By Melanie Haiken on September 25, 2015
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.
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 November 20, 2014
Rancho La Puerto, the original wellness and fitness retreat, still offers an incomparable experience for those seeking the fountain of youth.
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 November 10, 2013
Jet lag, too much good food, nowhere to exercise – there are lots of barriers to staying healthy when you travel, and it’s all too common to arrive home tired, achy, and ready to pull out your “fat jeans.” So how do you avoid health setbacks when you travel? Every time I speak at a […]
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 April 21, 2010
Spring flowers may be the primary product of April showers according to conventional wisdom, and in the hills and green belt areas that ring the San Francisco Bay Area there are plenty of those. But another result of all that water is, well…. more water than most of us are used to. Which means certain […]
By Melanie Haiken on March 24, 2010
Wish your kids were a tad more — well, active? Want a surefire weapon to combat couch potato syndrome? A great way to tempt kids outdoors and keep them active and engaged is to plan a family getaway around a hotel with a great kid-friendly pool. Add features like water slides and lazy rivers and […]
By Melanie Haiken on January 13, 2010
New Year’s resolutions most often seem to take the form of numbers, lists and steps. But so often this goal-forming process leads us to focus on the trivial rather than the significant. Wbether we set out to lose ten pounds, clear our clutter or get a new job, these goals keep us sequestered squarely in […]