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Wendy irvine is a family travel writer who recently relocated to the East Coast and a regular contributor to Trip Advisor and Expedia online, as well as local and national magazines. She homeschools her twin boys and lives with one foot in RVA and the other in Atlanta. Visit for more from Wendy on the reality of family travel.

    Say Yes, to Charlotte for the Family

    Mention “North Carolina vacation” to most Richmonders, and we automatically think beaches of the Outer Banks or mountains of Asheville. But Charlotte? Hmmm. Not so much – right? Yet, here’s the takeaway: If you haven’t been to the Queen City,…

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    Shark-Smart & Beach-Bound

    Back in 2011, a 6-year-old girl – playing on a summer day in the Outer Banks with her family – was bitten by (best guess) a black-finned shark while standing in a foot-and-a-half of water with her vigilant mom close…

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    Anchors Aweigh RVA

    Has it been eons since you cruised (and long before the kids appeared)? Or perhaps, you’ve never sailed the Big Blue Marble and are raring to go with your kids in tow? No doubt, the cruise culture is brilliant at…

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    The Family Went Down to Georgia…

    Richmond is contentment itself. She teems in treasure – gorgeous parks, great eating and theater galore, an incredible library system, fabulous history right underneath our mailboxes, and so forth. So why an article on Georgia’s islands? Lucky us. One more…

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    Vacationing with the Kids!

      Good manners. Today the term sounds all Dowager Countess of Grantham with a shot of Eddie Haskell. And who wants to spend a week at the beach with those two? You see my point. Maybe manners need a reboot.…

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    Kid City!

    Once upon a time, I planned to grow up and marry Maui, decades later I fell hard for the East Coast, and now I have a thing for Atlanta. Ready for your newest city crush? Do your pre-trip exploration with…

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    Just Keep Swimming!

    I am a big fan of January. The month that’s denigrated as a little too resolution-oriented for some, and downright humdrum for others, is the month I welcome. I love the quiet beauty. The structure of school resuming. And that…

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    Land Ho! Ho! Ho!

    ‘Twas the night before Love Boat, when Miami, Florida, staked its claim to the title Cruise Capital of the World. Coastal cities around the U.S., like Baltimore, took note and threw open their sashes to the ships, giving Richmond-folk like…

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