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Ski country is beautiful, but beware altitude sickness


Beautiful but the air is thin in ski country
It is no fun getting sick on vacation and altitude sickness is the worst. But when you are above 9,986 feet as we are in Breckenridge, CO, it isn’t that uncommon, the staff at the St. Anthony Breckenridge Community Clinic Emergency Center tells us. more
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At Keystone Resort, kids having fun and eating healthy are a top priority


Snow fort at Keystone Resort in Colorado
Keystone is Vail Resort’s most kidcentric resort, with kids-ski free (as long as you book a two night stay, night skiing tweens and teens love, daily “Kidtopia” activities. Think a parade through the village on Saturdays, with kids being twirled around in tires, free cookies and hot cider in the ice skating rink, the chance to meet and greet the avalanche dogs and ski patrollers, free kids sundaes and more. more
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Snowshoeing into history at the Breckenridge Nordic Center


Snowshoeing in the Breckenridge Nordic Center
We stop at one of the three historic miner cabins that contains a letter that a woman named Josie wrote to her husband, telling him she wouldn’t move to the miner district of Breckenridge “the most fiendish place…the red light district is visible to all…” until he built them a proper home. more
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In Fairplay CO: Dorothy’s Tamales, a hidden mountain gem


Dorothy and her tamales
We heard about Dorothy’s from our daughter Mel, an avid skier and Colorado College student who would stop often on her forays to the mountains. So when were casting about for somewhere to go for lunch—not that there aren’t many choices in Breckenridge!—we thought of Dorothy’s. It was a beautiful blue-sky day and the mountain views on the drive over were fantastic. more
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No matter how old, Breck brings out the kid in you


Chris and his cousin Melanie at the top of a Breckenridge Peak
At 31 years young, I found myself completely gassed on the slopes trying to keep up with my 22-year-old cousin Melanie Yemma (a senior at Colorado College). I’m a fan of breaks – even naps – but apparently when you’re 22 and you live in Colorado, you don’t take breaks on the mountain. more
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Dining in the mountains — eating out or in on family ski vacation?


When you are staying in a roomy condo, like The Montaneros at Vail or where we have just checked in at Blue Sky at Breckenridge, with fully equipped kitchens, it is nice to cook with the family, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine, a martini or two. more
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A new hotel in Vail where no request is too difficult


BOL at the Solaris in Vail Colorado
No request is too difficult for guests staying at the ultra luxe Solaris in Vail Village. The 79-unit Solaris Residences–the six bedroom unit facing the slopes is to die for—is the kind of place where no guest request is too outrageous. The reindeer? They were brought from a ranch in northern Colorado, said General Manager Bill Marshall. more
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On a blue bird day, the views at Vail are spectacular


Mark Yemma at the Two Elks restaurant atop Vail Mountain
There is something wonderful about family ski trips no matter what the kids ages—in our case, kids ranging from 22 to 32. It’s nice that our grown kids are willing to share their precious vacation time with us; It’s nice to relive memories of when they were little kids. more
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In Vail, a condo offers all the comforts of home for our family ski vacation


Montaneros Condos at Vail
Condo or hotel? When kids—even grown ones—are part of the equation, I’ll opt for a condo every time. None of us want to eat out every meal or pay high mark-ups for every drink. I like the space to spread out too. That’s why I’m so glad for the Montaneros, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals condo at Lionshead in Vail. more
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Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights


Waterfront at Cannes
Jetlagged, hungry, and in need of a bed, we found our way to our hotel for the night -- Chateau de Goville--an old manor in the Norman countryside. I kept saying the château would be Downton Abbey-esque, but it wasn’t until we settled into our room and found a plaque on the wall stating that the Duchess of the Estate had lived (and died!) in this very room nearly seventy years ago that we really felt the chateau’s history. more
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