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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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Three days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Day One taco tour!


On the Taco Tour in Puerto Vallarta
We’re in Puerto Vallarta, which is increasingly known for its food and happens to have some 500 taco stands open into the early hours of the night—each one with a specialty that locals come to savor. Every ingredient comes from within a 20 mile radius. more
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Orlando – the most visited city in America


Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The good news is that if you are planning to visit Orlando in May — before the summer crowds arrive — the lines might not be as long and you’ll save some bucks on your hotel. more
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Baseballs, burgers, crepes, water parks and family time in Arizona


Once we land, I talk the rental car lady and my Dad into getting us a cool Mustang to ride around in instead of this family looking car they had for us. My dad tells me I have rental car swag. more
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Discovering history and fun in the countryside outside London


View of part of Sudeley Castle
After seeing London’s great sites, it’s a joy to explore Britain’s famous Cotswolds towns, which are just about a two-hour train trip from London’s Paddington Station — ideal for a day or a weekend when you’ve had enough of the city, as fun as it is. more
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Enjoying a week of baseball spring training in Arizona with a young cousi


Matt and Ethan at Cubs camp
Matt Yemma and his 12-year-old cousin Ethan Sitzman spend a week shagging baseballs, autographs and enjoying the waterparks and sunshine of spring training in Arizona. more
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Boarding, burgers and teen bonding in Bolton Valley, VT


Burger wars
A high school junior and scholar in the A Better Chance program writes about a weekend of snowboarding fun and bonding time with his housemates in Bolton Valley, VT. more
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Modern camping with kids – and WiFi


Deluxe cabin at KOA Kampground in Williamsburg VA
Younger campers say having a smartphone on a camping trip is nearly as important as toilet paper, according to the 2015 North American Camping Report. I’m guessing your kids would agree more
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Skiing and Soaking at Sunlight Mountain and Glenwood Springs


The Peak of Sunlight Mountain
By springtime, many skiers are exhausted by the lift lines, carved out runs, and crowded resorts in Colorado Ski Country. But Sunlight Mountain Resort is the perfect little oasis where skiers can hit the mountain without having to schlep to the lifts. more
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Off the slopes and into the Spa: At The Peaks in Telluride


Winter_Sunset at The Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride CO
My daughters and I head up to one of Colorado’s biggest Spas at The Peaks Resort in the Mountain Village, where kids love the indoor-outdoor heated pool complete with water slide and is ranked a top spa by Conde Nast Traveler more
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Telluride CO: historic mountain town welcomes modern families


Skiing down the mountain to Telluride
Welcome to Telluride Ski Resort, about an hour from Montrose and 2.5 hours from Durango (both of which have regional airports) in Southwest Colorado with just 2500 year-round residents who happily live in a box canyon 8750 feet above sea level. Yes you feel that altitude. more
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