Discover the Incredible Local Cheesemakers of Sonoma Valley

Discover the Incredible Local Cheesemakers of Sonoma Valley

With the hills green and barns full of calves, lambs and baby goats, early spring is the perfect time to take a tour of Sonoma County’s artisanal cheesemakers.

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Discovering Thalasso Therapy in Ixtapa, Mexico

Discovering Thalasso Therapy in Ixtapa, Mexico

A specialized form of hydrotherapy popular in Europe, Greece, and the Middle East, thalassotherapy has come to Mexico at this high-end imported spa in Ixtapa.

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Oregon Coast: Nature-Lovers' Paradise

Oregon Coast: Nature-Lovers’ Paradise

Two days into a visit to Nehalem Bay, Oregon, and you’ll be planning your next visit – this untraveled section of the Oregon coast is that addictive.

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Add This to Your Bucket List: The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

Add This to Your Bucket List: The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

This guided hike through nature’s sculpture garden of ice is a true bucket-list travel fantasy.

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My Latest Adventures

The infinity pool at the Four Seasons Wailea offers the best sunset view - and the best artisanal cocktails - Maui has to offer. (photo: Melanie Haiken)

Wellness Alert: Four Seasons Wailea Immersion Retreat Promises Big Results

Whether you want to reboot your health, lose weight, or heal a chronic condition, the first ever five-day wellness immersion retreat at the Four Seasons Wailea in Maui promises results.

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Active Getaways

Strolling the beach in Santa Barbara feels as exotic as any tropical locale.

Spring Break Fun in Sunny Santa Barbara

With its all year banana belt climate and car-free culture, Santa Barbara is perfect for an anytime active getaway.

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Wellness & Spa

Rancho La Puerta: A Wellness Retreat Ahead of Its Time

Rancho La Puerta: A Wellness Retreat Ahead of Its Time

Rancho La Puerto, the original wellness and fitness retreat, still offers an incomparable experience for those seeking the fountain of youth.

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Food & Farm

Ashland's Alternative Food Rennaissance

Ashland’s Alternative Food Rennaissance

Ashland may be best known for the annual Shakespeare festival, but this southern Oregon hipster hamlet now boasts farm-to-table fare that rivals that of big sister Portland.

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Fitness & Gear

SUP-ing in comfort with Athleta

Best Giveaway Ever: $100 Athleta Gift Card

I’m honored to have been selected as one of the 5 top active travel bloggers by Athleta’s Chi blog. The result: I got to award a $100 gift card to the reader who best described her favorite outdoors activity and why she loves it.

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Health & Beauty

Who knew: cherries are high in melatonin

5 Foods to Help You Sleep

Put away the sleeping pills – these five foods will soothe you to sleep with melatonin, tryptophan, and other natural ingredients.

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Anti-Aging

The newest spas in Las Vegas rival those of Europe and Asia.

Top 5 Spa Trends: Las Vegas Shows the Way to Relaxation

Where else in the U.S. can you experience a Laconium? Futuristic in so many ways, Las Vegas now leads the way in spa design, with Asian and European treatments and concepts not seen elsewhere in the U.S.

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