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What's New in the West: Spring 2015

Taste chocolate in San Francisco, stay at an Aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Vancouver, or tour top breweries in Anchorage.

  • Grand Bazaar Shops, a two-acre open-air market with 100-plus stores, launches this month on the Strip in Las Vegas.
  • Learn about chocolate-making during daily live demonstrations and tastings through the Ghirardelli Chocolatier Program in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco.
  • Find views of trails in 14 California state parks and beaches, including Samuel P. Taylor, with more to come this year.
  • Pick up souvenirs and Hawaiian fare at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace, a retail center on Oahu.
  • This spring, four new purveyors join Koi Fusion (above) and Pok Pok in the food cart pod at Portland International Airport.
  • Attend an artist’s workshop or join a traditional sweat lodge as a guest at the Vancouver, B.C., Skwachàys Lodge, Canada’s first Aboriginal arts and culture hotel.
  • Soar past Douglas firs and navigate treetop suspension bridges on the Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour about 40 minutes outside Portland. 10 percent AAA discount.
  • Sample a dozen beers at three top breweries with round-trip transportation from Anchorage’s Big Swig Tours.
  • The book Fly Fishing Montana provides tips, maps, and a hatch chart for anglers in the state’s waterways. Available Apr. 1. $20.
  • White Pine Ski Resort in Pinedale, Wyo., now celebrating its 75th year, offers Ski Wyoming, giving season-pass holders at any state ski resort 50 percent off a White Pine all-day lift ticket.


This article was first published in Spring 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.