Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Santa Fe Three-Way

With its gamut of galleries, gorgeous venues and gastronomic delights, the “City Different” delivers a triptych of artisan adventures.

When it comes to the arts, Santa Fe has a dual personality. With a population just shy of 68,000, it’s a small town with a big city feel, boasting more than 250 galleries and restaurants, along with several performing arts centers. Exhibits range from Native American rugs to futuristic steel dresses. Dining options span traditional New Mexican to innovative Italian seafood dishes, while everything from classical ballet to modern rock takes the stages. Ultimately, the city’s old world/new world duality is the special ingredient that makes the visual, culinary and performing arts of Santa Fe truly a three-course sensory feast.

 

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Flagstaff for Foodies

The locavore revolution has spilled over into everybody’s favorite snowbound college town. Check out these great Flagstaff bites.

As the largest and most-visited town in northern Arizona, Flagstaff is a haven for wintertime ski bunnies and summertime sunbirds fleeing the blistering Sonoran heat. Though summer residency pads the city’s year-round population of around 65,000, “Flag” remains the type of place where strangers make small talk and restaurants set out doggie bowls for customers with four-legged friends in tow. It might be difficult to imagine this

 

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Dude Ranches

From lessons in riding and leather-working to fine wine and Wi-Fi, Arizona dude ranches offer a stable of challenges and creature comforts.

Tomorrow, you may be walking funny. But are sore thighs such a steep price to pay for crisp air, rustic adventure and unspoiled Western terrain? At Arizona’s growing circle of Western-style cowboy resorts, otherwise known as “dude ranches,” visitors can saddle up and gallop across the grasslands of southern Arizona, over the White Mountains’ snow-sheeted forests, and through the hoodoo-studded hideaways of the  Chiricahuas. Then ease your saddle-chapped rear into a restaurant chair for haute-ranch cuisine – or just kick back on the porch, drink in the frontier views and remember what silence sounds like.

 

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Tucson by Personality

Whether you’re a foodie, an alfresco fitness fan, a culture vulture or a science geek, there’s a Tucson getaway for you.

Locals aren’t kidding when they say Tucson feels like a small town; it’s the kind of place where familiar faces are as common as taco stands, and where the vibe is a cross-breed of San Diego chill and Austin offbeat-country charm. Despite its folksiness, Arizona’s second-largest city is crammed with recreational options for every personality type, from food fanatics and outdoorsy people to Bill Nye the Science Guy-types and arts aficionados who know more about kick lines than place kicks.

 

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¶lim¶Fall Hiking & Drinking Guide

Knock out a hike and tip back a cold one in Arizona high country.

DOG RATING SYSTEM:
*** Best - An abundance of water, interesting stuff to explore, easy-on-the-pads terrain and other dogs to play with make these top-notch doggie destinations.

** Good - More challenging, longer and rougher, these hikes may put too much strain on older or inexperienced dogs.

* Fair - Only the most physically fit, booty-equipped dogs should attempt these “ruff” trails.

 

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San Francisco and Half Moon Bay

From Prohibition haunts to beach-side horseback-riding, plus a host of cultural and viticultural activities, this Bay Area duo serves up a bevy of traveling gems..

We nearly walk past it, which is its sly intent. It is an inconspicuous building of an indeterminate shade of gunmetal, on a shadowy street in the gritty Tenderloin. A man opens the door, and we serve him the password in giddy, giggling whispers, like schoolgirls unpocketing a gold nugget of gossip: “Dewdropper.” Nonplussed, he opens the door, and we decant into Bourbon and Branch.

 

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Vegas Foodie Weekend

Out: Cheap prime rib. In: Duck tongue tacos.
You’ve just completed one of the greatest sit-down dinners on the planet – an alchemic, 15-course opera of texture, flavor and presentation. The savory delight of the frog leg fritters lingers meaningfully on your palate. You smile at the memory of the spectacular pea soup with flan of foie gras. All of it wonderful, all of it blurring slightly behind the combined magnifying effect of the expertly-matched wine that you sipped throughout the two-hour ordeal.

 

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