Andrea Minarcek

Recent Posts By Andrea Minarcek

This Winter’s First Gotta-Go Destination: Big Sky, MT

Now home to the largest ski resort in the country, Big Sky, Montana kicks off this snow season with a new performing arts center, dogsledding trips, and lots of local brews. Here, writer Stephen Edwards shares his five favorite must-dos. 1. Chutes and lagers Big Sky Resort wasn’t “over the hill” on its 40th anniversary; instead, it bought what was over […]

The Best Northwest’s Island Escape Right Now: Langley, Washington

Late autumn is prime time in the Whidbey Island community of Langley: You’ll have the fir-lined trails, local artisans’ boutiques, and friendly coffeehouses all to yourself. Seattle-based writer Jess Chamberlain created a traveler’s cheat sheet for us. Her five, can’t-miss experiences for Langley day trippers are below. Happy travels!

Where to Find the Prettiest Sunsets in SoCal: Ojai

Taking in the sunset over the Topa Topa Mountains, from Meditation Mount. Photography by Lisa Corson. Ojai’s legendary “pink moment,” when the setting sun casts a scarlet glow across the Topa Topa Mountains (pictured above), is pretty enough to plan a weekend getaway around. We sent writer Jess Chamberlain to this Ventura County village—80 miles northwest of L.A.—to explore. Here below, […]

Thanksgiving Potluck: Mashed Potatoes

This month, we are cooking our way through Deborah Madison’s freshly revised New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone. Senior travel editor Andrea Minarcek takes a bold stab at this Thanksgiving classic. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. In my family, it’s a party on par with Christmas—without the stress of gift giving. The present we give each other instead is one huge, decadently indulgent meal. I […]

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