Escapes

By Shari Hartford There are places on this ginormous planet that I’m not anxious to visit. I admit to being shallow…I don’t do “roughing it”, I prefer cities to wilderness, room service to foraging and a Jacuzzi to a cold outdoor shower. I happily leave the adventure travel experience to

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

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 Melissa Coleman Sugarloaf may claim more lift-serviced vertical than Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Utah’s Alta, but I doubt I’m hurting anyone’s feelings when I say it’s not a mascara ski resort. Yes, Glenn Close has a slopeside condo, but the truly famous people here are the ones who can

By Grace Lichtenstein We started riding north from Santa Rosa toward the Redwoods Monday, but it wasn’t until Friday that we started singing about them. Everyone knew “This Land is Your Land,” with its line “from the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream waters.” From three Canadians among us, I

By Gerrie Summers Mention that you’re off to Cartagena, and intrepid travelers just might be a bit envious. Those who aren’t familiar with the South American city will say it sounds exotic.  But then mention that Cartagena is in Colombia, you’ll probably see an eyebrow raise and hear a little

By Melissa Coleman (Adapted from “48 Hours in Bar Harbor” in Maine magazine)  Mount Desert Island (MDI) is no stranger to politicians and national parks. In 2010, President Obama and the first family made the trek to the island to commemorate the centennial anniversary of a similar trip made in

By Gerrie Summers Fans of the hit AMC show Breaking Bad — which concludes on September 29 — know that the Emmy-award winning drama follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher living in New Mexico with his wife and a teenage son with cerebral palsy.  White is diagnosed

        Story & photos by Monique Burns Take a pass on Machu Picchu.  Let the Amazon float by without you.  Not forever, but for 6 or 7 days, maybe longer.  Carve out a few days to visit Peru’s great capital of Lima, with ruins predating the “Lost

By Linda Hayes My visits to Napa Valley have always involved meticulous planning. Armed with an abundance of guides and maps, and fortified by touts from culinary cohorts, I’d tour state-of-the-art wineries (tasting as I went, of course), dine at top-notch restaurants whose chefs take their inspiration from the local