By Melanie Haiken on February 4, 2017
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 June 20, 2016
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. Think of Nehalem Bay as a playground for kayakers; just enough current and waves to make things interesting but protected from the stiff winds on the coast. But even if you’re boat-phobic, nearby Manzanita Beach offers effortless strolling, along with a bonanza of shells, driftwood, and even the occasional whale sighting.
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 January 10, 2014
Ice climbers ascend a frozen waterfall in Jasper Whether you ski, snowboard, or prefer to gaze on the beauty of snow through well-insulated plate glass, there are many ways to celebrate the beauty of winter. In a recent feature for Delta Sky magazine I did just that, highlighting a host of ways to get outside […]
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 29, 2010
Chicago’s a famously family-friendly town, but many of the top attractions, like Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, are best for school-age kids and lack the “cool” factor that commits something to a teen’s memory banks. Here are ten things to do with teens in Chicago that they a) can’t do anywhere else b) won’t […]
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 […]