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Fourth of July Celebrations in Colorado and New Mexico

Jun 27, 2017
Estes Park boasts one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Colorado with spectacular fireworks display, full day of events and accessibility to Rocky Mountain National Park

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On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA


Kayaking on the Russian River
We’re kayaking in the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, CA as one harbor seal after another pops up his head. We see Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys with fish in their mouths, going to their nests presumably. more
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Sonoma County CA: a foodie paradise


Reggie enjoying dessert at The Girl and The Fig
There are about 500 restaurants in Sonoma County—places to get fresh crab and sandwiches on just-baked bread, freshly made soup and all varieties of cheese. more
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Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa


Thermal pool at Willow Stream Spa
I’m soaking in a natural thermal pool that’s heated to more than 90 degrees. Even better, the setting couldn’t be more bucolic—flowering shrubs all around. We’re at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Willow Stream Spa, more
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New Punta Cana Bahia Principe Resort Takes Family Vacations To An Entertaining Level


Poolside entertainer at Bahia Principe
Punta Cana does not lack all-inclusive resorts. This Dominican Republic beach town is crammed with hotels that cater to vacationers seeking sand, sun and surf. more
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Suzhou, China: Gardens and Canals Equal a Family-Friendly Asian Adventure


Shantang Street
As I exited the airport in Shanghai, my preconceived notions about China seemed initially accurate. It was my first time visiting this country and I imagined I would be stepping into a land that had come too far too fast. more
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Snow Shoeing, Back Country skiing and horseback – Vista Verde Guest Ranch


Our gang snow shoeing along the Elk River near Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vacation days don’t often get better than this. After a hearty breakfast at Vista Verde Guest Ranch——think fluffy buttermilk pancakes, sausage, oatmeal and eggs all varieties—we head out together snowshoeing more
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Far from the ski crowds: Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado


Matt Yemma on snowmobile tour at Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs, is about as opposite a downhill mountain resort as possible. Set on 540 acres in the middle of Colorado’s Routt National Forest, this is the place to come to explore the wilderness on cross-country skis, horseback, fat bikes or snowshoes away from the crowds. more
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Skiing conditions not optimal? Try a spa treatment, like at Beaver Creek


A Beaver Creek tradition, warm chocolate chip cookies at end of day
It has been dumping snow it seems since we arrived in Colorado. So time for a treat off the slopes. Fantastic is how I feel during the sports fusion massage at the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt two-story Allegria Spa more
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Breckenridge CO: Plenty for families on and off the slopes


Eileen finishing up her ride on the coaster at Breck
What I love about Breck, as locals call it, is there is plenty to do even if you aren’t a skier or rider. There are more than 200 restaurants, bars and shops more
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Why Colorado’s Keystone Resort is such a hit with families


World's largest ice fort at Keystone Resort
On the first day of his first trip with his grandchildren to the slopes — at Keystone Resort just 90 minutes from Denver -- he couldn’t help getting emotional as the family dropped off the two grandkids, 4 and 8, at ski school. more
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