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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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Spring fever is breaking out all over


Spring Training
None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family’s idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day on a beach or a hiking trail. more
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Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break


Wherever you are this winter or wherever you’re planning to go for spring break (check out our ideas for Spring Break 2013, take time to visit a museum exhibit that would especially interest your family. more
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Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights


Waterfront at Cannes
Jetlagged, hungry, and in need of a bed, we found our way to our hotel for the night -- Chateau de Goville--an old manor in the Norman countryside. I kept saying the château would be Downton Abbey-esque, but it wasn’t until we settled into our room and found a plaque on the wall stating that the Duchess of the Estate had lived (and died!) in this very room nearly seventy years ago that we really felt the chateau’s history. more
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A Pow-Pow Day through the eyes of an 11-year-old!


Emma Morgan in deep powder at Snowbasin
Snowbasin is more than just a mountain to me, it’s my home. I have many sweet memories of my life on skis here. Like when I first got onto a pair of skis at the age of three. more
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A high-country ranch families enjoy all year round


Riding the high country at the C Lazy U Ranch
In the summer this working ranch, which has welcomed guests since 1919, is famous for its family riding programs and kids’ programs that guarantee families a memorable vacation. There is a herd of 175 horses, but no more than 100 or so guests, and families return year after year. more
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A blue-bird day and starlit night at Solitude Mountain in Utah


At the Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah
My kids would have loved the chance to hike along the ridge and drop into the resort’s famous Honeycomb Canyon, so named because 19th century mining trails are honeycombed under the snow covered mountains. The view from the summit—10,035 feet is spectacular—the Wasatch Mountain Range in all its glory without a condo or mega mansion in site. more
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Sampling the healthy and delicious meals in Deer Valley Utah


The Empire Fireside Dining Experience
No, we’re not in Paris or a big city patisserie. We’re in Park City, Utah at Deer Valley Ski Resort, one of Utah’s 14 ski resorts. At Snow Park Lodge, besides the freshly baked French pastries and muffins, the breakfast offerings include eggs benedict, home-made granola, house-smoked salmon omelets and challah French Toast. more
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Fresh powder and lots of it at Snowbasin Resort in Utah


Our powder day at Snowbasin Resort in Utah
Truth be told, it was only my second morning on skis this season, it was dumping snow and I wasn’t feeling too confident. But two runs later from the top of the mountain—I loved that the gondola kept us warm—I was smiling— and still smiling after I got pulled out from where I’d fallen off the trail. more
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Four family-friendly days in skier-friendly Utah


Goldfish in room at Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City
All the times I’ve been to Utah to ski—there are 14 ski areas to choose from—I’ve never stayed in Salt Lake City, but I could turn into a convert. You can get discounted gear and lift tickets at www.skinsee.com downtown and get discounted lift tickets at the Salt Lake City Costco. more
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Families welcome for sun and fun on the tiny island of Anguilla


Farming on stilts in the hydroponic garden at CuisinArt Resort Anguilla
Locals are quick to tell you Anguilla, a British territory, isn’t only about the beaches, though their motto is “tranquility wrapped in blue.” “I have lived in Anguilla for 20 years and the thing that never changes is the people,” says children’s book author Jo-Anne Mason, originally from Brooklyn. more
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