommodations, park tickets, food, and transportation to experience the Disney...

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7 of the Most Romantic Hotels for Parents to Forget They’re Parents

All parents deserve a break away from the kids. Some parents get to do this on a regular basis (Good for you, but please keep that information to yourself), and many of us should celebrate these annual, biennial, or (gasp!) decennial occasions with the rarity they occur in style at these seven romantic hotels and resorts. Most Romantic Hotels Any romantic break that parents can manage to take should be treated as a special occasion, and it’s worth it to splurge. Here’s my list the most romantic hotels I’ve visited recently where I’d book for a romantic weekend. This is a follow up to...

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A Family Christmas in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island is not just a summertime destination. It offers a wintertime experience, particularly at Christmas, that’s perfect for families to celebrate the season with the greatest enthusiasm. Throughout December weekends, the area’s event calendar is filled with family activities. We couldn’t even begin to do them all, but here are our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season in Newport. A Family Christmas in Newport, Rhode Island Newport, Rhode Island is an incredibly popular tourist destination in the summertime when its marinas are filled with sailboats from around the world. There seems to be a festival for...

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Hilton Bonnet Creek Offers Affordable Luxury at Disney World

The Hilton Bonnet Creek shares a property with the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and offers the best value for affordable luxury near Disney World in Orlando. Guests have access to both properties, which means five-star amenities are available at four-star prices.   Hilton Bonnet Creek Offers Affordable Luxury at Disney World The Hilton Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando are not official Disney World resorts, but the next best thing. The Bonnet Creek properties are so close that its neighbors, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort, give the feeling that you are, indeed, on Disney property. Hotels similar would be...

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Miami Auto Show Family Fun

  The Miami Auto Show is the leading car event event in Florida. Every car manufacturer displays their newest models for attendees to enjoy. Visitors climb into models, learn what’s new, and participate in fun car and driving related activities. Miami Auto Show family attendees find a full day of air conditioned entertainment. The Miami International Auto Show opened on Saturday, September 10th and will run through September 18th at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It is a fantastic family event, not just for car enthusiasts but also for those seeking a new car in the next few years, or parents just...

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The Westin Times Square for Families: A Review

The Westin Times Square offers a location smack in the middle of the Times Square neighborhood, special family rooms with microwaves and refrigerators that can be used with snacks from their new mobile snack cart. The Westin Times Square is a towering four-star hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s most famous pedestrian traffic jam. Times Square is named for the New York Times headquarters formerly on West 44th Street and presently aims to be the heart of tourist New York. Outside the Westin Times Square’s doors one can access bus tours, Madame Tussaud’s museum, The Avenger’s Station, and Times...

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Atlantis Resort Offers the Kids’ Menu Parents Have Been Waiting For

Parents Magazine and the Atlantis restaurants have partnered to offer a parent and child approved menu at the resort. Let’s hope this is a trend many other family resorts follow. As a parent who travels frequently with her children, I embrace the adventure of exploring the world with them. But the one challenge I face is providing my children with the same type of healthy food on vacation that I would offer them at home. Because I review luxury hotels on a regular basis for Traveling Mom and my own site, Luxe Recess, I’ve become an unofficial consultant on...

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24 Hours in Tulsa, Oklahoma: With or Without Kids

Located on Historic Route 66, Tulsa is a convenient stop on any cross-country or Midwestern road trip. We’re talking hipster cafés, nationally recognized museums, and urban parks. We’ve got you covered with this fun-filled itinerary (with or without kids) for 24 hours in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa Time I was born in Tulsa, and this is where most of my family still call home. The wonderful downtown developments, the new cafés, and farm-to-table restaurants while enjoying the standbys that make me love my hometown impressed me. The millennials have made their mark, scattering craft beers and artisan food stores everywhere you...

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Stoweflake: Family Fun in Stowe, Vermont

Stoweflake is family-run resort in Stowe, Vermont, offering a packed family vacation in any season. Parents can enjoy a vacation filled with snow, or summer activities with the kids while savoring the local cheese, cider,  chocolate, ice cream, and beer steps from the hotel. Stoweflake, nestled in the heart of the popular ski town Stowe, Vermont, offers a four-season resort experience with as much to do in the summer as there is in winter. Stoweflake is run by the same family that started it three generations ago, so lots of children have come through that lobby to explore the treasures of...

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5 Disney World Secrets for Planning a Stress-Free Vacation. Really.

Mindful Traveling Mom has figured out how to take the stress out of planning a Disney World vacation with some counterintuitive advice on keeping the iconic family trip one to savor and enjoy. Read on for tips to help you do the same!     5 Disney World secrets for planning a stress-free vacation. Really. Since my niche is Mindful Traveling mom, I’ll share that we don’t seek chaos and crowds on vacation. We don’t want to wear ourselves or our kids out by the time we board a plane home either. We want to have a balance of...

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