VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Raymond Hardie

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Raymond Hardie started his career as an actor at the Abbey Theater, Ireland's National Theater, and then spent 10 years as senior editor at Stanford magazine. He has published two novels and now writes screenplays and plays in San Diego. Raymond was a natural choice to send on a weekend to Calistoga, where he slathered himself with mud, ate heartily, and imbibed the local vintages. Continuing the wine theme, Raymond indulged in a romantic weekend in Livermore Valley, where he again raised a glass to the good life.