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Vine Trail envisions a pedal-friendly way to see the Napa Valley

I was in the Napa Valley a few months back, in the town of Yountville, when I spotted a brand new sign: “Napa Valley Vine Trail.” A new bike path, I wondered?

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Gearhart: Digging for razor clams a Northwest pastime

Razor clams are tasty little critters, abundant for the taking on the beaches of Gearhart—provided you know how to catch them.

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Gearhart: History by the sea

Gearhart proudly wears its history on its sleeve. Quiet and refined,with flower boxes dotting the outside of every downtown business, tennis courts, and gray-shingled homes, there’s a gentle sense of timelessness in this well-preserved town.

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Gearhart: Barn tales continue to be told

There’s something enticing about barns. With their high ceilings, shafts of light pouring in through windows above haylofts, and wood-planked walls, barns have an air of authenticity rooted in place and history.

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Gearhart: The hidden charms of the Ridge Path

Lore in Gearhart says that local Native Americans used to get from Warrenton to the Necanicum Estuary via a narrow dirt path to harvest mussels on the beach.

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Gearhart: Sometimes a grocery store can explain a town

Step inside any grocery store, anywhere in the world, and you’ll find a sense of local discovery. This is frequently the best way to get a feel for what people really eat.

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Gearhart: Photo essay

Photographer Don Frank shares photos of Gearhart, Ore.

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Cidery tour: Mission Mill Museum in Salem a textile-based trip through the past

Driving through Salem (near Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, which I wrote about for a VIA feature) I stumbled across a fascinating emblem of the city’s past: The Mission Mill Museum.

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Cidery tour: The speed of slow in Cowichan Bay

Whenever I visit Vancouver Island—which I did for a recent VIA article about cideries—I always make a point of stopping by Merridale Estate Cidery, the largest and most conspicuous artisanal cider-making operation in North America.

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Cidery tour: Fort Worden's past, present equally alluring

Pointing my kayak away from the sand crescent, I stroked deeply, poling through the dappled bay and aiming toward the distant snow cone of glaciated Mount Baker on the northeastern horizon.

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