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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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An old-fashioned family crab boil in Lake Charles, LA


Marilyn Dawdy
I’m at a Fais-Do-Do, A Cajun Dance party, at Travel Media Showcase and Marilyn Dawdy, I learn, mid-lesson, is catering the big event for the conference in the Lake Charles Civic Center overlooking Lake Charles. more
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Farm-to-table family fun on Martha’s Vineyard


Gardening at the Farm Institute
At the nonprofit Farm Institute on Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, the local and vacationing kids who attend summer day camp here tend the expansive vegetable garden, gather eggs and care for the animals. Older kids may learn the art of composting and carpentry. more
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Visiting the theme parks with the youngest members of the family


Dumbo ride at Disneyland
Wherever you and your toddlers and preschoolers find yourselves this summer, you’ll find plenty to amuse and entertain, even when they’re not walking yet. Go after the older kids go back to school and you can avoid the crowds. According to Visit Orlando, September is the cheapest month of the year to visit there. more
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A Family Friendly Guide to The Florida Keys


The beach homes at Tranquility Bay feel like you're walking down a quiet cottage lane
Riding down the highway towards the Florida Keys, I caught a glimpse of aqua marine colored medians, and even they began to soothe my stressed soul. more
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Farmer John knows how to grow pumpkins in Half Moon Bay


Farmer John and Xavier Salomon
Farmer John Muller, who is a third generation farmer and happens to be the Mayor of Half Moon Bay, knows how to grow a great pumpkin! more
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Fish right out of the water, strawberries, goat cheese and more


Fresh crabs at Princeton Seafood
At Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay near, where we were staying at the Beach House, locals either have downloaded the free FishLine App or call 650-726-8724 to see what fresh-caught fish commercial fishermen are selling “off the boat.” more
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Half Moon Bay, CA — no crowds or rush yet near San Francisco


View from Beach House
My daughter is planning her wedding near Half Moon Bay. I can see why she loves this area -- between the mountains to the East and the Pacific to the west. The best part—it’s not busy or crowded, though we’re less than hour’s drive from San Francisco. more
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Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid


Cloverdale, Sonoma County
Who says grown kids don’t want to travel with their parents? I don’t get to see my daughter that often and was determined to make our few days together as fun and as stress-free as possible for both of us. The key, I discovered, is choosing the right locale. more
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Relaxing in the mineral pools at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn


Water yoga
Water Yoga anyone? What a way to start the day. I’m moving from one mineral pool to the next at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. more
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Exploring Bodega Bay CA – bike rides, redwoods, great food


Bikes at Bodega Bay Lodge
People come to Bodega Bay to watch the whales, hike among the huge Coast redwoods -- some are 1,000 years old and 250 feet tall like in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville -- and of course, eat. more
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