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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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At the Presidio in San Francisco, top chef aims at kids menus


Arguello at Presidio Officers Club
Award winning San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins wishes American restaurants would take a page—a menu page—from their counterparts in other parts of the world. “The United States is one of the only places in the world that has special meals for kids,” she said. “We are conditioned to teach kids to eat differently than we do and that is a mistake.” more
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Off the slopes snowshoe fun at Northstar California


Northstar California - Lake Tahoe View
Rather than ski, I’m going to have some fun in the snow a different way—hiking on snowshoes in the woods, though the lack of snowfall does impede us a bit. more
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Families love concierge level for informality


Smores at the fire pit of the Ritz Carlton Northstar California
“I love it here,” said Martha Kramer, enjoying an early dinner with her two kids, including one with special needs. She could have gone to the first rate restaurant downstairs Manzanita with her husband and his business colleagues, she said, “But this is more relaxing.” more
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At Northstar CA, moms get pampered with special ski progam


Champagne toast at the end of the day
This program at $295 is less than an all day private lesson. The women are grouped according to their ability, no more to four to a group. They might end up with a private coach all day. The day includes a lift ticket, the latest demo equipment and at the end of the day, champagne and canapés during a “tech talk” about equipment. Considering that a lift ticket is over $100 and demo equipment $70, this is a bargain. more
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Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium


Children’s Zoo at Saint Louis Zoo
The human kiddos laugh and giggle at the antics of the animals all day at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s one of three major free zoos left in the country along with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. more
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Audiences of all ages love the Blue Man Group


Blue Men on the liquid drums
It all started nearly 25 years ago, when three college-friends -- Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink — developed a bald and blue character they called Blue Man (to evoke the word Human), who delighted audiences at this small theater more
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A taste of Olde England and its literati in St. Louis, MO


Grizzly bear antics at Cheshire Hotel in St Louis
We’re not in England though it feels like it. We’re in suburban St. Louis at the locally owned Cheshire, celebrating its 50th anniversary. more
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In Northern Italy, a little-known gem of history and culture: Mantua


Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy
You won’t find that many tourists here, but you will find the quintessential Italian experience — restaurants spilling out onto cobblestoned piazzas, locals starting their morning with a cafe, the weekly market that takes over the entire Piazza Sordello more
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Kid tips for hitting the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month


Elk Camp Meadows, Snowmass
If you are a newbie, there is no better time than January, the nationally designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month to hit the Colorado slopes. more
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To Jumby Bay, Antigua: A unique all-inclusive resort in the


Tubing at Jumby Bay
Many families have a special vacation spot — a snow sports resort, a lake where the kids caught their first fish, a beach where they build giant sand castles. Jumby Bay is one of them. more
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