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Welcome to Checking In

Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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Featured Contributor, Angie Orth (far-right), and her friends hold their putters outside on our mini-golf course.

Resort Visits

How to Plan a Friends Vacation: Our Group Getaway in Orlando

  • Posted February 24, 2021

Learn how to plan a super fun friends vacation with tips and recommendations from Angie (of AngieAway) as she relives her group getaway at Orange Lake Resort.

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Sally Butan (left) of @butanclan and her husband cross the street towards our New Orleans resort with signage that reads, 'Holiday Inn Club Vacations.'

Resort Visits

Virtual Mardi Gras Celebrations: Our New Orleans Resort’s First Fat Tuesday!

  • Posted February 15, 2021

Kick off virtual Mardi Gras celebrations at our New Orleans Resort with a toe-tapping video, stories from our very first guests and more!

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A family walks towards the Susan Constant ship at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Resort Visits

The Best Place to Stay in Williamsburg, VA: Our Family’s Experience

  • Posted February 1, 2021

Wondering what the best place to stay in Williamsburg, VA, is? Read about one family of six’s resort stay, including room features, activities and things to do.

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Resort Visits

Our Orlando Vacation: How to Have a Safe & Fun Disney Trip

  • Posted January 25, 2021

Read about one family’s recent Disney and Orlando vacation, including all the safety measures they noticed at Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Orange Lake Resort.

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A mural with animated projection mapping in various colors of purple, orange, yellow and magenta featured in the lobby of our resort in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Resort Visits

All About the Oh-So-Stunning New Orleans Mural at Our Resort

  • Posted January 13, 2021

Learn all about a New Orleans mural that comes alive with bright colors and jazz music at New Orleans Resort. See the inspiration, artist and process behind it.

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Author, Brenda Rivera Stearns' daughter, Victoria, floating along the lazy river in a blue innertube at our South Beach resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Resort Visits

Our Family’s First Trip to Myrtle Beach

  • Posted December 23, 2020

Take a trip to Myrtle Beach with this family of seven! You’ll find out where to stay, 5 family-friendly things to do, planning tips and more.

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Exterior image of our New Orleans resort in the twilight hour.

Resort Visits

Our New Resort in New Orleans: 21 Things We’re Most Excited About

  • Posted December 7, 2020

Now that our New Orleans Resort is open, discover the 21 things we’re most excited about, from big villas and beignets to Bourbon Street and more.

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Author, Kimberly Gelin's daughter (left), sits at her dining table in our Villa at Orange Lake Resort in Florida with her iPad for virtual learning.

Resort Visits

Work & Schoolcation Tips for Families: Orlando Edition

  • Posted December 1, 2020

Get travel advice on work and schoolcation routines from one mom’s recent trip to Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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Raff with her family by the pool at Orange Lake Resort

Travel Tips

How to Potty Train While Traveling

  • Posted November 20, 2020

Learn how to potty train while traveling with Raff of @raffoutloud. She's got 3 three-year-olds and a whole lot of vacation tips on this topic.

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Jessica and her son laughing together while he sits on her shoulders as they hike in the Arizona desert.

Resort Visits

Scottsdale Vacation Tips: How to Plan a Family Adventure

  • Posted November 18, 2020

Discover family-friendly Scottsdale vacation tips from Jessica of Bring the Kids as she and her family discover the outdoors and visit our Scottsdale Resort.

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Resort Visits

How to Plan a Nature-Filled Family Trip to Branson, MO

  • Posted October 22, 2020

Angelica from Toddlin’ Across America gives us an inside look at her family’s recent nature-filled travels to our Holiday Hills Resort in Branson, Missouri.

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Featured Contributor, Clarissa Laskey (middle), kayaks with her daughter (right) in a blue kayak while her son (left) kayaks in his own green kayak.

Travel Tips

Traveling Solo with Children: One Mom’s Take on One-Parent Vacations

  • Posted October 7, 2020

Hear one mom’s experiences with traveling solo with her children. She’ll share why she loves it and memories from her trip to Orange Lake Resort in Orlando.

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