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Experience Winter Wineland

Experience Winter Wineland

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Come to Sonoma County and experience Winter Wineland. Winter Wineland is an exceptional event for those wanting to see multiple wineries in one weekend. Go from winery to winery; visiting the ones you are interested in. Each participating winery is different – some will offer food pairing, music, entertainment and tours. Some of the wineries, which are not typically open to the public, open their doors just for this festival.



Enjoy Lake County Wineries

Enjoy Lake County Wineries

Monday, December 19, 2011

Just 20 miles north of Napa Valley, or a short two hour drive from the San Francisco Bay area is one of California’s newest Wine Country Destinations, the Lake County Wine Region. With a deep history in wine making, Lake County Wineries are ideal for those looking to experience fine wine in a relaxed and breathtaking environment.



Visit Victoria's Fisherman's Wharf

Visit Victoria's Fisherman's Wharf

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Just around the corner from the Inner Harbor, Victoria’s Fisherman's Wharf is a special marine destination offering many great restaurants, shops and eco-adventure tours. Have the best fish and chips of your life, wander around the docks and buy fresh seafood off a boat, check out the unique array of commercial and pleasure vessels and float homes, rent a kayak, go whale watching or maybe even have a pirate adventure.



Discover the Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

Discover the Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fully experience the magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens by walking down a path lit by festoon lamp posts, surrounded by tens of thousands of tiny lights perfectly placed among swaths of evergreen and wreaths of holly, listening to carolers and finally arriving at a quiet outdoor ice rink where you are welcome to enjoy a leisurely skate.



Take in an Oregon Ducks Football Game

Take in an Oregon Ducks Football Game

Monday, November 21, 2011

The University of Oregon is home to the celebrated Oregon Ducks football team. Well revered in their league, the Ducks are known for being a fiercely competitive team with a strong and persistent drive. Ducks games are highly entertaining as the team performs with an intense energy that is reciprocal of their fans response to them.



Zip through the Redwoods

Zip through the Redwoods

Monday, November 14, 2011

Join Sonoma Canopy Tours for the experience of a lifetime and discover the world famous Redwoods of Occidental. Enjoy a fun and educational guided eco- tour that includes 7 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, an 80 foot rappel and a spiral stair case like you’ve never seen before.



Enjoy a Classic Victorian Holiday Tea

Enjoy a Classic Victorian Holiday Tea

Monday, November 7, 2011

Enjoy the magic of a Victorian Holiday Tea by having a truly unique experience and taking part in the perfect afternoon out. Whether you are looking to celebrate, do something different or start a new tradition, the Campbell House’s Victorian Holiday teas are always fun, elegant and festive affairs.



Celebrate Food, Wine & Fun at Flavor! Napa Valley

Celebrate Food, Wine & Fun at Flavor! Napa Valley

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flavor! Napa Valley is a fabulous 4 day festival showcasing the very best of farm to table fine cuisine and some of the world’s best wine. And, where better to host this inaugural celebration than in the home of the founders of America’s fine wine industry: The Napa Valley - a region renowned not only for its wine, but also for its natural beauty, outstanding culinary scene, incredible accommodations as well as its thriving arts community.



Cross Country Ski Around Suttle Lake

Cross Country Ski Around Suttle Lake

Monday, October 31, 2011

Suttle Lake is located about 15 miles north of Sisters, Oregon on US Highway 20 and is part of the Deschutes National Forest. The lake was named after an early pioneer called John Settle, who came across the lake during a hunting trip. The lake is quite large, covering an area of about 250 acres and is approximately 44 feet deep with a maximum depth of 75 deep.



Find Out How the Winchester Inn Got Its Name

Find Out How the Winchester Inn Got Its Name

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Winchester Mystery House is located in San Jose and was once the personal residence of the Widow of a gun tycoon, Sarah Winchester. This Queen Anne Style Victoria Mansion was under construction for 38 years and is renowned not only for its size, but primarily for its utter lack of any master building plan. The house is also reported to be haunted and home to all of the ghosts of Winchester rifle victims.



Be Beautiful, Naturally at Shibui Spa

Be Beautiful, Naturally at Shibui Spa

Monday, October 17, 2011

Put down the mascara and eyelash curler and prepare to be amazed. Eyelash tinting and perming are innovative services provided by Shibui Spa that curl and dye lashes to perfection. At Shibui, each therapist goes through a unique training process so that they are able to provide flawless services to their clients. And, for the ultimate spa experience, Shibui invites all clients to check in at least 30 minutes before their appointment, allowing time for relaxation in the hot thermal soaking tub, Swedish sauna and cold-splash refresher.



Consume Conscious Cuisine at The Ravens’ Restaurant

Consume Conscious Cuisine at The Ravens’ Restaurant

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Raven’s Restaurant is located at the Stanford Inn by the Sea on the Mendocino coast in California. Inspired by the Inn's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' is world renowned for their outstanding vegetarian cuisine. Guests at the Inn and local residents alike, consider the Ravens’ to be an essential dining experience.



