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One Big Adrenaline Rush at Adventures on the Gorge in West Virginia


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While a lot of people are still trying to figure out what an “adventure resort” is, Adventures on the Gorge is showing their guests of all ages what a vacation destination should look like more
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Energy and body restoration at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail


Four Seasons Vail Resort Spa
I’m at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail with one of the best spas in the Vail Valley. The idea, of course, is not only to relax but to restore your energy and your body more
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Families love the Four Seasons in Vail Co. for “glamping” and more


Lemonade stand benefits Salvation Army at Four Seasons Vail during July 4 parade
Get ready to get spoiled—for a few days anyway. That’s why the Johnstons, including Kendall, 11, and Reagan, 13, have decamped from Denver to the Four Seasons Resort in Vail for their fourth weekend—this time the Fourth of July. more
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Kids learning nature through fun at the top of Vail Mountain


Colorado state flower the Columbine atop Vail Mountain
this is July Fourth weekend, the resort’s busiest of the summer season. It’s family central at Adventure Ridge located at the top of the gondola at 10,350 feet. Wow what a view! more
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At the Broadmoor’s Sunday Brunch you might want to start with dessert


West Coast Oysters on Left East Coast on Right
It’s hard to resist when Banana Fosters, plum Calvados crepes, bread pudding, apple cobbler, ice cream sundaes, strawberry buttermilk panna cotta, raspberry mojito cupcakes, snickerdoodle crème brulee, even a vegan chocolate pot au crème are there for the taking more
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Up in the mountain air at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp in Colorado


Looking east toward the Kansas-Colorado border from Cloud Camp
Cloud Camp is the historic Broadmoor resort’s highest wilderness experience. But my daughter Mel and her boyfriend Hank Lockhead – experienced backpackers—think it’s more of a luxury experience with well-appointed log cabins, beautiful bathrooms, gourmet meals... more
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In Rocky Mountain Nat Park – hikes are great, but beware crowds


Families enjoying a sandy beach along the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park
if I’d done my homework, the Rocky Mountain National Park rangers would have told me to hike early, as parking spots at some of the popular trailheads—like Beaver Lake, a four-mile round trip hike that is kid-friendly—are gone by 8:30 am. more
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Bikes, Beans and Blooms in Victoria, BC


Victoria is awash with gardens
A recent trip to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, hit the outdoor foodie sweet spot. We participated in casual outdoor adventures by day and dined on delicious cuisine each evening. more
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A Spring Trip to The Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, Arizona


Mel hiking in the Grand Canyon
It’s great that the south rim of the Grand Canyon so close to Flagstaff, Arizona. We could envision wanting a hotel room and shower to stay in after backpacking in the desert heat for 5 days more
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Summer is Sizzling in Scottsdale AZ


Summer is known to be hot, but that doesn’t stop the fun in Scottsdale. With discounted packages at many hotels, it’s hard to resist taking a vacation. more
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