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Sharpsteen Museum presents an intricate look at Calistoga's past

Here’s what I love about small-town museums: Limited in their scope by geography, they’re forced to focus on the minutiae of everyday life, which invariably brings to light the quirky and curious behaviors and history of the inhabitants.

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Napa: Following food from farm to table

Visitors to Napa’s foodie capital of Yountville have long been treated to the quintessential farm-to-table experience. A walk through the glorious gardens of The French Laundry proves as much.

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Cascade, Idaho: Kelly's Whitewater Park

The day I visited Kelly’s Whitewater Park I met Kelly. Actually, I met the memory of Kelly. A bunch of us did.

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Montana's Eastern Front imbued with Metis history

Knowing about the Metis makes the Eastern Front and the area around Choteau, Mont., more special, but also overlays it with melancholy.

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Napa: Farmers' markets of St. Helena and Calistoga

Underneath all the chi chi trappings, the Napa Valley is still working farm country, with small growers and the workshops of artisanal purveyors dotted across its rolling hills.

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Cascade, Idaho: Pie and Spirituality

It’s not that you can’t get a slice of pie in Cascade, Idaho. After all, a diner offering up pie is as ubiquitous as the gas station, church steeple, and token traffic light in small towns across America.

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Napa: Long Meadow farmstand a late-afternoon delight

Every time I’m in the Napa Valley I harbor ambitions about getting up early to forage at the local farmer’s market.

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Enchanted Forest: Just down the road a different kind of (wine) adventure

Just a half-mile down the road from Enchanted Forest—right there on Enchanted Way—one can discover a different type of entrepreneurial spirit than the one that’s been delighting children for 40 years.

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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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