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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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Dining in the mountains — eating out or in on family ski vacation?


When you are staying in a roomy condo, like The Montaneros at Vail or where we have just checked in at Blue Sky at Breckenridge, with fully equipped kitchens, it is nice to cook with the family, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine, a martini or two. more
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A new hotel in Vail where no request is too difficult


BOL at the Solaris in Vail Colorado
No request is too difficult for guests staying at the ultra luxe Solaris in Vail Village. The 79-unit Solaris Residences–the six bedroom unit facing the slopes is to die for—is the kind of place where no guest request is too outrageous. The reindeer? They were brought from a ranch in northern Colorado, said General Manager Bill Marshall. more
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On a blue bird day, the views at Vail are spectacular


Mark Yemma at the Two Elks restaurant atop Vail Mountain
There is something wonderful about family ski trips no matter what the kids ages—in our case, kids ranging from 22 to 32. It’s nice that our grown kids are willing to share their precious vacation time with us; It’s nice to relive memories of when they were little kids. more
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In Vail, a condo offers all the comforts of home for our family ski vacation


Montaneros Condos at Vail
Condo or hotel? When kids—even grown ones—are part of the equation, I’ll opt for a condo every time. None of us want to eat out every meal or pay high mark-ups for every drink. I like the space to spread out too. That’s why I’m so glad for the Montaneros, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals condo at Lionshead in Vail. more
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All over ski country, kids are eating healthier on vacation


Christian Apetz, executive chef at 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, teaches ‘tween guests healthy recipes and cooking techniques with complimentary culinary classes each week
Forget mac and cheese, unless it is homemade with local cheese. Forget chili, unless it’s vegetarian or made with local grass-fed beef. The kids — and you — have your choice of free-range chicken, homemade soups, pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and quinoa salad, not to mention artisanal beers and spirits. more
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Families can spread out at hotels in Orlando


These days, not only do we want more room to spread out (think two rooms, two bathrooms, two TVS) but we want the experience to be fun. And we don’t want it to cost a bundle either. Did I mention that Disney has just unrolled free Wi-Fi at all of its resorts? more
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Spring fever is breaking out all over


Spring Training
None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family’s idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day on a beach or a hiking trail. more
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Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights


Waterfront at Cannes
Jetlagged, hungry, and in need of a bed, we found our way to our hotel for the night -- Chateau de Goville--an old manor in the Norman countryside. I kept saying the château would be Downton Abbey-esque, but it wasn’t until we settled into our room and found a plaque on the wall stating that the Duchess of the Estate had lived (and died!) in this very room nearly seventy years ago that we really felt the chateau’s history. more
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A high-country ranch families enjoy all year round


Riding the high country at the C Lazy U Ranch
In the summer this working ranch, which has welcomed guests since 1919, is famous for its family riding programs and kids’ programs that guarantee families a memorable vacation. There is a herd of 175 horses, but no more than 100 or so guests, and families return year after year. more
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A blue-bird day and starlit night at Solitude Mountain in Utah


At the Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah
My kids would have loved the chance to hike along the ridge and drop into the resort’s famous Honeycomb Canyon, so named because 19th century mining trails are honeycombed under the snow covered mountains. The view from the summit—10,035 feet is spectacular—the Wasatch Mountain Range in all its glory without a condo or mega mansion in site. more
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