Best Christmas Holiday City Breaks for Families in US

You may think there is no difference, but some cities are great, and some are the ultimate family trip destinations for experiencing the best Christmas holiday getaway. There is plenty of family attractions all over the East Coast. We have picked the best family vacation itinerary attractions for budget travelers in the most family-friendly cities in the US. Read on and get ready for the perfect family time this winter holiday season!

San Francisco, California family vacation

San Francisco has a lot to offer for families with young children, teens, and even toddlers. It is easy to travel here with infants as well, as most places in San Francisco offers free parking, so visiting museums, parks, and other attraction will be no problem. You can also get into the old cable car to get around!  From Golden Gate Park with its many attractions to Walt Disney family museum, everyone has something to do here. If your kids want to spend their day in an amusement park, San Francisco will be the perfect place to be – the Pier 39 has all you can imagine. To wrap up the day, go to Chinatown with its colorful lanterns, the smell of fresh dumplings and sweets in tea houses and enjoy the Eastern culture in the heart of the West.

San Diego, California vacation package DIY

Who needs a San Diego package holidays when your family is unique? DIY your own family trip and find the best deals, handpicked and enjoyed only by you. Visit the century-old Belmont Amusement Park or see Balboa dancers mastering the nuances of the dance in Balboa Park. Spend a day outdoors watching tide pools and exhibits, taste the seafood near Shelter Island and watch the sun go down at Sunset Cliffs. Fresh air, the right sizing of the city and location by the coast make San Diego one of the top destinations for a family trip.


If one city calls for a “family friendly” label, then it is Chicago. From the Navy Pier to Millenium Park and Shedd Aquarium, Chicago provides loads of attractions for every family member, no matter the age and interests. You can grab an original rainbow cone at Navy Pier, shop around with your family and take the must-have selfie with Cloud Gate in the background. But there is a lot more to it; Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain and Lurie Garden, among many other awesome attractions are granted to entertain you all day long. For budget travel, remember that Shedd Aquarium has free admission days listed on their website, while the 4D theatre is free for the basic viewing when purchasing the ticket.

Washington, D.C.

If you want to provide your kids with some knowledge of the US and show them the White House, Washington is a place to go. Large, yet airy and dense of parks, it has a lot to offer to those seeking a bit more of an educational trip. You can visit museums specialized in the US history called Smithsonian Institutional Office and just spend amazing time in Washington’s green areas and amusement parks.

New York

From Frank Sinatra to Kevin getting lost in NY Christmas spirit alone, New York has something to offer not only for adults but also for kids. It is exceptionally welcoming for families with pets. Starting with climbing up on the crown of the Statue of Liberty, continuing with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and finishing off with a relaxing day at the Central Park, it is hard to find a better destination for a family city getaway. Do not forget to take your dog with you – at the Central Park, dogs are allowed off-leash between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. In the middle of the day, you can leash your pet and enjoy your time with family for almost free – just check what activities are hosted beforehand. If you happen to love diversity and want to try some new foods, then Chinatown will top your family’s list. Pork buns, dumplings, and hand-pulled noodles are must, and you can also get some vegan bubble tea, or shop around in markets for everything starting from dried fish to herbs and spices. To hang out with locals, go to Columbus Park for playing Tai Chi, chess or mahjong. Still craving some nature? Check out the Bronx Zoo – the largest metropolitan zoo is free on Wednesdays, but if you cannot make it, ask for the general admission ticket for half the price of the standard ticket.

Seattle, Washington

Your family will love the Museum of Pop Culture, and you will have a great time exploring the pop culture form a little bit more scientific perspective. Bundle the museum attendance for free on Thursday with the Museum of Flight and   Pacific Science center for the ultimate winter holiday vacation. With Vietnamese restaurants popping up all around, you must try Pho along with the well-known favorite dessert of Obama Fran’s Chocolates.

No matter which city you choose to go to, remember to enjoy your time with family. Do not plan too much and run around the museums – instead, experience a little different city culture, try new foods, spend relaxing hours in city parks and go to places you have never been before. Most importantly, do not get stressed out trying to provide your family with the perfect vacation – just plan ahead, get to know the best places and take care of everyone’s needs and wants to agree on the places to go to.

