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Napa bargains uncorked: taste your way through premium wine country on a bread-and-water budget

Napa bargains uncorked: taste your way through premium wine country on a bread-and-water budget – Value Vacation Lisa Taggart Napa is the valley of indulgence. Here, north of San Francisco in the land of grapevines and mansions, is where you’ll find the country’s finest wines and fanciest meals. It’s so lovely here–and so predictably posh–you […]

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Thar they blow … again: gray whales make a grand Pacific comeback – includes related article

Thar they blow … again: gray whales make a grand Pacific comeback – includes related article – The West’s Great Fall Migrations Matthew Jaffe Somewhere back in the cardon cactus barrens, the desert road had jostled the optimism right out of the travelers. Skeptical and grumbling after a flat tire and driving just 30 miles […]

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D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks: Lake Tahoe, California – Camping

D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks: Lake Tahoe, California – Camping – Brief Article Lisa Taggart There aren’t many more scenic spots to set up camp in California than along the forested shores of Lake Tahoe’s deep blue water. At these two neighboring parks on the lake’s dramatic southwestern corner, you can walk the […]

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Hotels with histories; in downtown San Francisco, the Palace reopens and Ritz-Carlton restores a temple of commerce

Hotels with histories; in downtown San Francisco, the Palace reopens and Ritz-Carlton restores a temple of commerce – Sheraton Palace Hotel, San Francisco A hotel can be more than a place to spend the night when you’re traveling. Sometimes, it’s a piece of history. That certainly holds true for two major hotels opening (or reopening) […]

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Instant pond: install this water feature in five easy steps

Instant pond: install this water feature in five easy steps – includes related article on solar-powered pump for outdoor ponds Peter O. Whiteley Install this water feature in five easy steps * The heart of any tranquil garden is surely a pond. Mirror-smooth water reflects surrounding plants and clouds overhead; in its depths, goldfish swim […]

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Tillers: the power to turn the earth – garden mini-tillers

Tillers: the power to turn the earth – garden mini-tillers – includes related articles on lettuce gardening and on Soil Scoop digging tool Turning soil ranks as horticulture’s dirtiest but most essential task. The act itself – the clod-breaking, soil-loosening clash of earth and steel – an be satisfying, but it doesn’t need to be […]

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Barbecue, Chilean style: slow-cooked on your backyard grill, beef brisket makes an easy entree

Barbecue, Chilean style: slow-cooked on your backyard grill, beef brisket makes an easy entree – Food: Summer Entertaining Jerry Anne Di Vecchio I went to Chile to taste wines, and fell in love with the gracious tradition of dining in the vineyards. We set out one sunny morning on horseback through the Sauvignon Blanc and […]

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add pattern, color, and texture to patios and driveways

Concrete pavers: add pattern, color, and texture to patios and driveways Peter O. Whiteley Just as an area rug can pull a living room together, so can interlocking concrete pavers tie a house to its setting. The most popular pavers resemble cobblestones and add an instant patina of age and refinement. Some pavers look like […]

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Doing the Stroll: On Friday nights in Salt Lake City, take in the lively gallery scene and stay for dinner – Gallery Stroll Night

Doing the Stroll: On Friday nights in Salt Lake City, take in the lively gallery scene and stay for dinner – Gallery Stroll Night – Brief Article Virginia Rainey Follow the warm glow of light and the buzz of conversation into Phillips Gallery and join the party at the stylish shop. In Salt Lake City, […]

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An outdoor feast from Santa Barbara County

An outdoor feast from Santa Barbara County – recipes Christine Weber Hale A potter and a vintner celebrate with rosemary smoked turkey and a spicy squash soup The picturesque town of Los Olivos is nestled among low-lying mountains 25 miles north of Santa Barbara. Situated in the heart of horse and wine country, it’s home […]