Author Archive for Diane Covington

Ashland, Oregon is Not Just for Lovers of Shakespeare

OSF Elizabethan Theatre 6/7/06Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

The world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival may have put Ashland, Oregon on the map, but there’s big city culture waiting to be discovered in this quaint, historic town.  In other words, lots of chances to ‘Eat, drink and be merry’

“We shall…eat, and make good cheer.”   William Shakespeare, King Henry the Fourth

You could say about Ashland ‘So many restaurants, so little time’!  With over 88 restaurants in the tiny town, visitors can take their pick of culinary delights.  In the upcoming Ashland Culinary Festival, November 2-4th, produced by the Ashland Visitor & Convention Bureau, over thirty vendors show their talents and creativity using local wine and produce and eight outstanding local chefs compete, including a ‘best desserts’ competition. Oh yum!

The Rogue Valley Grower’s Market, offering fresh, local produce, baked goods, flowers, high quality crafts and more, continues into November, three mornings a week.  Check out their schedule and locations on their website.

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Now is the Time for Late Summer and Fall Fun at Whistler, Canada

Wild flowers in bloom

Whistler, British Columbia, has always been famous with skiers for its fresh powder and dynamic winter sports fun, both on and off the slopes.  After the 2010 Winter Olympics showcased Whistler’s clear skies, towering peaks, sparkling lakes and vibrant village, the world-renowned ski area became even more renowned.

But many people may not know that the resort offers year round outdoor adventures.  And not only that, the end of summer and beginning of fall are the perfect time to not only enjoy the area but to snag some bargains too.

It’s called the ‘shoulder season’ and the crowds are gone, the weather is still warm, and right after Labor Day, the prices go down—the best time to travel, if you can arrange it.

Here is just a sampling of the adventures Whistler has to offer now, as summer turns into fall.

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Vancouver, Summer in the City – On a Bicycle

Exploring the city of Vancouver on two wheels…

Vancouver Skyline

I’d always heard rave reviews about the city of Vancouver— named both the “Most livable City” in the world, and “Best City in the Americas” to visit, so my husband and I, on our recent honeymoon, headed up north to check it out for ourselves.  We discovered that the raves were all true!  In our three-day visit, we got a taste of what the vibrant city has to offer, and that is plenty, in all the categories of fun—outdoor activities, great restaurants, natural beauty, cultural diversity and art, theater and safe biking!  And don’t forget breathtaking views of mountains and ocean–what doesn’t this city have?

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Spring Update from Squaw Valley

May 1st, 2012

Lots of fun in the “off season” at Lake Tahoe…

Squaw Valley in Spring is a Great Catch!

Personally, I love “off season” for traveling.  Spring at lake Tahoe means fresh green grass, wildflowers swaying in a soft breeze and less crowds.  You can hear the wind whistling in the pines and the lake lapping on the shore in the quiet.

And my favorite place to stay, the Resort at Squaw Creek at Squaw Valley has some wondrous and fun May activities scheduled.

Skiing:

There’s still time for a few last runs of the year—at Alpine Meadows, which will be open for skiing Fridays – Sundays through May 13.

Biking and hiking:

May can be a terrific time for biking (Resort at Squaw Creek rents bikes).  A twenty-mile long paved bike path meanders through the pines and along the shore of the sparkling blue lake.

Also, hiking to nearby waterfalls in Shirley Canyon at the far western edge of Squaw Valley or Eagle Falls near Emerald Bay should be possible due to the lower than average snowfall this year.

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Springtime in La Jolla

La Holla Shores and a sun-drenched beach

Looking for a fun spring get-away or spring break vacation?  Don’t want to pay for expensive flights to Hawaii or face the long flight?  Well, here’s a beach in California that rivals any Hawaiian beach:  La Jolla, California.

The Spanish word, “la joya”, means the jewel and San Diegans call La Jolla the jewel of San Diego.  I’m a native of San Diego and can vouch for its charms.

La Jolla is close to all the famous San Diego attractions:  Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, 15 minutes away, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, 40 minutes, Lego Land, 30 minutes.  The Birch Aquarium and Museum, part of Scripp’s Institute of Oceanography, is just a few minute drive up the hill.

The European feel of the village of La Jolla, chock full of interesting boutiques, restaurants and art galleries invites fun strolls.  Scripps Park winds along the coast for playing and walking.  The clear water of the nearby cove offers great swimming and the chance to observe sea life for snorkelers.

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