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Don’t wait any longer! Go on a Monterey Bay Whale Watch! I dreamed of seeing whales in the wild for nearly my entire life up until 2021! I finally realized that my dream was within easy reach when we moved to the Bay Area earlier that same year. After finally getting our housing situation under control, my birthday was right around the corner so I thought, what better gift than to get on a boat! After two whale watches, and a third coming soon, I

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It is no surprise that California is home to some of the most beautiful drives in the country. Here are a few of our favorite drives that we have had the pleasure of experiencing since arriving in CA. I cannot wait to see this list grow! 17-Mile Drive • Carmel, CA Carson Pass Hwy • Hope Valley, CA Cabrillo Hwy • Half Moon Bay, CA Carmel to Big Sur, Carmel Highlands CA Glacier Point • Yosemite Valley, CA Marin Headlands • Sausalito, CA Mt Diablo

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So you are wondering how to spend a weekend in Half Moon Bay with your kids?! In the 2 years that we have lived in California, Half Moon Bay has been one of our top destinations for long weekend getaways! It started as a quick trip to the coast to see the ocean and have some lunch but I fell in love. Now I talk my family into going back as often as possible. I have also taken friends and extended family there to see

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If you are looking for a great family trip, look no further than the Central CA Coast! Santa Cruz is a fun place to visit. With plenty of options for lunch, shopping and fun at the boardwalk, you could spend tons of time here without getting bored!  We recently spent the weekend in Santa Cruz and were able to hit so many amazing, iconic spots in a short time. Here are our recommendations for a weekend in Santa Cruz! The Hable Way is an affiliate of

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After spending a few days around Avenue of the Giants, we made our way to the California coast to visit Fort Bragg. I only knew about this town because my sister used to live there and after reading more about the area, it sounded like another perfect coastal California town to explore with my family. Here are our recommendations for lodging, dining, and must-do activities if you are planning a trip to Fort Bragg. Lodging Dining Activities Lodging Surf & Sand Lodge What a great place

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Once I fall in love with a National Park, I learn every last detail about it and spend as much time as I possibly can there!  Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies my next beautiful target, the iconic Yosemite National Park. It is famous for many things, including its massive granite rock walls, incredible views, and ancient sequoias. It is an absolute must-see in California and it is just three hours from our home!  Since moving to CA in 2021, we have laid our eyes

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Fascinating family day trips around the Bay Area are easy to come by if you know where to begin! 2021 was the first year that The Hable Way has lived in California! Inside of that first year, we checked off a lot of exciting boxes on our bucket list of adventures. We decided to put together a quick, easy Bay Area roadmap for you to use if you are ever in the San Francisco area! Click the text links below the map image to learn

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The East Bay Regional Parks District is beautiful system of 73 parks in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. The parks are collectively comprised of over 125,000 acres, 1,250 miles of trails, and 55 miles of shoreline. One of the first things we did when we got to California is look for new places to hike. It is our favorite thing to do as a family and we have been completely in awe of the beautiful, well-thought-out recreational space

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Prior to living in California, every time I heard of Monterey or really anywhere on the California coast, I thought it had to be what dreams are made of! It turns out that I was right.  We recently spent the weekend in Monterey for our annual whale watch and  and were able to hit so many amazing, iconic spots in a short time. Here are our recommendations for a weekend in Monterey! The Hable Way is an affiliate of Hilton and partner with Get Your

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Our first visit to Naples Grande in Naples, Florida was in June of 2019. Since then, the ownership has changed. In 2022, the resort, golf course and tennis center sold for a total of 248 million dollars. My goal is to tell you about all that the resort offers, and what I feel the biggest differences were from our June 2023 trip to our June 2019 trip. This high-rise resort is nestled along the Gulf coast in central Naples on 23 acres. It includes a spa

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Silver Springs State Park is a fantastic natural attraction in Ocala, Florida, known for its crystal-clear springs that yield millions of gallons of fresh water every single day. It is spread over nearly 5,000 acres, with various habitats where you can kayak, boat, camp or hike to enjoy the unique wildlife and lush vegetation. Silver Springs State Park History This natural beauty has drawn humans to it’s riverbanks for more than 10,000 years. It was inhabited by the Timucua, followed by Spanish explorers, and eventually,

