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A Note From Globe Trotting Brenda

Well hello again, Brenda here! 2013 has been a busy year for me and I wanted to share some of the wonderful family friendly destinations I have visited. Maybe you are making a bucket list?  Be sure to consider these! 2013 had me criss crossing  the globe & the USA to some interesting family destinations.  I tried out the new Icelandic non stop flight Denver to Frankfurt and visited my son in Stuttgart, Germany  for Christmas week.  After years of catering to him in his youth, the tables were…Read more
Things To Do With Teens In Omaha

Things To Do With Teens In Omaha

Because I have a young son, I often focus on what to do with young kids.  However, I realize that pre-teens & teenagers aren’t going to jump up and down when presented with some of the options I wrote about in “Things to Do in Omaha with the Under-5 Set.”  After talking to several teens in our family – and dragging my 14 year old niece around town for in person feedback – I’ve compiled a list of places to go that should interest your teenager in Omaha…Read more
Things To Do In Omaha With The “Under 5” Set

Things To Do In Omaha With The “Under 5” Set

Over the past year, I’ve learned that one of bravest things you can do is travel with small children.  On top of the standard travel headaches like the extra packing, the potential for a crying jab on the airplane and other minor catastropes, small children don’t always “fit in” at the standard tourist destinations.  I’ve collected several child friendly destinations from my hometown of Omaha, NE in the hopes that parents planning a visit here can know they’re going somewhere that not only welcomes, but engages kids. Here are my…Read more
Travels With Brenda

Travels With Brenda

Dear SPT Readers, At last a long overdue travel blurb is ready for your read.  My travels this past year have taken me mostly throughout the USA so I have some great family travel tips for you for some fly/drive or driving vacations. My daughter Monique was married this past May in a gloriously beautiful outdoor ceremony at the foothills of the Rockies. And I am pleased to announce a Single Parent Tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos in early August 2011. Please email me at Brenda@maximtours.com and I…Read more
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Bayview Wildwood Resort

The 110-year-old, family-owned Bayview Wildwood Resort is one of the closest lakeside getaways to Toronto.  Situated in the historic lakefront village of Port Stanton on the shores of Sparrow Lake, the resort is just minutes away from the port city of Orillia. Modern conveniences and comfortably appointed lake view accommodations ranging from suites to four bedroom cottages are available to make a family vacation or romantic getaway memorable. Families have been coming for three generations to relax by the lake and enjoy children’s programs, safe sandy beaches, the convenience of…Read more
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National Park Week

If you are anywhere near a National Park, take advantage of free admission to all of them this coming week.  It is National Park Week and admission to all 392 of them will be waived this week. Details here!…Read more
An Update From Brenda

An Update From Brenda

The past few months has been a whirlwind of travel – my first trip to the Brazilian Amazon and an area called Recife, in the far northeast of Brazil, plus an inspection trip to Peru (my third trip to Machu Picchu and my first to the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, where I visited the floating islands, an incredible adventure/cultural experience.  In between I squeezed in some vacation time hiking the magnificent Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park in Southern California.  Let’s dip into the culture and history behind these adventure destinations………Read more
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Schooners And Sunsets

Yesterday, we had the chance to take a sunset sail on the Schooner Woodwind II along side her sister, Woodwind. As many of you know, the Woodwind was featured in the hit movie Wedding Crashers. Nothing beats a sunset sail operated by Schooner Woodwind Cruises.  The cruises include a snack and a soft drink and beer, wine and champagne are available for purchase.  We highly recommend this unique way to see the Bay. Enjoy some of the photos shot last night and stay tuned for a video in the…Read more
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Brenda & The Grand Canyon

It is that time of year again to start thinking about national park vacations and day trips into state parks.   Last Thanksgiving I spent several days at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (my 3rd trip to the big canyon) and currently am taking a 4 session evening weather class at Denver University.    Although these two items seem unrelated, it immediately prompts me to think about taking precautions to avoid weather-related disasters when vacationing in national parks.  National and state parks seem such peaceful benign places, but they do Read more
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Colorado Gold Mines

Dear Readers,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. Much of 2008 was spent exploring  my new home state of Colorado.  In this two part newsletter I will share with you some of the exciting and offbeat family attractions this beautiful state has to offer, along with a report on our Thanksgiving trip to the Grand Canyon,  and my December trip to Brazil.  For those of you who subscribe to “Parents Magazine” published by Scholastic Inc., be on the look out for an article…Read more