Entries by Irvina Lew

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Close-up view of the Eiffel Tower. Landscaped gardens. An indoor swimming pool. Vegetarian and vegan wellness menus. And a butler and babysitting services. Oh yes, the elegant and sophisticated, 5-star Shangri-La Hotel welcomes families in regal style. The cast-iron gateway, the imposing porte-cochere, the domed foyer and grand stairway at this Monument Historique feels like […]

April With the Family in St. Albans City

St. Albans City, about 15 miles south of the Canadian border in northwestern Vermont, is as far north as Amtrak’s The Vermonter train travels. It’s also how my daughter and I — along with hikers and more than a few cyclists — arrived. Some were headed to the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, a scenic, 10-foot […]

Enjoy Allegretto Vineyard Resort With the Family

It’s pretty special to introduce today’s children to what western life in California was like in the 19th and 20th centuries; yet, it’s convenient for families staying at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres, in Paso Robles, California. The Tuscan-style villa opened in late 2015, because owner Douglas Ayres fell in love with the area’s […]

A Luxurious Family Stay at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

There’s always a sense of arrival at The Peninsula Beverly Hills: first, when the bellman greets you in the drive, then, in the entry, where a glorious flower arrangement signals beauty, luxe and calm. The arrival is especially exciting for young children of families participating in Camp Peninsula — a program that makes its debut […]

Multigenerational Cruising on a Barge in Burgundy

Imagine traveling on a floating home-away-from-home, on flat, calm, canal waters in the rural French countryside, just a couple hours from Paris. Slow-boat-barging, 50 miles, not per hour, but in six days, is a gift. It’s family-fun time, alone together, on a fully staffed péniche (a former commercial barge converted into a floating hotel for […]

Airport Lounges: Is the Price Tag Worth It?

While business travelers have long appreciated the significance of joining an airport club, families traveling with children might not realize the value of the expense, unless or until they watched their toddlers run through the crowds down long corridors or paid for airport meals and snacks for ravenous teens. The fact is, under certain circumstances, […]