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Water and wine make a perfect pairing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Standing at the bow of a little rowboat and chatting with my two companions, I realize I'm not just fly-fishing Oregon's famed McKenzie River, I'm also a student in a floating master class on how chance geologic events made this valley about perfect for two things: growing grapes to make world-class wines, and sustaining some of the country's loveliest wild trout.

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10 urban sanctuaries well worth a visit

A foray into the heart of a city can be made all the more memorable and enjoyable with a visit to a public park. In addition to providing restful green spaces for a picnic or a stroll, most of the nation's metropolitan parks offer an extraordinary array of recreational opportunities and cultural sites. In many instances they stand out among the city's top attractions.

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Swim with manatees – legally – in Florida’s Crystal River

On a recent trip with my in-laws, my husband and I decided to do something different, something that would capture the interest of my animal-obsessed sister-in-law. After searching for what seemed like hours on Groupon, we came upon Manatee Tour and Dive in Crystal River – about 87 miles northwest of Orlando, Fla. – which offers the chance to swim with manatees.

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Lexington’s historic Distillery District gets a new lease on life

Approaching the Distillery District from downtown Lexington, Ky., motorists are taken aback by the large black-and-red mural depicting what looks to be – depending on your perspective – a demented scuba diver, a man wearing a gas mask, or more menacingly, a prison inmate flashing what may or may not be a gang symbol. Underneath are scrawled the words, "Caution. Do not feed."

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You’ll love this day trip to ‘Calle 8’ in Miami – trust me

There's a little pocket in Miami as concentrated with flavor as a spoonful of adobo seasoning. Calle Ocho, (SW 8th Street) in the middle of Little Havana, is that place. The food, the personalities and the charm stretch from SW 10th Street to SW 19th. If you're looking to explore a new neighborhood or area in Florida, and you've already done day trips in West Palm Beach, inspiring Lake Worth or kid-friendly Jupiter, then this one is for you. Sure, things can get rowdy and hot very quickly (keep reading), but it's all part of Calle Ocho's magic.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.