April 2014

by Rachel Dodds Built in 2008, the Black Rock Resort is set along the rugged rocky Pacific coastline- home to the beautiful Pacific Rim National park and over 22km of sandy white beaches. This area of the world could be described as raw and natural and some may wonder who

If you want a new bike this spring, look no further than the versatile BMC GranFondo GF01. I got a chance to road test this bike this year for several months and hundreds of miles, and it is the real deal. Most importantly, it is a great fit for all kinds of

Photos and story by Richard West The last time I visited Prague was early October, 1989, one month before the fall of the Berlin Wall and liberation of East Europe. The city remained tightly Soviet-sealed: soldiers on the streets; citizens speaking, if at all, briefly in monotones, the words slipping

The 80-mile stretch of roadway between Asheville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a joy anytime of year, but it’s hard to top springtime when fragrant mountain laurel and colorful rhododendrons line the route. Get into the spring spirit by roaming the magnificent grounds

By Kim McHugh With The Masters in play this week Freddie & Me: Life Lessons from Freddie Bennett, Augusta National’s Legendary Caddy Master, deserves a mention. The book, authored by Tripp Bowden, is a quick and often lighthearted narrative. It gives an “insider’s” glimpse into the revered club, while shining

By Shari Hartford Stepping into the new Quin hotel is like entering a very hip art gallery. In this opening year, the hotel will host a series of artist salons in addition to the 15-foot video wall that graces the lobby. That artistic theme, in keeping with the artistic history

There’s no need to be caught in summer traffic on the 105-mile-long Skyline Drive when you can have the mesmerizing Shenandoah National Park roadway to yourself in the shoulder season. After the 2-hour drive from DC, drop your bags off at the Skyland Resort, the premier Shenandoah lodge originally open in 1888. Perfectly

Story & Photos by Dave G. Houser Long before Spanish conquistadors marched into northwest Mexico to establish the settlement of Guadalajara in 1532, indigenous Nahuatl Indians had discovered the bacchanal benefits of fermenting the sugary juice of the sweet heart of a ripe agave cactus.  That milky, pungent drink known