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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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A travel agent can make all the difference for a cruise


National Cruise Vacation week is Oct 21-27, the cruise industry’s largest sale with savings on more than 200 cruise ships—everything from significant on-ship credits to free airfare and two-for-one pricing. more
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Remembering a memorable sailing trip and lobsters on Anegada


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
“People tell us this is the way the Caribbean used to be,” says Lawrence Wheatley, who with his sister Lorraine and their mom runs the 16-room Anegada Reef Hotel and its bustling restaurant where diners feast on the 2+ pound lobsters and fresh fish nightly. more
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Colorado’s Keystone Resort ups the game for kid-friendly


Castle at Kidtopia in Keystone CO
Every snow-loving parent knows that trips to the slopes not only are expensive but a lot of work for moms and dads. All the schlepping of gear! That’s why I applaud any effort that makes snow sports more affordable and more fun for families. more
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To the Atacama Desert Region of Chile


Tierra Pool View of Licancabur Volcano
We are in northern Chile in the famous Atacama desert region in the Valle de la Luna—Moon Valley—famous for its resemblance to the moon surface and salt and rock formations that look like dinosaur heads, angels and more. more
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Visiting the Space Shuttle Enterprise at USS Intrepid Museum


Space Shuttle Prototype Enterprise at Intrepid Museum in NYC
Walking into the Enterprise dome, you’re awed by the shuttle’s size. Dwarfed by her wide, black wings and smooth underbelly, Enterprise is a testament to the 1970’s engineering that carried Americans to outer space and back for over 150 missions. more
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When “upscale” means catering to the youngest guests


What is most interesting to me is how such an upscale resort—long a favorite among Hollywood celebs and pro athletes where rooms in season are often over $1000 a night —has gone out of its way to welcome well-heeled families with its complimentary kids’ club for kids 4-11 more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Lodging | 2 Comments


Mount Vernon is as close to royalty as America gets


Bowling green lawn at Mount Vernon
America may lack royalty, but Mount Vernon, the regal estate of our first president, is a must for families taking in the history of our nation’s capital. more
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When a hotel is more than just a place to crash


I didn’t want a hotel that was just a place to sleep. I didn’t want a hotel that was just convenient to the train station. I wanted a hotel that would be part of the experience—a big part of the experience. We were staying in Rome just one night and it was my birthday. more
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Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college


Mel (third from left) and her roomies in latest off-campus digs
Two parents, five overweight bags and a college-bound daughter about to burst into tears. Talk about a stressful beginning to the Long Goodbye. more
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Airline mishandles unaccompanied minor yet again. What can you do?


Yet again, an airline—this time United—lost an unaccompanied minor who was supposed to be escorted to her connecting flight earlier this summer. Some advice on how to minimize the chances of this happening to your child... more
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