Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom

Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom

Mimi Slawoff A Los Angeles native, Mimi Slawoff spent her childhood traveling with her parents and sister. The summers she spent living in Bulgaria with relatives fueled her love of travel and linguistics (she is fairly fluent in Bulgarian and stumbles through French). A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi swapped news for travel writing when she became a mom. She freelances and writes a monthly family travel column for L.A. Parent magazine (www.laparent.com). Mimi's kids - Christina, Michael and Megan - have been traveling with her since they were tots and are now hooked on travel too.


Visit Grand Junction for a Unique Colorado Family Vacation

Situated in the high desert lands of Western Colorado, Grand Junction is dramatically different from most of the Rocky Mountain State. While it has all the outdoor activities that Colorado is known for (hiking, biking, rafting and skiing), the area’s two rivers — the Colorado River and Gunnison River – merge to create a fertile valley ideal for orchards and wineries. Grand Junction is the state’s largest western city, offering visitors a surprisingly wide range of activities and dining options for a unique Colorado family vacation. Looking for a Unique Colorado Family Vacation? My recent media visit to Grand Junction...

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Crowd-Free Red River Ski Area

Located in the rustic town of Red River in New Mexico, the Red River Ski & Summer Area offers an intimate, family-friendly skiing experience. Simply put, you can’t get lost at this resort featuring a nice range of ski runs for all levels. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or expert skier or snowboarder, you’ll find beautiful forest trails from top to bottom. Located about two-and-half hours from Santa Fe, Red River’s secluded location deters mass crowds. That may be the best part. A congenial family ski resort with short lift lines and few crowds.       Family-Friendly, Crowd...

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Hotel Review Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California

Among the few hotels located just steps from a beach in Santa Barbara, California, the Fess Parker Resort is a family-friendly and dog-friendly resort with many amenities. The laid-back luxury resort is also walking distance to popular Stearns Wharf and downtown’s restaurants and shops. Los Angeles TravelingMom has the scoop with her hotel review of the Fess Parker Resort. Hotel Review Fess Parker Resort, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort While real estate is high in posh Santa Barbara, the well-manicured city offers visitors an array of lodging and dining options for all budgets. The centrally-located Fess Parker Resort (named...

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Santa Barbara’s Hangouts for Families & Dogs

There are many ways to experience Santa Barbara, a posh California beach city that attracts families, wine lovers, history buffs, shoppers (with thick wallets) and those traveling with dogs. Yes, the city known for pristine beaches, upscale boutiques and wineries also welcomes dogs. Not everywhere, of course, but to enough places that it’s easy to enjoy a weekend beach getaway with kids and dogs in beautiful Santa Barbara, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara’s Hangouts for Families and Dogs Trooper, our 13-year-old Lab mix, insists on traveling with us. As soon as he sees luggage, he...

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Family Vacation Guide to Maui

The second largest Hawaiian island, Maui is a good choice for families seeking activities, cultural opportunities and resort amenities while still experiencing a laid-back tropical getaway. Although the island is large, it doesn’t feel like a big city.  In fact, in addition to the popular tourist areas, there are many small, quaint towns anchored by mom and pop shops and restaurants. With temperatures averaging in the 70s and 80s year-round, any season is ideal for visiting Maui with kids. Family Vacation Guide to Maui Maui was the first Hawaiian island my kids visited. They loved everything about it, from...

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Holidays and Family Fun at California Theme Parks

California’s theme parks are sparkling with spectacular holiday lights and seasonal attractions, shows, parades, and tasty treats. From whimsical to classic decor and attractions, each park puts its own spin on holiday fun. It’s easy to get in the spirit of the holidays when surrounded by festive decorations, nightly Christmas tree ceremonies, carolers, high energy entertainment and even a dusting of snow. Holidays at California Theme Parks It’s Christmastime in the city and California’s theme parks are decked out in style. Santa has come to town, along with reindeer, the Grinch and other fun characters to help celebrate this...

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Kid-Friendly Holiday Events and Family Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles knows how to dress up and put on a good show any time of the year. But the City of Angels really steps up its game at the holidays. There is no shortage of holiday-themed family activities and events in downtown and at theme parks, beaches, malls and popular attractions. Festive sing-alongs, a live reindeer village, ice skating and Grinch visits are among the many family-friendly holiday events happening throughout the Los Angeles area. Whether you’re a Los Angeles resident home for the holidays or visiting the City of Angels, treat yourself to seaside ice skating and...

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Christmas Lights, Shows and Parades in Branson, MO

For a small Ozark town in southwest Missouri, Branson sure attracts scores of top entertainers and thousands of people who go to see their shows. While Branson MO is best known for live entertainment, this town of 11,000 people also has numerous theme parks, fashionista-pleasing shops, family-friendly outdoor activities and a true holiday spirit on display each year around Christmas time. Celebrating Christmas in Branson MO As a first-time visitor to Branson (and Missouri in general), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Live entertainment, yes, I’d heard the town of 11,000 people is known for scores of family musical shows....

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Best Holiday Lights Displays in California, Kauai and the Northwest U.S.

Christmas tree lighting ceremonies launch the official start of the holiday season. From glittering cityscapes to harbor boat parades (with Santa onboard, of course!), entire neighborhoods are ablaze with holiday light displays along the West Coast and Hawaii. Holiday Lights Celebrate Christmas Photo Credit: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California From festive boat parades and twinkling cities in California to the Northwest’s largest drive-through lights display, and unique illuminated recycled holiday decorations in Kauai, families will find an abundance of holiday celebrations in the west, northwest and pacific. Hawaii Kauai: The 20th Annual Festival of Lights...

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Holiday Boat Parades Light Up California December Nights

From canoes to million dollar yachts, holiday boat parades feature a dazzling variety of vessels all dressed up for the yuletide season. Whether viewing from shore or onboard a vessel, holiday boat parades are family-friendly events that often include fireworks, music and other festivities along the California coast. Where to find the Best Boat Parade of Lights in SoCal With miles of coastline and picturesque marinas, it’s no wonder that boat parades are a popular holiday attraction in California. Decked out with sparkling lights and decorations that include palm trees, inflatable reindeer and Santa, a boat parade is certainly a merry sight...

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