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Live Like a Local at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT

Jan 20, 2017
Be a tourist without being a tourist by taking advantage of the “Live Like a Local” package at Topnotch Resort, the luxury boutique resort in Stowe, VT.

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Taking the Kids on a cruise for spring or summer break


Backroads reports that its Family and Active River Cruise trips, in partnership with AMA Waterways, are a top trending destination
Welcome to the world of cruising. The best part: You can easily stay within budget and bring the grandparents along without any trouble. more
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Taking the Kids — why families need travel insurance


Jim Grace, CEO of InsureMyTrip in the call center
. I know most families don’t think they need travel insurance, but it really can save the day — and lots of money as costs can run into six figures when someone must be evacuated in a medical emergency. And, as travel insurers note, that is as likely to happen at a Mexican resort as on a cruise ship in some exotic locale. more
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Five ways to make food a fun part of your 2017 vacation


Waiters dance for guests as part of post-dinner entertainment aboard the Carnival Freedom, which operates year-round four- to seven-day cruises from Galveston
You can teach the kids a lot about the culture of a place through its food. Besides, it’s fun. Two-thirds of those polled for the 2016 Portrait of American Travelers say fine-dining is important on vacation. more
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Remembering five great family adventures in 2016


At the Maroon Bell trail summit on our splendid 17-mile hike from Crested Butte to Aspen in July
Ask anyone what they want from vacation and, besides a good time, they’ll likely answer that they’re after lasting memories for their family more
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It’s time again for families to have some fun in the snow


If you’re headed for the slopes this winter, look for kids’-free deals
Peanut M&Ms are good, too. The Aspen, Colorado, middle-schoolers I interviewed for my “Kid’s Guide to Denver and Colorado Ski Country” opine that it’s always smart to have “power candy,” in your pocket more
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Six LA museums guaranteed to wow families and kids


Jeff Koons’ famous giant Balloon Dog at the Broad
But this wasn’t a big holiday sale. People were waiting for the chance to get free tickets to The Broad, Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum. more
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Gift suggestions for your favorite travelers during the holidays


Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Original Quilted Mini Cube Set
There’s always that one thing you wished you had brought for the trip, but didn’t. Why not give your favorite travelers something that will genuinely make them happier and more comfortable on their 2017 travels? The best news: They’ll think of you, and your thoughtful gift, every time they travel. more
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How about a quick pre-holiday getaway?


Gingerbread village, Crown Center, Kansas City
Make it an overnight when you head to see that favorite holiday light display or museum exhibit. Go see Santa somewhere else besides the mall. more
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Ushering in the holidays with cool light displays


Beggars, part of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles
For a lot of us, heading to holiday light displays has become as big a Thanksgiving weekend tradition as football and pumpkin pie. more
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Taking the stress out of holiday family gatherings


Why domillions of us drive hundreds of miles or fly thousands over the busiest travel days of the year to eat too much and sleep on a futon or lumpy sofa bed? Family. That’s why we do it more
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