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Wine Country Travel – Discover Six Wine Regions off the Beaten Path

Alto Adige

When it comes to vacation travel plans, popular wine regions quickly slide to top spots for destination travel ventures.

Promising good food, hands-on wine experiences, and often an abundance of outdoor adventure excursions, it’s no wonder that wine country travel invites the enthusiastic attention of visitors worldwide.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the basics of tasting wine or would like to try your hand at blending your own red, want to snag some clippers and experience a harvest for yourself or get to know your way around the essentials of food and wine pairing with taste buds in training, there are a host of wine country travel options intended to bolster your love for the grape while satisfying ongoing outdoor wanderlust with the regional specialties of hiking, biking, or horseback riding in wine country. Or turn it up a notch with a good morning hot air balloon ride over the vineyards or boat the backwaters en route to the next winery stop.

Interested in taking in some vineyard views on your next vacation? Then check out some of our top wine country travel picks here.

 

Top Alto Adige Image Courtesy of EOS Export Organization of South Tyrol.

 

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Healthy Monday: Get Outside And Move!

If you haven’t signed up for the Healthy Monday newsletter yet, now is the time! The Healthy Monday Newsletter is a free newsletter that challenges you to adopt one simple healthy habit each week, and supplies you with the information (and hopefully, motivation) to do so! These changes are easy: plan a healthy vacation, supplement your diet, sneak some exercise into your day. And the information comes from all over the About.com Health network, so all of the articles I link to in the newsletter are written by passionate experts and reviewed by our team of doctors; you’ll be getting trusted information in a simple and actionable format. And it’s all edited by someone you already know and trust: me!

If you’ve already subscribed, you probably know that this week’s Healthy Monday Newsletter went nicely with the About.com Stress Management newsletter, as they both focused on things you can do now that it’s summer–either to get more active or to better manage stress. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I’m including some of the information from the newsletter here, so you can get on board for this week and start working toward a healthier lifestyle from now on. (And if you haven’t signed up for the stress management newsletter, now is the time for that also–you’ll be able to get the next one later this week!) So I hope for the best health for all of you, and I’m sharing some of the best resources I’ve seen to help you along the way, one step at a time!

Get Outside–And Move!

Is Exercising Outdoors Good For Your Longevity?
Being active outside carries specific benefits over being active indoors. What are they? You might enjoy reading the research on this–I did! Longevity Guide Sharon Basaraba has information on this that should inspire you to get out and move!

How To Make Exercise Fun
Playing volleyball on the beach, biking with your family, going for a hike in nature: these activities all sound more like fun than work, don’t they? They are the types of exercise most people look forward to, not just people who are in the habit of working out. How can you make your workouts more fun? The Longevity site has tips to keep the fun in your fitness.

Outdoor Circuit Workout
What specific moves can you make outside to build muscle and increase your cardiovascular endurance? Exercise Guide Paige Waehner has an outdoor circuit workout that can help you build a healthier body.

The Best Time of Day to Walk and Exercise
Should you exercise in the morning or the evening? As it turns out, there are benefits to both. Which time of day would work best for you? Walking Guide Wendy Bumgardner has research to help you decide.


Sign up for the Healthy Monday newsletter (and don’t forget to sign up for my Stress Management Weekly Newsletter while you’re at it, if you haven’t already), and start building a healthier body now!

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Hiking  near Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Year-round Playground for Adventure Travelers

Hiking  near Steamboat Springs

Hiking in the wilderness, mountain biking on singletrack, rock climbing and fly fishing, then soaking in a natural hot springs.  Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has it all.

Photo:

© Lois Friedland

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Traveling With Gray & Co

Who Plans Custom Active Adventures Around in the Globe?

Traveling With Gray & Co

Canada-based Gray & Co does.  The extremely well-traveled founder and staff have lots of local connections in many countries to help create custom adventures for active travelers. Gray & Co will work with you to plan hiking, biking, rafting, and other adventures in countries from France to Chile and Argentina.

