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Jul 9, 2015
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Last day in Aspen — biking to Woody Creek Tavern


End of bike ride at the Woody Creek Tavern
What’s left? Biking, of course. Locals are huge mountain bikers so we’ve at least got to give it a shot. We opt for the Rio Grande Trail—a rail to trail favorite of locals for running, hiking, walking and of course biking. more
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Exploring nature in and around Aspen with ACES


Jim Kravitz leads a nature walk above Aspen for ACES
ACES, as the environmental center is known, offers a variety of winter and summer activities for families from custom hikes (a bargain at $40 an hour) to a free birds of prey program we dropped in on in the afternoon meeting the resident horned owl and golden eagle... more
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Oxygen and champagne at the spa in Aspen


The St Regis in Aspen
The St Regis underwent a $40 million redesign in 2011 and it shows. They welcome kids and pets with special amenities. The spa is the go to place in town to be pampered –15,000 square feet with 15 treatment rooms. There’s steam and sauna and cold plunge and hot tubs. more
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Learning to fly-fish in Aspen’s rivers and ponds


Zach Lewis wrestles with his fly-caught trout near Aspen
until this morning, Zach Lewis hadn’t been fly fishing—a popular Aspen activity. This morning at his first spot on the Roaring Creek River Zach caught a nice sized trout. It was all catch and release, but that’s not what this is about. more
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A hike across the roof of Southwestern Colorado


Eileen hiking the West Maroon Trail in the early morning
I’d always wanted to do the famous hike between Crested Butte in Southwest Colorado and Aspen –12.2 miles along the West Maroon trail, crossing the Maroon Pass which is 12,500 feet high. I’d first heard about this hike years ago when we took our kids to Crested Butte, one of my favorite mountain towns to ski. more
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The Broadmoor — peaceful and relaxing


Water Slides at the Broadmoor
People are afraid to come to the Springs, locals tell me, saying they think the entire city has burned, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. But the Broadmoor, which has been welcoming families for 19 years, is tranquil and at it should be. So is downtown Colorado Springs, where an outdoor festival is underway. more
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A week in Colorado – stop one “The Springs”


Melanie at the CC Student Farm
I’m also glad to be in The Springs as locals call it for another reason—to tell everyone that the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that destroyed more than 300 homes earlier this summer has been completely contained and the city and all of its attractions are open for business. more
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A weekend getaway to Cape Cod


Ocean Terrace Restaurant on Cape Cod
Long a favorite of families and travelers in New England, Cape Cod offers a diverse range of vacation options and activities. Many families opt to rent a house for a few days, a week, or more. more
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Touring the historic LA sites with Adventures by Disney


Farmers Market is ideal stop for lunch in Los Angeles
Adventures by Disney -- which already offers a multi-day southern California tour—now touts this one-day tour ($199 per person) that includes Hollywood. Beverly Hills and concludes with a stop at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank that aren’t open to the public. more
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Princeses everywhere at Disney and more to come


Princesses are a big draw at Disneyland
With such a devoted audience, it’s no wonder Walt Disney World is in the middle of a huge expansion of Fantasyland expected to be completed later this year with more princess meet-and-greets more
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