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My three boys [Riley, 12, Spencer, 5, and Keegan, 2] and I love the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui—an amazing family place with a labyrinth of waterslides. On the plane ride there, I play DVD's for the kids in a small window on my PowerBook while I use the rest of the screen as my work space." (www.grandwailea.com )
Our best vacation was Family Week in July at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. My daughter, Sasha, then 7, was in the Little Forest People group—lots of tree climbing and rope swinging—while Zachary, 11, played a woodsman in the Adventure Games. I took part in a dance class for women. We met up for meals and family activities, such as yoga. It was the perfect balance of togetherness and personal discovery." (www.eomega.org )
Last summer, my 4-year-old daughter and I went to the Breakers in Palm Beach. Yes, in the middle of the heat. We loved it. The hotel was empty and much more reasonably priced than in winter. We swam early and late, and in between went inside for a hot-dog lunch and a long nap—as if we were in Rome in August." (www.thebreakers.com )
ACTOR, NOW APPEARING IN NBC'S WEST WING
We desperately need to shake our Etch-A-Sketch, so to speak. This summer, we're going to Toronto, where Jane [Kaczmarek] will be working on a movie, and our kids [Frances, 6; George, 4; and Louisa, 15 months] and I will be checking out the playgrounds and pools. Then we'll be at our house in northwestern Connecticut. For us, heaven is Mudge Pond in the town of Sharon."
CHEF AND OWNER, OLIVES GROUP RESTAURANTS WORLDWIDE
"My kids are 8, 10, and 13, and a truly memorable vacation for us was spent in a rented villa in Lucca, Italy. We got it through Tuscany Now. Lucca is in the Tuscan hills, and is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We ate simply: pasta, grilled pizza, and gelato—lots of gelato." (www.tuscanynow.com )
LIZ LANGE MATERNITY WEAR
"The best vacation we ever took with our kids—Gus was three and Alice was one—was at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida. The hotel has the perfect mix of grown-up elegance and child-friendly charm. The pools are kept nice and warm, and, best of all, they don't have edges or steps; you can just walk right in." (www.ritzcarlton.com)
"My son and I love to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal in Orlando. We play the rock-and-roll trivia contest at the pool (there's always music playing underwater) and eat lots of steak at the Palm."
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ALLURE MAGAZINE
"We always take our two boys, now eight and six, to Paris when I go there for business. The kids love the carousel and ponies in the Tuileries, and the escalator and Niki de Saint Phalle fountain at the Centre Pompidou. We end up making at least two trips to Le Bon Marché, on Rue de Sèvres, because it has a wonderful toy department. After much research, we've found two restaurants in Paris that actually welcome and embrace children: Les Gourmets des Ternes [87 Boulevard de Courcelles; 33-14/227-4304], which has exceptional steak frites, and the Blue Elephant [43-45 Rue de la Roquette; 33-14/700-4200], with great Thai food and a koi pond to look at while you wait for dinner."
CNN URBAN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT AND HOST OF NPR'S LATINO USA.
"Last summer I took my kids to Cacaxtla, one of the best places in Mexico to see pyramids and just a two-hour easy car ride from Mexico City. The site is small and manageable, and you can see underground murals with the original bright blue and red paint. Stay an hour away in Tlaxcala, at the Hotel Posada San Francisco [17 Plaza de la Constitucion; 52-246/462-6022; www.posadasanfrancisco.com]. Tlaxcala is the perfect Mexican city to visit because it's compact enough to give a feel for how real people live but big enough to be hip. We saw a Mexican teen with dreadlocks in the plaza—need I say more?