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Jul 9, 2015
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To the Mohonk Mountain House


There it is, right in front of us, a castle, a sprawling, Victorian castle, just a couple of hours north of New York City. more
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To Stowe Vermont and elsewhere in snow country


I've forsaken the slopes today, as terrific as they are at the brand-new Spruce Peak base area at Stowe Mountain Resort. I'm snowshoeing at the nearby Trapp Family Lodge more
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To Oaxaca, Mexico


Oaxaca is in the southeastern part of Mexico and we've come here for a few days of cultural immersion after a week lazing on the beach more
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A lesson in Mexican cooking on our last day in Oaxaca


Welcome to Seasons of My Heart Cooking School ) that is run by well-known chef Susana Trilling, an American from Philadelphia who fell in love with Mexico on vacation more than 20 years ago and has lived here most of the time since, raising her two kids here. more
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An ancient way of making pottery and a unique wood carver


Talk about loving your work. Eighty-eight year old Dona Sophia Reyes is a potter who works seven days a week and hasn’t had a day off since she was eight, she tells us when she welcomes us into her studio and home in San Bartelo Coyotepec, a village about 25 minutes from Oaxaca City. more
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An adventure through the Oaxacan countryside


We are on our bikes riding on dirt roads passing alfalfa and corn fields, passing locals hauling alfalfa by donkey carts. It is day two of a trip to Oaxaca in Central Mexico that Austin Lehman Adventures (www.austinlehman.com) has arranged for our family. more
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On to Oaxaca and the tasty grasshoppers


It tastes kind of like bacon and is seasoned with chile and salt. Not bad! We are walking through a market in Oaxaca City where we’ve arrived just this afternoon to spend a few days touring this cultural center on a trip organized for us by Austin Lehman Adventures. Locals are selling the “chapulines” -- there are big piles of them! Cheap too -- just 3 pesos for a bag (about 40 cents). more
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A smaller resort just down the beach with a different feel


DAY 7 – I’m perched in a wooden tree house — the most comfortable I’ve ever seen — on a double mattress overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea and white sand beach. The Beach Butler comes by to see if I more »
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How to cope with another relaxing day on the beach


It’s 7:15 am and I snag the last “beach bed” at the pool area closest to our room at the Azul Sensatori Hotel (www.karismahotels.com) south of Cancun. You can see why they are in demand -- comfy oversized mattresses that are covered. more
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To the theater — in NYC and elsewhere


Despite the economy -- or maybe because of it -- there's no better time for families to check out The Great White Way more
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