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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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Opting for luxe beyond the parks of Orlando


AAH... I’m in the midst of possibly the best massage I’ve ever had at Orlando Grand Lakes Ritz Carlton Spa—thanks to the feet of the massage therapist, who happens to be a former paratrooper, he tells me! more
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In and around Disney’s Grand Floridian


So how would a princess ask for a piece of cake? The half dozen or so princesses in training, their tiaras on their heads are listening attentively. “Ahem, Madame Chef, May I have a piece of cake,” Rose Petal (who apparently was a rose in the palace garden and then magically became a princess so she could be Aurora’s friend) instructs them more
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Back to Disney World with the princesses


It’s hard work being a princess. You need to know how to curtsey and wave. You need to be kind to everyone—even annoying younger siblings. You need to wear fancy dresses and tiaras. more
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To a Place American Families Haven’t Yet Discovered


In a desert oasis beside a roaring river, the handsome young Chilean reaches for my hand to help me over the rocks. He smiles. "Gracias," I say. It's not a dream. The long-haired, 29-year-old Chileano is Max Vera, our guide on a challenging uphill hike along the canyon floor. We scramble over rocks strewn along a sandy trail, large "fox tails" and cacti that are 12 feet high with needles so sharp that local Indian women use them to sew and knit. We're in the Atacama Desert in South America, walking along the River Puritama. Our goal: seven pools of hot springs. more
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Skiing Vail Mountain in one day!


Finally. I get to relax. After the extended family heads back to Denver and Connecticut, after my college freshman daughter and her friends head back to school, my husband and I head to Vail where we check in to the Arrabelle at Vail Square--a beautiful boutique hotel celebrating its second anniversary. more
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To a Totally Kidcentric and Affordable Ski Resort This Spring


Sorry, Cinderella. Five-year-old Hannah Sitzman has forsaken all things princess to be a Winter Queen, she announces as she makes her way to the huge ice throne in a castle at the top of a ski mountain that took more than 75 tons of snow and two full weeks to build. more
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Our family takes over Keystone mountain


DAY 8 -- Yes, a ski trip can work whether you are five, 19 or 60-at least for our family, at least at Keystone Resort that is the most economical and most kid-centric of Vail’s Colorado resorts. more
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Kid heaven in Keystone, Colorado


Castle at Kidtopia in Keystone CO
DAY 7 -- The kids take turns sitting on the ice throne, sliding through an tunnel and clamoring to the top of the fort that’s made out of ice –some 75 tons—that will sit at the top of Keystone Resort’s Gondola past the end of ski season. more
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No shortage of things to do at Vista Verde


DAY 6 -- Ever since they were a young married couple in Indianapolis, Peggy and Jerry Throgmartin talked about buying a ranch. “This is my husband’s dream since he was seven, said Peggy Throgmartin. It took till the couple was in their fifties to make it happen—here at Vista Verde Ranch more
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To Vista Verde Ranch near Steamboat


Our 2010 Colorado winter adventure continues. DAY 5 -- Think four wheel drive. Think four wheel drive on skis. I’m in the back country of the Vista Verde Ranch—some 560 pristine snow covered acres at 7800 feet above altitude—trying my hand at back country skiing. more
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