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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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Lots of great food on Nantucket Island


Yum! We’re at American Seasons run by husband and wife team Michael LaScola and Orela Murphy-LaScola, who juggle the restaurant with being parents to their toddler. more
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Nantucket, once the world’s whaling capital


There is a lot of history we learn on this small island. In fact, the entire island is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark and has more buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places than anywhere in Massachusetts, including Boston. more
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A getaway to Nantucket Island


It’s that perfect beach day… blue skies, warm but not too hot. Colored umbrellas dot the Nantucket beach. Kids play on boogie boards while smaller ones build sand forts until… the two pups discover each other. more
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To Lake Placid, an Old-Fashioned Vacation Destination


No one cares that the water is cold. The kids splash at the lake’s edge, play on the small sand beach as older, daring ones splash in the water and peddle kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Our pup eyes them all curiously more
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Taking the Kids — To California Wine Country


If you think Wine Country — especially Sonoma County — is just for grown-ups (at least those over 21) think again. There are plenty of places to bike, hike and kayak on the Russian River. more
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Lots of choices for lodging in Lake Placid


Smores at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid NY
DAY 3 -- There is every variety of place to stay in Lake Placid from B&Bs, motels, condos and houses, and even luxe resorts. more
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Learn Winter Olympic history at Lake Placid


You can learn a little, or a lot, of Olympic history in Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. more
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A weekend in dog-friendly Lake Placid, NY


The water is cold in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY but that’s not keeping the kids—or hardy parents out. The little ones are splashing at the water’s edge while older ones are out in kayaks , rowboats and paddle boats. Our pup is eyeing them all curiously. “It’s got everything you want with little kids,” said Jim Carroll, vacationing here with his wife and two daughters more
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to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


We're at Hall of Human Origins, the newest exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, now celebrating its centennial year. (It's the most visited of the 19 Smithsonian museums with 7.4 million visitors last year!) It's the most visited museum in the country and has the most visited science museum in the world. It's easy to see why. Even kids who profess to "hate science" can't help but love this 21st-century museum. more
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Taking the Kids To Cooking School


I am standing in a Mexican kitchen on a picturesque Ranch outside of Oaxaca city kneading dough that will become mini tortillas. I've already grilled the cactus that will be a part of the topping for these mini tortillas called Memelas more
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