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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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Learning sustainability and eating healthy on a local farm


Gathering eggs from the Eggmobile at Inn at Valley Farms
No, it’s not teens gabbing and texting their way through your family vacation. We’re talking chickens — 250 of white-and-black striped hens to be exact — whose Eggmobile is parked just behind one of the guesthouses at the Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, N.H., where we spent the weekend recently. more
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The new improved Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park


Entrance to Radiator Springs
Radiator Springs Racers at the new and improved Disney California Adventure Park is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park and it is the centerpiece for the new Cars Land here more
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A weekend getaway to Cape Cod


Ocean Terrace Restaurant on Cape Cod
Long a favorite of families and travelers in New England, Cape Cod offers a diverse range of vacation options and activities. Many families opt to rent a house for a few days, a week, or more. more
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Touring the historic LA sites with Adventures by Disney


Farmers Market is ideal stop for lunch in Los Angeles
Adventures by Disney -- which already offers a multi-day southern California tour—now touts this one-day tour ($199 per person) that includes Hollywood. Beverly Hills and concludes with a stop at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank that aren’t open to the public. more
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Princeses everywhere at Disney and more to come


Princesses are a big draw at Disneyland
With such a devoted audience, it’s no wonder Walt Disney World is in the middle of a huge expansion of Fantasyland expected to be completed later this year with more princess meet-and-greets more
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How to get the exclusive Disney backstory


Touring Walt Disney Studios not open to public with Adventures by Disney
At the newly revamped Disney California Adventure in Anaheim you can saunter down Buena Vista Street as it might have been when Walt Disney as a young man with a suitcase, $40 and a big dream in the early 1920s. This being Disney, everything has a back story. more
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Disney’s California parks — smaller and more intimate


Goofy entertains at Buena Vista Street at California Adventure
This is a good time to visit Disneyland. Not only has the Disneyland Hotel been completely renovated (love the new water playground!) but Disney just unveiled the new Cars Land, based on the movie “Cars,” evening water spectacular and other entertainment at the grand reopening of California Adventure. more
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What’s new at Disneyland in California? Lots!


Families waiting hours for new attractions at Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
Ready to race? Radiator Springs Racers is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park as the “Cars” gang gathers to get us ready for the big race. more
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Camp Denali: a special place in the Alaskan wilderness


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
We’re on our way to a very special celebration in the wilderness — Camp Denali’s 60th anniversary, which has brought back one of its founders and many who have helped make this small, 18-cabin enclave one of the most iconic National Park lodges anywhere. more
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Leaving Alaska with salmon and great memories


Moon the dog on the Rum Runner
Juneau, the state capitol and only accessible by plane or boat, gets over 950,000 tourists annually, the vast number on big cruise ships. They are missing a lot, spending just a few hours here. more
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