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All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrim settlers to show thanks for the bountiful harvest that would see them through the long winter. Throughout the years, we have continued the tradition by enjoying feasts...

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Michigan Lakefront Resort Makes Family Beach Vacations Easy

If everyone you know is headed to the beach this summer, remind them those lakefront resorts with crisp fresh water, lawns instead of sticky sand, and docks instead of paddleboards are where it's at. Anyone who grew up with "Dirty Dancing" and the Catskills summer resort scene that this fun Checkin...

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Mackinac Island, Lost in Time

What's old is new on Mackinac Island, Michigan, a unique family destination that's been cherished by mid-Westerners in the know for more than 150 years. Early inhabitants included Native Americans, who used the 1,800-acre island (named for the Indian word for "turtle" because of its shape and pronounced MAK-in-naw) while fishing the rich Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Huron and...

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Detroit, Michigan Attractions

Exploring Michigan's Motor City with kids, plus suggestions for lodging and dining.To car buffs, the HQ of General Motors and Ford make it "Motor City;" to filmmaker Michael Moore (Academy Award-wining director of the documentary "Roger and Me"), they make it the epicenter of American Imperialist Big Business. To fans of R&B and soul music, it's long been "Motown;" to rappers in the wake...

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Ann Arbor For A Midwest Weekend Of Student Cool

College towns have a built-in advantage when you’re traveling with teenagers and, with its sky-high cool quotient, Ann Arbor, Michigan is the king of college towns. Home to the University of Michigan, it is hip enough for adolescents with lots of activities geared to tweens, teens and students, yet sophisticated enough for savvy moms and dads. Considering that...

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Top 10 Family Camps For Family Together Vacations

Family Travel Forum's picks have been compiled from more than a decade of "Top 10 Getaway Winners" to help your family begin their lifelong love of nature. The following options combine a laid back, but active experience, with a commitment to educating kids and providing an enjoyable vacation at a variety of price points. Each provides housing and a myriad of supervised activities...

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Traverse City, Michigan Attractions

Situated at the foot of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City offers visitors access to some of Michigan's most beautiful peninsulas, golf resorts and waterfront hiking areas. Parasailing, skiing, ballooning and more family activities join watersports and fishing at this long-established resort area along Michigan's western shore. The nearby Great Lakes temper the climate, allowing area orchards to...

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Ceade Mile Failte

I sat in the bow of an old, slightly rusty looking aluminum fishing boat, perched precariously on the edge of the seat so that I didn’t fall through the rotting wooden bench. A green Folgers coffee can sat on the bottom of the boat between my feet full of rich black dirt, like someone put Oreos through a food processor. In one hand I held a ratty old black fishing pole, the reel barely attached...

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My Experience at Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008

I had to write this, 12 hours later, because I was still very emotional and could not put my emotions into words yet :) "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" The countdown to our anticipation, the closing of the west coast polls. Ironically, it would be California, my homestate, that would "seal the deal" for Obama. Finally, as...

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Top Family Camps In The Midwest

Family sleepaway camp vacations offer fun, adventure and family bonding at reasonable rates. So, think about going to camp together with your kids this year. Plan ahead, and check out these great family sleepaway camps. Parents who wish to relive their childhood camp days---or who simply want to enjoy quality family time away from the distractions of modern technology---are flocking to family...

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