Kendra Thornton - Relay for Life - Couponing
Tuesday, July 5
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
New from Apple vacations, stay in the newly refurbished all-inclusive 5-star Iberostar hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for 7 nights at $849.99. Kids 12 and under fly, stay, play and eat from $399.99. Offer is valid for travel between July 4 and August 17. With bars, discos, casinos, and spas for the parents and live entertainment, pools and Kids Club for children 4-12, Iberostar is a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy. The hotel is also equipped with 13 large family rooms where the whole family can stay together, 10 restaurants with a wide variety of food and many sports activities and instruction such as horse riding, kayaking, archery, windsurfing and sailing. Contact Royal Travel at www.royal-travel.com or for more information go to applevacations.com.
Vail is not just a ski destination. The mountain offers plenty of fun excursions for families during the summertime too. Fun free activities in Vail Village include jazz and rock concerts, guided nature hikes, volleyball, bocce, horseshoes, gondola rides, fly-fishing clinics, the state's largest farmers market and local art show every Sunday from June 20 September. Evening family fun can be had at Bol, Vail's newest bowling lounge featuring custom lanes with couches, and CinéBistro, a premium movie theater and dining experience combined. Stay at the luxurious The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort, located in the center of Vail Village. Rates start at $144 per night. Air fare into Denver is running $300. For more information about The Lodge at Vail visit www.rockresorts.comor call 866-513-ROCK (7625).
The Wisconsin Dells are located off Interstate 90/94, and an easy 3 hours north from Chicago. Stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, which is an all suites property and perfect for families. The resort features an enormous indoor and outdoor waterpark. On July 4th the fun begins at 3pm with a DJ, games, karaoke, food and drinks and then the amazing fireworks show around 9pm. They have a More Fun 4 Less promotion that gets you 10% off a two night stay or 20% off a three or more night stay. Rates start at $169.99 per night. For more information or to make a reservation, go to www.greatwolf.com or call 866.976.9653.
Ritz Carlton in Chicago
Don't have the time or budget for a full-blown vacation, consider doing a family city-stay at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago (a Four Seasons Hotel.) With a premier location inside Water Tower Place featuring American Girl and all the great shops, the hotel is an ideal destination for a family summer getaway. Children are VIPs and treated to a surprise from the Red Toy Wagon at check-in plus get a visit from the new Candy Man -- a free service for kids staying in the hotel as well as daily cookie baking with the pastry chef, backpacks for kids upon check-in, child-sized robes and an indoor pool.. The hotel also offers a Happy Campers experience for children that features use of an in-room tent and a welcome treat of S'mores. Rates start at $335 per night and the hotel is running a Third Night Free Package for the summer. To make a reservation at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, call (312) 266-1000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/chicagorc.
Helpful Luggage Tips for Family Travel
Weight, Wheels and lots of organization- that is the key to traveling with families. Traveling as a family creates some of the best memories you'll have, but can create a certain amount of stress too. Taking a little time to get organized will make the trip a lot more enjoyable.
Weight is a key feature for families that are flying to their destination. The airline baggage charges can impact the cost of the trip if you're not careful. Try to carry on as much as possible, and always be sure to keep with you all medicines and overnight clothing in case of lost luggage. Duffles are a great option for families to carry all sorts of gear from bulky jackets and sporting equipment to sand toys. Duffles are the light weights of the world, some of which are foldable to take along for souvenirs or dirty clothes on the way home. Lipault makes a great 30 inch duffle with wheels that is new from France and easy to store. Cost is $229.90 and available in a variety of colors. Purchase at all 6 Chicagoland Kaehler stores or online at www.worldtraveler.com.
It's a good idea to invest in luggage on wheels, especially for children. By the age of 3 or 4 kids will feel very grown up carrying their own baggage. Invest in real luggage as opposed to the really cute children pieces that are too small, lack pockets, and what's really cute at 4 is passed by 6. A 22' inch carry-on is the perfect size and will easily accommodate clothing for children for a week. Briggs & Riley has an expandable 22 inch roller, the largest allowable carry-on, with lots of inside pockets and organization and an outside wet pocket for trips back from the beach. Cost is $224.90 and available in red or blue. Purchase at all 6 Chicagoland Kaehler stores or online at www.worldtraveler.com.
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