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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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A market of great food and second acts in Indianapolis


At the Indianapolis City Market
The historic Indianapolis City Market—it dates back to 1821 when the city was new—is full of good eats, even 16 taps of Indiana craft beer at the Tomlinson Tap Room. But what I didn’t expect was that it would be a place of second and third acts in life—successful second and third acts. more
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A Fall Escape to Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Pool at Riviera Maya Palace Deluxe
As the air becomes crisp in the North, there is one destination you can always rely on for bathing-suit weather: Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Having somehow missed the short beach season this summer, I wanted a chance to relax on the beach at a resort where after I checked in, the most difficult decision I’d have to make was what I wanted to eat next. more
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In Mexico, a Spa for the Whole Family


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe
Where are the kids while the parents are at the spa? There are two options: the Barcy Kids Club, where kids get to partake in activities like pool sports and crafts, or the Barcelo Kids Spa. more
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Experiencing the Sea Turtles and Other Wildlife in Riviera Maya


Helping protect the sea turtle hatchlings on the Riviera Maya
This resort is dedicated to protecting the sea turtle eggs laid upon its 1.25 miles of glistening beach during sea turtle nesting season from May through October, and guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in the release of the juvenile turtles when they hatch. more
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Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe seen from beach
This is Mayan land, we are told, and there is a lot of mysticism around here. So much mysticism that the superstitious-minded believe the world will be ending December 21, 2012. It doesn’t feel like the world is ending at Barceló, though... more
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Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty


Laurel and Katie Grace at the Statue of Liberty
My family decided to end our stay in the Big Apple with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. Let me tell you, the “Summer Evenings” Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of our whole trip. more
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Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island


Laurel visits Plimouth Plantation
As summer draws to a close, we all like to think back on this year’s family travels. And why not reminisce on the sweet break we had? This summer I had an experience to last a lifetime. This summer, I got to travel to two large cities: Boston and New York. more
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A kids view of Boston and New York City


The Dhority girls and their mom Christie Yemma strolling in Central Park
What surprised me most about Boston was how history and the modern city were combined. There was a colonial age church between a coffee shop and a bank, cemeteries hidden between buildings ... more
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Nieces on a road trip to Boston and New York City


Laurel Dhority visits historic cemetery along Freedom Trail in Boston
My nieces from Arkansas recently visited Boston and New York with on a two week road trip with their parents. The girls used CityPASSes to visit top attractions and museums in New York and Boston. more
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A stopover in Denver at Elitch Gardens.


The Ferris Wheel at Elitch Gardens
I love that Elitch Gardens has such a history dating back to 1890. It opened with a zoo, summer stock and a ballroom. The carousel, which took craftsmen three years to carve by hand, has been here since 1928 and still operates today; The Ferris Wheel was erected in 1936 and still operates. more
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