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.
I come from a farm on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula that’s been in my family for 118 years. East of the barn sits an organic apple orchard that’s more than a century old, which yields Tompkins King apples.
Years ago I traveled partway around the world, to Greece, to explore the volcanic island of Santorini. There’s another volcanic island in my home state of Oregon that I recently found to be just as dazzling—and nearly as difficult to reach.