Tara Settembre, VIP TravelingMom

Tara Settembre, VIP TravelingMom

From celebrity hot spots, secret entrances, to off-the-beaten path restaurants, Tara likes to be "in the know" when she travels. A mom of twin toddler boys and wife to a TravelingDad, Tara often travels with her family utilizing advice and insider tips for a true VIP experience when vacationing. You can also follow Tara’s adventures via Twitter at @TaraMetBlog and on her blog.


Why you Need to Escape & Unplug at Primland

Only two hours from Charlotte, North Carolina, Primland felt like a secluded getaway with lots to offer guests looking to escape. For kids, there is archery, picnics, family lodging and lots of land for them to discover. This luxury 12,000-acre resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia offers world-class golf, spa, farm to table cuisine, hiking, shooting and other outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty. The Big Beautiful Retreat Called Primland While 12,000 acres seemed like a large number to me, I didn’t fully grasp just how huge it was until our rental car passed...

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Grand Opening Ninjago World LEGOLAND Florida

Now open – Ninjago World LEGOLAND Florida! The 150-acre theme park in Winter Haven (just outside of Orlando) has expanded further with a new attraction and area called Ninjago World, inspired by the popular martial arts LEGO building sets and the “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” television show. The new magical world includes play areas, games, character spots and a groundbreaking interactive 4D ride that allows kids to become the ninja.   Grand Opening Ninjago World LEGOLAND Florida Everything is even more awesome at LEGOLAND Florida theme park and hotel . They’ve added a new addition – Ninjago [Nin-JAH-go] World and...

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36 Hours in Historic Cocoa Village, Florida

Historic Cocoa Village is an enchanting spot on Florida’s Space Coast recognized for being rich with old-fashioned Southern charm and hospitality. The picturesque riverfront community dates back to the 1860s.  Cocoa Village offers unique shopping and dining opportunities for tourists and Floridians alike. If you’re planning a vacation to Florida and haven’t determined your destination, don’t overlook this bohemian find.   Exploring Florida’s Quirky and Historic Cocoa Village What little I knew about Florida’s Space Coast consisted of Cape Canaveral and I Dream of Jeanie. I definitely did not expect to find the walkable and artsy Historic Cocoa Village,...

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11 VIP Tips for Beaches Resorts Negril

Spread out over a lushly landscaped 20 acres, the all-inclusive Beaches Resorts Negril epitomizes paradise. We’re talking spectacular gardens beside the sea, a sprawling Pirates Island waterpark, and plenty of activities and amenities for the whole family. With its dramatic sunsets, silky white sands, clear turquoise waters, and spontaneous island spirit, Negril’s Seven-Mile Beach has been voted many times over as one of the best in the world. Want to make your all-inclusive family vacation even more special? Read on for our 11 VIP Tips for Beaches Resorts Negril. All-Inclusive Beaches Resorts Negril Our family has vacationed at a...

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14 Kid-Friendly Reasons to Stay at Sawgrass Marriott

When searching for a family-friendly beach destination here in the States that offers the perfect mix of outdoor activity, relaxation, ideal temperatures regardless of the seasons, look no further than Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach along “Florida’s Historic Coast.” Once you try it, it’s sure to remain a family favorite you’ll return to, time and again. I know we will and here are 14 reasons why. Try Sawgrass Marriott: Your Family will Like It! Just 30 minutes from Jacksonville and 20 minutes from the historic city of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach is an ideal...

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Disney Cruise Family Packing List

A Disney Cruise is the epitome of a magical family vacation, but what to pack and what to leave behind to make for an even smoother sailing? This is where a TravelingMom Disney Cruise Family Packing List comes in handy. Whether you are new to cruising or have cruised with other cruise lines, a Disney Cruise is an altogether different experience and there are Disney-specific items you will need to pack beyond what is needed on a typical voyage. So much is already included and can be purchased on board too. Here is a family-friendly Disney Cruise Packing List and...

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Florida’s Hidden Gem Streamsong Resort

Florida’s hidden gem Streamsong Resort is located in inland central Florida. Streamsong is an unexpected VIP escape for discerning travelers who crave a personalized luxury resort experience in an inspiring natural setting. This unique resort is especially ideal for an adult getaway to unplug and reconnect. Hidden Gem Streamsong Resort An hour drive from Tampa and an hour and a half from Orlando, among orange groves and massive farmlands lies a secluded Oasis in Central Florida. Tucked within 16,000 acres. the term “hidden gem” is often an overused cliché, but that is exactly what Streamsong Resort is. Already renowned for...

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12 VIP Tips for SeaWorld Orlando

Think you’ve seen it all at SeaWorld Orlando? Think again! Here are 12 VIP tips for SeaWorld Orlando from interacting with amazing animals to fun family memories and more. All parents and families should know these VIP moments before they go to experience a more seamless and fun day at the popular Florida theme park. SeaWorld Orlando is home to exciting rides, tours, restaurants, as well as its infamous animal exhibits, shows, and interactive programs. Try petting a real live penguin or sample some of the best places to eat with these 12 VIP tips for SealWorld Orlando to...

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Record Breaking Mako Roller Coaster Opens at SeaWorld Orlando

The powerful new Mako roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando opens, challenging even the most confident thrill-seekers to experience its remarkable speed and stature. With its debut, Mako is now Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. The fifth coaster in SeaWorld Orlando’s portfolio, Mako accelerates to 73 mph as it takes passengers along an imposing, nearly mile-long track. Now guests can surge through a shipwreck reef and experience the ocean as an apex predator on SeaWorld’s all-new hypercoaster. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride!   New Mako Roller Coaster at SeaWorld When you think of SeaWorld’s theme...

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Mom Guide to Character Dining at Walt Disney World

Disney’s theme parks and Disney Resort hotels offer a variety of options for Character Dining at Walt Disney World. From princesses to Winnie the Pooh, you can meet whatever character you prefer at the many character dining spots. Character dining combines a smorgasbord of food, family bonding, memorable photograph opportunities and best of all, the chance to experience character interactions without the lines. But where to start? Here’s a handy, mom-approved guide to character dining at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Character dining is a must for children and adults of all ages when visiting Walt Disney World. While...

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