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Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:57

Adventure Inspiration

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

surfing adventure

Life is full of adventure!

If you are looking for a little inspiration, a few words to urge you into action, you've come to the right place.


"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of shore." – Christopher Columbus

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” ~ Edward Abbey

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” - Anonymous

Find 49 other inspirational quotes here!

Laguna Niguel

Reflecting on the memories of our life, and especially the memories of our treasured family vacations, provide the riches of joy and love in our hearts.

The nostalgia of looking back through the family photo album conjures up happy feelings of sharing our lives with the people that are the most important to us, sharing experiences that shape our lives, our hearts and our world.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides a beautiful, experiential platform to capture those memories while promising an extraordinary backdrop to allow your loved ones to unfold in beautiful and magical ways. 

In a new partnership with Pacific Dream Photography the resort now offers complimentary photo shoots for your whole family. Capture the smiles, the laughter and the moments which become the indelible marks in our hearts. Allow your emotion to shine as you engage with your loved ones while the experience is documented.  Your entire family will enjoy interacting with the professional photographers at Pacific Dream. They  bring their creative perspective, a good eye for a picture and the right technical and photographic skills to capture the aliveness that is you and your family. 

The experience of  this togetherness is a magical part of a memorable visit to Southern California. Twenty four hours after the photo shoot you will have the opportunity to view your images and select the ones you want to keep, with no obligation. There are many locations throughout the resort to choose from as a backdrop and many slots throughout the day to accommodate your schedule for the shoot. Choose the beautiful morning light on the beach or the dramatic bow of the sun setting over Catalina Island. 

To learn more and to set your photo session time, please visit HERE.


Kids can help dad unplug and unwind this Father’s Day by taking him on a fun-filled adventure in the Out Islands of the Bahamas.

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is offering a “Father’s Day Adventure” package that will have them hooked.

It includes all the elements for a great weekend: boating, bone fishing and bonding time.


This $360 per person, per night, offer is valid - June 18-21, 2015, and includes:

•     Four-day/three-night, beachfront superior accommodation

•     A welcome cocktail

•     Breakfast daily

•     Round-trip airport transfers

•     A bone fishing excursion for up to two adults and two kids under 12, with box lunch included

•     A trip to historical Hope Town for a day of explorations

•     A $50 beverage credit per adult


Kids aged 12 years or younger stay and eat free when dining with an adult and ordering off the kids’ menu. 

Additional nights cost $202 per person, per night.  All packages are subject to availability, are based on double occupancy and include applicable taxes, energy surcharge and gratuities.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:39

Bike Month: Cycle Florida

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

cycle florida

It's Bike Month. So make plans to cycle with your family in Florida.

Choose your view in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area of the Sunshine State. Roll past nature preserves, city skylines or endless beaches in Pinellas County. Consider the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, a 38-mile track built atop an abandoned railroad line. The route extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. Bike rental shops plus water fountains and rest areas along the way make it easy to select one section or take on the entire span.


More family bike ideas here.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:56

Beach Time?

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

beach vacations

The Ultimate Family Beach Vacation is enhanced by teaching the family the connectedness of everything at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Eco Adventure Center offers fun things to do that inspire the whole family with Southern California’s unique ecosystems. Activities are led by expert naturalists and the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Dana Point’s natural wonders.

Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and a respect for nature and the environment.

The Eco-Adventure Center was born out of the need to create unifying family activities that teach everyone about the importance of protecting our planet while creating unique memorable vacation experiences and a lot of fun!

Activities this summer include everything from whale watching to youth adventures and beyond. The Biggest Show on Earth will let you embrace your sea legs and see first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West! Take a Sea Hike along Strand beach.

Write, direct and star in your own video while you give the earth a voice. Explore the resort’s organic garden during the day or search the final frontier after the sun goes down searching the night sky filled with stars. The center features different excursions each day and choices in three different age groups.

For more information on the Eco-Adventure center visit

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