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Backroads adding Portugal bike tour in 2017

Feb 26, 2017
Backroads, a leading active travel company, is now offering a new signature Bike Trip in Portugal, one of Europe’s top destinations.

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Smores at the fire pit of the Ritz Carlton Northstar California
“I love it here,” said Martha Kramer, enjoying an early dinner with her two kids, including one with special needs. She could have gone to the first rate restaurant downstairs Manzanita with her husband and his business colleagues, she said, “But this is more relaxing.” more
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At Northstar CA, moms get pampered with special ski progam


Champagne toast at the end of the day
This program at $295 is less than an all day private lesson. The women are grouped according to their ability, no more to four to a group. They might end up with a private coach all day. The day includes a lift ticket, the latest demo equipment and at the end of the day, champagne and canapés during a “tech talk” about equipment. Considering that a lift ticket is over $100 and demo equipment $70, this is a bargain. more
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Audiences of all ages love the Blue Man Group


Blue Men on the liquid drums
It all started nearly 25 years ago, when three college-friends -- Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink — developed a bald and blue character they called Blue Man (to evoke the word Human), who delighted audiences at this small theater more
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Pack the family and check the cold bleak winter at the gate


The Pitons of St. Lucia seen from boat
The tropical weather and scenery, and numerous beaches are the perfect backdrop for Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Vieux Fort on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. more
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Fun in the snow at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado


DogSledding at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
You’ll certainly be warmly greeted at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, and many of the welcomes will come in the way of furry kisses by the adorable and powerful Snow Mountain Ranch dog sled team. more
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Fun off the slopes: learning to build a snow sculpture in the mountains


Ziplining at Big Sky Resort Montana
Mountain resorts across the country offer an ever-growing array of off-the-slopes activities where the kids — and you — can get inspired to build your own sculpture either at home or near where you are vacationing in mountain country more
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At the 9/11 Memorial Museum with unique teen guides


Westport ABC Scholars and teen guides from Stuyvesant High School at 911 Memorial Museum
David Rothblatt has been a New Yorker all his life but his sole memory of 9/11 was being with his mom as she searched for a store to buy milk. Fia adds that next year’s high school freshmen will have been born after 9/11. “Kids need to know even if it is hard,” she and David agreed. more
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The New York Met and Madame Tussauds through the teen lens


Westport ABC scholar Christopher Morales and James Bond was figure at MME Tussauds NYC
If only the Metropolitan Museum of Art had life-sized wax figures of Degas, Monet and Picasso. I’m joking, of course, but I was thinking that watching how much fun our group of high schoolers was having at MME Tussauds NYC. more
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A taste of Olde England and its literati in St. Louis, MO


Grizzly bear antics at Cheshire Hotel in St Louis
We’re not in England though it feels like it. We’re in suburban St. Louis at the locally owned Cheshire, celebrating its 50th anniversary. more
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Teaching the kids about civil rights at our national monuments


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
If you want to expand on what the kids are learning in school, then head to a national park. That’s right. There are many national historic sites that figured into the fight against slavery and the civil rights movement and are ideal for out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, especially when so many are offering special activities this month. more
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