Photo courtesy of Gray & Co

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Fall Foliage in the East

Prime Leaf-Peeping Season in the East and the Far West

Fall Foliage in the East

Woke up this morning and the ground was white.  Our first significant snowfall of the season! Leaf-peeping season in Colorado may be at an end, but in the East and Far West it’s still prime time.

For the latest info on where to find the most colorful settings, visit Fall Foliage Hiking, Biking & Driving Routes.

Photo by Francine Bigney

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Who Are These People? Meet Luxury Travel’s Accomplished Guest Authors

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As you’ve scouted around this site, maybe you’ve wondered who writes this stuff, and how they got to be travel writers.

A lot of this stuff is by me, your Guide to Luxury Travel, Karen Tina Harrison. I’m a career journalist in NYC, and I’ve been on the travel beat for 15 years.

And these are some of my carryon-at-the-ready regular contributors:

  • Vegas restaurant reviewer and culinary travel writer, Max Jacobson >>
  • Miami scene chronicler and Continental travel specialist, Sara Liss >>
  • Photographer, foodie, and New Jersey Monthly editor, Eric Levin >>
  • Chicago newspaperwoman, currently a Parisienne, Maureen Jenkins >>
  • Dallas man-about-town and impassioned golfer and diner, Michael Hiller >>
  • New Jersey-residing, new iPhone-loving, new experience-craving Christine Lim >>

Photo: Kazimierz Nowak, a Polish reporter who pioneered African travel by hiking and biking across the continent in the 1930s. © Wikimedia/public domain.

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Free Access to Parks on National Lands Day

Are you ready to volunteer and help fix those trails you’ve been hiking or mountain biking on in public lands?  On National Lands Day, thousands of volunteers help plant trees, and fix and cleanup trails with deep ruts worn down from the tread of too many boots or bike tires.

You won’t be alone volunteering on Saturday, Sept. 29.  In  2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites around the U.S. and in many U.S, territories.

Access to many national parks is free on National Public Lands Day. Here’s where to find volunteer projects near you. Here’s where to find a list of fee-free parks on Sept. 29.

Source: About.com


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Moab, Utah

Outdoor Adventures Where Slickrock Meets the Colorado River

Moab, Utah

People go to bed early in Moab, Utah, because they’re exhausted after a day hiking, biking or 4-wheeling in a jeep or a hummer on the slickrock.  Your choice: canyoneering in slot canyons or simply photographing the dramatic red natural arches and  steep-sided buttes in the nearby national parks.  Moab is a dream destination for active travelers and for anyone who wants to be surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Photo © 2012 Dick Friedland

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Google Maps: 6 Cool New Services Rolled Out

Google engineers and partners are always
adding innovative ways to show off what Google Maps can do to help consumers
every day, and the latest additions include some really cool new ideas, from
helping musicians find each other to giving bicyclists in 10 foreign countries
a way to set out on trips using GPS navigation on their Android mobile phones.

Here are the six new Google Maps services that
have been recently unveiled.

GPS Navigation for Cyclists

Already available for use in the United
States, Google has now expanded its GPS-enabled mobile maps app to include
bicycle trip routing in 10
nations in Europe. Using this cool app, which is available through Google’s
Play store, Android users can now strap their phones to their bicycle
handlebars and follow route directions turn-by-turn, according to a post from
Larry Powelson, a Google Maps software engineer, on the Official Google Blog. They can even get voice-guided navigation
through the app.

“Whether you’re a seasoned century rider or a
casual beach cruiser, finding the best biking routes can be a challenge,” wrote
Powelson. “That’s why today we’re bringing mobile biking directions and
navigation to the 10 countries where we launched desktop
biking directions last month (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.). Plus,
we’re adding turn-by-turn, voice-guided biking navigation to Google
Maps Navigation (beta) in every country with biking directions.”

Google Maps added biking directions to their
maps for the United States and Canada in 2010, with more destinations to come
in the future.

“Today, there are more than 330,000 miles
(equal to more than 530,000 kilometers, or half a gigameter) of green biking
lines in Google Maps,” wrote Powelson. “Dark-green lines on the map show
dedicated bike trails and paths with no motor vehicles, light-green lines show
streets with bike lanes and dashed green lines show other streets recommended
for cycling. Biking navigation even helps you avoid steep hills.”

Find a Fellow Musician

Musicians always seem to be looking for
like-minded players to gig with so they can share their music and expand their
opportunities. That’s where the new MusoMap offering
comes in, which was built as an interactive
Google Map where musicians can join to seek out others nearby with whom
they can meet for gigs.

“A useful tagging system makes it very easy
to find musicians who play a particular instrument,” according to a post on the
Google Maps Mania blog. “You can use
the search function to center on a location on the map or to refine the results
shown by instrument or by musical genre. Users can send private messages to
other musicians shown on the map, post on other musicians’ profiles or use the
chat function to talk with other registered members.”

Book a Hotel Room with Google Maps

Need to make a hotel reservation? Now you can
use Google Maps directly using the Mapov.com Website,
which is a Google Maps-based search engine that can help
travelers find and book hotels.

Users enter the name of their destination,
which then displays a Google Map showing all available hotels, according to a post
on the Google Maps Mania blog. “The
displayed hotels can be refined by date, price, number of stars, TripAdvisor
rating and by amenities.”

Users can click a quick link at the
bottom of each window to book hotel rooms, and they can select from several booking
services.

Add Fun Decorations to Google Street View
Images of Your House

Want to have some silly fun and dress up the
images of your house that are visible to the world in Google Street View? Well,
now you can do just that with a little app that lets you add some true decor
with a few keystrokes.

Blockee “allows
you to pimp up your house by adding some bling to its Google Maps Street
View image,” according to a post on the Google
Maps Mania
blog. It’s reminiscent of the old Colorforms toy sets, where you
could “paste” in everything from people to objects and create fun scenes.

“Using the application you can find your
house on Google Maps Street View and then drag and drop a number of items onto
the static image of your house,” according to the blog post. “Once you have
completed decorating your house, you are given a nice short URL to the finished
image so you can share your pimped up house with your friends via your favorite
social network.”

Note: It’s possible that you will need to use
the Google Chrome browser to get this to work, the post states.

Take a Google Map Quiz

Google Maps aren’t just great for mapping out
routes for trips. The information
you get can also be educational. That’s where the Uncharted.fm country quiz
comes in, according to a post on the Google
Maps Mania
blog.

“Uncharted.fm is a great
way to learn about and explore the countries of the world with Google Maps,”
states the post. “The quiz takes you through progressive stages exploring
different continents and parts of the world. In each stage of the quiz users
are shown a number of countries on Google Maps and told the name of each
country. The user is then tested on the countries they have been shown.”

The site uses audio and text to reveal the correct answer if the user answers
incorrectly, so that their learning is reinforced as the quiz progresses. The
site also provides fascinating information about each country, including
images, Wikipedia information and basic facts about the country, according to
the post. Users can also link their Uncharted.fm accounts to their Facebook
accounts so they can post their scores and compete with their friends.

Use Google Maps to Find Zip Codes

If you ever need to find
zip codes for specific neighborhoods, now you can use the Google Maps-based
Zip Code Catcher to make it easier, according to a post on the Google Maps
Mania Blog. Zip
Code Catcher includes two drawing tools that allow users to plot out
the areas where they are searching for zip codes.

Once you make your selections, you can click
the download button to save a .CSV file of all the zip codes in your selected
area.  “The downloaded spreadsheet includes all the zip codes and the
city, state, latitude and longitude, the population and even the distance from
the center of your selected area for each zip code,” according to the
post.

Source: Eweek.com


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Duvine Adventures Bike Trips

Bike Hard During the Day; Luxury at Night

Duvine Adventures Bike Trips

On trips with DuVine Adventures biking, wine, and good food are all part of the mix. Your choice from wine country to mountains in more than 17 different countries with this company.

Photo: Biking in Tuscany. DuVine Adventures

 

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