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Finding the Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

While honeymoon sites are attractive, real men usually look for high quality-guy-time. What better way to spend these moments than in one of Americas homiest dude ranches? Imagine riding on horseback through the damp Colorado meadow. Its just a little past sunrise and youre looking at the purple shades of distant mountains. Soon enough, you see the Continental Divide and the vast Western wilderness sits right in front of you.

Later, you ride back to your lodgings and you dismount your steed to a sizzling, wholesome breakfast cooked over charcoal fire. For city slickers such as yourself and the rest of the gang, nothing spells “icon Western” better than that.

The Dude Ranchers Association lists the best manly-man ranches you can visit across the country. Go ahead and line up fly-fishing, horseback riding, and spa activities to your liking with these top-notch relaxation sites. Theyre for real city cowboys, of course.

A Bar A Ranch

If you ever find yourself in Wyoming, A Bar A is definitely worth a visit. This ranch was founded in the 1920s and its one of Americas oldest and biggest dude ranches. It sits on 140,000 acres of rolling hills, valleys, rich pastures, and well-preserved woods. The places insurance policy also doesnt require you to ride with a wrangler. That is, as long as you know exactly what youre doing.

As dude ranches go, the property is a nice fusion of every serious horsemans haven, and a city-slickers private deluxe resort. Aside from all that nature, A Bar A keeps a well-maintained tennis court, an impressive golf course, and even a spa. For dinner, youre sure to be gastronomically pleased with the house-chef who fixes Grade A Cordon-Bleu and more.

The property can accommodate up to 100 guests and keeps 130 horses. Your horse will be matched with your built and your temperament. You can choose to ride twice a day with or without your little kids. You can also go for a trek so you can explore the Savage Run Wilderness.

Finding the Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Driving down Solvang, California, youll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This is one of the most secluded vacation spots for Hollywood royalties. It opened in 1946, and has been luring city slickers since then. The ranch has two 18-hole golf courses, a private fishing pond, tennis courts, a natural body of water for boating, a high-end spa, and enough activities for serious fishers.

There are no television sets in their rooms so you wont get distracted from enjoying your nature retreat. The property has 50 miles-worth of trails so you can enjoy horseback rides through hills and gorgeous sycamore groves. You have to pack a lot of formal clothing here because youll need to dress properly for meals, in this property.

Whats special about these digs is that you can ride as much as you want. Youll also be given a cowboy per person so you can enjoy trail rides, wildlife viewing and sunset rides without worrying about your safety. The property can accept 230 guests and it keeps 100 horses.

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Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when youre feeling quite hungry, and theres no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isnt all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at whats being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.

Gold Bars in Abu Dhabi, Bergamo, Frankfurt, and Moscow Airports

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Stuck in the airport with nothing to do? Try the Gold to Go vending machines. Whoever thought that buying a special gift for that special someone in your life is actually easy, dispensed from a vending machine? Think gold is too common? You can also buy South African Krugerrands, Canadian maple-leaf coins, and that one-hundred dollar, one-ounce Australian kangaroo coin. Naturally, the prices change, depending on real-time prices. A gram of gold bar wrapped in a beautiful gift box costs around fifty dollars.

Fresh Pizza in Italy

When in Italy, it is but natural to eat pizza. Lets Pizza machines make it easier for you to get this national specialty. It is actually quite natural that the country where pizza originated from would actually come up with vending machines of pizzas! (Or perhaps theyre just tired of serving too many pizzas to hungry tourists.) Found in some malls and airports, these machines can make a pizza from scratch in less than three minutes. You can choose your toppings by pressing a button, then peek into the window to see the mixing and kneading of dough, the adding of the toppings and finally, baking.

Live Lobsters in US

Fun and quirky, everyone wants to try this game-catch a lobster in less than fifteen seconds and its yours to bring home or have the restaurant prepare for you so you can eat it fresh. For only three dollars, you get to play (and possibly) eat! Scattered from Maine to California, many of these machines are located in Florida, at restaurants like Bubbas Roadhouse and Saloon, and Arizona Pizza Company.

Raw Eggs in Japan and California

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

At Glaum Egg Ranch, for only three dollars you can get 24 free-range chickens, with a complimentary show performed by stuffed chickens (as in stuffed toys, not the real ones). Forget the supermarket; eggs dont come any fresher than this! First introduced in Japan, Glaum Egg Ranch just outside Santa Clara followed suit.

Gold Handcuffs in Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

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A quick sampling at a bargain price in Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco

A quick sampling at a bargain price in Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco

One grape vine yields four to six bottles of wine every year, and each glass of wine is the product of half a pound of grapes, according to the Napa Valley Visitors Information website. Check out the grapes firsthand – especially if you are seeking a starter tour of Northern California’s wine country – with a package that gives you a night in San Francisco and a daylong bus tour stopping at three wineries.

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Sydney: One-week Australian walkabout from $1,199 per person

 

 Sydney: One-week Australian walkabout from $1,199 per person

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Best quick getaways this Spring

Warmer weather, blooming flowers, and all other reasons for a quick weekend getaway come to us this spring. If you are in the mood for some sand, sun, water, or some dose of hiking on the slopes, then check out our list of some quick spring escapes that you can try.

