WILLIAMSBURG SAMPLER LAZY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

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2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa
4 Tbsp butter (margarine substitute OK)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups uncooked quick oats

Combine sugar, water, cocoa, butter and salt in saucepan. Boil for about one minute. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Cool slightly. Drop by spoonfuls.

 

VISTA VERDE GUEST RANCH SKI TOURING

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The Vista Verde is a dude and guest ranch and by definition provides an inclusive package price for all meals, accommodations and activities. However, it sets itself apart in that while the experience and setting are authentically “western,” its feel is more upscale in terms of its horse program (for all ages), an opportunity to participate with (or without) children and have the ability to tailor a vacation to individual needs.
There is a great deal to do a Vista Verde. Here’s just a sample.
Cattle Drives are your chance to experience an authentic cattle drive. Challenge yourself during one of two special weeks at the ranch, when we ask you to ride herd on our cattle. Enjoy the excitement of a cattle drive without all the hardships.
Explore the natural wonders surrounding Vista Verde on spectacular all-day and half-day hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Ranch guides are available during your stay to lead numerous hikes matched to your abilities and interests – photography, history, wildlife, fishing.
Every trip offers stunning panoramas, informative guides, clear, fresh air and the possibility of finding deer, elk, fox, coyote, beaver, ermine and multiple species of birds in their native habitat.
Learn or polish your fly fishing technique under the complimentary tutelage of our experienced (and patient) guides and instructors. Rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout will provide the competition in nearby rivers and streams, as well as our stocked ponds. First-class rental equipment and access to prized private waters are available as an option.

Really get away from it all on an overnight pack trip guided by the legendary Junior Bedell. You’ll rough it while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness up close and in person.
Hit golf balls like John Daly in the rarified air of Steamboat Springs. Tee times can be reserved at the challenging Robert Trent Jones-designed course in town with transportation provided by the ranch. Equipment can be rented at their pro shop.
When the last of the aspens have lost their leaves and the snows of Steamboat turn the ranch into “Vista Blanca,” the ranch becomes a ski touring and Nordic center. With about 30 km of groomed trails, including double-tracks and skating lanes, plus the limitless trails in the surrounding back country, it’s a skier’s fantasy. There are plenty of alternatives, too, with sleigh rides, some horseback riding, snow shoeing, dog sledding and plain old fun in the snow. And don’t forget that famous Vista Verde food and the nearby Steamboat Ski Area for exciting downhill action.
Led by our capable kids’ wranglers, our children’s program has lots to do for children of all ages -panning for gold, feeding the animals, riding in our fire engine, fishing, archery, treasure hunts, hiking, swimming in the Ol’ Swimming Hole, sleeping out in the tipi, and more. Fort Smiles offers plenty of outdoor exercise and the Hole-in-the-Wall hangout has indoor games for those occasional rainy afternoons. That’s not to mention the activities shared with Mom and Dad, like riding, rafting, rock climbing and the rodeo.
Your home on the ranch is an authentic log cabin, hewn from native pine. Accommodations are quiet, secluded and genuinely Western. Rustic on the outside, the cabins are hardly so on the inside. Each is fully carpeted and freshly decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, and thick down comforters. The cabins contain one to 3 bedrooms, living rooms, full baths and a snack bar. There is plenty of reading on hand for quiet relaxation beside the fire or on the big front porch.
While you’ll enjoy the privacy of your cabin, you’ll feel like a part of our family when you are in the lodge. For the family-style meals, the evening entertainment or just plain meeting folks, you’ll find the Vista Verde lodge a warm and inviting place.

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

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Leisurely hiking, fishing and ranger programs are just a few of the activities available for families who visit Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. Since most of the park’s three million visitors enter from its eastern side, vacationers who opt to explore the park’s western side, using Grand County as a base, will encounter far less crowded roads, fewer people and more opportunities to “get away from it all.” From sitting on the beach at nearby Grand Lake to wilderness hiking, there is something to please every family member.

Hiking
Never Summer Ranch–This pleasant, level trail runs through a meadow bursting with wildflowers. The route is a half-mile in each direction and begins at the Never Summer Ranch parking area, located within the national park north of Grand Lake on U.S. Highway 34.

Coyote Valley Trail-The one-mile trail, a cool and easy walk for families, follows the Colorado River through a wetlands area. The trailhead is located five miles north of the national park’s Kawuneeche Visitor Center off U.S. Highway 34.

East Shore–The walk begins at the spillway to Shadow Mountain Lake, south of Grand Lake, and follows the shoreline north.

Colorado River Trail–Although a longer hike, this walk can easily be completed in a day. Located 10 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, the trail is three and three-quarter miles long, culminating at the abandoned mining camp of Lulu City.

Fishing

Although water levels are higher than usual this year, fishing in Grand County is still ideal, with the best conditions found where water moves from streams and rivers into lakes. The Colorado River, whose headwaters are in Grand County, is fishable at four or five access points.

