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.


Hotel Review: The Cape Codder Resort, Cape Cod, MA

One of the best value hotels for families on Cape Cod is a family owned resort known for its indoor waterpark in Falmouth. While getting premium pricing in the cool months, it’s a downright bargain in the summer on the Cape. The Hotel The Cape Codder is a family owned resort in Falmouth, which is centrally located on Cape Cod. It’s close to everything. Cape Cod is one of the most sought after summer destinations in New England. Visitors come for the beaches and countless chances to eat the best lobster and ice cream in your life, but usually not...

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A guide to Deluxe Disney World Resorts: Which offer the most luxury?

There are so many ways to create a more luxurious Disney World vacation both inside and outside the parks. For those seeking a luxury vacation at Disney World from start to finish, the right resort matters. Disney offers several deluxe resorts that are considered four-star resorts by hotel industry standards. Each of them has a concierge level floor that comes with the club lounge access and a concierge who assists with trip details in advance of your arrival. Choosing which deluxe resort to book depends on how you want to spend your time while in Orlando.  Parents with young children who still...

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12 Hotels with Egg-Ceptional Easter Egg Hunts

Discover 12 hotels that go way beyond a Sunday brunch. These hotels take Easter egg hunts to new heights in snow, in the dark, in historic, marbled lobbies and more. Find out where to celebrate Easter with your family with lots of edible delights. Hotels that Do Easter Right 1. Acqualina, Miami 2. Omni Mount Washington, New Hampshire 3. The Langham Huntington, Pasadena 4. Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World 5. Fairmont Grand Del Mar 6. The Lotte New York Palace 7. The Cloister at Sea Island 8. Suncadia Resort 9. Abbey Resort 10. Montage Deer Valley 11. Four Seasons...

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Family Fun in Nassau at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo

Ardastra Gardens is a zoo and conservation center close to the ports and downtown of Nassau. Popular as a Disney Cruise excursion, families can spend an unhurried morning or afternoon enjoying the birds, animals, and reptiles. The zoo is most famous for its three daily shows of marching flamingos, the national bird of the Bahamas. Unhurried Nassau Here’s a contrasting experience: Water park crowds vs. Ardastra Gardens. The zoo and conservation center is about 10 minutes from the center of downtown. It is a popular shore excursion for visitors arriving in Nassau by Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Disney Cruise ships. Ardastra...

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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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