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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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Read Eileen’s travel diary and keep up with her travels. You might just pick up some ideas for your next family vacation!

Nine days in Hong Kong over the holidays


DAY ONE -- I’ve got my eye mask, three different noise cancelling head phones to try, the iPad loaded with my favorite TV shows, my Kindle loaded with new mysteries, healthy snacks, special socks from SmartWool, neck pillow…have I forgotten anything? more
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Last day in Park City – time to “surrender” to the Montage Spa


I’m at the year-old Montage Deer Valley spa—35,000 square feet indoor lap pool, separate mens and women’s facilities with steam room, sauna, whirlpools and more, a private sundeck with radiant heated floors and spectacular mountain views and a big fitness center. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary | 8 Comments


SnowMamas — changing the face of the ski industry


Meet Park City Mountain Resort’s new crop of Snowmamas, chosen from applicants by Park City Mountain resort officials from around the country. The website has become the go-to place in the industry to help moms make trips to the snow easier and more fun. more
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Park City Day 2 – meeting up with the Ladies Club


Now the resort wants to make sure all moms—all women—make the most of their time here. To that end, they’re establishing Ladies Club—a two-hour session that starts at 10 a.m.—to give moms enough time to get their kids to ski school or older kids out the door. more
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Four days with the SnowMamas in Park City, Utah


Maybe buying ski boots isn’t that big a deal. But it says something about my desire to invest in myself instead of everyone else in the family for a change. And every season, I say I’m going to hang up my skis because I’m not having fun out there—certainly not when I try to keep up with my family, experts all. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary | 9 Comments


Meeting the locals around Bluefields Bay in Jamaica


I can’ t stop thinking about Delta when we return to our Bluefields Bay villa overlooking the sea served breakfast—a traditional Jamaican concoction of saltfish with vegetables cooked in coconut milk called Rundown. more
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In Jamaica, a man on a mission to promote tourism


Wolde Kristos is a man with a mission—and a vision. He hopes to bring the sleepy Jamaican town of Bluefields Bay into the 21st century—tourist wise. more
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Exploring the area around Bluefields Bay in Jamaica


Our driver Percy Baldwin first takes us to the Black River—at 44 miles the longest navigable river in Jamaica. We’re only going to cruise for about an hour down the pristine river where Crocodiles and birds live and mangroves grow. more
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Bluefields Bay Jamaica — an unresort-like resort


Welcome to Bluefields Bay Villas—the most unresort-like resort I’ve ever visited -- in Jamaica, about an hour and 15 minut4es drive from Montego Bay in the small community of Bluefields Bay. more
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Disney sees Aulani as the place for destination weddings


There are already 1,000 weddings a year at Walt Disney World in Orlando--upwards of 20 per cent among blended families, says Korrie McFann, who oversees Disney’s e wedding and honeymoon business around the world. The company anticipates Aulani to rival Orlando for the wedding business. more
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