Perfect 4th of July Weekend Staycation: Gaylord National Resort SummerFest

Seeking to go somewhere fabulous with the family for 4th of July weekend, but want to skip the excruciating holiday traffic? Head to our family's go-to vacation spot right in the DMV, Gaylord National Resort, for a SummerFest staycation!Gaylord National Resort is offering reduced room rates June 30 through July 7, which allow you to book a night for as low as $129! There is also the amazing SummerFest package that starts at $299 but include big savings that make that weekend getaway more Read more...

Favorite Weekend Getaway for DC Families: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

If you are ready for a waterfront getaway, whether this spring or after school is out for summer, the  A Parent in Silver Spring crew recommends the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. It is close -- less than two hours from the DC area! Located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake and on the idyllic Choptank River, this vacation spot is without the stresses or messes of beach traffic but still provides the sun, the swims, the entertainment and Read more...

The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg: Waterpark and Wonder

Curious about Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg? A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Wolves and I are not great friends. I’m a child of the '80's,  and I distinctly remember a fiasco where my teenage aunts were babysitting a pack of us and they thought it would be a stellar idea to pop An American Werewolf in London in the VCR. The movie terrified me and I swore off wolves forever.That was until my kids Read more...

October Must Do: Hersheypark in the Dark

Two weekends remain for Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween fun! My family and I experienced HersheyPark in the Dark for the first time last weekend and it was an excellent two days to get out of town and get into the spooky (but not too scary) season. Even the Hersheypark characters are feeling Halloween in their costumes.  TRICK OR TREAT AT TREATVILLE Kids 12 and younger are invited to dress up and enjoy a trick-or-treat adventure beginning throughout Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction Read more...

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Expect the Unexpected

Wildlife habitats, luxury accommodations, adventure activities, golf, dining, swimming and play: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania is an ideal getaway for DC-area families. A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Tucked away in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands was purchased by 84 Lumber founder Joseph Hardy III for his daughter, Maggie. The father/daughter Read more...

Emerald Springs Spa in Hershey, PA

When my friend Beth and I had our Hershey, PA getaway (without our families!) we were both wound up as tight as yo-yos. We were spending hours every day working on a major event in its last stages, helping our kids get their school years started, and striving to balance career and family demands. We were in desperate need for relaxation.Before checking in to The Hotel Hershey, we headed to the Emerald Springs Spa in Hershey for massages. I am pretty much obsessed with the mind and body benefits Read more...

Girls’ Getaway to Hershey, PA: Wine and Food Festival, Hotel Hershey and More

My friend Beth and I had an awesome, much-needed women friend getaway last weekend to Hershey, Pennsylvania which I am convinced truly is the sweetest place on earth. In the past I have enjoyed Hershey with my children, riding rollercoasters and splashing down waterslides. This time it was all about two hard-working moms relaxing for two days, sans kids.Before we checked in to our hotel on Friday we did a little antiquing at the Crossroads Antique Mall (I almost bought a perfect little Read more...

Waterfront Family Getaway Near DC: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

A waterfront, swimsuit-soaked weekend getaway without the long drive or the crowds is what the A Parent in Silver Spring crew found at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina last weekend. The resort is less than two hours from DC (only 1.5 hours for us Marylanders), located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore and directly on the Choptank River. On Friday night as we made the turn for Cambridge, we breathed sighs of beauty at the surroundings and relief as we left Read more...