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Bike with a Chef from Grand Hotel in Minneapolis

May 22, 2015
The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis is offering guests a new experience through September 30, 2015 every Sunday morning. This 5 mile bike ride throughout the city

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Plenty to do on and off the slopes in Crested Butte, CO


Buffalo Tomahawk Steak at Coal Creek Grill
For a town of 1500 people, Crested Butte, CO has enough restaurant choices to please any palate, promises David Wooding, co owner of the popular new Mexican restaurant Bonez more
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Returning to our favorite ski resort when the kids were young – Crested Butte CO


Reggie Yemma at the top of Crested Butte Mountain
When my kids were small, we often skied at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Southwest Colorado. This trip we’re back with family and I remember quickly why I love this place and so do the other families I meet. more
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A weekend ski getaway to family-friendly Southern Vermont


Emily and friend atop Stratton Mountain
Situated between Southern Vermont ski resorts Bromley and Stratton, Manchester is home to shops, restaurants and more small cozy inns than you can count. The Inn at Willow Pond was a quant rustic place that can fit the needs from couples to families, even allowing pets. more
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Two worlds for kids and adults in one resort on St. Lucia


Rescued animals at Coconut Bay
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia offers Splash, a wing where the kids club is housed and visitors delight in being young and taking part in family-friendly activities and Harmony, Coconut Bay’s adults-only wing. more
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Marriott Vacation Club Opens the World for Traveling Families


Marriott Vacation Club - pool
Maybe you should check out Marriott Vacation Club. Backed by the Marriott name and celebrating its 30th anniversary, it’s a far cry from those old school timeshares more
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At the Presidio in San Francisco, top chef aims at kids menus


Arguello at Presidio Officers Club
Award winning San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins wishes American restaurants would take a page—a menu page—from their counterparts in other parts of the world. “The United States is one of the only places in the world that has special meals for kids,” she said. “We are conditioned to teach kids to eat differently than we do and that is a mistake.” more
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Off the slopes snowshoe fun at Northstar California


Northstar California - Lake Tahoe View
Rather than ski, I’m going to have some fun in the snow a different way—hiking on snowshoes in the woods, though the lack of snowfall does impede us a bit. more
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Families love concierge level for informality


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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