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Volunteering for the harvest

As a wine lover with an active imagination, I’d always pictured the French wine harvest as a cross between “Sideways” and “I Love Lucy,” a sun-drenched bacchanal featuring boozy lunches en plein air, rosy-cheeked peasants crushing fruit with their bare feet, and a bit of insouciant grape picking.

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For mom’s little dude, one thrilling ranch experience

Finding an activity that an adolescent boy would deign to do with his mother is a bit of a challenge. I found one: Horseback riding. Mine is the rare boy who likes horses. But, if I can gender-stereotype further, given that boys tend to like speed more than relationship building with an animal, the next challenge is finding a place that allows you to just get on a horse and canter around.

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How to travel with friends, happily

Taking a vacation with friends could turn out to be the getaway of a lifetime, or one that’s a total disaster. How do you make sure the trip is a success? It’s all about choosing the right travel partners and going in with some ground rules, said Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare, an online travel company that specializes in private custom group trips.

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Two unique destinations in the Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean offer travelers of every stripe the ideal getaway: family-friendly resorts, couples-only properties, rustic eco-retreats and design gems that equal anything the U.S., Europe or Asia has to offer. During the past month, I had a chance to experience two unique island destinations.

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Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming

A new sport called packrafting is transforming backcountry travel, allowing adventurers to carry compact inflatable rafts on the trail.
Brad Branan bbranan@sacbee.com
Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming 1:44

Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming

Beat the crowds at Yosemite 1:16

Beat the crowds at Yosemite

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden 1:02

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden

It's time to play in Golden Gate Park 0:59

It's time to play in Golden Gate Park