Reconnecting to the Land

April 26, 2017

Michele and Dan Spatz have been visiting the Hood River County Fruit Loop since their daughters were old enough to pick pumpkins from a patch.

The couple from The Dalles, Oregon, has shopped at area farmers markets and fruit stands, celebrated the pairing of local food and wine at vineyard dinners and even bought yarn at an alpaca farm.

They are among a growing number of Americans traveling to rural landscapes and activities as an alternative to the country’s more expected tourist hot spots.

According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, the number …

Exploring Far Afield: Tips for Rural Visits

April 26, 2017

Looking for some country fun? Plenty of online resources are available to plan a rural getaway without getting your hands …

Capturing a Sense of Awe

April 26, 2017

I saw it at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s old city, and see it over and again at the foot …

Community Effort Puts Town and Historic Hotel on the Map

April 26, 2017

Most weekends, the town of Duncan, Arizona—with its 2.2 square miles and a population of roughly 800—sits quietly near the …

Dig in to Creamy Cheesecake

Blueberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bars Nonstick cooking spray 30 vanilla cream-filled cookies 1/4 cup butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup Key lime juice 1 tablespoon Key lime …

Excellent Egg Options

Mini Mushroom Egg Bakes Cooking spray 2 tablespoons butter 4-ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 24 thin round slices smoked ham 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups egg substitute or eight eggs, beaten …

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