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Melanie Haiken

Melanie Haiken is a freelance writer, editor, and project manager specializing in health, travel, food, and fitness. She’s written for a long list of national magazines and websites including Forbes, More, Health, Fitness, Real Simple, and Yoga Journal. She is a regular contributor to the website Her home base is San Rafael, Calif., and she’s happiest when on the road exploring the American West.

From the writer

  • Five Gold Country Towns

    These historic towns along California's Highway 49 offer great food, hospitality, architecture, and scenery. 

  • Celebration Vacations

    Cherish the special moments in your life through travel to such places as France, East Africa, Bora Bora, and Maui.

  • Hawaii, Naturally

    Hawaii is the perfect place to plan a multigenerational trip on one of its four family-friendly islands.

  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Picturing a storybook vacation full of tequila sunrises and ocean adventures? Check out Puerto Vallarta, Cancún, and Cabo.

  • Napa: Farmstand Adventures

    Wine-tasting may be the primary activity of choice for visitors to the Napa Valley, but vino isn’t this verdant area’s only a...

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    A Garden Guide to Gold Country

    The gold country may be redolent with history, but garden-lovers head for the foothills for a completely different reason. Tu...

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    Ashland: Eat Like a Local

    Every year or two, my daughters and I make a pilgrimage to Ashland, Oregon, to catch as many plays at the Oregon Shakespeare...