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  1. World Fair of Money (Photo by Mike Miller)

    The World’s Fair of Money

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    The American Numismatic Association sponsors the largest and most important coin show each year called the World’s Fair of Money. It is held in August and rotates between the largest cities on the East Coast and Chicago. 

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  2. Mackinac Island Grand Hotel

    Mackinac Island

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    Get ready for a journey through the beautiful coastal regions and farmlands of the Midwest! The beauty of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region is accented by old-fashioned traditions and incredible scenery.

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  3. Detroit Lakes

    The Lodge on Lake Detroit: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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    Who says you have to have palm trees to be on a beach? Well, it certainly is a plus, but there are many ways to enjoy summer fun on the water when you are on a lake and not on the ocean.

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  4. Plate

    Fontera Grill: Chicago, Illinois

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    The year was 1987 when Rick and Deann Bayliss had traveled on a long stay in Mexico and when they returned decided to open a restaurant. They started hanging bright, colorful folk art and made a vibrant kitchen. They also cook fiery foods. They have made an effort to keep all of the beginning feeling to this day. They have been called the most popular Chicago restaurant for a long time. If you go to the website, the first thing you will see is the vibrant, fun colors!

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  5. Burnham Hotel

    Burnham Hotel: Chicago, Illinois

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    Question: What is historic, pet-friendly, eco-friendly, accessible for special needs and located in downtown Chicago? Kudos to you if you said the Burnham Hotel.

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  6. The Ark

    The Ark: JFK Airport is Building a Terminal Just for Animals

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    Susie discovers the creation of an air terminal just for animals in New York called The Ark. She just wonders if they will have to enter two by two?

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  7. O'Hare

    Tale of Two Airports

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    I recently flew from Louisville Kentucky (my home) to New York City.  As an advocate for special needs individuals I looked carefully at the 2 very different airports I was traveling through.

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  8. Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

    Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

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    Hilton has a new digital app to assist in travel bookings that is easy to use whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer. Boomers are using more digital tools to assist in all aspects of travel. The Boomer Travel Patrol will be periodically reviewing what is available to let our readers know what they can download to their smart phones or tablets. 

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  9. Cruising New York Architecturally on Classic Harbor Line

    Cruising New York Architecturally on Classic Harbor Line

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    New York City may not be the official capital of the United States, but it is certainly our cultural capital. From museums to live theater, galleries to concert halls, historical landmarks to innovative cuisine, New York has it all. Even New York's architecture – both historic and brand new (One World Trade Center) attracts visitors – rivaling Chicago in its draw.  What better way to experience the Big Apple's jaw-dropping architectural landmarks than from a relaxing architecturally-themed cruise?

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  10. December in Cuba: The Havana Film Festival

    December in Cuba: The Havana Film Festival

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    It is December. Winter is already upon us. Cold fronts cross the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits, and hit Havana’s Malecon, or sea wall, creating an impressive spectacle of breaking waves, crashing against the Malecon and turning into foam…

     

    December is also the time of year for movie lovers. The Havana Film Festival, or more properly, the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema starts in the first week of December. This year it will be the 37th edition of the Festival, from December 3rd to the 13th.

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  11. Comfort dogs (Courtesy United Airlines)

    New Canine Travel Perk: Comfort Dogs at Airports

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    Susie was pleased to hear that other therapy dogs are serving as comfort dogs at many airports in the United States. The thousands of years of relationship between dog and man have a plethora of benefits for both species. Dogs make a great addition to any situation in which mankind experiences stress and airports are definitely a place (especially nowadays) where stress is high.

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  12. West Baden Springs Hotel: French Lick, Indiana

    West Baden Springs Hotel: French Lick, Indiana

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    What do basketball and mineral springs have in common? Give up? It’s French Lick, Indiana, home of basketball great Larry Bird and also home to renowned mineral waters. The West Baden Springs Hotel got a $500 million renovation and has been brought back to glory.

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  13. Hampton Inn Michigan Avenue

    Chicago Road Trip

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    Still looking for some great ideas for a road trip or weekend getaway? Well, here's a super deal in Chicago and this promotion is available now until September 30. Get it while it's hot. Art Deco and nostalgia fans will particularly like this.

     

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  14. Dana Hotel and Spa: Chicago, Illinois

    Dana Hotel and Spa: Chicago, Illinois

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    Interested in staying in a unique boutique hotel in one of the most interesting cities in America? The bonus for pet owners is that it is also very pet friendly. The hotel is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 660 North State Street, which is known for the largest concentration of art galleries outside of New York’s Manhattan. In addition the Magnificent Mile is only three blocks away – loaded with great restaurants and places to shop.

