Active & Adventure Travel
By Melanie Haiken on May 21, 2012
Where does Jennifer Aniston sneak away to for some R&R with her best gal pals? Where are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchasing a private farm and eco-resort to take the brood away from the spotlight? Drew Barrymore was one of the first to discover this spot, now the hottest destination from A-list celebrities and [...]
By Melanie Haiken on April 2, 2011
Lately, loads of folks have been asking me for recommendations for the perfect spring break getaway for sun and surf. Well, I’ve got the answer: Santa Barbara.
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By Melanie Haiken on March 25, 2011
I’ve been in the Nehalem Bay area for just two days, and already I’m planning my next visit. Rarely do I stumble upon a getaway that has everything I need, everything I want (two different things) and no gaggles of people around to disturb the perfection.
By Melanie Haiken on March 18, 2011
The beach at Xpu-Há in the Yucatan I’m posting this from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, now known to most visitors as the Riviera Maya. Yes, this is one of those carefully coined tourism catchphrases, but at least in this case it’s not too far-fetched. One glance at the photo to the right and you’ll [...]
By Melanie Haiken on February 9, 2011
Can a spoonful of dirt transmit a miracle of healing? The more than 40,000 people who make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó near Santa Fe, New Mexico believe it can.
By Melanie Haiken on December 31, 2010
Ice climbers ascend a frozen waterfall in Jasper Well, I didn’t post much this month, but that wasn’t because I wasn’t traveling and writing. I was doing plenty of both, but I was churning out words for print publications rather than posting here. One of my biggest stories, for one more day the current current [...]
By Melanie Haiken on December 9, 2010
The garden terrace at GlenEagles, perfect for breakfast I love the term the folks across the pond use for vacations: holidays, or “hols” for short. It’s perfectly descriptive, suggesting a sense of celebration and release. Another evocative term they use is “break,” as in the kids are on school break. It suggests a break from [...]
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 August 21, 2010
Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a thing for swimming holes. My criteria are pretty standard: cold, clear, water, big sun-warmed rocks to spread yourself out on, the rushing sound of nearby rapids to soothe your mind. But there’s one more requirement that makes finding the perfect swimming hole more of a challenge. [...]
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 [...]