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Jul 9, 2015
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A WALK IN THE WOODS


I decide I want to see what else this tiny resort village has to offer so I decide to go on a walk in the woods with engaging ski pro Alois Gstrein, who was raised here on a farm and has lived here all his life, now with his wife and new baby. His entire family – parents, two brothers, two sisters -- all live here. more
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SITTING IN THE ALPINE SUN


DAY 4 — The sky is post card blue. The Alps look like they are covered in marshmallow fluff with Oreo crumbles underneath. We’re sitting in the sun staring at 21 glaciers eating Tyrolean specialties like Grostl (fried meat and more »
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We ski through a tunnel from Jiefenbach to Rettenbach


Did I mention our Austrian ski guide Bernhardt Kneissl who has been teaching and guiding here for 43 years -- since he was 17? He doesn’t speak much English and my daughter Mel and I no German, so it makes for an interesting day. more
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A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS


The kids seemed to love that you swim in a lazy river from indoor pools to the outside, jump out, run outside for two seconds and then jump into one of these huge heated pools on stilts -- with salt water, one with whirlpool and massage and blessedly warm. Inside kids and their parents are playing in the expansive pools under the waterfall and in the kids’ pool that is shaped like a Noah’s Ark more
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To the Kennedy Space Center


Just 45 minutes east of Orlando and well worth tearing the kids away from Mouseville, Shamu, Universal's roller coasters and the hotel pools more
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A SKI TRIP IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS


When my 18 year old daughter Melanie and I were touring Austria last summer, she begged me to bring her skiing this winter -- her last before she leaves for college.So in the true spirit of let kids lead the way, here we are, about an hour from Innsbuck and just a couple of hours drive from Munich or Zurich. more
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To the Colorado slopes — and getting the most bang for your buck


Cheap eats and other bargains are especially appreciated in ski country this season -- even here in tony Aspen and a few hours away at Vail's Beaver Creek Resort more
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A STOP AT GREAT STIRRUP BAY, BAHAMAS


Kids are snorkeling in the turquoise clear water while parents catch some rays. There’s a beach volleyball game in full swing and a barbeque going. Bahamian music is playing and the Bahama Mamas are flowing. more
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A SHORE EXCURSION TO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER


The last time I was here -- more than 15 years ago -- we were vacationing in Orlando and came over to watch a Space Shuttle launch. Ironically. A launch is scheduled -- a night launch -- for next week, we’re told, though that can change. more
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A Weekend Getaway to Squaw Valley, U.S.A.


For a weekend retreat away from the bustling city of San Francisco, Squaw Valley was the perfect destination. The ski mountain is close enough to the city, about a three-hour drive, to wake up early and make it from the city to the mountain still in time for a full day of skiing, and some après skiing fun. more
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