Saturday, February 03, 2007

Top Travel Destinations

Pearl tipped me off to this one this morning: Frommer's Top Travel Destinations for 2007. Short little blurbs make for fun travel dreaming, and it's cool to see the Okanagan make a global list:
"This lush region of British Columbia, dubbed by some as "Napa North" or "the Tuscany of Canada", boasts a mild climate, with rolling hills and plentiful fruits, nuts and grapes. Vineyards are the big business now -- with more than 120 in the region, it is an ideal place for wine tasting. As in Napa, the topography and climate of Okanagan Valley make it a great place for hiking, kayaking, and biking (bike tours will even take you from winery to winery)."

7 comments:

Heather said...

Hey - pretty cool!

Garth said...

No offense but it is kind of a bizarre and random list eh? I'm not sure how Frommer's came up with it - why would Minneapolis be a a top travel destination? It beats Grand Forks or Fargo or even Winnipeg hands down but how does it compare to Tokyo or Panama? It has always felt more of a place you stopover on your way to somewhere more interesting.

Also interesting to me was that I've been to several of the places on the list - obviously Minneapolis, Ethiopia, & Asheville, NC. Still haven't made it to the Okanagan either - would love to sample the tastes & scenery & of course biking in your area!

Jason said...

Happy Birthday, Jer! I missed it again... didn't I. Dammit. My heart's in the right place, but my mind is forgetful (already).

Jeremy said...

Yeah, it is an odd list, no question. Seems fairly arbitrary, but in the introduction it does say "surprising, thriving, or emerging", which does put a more specific spin on it -- perhaps it's recognition that there's growing awareness of these places. I think they might be acknowledging that everyone perceives Minneapolis the same way you (and I) do, but that things have changed there and it's worth another look.

I've heard that Asheville has become a sort of southeast mountain biking mecca -- was that your experience there?

Jeremy said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jay. One day late isn't too bad. I was sick anyway, so it didn't seem like much of a birthday, really.

Jason said...

Actually, I remembered on Friday, and then again on Sunday. Sick or not, I owe you a dark ale.

Garth said...

Ever hear of Tsali National Park? It's a classic 39 mile network of 4 cross-country bike trails and is a great mix of climbs and descents and amazing traction...but other than speed it isn't as extreme as other trails I've been on in the area...I think one of those was called the Turkey run or something...the whole area has kind of a "dueling banjos" kind of feel though...if you know what I mean - beautiful state though! Our high school buddy Chris Eidse lives an hour or so away if my memory serves me correctly - we weren't able to connect as his in-laws were out and I was busy guiding a whitewater kayaking trip in the area.