Dig for Clams on Long Beach

Dig for Clams on Long Beach

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Have fun digging for clams on the super-naturally beautiful Washington coast. All you need is a shovel and a container to put your clams in. The pacific razor clam is an exceptionally meaty shellfish abundant in the surf pounded sand of Long Beach. Clams grow to a maximum length of 6 inches, although 3 to 5 inches in length are most often collected. Clams that are 7 inches long have been recorded, but are exceptionally rare.



Fish the Rogue River

Fish the Rogue River

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One of the original eight rivers in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, the Rogue River is best known for its rugged scenery, whitewater rafting and its incredible salmon runs. Beginning near Crater Lake, the river flows westward through the High and Western Cascades as well as the Klamath Mountains. Near the mouth of the river are the only dinosaur fragments ever discovered in Oregon.



Re-energize at Muir Beach

Re-energize at Muir Beach

Monday, September 19, 2011

Visit one of the cleanest and calmest beaches in the state of California, Muir Beach. Because of its location, just 20 minutes North of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, 5 minutes from Muir Woods National Monument and situated in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the beach hosts visitors from around the world who marvel at the refuges peaceful existence so near to such a great metropolis.



Spend a few days in a National Historic Landmark: Jacksonville

Spend a few days in a National Historic Landmark: Jacksonville

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spend a few days in a National Historic Landmark, the charming town of Jacksonville, Oregon. With the Britt Festival, Segway tours, wineries and more, there is so much to see and do!



Drink Coffee at the Original Starbucks

Drink Coffee at the Original Starbucks

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Have a cup of joe where the largest coffee company in the world began. From 1971 until 1975, the first Starbucks was located on Western Avenue until it moved to its new home in the Soul of Seattle, the Pike Place Market (where it remains today). And, because Pike Place is a historic district with specific guidelines, the store still retains its original look.



Take a Cascade Lakes Road Trip

Take a Cascade Lakes Road Trip

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What makes this road trip unique? It's unparalleled scenery. Find the true meaning of super natural beauty as you look upon the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, 1000 year old hardened lava flows, high desert plains, thick forests, pristine mountain lakes, gentle streams and peaceful meadows. Take this Cascades Lakes road trip and see for yourself why this 83 mile route is so widely renowned.



Explore the Umpqua National Forest

Explore the Umpqua National Forest

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

From the shores of the mighty Umpqua River to the diverse population and abundance of trees, fish and wildlife, the Umpqua National Forest offers countless opportunities to explore a very special, natural environment. So, escape from the everyday grind and experience something new.



Ride the Summer Trolley

Ride the Summer Trolley

Monday, July 25, 2011

Discover the best way to get to know Laguna Beach - the trolley! Completely open, the trolley provides you with stunning views so you can feel and smell the ocean. Enjoy clean air, fresh breezes and everything you need to experience truly relaxed exploration of one of the world's most beautiful summer time destinations.



Learn the History of Orcas Island

Learn the History of Orcas Island

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Orcas Island Historical Museum is located in charming down town Eastsound and is the only heritage facility on the island.The museum offers exhibits, presentations, speakers, tours, research assistance, an annual Historical Day Fair, open house celebrations, regular visitation hours, opportunities for special appointments, newspaper articles as well as quarterly publications.



Feel Every Note at the Victoria Symphony Splash

Feel Every Note at the Victoria Symphony Splash

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Victoria Symphony Splash is a spectacular event that transforms Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbor into a magnificent outdoor concert stage. Victoria Symphony Splash features a variety of musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening's highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony with an ending you won't want to miss - a fantastic live performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks.



Go Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Go Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Monday, July 4, 2011

Come explore the quiet country roads of Oregon's leading wine region, the Willamette Valley. Discover the inspiring wines of the valley at a trendy tasting bar, a state of the art winery or a rustic barnyard. Look, smell, taste & enjoy - it's that easy.



Connect with Wildlife at the Oregon Zoo

Connect with Wildlife at the Oregon Zoo

Monday, June 27, 2011

Located in Portland, the Oregon Zoo is home to hundreds of species of animals and receives more than one million visitors each year. There is always something exciting going on at the Zoo, whether it's an annual event like a summer concert or a limited time special exhibit, the Zoo is your destination for wild entertainment!



Catch a Performance at the Treasured Panida Theater

Catch a Performance at the Treasured Panida Theater

Monday, June 20, 2011

Opened in 1927 as a movie house and cabaret, the Panida Theater was restored in 1985 by the local community and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently, the Panida has received some well deserved recognition from Idaho's governor, Commission of the Arts, Centennial Commission and the US Department of the Interior.



Take a Hike in Yosemite National Park

Take a Hike in Yosemite National Park

Monday, June 13, 2011

With its breathtaking natural beauty, Yosemite National Park offers some of the greatest hiking trails in California. With over hundreds of miles of trails, there is something for all levels of hiking enthusiasts from beginners to intermediates. Year after year the park continues to attract many return visitors as well as new explorers who describe Yosemite National Park as something you must see at least once in your lifetime!



