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Jordan River and JR The Wine Experience: Reviving Jordanian Viticulture

With wine crates juxtaposed against raw stonewalls, dangling Edison bulb chandeliers, and an imposing climate controlled wine cooler, stepping into JR The Wine Experience feels like entering a high-end tasting room as found in many major cosmopolitan cities. Yet this is Amman Jordan, a sun-bleached Middle Eastern country where a strongly Muslim population contests alcohol … Continue Reading →

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Rochester, New York State of Mind

When it comes to visiting New York State, the glamorous Big Apple usually overshadows any other destination. However, with its vibrant craft beer and spirits scene, outstanding museums, arts, and upscale eats, we’re in a Rochester, New York state of mind. Bonus: Entryway to the Finger Lakes, Rochester is an easy three hour drive from … Continue Reading →

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“A Piece of Mass in Every Glass” – Massachusetts Craft Beer and the Importance of Drinking Local

Step into any thriving bar these days and you are bound to come face-to-face with an imposing selection of ornate beer taps offering a wide range of drinkables. Craft beers have taken over and the variety, from tart gose sours to smooth chocolate milk stouts, means a greater choice than ever. Small town breweries are … Continue Reading →

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Hauntings and Hot Springs in British Columbia’s Valley of the Ghosts

The Kootenay Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia near the Alberta border, is a year-round destination for adventure travellers looking for adrenaline shots, and the City of Nelson serves as a home base for many on their way to the nearby slopes, trails, and rapids. In between snow (or sun) days, though, there … Continue Reading →

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Reluctantly Off-Resort in Mexico: A Mayan Riviera Adventure

At seven am the phone rings lifting me out of a food-induced sleep. Day five of my luxury getaway on the Mayan Riviera is dawning and I am beyond irritated to receive an early morning phone call during my fancy-lady escape from reality. My opulent room comes into focus through my one opened eye. Face glued to the pillow, I reach for the phone, clear my throat and prepare to mutter, “No,” and hang up. Continue Reading →