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St. Petersburg FL resorts offer special deal for Dolphin Tale 2 premier

Sep 1, 2014
With the premiere of "Dolphin Tale 2" coming up on Sept. 12, TradeWinds in St. Petersburg FL - is celebrating with "Dolphin Tale 2 Getaway" - a three-night package beginning at $632

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The Sweet Life candy shop at Snowmass
I can’t think of a better place than The Sweet Life for the bottom of a family mountain like Snowmass, by far the largest of Aspen’s four mountains and family-central with the year-old Treehouse Adventure Center that is ski school central for young kids. Jen Hayes opened her second The Sweet life (the first is in Telluride) in Snowmass’s new Base Village and it’s not only perfect for this mountain but for this economy. more
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Snowshoeing at Snowmass

The Treehouse Adventure Center at Snowmass
“The whole idea is to educate the public about the environment so they get out and love it and want to protect it,” he says. Kids as young as seven can join one of these gentle tours. “If you can walk you can do this tour,” Carter says, but he adds if you have younger kids you can call and arrange a special tour. more
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Snowmass — family ski heaven

Hal Williams performs in the Bear Den Theater inside the Treehouse Adventure Center in Snowmass
We have moved over to the new base area at Snowmass, the largest of Aspen’s four mountains and the one known as the family mountain (though my 17 year-old discovered plenty of extreme terrain too). There is a vertical drop of over 4,400 feet and 3,132 acres of terrain -- attracting more skiers than Aspen’s three other mountains combined. more
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Aspen in the recession — there are pluses

The pools at the Limelight Lodge in Aspen
Yes, like every other resort in the country, business is down in America’s most famous ski town. The mountains aren’t crowded and you don’t seem to see as many flashy ski outfits either. It’s easier to get dinner reservations or a table when you want one. more
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Little Hannah Sitzman surrounded by her cousins
It’s lunch time at Beaver Creek Resort’s main mountain restaurant Spruce Saddle Lodge and the place is packed with families. You wouldn’t know there is a recession going on -- until you start talking to people, like I did, table hopping more
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Ethan Sitzman and his ski school class at Beaver Creek
I feel like a crazy person! We’re 12 in our gang, ranging from a four year-old to two twenty somethings and a grandma who just turned 60. If you think getting your kids out the door to school or day care in the morning is tough, imagine getting them geared up for a day on the snow! more
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A new style all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

The Azul Sensatori on Mexico's Riviera Maya
My mission: To see if a vacation with active teens and young adults can be successful at an all-inclusive resort. Conclusion: "yes" more
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Hannah leading a ski school conga line
Beaver Creek is a Vail Resort -- about 10 minutes from famous Vail in fact -- but it is a parallel universe. Even on a busy weekend, it is not crowded. The resort is known for its stellar learning terrain, kids’ school and green easy trails at the top of the mountain, though there is plenty of extreme terrain too. more
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How snow sports can transform a child’s life

My daughter Melanie Yemma with her pal Jahari Dodd.
"This is a lot more than teaching kids how to turn on the mountain. This is about using sports to do character development." more
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To the Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk's ice-skating pavilion, completed in 2001 overlooks Lake Mohonk and invites ice-skaters to warm up by a large stone fireplace.
There it is, right in front of us, a castle, a sprawling, Victorian castle, just a couple of hours north of New York City. more
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