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Puttin’ on The Ritz

I’m just going to say it right at the beginning: we’re not Ritz-Carlton people. I want to be a Ritz Carlton person, but I’m not and I don’t think I ever will be. I’m the kind of person who will say “Screw it!” and book a really expensive hotel room for no reason other than […]

High atop St. Thomas

The first time I visited St. Thomas I stayed with my sister. She happened to live near the bottom of Flag Hill. She made me walk up it. I hated her for that. On this last trip, I got to go up the hill on the Skyride, a tram that takes you up to the […]

The delightful characters of Coki Beach

You never know who or what you might run into on the beaches of St. Thomas. Ex-Brooklynites, chickens, and the nicest machete-wielding man I’ve ever come across. After spending the first half of the day at Coral World swimming with sea lions, we went right next door – literally steps away – to Coki Beach. […]

Swimming with sea lions in St. Thomas

If you want to get kids excited, tell them that they’ll be swimming with some kind of sea creature on vacation. If you want to confuse them, tell them they’ll be swimming with sea lions. Fiona was asking us questions about swimming with dolphins for weeks before our St. Thomas vacation, and I kept gently […]

The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas

Yesterday I mentioned the great balcony view from our first hotel in St. Thomas. When I look for a family hotel I look for a few key elements. Everything else is fairly optional, but I need these things in order to survive on vacation with my kids: a pool, easy access to food, and a […]

St. Thomas–an intro to family paradise

When I mention St. Thomas to most people they say something like “Oh yeah, I was there for a couple hours on a cruise – but isn’t St. John beautiful?” I’ve also stopped in St. Thomas on a cruise and if that’s the only way you’ve seen it, I can understand why you would think […]

Today’s agenda: lazy pool edition

So I’m lazing by the indoor pool at our hotel with Jake (the outdoor one is closed because somebody broke a bottle into it – nice). Fiona spent the night at my mom’s. Since at this point 90% of my energy as their mother is spent keeping them from killing each other, Jake and I […]

Today’s agenda: travel edition

So after falling asleep on the couch after 3am I had to hit the ground running this morning to get as much done as possible on the kids’ last full day of school. Yes, for all of you saying “Why are your kids still in school? Mine have been out for a month!” NYC Public […]