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Wining & Dining Among the Vines

It’s a cool evening in mid-August, and I’m in the Russian River Valley vineyards of Sonoma-Cutrer, chatting with the winery’s head winemaker, Mick Schroeter, about his recent trip to Talon Fish Lodge, in Sitka, Alaska. While there to host a wine and food pairing event featuring Sonoma-Cutrer wines, Mick had the chance to go fishing,

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Charmed Life on Lake Minnetonka

We’d been in Minnesota for only five hours, and already I was fantasizing about moving there. But not just anywhere in Minnesota, to Minnetonka Beach, an idyllic enclave along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, where we were staying for the weekend with our friends, Ann and Harris. Developed at the turn of the century as

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Black Forest Souvenir

The dirndl was an impulse purchase if ever there was one. We had just arrived in the Black Forest town of Triberg, Germany, and were on the hunt for a bathroom, when Astrid spotted it hanging on a rack outside a shop on the main street. With a puff-sleeved blouse, laced bodice and checked apron,

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Too Little Time on the Bodensee

En route from the Black Forest to Munich for our flight back home, we stopped in Meersburg on the Bodensee on the final day of our recent vacation in Germany. It was a last-minute decision that added time and kilometers onto our journey, but it was one we did not regret. Instead, we wished we

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