Everyone in Antigua knows everyone else. With 80,000 people on the 14-by-11-mile gateway to the Caribbean, it’s easy to see why. Most reside near the capitol of St John in the northeast. The rest are scattered in the candy-coloured villages across the island. The resorts pretty much claim the coast. I learn this from […]
Last weekend I caught a preview of the new Steve Jobs film, courtesy of Visit California. Perhaps I know too much about Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley to have an unbiased opinion. I grew up in the Bay Area during the time ...
A little while back I did a review of Forest Holidays in Blackwood Forest. I told the story of how we first discovered them – on our annual trip to Scotland to see my Scottish Mother-in-Law. We were ...
Have you been to Scilly? That’s what I’ve asked everyone I know recently. I’m obsessed with this British archipelago which is 28 miles of the coast of Cornwall. I’m not surprised when many say the Isles of Scilly are on ...
Last weekend I caught a preview of the new Steve Jobs film, courtesy of Visit California. Perhaps I know too much about Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley to have an unbiased opinion. I grew up in the Bay Area during the time much of this was happening. It was a special time when Silicon Valley was the cradle of […]
A little while back I did a review of Forest Holidays in Blackwood Forest. I told the story of how we first discovered them – on our annual trip to Scotland to see my Scottish Mother-in-Law. We were on a day trip to Callandar (to see the woollen mills, of course!) and spotted […]
Have you been to Scilly? That’s what I’ve asked everyone I know recently. I’m obsessed with this British archipelago which is 28 miles of the coast of Cornwall. I’m not surprised when many say the Isles of Scilly are on their travel bucket list. The gulf stream ensures it never frosts, creating a climate where subtropical […]
One of my favourite places to stay in Lake Tahoe’s North Shore is the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista. I discovered it last April, on my trip to Tahoe to enjoy a little Spring skiing. We all loved it so much then, I knew that a summer break would be a MUST. The resort is small and […]
Not many hotels make it on to my favourites list. The ones that do have that special je ne sais quoi, I-want-to-stay-here-forever feeling. I know when I find one because I start planning a return nearly as soon as I get there. Tregarthen’s made it on to my list. Scilly is a magical place. This […]
A last minute trip to London’s West End to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, thanks to @todaytix, a new app that offers last-minute discount tickets to popular shows #travel #familytrips #musical #westend #london #londonmusical A photo posted by Susanna Scott ~ travel (@amodernmother) on Sep 13, 2015 at 2:39am PDT I […]
Want to visit Napa Valley’s legendary wine country, but not sure you should bring the kids? Won’t they get restless while you go on and on about something they won’t even be able to drink until they are adults? And what if they start pulling each other’s hair and in loud voices start asking you (and your fellow wine tasters) […]
“We’re going to Napa!” I enthusiastically told one of my Bay Area friends, intoxicated by the thought of long afternoons picking out favourite wines in one of California’s most famous sun-kissed counties. “You’re leaving the girls with your parents, right?” she asked cautiously. She wasn’t the first to question my intentions. It seemed to be a reigning theme: Wine […]
We took the ferry from Tiburon and cycled around Angel Island in San Francisco Bay! A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Aug 10, 2015 at 9:09pm PDT One of my favourite things to do when I lived in San Francisco Bay Area during the dotcom boom was to take my bike […]
Dusk: Our Forest Holidays cabin in #BlackwoodForest #familytravel #travel #England #uk #Hampshire @forestholidays A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Jun 27, 2015 at 1:27pm PDT Visits to my mother-in-law’s home in Burnside in Scotland always include long day excursions, visiting quaint towns in the Scottish countryside. On one particular trip to Calendar, after the […]
The Sunday Telegraph calls it “the nation’s most glamorous troupe”. I can only describe it a cross between a village green circus, Britain’s Got Talent and Cirque de Soleil. For years, those in the know religiously booked their tickets for Giffords Circus, an intimate, independent circus that mainly entertained those in the Cotswolds. The troupe has widened its […]
There’s something about going to an Island that is exciting and exotic. The Isle of Wight is just two hours from where we live in the Thames Valley and once you get to the crossing at Lymington in the New Forest (by far the nicer place to catch the ferry) that carefree-leave-everything-behind holiday feeling sets in. A short […]
I’ll come right out with it: I’m officially in love with Norfolk. This visit was my first and I’m entranced. In a way, the North Norfolk coast reminds me a bit of California’s northern counties. There are wide sandy beaches that go on for miles, spectacular coastline, abundant wildlife and seaside communities. They even have surfers! […]
Mention that you are visiting California and many Brits will admit aspirations of travelling Highway 1, the iconic West Coast Highway that hugs the Pacific coast. The drive itself is gorgeous, albeit a bit curvy, with stunning views around every corner. But you can’t drive all day and you’ll want to pick a few places to stop. Santa […]
Sonoma Coast for families Not many people in the UK know about Sonoma County. Located only 50 miles north of San Francisco, it’s long been a favourite getaway for city folk wanting to escape the foggy summers. With a family, Sonoma’s the perfect place to enjoy an active holiday, with kayaking/biking/hiking/fishing or just lazing in the sun. […]