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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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Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond


The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
This January, of course, also marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and I can’t think of a better time than this winter — February is Black History Month — to explore civil rights in Washington and beyond. more
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Time for a little relaxation and indulgence at the CuisinArt Anguilla


Serving up spiny lobsters at the CuisinArt Anguilla
At the CuisinArt Resort in Anguila. I indulged in a facial (anti-aging of course) and a soak in the “healing waters” pool that offers a combination, I’m told, of mineral sea salt and fresh water that is supposed to help my aching knee. more
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Five days in Anguilla on a best girlfriends getaway


We’re here on a girlfriends’ getaway ensconced in a huge three-bedroom villa with its own pool, kitchen, and beach. I’m sitting aside the pool and hear the crashing waves as I write this. Did I mention the mile-long beach? more
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Taking the Kids Cruise Guide 2013


Kids are everywhere—on cruise ships anyway—whether you are in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic. Welcome to our Taking the Kids Cruise Guide for 2013, researched and updated by our intrepid intern Becca Tash. more
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Taking a family vacation to a private island


Starlight villa at the Fowl Cay resort in the Bahamas
No, you’re not dreaming. Welcome to Fowl Cay Resort in the famous Bahamian Exumas that boast more than 300 tiny islands. This is the most unique Caribbean all-inclusive resort that I’ve ever seen. more
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Explore the World Heritage of Ethiopia with the Children


Tissisat Falls on the Blue Nile
Africa and in particular Ethiopia may not cross many minds as being a number one choice for a family holiday. What you should know is that with 8 world heritage sites, some stunning scenery, and many opportunities to inspire and educate the children, Ethiopia may well be a fantastic destination for a family holiday. more
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Taking the Kids to snowy climes during learn a snow sport month


You can have as much fun off the slopes as on at a snow resort, especially in January, which is designated as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with special programs at resorts around the country. more
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Discovering the History of Scenic Charlottesville, Virginia


The Living Room at The Clifton Inn
Charlottesville, VA and the surrounding Piedmont region offers remarkable history, breathtaking scenery, a dining scene that blends upscale with down home and boutique inns that make for a uniquely charming getaway for your family. more
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Hold on for thrills in the treetops of New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods


Enesi on the zipline at Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
Yhe Bretton Woods Ski Area Canopy Tour is a combination of nine progressively thrilling zip line rides, two hikes across suspension bridges way up in the trees, and a couple of incredible rappelling experiences. It was the latter that really tested our mettle. more
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At the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel for the holidays


The Omni Mount Washington Hotel at sunset under a full moon on Christmas Eve
There is plenty to do at this historic resort—from NH largest ski area, plenty of groomed cross country and snow shoe trails, dog sledding, sleigh rides and indoor and outdoor pool and gargantuan spa where my daughter and I indulged in blissful massages yesterday. more
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