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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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Two days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


The much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened and even the most avid fans who planned their trip to Orlando around the new attractions seem unprepared for the crowds. But that doesn't stop the fun. more
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Lots of great food on Nantucket Island


Yum! We’re at American Seasons run by husband and wife team Michael LaScola and Orela Murphy-LaScola, who juggle the restaurant with being parents to their toddler. more
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Nantucket, once the world’s whaling capital


There is a lot of history we learn on this small island. In fact, the entire island is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark and has more buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places than anywhere in Massachusetts, including Boston. more
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A getaway to Nantucket Island


It’s that perfect beach day… blue skies, warm but not too hot. Colored umbrellas dot the Nantucket beach. Kids play on boogie boards while smaller ones build sand forts until… the two pups discover each other. more
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Lots of choices for lodging in Lake Placid


Smores at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid NY
DAY 3 -- There is every variety of place to stay in Lake Placid from B&Bs, motels, condos and houses, and even luxe resorts. more
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Learn Winter Olympic history at Lake Placid


You can learn a little, or a lot, of Olympic history in Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. more
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A weekend in dog-friendly Lake Placid, NY


The water is cold in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY but that’s not keeping the kids—or hardy parents out. The little ones are splashing at the water’s edge while older ones are out in kayaks , rowboats and paddle boats. Our pup is eyeing them all curiously. “It’s got everything you want with little kids,” said Jim Carroll, vacationing here with his wife and two daughters more
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A Stop at the Jewish Museum to see Curious George


Who says you have to spend hours in a museum? Sometimes, even an hour is enough—especially with kids. While in Manhattan, I stopped in late in the afternoon at The Jewish Museum especially to see one exhibit—Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey. more
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Lower Manhattan and the new Trump Soho


I feel oh-so-hip. That’s because I’m stepping out of my hotel—the brand new Trump Soho that is located on Spring Street, in the heart of trendy Soho in downtown New York with its narrow cobblestoned streets and old-fashioned light more
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Opting for luxe beyond the parks of Orlando


AAH... I’m in the midst of possibly the best massage I’ve ever had at Orlando Grand Lakes Ritz Carlton Spa—thanks to the feet of the massage therapist, who happens to be a former paratrooper, he tells me! more
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