Get ready for your next travel adventure!

After 22 years in Arizona, I’m still not acclimated to the dreadful summer heat. The days and nights are long and hot and I struggle to keep my kids entertained and hydrated.

Our one big saving grace every year is a summer vacation. Normally we head to the beach in San Diego, but this year we’re trying something new. We’re venturing up to the cool mountains of Colorado for hiking, biking and plenty of time in the great outdoors.

I think the biggest gift I can give my children is the opportunity to travel – not only to escape the 117-degree temperatures – but to get out and explore, see new sites and create lasting memories. As a family of five, it’s not easy (or cheap!) to hop on a plane. Instead, we’ve created a “road trip bucket list” of nearby places we’d like to visit, even if it’s just for the day or over a long weekend. You’d be surprised at how much fun your kids can have fishing with plastic poles and glitter bait in a tiny lake just two hours away.

This month’s travel issue explores the beauty of Napa Valley, Calif. Our writer Alison shares her experience and travel tips throughout majestic wine country. You’ll learn about a wine paired dinner at Robert Mondavi Winery, an aerial tram ride at Sterling, and a wine blending class at Franciscan Estate Winery. With beautiful resorts and spas, five-star restaurants and plenty of fun activities, Napa is truly a destination vacation spot.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, a staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is a great option. This magnificent resort offers top-notch service and luxury amenities featuring golf, swimming, dining, live music and other activities for the entire family.

Summer wouldn’t be complete without cool treats. This month we’re sharing two of the best kept secrets in Chandler: Ice Cream Sammies and Sunny SnoBalls. These family-owned-and-operated businesses are serving up delicious homemade ice cream and creative flavors of shaved ice.

We also included plenty of summer tips, including traveling with an RV and achieving a stress-free vacation with your kids. Despite these unbearable temperatures, you can still make the most of your summer.

Did I mention we’re driving to Colorado? Two adults, three kids and 12 hours on the road (one way). It’s bound to be an unforgettable adventure. Wish me luck!

Until next time,