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If Cats Could Type in Key West: A Visit to the Hemingway Home Museum

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Their eyes combed the lush jungle landscape as we stood waiting at the gated entrance to 907 Whitehead Street. With a quiet gasp from my travel companions, the first orange splash of cat appeared, a bold stroke sauntering on four legs before the chartreuse shutters of the porch. It paused for a moment, gazing toward … Continue reading If Cats Could Type in Key West: A Visit to the Hemingway Home Museum

History on the Rocks: Diving into the Key West Shipwreck Museum

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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“Wreck ashore!” wasn’t always the bad news it may sound like to us today. In fact, in the Key West of the mid 1800s, where as many as one hundred ships might pass by in a day and shipwrecks appeared off the coast as often as once a week, it was great news to just … Continue reading History on the Rocks: Diving into the Key West Shipwreck Museum

Of Pirate Ships and Paddleboards: A review of Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

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Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Review of Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui, Hawaii. To say there is kid-friendly snorkeling at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is like saying the Hana Highway has a few curves in it. From the first moments we stuck our masked and goggled faces into the water it was clear that the resort’s … Continue reading Of Pirate Ships and Paddleboards: A review of Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

Momcation in Berkeley: My Review of the Spa Claremont

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Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Review of the Spa Claremont at the Claremont Hotel Club in Berkeley, California. In honor of my birthday, I was surprised with the generous gift of an afternoon at the Spa Claremont,  one of Elle magazine’s “Top 20 Spas in the U.S.” and National Geographic Traveler‘s “24 Best Spas in America.” The Spa Claremont is tucked neatly … Continue reading Momcation in Berkeley: My Review of the Spa Claremont

East Maui Escape: My Review of Travaasa Hana for Families

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Review of Travaasa Hana Experiential Resort at Hana, Maui. Each morning as the sun begins to shine on the island of Maui, rental cars rev up by the dozens to make a daily migration east. For most of these travelers, it will be a day trip bookended by the sinuous 2.5-hour outbound and return drives. … Continue reading East Maui Escape: My Review of Travaasa Hana for Families

Matter of Perception: Visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Drinking from a toilet may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those happening upon the “Sip of Conflict” drinking fountain as they enter the San Francisco Exploratorium, it is cause to at least stop and consider the prospect of doing so. As many questions are likely to arise as there are visitors pausing to … Continue reading Matter of Perception: Visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium

To the Moon: Visiting Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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In my kitchen, above the breakfast table, you’ll see a photo of Albert Einstein playing the violin with one of his most famous quotes printed below: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, scientifically speaking, a real factor in … Continue reading To the Moon: Visiting Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Into the Canyon: Hiking Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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The Navajo Loop trail is short, vertical, and offers some gorgeous hiking with changing vistas within Bryce Canyon. With the rim elevation varying between 8,000 and 9,000 feet and intense summer sun, we planned to take it slow and easy with the kids. To our surprise, they did great on the hike and we didn’t … Continue reading Into the Canyon: Hiking Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids