A full time cutie and fashionista in training, Stella hails from upstate NY. You might recognize her as the face of Babies R Us fashion diapers designed by Heidi Klum, or perhaps you’ve rubbed shoulders with her on the security line at JFK. Stella was born into a jetsetting family, to parents who have criss-crossed the globe racking up passport stamps from Iceland to Sicily to New Zealand and Japan. She’s wasted no time joining in on the fun and creating a travel style all her own. Here, Stella’s parents speak out on their family travel adventures:
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Age: 21 months
Most recent travel destination: a roadtrip through California – Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Cambria, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco
Three things we loved: Carousel rides on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, hiking through Muir Woods — a redwood park just 30 minutes from San Francisco — and a visit to Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine
Biggest differences traveling as a family vs before kids: We’ve definitely had to change the types of activities that we do (i.e. no more hiking up active volcanoes!) and forgo certain things. For instance, we skipped the Alcatraz tour on this trip, unsure whether it would hold her interest. Planning ahead is much more important, we can’t “wing it” like we used to. Carrying the gear – oh boy – there is so much of it now, especially to carry on the plane. We don’t stay up late anymore – we’re on her schedule, up early.
Most rewarding part: Getting to experience the world with her and being there while she soaks up all of these new and exciting experiences. She loves adventure, to explore, and check out new things — and we love being able to do that with her. She’s so excited about life and curious, and we get to foster her sense of adventure. While she is young and may not remember, we know that she’s learning and we like that she can learn from travel.
Most memorable travel meal: Nepenthe in Big Sur. The restaurant sort of pops up out of nowhere as you’re taking in the scenery driving up Highway One. Stella was a big fan of their quesadillas and Four Layer Fudge Cake. The food is delicious and the views are stunning.
Sweetest hotel crib set up: The W Hotel in Hollywood! Her white wooden crib was both chic and super comfy — she slept like a baby through the night
Always in Mommy’s diaper bag: Badger Kids Tangerine & Vanilla 30spf sunscreen, Aden and Anais blankets and Angel Dear loveys (there are a few in the rotation — a zebra, a robot, a bear and a bunny – and we never leave home without one)
In-flight Apps of Choice: Peekaboo Barn and Nursery Rhymes For Kids. Anything that’s interactive (this girl knows her way around a touchscreen) and musical.
Weren’t sure if we should bring her to: a wine tasting at Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma – we met up with some West Coast friends there who are members. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing and Stella was totally welcomed. She loved wandering through the lavender fields that lined the estate.
Playground preference: San Fran’s sprawling Dolores Park. There are a lot of people picnicking and hanging out, cool slides and swings for the kids.
Best Beach: Andrew Molera State Park Beach in Monterey. To reach the ocean we had to roll up our pants and walk across a freezing cold stream — but it was well worth it, the beach was spectacular. There are lots of birds, seaweed and driftwood scattered around. Stella loved playing with the rocks, scooping up the golden sand in her tiny hands and checking out the surfers.
Where we’re dying to go next: Capri, Spain, Montenegro, Galapagos Islands
Already booked our tickets to: Miami in May; Bermuda in August
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