These days, the buzz about Oregon's Pinot Noirs is downright mainstream, and rightly so. We asked local writer Chuck Thompson to take us on a tour of this Pacific Northwest state's offerings, exploring the wine country (conveniently close to Portland) and the big business it's becoming. In "Toasting Oregon's Wines", he offers us suggestions of where to go, what to do, and, most important, what wines to try.
If you're looking for a more adventurous outing, check out Ken McAlpine's "Go Wild". In this Travel feature, McAlpine turns us on to the U.S. National Parks' field institutes - which now offer exploratory trips deep into parts of the parks most visitors never see. Ken is an avid outdoorsman, so when he's impressed, I know it must be good. His account will make you want to lace up your hiking boots and head out.