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Cuddlynest at ITB Asia 2018

CuddlyNest attends ITB Asia 2018 in Singapore to learn about the latest innovations and technical developments. AI and machine learning is ruling

19 October 2018

  • Startup OTA “CuddlyNest” attends ITB Asia on October 17-19
  • ITB Asia is the leading B2B trade show gathering professionals from MICE, Leisure, and Corporate Travel markets
  • “CuddlyNest” to learn, network and understand industry-leading innovation

This week global OTA startup  “CuddlyNest” attended the leading travel trade show in the Asia market in Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The conference has hit new records hosting more visitors, exhibitors, and countries than ever before. During the three-day B2B, the startup has gathered and established important intra-industry connections, learned about the trending tech solutions and the prospects of Asian and European market convergence and better integration.

This year, the conference hit the record number of attendees and exhibitors, both counting over 1,000 and representing more than 127 countries. The main theme being “Travel Reimagined”, the discussions and stands gave “CuddlyNest” a new perspective to differentiate the inventory to provide the perfect accommodation for any kind of traveler, from MICE and corporate segment to Muslim travelers with their specific needs. Paraphrasing the COO of “Cuddlynest,” we now live in the age where globalization allows everyone to travel – and so, we need everyone to be able to find a place to stay, regardless of their culture, race, gender, budget or religious beliefs.

ITB Asia 2018 was for the 11th year held in Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, and was organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The B2B exhibition featured companies from Asia and Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East, and was attended by experts from leisure, MICE and corporate travel markets.

About CuddlyNest

CuddlyNest is a global online travel accommodation marketplace catering to all traveler types willing to book any type of accommodation from over  200 countries with the lowest service/traveler fee. Our innovative booking fee sharing model allows our guests to book for a reduced guest fee, host to earn more. The fast growth of the company’s inventory and partnerships promise a market-leading position in the travel ecosystem.

For partnerships, discussions or interviews, please contact:

Ritesh Raj
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]


CuddlyNest at VRWS 2018

CuddlyNest attends Vacation rental World Summit 2018 in Como, Italy and Closes Partnerships with Local Property Managers


  • Startup OTA “CuddlyNest” attends Vacation Rental World Summit (VRWS) in Como, Italy
  • VRWS is the largest independent vacation rental (VR) industry conference in the world
  • “CuddlyNest” to close partnerships with many local businesses and learn about industry innovation and future prospects


Global travel online travel agency startup “CuddlyNest” attended one of the main hospitality industry events VRWS on October 6-7 in Lake Como, Italy. During the two day conference, the startup has closed many valuable partnerships with local property managers and participated in the discussion on the future of the travel industry, hospitality, and growth of vacation rental industry.

The conference gathered more than 100 vacation industry professionals from all around the world and gave a stage to leading industry experts from, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, hospitality industry regulatory institutions and other marketing and VR tech professionals.  The main topics discussed in the conference verged from the analysis of the state of the VR industry, the risks and opportunities related to state regulations and growing travel accommodation convergence between vacation rentals and hotels, as well as innovation and development. The spotlight of the innovation and development was given to blockchain technology, virtual assistant deployment at homes, and professional management software. More and more importance was given to discussion of the effectiveness of current distribution systems, and the clash between decentralized marketplaces and OTAs versus self-promoted highly local business marketing.

Industry professionals like Simon Lehmann, Andy McNulty, and Tammi Sims shared their insights and opinions of the future opportunities and threats of the VR industry. According to  Lehmann, the property managers are about to become the cleaners and receptionists of the industry if not taking the matter in their own hands and optimizing distribution channels. Another insight of Tammi Sims was, that the hospitality industry is highly local and bound to comply quality over the scale. Therefore, the future expansion and scaling of the vacation rental industry, as well as hotel chain acquisitions of VR are doubted to be successful in the long-term.

About CuddlyNest

CuddlyNest is a global online travel accommodation marketplace catering to any type of traveler willing to book any type of accommodation in more than 200 countries with lowest service/traveler fee. Our innovative booking fee sharing model allows our guests to book for a reduced guest fee,  and the fast growth of the company’s inventory and partnerships promise a market-leading position in the travel ecosystem.

