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Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Makes it Easier for Families to Connect in September

Sep 3, 2015
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is making it easier for families to connect and enjoy quality time together throughout September with an offer ideal for a multigenerational vacation.

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Visiting a traditional Japanese Ryokan — not your ordinary hotel

Akemi Nishimura at her Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto
Welcome to the traditional Japanese Riokan. There are these hotels all around Japan, some in the mountains, which offer the chance to try the Japanese hot springs baths called onseng more
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Touring Kyoto with locals and on bikes: seeing more than temples

Wacky scarecrows guard a rice paddy in Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. This morning, we’re cycling a 14-mile loop with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project with stops at the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple with its world-famous rock garden – two of the city’s and Japan’s top tourist attractions. more
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Families trying falconry, the sport of kings

Falconry at the Greenbrier
We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry — the oldest in the country and home to more than 30 birds, including the always popular Dingle the owl. The school is located at Ashford Castle more
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At the Tokyo Fish Market: mixing culture and tradition in unique culinary ways

Trimming tuna at Tokyo Fish Market
It is eight in the morning and we are at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan’ largest. More than 15,000 people work here; international tourists line up in the early hours of the morning for the chance to watch the famous auctions of the fish, including the tuna. more
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A long flight to Japan – jet lag cured with spa treatment at Conrad Tokyo

Room at Conrad Tokyo's Mizuki Spa
The Mizuki Spa at the Conrad Tokyo is the largest spa of its kind in Tokyo and boasts Tokyo’s only true Hinoki bath. Treatments are inspired by the moon and the water. more
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New York City in August – good time for families to visit

Visitors Center in Times Square
New York, of course, is always tops on tweens and teens lists of wanna-go places. If you have a few days before school starts, it turns out August is a good time. Sure it may be hot, but with business travelers scarce, you are likely to get a good hotel deal. more
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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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