Southwest Life

Adding hip to the sip

The tiki tasting hut in the barrel room of the Judd’s Hill winery is a tipoff: This isn’t your old-school faux chateau.Which is just the way Napa Valley winemaker Judd Finkelstein and his family...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hotels up the ante with ‘drip’ pricing fees

Like many resort hotels, the Marriott San Juan Resort and Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico, adds a fee to its daily room rate to cover amenities such as bottled water, a casino coupon,...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wherever the wind blows

CAMDEN, MaineCapt. Barry King is wrapping up his “welcome aboard” speech in the galley of the schooner Mary Day when he gets around to the question everyone has regarding the trip’s itinerary.“So...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Endangered bats? Not at Carlsbad Caverns

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, N.M. – There’s nothing like bats to draw a crowd to the scorching Chihuahuan Desert in the late summer heat.Several hundred people, myself and my son included,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

San Fran on wheels

SAN FRANCISCO Reveling in the lush green canopy above and savoring the fragrance of eucalyptus trees as we pedaled through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, we paused for a few moments to take in the...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Diverse history woven into convention host Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – In a twist of irony, many visitors to the upcoming Republican National Convention will travel between their hotels and the downtown event on a busy road named to honor President John...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bicycle tours offered at N.Y.’s Saratoga Battlefield

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Ranger Megan Stevens sets a leisurely pace as she leads about a dozen bicyclists along the paved tour road at Saratoga National Historical Park, scene of one of history’s most...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Experience nomadic life on Mongolia’s harsh steppes

DALANZADGAD, Mongolia It was lunchtime on the steppe in Mongolia, the most sparsely populated country on Earth. So when our driver spotted a lone white yurt in the distance, we stopped for a jug of...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

North Fork shows wilder side of Glacier Park

POLEBRIDGE, Mont. – The Blackfeet Tribe named the greater Glacier National Park ecosystem “the backbone of the world.” Use the park’s remote, northwestern entrance and the bumpy access road will...

DATE: July 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Birth of the Games

In the ancient Olympic Games, wrestlers could break the fingers, arms and legs of their opponents. The only thing they couldn’t do was gouge out eyes. Needless to say, the rules have changed since...

DATE: July 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Chicago freebies: Magnificent Mile and more

CHICAGO – It may be known as the Windy City, but cash need not go flying from your pockets when you visit Chicago. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sidewalks along the Magnificent Mile, you...

DATE: July 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Artistic impact

SANTA FE The stories are as diverse as the artists themselves: Afghan women who have lifted themselves out of poverty through a cooperative that sells their traditional embroidery; a former cook...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel