Articles by Allie Brenner

Allie Brenner is a full-time mom and part-time freelance consultant. Her daughter Reagan is an outgoing, well-traveled five year old. Reagan has traveled everywhere from Martha’s Vineyard to Las Vegas and many places in between. Since birth, Reagan has flown commercially and privately well over 100 times on both business trips and family vacations. Through trial and error, Allie has many tips and tricks to share about seamless travel with an infant, toddler, and preschooler. She currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband, Mark.


Holiday Magic: The North Pole Experience at Little America

Last week, my daughter Reagan (5), our SuperNanny, and I participated in the most magical Christmas event in Arizona—The North Pole Experience. Tucked away in the majestic and festive pines of Flagstaff, The North Pole Experience begins at The Little America Hotel, a venue that can only be described as super quaint cabin-chic (read: lots…


5 Tips for Traveling Sans Kids

I know, I know. This blog is all about traveling with children. And doing that is our favorite. My husband and I love taking our 5-year-old Reagan everywhere. I mean everywhere. She has met with world leaders, attended political fundraisers, and dined in hundreds of adult restaurants—all before kindergarten. Nothing is off limits…except maybe really…


Top Four Reasons to Choose the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Chicago is a magical place for me during the holidays. The lights, shops, and carriage rides make Michigan Avenue my absolute favorite weekend getaway destination in December. My husband, daughter Reagan (4), and I recently stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on a Thursday-Sunday as part of a festive family vacation. Here are the…


The Magic of Martha’s Vineyard: The Top 5 To-Dos in Edgartown

My husband’s side of the family, all 21 of us—12 adults and 10 kids, gathers every summer at Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the 4th of July. His mom has been renting a home on the island for over 20 years running. It is a wonderful tradition and a lovely venue for the  cousins (all under…


Sophisticated and Fabulously French: Bienvenue au Sofitel

“At Sofitel, your children are welcomed like little princes and princesses. To enable them to share in our “spirit of openness,” we invite them to discover the cultures around the world. Like the Little Prince, they will become adventurers living a magnifique, poetry-filled journey.” Every 4th of July my husband and I travel from…


The Sanctuary Spa: A Mommy’s Retreat at Kiawah

My husband Mark and I try to include our daughter Reagan in every activity that we do while on vacation. Two things that she is not quite ready for, however, are golf and spas. Those are two activities that Mommy and Daddy happen to really enjoy (him the former, me the latter). Usually, Mark and…


The Top Ten Reasons Why The Sanctuary at Kiawah is The Perfect Family Getaway

The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort yielded the best Mother’s Day I have ever had. To provide some background information, Kiawah is an island off the coast of South Carolina and The Sanctuary is ranked the #1 U.S. Resort Hotel by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. The hotel has also received The Forbes Five…

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