Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga is a gorgeous countryside hotel that is the only 4-star hotel in southern Iceland.  It is an hour from Reykjavik and is close to some of the most impressive waterfalls we saw in Iceland.  It was a great location to call our home base as we did the Golden Circle.  We all fell in love with this hotel and were so sad to leave it.  Click here to read all about our experience at Hotel Ranga


Reykjavik in 1 Day with Kids

 

If you have one full day to explore Reykjavik, Iceland, you may want to get an early start because there is so much to explore in this port town.  I decided I wanted the city to be about culture and the countryside to be about nature.  Here is my itinerary for a full day of fun for the entire family:

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Hestheimar Guesthouse & Icelandic Horses

Surrounded by glaciers and beautiful wonders of nature such as Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, the views surrounding the Hestheimar Guesthouse will leave you in awe.  When we approached the guesthouses we all kept saying how pretty the area around it was and that we felt like we were in a postcard.  The Icelandic horses peering at you from the fences, the mountains in the distance, and the sun starting to turn the sky a lovely shade of pink, made the experience seem surreal.  Read on to hear about our experience at the Hestheimar Guesthouse…


What I’ve Packed for Iceland

The land of ice and fire…talk about a packing nightmare.  Since we were hopping from six hotels this week my husband told me packing light was a must.  How in the world can I pack light when Iceland can have all four seasons in one hour?  As a chronic over-packer, this was going to be a challenge.  In addition to all the usual travel items, these were some extras I needed to bring:

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Blue Man Group, Boston

I never win anything, so I’m not sure why I ever entered this drawing, but a few months later I got the news that we won four tickets to Blue Man Group in Boston!  I was so excited to bring my girls and mother-in-law because we had a blast! The most interesting thing about Blue Man Group is that so many people are so confused at what exactly it is.  I thought I’d try to shed some answers to those questions…

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GullWing Beach Resort

There are some resorts that we will never forget, and the GullWing Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida is one of them.  When staying at a hotel, I don’t often know much about the accommodations I will be given, so I usually prepare for the worst but keep fingers crossed for a room that has some space for my family to spread out.  I had no idea what to expect and I can honestly say I was absolutely shocked when we walked into the suite.  It was breathtaking and I couldn’t believe we were lucky enough to be spending the entire week here!  The most nerve-wracking moment is when you place your key in the door and give it a turn.  You never know what to expect.  Well…this is what welcomed us as we walked in…

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Naples Botanical Garden

We continued our day trip to Naples, Florida with a trip to the Naples Botanical Garden.  The easy 45-minute drive from Fort Myers Beach made it a good destination and we had such a fun time that we can’t wait to go back.  This large garden consists of 170 acres open to the public daily.  Often on vacation we spend too much time running around from attraction to attraction that we don’t stop to take a breath, looks around at the beauty in nature, and just enjoy being in the moment.  The Naples Botanical Garden makes you literally ‘stop and smell the roses.’  At first I wondered if my kids might lose interest quickly, but they loved it and could have stayed longer if we had the time.  There is something for everyone here and it would be a great trip to take with multi-generations.  Here are a few of our favorite spots in the garden:

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

 Since we are staying in Fort Myers Beach for the week, we decided to make a day trip to beautiful Naples, Florida and explore some fun options for families.  My girls are animal lovers so they really enjoy going to zoos.  We decided to spend the morning at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens.  The zoo is immaculately clean and easy to navigate.  The staff is knowledgeable and welcoming to guests.  The exhibits encourage you to ask questions and give you tips on how you can help save the environment.  It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.  Here are a few of our favorite moments from our day:

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