Discoveries

By Jules Older Photos by Effin Older   Technically, I wasn’t a Santa Cruz virgin. When I was a grad student living at the VA Hospital’s staff quarters in Palo Alto, on a lark, a gang of us drove down to Santa Cruz. We slept on the beach, and when

By Everett Potter The Ideal Carry-On: Granite Gear I just road-tested the Granite Gear Cross Trek 22 Carry-On Wheeled Duffel on a two-week trip through Switzerland and Italy. The conclusion: this is one rugged bag. While it comes with hidden shoulder straps and a hip belt to turn it into

Story & photos by Julie Snyder “You must go to De Poezenboot,” said my friend Nancy when I mentioned we were headed for Amsterdam. Nancy and I had once partnered on producing events for Nevada Humane Society and though we no longer live in the same state, our love of

By Shari Hartford It’s not often that I chose to spend time, and therefore write about, a chain hotel. I figure if you are looking for a Sheraton, Marriott or such, you will know exactly where to find them. However, I was intrigued by the new concept from Hyatt where

By Everett Potter I have fallen in love with Lake Como again and again and yet again. Several times a year, I find myself on its ferries and narrow walkways, gazing at the snow covered Alps while lecturing to small groups for National Geographic Expeditions. Sure, I can point out George

By Bobbie Leigh It didn’t take long for the sun-lit islands along the Dalmatian Coast to be rediscovered after the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995. First locals from Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina arrived for family vacations.  They were followed by Europeans and eventually,  North Americans, all of

By Buzzy Gordon My fond memories of the island of Phuket in Thailand bring back images of lolling at the beach while sipping a refreshing cocktail, followed by a blissful dunk in my villa’s private plunge pool. It is no wonder I was anxious to return — although this time

By Julie Snyder It started with a dog named Lola. In May of 2009, Portlanders Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber were kicking off a three-month South American adventure in Huanchaco, Peru, a surfing hotspot some 350 miles north of Lima near the city of Trujillo. As they were preparing to

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