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Jul 9, 2015
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In and around Disney’s Grand Floridian


So how would a princess ask for a piece of cake? The half dozen or so princesses in training, their tiaras on their heads are listening attentively. “Ahem, Madame Chef, May I have a piece of cake,” Rose Petal (who apparently was a rose in the palace garden and then magically became a princess so she could be Aurora’s friend) instructs them more
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Back to Disney World with the princesses


It’s hard work being a princess. You need to know how to curtsey and wave. You need to be kind to everyone—even annoying younger siblings. You need to wear fancy dresses and tiaras. more
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Skiing Vail Mountain in one day!


Finally. I get to relax. After the extended family heads back to Denver and Connecticut, after my college freshman daughter and her friends head back to school, my husband and I head to Vail where we check in to the Arrabelle at Vail Square--a beautiful boutique hotel celebrating its second anniversary. more
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Our family takes over Keystone mountain


DAY 8 -- Yes, a ski trip can work whether you are five, 19 or 60-at least for our family, at least at Keystone Resort that is the most economical and most kid-centric of Vail’s Colorado resorts. more
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Kid heaven in Keystone, Colorado


Castle at Kidtopia in Keystone CO
DAY 7 -- The kids take turns sitting on the ice throne, sliding through an tunnel and clamoring to the top of the fort that’s made out of ice –some 75 tons—that will sit at the top of Keystone Resort’s Gondola past the end of ski season. more
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No shortage of things to do at Vista Verde


DAY 6 -- Ever since they were a young married couple in Indianapolis, Peggy and Jerry Throgmartin talked about buying a ranch. “This is my husband’s dream since he was seven, said Peggy Throgmartin. It took till the couple was in their fifties to make it happen—here at Vista Verde Ranch more
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To Vista Verde Ranch near Steamboat


Our 2010 Colorado winter adventure continues. DAY 5 -- Think four wheel drive. Think four wheel drive on skis. I’m in the back country of the Vista Verde Ranch—some 560 pristine snow covered acres at 7800 feet above altitude—trying my hand at back country skiing. more
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A day trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The centerpiece of Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey Bay, CA is the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium . It's an incredible structure which includes some of the largest fish tanks in the world and some of the most elusive creatures in our oceans more
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Soaking up the Hot Springs


I’m soaking in Steamboat’s famous Strawberry Park Hot Springs in a natural pool that is about 105 degrees surrounded by mountains and snow covered trees. There are two other pools that we sample—one that is 101 and one at 75 degrees is downright freezing. Some hardy souls are rolling in the snow and jumping back in. more
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Moms gotta have fun too


DAY 2 -- “If you have good coaching, skiing is effortless. You just need to use the equipment properly,” says my 72-year-old instructor IJ Fisher, a former Christmas Tree farm owner and ski patroller from the East Coast who followed his kids here in Steamboat, Co more
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