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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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Six days in Southern California from Legoland to Hollywood


The new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad CA
At the new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, CA you—in consultation with your kids, of course—can choose which theme you prefer and your room will be decorated accordingly at the 250-room hotel set to open with great fanfare April 5. more
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Take your bunny ears and find a great family spot for Easter brunch


Desserts at the Sunday brunch Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
It’s Easter Sunday and at the sumptuous brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, little girls are dressed in brightly colored dresses, boys in dress shirts that don’t want to stay in their pants and kids and grown-ups proudly sport bunny ears, some with blinking lights. more
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First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City


Dan and Reggie at Park City Mountain
It was our first destination ski vacation. My partner Dan Foldes and I had skied in Colorado throughout our college years, but we had only gone on day trips up to the mountains. This was the first time that we would be flying to a ski town, staying in a hotel, and skiing for three days straight, just the two of us. more
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Ski country is beautiful, but beware altitude sickness


Beautiful but the air is thin in ski country
It is no fun getting sick on vacation and altitude sickness is the worst. But when you are above 9,986 feet as we are in Breckenridge, CO, it isn’t that uncommon, the staff at the St. Anthony Breckenridge Community Clinic Emergency Center tells us. more
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A family reunion on the snow in Colorado


Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997
There were round-robin emails in the weeks before the trip in which we discussed the menus and shopping lists. My husband, raised in Texas, brought his “famous” chili, frozen from home, and my British sister-in-law the ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie. more
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In Fairplay CO: Dorothy’s Tamales, a hidden mountain gem


Dorothy and her tamales
We heard about Dorothy’s from our daughter Mel, an avid skier and Colorado College student who would stop often on her forays to the mountains. So when were casting about for somewhere to go for lunch—not that there aren’t many choices in Breckenridge!—we thought of Dorothy’s. It was a beautiful blue-sky day and the mountain views on the drive over were fantastic. more
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What makes Alaska’s Denali National Park special for families


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
What is special about Denali National Park, besides the wildlife and the fact that it contains the tallest mountain in North America, suggests Kris Capps author of “A Wildlife Guide: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska,” is that it continues to flourish on its own largely without human intervention. more
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Dining in the mountains — eating out or in on family ski vacation?


When you are staying in a roomy condo, like The Montaneros at Vail or where we have just checked in at Blue Sky at Breckenridge, with fully equipped kitchens, it is nice to cook with the family, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine, a martini or two. more
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A new hotel in Vail where no request is too difficult


BOL at the Solaris in Vail Colorado
No request is too difficult for guests staying at the ultra luxe Solaris in Vail Village. The 79-unit Solaris Residences–the six bedroom unit facing the slopes is to die for—is the kind of place where no guest request is too outrageous. The reindeer? They were brought from a ranch in northern Colorado, said General Manager Bill Marshall. more
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On a blue bird day, the views at Vail are spectacular


Mark Yemma at the Two Elks restaurant atop Vail Mountain
There is something wonderful about family ski trips no matter what the kids ages—in our case, kids ranging from 22 to 32. It’s nice that our grown kids are willing to share their precious vacation time with us; It’s nice to relive memories of when they were little kids. more
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