I love Silicon Valley success stories, and Ridge Monte Bello is as good as they get. In the 1950s, four Stanford Research Park scientists decided to invest in a defunct vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Silicon Valley. The purpose was a weekend retreat they would share. But the vines beckoned, with sun-kissed […]
The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion! Although 11 time zones ...
Did you know you can walk on a portion of California’s famous Highway 1? It’s true! Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile stretch of road converted from a decommissioned segment of Highway 1. It gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights ...
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 ...
The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion! Although 11 time zones away, more than 50,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii from the UK last year. A friend […]
Did you know you can walk on a portion of California’s famous Highway 1? It’s true! Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile stretch of road converted from a decommissioned segment of Highway 1. It gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights above the Pacific Ocean, and more importantly, the views! I’ve wanted to try out the […]
For a while, everything in medieval England revolved around Hampshire, especially Winchester, the former capitol. Thanks in part to Henry VIII, the surrounding areas flourished when the ruler went a bit mad building castles and fortifications to save England from invasion. Henry hunted in the New Forest and his 3rd wife was from the county. Now Hampshire is the largest […]
After the last rower leaves Henley Regatta each July, the grounds magically transform into one of the UK’s leading boutique music festival. For more than 30 years the 5-day Henley Festival has brought together music, dance, comedy, street entertainment and Michelin star chefs to the banks of the Thames. I go most years. There’s nothing more spectacular on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]