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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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The food scene in Orlando has changed – for the better!


PB&J Sushi at Cowfish
The food scene has changed dramatically in Orlando, especially for kids. PB&J sushi anyone? more
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Too much fun at the theme park resorts in Orlando


Water fun at the Four Seasons Orlando
“We hear all the time that guests are cutting down on their time at the parks to enjoy the resort,” said Four Seasons Orlando Resort Manager Ben Shank, noting there are five acres for fun and games. more
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Kids influence family vacations, HomeAway survey finds


HomeAway vacation rental cabin in Lake Tahoe CA
HomeAway, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace, has found in a new survey that kids are wielding increasing influence on where families go and what they do not only in the United States but in Europe too. more
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Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn’t think they would


Generations Riviera Maya
In Puerto Vallarta, all-inclusives account for 80 percent of the hotels and they are especially popular with families in Mexico and the Caribbean. They’re certainly upping their game to appeal to families. more
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A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper – last day in Mexico


Giovanni Arredondo with two freshly caught snappers
Giovanni Arredondo holds up two huge Pargos—a kind of snapper—that had just been caught this morning, more than enough to feed the 10 of us. more
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Family vacation IOU: a Mother’s Day gift guaranteed to please


On a Road Scholar intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren in Wyoming
This Mother’s Day, give the moms in your life something they will really appreciate. My friend, Nancy Schretter, managing editor of Family Travel Network calls it “Me Time for Moms with a Bow.” more
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A bird-watchers paradise on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


A pair of Blue-Footed Boobies spotted near San Blas
People come to San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit from all over the world to see birds—as well as to surf the famous breaks. We are in a boat, mangroves on either side in La Tovara National Park more
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On the Riviera Nayarit along Mexico’s Pacific Coast


At the Iberostar Playa Mita in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
At the Iberostar Playa Mita in Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific Coast of Mexico they feel they’ve gotten as close to family vacation nirvana as they could possibly get. “We’ve never had free room service,” joked Troy Nathan. more
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Day Two – a tour around the all-inclusives of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Meeting the Flintstones at the Melia resort in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is known for its galleries and its food but it is probably known more as a cruise ship stop and for those visiting the all-inclusive resorts. more
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Visiting the Grandest of Canyons with young kids


I looked around and saw kinds of families -- from around the world here to experience what is widely considered one of the wonders of the world. more
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