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Don’t Miss Waterville Valley NH Family Festival on August 8th

Aug 4, 2015
Families are invited to join Bruce the Moose, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat at the Waterville Valley NH Family Festival on Saturday August 8th

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Taking the kids — when they have autism


Eric Revell, 6, flies high.
Traveling with kids, especially young ones, we all know is never easy. They don't want to let go of their "lovey" to put it on the security belt at an airport. They get impatient in long lines, hate to sit still on airplanes and may cry and spill their drinks. And the passengers, restaurant patrons or hotel guests in the vicinity may not be sympathetic to the beleaguered parent's plight. more
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Pay for your luggage, fight for the overhead bin… what next?


I hate being nickeled and dimed when I travel. That's why I hate resort fees for services I probably don't use, fees for accessing the internet at hotels and now, fees to check even one bag on an airplane. more
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Having a destination wedding when kids are part of the equation


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Not only are destination weddings -- from Orlando (Disney does 1,500 a year) to the Caribbean to Hawaii to cruise ships -- more popular, they account for 16 percent of weddings every year, up 400 percent in the last decade -- but kids increasingly are part of the equation says Milli Martini Bratten, longtime editor-in-chief of Brides Magazine. more
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Vacations never go as planned


Relaxing in the rocking chairs at the Hyatt Lost Pines near Austin TX
It’s over 100 degrees but the kids playing in and around the pool at Barton Creek Resort don’t seem to care. Ten-year-old Ryan Libby is slurping a frozen drink and eating chicken fingers poolside. more
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Fun in the Texas Lost Pines Country


The lazy river at the Hyatt Lost Pines near Austin TX
DAY TWO — It’s barely 9 a.m. and kids are in full vacation mode, playing water basketball, floating in the lazy river, zipping down the water slide. One three year old is playing “golf” on the hotel lawn with his more »
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A Trip Down Memory Lane in Austin, TX


The Magnolia Cafe in Austin TX
DAY ONE — It’s a trip down memory lane — literally, for my husband at least. We’ve flown down to Austin, TX where he was raised and went to college (Hook ‘em Horns!) for a mini family reunion with his more »
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To a national park this summer-one of the most budget-smart trips you can take


The scenic beauty of Yellowstone National Park. CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Austin-Lehman Adventures
We screeched to a halt along the side of the road in Grand Teton National Park. Reggie, 8, was equally mesmerized but 3-year-old Melanie couldn't quite grasp that we were in the moose's house -- and it wasn't a zoo. I still smile years later when I think about the kids' excitement. Forget the Kodak moments. The chance to share something new together -- something you'd never see or do at home -- is what makes those indelible family vacation memories that last forever. more
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Getting free gas, free golf, free s’mores and more this summer


A morning ride at Colorado's Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch.
Free gas anyone? Not quite. But the higher gas prices go -- and the more we rethink summer vacation plans as a result -- the more hotels, resorts, cities and towns across the country are rolling out the welcome mat with rebates and credits all designed to help fill your gas tank and ease the sticker shock that comes with it, as the price of gas climbs to $4.07 a gallon on average. That is $1.09 a gallon more than a year ago, according to AAA. more
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A special trip with my graduate daughter


There's always something special about traveling with your kids one-on-one -- whether they're five, 15 or in my case, 22. I just returned from a trip to Italy with my daughter Reggie -- her college graduation trip -- before she headed off for adventures (and a new job) across the country. more
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