Mom of 3 kids. In terms of lodging, we like casual, clean, a little personality and friendly. Authentic local Is good, too, whatever that may be! My husband and I traveled here or there, around the world, pre-kids. Now we're building up our kids' travel skills and enjoying going places we've never been before either.
We are especially happy when there's something physical to do - walking, running, swimming, etc. We also appreciate a tasty local meal. And if it is a diner, dive, and/or off the beaten path, that much better. Morning coffee, either at home or close coffee spot, is highly desirable.
I love kids' and young adult books and try to make connection between travel a destination and something we've (website hidden) life motto: take steps to be prepared, then roll with the punches.