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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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Getting your family outdoors with the help of the Appalachian Mountain Club


My family hiking the Appliachian Trail in New Hampshire in the rain 1997
The Appalachian Mountain Club is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the mountain huts — the oldest hut-to-hut network in the country. The AMC is even older. Founded in 1876, it’s the oldest conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the country with more than 100,000 members and supporters. Today, a big part of its mission is to encourage families to get outdoors. more
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Fun for families on the rivers and lakes in Wisconsin’s north woods


Kayaking the Namekogan
I’ve kayaked before, but never with the intention of following a historic route. In early August, I ventured out on a 20 mile kayak trip along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Northwest Wisconsin along the Minnesota border. more
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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty


The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen
Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva more
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A bike ride with grown kids to a unique distillery in Basalt CO


Impressive distillation equipment at Woody Creek Distillers
In summer, it’s all about bikers, runners, walkers. Many people opt to bike from the trailhead in Aspen about 10 miles as far as Woody Creek Tavern; today we opt to go another 10 miles to visit the new Woody Creek Distillery—where vodka is being made from potatoes grown in Woody Creek. more
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Cooking up a storm at a rental house in Snowmass Village CO


Chicken on the grill at the Portico Club house in Snowmass Village CO
I spent all day in the kitchen—on vacation. But maybe because it was my choice and maybe because it’s a spectacular kitchen at a Portico Club house overlooking the mountains in Snowmass, CO, I didn’t mind a bit. In fact, because the kitchen was so well equipped—and the house so spacious—we decided to host a barbeque for folks we know who live here and who always are hosting us when we visit. more
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A hike in the rain in the beautiful mountains near Aspen CO


Summer showers roll over the Maroon Bells near Aspen CO
Snowmass is a great family ski mountain—one of the biggest and best in the country, in fact. But a visit here—and to neighboring Aspen—is a treat any time of year. There’s hiking, biking (road biking and mountain biking), fly fishing, rafting… even a scenic helicopter tour. more
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Six days in the Rockies – a great getaway in a Portico Club house at Snowmass CO


Front entrance to Portico house in Snowmass Village CO
We’re in one of the most amazing rental houses we’ve ever been privileged to visit—and we’ve been to a lot of places from houses in the Caribbean to ski condos in Colorado and Utah and Vermont to apartments in Paris and Rome. more
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To Lake Placid and a resort that gets it right for families


Navigating the pines at The Wild Center
I like to see a resort get it right and, I think, the Whiteface Lodge does. The 94-suite resort is spread out over 40 acres reminiscent of the historic “camps” of the Adirondacks with rough-hewn logs, big stone fireplaces, oversized leather furniture and whimsical décor evoking the outdoors. more
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The amazing sights you see in and around Lake Placid, NY


Massou Traore enjoying the summit of Whiteface Mountain
Fourteen year old Massou Traore spreads out her arms and looks skyward. She feels like she’s on top of the world. Well, not quite. She’s 4,867 feet on top of New York State to be exact—on top of Whiteface Mountain. Pretty amazing to a kid from the Bronx. more
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Kids and grownups discovering The Wild in New York’s Adirondacks


Kids playing in the Unique Pines at The Wildl Center in Tupper Lake, NY
Inside the expansive Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY are interactive exhibits whether you want to open boxes of bones in the Naturalists Cabinet, mimic bird calls, take a stroll on the indoor Living River Trail past lakes, bogs, streams , rivers and waterfalls and forests to the summit of a high peak with more than 2,000 live creatures—frogs, fish and of course the Otters. more
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