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Category Archives: Outskirts

From Ocean to Forest: A Day in Santa Cruz, California

Megan McNee in the Redwood Forest in Santa Cruz, California

Visitors to Santa Cruz tend to head straight towards the Boardwalk.  As much fun as it is, Santa Cruz’s natural destinations offer so much more than their man-made ones. Next time you visit, spend a day exploring the land and sea around Santa Cruz, California. Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at Linda’s Seabreeze Cafe. Whether it is their giant pancakes or savory scrambles you’ll get your day started right. Jump… Read More

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Exploring the History and Culture of Fairbanks, Alaska


Visitors to the Northern Alaska city of Fairbanks are often surprised at the rich tourist offerings this former gold mining boomtown has to offer. Here’s a two-day tour of Fairbank’s best tourist attractions. Riverboat Discovery If you name the quintessential Alaskan activities, the Riverboat Discovery cruise offers it. From a bush pilot taking off and landing on the river beside the boat to Siberian Husky sled dog demonstrations, to reindeer… Read More

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Why Kansas City, Missouri Should Be On Your Bucket List


As far as destinations, Kansas City, Missouri may not be at the top of your bucket list.  It never was on mine.  But I was there recently with my daughter who was dancing in a show, and found it had a lot to offer. We stayed at the Hotel Phillips, two blocks away from the theater where she would be performing.  Built in 1931, the 20 story, 450 room hotel… Read More

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Rankin Guest Ranch: Old Fashioned Family Fun


I look forward to Spring Break each year because it’s time to for a road trip with my son, Roland. This year the planning started with the goal of visiting Yosemite, which is about eight hours from from where we live in San Diego. While I don’t mind a few long days in the car, I wanted to break up our drive home. Our final trip consisted of visiting Yosemite,… Read More

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The Best Beer on the West Coast is Creating a Legacy


  Just a few miles from downtown Oceanside, California something is brewing.  It’s the migration of the San Diego microbrewing industry and it’s spreading out all over the Southern part of this awesome state. Yes, home to surfers and military, San Diego has continued a trend from the great Northwest within the beer world and it’s trickled North to Oceanside where Legacy brewing is creating something different. Once a motorcycle… Read More

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A Perfect Day in Oceanside Exploring Art and Surf Culture


I live in San Diego and drive by Oceanside on a regular basis to visit my dad in Dana Point and my mom in Huntington Beach. I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life and I always thought of Oceanside as a military town and where portions of Top Gun was filmed. Recently I began hearing about the many breweries popping up and new restaurants getting rave reviews. I… Read More

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Cranberry Bogs, Wild Mushroom Farms and Oysters on the Washington Coast

Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula is situated just 3.5 hours from Seattle or a scenic two hour drive from Portland. The peninsula welcomes those seeking respite so they can reconnect to the sea. All along the region’s 28-mile stretch one can find a range of natural feasts ranging from cranberry bogs, wild mushroom farms, and oysters. Schedule your trip so you arrive in Seaview for lunch and head to the… Read More

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Calistoga in Winter: All the Perks Without the Crowds


Calistoga, located at the north end of California’s beautiful and famous Napa Valley amidst hot springs and world class wineries, is always a popular destination in the summer and fall. But have you ever thought of going in the winter? There are good reasons to consider visiting this historic village (population 5200) in January, February, and March. Here are just a few of the many reasons: Fewer people, no lines,… Read More

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Xcarat: Mayan Riviera’s Playground For All Ages


When the princely white Arabian stallion fell in a puddle in the middle of the sprawling arena, we thought our perfectly planned day on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico had crashed to the floor along with the horse. In an instant, people in the stadium were on their feet, craning their necks to see what had happened. All human breathing stopped for a long, long moment during this white-knuckle event…. Read More

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