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Freight Ships     Great Lakes
Canada - Alberta Heli-hiking June-Sept Bobbie Burns Lodge; Bugaboo Lodge; Tour operators: Bugagoos Heli-Tours, Canadian Mountain Holidays
Canada - BC



Hot springs meet ocean: Hot Springs Cove, Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, Vancouver Island.  http:/wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Special Seattle-Vancouver-Islands in the NYT

Vancouver:   C Restaurant  (recommended by a guest at La Bamba) - patio dining with view of Burrard Bridge.

Fishing on Victoria Island (page 1) (story) (map)

Canada - Montreal & Quebec



Jazz Festival: Summer

Lunch: La Montee du Lait - fromages + wines, 371 rue Villeneuve Est, 289-9921

Lunch: M sur Masson, in Rosemont; souffle omelets and risottos, 678-2999

Dinner: subterranean Les Trois Petits Bouchons, bistro, 4699 rue St Denis, 285-4444

Dinner: L'Atelier, rabbit, deet and bison, 5308 boul St Laurents, 273-7442

Unusual hotel: L'Hotel Gault, converted warehouse.


  Biking Gaspe Peninsula coastal highway (NE end of Quebec, beyond Quebec City): Sainte-Flavie, Provincial Highway 132, Gaspe, Foillon National Park, Matane, fishing villages, CapChat, Murdochville (on Highway 198). Stay at Luberge L'Etoile de Mer (cheap) in New Richmond.
Canada - Toronto




USA - anywhere

ALL of the USA


NYT USA Destinations

Primo homes offered as vacation rentals by owners

RV Rentals:  El Monte coast-to-coast locations

Off-road motorcycling



Conde Nase list of  Western Dude ranches

Bozeman, MT

Bend, OR


Archaeological Expeditions


USA - Alaska



Fishing camp - plane transport to camp

Night hikes on glaciers

50 ways to see Alaska - fishing, lodges, ferries

USA - Boston

Weekend bike/jog/theater at Cape Cod or islands



NYT: Cape Cod

Wellfleet, Cape Cod: From Tel-Aviv-Abba, a Thai-Israeli restaurant (in Orleans, reservations recommended); Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; Wellfleet Inn at Duck Creeke; Mac's Seafood (Wellfleet Town Pier).  Cape Cod National Seashore nearby has bike trails and beaches.  (NYT July 1, 2005)


Cape Cod: Shining Sea Bikeway (a rails-to-trails, 4 miles starting at Woods Hole.

Post Boston weekends   Newport-Claremont, Vermont rails to trails: the Sugar River Recreations Trail; 10 miles 2 covered bridges


Boston Compendium

USA - California


California compendium

Bay Area events calendar

Fire Lookout sleepovers - CA-OR-WA


NW:  accommodations in lookouts


Book: How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest, by Tish Steinfeld and Tom Foley


Five lookouts in NW: http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/wildernesspress/lookout.htm

Washington, Oregon:
Hamma Hamma, Interrorem, Two Color, Lost Lake, and Snow Camp, need to make reservations up to six months in advance, particularly on holiday weekends; advanced reservations are required for all rentals.

  Sierras June 15-Oct 15 Sequoia National Forest: Big Meadows Guard Station cabin rental - base for hikes to several fising lakes. 7600 feet.
Other park rentals - booking web site
  Redding Area  

Shasta Lake
Trinity Scenic Byway, Highway 299, 125 miles of spectacular scenery
Rest up in Weavervile (map), historic Victorian Inn ($)


USA - Chicago

Dutch pancakes at The Original Pancake House off State St
Chicago area circus

Adler Planetarium Lectures

Blues near downtown and river:  Blue Chicago (2 clubs for the price of 1): 736 N Clark and 536 N Clark.  312-641-6261.  One cover charge for both locations, which are only 2 blocks apart.  Buddy Guy's Legend, 754 Wabash Ave., 312-427-0333.  On the 2500 block of Halsted, in the N end is the acclaimed Kingston Mines (2 stages), 773-477-4646.

Pizza & Pub: Vito & Nicks on 8433 S Pulaski, 773-735-2050:  famed local sausages, in an out-of-the-way neighborhood towards Midway airport.

USA - Colorado

Dunton Hot Springs backcountry (real boonies) lodge $350, SW Colorado, sleep in mining cabins (nicely refurbished), and soak in hot spring tubs.  Base for area for off-road cycling.  Horseback for M. X-country skiing.

Best of the Colorado trail: 68 mil between San Luis Pass and Molas Pass


USA - Conn


Fall (foliage)

Rails-to-trails: Airline South State Park Trail between East Hampton and Williamantic River.  Stay at Colchester.

USA - Hawaii

Best Luau in the world (at least used to be)


Kauai- Tahiti Nuibb Luau, Hanalei, 808 826-6277 - hosted by "Auntie" until she passed away ~2003. 

