/
Close
Newsletters  | Mobile

RSS Feed Family Travel

Kids Fly, Stay, Eat Free at Atlantis

atlantis resort bahamas

Am I the only one who hears Donovan and remembers that scene in Goodfellas everytime I see Atlantis mentioned?

Okay, ridiculous confession aside, there’s good news for families looking for getaway ideas. (And really good news: this one doesn't involve Joe Pesci.) JetBlue is briefly offering a big deal: book at minimum 3-night vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas, and your kids fly free, stay free, and eat free. Book before midnight Sunday (January 20) for travel before March 7.

There are some restrictions, natch: one kid per paying adult; blackout dates from February 13-26; maximum 2 adults and 2 kids per room; etc. But you KNOW how much it costs to fly the whole family anywhere—the airfare alone represents a big savings.

Hail, Atlantis! And JetBlue.

For more information or to book, please visit JetBlue Getaways.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo of Atlantis: Floto+Warner

Insiders Dish on Charleston

201212-b-charleston.jpg

During a one-hour T+L Twitter chat sponsored by the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, T+L editors asked expert locals and Charleston insiders for their favorite places. We took some of the highlights and turned them into this mini-guide.

Where to Stay:

Charleston Place: A 442-room Georgian hotel with 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio. charlestonplace.com; doubles from $235
NotSoHostel: This 150-year property on Spring Street is a favorite of the younger crowd. notsohostel.com; doubles from $62
Wentworth Mansion Head up to the cupola for 360-degree views of the Charleston peninsula. wentworthmansion.com; doubles from $420

Where to Eat:

Bowen’s Island: A traditional seafood shack where the all-you-can-eat oyster roast is served with hushpuppies, French fries, and cole slaw. bowensislandrestaurant.com; dinner for two $30
FIG (Food Is Good): Don’t miss brunch at FIG, where the coddled sea island farm egg and ricotta gnocchi get rave reviews. eatatfig.com
HUSK: Order the BBQ plate with Virginia pork, pit beans, and rapini at this buzz-worthy southern restaurant by chef Sean Brock. huskrestaurant.com
Magnolia’s: A street-side grill with the best shrimp & grits in town. magnolias-blossom-cypress.com

What to Do:

Farmer’s Market in Marion Square: Check out this 200-year-old fair for local produce and stone-ground grits.
Firefly Distillery: This distillery is both a tea plantation and liquor manufacturer. Tour the 11-acre facility, then order a Sweet Tea Vodka martini. fireflyvodka.com
Ghost Tour: Book a 90-minute haunted graveyard carriage ride with Bulldog Tours. bulldogtours.com; tours from $18
King Street: Charleston’s three-mile shopping promenade is lined with independent boutiques, including the well-known Heirloom Books. heirloombookcompany.com
Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge: This single cable-stayed bridge opened in 2005; head across for views of the Cooper River.
Sullivan’s Island: At the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island is home to sea turtles and tidal creeks, and it’s all just a 15-minute drive from King Street.

To learn more about Twitter Chats hosted by T+L editors, email “yes” to TLSocial@aexp.com.


Wake Up in Paradise: EX-PATS Escapes to Belize

EX-PATS, the Reserve Channel’s new YouTube series, showcases people who've abandoned the home front to pursue their passions in a more exotic culture.

In this next episode of EX-PATS, host Savannah Jane Buffet takes a trip to Placencia, Belize to visit Pam and John Solomon. After living the fast life in New York City, the couple decided to resign to paradise, packing their love for food and drink, and opening RumFish y Vino restaurant in this Belizean fishing village.

Now parents, Pam and John are thrilled to be raising their daughter, Libby, in a country where farm- or sea-to-table is the only way to eat. Press play to catch the island breeze.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Washington D.C. Mall


View Washington, D.C. Mall in a larger map

We asked true travel pros what to do near the Washington D.C. Mall. Want to share your advice? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the most moving experiences in D.C.” —Gail Goldberg, via Facebook

“I always order the St.-Germain cocktail at POV, on the roof of the W Hotel.” — Elizabeth Conway, via Facebook

Read More

A Year of Weeklong Surprises at Disney in 2013

20121017-disney-blogjpg

Yesterday, Disney announced Limited Time Magic—a year’s worth of weeklong celebrations for visitors to its Disney World and Disneyland resorts in 2013.

The announcement was made at a press event laden with the happy Disney touches (a barbershop quartet cheerily singing boy-band hits, a Mickey appearance, and a castle carved from 45,000 pounds of ice) but also a dark taste of the queen’s poisoned apple—a panel of marketing experts and psychologists placed surprisingly grim emphasis on the fleeting nature of childhood and the parents’ limited and precious time with their kids.

