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Skip the ticket window when you buy your lift tickets at Vail Resorts

Nov 24, 2014
Vail Resorts introduces new mobile technology that allows guests to buy daily ski lift tickets at the lowest price and skip the ticket window. Go to www.snow.com/epicday to buy.

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Despite high gas prices, families will hit the road this summer


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This summer, with every electronic accoutrement and despite high gas prices — the current national average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.95, $1.04 more than last year — most of us will still hit the road, according to AAA, though nearly four in 10 of us will adjust our travel plans as a result, suggests a new survey from TripAdvisor more
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Staycation again? Families say ‘not so much’ in 2011


A family roadtrip in 2004
Let’s hear it for the good old American vacation. We deserve it. We need it. And we’re not going to let gas prices keep us home. AAA says nearly 35 million of us will be traveling this Memorial Day holiday weekend, most by car and despite gas prices that are more than $1 higher than last year. The national average price for regular gasoline is $3.91, compared to $2.85 this time last year. more
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It’s the era of boutique hotels — and they’re getting family friendlier


Ceiba del Mar Resort Riviera Maya Mexico
Across the country and even abroad, such small unique hotels are gaining a following among families who appreciate the intimate atmosphere, the service and the fact that they have, well, more personality than big chain hotels. Small hotels don’t necessarily cost any more and in some cases they cost less. more
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The Galapagos Islands — not cheap, not luxurious, but oh the wildlife and the memories!


Our family with a giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands 2006
This wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice for an expensive vacation. There are no beach chairs or bars on these protected beaches, where tourists may only venture with a guide. But this is an adventure we’ll never forget, starting with those sea lions we spotted on San Cristobal Island, snoozing on rowboats as if they owned the place. more
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San Francisco — a museum-goer’s paradise


Making critters at Boudin Bakery in SF
Whether your kids are science geeks, future engineers or artists, or you just want them to have a unique experience, San Francisco’s two-dozen museums deliver. The California Museum of Sciences — one of the city’s top tourist draws since its move to Golden Gate Park — is the only place in the world to combine a natural history museum, aquarium and planetarium in one building. It’s the greenest museum in the world. more
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Letting the kids lead the way — memories of a sailing trip in the Caribbean


Our kids on a bareboat in the British Virgin Islands in 2005
Everything changed that trip in one fell swoop. My kids—aged 21, 19 and 14 at the time—decided after years of following us on vacation, it was time for them to lead mom and dad on an adventure, they said (though they expected us to pay for the privilege, of course) more
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Guest blog: Tips for finding the perfect family-friendly Bed and Breakfast inn


Breakfast at a Bed and Breakfast
Not all inns and B&Bs offer the right fit for families with children. Many travelers choose inns and B&Bs for romantic getaways and a break from the kids. Yet, even as recent economic instability has challenged the travel industry, family travel has remained steady and is now on the rise once again. Innkeepers have realized they can have their parents and kids too living harmoniously at the same inn. This guest blog by B&B experts Marti Mayne and Sandy Soule offers tips on finding the right inn more
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Taking the Kids — On a Cruise to Europe


Making scents on Disney Magic
Aboard a cruise ship you can relax and meet families from around the world, instead of schlepping from city to city. And after an exhausting day of touring, you return to a place where most everyone speaks English and there are big swimming pools, familiar food and, with morning-till-night youth activities, a welcome break for mom and dad.. more
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Attention young moms — vacations get better as the kids get older!


Our young family at Disneyland in 1992
Happy Mother's Day! I've been on those "I can't believe we're spending so much money for such a non-vacation" trips with my three kids more times than I want to remember. Here's the good news for all of you young moms: Vacations get easier as the kids get older and more self sufficient more
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A backyard vacation at a unique resort in Northwest Connecticut


The helicopter cottage at Winvian
Talk about a unique family getaway -- yes, while this is primarily for adults and couples there are family weekends with a litany of kids’ activities -- pony rides nearby, a bonfire with s’mores, croquet on the lawn, biking and hikes, fishing in the pond... you can even sleep in a helicopter! more
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