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Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri

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5 Family Vacation Resorts You’ll Want to Book Now for Winter Break

Smart travelers plan ahead, and now’s the time to book a resort for your family’s annual winter escape. Whether you’re looking to build castles in the sand, ski the slopes, or just sip pina coladas poolside, there’s a resort to match your mood. Here are five family vacation resorts you’ll want to book now so you can easily make your escape this upcoming winter.
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Key Largo with kids

With its azure blue waters, swaying palm trees, year-round warm temps and bright blue skies, Key Largo makes for the perfect tropical escape. Two state parks, a national park and a national marine sanctuary offer plenty of opportunities to explore and learn. Plus it's easy to reach, at just a little over an hour's drive from Miami International Airport.
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Boat, Kayak, and Hike the Scenic Louisiana Coast

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Family Travel Tip: Book an Airport Hotel Pre-Departure

Traveling parents know that sometimes the hardest part of a family vacation is often just getting to your destination. Schlepping to catch an early-bird flight is not for the faint of heart, and tired kids on the go usually result in a hefty state of crabbiness. Missed flights and delays can only add to the stress.
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4 Days in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most popular U.S. tourist destinations. It’s the perfect city to visit if your family craves action, diversity, good food, and fun. Here’s the best way to experience San Francisco in four days with kids. Take a cable car from downtown to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. If you’re staying in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square, the best way to get around is via the iconic cable cars.
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Back to School…On Vacation

Across the country, kids and parents are gearing up for back to school. From supply shopping to first day jitters, school is on everyone’s mind. But school isn’t the only place where learning happens. Today, many hotels and resorts offer exciting learning programs for kids—and adults, too. Next time you’re planning a trip, consider making it a learning vacation.
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Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers.
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Head Back to School for a Course in Cocktails: The Best Mixology Classes in Chicago

It's that time of year again! The lazy days of summer are making way for an action-packed autumn. Back to school means stocking up on supplies and getting ready to meet new friends. But why should kids have all the back-to-school fun? There are two Chicago "schools" where reading, writing and arithmetic are replaced by.... cocktails!
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Lunch Date with the Chicago Picasso: Downtown Farmers Market with a View

Public art is a plenty in Chicago. However, nothing quite compares to Picasso's unnamed statue located in Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St). On Thursdays through October 27, you can enjoy lunch with a view at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market. Is it a pigeon? A skeleton? A hungry insect? An Afghan hound?
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Run Away and Join Midnight Circus in the Parks

As lazy summer days begin to make way for school supply runs, it’s high time to check off every item on your summer bucket list. Take a whirl on Navy Pier’s new Ferris wheel, hit up the museums you’ve missed, spend a summer night at Brookfield Zoo and run away to join the circus. Wait . . . Midnight Circus in the Parks will be kicking off its summer tour in parks across the city at the end of August.
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Hotels and Resorts That Welcome Kids WithTheir Favorite TV and Movie Friends!

Some hotels go above and beyond when it comes to welcoming kids. They even work to incorporate favorite television and movie characters. From a fully decked out Thomas the Tank Engine suite to a luxe villa inspired by SpongeBob’s pineapple abode, here are five hotels and resorts that feature technicolor-approved decor, activities, and more.
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Music City, USA: Honky Tonky Weekend in Nashville

The country music capital of Nashville rocks with new, locally-focused cuisine, funky boutiques and live music galore. Get ready for a weekend of rollicking good times with a side of good ole’ country hospitality. Nashville is a quick, direct flight from just about every major U.S. city. Once there, you can do most of your exploring by foot or even bike.

About

Amy Bizzarri

Amy is a freelance travel writer focused on family adventure travel, vintage/retro travel and green/eco-friendly destinations, both in the US and abroad. She is also a Contributing Writer/Blogger for Long Weekends magazine, CBS Local, Wyndham Worldwide, Hilton Worldwide and Chicago Parent.com.

As the "Family Friendly Chicago"​ expert for the Chicago Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, Amy explores the city in search of educational and fun activities for families. Amy edited the DK Eyewitness Guide to Chicago, and living in the Logan Square/Bucktown neighborhood for the past 10 years, she knows Chicago inside out.

Amy speaks several languages, and with two travelin'​ kids, ages 5 and 14, she's an expert on family travel. Based in Chicago, Amy has voyaged as far away as Mali, West Africa and the Galapagos Islands. She lived in London for two years, Italy for five. A fluent Italian speaker, Amy has a special place in her heart for il bel paese and considers herself an expert on Italian travel. An experienced teacher with an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, Amy offers a unique perspective on educational travel.

Amy is also active on twitter and has hosted travel-themed twitter chats. She recently was a panelist on a Travel and Leisure magazine twitter chat with a reach of over 26,974,637 impressions.

Amy is the author of Discovering Vintage Chicago (Rowman, 2015). Her latest book, Chicago's Iconic Dishes, Drinks and Desserts (American Palate Series / The History Press, Dec. 5., 2016) is now available for pre-order.

To view Amy's online portfolio, visit http://amybizzarri.pressfolios.com/