Sailing in Antigua or in Barbuda

Deciding to head to Antigua or the smaller nearby island of Barbuda means you also have the inkling to go on sailing. April is actually a great time to be in Antigua as the Classic Yacht Regatta also kicks off by mid-month and the Antigua Sailing Week on the last week of the month. These are among the biggest events in the Caribbean and in the world of regattas.

The trade winds and the picture perfect harbor magnets every yachter, sailor, and water lovers to this corner of the world. Even on land, there are quite a number of attractions that you should not miss. Aside from the white sands, you have to see some of the historical sites of Antigua. About 30 miles away is the untouched Barbuda and the pure Caribbean life it offers.

10 Best quick getaways this Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catalina hike joins summer slate of coastal adventures

Catalina hike joins summer slate of coastal adventures

Coastwalk California, a coastal advocacy group based in Sebastopol that has offered guided group hikes for 27 years, has new itineraries this year. They include a six-day jaunt across the new Trans-Catalina Island Trail, a book reader’s getaway for women on the San Mateo coast, and four nights’ camping along some of Southern California’s best trails.

On a cost-per-day basis, the packages are fairly reasonable. The six-day hike on Catalina Island, for example, costs $595 per person and includes the 37-mile guided tour, all dinners, gear transport and ferry passes to the island. The trip runs June 26 to July 1.

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Mammoth Mountain extends ski season to July 4

Mammoth Mountain extends ski season to July 4

Julie Sheer reports that Mammoth Mountain in California will stay open for skiing and snowboarding through July 4, the 11th time in 31 years that snow depths have allowed such a long season. But will the entire mountain be available?

Here’s what Julie has to say:

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California – Presenting Premium Lodging Experience

 

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http://www.wineatlas.org

Santa Rosa is placed in the divide of Santa Rosa Creek is the biggest town in California’s Wine Country. Three mountains including Hood Mountain, Taylor Mountain and Sonoma Mountain surround this attractive city. Therefore, Santa Rosa houses amazing mountainous seeing the sights. In addition, it also offers many tourist attractions such as action-packed natural life that houses animals like wild turkey, raccoons, opossums, deer, herons, egrets, foxes and rabbits and the irregular mountain lion etc. The other key attractions consist of Luther Burbank Home, Charles M Schulz Museum, Gardens and Annex Galleries and Siduri Novy Wines.

Luther Burbank Home (http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us)

Luther Burbank Home (http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us)

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Salutation To Improbable And Luxurious Southern California Hotel

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Christina Milian And Boyfriend Shopping On Rodeo Drive (www.zimbio.com)

Christina Milian And Boyfriend Shopping On Rodeo Drive (www.zimbio.com)

California is a much loved activity not just for Americans that live in other states but for people from all over the world as fine. The ocean locations and the prettyweather and further landscape that can be enjoyed there are some of the many nice-looking character. A lot of guests enjoy staying in comfortable accommodations and see how the well-known celebrities may live in the area while strolling down Rodeo drive in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. This piece of writing will proffer recommendations made by big business owners of kitchen remodeling Santa Monica and restroom remodeling Beverly Hills on the top places to stay in those two locations.

Santa monia third street (www.ee.ucla.edu)

Santa monia third street (www.ee.ucla.edu)

The original one is called Loews Santa Monica Beach hotel is right on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Not simply are the ocean views from the rooms wonderful but the place is ideal over and above it is right crossways the street from the celebrated Santa Monica pier as well as a tiny walking coldness from the famous Third Street Promenade where there are an unbelievable shopping boutiques and great places to eat. Inside the hotel, their restaurant, Ocean and Vine is an prize winning spot to eat and couldn’t be more suitable for visitors. The entry to the hotel is a luxurious one with the foyer lined in great palm trees.

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Explore Alice in Wonderland destination

Alice-In-Wonderland(www.disneydreaming.com)

Alice-In-Wonderland(www.disneydreaming.com)

Alice in wonderland is one of the most wonderful stories written by Lewis Carol. It is a favourite for all time. In 2010 director Tim Burton brings Alice in Wonderland to live in movie, staring Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Jacqueline Hathaway as the White Queen. You will be surprised on all the actress and actor appearance in the movie! It is totally different from their previous movie roles. Tim Burton brings Alice in Wonderland in 2010 to the world through Walt Disney Pictures in 3-D and IMAX 3-D and in regular theatre as well. In this article, I will be discussing about the location of the shooting of Alice in Wonderland. Are you curious about where the filming of Alice in Wonderland is taking place? Where did they create such marvellous scene?

 

Tim Burton Alice In Wonderland(www.disneydreaming.com)

Tim Burton Alice In Wonderland(www.disneydreaming.com)

Antony House at Torpoint, Cornwall, UK Cornwall is a famous location for movies filming. Many movies scenes were shot there; Johnny English, Wild West, Saving Grace, James Bond – Die another Day. The filming locations in Cornwall such as in St Austell, North coast around Port Isaac, Trebar with Srand, St Michael’s Mount. Most of the Victorian era’s scene in Alice, apart from the studio was filmed at Torpoint and Plymouth; mainly at Antony House in Torpoint, Cornwall.

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