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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Day Two – exploring San Francisco’s Japantown


Peace Pagoda in Japantown San Francisco
Everyone knows San Francisco’s bustling, busy Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia. But Japantown? This area is worth exploring and not just for the food. more
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Six days in San Francisco and Redwood country


Fairmont chef jW Foster on rooftop garden in San Francisco
The Fairmont San Francisco’s Executive Chef jW Foster installed the beehives in the hotel’s 1,000-square foot culinary garden to help support the bee population which has dropped 90 per cent since the 1980s. more
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200 years later, visit the scenes of the Second War for Independence


After visiting the sights along Maryland’s Spangled Banner Trail, you will learn to spot the 15-star and 15-stripe flag like the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that became our national anthem during the War of 1812. more
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April 2012 – Calendar of family events around the USA


(Have we missed a great family event in your area? Please post a comment below so it’s on the calendar next time. Or if you’ve got a great family event to recommend, please comment on that too – event, date(s), City, State and weblink.) more
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Lower Manhattan is New York’s must-see destination


We’re talking about Lower Manhattan — specifically the area south of Chambers Street that’s surrounded by water on three sides. In 2011, a record 9.8 million tourists visited Lower Manhattan — 800,000 more than the previous year. more
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March 2012 – Calendar of family events around the USA


(Have we missed a great family event in your area? Please post a comment below so it's on the calendar next time. Or if you've got a great family event to recommend, please comment on that too - event, date(s), City, State and weblink.) more
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It’s not too late to plan a spring break — or think about summer


Spring Training
The good news is it’s not too late to plan a spring getaway (check the rest of my website for ideas) whether you’ve got just a few days or an entire week to spend and there’s still time to find a great deal. more
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Taking the Kids doesn’t mean leaving the romance behind


Wine tasting on an O.A.R.S river trip
I love traveling with my children, their pals and various other pint-sized relatives. I do it all the time. But there’s something deliciously decadent about an adult-only trip, whether you manage just a night away in a nearby hotel or a trip of a lifetime. more
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At the 9/11 Memorial on a cold, snowy morning


ABC Westport boys at the National 911 Memorial in New York
Every one of our boys parents are immigrants—from Africa, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad, from other places. They learned that had they been immigrants in the 1870s living here, they would have worked 10 hours a day rather than go to school... more
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Seven teen-aged boys at a Penthouse in NYC for a weekend


ABC Westport boys sizing up the Penthouse at the New York Hilton Hotel
Some of my friends thought I was nuts. When I won a weekend stay at the Hilton New York’s five-bedroom penthouse, I invited along seven teenagers to share the fun at New York’s largest hotel. more
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