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Christmas gift recommendations for the traveler on your list


Courtesy of North FACE Collections
The North Face Dubs Insulated jacket boasts hand-warmer pockets. It retails for $199.

Whether you’re buying for the luxury traveler who wants the best of everything or for that adrenaline junkie that zip-lines from tree to tree on vacation, the following travel tools will light up their eyes.

For stormy weather

It’s no fun shivering while schussing down the slopes at Tahoe or hiking the backwoods. Consider giving your snow bunny a warm coat.

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South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on the slopes. Blackjack tables and Black Diamond ski runs often compete for attention.

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Soak up SoCal culture while exploring West, spices & art


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The meandering path through the courtyard to SpiceStation in Los Angeles’ Silverlake District beckons visitors to explore the shop’s exotic selection of spices, herbs and teas.

If you’re visiting relatives in a strange city over the holidays, take advantage of the local museums and exotic shops. Most museums hire family education directors whose job it is to devise ways to entertain families while encouraging the kids to soak up the exhibition.

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Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either “inspire you to go somewhere or tell you about someplace you would never go because it scares you,” according to Lavinia Spalding, author and co-founder of Weekday Wanderlust.

Weekday Wanderlust is a monthly reading series in San Francisco featuring Bay Area travel writers. Speaking at the end of the October Wanderlust meeting, Spalding applauded that night’s readings from authors Marcia DeSanctis, James Nestor and Paul Rauber, senior editor of Sierra Magazine.

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Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boasts more than just top-of-the-vine wine tasting.

The heart of the tree-lined town centers on the historical Sonoma Plaza.

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