January/February 2022

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6 期号



DEBBIE OLSEN Writer A travel writer for more than 20 years, Debbie Olsen is the author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta (Firefly Books, 2018) and the blog Wander Woman Travel. On her trip to Métis Crossing (p. 40) in Alberta last year, Olsen reconnected with her Indigenous roots after growing up in foster care with limited access to her Métis mother. “In Canada, there are many Indigenous people who grew up separated from their culture as I did,” Olsen says. “It was nice to go and experience what Métis culture means.” Find her on Twitter and Instagram @wwtravelmag. CLARISSA WEI Writer Food and culture writer Clarissa Wei is passionate about telling the story behind the food of Taiwan (p. 107) from the perspectives of the people who make it. Wei digs into the…

around the world in 39 places

AS I WRITE THIS LETTER, I’ve just returned home from a whirlwind week of travel. I flew to Washington, D.C., to moderate two panels on sustainability at a conference organized by the U.S. Travel Association. I also visited the newly reopened Hirshhorn Museum, where I wandered through the sweeping and deeply moving retrospective of performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s work (open through July). Then I returned to San Francisco and drove to Yosemite National Park with my family for a long weekend of exploration and relaxation. Crowds were sparse, and the rivers and waterfalls were rushing, a welcome sight to this wildfire-weary Californian. For me, travel is back after a long pause. My elder daughter received her first COVID-19 vaccination this week, and I’ve already begun plotting out our next 12…

california russian river valley

THE BAY AREA IS STILL lovable in its fleece-wearing Tesla millionaire kind of way, but—local secret here—the region’s faded old river towns have long been the heart of our most quintessential Northern California-ness. The addled trappings of modern life fall away at the first quake of the aspens. What remains is a refreshingly purer iteration of the human spirit, miles from the venture-funded sleekness of San Francisco. Here, at a lazy bend in the shimmering Russian River, a wiry man in a milk jug raft drifts past singing Puccini. Explore farther and you’ll discover a five-and-dime on Main Street in Guerneville. Join a barbecue at the Monte Rio firehouse. Feel the gentle purling of the river under your butt as your inner tube floats vaguely west, not a care in…


FAMOUS FOR ITS blush-colored beaches and the shorts, Bermuda has long been a traveler’s dream, but this 21-squaremile archipelago nestled in the North Atlantic also offers a substantial measure of Black culture and history. In 2020, it became one of the first places in the world to honor a Black woman with a public holiday; Mary Prince Day celebrates the formerly enslaved Bermudian who became the first Black woman in England to publish her own narrative, the seminal 1831 book The History of Mary Prince. Visitors to the islands can follow the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, which includes museums, monuments, and even a seaside cave connected to Bermuda’s Black past. For an experience that showcases both food and history, book Kristin White’s bike tour through the cobblestone streets of St. George’s,…

illinois chicago

IN THE AFTERMATH of the Great Fire, which razed more than 2,000 acres of central Chicago in 1871, leaving nearly 100,000 homeless, one resident, William D. Kerfoot, displayed a hand-painted sign that read all gone but wife, children and energy. I have been thinking about Kerfoot since the pandemic. But not before a full year of questioning why I still lived in Chicago when everything I loved about it—the theater, music, sports, and dining scenes, as well as the 26-mile lakefront—was closed or verboten. As the city has been slowly reopening, I have been reminded of Kerfoot’s outlook. Jazz musicians started holding “step sessions” on neighborhood porches, encouraging residents to BYO and use virtual tip jars. They’re planning to return to porches in spring 2022. Entrepreneurs renovated an RV as Majostee Spa,…

northern minnesota

MINNESOTA IS LAUDED for its lakes—more than 10,000 of them—but any local knows that its land deserves some love, too. To get better acquainted, head to northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, which has quietly debuted 250 miles of new biking trails in the past decade. The routes came about largely thanks to local cycling enthusiasts, who have worked to turn the area into a magnet for biking in nature. Tioga Recreation Area added 19 miles of mountain bike trails near the town of Cohasset in August 2019, and a trail expansion is currently underway in Cuyuna County, which already has 50 miles of rust-colored dirt paths spread over 800 acres. One of the most recent news makers? Redhead Mountain Bike Park, which opened in June 2020 after a nearly $2 million investment,…