Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Dream Family Vacation
A long weekend in Lake Tahoe is just what my family needed to reconnect and reenergize.
-Deborah Perry Piscione
In an attempt to escape the hyper busy-ness of our daily lives, my husband and I recently took our children on a short but wonderful trip up to Lake Tahoe. Goodbye crazy, overscheduled lives … hello four days of blissfully unscheduled peace, family time and good old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors! With three little ones under the age of five, we made the trip as easy on ourselves as possible (knowing firsthand that sometime vacations can be more exhausting than staying home!) and stayed at the new Ritz Carlton Highlands Hotel in Lake Tahoe … and yes –Ooh-la-la is the word I’m looking for. It was a blast!
First order of action: Signing up our twin boys, Drake and Dominik, 5, for skiing lessons. How can I describe the excitement of watching my little guys on skis for the first time? Quite simply – it took my breath away. Plus, the Ritz makes it so easy – it’s a ski in/out kinda place, so you just plop your skis on and go. No schlepping, mommy-as-Sherpa act required. Love it! Best of all, we were thrilled with the ski school; the instructors were truly exceptional. As my husband said, after spending a full day on the slopes the boys weren’t tied and cranky – they wanted more! The instructors managed to teach and energize them – a truly amazing feat. Watching my little boys come down the slopes is a memory I’ll cherish forever, and I’m so happy they had such a great first experience on skis. The only drawback – now they’ll want to go all the time!
Skiing and fancy hotels aside, Lake Tahoe itself is such a fun, family destination. For me, one of the highlights of the trip was getting to spend some precious quality time with my daughter Dayne, who will be 2 next month. Like most working moms I know, my life feels insane a lot of the time, and my attention is constantly being split between my business, my kids, my husband – and all the accompanying schedules and appointments. (And papers! I thought we lived in an electronic age – why am I drowning in paper? Forms, permission slips, notices, contracts … help!) I so rarely get that one-on-one time with my Dayne … and I could live in her little girly world forever. Taking a little adventure together to the wonderful Village at Northstar and doing mother-daughter stuff together was so much fun – precious fun!