dome at Borealis Basecamp

Some of the Best Northern Lights Viewing is in Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern Lights viewed at Borealis Basecamp

When many people think of seeing the Aurora Borealis they also envision frigid locations – thinking that being cold and seeing the Northern Lights go hand in hand. The good news is, you don’t have to always have winter weather. In Fairbanks, Alaska there are some amazing spots to take in the show, without needing snow.

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Biking Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes Should Be On Your Road Trip Radar

Summer has arrived and that means it’s road trip season. Northern California has a long list of drive-worthy spots. Along with the Sonoma coast, there’s wine country, and Tahoe. But if you’re in the mood to roll down the windows and try something new, Mammoth Lakes should be on your radar.

Tioga Pass view of Half Dome

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Senado Square, Macao

Wandering Can Be Magical in Macao

Senado Square, Macao

So many places to see, so little time. Vacation choices can be tough, especially when you’re planning a once in a lifetime trip to faraway destinations like Asia or Europe. But there is a way to have some of both in one trip. Just head to Macao.

Like Hong Kong – which is just 37 miles away – Macau, is a special administrative region of China. It essentially governs itself, but is still a part of China.

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outdoor sculptures at Taliesin West

Spring Training 2018

Baseball fans are counting the days. 2018 spring training is about to get underway. For the Cactus League, 15 major league teams head to the Greater Phoenix area to practice cracking bats under sunny skies.

With so many teams and stadiums in close proximity to each other, catching numerous games in play is easy. Well, in theory at least. With so much to see in the desert that isn’t tied to a baseball field, fans may have some tough choices to make. Continue reading “Spring Training 2018”

Sonoma County wine country Benziger vineyards

Napa and Sonoma County Wine Country are Open for Business

Napa loves first responders sign

The devastation in Northern California wine country is unprecedented. The images – particularly of neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, my hometown, are horrifying. But it doesn’t matter where you live, truthfully. Folks around the world watched the scenes play out in disbelief. I was in Ecuador when I received a text from my neighbor asking if I was going to evacuate. That’s how I found out about the wildfires ravaging Napa and Sonoma. Even there, folks knew what was going on in my hometown.

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Kayak the Napa River

Quick and Easy Holiday Getaways to Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country

Geyserville sign

It’s that time of year when you don’t have the time to get away, but in many cases you need it or will enjoy it the most. So think close home. In the Sn Francisco Bay Area we’re lucky enough to have many quick and easy getaway options, but Sonoma and Napa wine country stand out among the favorites.

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