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Travel July 2012

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Rachel Kalina

City of Love

The newly renovated Castille Paris hotel offers vacationers a fabulous location between the Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde. A style-lovers haven, the Castille has chic touches everywhere the eye can see. For a real treat, book the Dolce Vita in Paris package, including discounts and cruises along The Seine. The option is valid from July 6 through September. Visit www.castille.com to book.

Quick Trip Tips

Looking to entertain your entire family this summer? Try out some ideas in the Expedia Kids in the City Guide, which offers 12 guides to top vacation spots. Start planning your trip at www.expedia.com/kidsinthecity.

Cultural Kids

Explore NYC’s Museum Mile with children in tow as well as a copy of Chet the Architect: Museum Mile Pocket Edition (Butterfly Artistic Media). Written by Kathryn Koller, the book incorporates interactive elements into your excursion. To start toting the tome, log onto www.chetthearchitect.com.

Play in Philly

Philadelphia provides those who are short on time with an enriching weekend jaunt. Now through September, buy the Play and Stay Hotel Package at various locations throughout the city and enjoy its many bonuses. Families receive a one-night stay at the participating hotel, four museum tickets, special access to performances and discounts. Head to www.visitphilly.com and pick your perfect package deal.

Hit the Road

The Hybrid Cargo Net is the perfect accessory for your next road trip. Pack it with picnic goods, beach toys, sports equipment and whatever you need. Items are kept in one place while driving instead of sliding all over your trunk. Easy to install, the net may be purchased at www.juicedhybrid.com.

This column appeared in the July 2012 issue.