Five Reasons Why Skiing Is Not a Requirement in Whistler

Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

When skiers dream, there’s a good chance visions of Whistler Blackcomb dance in their heads. With more than 8,000 acres of snowy slopes and 200-plus trails, Whistler grabbed the world’s attention when it hosted the 2010 Olympic Games and has refused to let go. But with two mountains and a lively base camp at Whistler Village, who says skiers should get to have all the fun? This big snow-covered playground has plenty of adrenaline-boosting activities to go around.

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New Discoveries and Experiences in San Francisco

San Francisco skyline at dusk

San Francisco skyline at dusk

O. Henry said, “East is east and west is San Francisco.” Even though Southern California is my home, there is really nothing like San Francisco. In just a one-hour flight I can find myself in an artsy, stylish, eclectic food haven. The history is rich, the streets are steep and narrow, and the moment I cross the Bay Bridge I find myself in a city full of so much character. Every visit is an opportunity to find a new favorite restaurant or street—or, as was the case during this trip, a new hotel.

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There’s Something About San Juan: Visiting Puerto Rico’s Capital

Umbrellas dot the beach in San Juan

Umbrellas dot the beach in San Juan

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, has a lot going for it: gorgeous beaches with clear azure-blue water, lively food and art scenes, proximity to beautiful rainforests, and a sense of history (old San Juan has more than 400 restored buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries). And once you find out that Old San Juan’s housing is not expensive—that particular area, though beautiful, is not regarded as fashionable by the locals—you might ponder buying a colonial-era apartment there to indulge in the relaxed Caribbean way of life.

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The Riches of Amador County

Exterior of the restored Imperial Hotel

Exterior of the restored Imperial Hotel

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada’s historic Gold Rush region, Amador County is a year-round playground—ski and snowboard in the winter, raft white water and pick luscious fruit in the spring and summer. Pan gold whenever you’re feeling lucky. And enjoy delicious wine every month of the year.

Amador County is packed with history, beauty, and friendly people. Spanish for “one who loves,” the area was named for the gold miner who created a successful mining camp near what is now Amador City in the 1850s. Home to some of the most lucrative mines, the area now boasts historic towns that have maintained their authentic charm.

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Stylish and Sustainable Amsterdam

A walkway with the canal on one side and a restaurant on the other

A walkway with the canal on one side and a restaurant on the other

Amsterdam makes being green cool. The city is committed to environmental protection and sustainable urban development and is considered one of the most eco-friendly big cities in Europe. To that end, eco-conscious living is the norm and even fashionable.

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NY Trav Fest 2015

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