Seeing The Sites

From seeking out the best kid-friendly luxury resorts to managing junk food cravings on long road trips, these three Greenwich-based mom travel-bloggers have gone far and conquered much.



Kim-Marie Evans with her sons

Kim-Marie Evans: LuxuryTravelMom.com

  • Site Mission: The mother of four explores the idea that it’s possible to be well-traveled with kids in tow. “I really do take them everywhere.”
  • Just Book It: Planning trips with four kids and a busy spouse “can be like trying to get a committee of women together.” Buy the tickets and “magically, everyone finds a way to be there.” 
  • Mommy and Me: Kim-Marie plans a sibling-free mother/child trip to mark each child’s tenth birthday. “It’s an incredible bonding thing for just the two of us.” 
  • Be Adventurous: Kim-Marie took her then nine-year-old son to Rwanda on a philanthropic mission. “People are surprised at some of the places I go, but most are much safer than we imagine them to be.”
  • Leave the Resort: “You really have to get off the property to meet the people and have interesting experiences.”
  • Dream Destination: “I’m obsessed with the Middle East. I’d love to take the kids to Morocco, Jordan, Abu Dhabi. “
  • Most Harrowing Adventures: When a baboon jumped in her car in Rwanda “just to eat my cereal,” and bobsledding at Utah’s Olympic Park “was absolutely terrifying.”

Kim Orlando: TravelingMom.comKim Orlando

  • Site Mission: Delivering a “we’ve been there” perspective. The site features fifty-eight carefully selected traveling-mom writers.
  • On Perspective: “I’ve learned so much from my contributors with disabilities. I now look at destinations with a different set of eyes. Is this place accessible so everyone can enjoy it?”
  • Tour Motto: “Don’t expect perfect trips. The imperfect moments are what make great stories.”
  • Personal Itineraries: “I have everyone in the family decide on one thing they want to do on our vacation and we include it. No one feels like the trip was about someone else’s agenda.”
  • Hop the Local Bus: “We did it in Costa Rica and Italy and it was a great way to see how people really live.”
  • Essential Technology: The Nokia Lumia “takes great videos.”
  • Don’t Bother Packing: More than five outfits. “Or else you’ve just got too much stuff.”
  • The Write Stuff: Her teens pen travel journals. “But it’s not typical stuff. I have them write down things like the craziest bathing suit they saw or the most unusual person they met.”

Scotty Reiss: SheBuysCars.comScotty Reiss

  • Site Mission: This mother of two teenage daughters features auto reviews and road trip advice in the voice of a savvy best friend, “not someone fixated just on horsepower.”
  • Trip to Remember: Taking her girls to Montreal and Quebec. “It’s like driving to Paris in less than seven hours.”
  • Travel Essentials: Anti-bacterial wipes, Altoids, a small folding umbrella and her One Kings Lane trunk organizer.
  • Great Find: The Aloft hotel chain has “fun lobbies with indoor pools and a cool vibe that is just more relaxing and upscale than your typical road stay.”
  • Rule of the Road: Turn off the video games and sing and laugh a lot because “time flies.”
  • Hot Wheels: The Tesla S is “quiet, fast and gorgeous” and boasts the “most spacious interior I’ve ever seen.”
  • Essential App: AroundMe. “Just click and find what’s nearby. It was great when my daughter forgot her bathing suit and we needed to find a store.”
  • Dream Destination: “I’d love to drive the girls to the Grand Canyon.”

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • SAT & ACT Prep Classes

    2014.08.02
     @ Greenwich Education Group

    If you are planning on taking the SAT or the ACT in October or November, this is an ideal time to start your preparation! Once school begins,...

  • Seaside Center: Shoreline Seining and Plankton Tow

    2014.07.20
     @ Seaside Center

    Help us gather plankton and see what creatures are living in our ocean’s water! Examine microscopic organisms caught in our plankton net...

  • Cool and Collected ‘14

    2014.07.10
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    (Gallery 1) Featuring artists:  Carla Goldberg, Melanie Kozol, Francis Sills, and Eve Stockton Summer exhibition at Kenise Barnes...

  • Pregnancy /Baby Fair

    2014.08.21
     @ Gigge Store

    Happy Healthy Pregnancy and Baby Fair August 21st ;30-8;30 pm Giggle BabyStore 102 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich CT Personlized shopping,...

  • Greenwich MakerBot Store Innovator Session with Jess Chung

    2014.08.21
     @ Greenwich MakerBot Store

    Teachers, students, parents, and everyone interested in modern education and technology is invited to hear Jess Chung, a teacher and MOUSE Squad...

  • Summer Vacation Day Programs- Grades K-6

    2014.08.18
     @ Stamford JCC

    Monday August 18 To Friday August 22, 8am – 6pm Monday-Baking a Mitzvah Tuesday-Scavenger Hunt Wednesday- Ice Cream Craze....

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • Exhibit: Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.03
     @ Bruce Museum

    May 3 – August 31, 2014 Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading...

  • Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays!

    2014.06.30
     @ ELLELA Cosmetics & Lashes

    Our Summer Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays are back at ELLELA Cosmetics! Hit the top of Greenwich Ave from 4pm to 8pm for the BEST Blowouts before...

  • Tree-Mendous Treks

    2014.07.10
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Thursdays, July 10 - August 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm After visiting our new exhibit, TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees, join one of...

  • Wine Time Social Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.27
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    $4.00 select wines, $4.00 well drinks, and $3.00 beers.

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.26
     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Seaside Center: Coastal Scavenger Hunt

    2014.07.03
     @ Seaside Center

    Timed for low tide exploration. A scavenger hunt for nature’s treasures. 11:00 am: July 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28 3:00 pm: June 26, July...

  • Seaside Center: Seaweed Pressing

    2014.07.18
     @ Seaside Center

    Look at the different seaweeds around Greenwich Point and learn about their role in the marine ecosystem. We will end with a seaweed pressing...

  • Seaside Center: Arts and Crafts

    2014.07.18
     @ Seaside Center

    Let your creativity float free! Practice the art of Gyotaku fish prints; make a sundial, a shell wind chime, or fish bowl! Activities vary every...

  • Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.09
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    Each Friday we feature new wines just released and new to market for you to have an opportunity to taste and learn about through our sponsored...

  • Seaside Center: Story Time

    2014.07.19
     @ Seaside Center

    Grab a comfy seat as we read stories about our favorite sea creatures. We will even take a peek at a real-life version of the animal in our...

  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

  • Seaside Center: Naturalist's Choice

    2014.07.19
     @ Seaside Center

    Be surprised! Changing topic that is fun and fascinating, selected by the Naturalist!


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