By Melanie Haiken on February 4, 2015
With its all year banana belt climate and car-free culture, Santa Barbara is perfect for an anytime active getaway.
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By Melanie Haiken on December 9, 2014
Whether you want to try your hand at falconry, go a round of golf, or hike the highland moors, Scotland’s historic rail resorts are heaven for those who can’t sit still.
By Melanie Haiken on October 22, 2014
Who knew the Windy City was best scene by bike? With free pick-up and drop-off services, bike tourism has taken Chicago by storm.
By Melanie Haiken on August 21, 2014
There’s nothing like jumping off the rocks into a cold, clear swimming hole for experiencing the essence of summer.
By Melanie Haiken on June 20, 2014
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.
By Melanie Haiken on January 4, 2014
This guided hike through nature’s sculpture garden of ice is a true bucket-list travel fantasy.
By Melanie Haiken on September 15, 2010
Golden Era films set the tone in the lobby of the Hotel deLuxe Green, not glam, is the word usually associated with Portland these days. The city has become nationally known for its ethic of creative reuse, which permeates everything from clothing designers to restaurants. A form of reuse that’s too often overlooked is historic […]
By Melanie Haiken on July 15, 2010
“I need my own personal expedition planner,” a friend said to me the other day at a party. “I want to plan biking and hiking trips but don’t know where to start.” I know the feeling. I could try to answer all the questions that turn up in post comments asking about bike rides, river […]
By Melanie Haiken on June 28, 2010
I’d never heard of river surfing until I was planning a recent trip to Montreal. Then suddenly it seemed it was all anyone asked about – “are you going to try surfing the St. Lawrence while you’re in Montreal?” I confess I was a bit perplexed. As a native Californian, I associate surfing solely with […]
By Melanie Haiken on May 11, 2010
Does this sound familiar? You hear about a cute beach town, a quirky national landmark, a hike with views to die for — and you’re ready to hit the highway. But wait — you’ve got no one to go with. Do you forego your wanderlust? No, say a host of travel writers and bloggers, who […]