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I have lived 34 years without ever visiting the Sunshine State! It seems like a destination that everyone has been to! Maybe it is the beautiful weather or the endless beaches. Somehow it has eluded me for so long until June 2019! Long before kids, Kyle and I had always talked about driving the whole way to Key West. After going to Prague in April of 2019, I got the travel itch. I couldn’t wait to book another flight. I didn’t even care where it

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If you have been considering a trip to Legoland Florida, you have come to the right place. We have recommendations for places to eat, can’t-miss attractions and other pertinent details to make your trip a smooth, unforgettable experience. LODGING DINING ACTIVITIES PRO TIPS Choose Your Lodging You have a few options for lodging! There is the main Legoland hotel, the Pirate Island Hotel, and the Beach Retreat. The Legoland and Pirate Island hotels are connected and use the same main entrance. The Beach Retreat is at

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Planning a weekend in Naples? You have come to the right place! Naples is a beautiful Gulf coast town with lots to offer its eclectic array of guests. From shopping and dining, to exciting outdoor adventures, Naples has something for everyone! Here are our recommendations for a weekend in Naples: Lodging Shopping Dining Activities Lodging Naples Grande • By now, you may have noticed that we love Naples Grande! We have stayed there two times over the last few years and have left satisfied and

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Oh Savannah, I have fallen in love. Beautiful historic buildings, old-growth trees draped in Spanish Moss, and the quintessential southern charm is everywhere you look! We made plans with friends to meet in Savannah for a long weekend. They would be flying as they are a bit further away,  and we were driving. Kyle’s dad lives in SC so it was a nice way to break up the drive before continuing to GA the next day.  We were due to arrive in Savannah on Friday

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Planning a trip to Hawaii this year?Click here to head straight to the deal that can give you up to 40% off participating resorts!! * For a long time, I had been dreaming of a way to revisit the Hawaiian Islands and take my kids for their first visit! I knew they were going to love it as much as I do. So we planned a trip to celebrate our 15-year anniversary that was on August 4, 2021!  We picked Kauai simply because Kyle and I had

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Some of the coolest (and most random) places we have ever been are due to Kyle’s work… Prague, Amsterdam, Nashville! So we had another work trip on our hands… to Indianapolis! This time it was a road trip! We spend a lot of time in the car together. Most of the time, Kyle is driving and I am trying to keep the boys entertained (or maybe it’s me who needs the entertainment). When he mentioned that he may need to go to Indy, I was

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Different types of immersive art installations and experiences have been around for decades but have recently regained a lot of traction! These modern movements have helped transform and rejuvenate the importance of art in our communities. They can be temporary or permanent exhibits and are constructed in all types of environments!  My first experience with immersive art on such a large scale was in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Meow Wolf. Though this industry, like many, had a difficult year, they are a resilient bunch

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An adventure was brewing! Kyle and I got this crazy idea to drive to New Mexico this year instead of fly. We made plans with my sister to go to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque! Put it on your list right now, this is a must-see! Truth be told, I am still not great at flying, so this was an easy decision for me….or was it? Should we really drive across the country with a 5-year-old and 1-year-old? Before this trip, our youngest son Brooks

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Every year for my birthday in August, we take a quick weekend trip to a destination that is a reasonable distance from home. This year we visited Charleston, South Carolina. Kyle had to work there earlier in the year and went on and on about how he wanted to take us to visit. Conveniently, Kyle’s dad lives in Greenville, SC and his birthday is two days before mine! We thought it would be the perfect time to visit him and take our trip to Charleston.