Pihea Trail and Alakai Swamp hike

What's to do in Kaui

Scooter rental: 808-245-7177, www.kauaiscooter.com .  Pack a picnic and head out to one of these back road waterfalls: Opaeka‘a Falls, Wailua Falls and Kipu Falls.  About $70-80/DAY

Toughest hike in Hawaii: Muliawai Trail, Big Island, 18 miles. Ends at lone black beach. Hawaii Trails.org

USA - Idaho     Sandpoint: Lodge on Lake Pend Oreille; nearby skiing, Coeur d'Alene Lake

USA - Iowa

Summerset Rail-to-Trails & Dutch community of Pella; Summerset Inn has B&B & Sunday jazz and blues; Harvest Restaurant in Indianola; 4 miles from Des Moins.

Wabash Trace rails-to-trails - beautiful farmland.

USA - Maine

St. George Peninsula - A tourist free  Lobster weekend


Getaways 1997: Port Clyde (fishing village) - Penobscot Bay - State parks - ferry to Monhegan Island leaves from Boothbay Harbor (42 miles E of Freeport).... also ferries from Port Clyde and New Harbor.... scenic B&B: The Island Inn, on a bluff overlooking harbor... Monhegan is tiny but has 17 miles of trails including the 2 mi Burnt Head Trail on Monehgan....

Local eats: The Dip Net at Port Clyde, Cod End in Tenants harbor, Atwood's Lobster at Sprucehead.

  More Maine weekends


Hog Island   Bar Harbor   Oqunquit   Artists   Coastal Highway

Bike Weekend

USA - Michigan     Smoked fish & lake fishin
USA - Minnesota Lakes Fall foliage

Brainerd lake area, Paul Bunyan country... 100 miles Paul Bunyan rails-to-trails

USA - Massachusetts 134 mile bike ride from Sturbridge Village, MA, to Newport RI (NYT recommedation)

USA - Missouri


NYT: 36 hours

Great Emporium:  BBQ and Blues

Bon Appetit July 2004 list of best BBQs in KC: Danny Edwards (2 tables) 1227 Grand Blvd; Arthur Bryant's 1727 Brooklyn Ave; L.C.'s 5800 Blue Pkwy.; Oklahoma Joe's 3002 W 47th Ave.; Rosedale 600 Southwest Blvd.; Winslow's City Market 20 E. 5th St.

HUGE RECOMMEDATION: Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering , 3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103, (913) 722-3366 cross the state line into the Kansas side, It serves up pulled pork and beef brisket piled high on white bread, in a sauce that may just be the perfect amalgam of sweet, smoke and vinegar.



Ozarks: Rock Eddy, a log cabin resort (log fire in winter)

Bluegrass festival in Eminence, MO & hiking Mark Twain National Foreest (Big Spring Lodge) & night fishig at Taneycomo & Ozark National Scenic Riverway & highway & canoe the Current River


Katy trail


A rails-to-trails on the Missouri River and schnitzel

Mile-by-mile trail & accommodations info

USA - Mississippi




USA - Montana     Beartooth Highway
USA - New Hamp Walking Fall (Sept) Sugar River Trail (rails-to-trails) with covered bridges

USA - New Mexico



Silver City - Foodies destination

USA - Nevada

Solitude:  MB to remote hot springs

May, Sept/Oct

Great Basin - Pottery at Planet X, other Gerlach attractions; Hot springs: Spencer's, Black Rock, Ruby Lake.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge: MTB, hotspring

http://www.trailstuff.com/travel/gui_hgs271.html and www.trails.com  and relate trails.com email

Offroad motorcycling?




Lake Mead, rivers Oct-Apr (low season) May-Sep (hi season) -- ehouseboatsite  houseboatrental

  4wd vacations   Ruby Mountains
USA - NJ Swamp it Fall/Spring Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, enter through the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park in Somerset County.  Spring and fall mornings and evenings are the ideal times.

Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge: NW corner of NJ. Wood Duck trail (1.5 mile rail-to-trails) & canoeing on slow river through bird/duck refuge.  Canoeing is the best way to see refuge.  (But no canoe rental nearby!)



NYC accommodations - eats - activities

NYT *** NYC *** guide - theatre (even online discounts), events, restaurants, etc (aka www.NYToday.com)

  Bike Long Island   Bike & ferry itinerary  map

USA - Oregon


Inn to Inn trek

SE Oregon: Borax Lake Hot Spring on land owned by the Nature Conservancy in Harney County. our-mile hike ; popular with skinny-dippers, as are a smaller series of hot pools nearby. Information: The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, (503) 230-1221 or www.nature.org.

4x4 Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway - SE Oregon BLM land.


