Favorite Travel Articles

Today concludes our anniversary week celebration, so we end with our favorite travel pieces from our site’s first two years. This is perfect timing for your summer vacation planning, so read on to see several reviews of Arizona resorts, an Amtrak train vacation review, things to do in Vegas with kids, Washington DC attractions, Flagstaff fun, California spots and more!

Remember to always check managedmoms.com under the travel section to see if we have covered a place you are considering visiting, as our articles should give you some good money saving ideas and suggestions on what to see.  We will start with Arizona resorts and then cover some hot spots around the nation.  And as we dive into year #3, we will be adding additional resorts like Wild Horse Pass, Westin Kierland Commons Resort & Spa and more plus our travels around the nation will continue as well, so stay tuned and Happy Travels!

Arizona Resort Reviews & Flagstaff Fun

Arizona Grand Resort Review For Families



Arizona Biltmore Resort Family Review

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The Phoenician Resort Review For Families

And here is the pretty view from inside the gazebo.  Very relaxing.

 Want A Wonderful Weekend Trip?  Visit Flagstaff!

I had to get my java fix at Macys, a Flagstaff favorite for organic coffee and healthy breakfast and lunch fare.  Macys is located on Beaver Street across the street from another favorite, Beaver Street Brewery.

Washington DC Worthy Attractions

Washington DC’s Newseum Is A Must See:  My Family’s Review


Hotel Palomar Washington DC & Dupont Circle:  Our Family’s Hip Picks in the DC Area


Money Saving Ideas That Worked Well On Our Washington DC Trip


Amtrak Train Vacation

An Amtrak Train Trip Reviewed By My Teenager

Boarding Train


Family Friendly Activities In Vegas


Cool California

Cali Bound This Summer?  Check Out This Cool Carmel Resort

My favorite road trip picture as we cross the bridge that leads us to our room.

Our Cali Road Trip Adventure:  First Stop — Santa Monica

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Our Road Trip Pics in San Francisco

(See this one to see my favorite pizza in the nation so far!)

kids by Golden Gate Bridge

 Our Road Trip Adventure:  Day 4 to Monterey

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Want A Wonderful Weekend Trip? Visit Flagstaff!

Manic:  Another hockey trip.  We’ve been traveling with my son’s hockey teams for the last seven years and any time we go out of town, it is a bit hectic to prepare our home, pets and other details, so we can get away.

Managed:  This trip!  Flagstaff was so relaxing and was a nice and easy get away.  Read on to see where to stay, what to eat and where to shop.  I loved this trip and our team played well, too!  Here is our weekend away to fabulous Flag told with pictures…

This is the pretty view from our room. We miss seeing leaves change in Phoenix, but we can get our fall weather fix in beautiful Flagstaff and it is only a 3 hour drive from Phoenix. Good stuff!

Our team stayed at the SpringHill Suites and we received a terrific group rate of only $109 a night! And that included a free daily breakfast 🙂

Check out the hotel's cool lobby. Reminds me of Mad Men and the new Pan Am show. I love the retro style.

And here is where guests can lounge and eat the complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning.

And kids can play computer games here or guests can use this area to confirm flight reservations and more.

After a restful night in our room at SpringHill Suites www.flagstaffspringhillsuites.com, we ventured out to sneak in a cup of my favorite coffee before heading to my son’s hockey game.

I had to get my java fix at Macys, a Flagstaff favorite for organic coffee and healthy breakfast and lunch fare. Macys is located on Beaver Street across the street from another favorite, Beaver Street Brewery.

Just look at my yummy Cafe Mocha surrounded by delicious hot cocoa. My favorite cup of coffee in the entire world!

My hubby and my friend both ordered the scrumptious yogurt and granola from Macy's breakfast menu. I was offered a taste and the healthy bite I took didn't disappoint. It was very good!

In addition to Macy’s European Coffeehouse, Bakery & Vegetarian Restaurant, www.macyscoffee.net, I also recommend another Flag favorite place for great Thai food….

Like Thai food? Then you will love Pato Thai Cuisine on San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff.

At Pato Thai, we paired our Pinot Grigio wine with two amazing dishes.  The first dish that is pictured to the left of the rice is the Yellow Curry, which is made with potato, carrot and onion in coconut milk.  The other dish is the spicy Panang that consists of authentic Thai chili paste, peanut sauce, bell pepper, green bean, carrot and corn in coconut milk.  So incredibly tasty!  Pato Thia http://patothai.com/home.html is located at 104 N. San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff.

 And we did some shopping.  I found several favorite pieces at the Basement Marketplace located in the Old Town Shops at 120 N. Leroux. Not only were the fashions fun and fabulous, but the staff was very friendly and helpful, too.

I loved shopping at the Basement Marketplace!

And Flagstaff is a fun place for pets, too….

Our friends brought their handsome dog, Teddy up to Flag for the weekend!

Sorry I don’t have more scenic pictures of Flagstaff because it is a beautiful place to visit.  When I wasn’t at the Jay Lively ice rink (which has a fun playground) to watch my son’s team play hockey… as you can see…. I was either shopping or eating!  Flagstaff is a great place to visit for the price, for the food, for the shops and mostly for the beautiful mountains and pine trees that will soon be capped with snow.

What is your favorite Flagstaff attraction?  Share here in the comments section.