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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Something to Declare: Jennifer Fisher

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Something to Declare: Jennifer Fisher

Henley Vazquez

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Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher counts Rihanna, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Watts as devotees, and leagues of women have embraced her edgy yet elegant looks. Inspired to create her own line upon the birth of her first child, the New York-based mom and fashion maven hits the road in style from her hometown of Santa Barbara to the South of France. Here, she shares her favorite Parisian cheeseburger, a great staycation and where she's headed next.


Q: Where and when did you take your first trip as a family?

Our first trip as a family was to ski in Aspen when the kids were very young, but we don’t really count that one.  The first trip we truly enjoyed was to the Four Seasons Punta Mita.  The kids lived for the lazy river and the resort was amazing with very young children.  I highly recommend it, especially the mini buffet!!

Q: What is your favorite travel memory from childhood and what do you hope your kids remember about their travels?

My favorite travel memory with my parents as a kid was a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. My favorite childhood memory without my parents was visiting my friend’s house in Cap d’Antibes in the south of France. It was the first trip I took without my parents (I was pretty young, about 12), and we ran free on the beaches and went to cafes.  It was amazing and my children will never be allowed to do the same…ha!

Q: Have any of your family trips been a complete fail?

Actually, never, knock on wood. If it’s not ideal, we always seem to make the best out of it…rarely are any trips completely perfect.

Q: Name a place where you’ll always return and why.

I am a sucker for the Four Seasons George V in Paris. I always stay there for work, and I will continue to do so.  Most of my friends rent flats but I love this hotel.  And they make the best midnight cheeseburger.

Q: What’s your dream destination for travel a deux, and what’s on your bucket list for a trip with the family?

Morocco, Morocco, Morocco…I’m dying to go. Hopefully it will happen in 2015!

Q: Where would you send first-time visitors for a family day and kid-free night in your hometown?

In my hometown of Santa Barbara, California it would have to be the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito.  I grew up on that beach, and my husband and I stay there when we drop the kids off at my parent’s house.

In NYC, my husband and I go on “staycation” to the Greenwich Hotel about three times a year. It’s a few blocks from our house, but we hang out in the underground pool and outdoor courtyard just reading, drinking wine and eating their homemade ricotta cheese.

Q: What’s your traveling uniform? Do your kids have one as well?

I am never without a Ryan Roche Cashmere scarf and a Marc Jacobs Ribbed Black Beanie (for unforeseen “plane hair”). If we’re going overseas, I’ll wear my Japanese baggy denim pants from Tricofield or Frame Denim in one size up from my regular size (for plane bloat and sleeping comfort).

Q: Fill in the blank: flying with kids is...

easy after they are 6.  

Never board a plane without...

a good luck talisman and a cashmere scarf.

Q: If parents could design a hotel, all rooms would have…

All rooms would come with a stocked fridge and pantry with healthy snacks, no soda.  There would also be kids robes AND SLIPPERS!


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