NearandFarAZ

1 rainy weekend = 11 Los Angeles lessons

After years of taking an annual trip on my birthday, I’m well aware that travel in February comes with some built-in pluses and minuses. A major plus: Cheaper airfares and hotel rates. And the obvious minus: The weather… Read More

‘The red lands and the gray lands’ of Arizona’s Mother Road

“Over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys.”… Read More

Seasoned and solo: 12 tips for the not-so-young single traveler

No doubt you’ve heard a lot about the young, adventurous solo travelers out there taking fabulous trips to remote spots all over the world, and blogging about it as they go. I applaud them and love to read… Read More

Czech Charm: 7 sweet surprises

There are a few things you’ll probably know before heading to the Czech Republic. The beer will be plentiful, delicious, and inexpensive. Prague’s Charles Bridge will make your jaw drop. And the castles will be splendid. All of… Read More

Faces & flavors, Quebec City

For me, Jocelyne Belleau perfectly summed up the Quebecois’ passion for their home. “My blood is maple!” the petite dynamo said dramatically, hand on her heart. With that, I knew I was in good hands for my first… Read More

Coronado Island – a little slice of beach heaven

The Spanish explorers obviously knew a good thing when they saw it. When 17th century explorer Sebastian Vizcaino happened upon the sandy strand that juts into the Pacific Ocean off the southern-California coast, he promptly named it Coronado,… Read More

Iron Springs, AZ: Prime spot for a ‘hike and a bite’

For a true western experience that combines rugged high-desert terrain with refreshments in an authentic historic train-depot setting, Prescott, Arizona offers a classic duo: A strenuous hike in the Granite Mountain Wilderness Area, capped off with a fitting… Read More

A Hike and a Brew: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, I believe there are few things that can top a walk through beautiful scenery, capped off with a bite to eat or a frosty brew (or both!) in an out-of-the-way café… Read More

Prescott’s most charming trail

Whenever I hike the Peavine Trail in Prescott, Arizona, two questions come to mind: How can so many amazing features be packed into 5.5 miles? And why aren’t more people using it? As my hometown trail, the Peavine… Read More

Sedona: The most beautiful place on Earth?

First of all, I know that there are many, many gorgeous places that I have yet to see. I’ve been around a bit, but I am under no illusion that I’ve seen it all! Still, I have to… Read More

Jerome to Jiufen: The quirkiness of old mining towns

When I first heard about Jiufen while planning my recent trip to Taiwan, I immediately wanted to visit the picturesque mining town on the island’s north coast. After all, I’ve lived within easy reach of Jerome – Northern… Read More