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Appalachian Mountain Club Suggests Outdoor Activities and a New Read

Sep 26, 2016
Appalachian Mountain Club is always suggesting to go out and grab a breath of fresh air.

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10 fall festivals for families


: Celebrate the annual Elk Rut with bugling contests, Estes Park, Colorado
There are literally hundreds of Octoberfests around the country this fall — some kid-friendly — but there are also plenty of apple, pumpkin and harvest festivals from which to choose more
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Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch


Lollygagging with the Llamas
By staying in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you can enjoy the outdoors without the annoyances of lurking bears, determined bugs and cumbersome sleeping bags. more
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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven


Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike
Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more. more
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Celebrating July 4 with the kids


Head to Mount Vernon, Va., George Washington’s home for the annual American Celebration
There are plenty of ways to celebrate, starting with your local parade. When my kids were small and we lived in Evanston, Illinois, that parade was a highlight of the summer more
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An Austrian monastery underappreciated by the Hapsburgs


Benedictine Abbey Gottsweig near Krems Austria
Today, the Benedictine Abbey “Gottweig” may be the most famous symbol of this region—a huge complex at the top of the mountain that houses, besides the gorgeous church, a youth center, inn and one building that was built for the Hapsburgs to stay though they never did and boasting the largest staircase in all of Austria. more
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Learning about our presidents from visiting their homes


Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on Long Island
All around us on a recent sunny Sunday, families were picnicking outdoors, gaping at all of the wild game heads inside and walking on the nature trail at Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home. more
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Taking the Kids on a once in a lifetime adventure


Guests pose for a family portrait in front of King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Millennial families, according to the new 2016 MMGY Portrait of American Travelers, are more likely than millennial couples or singles, to travel internationally more
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Why Cuba? History and reconciliation and the recipe for Cuban life


Che Gueverra likeness at Revolutionary Square in Havana
Cuba: “a dose of World War II rationing, a pinch of Soviet era austerity, the family values of South America, the educational values of the US and the loquaciousness of the Irish.” more
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Last Cuba port call – historic Santiago de Cuba and pirates of the Caribbean


Santiago de Cuba Centro
Historic Santiago de Cuba is home to revolutions, gave birth to Cuban leaders Jose Marti and Fidel Castro and was the scene of Teddy Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill. more
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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos


French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos
If Cuba had a Paris, Lonely Planet Cuba says, Cienfuegos would be it as it’s arranged around a spectacular natural bay (there are charter sailboats in the harbor and I can only imagine a lot more once Americans discover this place). more
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