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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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Our annual guide to surviving visits to relatives over the holidays


The American Automobile Association (AAA) is projecting more than 94.5 million Americans will travel during the holidays. Here’s my annual TAKING THE KIDS GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE RELATIVES: more
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The Luminous History of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Event


The Nixons light the tree in 1969
The National Parks Foundation has a guest post chock full of history of the National Christmas Tree lighting events. more
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10 Deals to brighten your Cyber Monday


You’ll find plenty of bargains on Cyber Monday. Check what your favorite hotel chain, cruise line or resorts are offering. Here are 10 deals that are just a sampling of what’s out there more
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Yes, those museum trips with your kids pay off


The next time the kids groan when you suggest taking them to a museum or a historic monument, tell them you’re investing in their future—literally. more
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Government may have shut down but D.C. still worth a visit


Despite the government shutdown, there still a lot to see, and much of its free, in Washington D.C. Eileen on Foxnews.com. more
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How the government shutdown affects family travel


National Parks, monuments and other government-operated tourists attractions are cutting back or shutting down because of the politics in Washington. Passports may be delayed. Hundreds of thousands of workers are being furloughed and business that depend on parks and tourism will be hurt. What does the government shutdown mean for family travel? more
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Vermont Family Resort Offers Weekend Cider Package


Heading to Vermont this fall? Visit Lake Morey Resort and take advantage of the Smash, Sip, & Stay package available weekends through October 20th. Every Saturday afternoon, guests of all ages can learn to make their own apple cider through complimentary lessons taught by the resort’s cider press team. The package also includes accommodations for two nights, use of the resort’s seasonal amenities, and a complimentary cider tasting hour on Saturday evening. more
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Family Travel writers agree: Passport is a must to teach kids the world


Niagara Falls from the American side
“The passport is the new diploma,” Keith Bellows, editor of National Geographic Traveler and the father of three, told the nearly 50 influential family travel writers and bloggers who had gathered this past weekend from around the country and Canada at the TMS Family Travel Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. more
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Memories of a family sailing/diving trip to the British Virgin Islands


diving | wreck diving | family travel
Today we are all diving as a family. The Wreck of the Rhone is just off Salt Island in two big pieces 60 to 80 feet down, but there are many smaller pieces. more
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Remembering a special visit meeting locals in Jamaica


Gorgeous Jamaican sunset
We’re about as far away from a manicured resort as we can get. Jamaica has an interesting Meet the People program that enables visitors like us to experience local culture by spending time with locals who volunteer to share a meal or tour you around a market. You can meet up with locals who share your profession or hobbies. But I’m not sure this is exactly what the Jamaica Tourism establishment has in mind. more
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