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New Guest on Alaska Princess Cruises

May 29, 2017
Bear sightings for Princess Cruises guests in Alaska are one of the most highly anticipated experiences during a cruise to the “Great Land.” This season all Princess guests can meet the new bear mascot on board named “Stanley.”

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Small museums everywhere provide great value for families


Driving a Model-T at History Colorado Center
I realized when I stopped at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, how much fun a visit to a smaller museum can be for visiting families. more
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Kids and grownups zipping through the treetops in Northern Vermont


Arbortrek Canopy Tour
We’re at ArborTrek in Jeffersonville, VT right near Smuggler’s Notch Resort about to set out on what USA Today has dubbed a top zip line adventure in the country more
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Kids learning farming and history at Shelburne Farms in Vermont


At Shelburne Farms VT
I'm at the Shelburne Farms Children’s Farmyard near Burlington, Vermont where there is also a cow, goats and the fanciest chicken coop I’ve ever seen -- home to 60 chickens. more
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A family outing for late summer beauty in Northern Vermont


Trooper loves Topnotch
I’m at the Topnotch Resort Spa, one of the largest in the quintessential New England mountain town of Stowe, Vt. where I’m indulging in the Little River Stone Massage, one of the expansive spa’s signature treatments that uses hot stones, cold stones, massage and aromatherapy. more
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Great way to stretch your vacation dollar – Orlando in September


There’s a lot more to Orlando than theme parks—and a lot of ways to stretch your vacation dollar while having plenty of fun, especially in September, the cheapest month of the year to visit with deals up to half off. more
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New Orleans, swamps, plantations and other family haunts in Louisiana


Alligator in Honey Island Swamp
Want a marshmallow? The 6-foot-long alligator, dubbed Otis by the locals, who’s minus one foot and swimming alongside our boat certainly does. more
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Families flock to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans


Inside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans
Jack Lucas became the youngest Marine ever to receive the United States’ highest military honor. The wallet he had in his pocket that day tells just one of the many stories at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. more
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Kids cooking it up for their parents in New Orleans hotel


Kitchen Kids program at Omni Royal Orleans hotel
I like that Omni is as interested in encouraging kids to expand their palates when they are on vacation as in feeding their parents. As part of its Sensational Kids program more
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Hello gator! On a eco swamp tour in the Louisiana bayous


Pontoon boat on the Pearl River Swamp Tour
We’re on a Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell on Louisiana’s Northshore in St. Tammany Parish, about 40 minutes across Lake Pontchartrain from downtown New Orleans. more
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On a culinary tour of New Orleans with a former history teacher


Naif Shahady
We’re in the so-called Mystery Dining Room at Antoine’s in New Orleans, the famous restaurant that has been operated continuously by the same family since 1840, our first stop on a wonderful New Orleans Culinary History Tour through the French Quarter led by former history teacher Naif Shahady. more
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