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Don’t Miss Waterville Valley NH Family Festival on August 8th

Aug 4, 2015
Families are invited to join Bruce the Moose, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat at the Waterville Valley NH Family Festival on Saturday August 8th

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Hotel G: Cozy comfort in San Francisco’s Union Square


Hotel G lobby
We had one short night to spend in San Francisco before heading to our good friends' wedding, and I'm happy that we spent it at Hotel G, which opened in May 2014 in Union Square more
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In Edinburgh, where Harry Potter was written and history abounds


Victoria Street - inspiration for Diagon Alley
Welcome to Daigon Alley. No, this is not at Universal Studios Orlando. It's here in Edinburgh, where JK Rowling famously wrote the first book in a coffee shop. more
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At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds


Eileen and Margo at Gleneagles
Margo is a Harris Hawk at the British School of Falconry here on the grounds of the historic Gleneagles Hotel, the first in the country and extremely popular with kids. In fact, we had an audience as I was learning to hold Margo and let her fly. more
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Gleneagles: a world-famous golf resort, now family friendly


Kids golfing at Gleneagles
Of course, Gleneagles is known for golf — it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses and it is where the 2014 Ryder Cup was played. But today, only 30 percent of guests play golf — and some of them may be kids taking lessons. more
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Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise


Chefs table at Gleneagles Deseo restaurant
What is vacation without good food and Gleneagles Hotel certainly delivers. It is home to Andrew Fairlie, chef of Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant. But the other restaurants offer something special as well—maybe trying Scottish food for the first time. more
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Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families


Walking in the maze at Gleneagles
Gleneagles is known for golf—it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses but today, only 30 per cent of guests play golf and Gleneagles is a kid-friendly resort that draws families from the United Kingdom as well as the United States back year after year more
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Cruise shore excursions: go with a group or on your own?


Or you might see a cute border collie as we did on the Isle of Mull
When you take a cruise, you can opt for a shore excursion offered by the cruise line, or you can take your own, often booking local guides. more
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At Scotland’s Fort George: a youth bagpipe band outperforms


One of the youngest band members
Tour buses took us to Fort George, where the Inverness Youth Band with 30-plus members --drummers as young as nine and led by adults are “Beating Retreat,” performing a traditional military ceremony 16th Century England. more
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The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland


The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands
In the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, our cruise excursion takes us to an unexpected place: The Italian Chapel at a former POW camp, also known as The Miracle of Camp 60. more
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At sea with Windstar – connecting families and generations


Forward deck and bridge of Windstar Star Legend
Of the 204 passengers, there are 117 who have sailed Windstar, some as many as 11 times. While you may think of this as a cruise line for adults, I’ve been thinking of this as a way for grown and mostly grown kids to connect with parents and grandparents, sharing new experiences. more
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