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Celebrate Halloween in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia

Oct 12, 2015
Now trick-or-treaters of all ages can mix the haunted and historical at the celebrated houses of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Downtown in Virginia

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Taking the kids to a Colorado resort that’s no longer hard to reach

Sun cresting on a mountain peak at Telluride CO
Tiny Telluride is a popular place. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the mountain range has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America more
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It’s October: time to celebrate Halloween everywhere all month

Halloween in Colonial Williamsburg
No, I’m not a little early, though Halloween is nearly a month away. That’s because everyone from hotels to theme park to attractions to campgrounds to museums now have special Halloween doings that typically go on all month long. more
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Taking a local tour of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market

Elizabeth McClure with samples of Beechers mac and cheese
We’ve signed on for Seattle’s only chef-led tour of the market with Elizabeth McClure’ new company Eat Seattle Tours. She also does cooking classes in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen, shopping with the students first for ingredients . more
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Hotels restaurants increasingly focusing on local food and healthy choices

Eggs in hell at Sazerac
It is Friday night in Seattle. But what’s interesting is the Sazerac with its distinctive chandeliers and hip-but-casual vibe and food best described as modern South meets Northwest is in Kimpton’s Monaco Hotel. more
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Innovation on display at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry

Bill Boeing's first mail plane at Seattle MOHAI
Seattle has always been a center of innovation and it's on display at the Bezos Center of Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry. Did you know the Native Americans and traders invented a whole new language? more
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Get away from electronics to a fall festival or pumpkin patch

Corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm near Chicago
Take advantage of the glorious fall weather wherever you live to get them away from electronics — you too — for a day or a weekend and head to a fall festival, an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. more
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A haunting visit to an elementary school in Hiroshima

The first day of school ends at Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima
I’ve got chills as Amber Whaley, 12, and her friend Miko Uno, 11, lead us into their elementary school’s basement. This was all that was all that remained of the Honkawa Elementary School when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this past August 6. more
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Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage

A view of Puerto Vallarta's Central area
Visit Mexico during an annual festival and you will have special insight into the country’s cultural traditions and heritage. Mexico, of course, is a lot more than the sum of its beaches, as wonderful as they are. more
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Getting out of the car at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Summer Family Hikes
Are you a windshield tourist? That’s what they call the many visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park who simply traverse the park’s famous 30-plus mile Newfound Gap Road through the park and don’t get out of the car much, if at all. more
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Shopping in Tokyo’s ‘Kitchentown’ and other delights to wrap up a great trip

Kitchentown in Tokyo
There’s shop after shop of kitchen wares—ceramic sake cups, wooden bowls for miso soup, colorful bowls for rice, all varieties of chop sticks and of course hand-made Japanese knives that will be engraved on the spot with your name in Japanese. And everything is a bargain! more
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