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    Sustainable Lodging, Farm-to-Table Restaurants and Of Course Wine in Napa Valley

    Leaving Lake Tahoe, we traveled west to Napa on I-50 and happened to be driving near an area where they were having many uncontrolled wildfires. In fact, we were so close at one point that we could see the flames from the top of a ridge. We learned that they actually closed the road we were on the next day! Even when we arrived in Napa, there was still a haze on the horizon from all of the smoke blowing miles away. Our first stop was at The Meritage Resort & Spa. Just like the wine that inspired its...

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    A Sport’s Lovers Paradise in South Lake Tahoe

    Boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking, ice skating and bar hopping… whatever your passion, Tahoe South (as the locals call it) does it right. All on the shore of the largest alpine lake in North America – Lake Tahoe offers ridiculously blue-green, crystal clear water surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada, jaw-dropping vistas, stately groves of pines, and ludicrously gorgeous sunsets. Why would you ever want to go anywhere else? And that’s pretty much what every transplant here said – once they moved here, they’d never go back. Our first stop was check-in at the 968 Park Hotel and...

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    In Search of Pinot and The Legendary Rocky Coast of Oregon

    Once again I headed out on a wine tasting mission for a varietal that I’m not so crazy about. What is all the fuss about Pinot Noir? I’m sure a statement like that will make a few heads spin and send some people into an hour long dissertation on the subject of Pinot Noir. I’ll be the first to admit that I have probably not tried enough Pinot’s to make any judgement, however, like Merlot (you’re saying…did she really just compare Pinot to Merlot), it’s always been a little too light of a wine for me. I think the...

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    Great Wines, Great Beers and Everything Eco-Friendly in Portland, Oregon

    If you don’t get enough amazing food and drink in Seattle, then Portland, Oregon is just a short drive away. Our first stop was to check-in at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel which is right on the banks of the river. Having only been to Portland once and staying in the heart of the city, I wasn’t sure what to expect about this part of the city, but I wasn’t disappointed to find a mile long walkway by the river just out the door of the hotel that took you past restaurants, shops and beautiful views of boats, bridges and...

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    Crystal Blue Water and Orange Sunsets over Lake Washington

    We started the day with a fantastic brunch at Café Flora in the Madison Park section of Seattle. Madison Park is a beautiful neighborhood packed with locally owned cafes, pubs, coffee and ice-cream shops, boutiques, and salons. In the spring of 1990, three old friends and long-time residents of this neighborhood met to discuss the possibility of buying the abandoned laundromat at 29th and East Madison and converting it to a vegetarian restaurant. Their motives were simple: to establish a friendly, community based vegetarian restaurant close to home, to develop a restaurant that could stand as a model business...

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    A Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise in Seattle

    Sunny, breezy, 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Seriously… am I really in Seattle? This would be my 4th trip to this beautiful city and I kid you not, every time the weather has been absolutely stunning. I’m totally convinced that there is an urban legend going on about how terrible the weather is out here. In order to keep the population down, the locals all say it rains every day…but I think I’m on to them. Because really, between the amazing food and drink, nightlife scene, eclectic shops, Wild Alaskan King salmon for $11/lb, and...

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    A Seaside Retreat at the Tucker House Inn

    You might think we were crazy to agree to the next leg of this trip – an almost 10 hour drive from Missoula to Anacortes, WA and then an hour ferry ride to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Yes, we got up at 4am to do it in order to make a 2pm ferry and thank God there wasn’t any traffic. But if you fell in love with Nantucket the first time you stepped foot on that island, you will love Friday Harbor just as much and would understand why we just had to include this stop....

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    Escape to a Mountainside Retreat in Missoula at Blue Mountain B&B

    After a relaxing two days in Whitefish, we headed back to Missoula for a few days at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You literally feel like you are heading into the woods as you travel up their mile long drive. Nestled on the mountainside among majestic ponderosa pines and meditative water gardens, Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood have created a tranquil romantic getaway just minutes away from downtown Missoula. The Inn and gardens offer a breathtaking, birds-eye view of the Bitterroot River, surrounding mountains and valley below, including part of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. We stayed in...