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Be Afraid, Lamb Chop: Primitive Outdoor Skills at Canyon Ranch

Ever dreamed of learning to make fire? Or quieting your thoughts so that you can see your surroundings in a whole new way? Or, say, murdering stuffed puppets with a throwing stick? My dear friend and I learned to do all this (and more) by … [Read More...]

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New Orleans: A Whole Different Country – Part Two

Continued from New Orleans: A Whole Different Country - Part One Along our wanderings through the French Quarter in New Orleans, my (now-ex-) boyfriend Eric and I managed to stumble blindly across a place we were actually looking for: the Carousel … [Read More...]

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New Orleans: A Whole Different Country – Part One

New Orleans has grown slowly over a long time, as cities used to in the days before Wal-Mart, and dates back to an era when the New World still looked to Europe for its civic models and courtly manners. Historic plaques pop up on every other building … [Read More...]

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El Encanto: Full-Tilt Enchantment in Santa Barbara

A beloved hideaway since 1920, Santa Barbara, California's hilltop El Encanto has re-emerged from its long renovation like a butterfly on a mission.  That mission? To relax and delight anyone who comes to visit. It's a lovely, luxurious place … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part Two

Continued from  Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley - Part One ________________________________ The second (and last) stop of my day tour of Chile's San Antonio wine valley with Santiago Adventures was one of my favorite experiences in … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part One

Toward the central-west of Chile, set just about halfway between coastal Valparaíso and landlocked Santiago, the emerging San Antonio Valley makes a relaxing, delicious wine tasting side trip from either city. You could certainly take yourselves … [Read More...]

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Coming Attractions

The year's soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I've been feeling itchy for these electronic pages...and I want to assure you … [Read More...]

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Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo's faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more … [Read More...]