The 52 weeklong celebrations will feature limited-time elements—themed souvenirs that won’t be offered again, entertainment that will be performed only that week, special menu.

Read More

$100 for a Carry-On Item?! Ship Your Luggage Instead

empty airport corridor

Spirit Airlines announced last week that beginning November 6, passengers arriving at their departure gate with a carry-on bag would be charged $100. If the passenger paid for the carry-on when they booked the ticket, the fee would drop to a who-could-possibly-object $30. For a carry-on bag!

New fees like these continue to be tacked on to airfares—and not just by cut-rate airlines like Spirit—plus travelers who actually pay for and check suitcases have to suffer through the vile rugby scrum at the baggage carousel. Options, like the ScotteVest, the jacket that conceals a Radio-Shack’s worth of gadgets, exist, but, um, our international editor Mark Orwoll looks better in it than I would.

LuggageForward.com, a baggage expeditor that uses UPS, FedEx, and DHL, offers prices that are (still) attractively competitive. Pay them $99 to pick up a 50-lb. suitcase a few days before your flight and it’ll be waiting at your domestic destination when you arrive. If Luggage Forward doesn’t get it there on time, they pay you up to $200.00 per day per item, up to $500. (The company also serves international destinations. And can transport awkward items like skis, bikes, surfboards, and golf bags.)  

Read More

Live the Dream: “EX-PATS” Launches Third Episode on YouTube

The Reserve Channel’s new series on YouTube, EX-PATS, is off to a great start. As the name suggests, the show profiles people who’ve traded in their lives in the mainland U.S. for a more fulfilling existence elsewhere—they’ve followed the road less traveled, found happiness, and want to share their stories.

Created in cooperation with Travel + Leisure, the third episode returns to St. John to meet a wooden boat builder from Vermont, Jamison Whitbek, whose love of the open water and island life inspired him, and his family, to move to St. John fulltime. Today, he owns and operates a sailing charter; his hand-crafted 55-foot catamaran, KEKOA, is staffed by women—and occasionally his three kids. Watch for a peek into a dreamy life that many think about, but only a few pursue.

Where would you want to move?

Don’t Pet the Animals: Planning a Family Safari

family portrait

When I began to plan a trip to Kenya, I knew my elegant “Out of Africa” fantasies would have to wait. We were going to Kenya as a family, and traveling with two boys, ages seven and eleven, pretty much precludes “elegant” anything. Still, I had hopes for close encounters with big cats, and sundowners with my husband while we gazed over vast expanses of savannah, perhaps with a picturesque giraffe in the distance.

And in fact while we did not attain Baroness Von Blixen levels of sophistication, we did manage something almost as wonderful: our family safari bridged that sometimes painful gap between “family trip” and “vacation,” and resulted in what our older son described as “the most epic vacation ever.” 

Read More

Wave Hello to Furry Hollywood Stars

201207-b-olympic-game-farm-bearsjpg

If you wanted to entice a Hollywood actor, you wouldn’t feed him a slice of wheat bread, would you?  The Olympic Game Farm’s actors, however, will wave to you for all manner of carbs. But these retired Hollywood actors aren’t ordinary stars—they’re furry, 1,800-pound Alaskan Brown Bears.

August marks 40 years of business for the Olympic Game Farm.  Located in Sequim, Washington, the Olympic Game Farm opened to the public in 1972, when it began offering tours—both walking and driving—for people interested in viewing and feeding rescue animals, and retired Hollywood stars, along with their offspring.

Read More

Suite Memories: Maine Inn Debuts Luxury Accommodations for Families

201208-b-deck-of-two-bedroom-beach-suitejpg
Come summer, or fall, there’s no better place to be than Maine. I grew up in Vacationland, so perhaps I’m biased, but, it’s hard to argue with warm salt air breezes, overstuffed lobster rolls, and coastal scenery that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a postcard. And while there are some great seaside spots to stay in the Pine Tree State, few come close to offering what Inn by the Sea does—especially for families.

I recently checked into the Cape Elizabeth property with my husband and almost-two-year-old daughter as a way to decompress from a larger family gathering, get in some rare beach time, nose around Portland (just 7 miles away), and see first-hand what may be Maine’s first luxury suites designed with families in mind.

Read More

Advertisement

Sign Up


Connect With Travel + Leisure
  • Travel+Leisure
  • Tablet
  • Available devices

Already a subscriber?
Get FREE ACCESS to the digital edition


Advertisement


Advertisement

Advertisement

Marketplace