Fishermen ages 15 and up are required to have a fishing license in Colorado. Several commercial establishments in Grand Lake, located on Rocky Mountain National Park’s western boundary, sell licenses.

To update yourself on the latest fishing information, call or stop at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center and ask at the information desk.

Ranger Activities

The Kawuneeche Visitor Center hosts several informative programs daily throughout the summer. Among this year’s most popular: “Come Bug a Ranger,” when the participants learn about the insect residents of Rocky Mountain National Park and their habitats; “Visit to a Forest Home,” which includes a one and one-half mile trek into the forest with a ranger who tells where animals reside; “Skins and Things,” which educated participants on animals that live in the park; and organized tours to the Never Summer Ranch.

The Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center is open from 7am-7pm through Labor Day. Along with its ranger programs, the center has several videos on Rocky Mountain National Park that are available for public viewing.

Camping

From U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and “primitive” camping within the Arapaho National Forest to commercial campgrounds offering a wide variety of amenities, family camping opportunities in Grand County are plentiful.

Timber Creek Campground, with 100 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis, is located seven miles inside the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Backcountry permits are required for any overnight stays outside of a designated campground.

A map of Forest Service campgrounds is available at the Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center; the Grand Lake area also has commercial campgrounds.

Grand Lake

The resort village of Grand Lake offers an assortment of family-oriented activities, including horseback riding, mini-golf and bumper boats at the Grand Lake beach. A variety of affordable lodging is available; motels, cabins and condominiums are also found in nearby Granby, Fraser and Winter Park.

WOODLOCH PINES

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Woodloch Pines Resort is a four season, family-oriented vacation destination in the Northern Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. A Woodloch experience is like a “cruise on land”!About Woodloch Pines

Recognized by Parent Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens as “One of America’s Best Family Resorts.” The highly personal treatment of the guests… “it’s as if they are company in our own home” … is what sets Woodloch apart from the other resorts.

Woodloch offers three different plans determined by size, location and appointments of accommodations. All American plans include meals, activities, use of amenities, entertainment and most importantly, warm hospitality! Our special, all-inclusive, Senior Group Rates offer considerable savings and an affordable way to enjoy the magic of Woodloch.

A refreshing change of pace awaits your group amongst our beautiful woodland surroundings. During your visit you will enjoy delectable dining selections, immaculate accommodations, nightly entertainment, our breathtaking championship golf course and most of all, hospitality unsurpassed. Our many amenities and daytime activities guarantee an enjoyable time for all.

 

WYNDHAM CHECKERS HOTEL LOS ANGELES

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What a treat to discover a small elegant hotel in the downtown LA area. Wyndham Checkers Hotel, with 188 rooms including 15 suites, woos the guest with graciousness and service. Charm and intimacy mark the rooms, where soft hues form the background for hand-carved headboards, rose-colored duvet covers, marble tables and elegant accessories in all rooms. Marble bathrooms include phones, robes, complimentary toiletries and TV/radio with speakers in bath. 2 penthouse suites, carpeted in muted gold hues boast living room fireplaces flanked by inviting seating. Afternoon tea is available in the lounge and library. Leisure time may be spent in the lap pool, the Jacuzzi or sauna in the spa retreat. Corporate visitors will appreciate the assistance and attention of the staff in all details.

Attractions such as superb museums, landmark buildings, escorted tours, colorful Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo dominate the scene in LA, and just a bit further away are Disneyland and Universal Studios.

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK UTAH

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Zion is a spot where the word “scenic” doesn’t do it justice. It is a backpacker’s heaven, yet the Park can be equally enjoyed from an automobile or a motorized tram. It can provide the avid outdoorsman the peaceful isolation of pure, untouched nature, or it can flaunt breathtaking views seen through a car’s windshield.

Zion is a canyon of brilliant green set against a backdrop of sheer red cliffs, with an occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rock. Cut by the River, the beauty of Zion is so striking, so intense, that it can easily become your favorite vacation stop.

Open year-round, Zion is readily accessible on Scenic Byway 9 from I-15 on the west about 40 miles from St. George or by way of US 89 on the east at Mt. Carmel Junction north of Kanab.

Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes because trails such as Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, Canyon Overlook, and Gateway to the Narrows are easy strolls. More difficult hikes such as Watchman, Kolob Arch, and Angles Landing require considerably more time and preparation. The ultimate Zion hike–The Narrows–requires a permit which must be obtained well in advance of the trip as well as significant advanced preparations.

Other popular ways to see the canyon are on horseback with one of the outfitters in the park, by bicycle, or on the guided tram tours. Park naturalists provide guided walks and evening programs during the summer.

Zion’s main visitor center one mile north of Springdale at the south entrance is open year-round from 9am-4:30pm with extended hours in the Summer. Before you leave Zion, be sure and see “Grand Circle: A Multi-Media Presentation,” at the Obert C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale. The film, projected on a 24′ x 40′ screen, gives you an impressive overview of the entire Grand Circle area and six national parks.