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  15. Please Take Me Out To The Ball Game – I Promise Not To Mention The Goat!

    Please Take Me Out To The Ball Game – I Promise Not To Mention The Goat!

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    Now let’s get this out in the open – my knowledge of baseball was limited until my daughter and I were invited to fly to Chicago to attend a Cubs game. My old friend, Jerry Cohen from Ebbets Field Flannels, Seattle, did his best to advise me on the finer points of the game and warned that the Cubs had a history with a certain farm animal.  Jerry even arranged a vintage jersey for our host but with the gentle reminder, not to mention the word, “goat.”

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  16. Stanford Court: The Place for Happy Dogs

    Stanford Court: The Place for Happy Dogs

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    Susie and Beau are definitely happy dogs! They are always looking for new places to carry their happy canine energy and believe they have found another one on the west coast in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco.

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  17. Wigwam Motel

    Wigwam Motel: San Bernardino, California

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    Did you ever get your kicks on Route 66? If you’re a Baby Boomer, you are bound to have traveled this iconic road at some point in your life. Taking summer vacations with your family in the car somewhere between Chicago and Los Angeles – this road, which first opened in 1926, started what we soon began to know as the summer road trip. Route 66 was one of the original highways in our U.S. system.

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  18. Field Museum (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Field Museum in Chicago Revisited

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    Although I never get tired of facing off with Sue, the 67 million old, 42 foot long, and 13 feet high, Tyrannosaurus rex, we went back to the Field Museum to see its special exhibit called “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair”. This exhibit is special because The Field Museum was primarily an outgrowth of The Columbian Exposition. Many of the artifacts and specimens on display have not been seen since the World’s Fair in 1893.

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  19. Sail with pet

    Cruise with your Pet? : The Options are Limited

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    As pet-friendly travel becomes more and more common we can expect the trend to even move to the cruise lines.  A 2005 court ruling requires all cruise lines to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act which opens the door to allow trained service pets to accompany their disabled owners on cruises. This is a start towards more open acceptance of pets on cruises.

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  20. West Baden Springs (Photo by Mike Miller)

    West Baden Springs Hotel

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    West Baden Springs Hotel is a world-class spa built around a mineral springs in the middle of rural Southern Indiana. Built in 1902, it consists of a six-story domed atrium that is 200 feet in diameter. When you first see this unique structure, you are sure to wonder how and why it is located in Southern Indiana. 

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  21. View on Chicago iver

    On the Beaten Path in Chicago

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    We love Chicago.  It’s a city of big ideas with great public art in large open spaces.  One of the best way’s we have found to truly understand the remarkable vision Chicago’s builders had is to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise.

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  22. On the road to French Lick

    French Lick, Indiana – Group Visits the Famous Hangouts of the Chicago Mobs

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    Rod, Kathy, Charlie, Patsy, Chuck, and Jeff enjoyed a perfect (beyond perfect actually) October day driving through the southern Indiana countryside to the past hangouts of the Chicago Mobs, Presidents, Actors, Actresses, and the wealthy.  The weather was unseasonably warm, starting in the upper 60’s and ending, believe it or not, over 90 degrees.  There wasn’t a cloud in sight. 

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  23. Susie's Second Herding Lesson (Photo by Steve Surfman)

    Herding 102: Camp Gone to the Dogs

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    On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after breakfast we headed back to the herding field and pen for both a brief talk by Roy on herding and his experience, as well as another opportunity for camp dogs to try the herding experience. Susie signed up on the list and waited her turn.

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  24. Gila Cliff Dwellings (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Route 66 Gila Cliff Dwellings

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    One of my favorite road trips is to shadow Route 66 along its way west and back again.  Our road trip started in Louisville, Kentucky and picked up Route 66 in St. Louis and ended in southwest New Mexico. Originally, Route 66 ran from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Los Angeles, California. Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west specifically during the dustbowl in the 1930’s. They were looking for agriculture jobs in California.  Businesses along the route thrived until the interstate highways came along. Route 66 became the first highway to be completely paved in 1938. When the highway was decommissioned, sections of the road were deposed of in various ways. Route 66 in New Mexico has been made into the National Scenic Byway, being replaced by I-40.  

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  25. Distrito

    Distrito: Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Wow, I love this chef, Jose Garces! He wants all of us to celebrate culture and cuisine from Mexico, he is the Master of Latin cuisine, has been seen as The Iron Chef America on Food Network and guess who was his influence leading to all of this success?  Yes, just like me, his grandmother!

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