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British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

We’d visited Victoria briefly on a cruise stop but never fully explored the city – our gaffe. Friends recommended that when we flew into Vancouver International Airport – located in the city of Richmond – and before heading off to Victoria, we should check out Richmond’s culinary scene and the nearby revitalized fishing town of Steveston. Those recommendations proved spot on.

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Hitting the road, in movies and in real life


media The soon-to-be released movie “Land Ho!” chronicles the enduring value of road trips as a pair of ex-brothers-in-law contemplate their futures while exploring Iceland.

Because airlines are making it harder for folks to use their frequent-flyer miles – United recently announced its plan to award based on ticket prices instead of miles flown – car trips may make a comeback.

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Simple strategies can help make road trips run smoothly


Courtesy of Costanoa Lodge
Consider a road trip along the coast to Pescadero, where the Costanoa Lodge awaits. The resort also features tent cabins for under $100 per night.

If you’re hitting the road this summer, take time to plan your adventure to reduce agony levels later on.

Whether you’re driving to a Tahoe cabin or touring the Icelandic outback, road trips can save money and get you closer to points of interest.

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They had me at hello: RedCap service offers private drivers

He showed up at my door at the appointed hour, carrying a Starbucks tray with a large dark-roast coffee, my favorite. Several Equal and sugar packets spilled out of the cup holder.

“I didn’t know if you liked nonfat or low-fat, so I brought both,” he said eagerly.

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Central Coast village offers seaside features amid the pines


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
A stop at Cambria’s Moonstone Beach proves a highlight on a romantic getaway to the Central Coast.

Cambria’s Moonstone Beach has probably been the site of more than a few marriage proposals. With its rugged 1.5-mile-long boardwalk trail and hills stretching the length of the little Central Coast town enveloped by pines, the spot offers a romantic backdrop.

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