Visiting Wine Country: HQ Healdsburg

By Paris Wolfe The most visible damage from fires that lit up Napa Valley hillsides in October 2017 are random black in the treeline, most of them miles from wineries. To the west in Sonoma County nothing is visible from the fall’s two weeks of post-harvest smoke. While some homeowners are rebuilding, tourists see nearly …

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Apple Pie Always on the Menu in Julian, Calif.

Imagine an entire town devoted to apple pie.  Soft, melting apple goodness under a buttery, flaky crust. Welcome to Julian, California, (population 1,500) about an hour east of San Diego. About a dozen bakeries, restaurants and cafes serve up their best version of the dessert. Many have developed hybrid pies to include cherries, berries or …

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Napa Valley Wine Train Delivers

The Napa Valley Wine Train is alive and well. October’s wildfires didn’t damage its station, historic steel Pullman cars or 18 miles of railway. The randomly scorched hillsides are far from the rails and from most vineyards. So we chose the Wine Train as a way to see and taste the legendary Napa vineyards while enjoying a …

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Tombstone Preserves an 1880s Silver Mining Town

By Paris Wolfe, Adventurist Tombstone, Arizona, was a simple silver-mining town among many in the 1880s. It looms large because of legendary lawmen the Earp brothers and their hard-drinking, hard-gambling buddy Doc Holiday. The men and the town went down in history because of a 30-second shootout portrayed in movies as the Gunfight at the …

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