Southwest Life

Nashville hosts National Folk Festival Sept. 2-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos.But it has music. Lots of it.The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville on Labor Day weekend, caps off several...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cast away

TWIN BRIDGES, Mont. Ahead of my fishing trip to Montana in early July, my old fly-casting instructor gave me some troubling advice. “Cancel your trip,” said Dusty Wissmath, who guides in the...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Big Sur, Calif. a haven for writers, musicians

BIG SUR, Calif. – The road to Big Sur is a narrow, winding one, with the Pacific Ocean on one side, spread out like blue glass, and a mountainside of redwood trees on the other. The area spans 90...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Eerie experience

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. When night fell on The Rock in San Francisco Bay, visitors moved shadow-like through the former prison’s lantern-lit hospital rooms, a gloaming against dingy walls with...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tequila: It’s not just a drink, it’s a place

TEQUILA, Mexico It’s said the national drink of Mexico has magical properties: It closes contracts and opens doors, makes shy people bold and helps form friendships.To the uninitiated, the wrong...

DATE: July 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

New travel passes mean more choices, less money

NEW YORK – Skip lines, pay less and get your money back for tickets you bought but didn’t use?Not a bad vacation, if you do the research ahead of time. That’s the goal of a new line of travel...

DATE: July 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hog heaven on display

MILWAUKEE – A new exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum is proof the Milwaukee motorcycle maker is about much more than its classic hogs.An all-leather motorcycle made in Japan, rarely seen...

DATE: July 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Have a radical time in Berkeley, Calif.

BERKELEY, Calif. – For a one-time hotbed of protest, this liberal college town is pretty chill these days. You’re more likely to hear rumblings about the latest in the food revolution than people...

DATE: July 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Napa Valley 101

NAPA, Calif. – Blessed with lavish scenery and luscious wines, the Napa Valley is the kind of place you could spend days exploring. But it’s compact enough that even if you only have an afternoon,...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Georgia museum dishes out the history of Vidalia onions

VIDALIA, Ga. – They’ve started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Magic in Paris

PARIS – “Parlez-moi d’amour.” Speak to me of love.This is Paris, and the language is love – crazy love – amid the creative folly of a city whose ethereal beauty and bawdy underside spell...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

21st century camping

NEW YORK – These days, camping isn’t just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping at a campground far from home on a road trip.Instead, for many leisure travelers, camping...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel