• Antigua: 12 ace activities for families

        Known for its coral reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts, Antigua is a popular destination for Brits seeking sunshine. The nice thing about the Caribbean island is that you can do a lot — or just hang out on one of the 365 ...

Luxury weekend in the Cotswolds (with kids!)

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  If you want to experience the Cotswolds in style, the 5-star Old Swan and Minster Mill is an excellent choice. From the honey-coloured buildings to country walks and cream teas, the 15th century hotel is quintessentially English. Set in 65 acres of wild-flower meadows, gardens and woodlands bordering the River Windrush in Old Minster (just west of […]

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Antigua: 12 ace activities for families

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    Known for its coral reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts, Antigua is a popular destination for Brits seeking sunshine. The nice thing about the Caribbean island is that you can do a lot — or just hang out on one of the 365 beaches! From zip-lining, to historical tours of Nelson’s Dockyard and Betty’s Hope to swimming with […]

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Tweens welcome! Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

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  Last Saturday we stayed at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront as part of the Holiday Inn You’re Welcome campaign, which is all about families feeling welcome, whether you have muddy boots, messy eaters or stroppy tweens.  As a family, we were especially interested to hear that breakfast and kids’ meals are included with stays for children under […]

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Antigua: Elite Island’s St James’s Club family resort

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  It was hot when we landed in Antigua. A friend had warned me to wear layers on the plane, and I reminded myself to thank her as I stripped off my cashmere cardigan to reveal a white cotton short-sleeved T-shirt. Then I rolled up my jeans and looked for a taxi. St James’s Club […]

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Skiing in England!

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  I took the girls skiing today … in England!  The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead is one of the UK’s newest indoor real snow ski slopes, and the closest one to London. TBH, we really didn’t know what to expect. We’ve been to ski learning centres that have rubber/plastic slopes, which are like trying […]

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Win a family stay at St James’s Club Antigua – or another Elite Island Resort

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  As part of the #EliteIslandFamilies blogothan, the Modern Family visited St James’s Club & Villas Antigua. Now you have an opportunity to win a week’s stay there for a family of four, or at one of three other equally inticing Elite Island Family Caribbean resorts!  It’s easy to enter the BritMums giveaway, which is sponsored by […]

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24 fun things for families at St James’s Club, Antigua

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  Want to escape the UK’s grey weather? The Caribbean is one of your best bets for guaranteed sunshine, and Antigua is particularly appealing. It’s a 7+ hour flight away and close enough to the equator to give you a reliable dose of warmth anytime of the year. Compare that to Dubai, which has similar flight times, […]

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Antigua with kids: 16 important things to know before you go

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  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 […]

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San Jose and the new Steve Jobs film

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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 […]

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24 fab things to do at Forest Holidays, Strathyre

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    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 […]

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Family travel: What to do in the Isles of Scilly

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  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 […]

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15 cool things to do at North Tahoe’s Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

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  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 […]

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Favourites: Tregarthen’s Hotel in the Isles of Scilly

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  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 […]

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TodayTix back to school treat: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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    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 […]

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Napa Valley: A Modern Mother’s list of family friendly wineries

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  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) […]

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Family friendly Napa: Suggested Itinerary

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  “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 […]

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