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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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Two days in Provincetown MA and some whale watching


Had this been the 18th Century, we would have been hunting whales from Provincetown, MA, especially after the whales’ oil and bone more
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Lots of great food on Nantucket Island


Yum! We’re at American Seasons run by husband and wife team Michael LaScola and Orela Murphy-LaScola, who juggle the restaurant with being parents to their toddler. more
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Nantucket, once the world’s whaling capital


There is a lot of history we learn on this small island. In fact, the entire island is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark and has more buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places than anywhere in Massachusetts, including Boston. more
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A getaway to Nantucket Island


It’s that perfect beach day… blue skies, warm but not too hot. Colored umbrellas dot the Nantucket beach. Kids play on boogie boards while smaller ones build sand forts until… the two pups discover each other. more
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To Lake Placid, an Old-Fashioned Vacation Destination


No one cares that the water is cold. The kids splash at the lake’s edge, play on the small sand beach as older, daring ones splash in the water and peddle kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Our pup eyes them all curiously more
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Taking the Kids — To California Wine Country


If you think Wine Country — especially Sonoma County — is just for grown-ups (at least those over 21) think again. There are plenty of places to bike, hike and kayak on the Russian River. more
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Lots of choices for lodging in Lake Placid


Smores at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid NY
DAY 3 -- There is every variety of place to stay in Lake Placid from B&Bs, motels, condos and houses, and even luxe resorts. more
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Taking the Kids – To Clean Beaches and Avoiding the Oil


As vacation season gets into high gear — with officials yet to figure out how to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the worst oil spill in U.S history — families who planned to head to the Gulf Coast are worried too about clean beach waters — as are those who count on their business. more
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Learn Winter Olympic history at Lake Placid


You can learn a little, or a lot, of Olympic history in Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. more
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A weekend in dog-friendly Lake Placid, NY


The water is cold in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY but that’s not keeping the kids—or hardy parents out. The little ones are splashing at the water’s edge while older ones are out in kayaks , rowboats and paddle boats. Our pup is eyeing them all curiously. “It’s got everything you want with little kids,” said Jim Carroll, vacationing here with his wife and two daughters more
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