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May 31, 2016
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Green Chile Cheesburgers and Bubbling Hot Springs – New Mexico tour


Green Chile Cheesburger in Abuiqiu NM
It’s a risk as well as an adventure – stopping for a green chile cheeseburger lunch (a New Mexico specialty) at a grocery store/gas station along the state’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. more
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Bringing City of Light to City of Stars


Prepation for Mother Goose with Installation
The Walt Disney Concert Hall never fails to deliver exquisite music to its audience, especially with the current on-going concert series: City of Lights: A Century of Music From Paris. more
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Affordable Aspen – families enjoying the amenities and vibes of the famous ski town


Toddler celebrating at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen
Lest you think Aspen is only for celebs and wealthy Hollywood types, there’s plenty affordable here—starting with the Limelight Hotel with rates under $200 a night more
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Angeleno Goes Full Cowboy in Colorado


City slicker with newfound friends Blue the Cat and Finn the Dog at Vista Verde Ranch in CO
At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch, it turns ranch life ain’t so bad. It also turns out, a city slicker can really look really really ridiculously awesome wearing a Cowboy hat. At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch more
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In Aspen, a hotel with great vibes and amenities – The Limelight


Riding the Silver Queen Gondola to first tracks on Aspen Mountain
We’re atop Ajax—as Aspen Mountain is known—with just a handful of others for “First Tracks” at 8:15 a.m.—before the Mountain has opened. more
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The mountain or the ranch – so many great choices


Our family group snoeshowing at Vista Verde Ranch
The staff at Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles outside the ski town of Steamboat Springs has obligingly left us an Evening Sky Map for this month. more
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A visit to Strawberry Hot Spring Park in Colorado


Strawberry Hot Springs Park near Steamboat Springs CO
Nestled in the hills about 10 miles outside the town of Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Hot Springs is a natural hot springs fed by heated underground aquifers that come to the surface to make a number of heated pools more
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Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies


Vista Verde in the Alpenglow
This year, I decided to mix it up—opting to spend half our winter ski week at a dude ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, on 500-plus gorgeous acres about 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and as far away from the crowds and tumult of a major ski area as you can get. more
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Winter Park’s adaptive sports program changes lives for disabled kids and adults


Adaptive skiers at Winter Park Resort in CO
By Eileen Ogintz WINTER PARK, CO – Fifteen-year-old Kati Leasure can’t walk or talk very well and has progressive loss of muscle control as a result of a rare genetic disorder. She was treated for cancer last year. But that more »
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Authors, artists, actors lead storytime at New Orleans Museum of Art


Kids gathered for an activity at New Orleans Museum of Art
Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art on select Saturday mornings where authors, actors and artists read or act out a story followed by a family art activity. more
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