River canoeing


Alder Creek , Portland  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, kyaking sloughs and creeks at Hansen national wildlife refuge

Waterfront Tavern at Cathlamet



Portland: Walks and jogs on city trails


Runner's World story: Leif Erickson trail: 11.2 mile run,

Wildwood Trail: 10 rolling miles

Rent bike at RiverPlace Waterfront Bicycle Rental:  18 mile on the water corridor to Boring.


Portland: restaurants


French: Fenouil 900NW 11th Avenue

Park Kitchen 422 NW Eight Avenue

Apizza Scholls (Pizza): bacon Bianc
Gourmet's Deli

Coffee bar Stumptown Coffee Roasters (originally Portland, now also in NYC)

Two downtown Lebanese restaurants (one was recommended by Jim. Which one?)

Al-Amir (503) 274-0010,  223 Sw Stark St &

Karam Lebanese Cuisine (503) 223-0830 , 316 Sw Stark St

USA - Seattle


Restaurants mentioned by the NYT:

Cascadia, 1st Ave - great Happy Hour and outdoor seating too; special - Alpine Martini. CLOSED. 
Wild Ginger - among Seattle's great. 
The Triple Door - snacks, Happy Hour, music;

Lola (one of the Tom Douglas restaurants).
Palace Kitchen.

Shahaf and Pnina recommendation: Brad's Swingside Cafe, 4212 Fremont Ave N (Fremont), 633-4057. Dinner only, Tues-Sat 5:30-9:30 pm; closed Sun-Mon. EXQUISIT NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE. HUGE VARIETY- Italian - Moroccan - etc. FANCY. (S&P: don't do the pasta & nuts.) WONDERFUL-9/2010.

Shahaf recommends: Pagliacci pizza - best in Seattle. NOT RECOMMENDED: Piecora. 2010 National competition winner up to round 2: Serious Pie (owned by local celebrity chef. Pia Tribunali made round 1.

Shahaf recommends lunchtime sandwiches at here

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park, on the lake.

REI flagship store: discounts.


Special Seattle-Vancouver-Islands tour by the NYT

John Wayne Pioneer Trail (rails-to-trails) - 109 miles; rent bikes at Aaron's Bicycle, Seattle.


  Mt Baker Summer & Ski seasons

Cascades. Scenic Byway (Highway 542). Heather Meadows (postcard/Holywood image of Mount Shuksan). 134 mile North Cascades Scenic Byway.

Woodsy cabin: The Logs at Canyon Creek, Glaciar.

Ski - Mt Baker.


  Olympic Peninusla Late Spring/ Early Fall - fewer people

Kalaloch Lodge base for hiking coast, beach trails, Hoh Rain Forest.  Get oceanfront room! 
Crescent Lodge
Quinault Lodge- on Lake Quinault is base of cano & kayak exploration.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

Best eats: Hard Rain Cafe, Forks; KalalochLodge; Lake Quinault Lodge

USA - South

South Carolina

Road biking


NYT: Rent bikes & do inns, water inlets, and islands in Beaufort County

B&B inn - $$$ weekend: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff




NYT: around Clarksdale




Georgia: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: kyaking, spring gator mating, swamp, 41-mile Red Trail




Benton MackKaye Trail  35 mile rt: start at Ocoee River, overnight at Big Lost Creek, return by Hiwassee River (good rainbow fishing).

USA - South & North Dakotas

Dude ranch weekend


 Road trip: Lead, Dedwood, Sturgents loop. Crazy Horse memorial.

USA - Texas

Dallas - Ft Worth area


Roundup, dinner, honki-tonk music at Ft Worth

Mineral Wells: Guide City  Rail-to-trail  Water Spas    Canoeing  State Park Outdoors  Eats-1  Eats-2  Eats-3  Eats-4

Cafe Istanbul in Dallas - Lunch only!

USA - Utah

MTB in Moab

NYT 2000 ; NYT 2003


      Slot Canyons Inn B&B: 8 room inn, nr Escalante. Base for Escalante National Monuments

Hiking Natural Bridges and Hovenweep


Getaways 1997 recommendations: Natural Bridges National Monument - Cow Canyon Restaurant (Navajo cooks - in Bluff, UT) - rent llama for day hike - biking - Valley of the Gods B&B *** - remote Hovenweep National Monument N of Bluff.

USA - WDC-Virginia-Maryland

Political culture, restaurants, Virginia B&Bs & etc.

Compendium of WDC stuff

  Virginia Bluegrass road tour   Bluegrass & folk music road. Washington Post story.

Country B&Bs


Washington Post recommendations No.  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

     & list of B&B Directories

Mountain cabin retreats

Potamac (VA side) weekend, marshes and Bald Eagles

USA  - Wisconsin

Lloyd Wright Architecture


Stay at Wisconsin Dell


Winnebago in the Rockies; fishing?

UA-Amtrak air-rail combo

E.g. Chicago-Flagstaff; SF-Boston; SF-Seattle  Amtrak


Last minute cruises