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Botanical gardens are incredible works of living art. The dedication and 24/7 care required to keep these magnificent gardens running seamlessly is a masterpiece in itself. Thankfully, these botanical gardens happen to be all over the world. We are lucky enough to have an extraordinary garden right down the road in Richmond, Virginia.   The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was on my radar since we moved to Charlottesville. I was thoroughly looking forward to visiting it one day but didn’t have a plan. Once again, social media

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As the seasons change, we are often reminded how lucky we are to live in a place that has such beauty at our doorstep. Living near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a gift that keeps on giving. The Swift Run Gap entrance of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is less than 18 miles from our home. If the weather is nice, you can find us there nearly every weekend! Shenandoah is so vast that trying to figure out what will work

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Virginia is for lovers! It is also for history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, wine connoisseurs and more. From the mountains to the sea, this beautiful state has plenty of unique places to visit. We love to explore Virginia outdoors, so we compiled a list of a few of our favorite natural wonders!  Luray Caverns Grand Caverns Natural Bridge Shenandoah National Park Blue Ridge Parkway Luray Caverns Luray is a beautiful little town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. It sits at the base of the Blue Ridge

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Every once in a while, we will get in the car and go searching for a new place to discover. This past weekend we happened upon Somerset, Virginia. We found out that Liberty Farms was hosting their 1st Annual Sunflower Festival! This picturesque farm had 5 acres of 30 varieties of sunflowers with the Blue Ridge Mountains for its backdrop. We got to the farm early, just after opening for the day! We checked in with the ticket table and learned all about what we

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My favorite Christmas tradition includes a cool, crisp evening with hot cocoa in hand, wandering through millions of Christmas lights with my family. Having moved so often over the past few years, the venue has changed. Regardless, I have always been able to find an incredible display of lights for us to enjoy! Thankfully, for this year, I found the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. Our first experience there was late in the Summer. They showcased the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks

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Sometimes Plan, Sometimes Wing It! Ever since we bought our Tepui rooftop tent, we have been looking for destinations to take it to! Our first trip using our tent was to the 2017 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, which was a tough act to follow. Read about that adventure here! On to #TheHableStaycation2018! In the summer of 2018, I had planned an epic adventure from our home in Virginia to Nova Scotia! I made grand plans to drive the whole way around the island, stopping at different

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When traveling, we often seek out Children’s Museums in the towns that we are passing through. They are the perfect place for kids to shake off some energy, connect with others and learn new things! Richmond is a little over 1 hour in the car for us. Every so often, we drive down there to spend a few hours. We pick a spot for lunch, then visit a nearby attraction. On a recent trip, we took the opportunity to discover the Children’s Museum of Richmond

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Exciting Update!! The Dino Walk is back for 2023!! The event will officially be held on September 22-23, 2023. Tickets go on sale June 29th at 8:30 AM through Eventbrite only and will sell out.  culpepermuseum.com/dino-walk/ For the quickest info, visit their facebook page here. Over the past 6 years, the Museum of Culpeper History has held a Dino Walk event at Luck Stone Quarry in Culpeper, Virginia. They proclaim these dinosaur tracks as the largest collection ever discovered in North America. These particular dinosaurs were part

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What wine goes with Captain Crunch? George Carlin Kidding, kidding…but seriously, if you like wine, you don’t stop going to wineries when you have kids. There are plenty of family-friendly wineries in the Charlottesville area, and it is my duty to test out each one of them! I will be sure to update this list as we visit more local vineyards. Please be responsible and designate a driver to keep everyone safe! Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly wineries welcome children into their facilities & tend to have a

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With only 24 hours in D.C., we packed as much stuff in as we possibly could. Our Nation’s Capital is about a 2-hour car ride from Charlottesville, Virginia! There are so many different areas in Washington DC that we will eventually discover but for this quick trip, we stayed in the Woodley Park Neighborhood. Our hotel of choice was the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, which is conveniently located near the Smithsonian Zoo and the Embassy of the Czech Republic. We planned our whole weekend around attending the

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With just a few weeks notice, I did it. I booked our plane tickets to Prague and actually lost sleep over it. It was the farthest we have ever traveled from home and the most expensive plane tickets we’ve ever purchased. I had SO many excuses and so many reasons to say no but I am SO thankful that we went! We have been on work trips with Kyle before and I’m never quite sure how much time we will get to spend with him. He typically

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