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Weekend Getaways in Oregon: 8 Top Weekend Trips

The colorful vines lining the hills of J. Wrigley vineyards combat the dark and rainy gloom that embodies Oregon in October. Perched atop one of the larger hills in the Willamette Valley, I have a birds-eye view of the surrounding vineyards and forests from the tasting room’s patio. During the summer the area would buzz with tourists and traffic noise, but today it’s silent. Harvest has come and gone, school is back in session, and the rainy fall weather deters most area oenophiles from venturing out for a day of wine tasting. I have this winery (and seemingly the entire AVA) to myself. READ MORE

The Perfect Weekend in Boise, Idaho

When thinking of Boise, Idaho what’s the first thing that comes to mind…Blue turf? Maybe. Potatoes? Probably. Though Boise’s thriving downtown scene may not be high on Idaho’s claim to fame list, it’s (in my opinion) the gem of the gem state. Boasting a variety of bars and breweries, great local restaurants, luxury accommodations and a constantly changing skyline, downtown Boise is becoming a destination all its own. READ MORE

The World’s Cruelest Tourist Attractions

From riding elephants to tiger selfies, tourist attractions that exploit animals for human entertainment are becoming unnervingly popular. Fueled by social media, these intimate interactions with wild animals may seem like a great bucket list experience. However, most people don’t consider the abuse and suffering behind these seemingly harmless wildlife tourist activities (many of which masquerade as conservation). READ MORE