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 June 23, 2014
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.
Think bathing suits that don’t ride up, so you can actually swim, surf, and kayak in them rather than lie around looking ornamental. And hiking pants and shorts (and skorts, my personal fave) that truly have enough pockets so all you have to carry is your hip pack. Then there are the groovy travel-friendly dresses and yoga clothes cute enough to wear out for coffee afterwards.
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 July 28, 2009
The contrast between the high-rise resorts of Puerto Vallarta and your first glimpse of Yelapa couldn’t be greater. Accessible only by water taxi or private boat, the tiny fishing village is little but a rundown pier, a few stores and colorful houses that stagger up the hillside behind the cove. There’s also one of the […]