For partnerships, discussions or interviews, please contact:

Ritesh Raj
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]



croatian food

Croatian Food Guide: 5 Traditional Dishes – CuddlyNest

If you’re like us, some of your all-time favorite travel moments had to do with food. From flavorful Italian pizza to traditional stews and soups to homemade paella, Europe offers the most unique cuisines. We like to plan our trip itinerary by filling it with cooking classes and world-class restaurants. After all, they offer the best experiences too. So before we start planning our getaways, let’s start by digging into CuddlyNest’s Croatian Food Guide.

croatia octopus salad

Croatian Cuisine – Mix of the Best

When visiting Croatia, you will soon realize that the cuisines in the middle of Croatia and the coast are very different. Both in preparation and ingredients. The mainland incorporates Slavic tradition and ingredients in its food. This includes stuffed bell peppers, poppy seed strudel, and other foods that can be found in neighboring countries like Hungary and Turkey. The coastal regions, on the other hand, are known for fusing together Croatian and Italian delights. From fresh seafood to rich salads, cities like Split cater their cuisine to the location and atmosphere that the Adriatic region offers. If you are planning to go to Croatia, we recommend visiting both the coast and the city so you can indulge in them both. Now that you know the difference between the cuisines, let’s dive into the tastes of Croatia! 

strudel desert

1. A Vegan Delight – Poppy Seed and Almond Strudel

If you think Strudel is for Austrians, think again. Croatian poppy seed-filled strudels fill the air with the sweetest smell you’ll ever experience. The slightly crunchy top, sprinkled with snow-white sugar, and the rich taste of poppy seeds make the strudel a perfect start of the day. Paired with a soy cappuccino from freshly ground coffee beans, nothing can beat this duo for breakfast. Our favorite place in Zagreb for the best pastries in town is Dubravica pekarnica – just make sure to be early enough to get some right out of the oven!

2. Vegetarian Holiday Food – Pag Cheese

If you are a fan of ecological, free-range food, Croatian Pag cheese is a must. Made from sheep on Pag island, this treat is hard, salty, and better with age. For cheese lovers, it may remind you of Italian pecorino. One of the peculiarities in this cheese is the strong and distinct taste resulting from the sheep freely grazing the natural herbs, like rosemary. Paški sir, as it is referred to in Croatian, can be tasted also in food tours, so do not forget to check those out before going to Croatia.

croatian wine

3. Korčula White Wine

Croatian weather and climate are especially good for winemaking. Traditional wineries offer one of the best white wine varieties in the region. In Croatia, Korčula Island is well known for its winemaking tradition. The island is not only proud of its white sand beaches that boast drinking white wine while enjoying the views. Apart from the dry white taste, which is produced exclusively in Croatia, Korčula’s forests hide two wine villages Čara and Smokvica, where pošip grapes are grown. Both wines go well together with seafood, lamb, and even traditional Peka stews. You can also taste the prošek, a dessert wine, to accompany the dessert fruits.

4. A Speciality – Octopus Salad

If there is one reason Croatian cuisine is told to be similar to Venetian traditional cuisine, it is the abundance of seafood in it. When in coastal regions of Croatia, you must order seafood. While the best Croatian restaurants offer a wide variety of lobsters, mussels, octopus, even black ink fish foods, and others, one of the best and most distinct Croatian specialties is the octopus salad. Grilled and served with fresh leafy greens, it is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. Some restaurants even add potatoes and capers, whilst some go for cherry tomatoes. You may want to order a glass of Korčula wine to go along with your meal. This is the best way to experience the gourmet Croatian cuisine at its best!

5. The Hearty Dish of Dalamatia – Peka

In the winter, stews and hearty vegetable and meat dishes take over Croatian cuisine. One of the specialties and must-tries in case you visit Croatia in the chillier months of the year is Peka. Traditionally sauteed in a metal pot, this stew can include any kind of meat together with root vegetables. Its taste and the fullness of flavor comes from hours of spices, vegetables, and meat simmering over the outdoor open flame. One taste and you’ll be hooked. Be sure to include Peka on your dinner or lunch menu.

croatian food

Taste Croatia Your Own Way

After reading our guide there is only one thing left to do. Go and experience the cuisine experience yourself. There is nothing better than tasting the Croatian wine in wineries and enjoying the activities on the spot. Go to a restaurant, be spontaneous, and keep in mind that every experience counts. Your moonlight swim, beach picnic, breakfast of strudel, and dinner of octopus salad will stay with you long after your vacation ends. 

We hope you enjoyed our Croatian Food Guide and get to try these incredible dishes during your next visit!

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