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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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Lots of choices for lodging in Lake Placid


Smores at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid NY
DAY 3 -- There is every variety of place to stay in Lake Placid from B&Bs, motels, condos and houses, and even luxe resorts. more
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Learn Winter Olympic history at Lake Placid


You can learn a little, or a lot, of Olympic history in Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. more
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A weekend in dog-friendly Lake Placid, NY


The water is cold in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY but that’s not keeping the kids—or hardy parents out. The little ones are splashing at the water’s edge while older ones are out in kayaks , rowboats and paddle boats. Our pup is eyeing them all curiously. “It’s got everything you want with little kids,” said Jim Carroll, vacationing here with his wife and two daughters more
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Taking the Kids — on a New-Style Trip with the Grandparents


My nearly 3-year-old son Matt was methodically smashing coconuts on the stone terrace next to the pool of our rented villa in St. Martin early in the morning just under the window where my sister and brother-in-law -- still kid-less -- were trying to sleep. We thought it was hilarious; they weren't amused. My parents just wanted to enjoy the sunshine and the grandkids -- Matt and his baby sister, Reggie. 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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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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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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Fishing in Alaska


"The fish must hate us," moans 13-year-old Miles Singer. We are on the world-famous Kenai River in Alaska with one of the river's best guides, Steve Fickes, who jokes that he's been guiding "ever since I got my accounting degree" -- more than two decades ago.It's like Grand Central Station on the Kenai this morning more
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