Sunday Morning Coffee: Travel Notes

Lisa Marlow reports in the Los Angeles Times on Carmel Valley.

Seven miles inland from the hordes of Carmel’s touristy village, Carmel Valley is a place apart: bucolic, still surprisingly rural, lovely in any season. Ranches, vineyards and nurseries outnumber golf courses. Try as it might, the fog rarely creeps into this pass, leaving unobscured the Santa Lucia Mountains and oaks draped with Spanish moss.

Toni Stroud reports on Portland, Oregon in this morning’s Chicago Tribune.

Various sources have named it the Burgundy of America, one of America’s best walking towns, one of America’s 10 healthiest cities for women, one of the top 25 arts destinations and–to more than balance images of sewage or rust-and-industry–the No. 1 top recycler among the nation’s 30 largest cities.

Sarah Alexander reports on Muir Woods in this morning’s Fresno Bee.

Muir Woods’ serenity attracts Brian Mann, 27, who has come four or five times. “I love that it’s peaceful, ’cause the Bay Area is fairly frantic. “It’s a good place to come and collect your thoughts. I can sit and hang loose,” says Mann, a Menlo Park church music director and freelance music composer. He gazes at Redwood Creek, which flows past the log he’s using for a seat.

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