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Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg

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Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg

Ellensburg Washington Ellensburg Washington will always be my small sleepy town with a stomach made for southern hospitality, and a heart made for the mountaineer. Located in a valley surrounded by steep rolling hills, dangerous-looking ridges and dissected by rivers and streams; this town is known for being minutes from hiking, biking, climbing and river rafting. And once my, and everyone else’s, adventures are over, it’s nice to lower back into the relaxing pace of a families’ town. Main Street Ellensburg Coasting slowly down University...

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Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

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Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon Unique Hotel in Portland “How’s the faux spring weather treating you?” the barista asked as she took my order. Like any Pacific Northwest resident I revel in the unexpected combination of warm temperatures and sunshine during late winter. “Perfect” I reply, returning her smile. Portland is a heavily caffeinated town, percolated in coffee and smiles. This mind-set is something the Jupiter Hotel is designed for; one half is ready-to-rock with a jolt while the opposite half is...

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Alaska Travel News Bulletin

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Alaska Travel News Bulletin

October 1, 2012 In this October Travel News Bulletin you will find: 1. Bald Mountain Air now offering polar bear tours 2. Remodeled Tsaina Lodge offers luxury for skiers atop Thompson Pass 3. Food tour shows off sights and tastes of Juneau 4. Bald Eagle Festival soars to new heights 1. Bald Mountain Air now offering polar bear tours Known for taking guests on thrilling brown-bear viewing tours out of Homer, Bald Mountain Air is now offering once-in-a-lifetime trips to Alaska’s Arctic coast to observe polar bears in their natural habitat. The...

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Wyoming’s Crystal Classic Winter Festival

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Wyoming’s Crystal Classic Winter Festival

(Sweetwater County, Wyo.) – Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism today announced the dates for its Crystal Classic Winter Carnival. The carnival, hosted by the Green River Parks and Recreation Department, will be held Feb. 17-18 at and around Expedition Island in Green River. The festival features an ice carving contest that is sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) and boasts a prize purse totaling $11,000 for professional and amateur divisions. The competition draws contestants from all over the U.S and Canada and will...

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InnerSea Discoveries Adds New Ship & Unique Itineraries

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InnerSea Discoveries Adds New Ship & Unique Itineraries

(Seattle, WA, January 10, 2012) – Building on its sold-out 2011 inaugural season in Alaska, InnerSea Discoveries diversifies its cruising range in Alaska for 2012 with the addition of the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer sailing a new Northern Passages and Glacier Bay itinerary between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. The ship joins the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer together sailing 10 itineraries in Alaska ranging from seven- to 21-nights.   “The success of our operations in Alaska affirms our belief that there...

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Mt. Hood Resort Announces New Winter Ski Packages

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Mt. Hood Resort Announces New Winter Ski Packages

(WELCHES, Ore., Nov. 10, 2011) – It’s time to hit the slopes with new winter ski packages from The Resort at The Mountain, a year-round ski, spa and golf destination located along the western slope of Mt. Hood in Welches, Oregon. “Less than an hour above Portland, but below the snowline, The Resort is easy to get to and provides convenient access to abundant winter sports on Mt. Hood,” said Frank Casarez, general manager of The Resort.  “For those who want a quick trip to the slopes or for those wanting an all-inclusive getaway, we’ve got the...

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Tulip Tourists

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Tulip Tourists

The two-year old in a pink mud-splashed coat cannot resist the puddles, and for a moment I am distracted by her antics and turn my camera to capture her fun.  Her mother seems not to notice, she is more focused on the field of tulips that have drawn thousands of visitors to this farm in the Skagit Valley of Washington.  Chartered buses and vehicles choke the parking lot of Tulip Town during the Tulip Festival in mid-April.  Flower buffs, photographers and tourists come to be awed by the rows of brilliant colour in the rural setting.  ...

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The Resort at the Mountain

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The Resort at the Mountain

Although today it’s a tame four-lane highway, the road up the mountain still has that 18th century Oregon Trail feel. This piece is named the Barlow Road after the entrepreneur who built a toll portion on this otherwise free emigrant route, and it cuts a wild and treacherous course over the crest of the Cascades.  Imagine being one of those early travelers who crossed a continent to find this forested valley beside the rushing Salmon River. I bet you would stay. Samuel Welches did just that in the 1880’s when he opened a modest hotel in the...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 4

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 4

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Four Morgan’s forecast of rain was off by thirty minutes. At 1:30 that morning a gentle pitter-patter stirred me, and only half awake I rolled over to securely zip my door. Nothing disturbed me again until I woke to dawn’s...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 3

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 3

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Three After breakfast we continued downriver to Kirkwood Ranch and another slice of history that the canyon offers. Occupied by a former Idaho governor in the 1930’s, today it’s a museum which includes a blacksmith shop...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 2

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 2

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Two I rolled out of my bag this morning to the smell of breakfast cooking and remembered dinner last night. Sam was busy preparing the morning meal of poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, Southwestern cornmeal flapjacks...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 1

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 1

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the free fall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand”. Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day One The Snake is a big and white river whose course through a mile deep canyon marks the boundary between Oregon and Idaho. This harsh but bountiful gorge also marks the change from Pacific to Mountain time, where history,...

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The Last Frontier: The Alaskan Cruise

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The Last Frontier: The Alaskan Cruise

Many people over the years have dreamt of a great Alaskan adventure at one time or another, stemming from heroic stories of the frontier, the gold rush of 1898, Eskimos, and the Iditarod. Movies and books like those penned by Jack London fuel such fantasies of life in the great unknown, and for many, Alaska represents an opportunity to experience something wild in a modern world. But with cities such as Juneau, the state capital, impossible to reach by road or rail, it becomes difficult to tour the state without worrying about the real...

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Three Cups of Tea in Oregon

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“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family…” — Balti proverb This proverb captivates me. On a recent trip to find high country in the Oregon Alps, I found an idyllic Bed & Breakfast too. As I scanned the shelves in their reading room, a library stocked with titles reflecting the proprietor’s international travels, I saw guidebooks to Northwest Oregon as well as many eclectic works. I also found...

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Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Right from the beginning my horse and I had issues. The self-preservation instinct bred out of so many horses today was still in this Mustang named “Chia,” which was expressed in the “my way or the highway” stubbornness. For all my sweet-talk she had only two speeds, a lope and bone-jarring trot with nothing in between. It seemed these two speeds would randomly switch back and forth automatically at her whim. Her head, which I assumed was the direction of our travel, would hang perilously in thin air. As self-preservation is an...

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