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...

Luxury Family Hotel Near DC: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

If you are visiting the DC area with your kids, consider the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for your home away from home. And if you already live in the DMV, I suggest you leave the dishes and the laundry behind and head to this local hotel for an awesome staycation with your family. The A Parent in Silver Spring crew spent the night before Mother's Day at this blissful, beautiful hotel and both the adults and kids had a marvelous time. We headed over the river to Virginia and enjoyed being 10 Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains: AMAZING Family Overnight

For years the A Parent in Silver Spring crew have been sharing our opinions of local destinations and weekend suggestions, but never before have we experienced a Great Wolf Lodge getaway. Our verdict? Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains was every bit as awesome as the commercials on TV. And it was not a budget breaker! I was completely surprised and we were all completely into our howling good time at GWL. Here are our favorite aspects of the resort. The. Water. Park. OMG. This Read more...

Best of Dublin: DC to Ireland Travel Series, Part 1

7 days 6 nights 0 kids 24 miles walked 700 kilometers driven 10 churches 7 museums 4 castle ruins 2 stately homes 19 Megalithic passage tombs 50,000 cows 1 flat tire 40 pints of Guinness Countless laughs, joyful experiences and beautiful views As I shared on social media and on A Parent in America, my husband Chris and I took our very first week-long kids-free vacation. We chose Ireland, a country where my husband spent 12 years of his childhood and I had never before visited. By Read more...