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Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

December 13, 2011 No Comments Listening to a little Irving Berlin in the holiday season may put you in the mood for some snowy scenery. Maybe something that’s a bit of a throwback, when Currier and Ives prints were not historic views of the past, but rather realistic depictions of the present. Skaters on lakes, snowy fields, no real reason ...

 

A Very Vegas Holiday

A Very Vegas Holiday

December 12, 2011 No Comments Where can you find the glitziest Christmas trees? The most colorful holiday lights? A large indoor garden filled with holiday topiary? Massive banks of poinsettias? Venetian gondoliers caroling? How about Santa’s helpers in cute little mini skirts? Las Vegas, baby, where else? With great shops to choose from in faux Venice or in the spectacularly ...

 

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Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

December 2, 2011 No Comments Ever wonder about all those birds in the Twelve Days of Christmas song? What about snow and how it’s made? Or reindeer and their important place in our environment’s ecosystem? Or the wonderful holiday smells from all those spices used in baking, cooking and alluring home fragrances? Now you can have these and other intriguing ...

 

Best Family Ski Resorts in the Western USA

Best Family Ski Resorts in the Western USA

November 28, 2011 No Comments Powder snow, crisp mountain air, lush evergreens blanketed white… ski season has arrived, bringing an exciting array of winter sports that are great fun for the whole family. Listed alphabetically, the following ski resort towns and villages are among the very best for families in the western USA and feature a host of recreational activities ...

 

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Do you know the way to San Jose?

Do you know the way to San Jose?

November 26, 2011 No Comments Do you know the way to San Jose? Of course you do, if you’ve ever driven between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as I have many, many times. Possibly more times than I’ve ever wanted to drive the 101 freeway, which is why I decided on a recent such trip to make a stop in ...

 

A Snowy Yosemite Holiday

A Snowy Yosemite Holiday

November 24, 2011 No Comments I remember the first time I saw Yosemite National Park. My children and I were staying in Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes California). It was a steamy July, and I was still so new to the navigation of mountain roads with my kids along that I opted not to navigate them into the park. Instead, I took ...

 

Sweet Visit Alabama: Mardi Gras in Mobile

Sweet Visit Alabama: Mardi Gras in Mobile

November 24, 2011 No Comments Of any state we’ve traveled through, Alabama is probably the state where my children and I consumed the most sugar. We were constantly trying sweet iced tea, sweet mint tea, fresh limeade, lemonade, and sweet fruit ices. And it wasn’t even summer when we were there. In fact, we visited at Mardi Gras time. Mari ...

 

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Exploring History in Birmingham, Alabama

Exploring History in Birmingham, Alabama

November 23, 2011 No Comments Here’s the thing: how do you tear your children away from a wonderful first-time visit to New York City, exploring Central Park, the grand museums, and eating their way through Little Italy and Chinatown and tell them, next stop, Birmingham? Well, no matter what you say, there’s going to be a little momentary disappointment. In ...

 

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Twelve Holiday Family Treats in Los Angeles

Twelve Holiday Family Treats in Los Angeles

November 16, 2011 No Comments Yes, those twelve days and that Partridge in the Pear Tree are already being sung repeatedly over the audio system at the shopping mall. But we’re talking about holiday treats starting from Halloween through Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukkah, events that are different, engaging for kids of all ages, and reason enough to visit the ...

 

West Hollywood for Halloween Families

West Hollywood for Halloween Families

November 15, 2011 No Comments Going to the “West Hollywood Halloween Carnival” now in its 23rd anniversary year may not be the first Halloween activity you think of for small children, but if you live in, or are planning to visit the greater Los Angeles area, think again. First of all, it’s an event you’ll always remember, and perhaps one ...