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Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated

Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated

For many Western Canadians, Boston isn’t a top of mind destination when it’s vacation-planning time.  That’s understandable; it’s on the eastern seaboard, a long way over there.  But with a family function to attend and our Boston-born and –bred relatives volunteering as tour guides, we jumped at the chance for […]

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Friends Restaurant, Enterprise, Oregon

“What time do you open for breakfast?”, I ask the grey-haired, grandmotherly-looking woman who’s the sole server in this plain, small diner. “5:00 A.M.”, she replies. “5:00 A.M.?”, I ask, astonished.  “Five in the morning is darn early!  Who eats breakfast here at 5:00 A.M.?”  I’m an early riser, but […]

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Marv’s Classic Soda Shop, Black Diamond, Alberta

Walk into Marv’s Classic Soda Shop and you’re stepping back in time.  This retro-style restaurant oozes 1950-something, and it’s a charming place for lunch.  Burgers and fries (what else would you order?).  There’s no high-falutin’, fancy schmancy food here.  Be sure to order a malt.  (When’s the last time you […]

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Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

You could easily drive past Effie’s without noticing it.  Effie’s is the classic, hole-in-the-wall diner.  Even if you found it and looked through the window, you’d likely think “pass” and keep walking.  Tiny, dark and showing decades of wear and tear, Effie’s is a local eatery legend that serves up […]

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MRT Rally – Canada’s Best Adventure-touring Motorcycle Rally

You don’t need to own a variant of BMW’s legendary GS series to have a keen interest in adventure-touring or ‘Round the World motorcycle travel.  We’re happy to report there’s a rally that caters to the adventure-touring crowd, in British Columbia, Canada.  The MRT (Motorbike Rally for Travelers) Canada Rally, […]

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The Montana Club Restaurant, Missoula, MT

Canadians want to know:  What is ‘chicken-fried steak’?  Is it chicken?  or is it steak? Chicken fried steak is a unique culinary piece of Americana that miraculously pops up on menus the instant you roll across the 49th parallel .  It’s a thin-ish piece of beef that’s battered (like deep […]

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2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

Adventure-touring motorcycles are all the rage, but you don’t have to own a monster trailie like a BMW R1200GS Adventure to attend the MRT Canada Rally. We had a great weekend at Toad Rock Campground last weekend at Wolfgang and Anny Simmert’s annual MRT Canada rally.  Simmert, an ex-pat German […]

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Balfour Golf Club Restaurant, Balfour, BC

The Balfour Golf Club Restaurant is tucked away in the heart of the B.C. Kootenays a few minutes north of the Balfour ferry.  Breakfast at the club’s restaurant is spectacular, especially dining on the patio on a warm August morning. The view overlooks the course with the Kootenay Mountain range […]

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Jakers Bar and Grill, Idaho Falls, ID

A few years ago on a road trip to Great Falls, Montana, we’d heard stories about Jakers from locals. They told us that when actor Robert Redford was filming the movie “A River Runs Through It (1992)” in the wilds surrounding Great Falls, Redford had dined every day at Jakers. […]

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Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen & Wine Bar, Red Lodge, MT

We chanced upon the Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen & Wine Bar in 2008 on a motorcycle road trip to the BMW National Owners’ Rally in Gillette, Wy. The Bridge Creek restaurant has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a definite upscale feel.  Red Lodge is a small resort town and like […]

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