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Star Wars at Sea: On A Cruise Line Far, Far Away (in 2018)

Feb 20, 2017
Star Wars at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.

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A bike ride with grown kids to a unique distillery in Basalt CO


Impressive distillation equipment at Woody Creek Distillers
In summer, it’s all about bikers, runners, walkers. Many people opt to bike from the trailhead in Aspen about 10 miles as far as Woody Creek Tavern; today we opt to go another 10 miles to visit the new Woody Creek Distillery—where vodka is being made from potatoes grown in Woody Creek. more
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Reaching out and touching a penguin at Sea World Orlando


The Rockhopper Penguin
The adults are busy catching up while the kids swim and play, but this isn’t any waterfront playground on a late summer day. This is a unique playground for penguins — “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins” — the largest expansion ever at SeaWorld Orlando. more
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Cooking up a storm at a rental house in Snowmass Village CO


Chicken on the grill at the Portico Club house in Snowmass Village CO
I spent all day in the kitchen—on vacation. But maybe because it was my choice and maybe because it’s a spectacular kitchen at a Portico Club house overlooking the mountains in Snowmass, CO, I didn’t mind a bit. In fact, because the kitchen was so well equipped—and the house so spacious—we decided to host a barbeque for folks we know who live here and who always are hosting us when we visit. more
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A hike in the rain in the beautiful mountains near Aspen CO


Summer showers roll over the Maroon Bells near Aspen CO
Snowmass is a great family ski mountain—one of the biggest and best in the country, in fact. But a visit here—and to neighboring Aspen—is a treat any time of year. There’s hiking, biking (road biking and mountain biking), fly fishing, rafting… even a scenic helicopter tour. more
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Six days in the Rockies – a great getaway in a Portico Club house at Snowmass CO


Front entrance to Portico house in Snowmass Village CO
We’re in one of the most amazing rental houses we’ve ever been privileged to visit—and we’ve been to a lot of places from houses in the Caribbean to ski condos in Colorado and Utah and Vermont to apartments in Paris and Rome. more
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To Lake Placid and a resort that gets it right for families


Navigating the pines at The Wild Center
I like to see a resort get it right and, I think, the Whiteface Lodge does. The 94-suite resort is spread out over 40 acres reminiscent of the historic “camps” of the Adirondacks with rough-hewn logs, big stone fireplaces, oversized leather furniture and whimsical décor evoking the outdoors. more
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The amazing sights you see in and around Lake Placid, NY


Massou Traore enjoying the summit of Whiteface Mountain
Fourteen year old Massou Traore spreads out her arms and looks skyward. She feels like she’s on top of the world. Well, not quite. She’s 4,867 feet on top of New York State to be exact—on top of Whiteface Mountain. Pretty amazing to a kid from the Bronx. more
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Kids and grownups discovering The Wild in New York’s Adirondacks


Kids playing in the Unique Pines at The Wildl Center in Tupper Lake, NY
Inside the expansive Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY are interactive exhibits whether you want to open boxes of bones in the Naturalists Cabinet, mimic bird calls, take a stroll on the indoor Living River Trail past lakes, bogs, streams , rivers and waterfalls and forests to the summit of a high peak with more than 2,000 live creatures—frogs, fish and of course the Otters. more
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Whiteface Lodge: a summer camp for families in Lake Placid, NY


Touring Lake Placid by boat with Whiteface Mountain in background
I like to see a resort get it right and I think The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY does. Sure the place is expensive—a two bedroom unit in peak season can be upwards of $900 a night—but I can’t even count all the activities that are included more
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Four days in the Adirondacks begins with a stop at Fort Ticonderoga


Fife and Drum Corps performing at Fort Ticonderoga
All summer and into the fall, there are Soldier’s Life programs, family hands-on activities and Fife & Drum Corps performances. We’re immersed in the year 1755 when French soldiers began construction of the Fort, called Fort Carillon. Ticonderoga, we learn, in the Native language was “The place Between the Great Waters.” more
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