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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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A family vacation includes volunteering at a nearby children’s center


Entre Amigos play area
In our family, an afternoon away from the resort is fundamental. A 20-minute taxi ride from the luxurious Iberostar Playa Mita brings you to the sleepy fishing village of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. In this tiny seaside town, you will find Entre Amigos. more
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Day Two — a visit to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


The beach in Sayulita
An afternoon visit to laid-back Sayulita, a few minutes drive from the Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Pacific Cost. The crescent-shaped beach is fringed with tall palms. Fishermen sharing the beach with surfers and hippies. more
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Three days at the new Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico


Splash Park at Iberostar Playa Mita
If you think all-inclusive resorts are nothing but rowdy sun-seekers, conga lines, mediocre buffets and cheap liquor, meet the new Iberostar Playa Mita. A vacation here should do wonders to change any preconceived notions you may have about all-inclusive hotels. more
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Learning a snow sport — more than just fun in the snow


ABC Boys from Westport CT learning to snowboard at Bolton Valley VT
Snow sports can be more than about fun in the snow. They’re about persistence and courage, trying something new (just ask the cold-hating Los Angeles boy who was with us) and empathy for those who may be struggling more than you might be. more
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How families celebrate the New Year Bahamian Style


Junkanoo Parade
In the Bahamas, they start ringing in the New Year on Boxing Day with the annual Junkanoo Festivals, with cowbells, goatskin drums, conch horns and incredibly colorful costumes. more
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Enjoying Christmas Traditions at Colonial Williamsburg


Lord Dunmore's Ball
The holiday season is an excellent time to visit Colonial Williamsburg and see firsthand how 18th Century Virginians celebrated. more
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Experiencing the Holiday Festivities at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town


French Village at Christmas Town
If you arrive at night, you might not recognize Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The millions of lights that cover 1,500 Christmas trees give the theme park a fantastical holiday makeover and transform it into Christmas Town. more
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In New Hampshire for an old fashioned family holiday getaway


Omni Mt Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods
In New Hampshire for the holidays, we sleep and hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club, visit the historic Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, tour the treetops at Bretton Woods Ski Area and are pulled by a sled dog team that includes a pair of amazing canines. more
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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there


Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop
In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world. more
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Last day in Nicaragua: how inspiration is producing a badly needed new tourism industry


Melanie's organic garden at Morgan's Rock
A vacation can inspire you to take a different path—or in some cases, inspire a new industry. That’s what happened when Clemente and Claire Poncon vacationed at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. more
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