Five Destinations That Are Changing The Meaning Of “Green City” (via Hotels.com)

Hotels.com highlights top sustainable hotels in nature-rich cities   DALLAS –April 16, 2014 – With Earth Day approaching, many Americans will take the opportunity to appreciate nature and the great outdoors. America’s national and state parks…

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Mahalo to Sharon Ferguson for sharing this gorgeous Oahu shot from Koko Head. Sharon took this photo while hiking to the top of Koko Head on October 31, 2013.
We’ve never hiked Koko Head, though we’d like to do so someday. Per TripAdvisor, this hike is described as a very strenuous, but with scenes like this one that Sharon has shared, the views look like they are worth the effort.
Happy Aloha Friday!
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January 6 is Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico. Learn more about why this is such a special day on the calendar, and an integral part of Puerto Rican culture and folklore. Continue to read here

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Scrutinizing the digital view screen of a borrowed camera, I decided I’d never taken a Hawaii photograph like this before. Continue to read here

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This Week: Pick Your Own Fruits & Vegetables, Easter Weekend Events, Last Days of Spring Break, Great New NYC Summer Camps

It’s been a quiet week on all the Mommy Poppins sites as we spend quality time with our kids over spring break. I can’t say it’s been mellow though—my daughter and I have been running all over town trying to pack as much fun as possible into our NYC staycation! So far we’ve gone on the hunt for giant Fabergé designer eggs, strolled a section of the High Line (where a musician mistook us for tourists!), gawked at outrageous costume jewelry and 3D printing at the Museum of Arts and Design, saw Atlantic for Kids’ fabulous new musical Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, played with snow (yes it really snowed on Tuesday) and romped at our favorite neighborhood playground. And we still have five days left to go, only Sunday is spoken for since we never miss the awesome Easter Bonnet Parade.
Easter of course is the big event this weekend and egg hunts abound in NYC and beyond. If you’re looking for a quick seasonal getaway, consider going on an egg hunt and then hitting a Destination Playground on Long Island, taking a train ride with the Easter Bunny in New Jersey, or picking your own fruits and veggies in Westchester.
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PIc of the Week: Hong Kong skyline at dusk.

Photo of Hong Kong skyline at dusk – fond memories of my trip this time last year.
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A Weekend on Culebra Island

On your first day in Culebra, you’ll want to get to your hotel, pick up your car or jeep rental, and then head out to Flamenco Beach, Culebra’s star attraction. Page 2. Continue to read here

 

Aston Hotels appoints president

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Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

* The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information.
* Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link.
* TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers.
The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on sale for $699 for a three-night stay, making the average nightly rate just $233. Multiple vouchers can be purchased and combined for longer stays.
On Oahu’s North Shore, newly renovated, four-star Turtle Bay Resort is on sale starting at just under $200 per night. See more about this voucher deal here. One of our favorite things about Turtle Bay Resort is that just about every room has an amazing ocean view.
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Solo Travel Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand

This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes.
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