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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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To the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park


We’re riding in a truck on a photo caravan into the heart of the large animal enclosures, which means, as we bump along, we get up close to not only the rhinos (Southern white, as well as greater one-horned) but also the giraffes (try feeding leaves to two giraffes at once!), Springbok, Cape buffalo, ostrich, Defassa Waterbuck, zebras and more. more
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To Kauai — Now the Adventure Isle


We’ve driven to the end of Kuhio Highway on the North Shore of Kauai to Ke’e beach — past some of the most luxuriant plants I’ve ever seen. Spectacular beaches abound here on Kauai, including Lumahai beach where Mitzi Gaynor “washed that man right out of her hair” for the filming of “South Pacific.” There’s also the town of Hanalei of “Puff the Magic Dragon” fame more
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To Steamboat Springs


The story goes that in the early 1800s a French trapper heard a noisy hot spring that reminded him of a steamboat. When the railroad was built in 1908, the formations around the spring were changed and the chugging sound was lost. Still, the name stuck. more
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Meeting Up with Some Ghosts and Goblins


Halloween is no longer just about trick or treating in the neighborhood. That’s old school — apparently. Instead, you can take your pick of zoos, museums, theme parks, campgrounds, big cities, small ones — all of which have Halloween doings guaranteed to scare the teens and plenty of benign “spooky” fun for the littlest ghosts and goblins. more
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When grownups go out to play in the fall


Fall is an ideal time for some “me” and “us” time. "Prices are generally less expensive than the summer months,” says Travelocity.com’s Genevieve Brown. “And since most families are wrapped up with school activities, you’re not likely to encounter a lot of kids at your destination.” more
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A place that mixes kids and adults seamlessly


“You do something and the next day you want to do It again because it was so fun,” says Zach. With other friends, they made a human pyramid while moms played tennis, headed out in kayaks and to water-ski, hunt for frogs, and watch a movie while their parents linger guilt-free over dinner. “We eat and then run off,” Zach says. more
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A lakeside resort in Maine with that old feel


Migis Lodge cookout
I didn’t have to shop, cook or do the dishes or even crack the lobsters. Welcome to Migis Lodge. In a local Native American language Migis means “Place to Steal Away and Rest,” says Tim Porta, who is the second generation to run the place—his 29-year-old son Jed the third generation. more
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Three late summer days in New England


The resort—built on 700 acres—includes 77 cabins that were built before the 1940s. The same families have been coming for generations for the same illusive qualities that first brought families here more than a century ago—the lake front, the chance to be together whether reading a book, playing croquet on the lawn or going out in a sail boat or kayak more
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Plenty to do (and eat) on a day at sea with Disney


DAY THREE -- Our first day at sea and there is so much to do! We can go to a lecture about Malta where we will be tomorrow, play Bingo or go to a cooking demonstration, learn napkin folding or Origami. more
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To Oahu Beyond Waikiki


We are just off the leeward coast of Oahu, a world away from bustling Waikiki near the Ko Olina Resort & Marina and the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa (http://www.ihilani.com/) where we are staying. Here, we’re snorkeling with marine biologist Tori Cullins and her crew at Wilde Side Specialty Tours (www.sailhawaii.com) at a spot where sea turtles return again and again to have fish clean them of sand and algae more
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