Celebrate over 75 Years of Fine Art in Laguna Beach

Celebrate over 75 Years of Fine Art in Laguna Beach

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is one of the most prestigious and well-attended shows in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands each year. With its nightly performances, celebrity events as well as award winning artists and exhibits, there is no questioning that The Festival of Arts is one of the most outstanding demonstration of Fine Arts in the Country. The festival has received international recognition and has an incredible reputation as a source for original fine art.



Explore a Butterfly Garden

Explore a Butterfly Garden

Monday, May 23, 2011

Get up close and personal with the gorgeous tropical habitat and exotic residents of the Victoria Butterfly Garden. Enjoy taking pictures of the winged stunners fluttering among the flora. Observe the flamingo's curious personality as they walk among the indoor jungle. The experience of exploring this living and breathing garden is one that you will never forget.



Not Your Average Theater

Not Your Average Theater

Monday, May 16, 2011

Located in the historic Belltown district is the fabulously entertaining Big Picture theater. The Big Picture is a boutique meeting facility that provides a great place to enjoy a movie as well as a unique alternative venue for events such as business meetings, parties and even weddings!



Discover Art in Yachats

Discover Art in Yachats

Monday, May 9, 2011

Yachats galleries feature an incredible array of various forms of contemporary and traditional art. Whether you are interested in collecting new art or simply viewing and appreciating pieces in unintimidating, quality galleries, there is something for everyone.



Have Some True San Francisco Fun

Have Some True San Francisco Fun

Monday, April 18, 2011

Have some true San Francisco fun at the famous Pier 39! Take in the sights of the Pier's entertainment and stunning views of city classics such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.



Go Back in Time to Seaview

Go Back in Time to Seaview

Monday, April 11, 2011

Escape crowds in historic Seaview, a place known for its tranquil setting and delightful atmosphere. What was once a buzzing summertime community for Portland's upper class as well as a depot for the Clamshell Rail Road is now a quiet small town rich with history and full of charm.



Visit the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Monday, April 4, 2011

Home to wetlands, wildlife and a waste water treatment facility is the naturally beautiful, highly functional Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary features hundreds of acres of grassy uplands, freshwater, brackish and salt marshes, mudflats, miles of walking and biking paths as well as an interpretive center that serves over 20 000 visitors every year.



Monkey Around with Monkido

Monkey Around with Monkido

Monday, March 28, 2011

Put your courage to the test and take to the trees to have some brilliant fun! Located in the truly breathtaking natural setting of West Shore, Victoria, the WildPlay Element Park offers activities to entertain and challenge people of all ages. Climb, zip or simply stroll around this wonderful forest park!



Experience Schweitzer Ski Resort

Experience Schweitzer Ski Resort

Monday, March 21, 2011

Home to Idaho's only 6 person, high speed lift, Schweitzer Ski Resort offers a wide array of first class activities set in a magnificent landscape. Providing over 90 trails with open bowl skiing, snowmobiling, tubing & even a spa - Schweitzer has it all!



Plan a Romantic Holiday in Carmel

Plan a Romantic Holiday in Carmel

Monday, March 14, 2011

Get whisked off your feet in cozy Carmel. The lovely beach town of Carmel is a romantic gem - offering everything you need for the perfect escape. Carmel's gorgeous sunsets, scenic neighborhoods and pristine beaches are just the type of spots that make falling in love easy.



Get a Taste of the Island Life

Get a Taste of the Island Life

Monday, February 14, 2011

The charming and historic Willows Inn is located on beautiful Lummi Island, Washington. The passionate and skilled team at the Willows Inn offer sumptuous dining featuring fabulously farm fresh and local ingredients, which are organic and consistent with the Slow Food Movement. The wholesome and fresh ingredient sources, excellent staff, as well as the exceptional accommodations leave nothing to be desired and make the Willows Inn the perfect place to get a taste of the island life!



Hit the Slopes of Mt. Bachelor

Hit the Slopes of Mt. Bachelor

Monday, February 7, 2011

Make the most of mountain this season and hit the slopes of the magnificent Mt. Bachelor. Mt Bachelor features almost 60 groomed runs that are perfectly smooth, soft and carveable as well as ungroomed powder in the trees and above the tree line!



West Coast Whale Watching in Gold Beach

West Coast Whale Watching in Gold Beach

Monday, January 17, 2011

Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime! Who knew whale watching could be this easy? Charter a boat or find some binoculars and capture a glimpse of these magnificent mammals.



Take a Trip Down the Lochsa River!

Take a Trip Down the Lochsa River!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Take a trip down a wild whitewater river with the River Dance Lodge. The Lochsa River's magnificent rapids offer tremendous raft pounding and paddle bashing fun. The River Dance Lodge is dedicated to providing a safe, quality, professional rafting experience.