Taking the Trails of Moab By Bike

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Biking in Moab with Rim Tours

Biking in Moab with Rim Tours

Rim Tours

Moab, Utah is home to some of the most spectacular, scenic and challenging mountain biking in the world. You will find a combo of beautiful red rock scenery and a variety of trails that draw fat-tire aficionados from all corners of the world. You can find everything from intimidating over-your-handlebar black-diamonds to smoother trails that allow beginners to ease in.

A great starting point for those new to a mountain bike saddle is the Brand Trails– just a few miles north of Moab. The trail names, based on cattle brands, spell out Moab. The beginner terrain on the Bar M trail forms a loop that picks up the other trails along the way- including the Circle O Trail which is pure slickrock on Entrada sandstone. Those new to the sport should stick to the Bar M, Rusty Spur, and Lazy-EZ. Others require more experience when it comes to shifting and leg strength. Experts can take on Deadman’s Ridge, Longbranch, and the “Killer B” descent off the Bar B loop.

Biking in Moab with Rim Tours

Biking in Moab with Rim Tours

Whether you are a beginner or looking for some guidance on the gnarly trails, hitching up with a guide adds piece of mind and can save you from taking a wrong turn. The company personalizes rides by sending you out on trails that match your ability. Guides with Rim Tours are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and also offer tips on ways to conquer the trails. Plus, they share history and insider info. about the trails.

One of the companies guides, Brooks Carter, instills confidence in riders. “Some people start out gripping the handlebars tightly and there knees knocking. With some instruction they start to feel comfortable and confident on the trails,” says Brooks.

If you are a more experienced rider you may even cycle along trails designed and built by Brooks, who helps design trails throughout Moab through his involvement with a volunteer organization in town, Trail Mix. “For me, it’s like a pay it forward deal, says Brooks. “It’s like a puzzle. I look at Google Earth quite a bit and see areas that were conducive to trails. I am always dreaming up new  ones,” smiles Brooks. His trail designs include Mega Steps, EKG and Homer.

Rim Tours:

Pricing: Half Day Tours $90

Full Day Tours $180

(If you have your own bike subtract 20 dollars)

 

Biking in Moab with Rim Tours, and guide Brooks Carter

Biking in Moab with Rim Tours, and guide Brooks Carter

 

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Leave a Sticky Mark at The Seattle Gum Wall

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Seattle Gum Wall

Seattle Gum Wall

Pop into an off beat attraction in Seattle, Washington at the Post Alley Gum Wall. Under the Pikes Market, you will find a wall covered with gum of every color. When people started sticking gum to the walls in the 90′s, the city tried to burst the bubbles through powerwashing and scraping. But in 1999, the city realized the uniqueness of the attraction and let the gum stay put. You may recognize the gum wall from Jennifer Aniston’s film, Love Happens, which was shot at the wall in 2008.

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Seattle’s Hotel 1,000 Brings Comfort In Bustling City

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Only steps from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, between the business district and the colorful and lively Pioneer Square, Hotel 1,000 brings luxury to Downtown Seattle.  The hotel blends the latest technology, luxury, comfort and a private and welcoming atmosphere. The pampering begins only seconds after checking in, with a complimentary sparkling wine.

The experience continues with a virtual golf in the Golf Club, a full spa and the hotel library, where you can have your morning coffee on the house. You can enjoy a 24 hour in-room dining service or visit the BOKA Bar and Restaurant for a taste of classic American food and handcrafted late-night cocktails. You can enjoy a 24 hour in-room dining service or visit the BOKA Bar and Restaurant for a taste of American food and handcrafted late-night cocktails. ’s incredible how such a comfortable and serene getaway can be found right in the middle of the buzzing city.

Hotel 1,000

1000 1st Ave.

Seattle, WA 98104

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Legends in Brewing: Pikes Brewing Company

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Born out of the most sincere love for quality beer, the Pikes Brewing Company in Seattle, WA is one of USA’s most emblematic beer companies in the U.S. Founders, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, took off on the road to success in 1989 with a big desire to bring quality and variety to the American beer world. Inside the brewery, below the Pike Place Market, you will find an original and creative list of top quality brews – India Pale Ale, Ruby Ale, Barley Wine style Ale, Double Ale, Extra Stout, Wood Aged Stout, and some seasonal drinks – Happy Holiday Ale and White Ale. The fresh brewed beer can be enjoyed with a side of delicious clams or smoked salmon, or if you want to get a taste of the one of the most popular menu items– the  with hand crafted bratwurst.

If you have time, check out the micro-brewery museum for a look at the fascinating beer history.

Pikes Brewing Company

1415 1st Ave.

Seattle, WA 98101

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Exploring Toronto Canada

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Buzzing with energy and sporting an edgy style, Toronto is a city filled with experiences. You will find fashion forward shops, unique cultural experiences, inventive restaurants and ways to enjoy the outdoors. Different neighborhoods from the art focused design district in Queen West to the industrial focused Distillery District, allows Toronto to take on several personalities. After exploring the lay of the land, it’s easy to see why Torontonians have so much pride in the spirited city.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma

 

Secret passages, 98 rooms, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and a 5-acre garden. Welcome to Casa Loma, an elegant castle just outside the city. A look inside reveals high vaulted ceilings, rooms decorated with period furniture and incredible craftsmanship with hand carved wood paneling. Save time to head to the top of the castle by climbing up the towers for spectacular views of the Toronto skyline. Another hidden feature of Casa Loma is the underground tunnel, which links the castle to the stables where mahogany horse stalls and Spanish tiles on the floor show the horses too were living the royal life.

Financier Sir Henry Pellat, who made his money in early Canadian companies, built the castle well before Toronto became the cosmopolitan city it is today. In 1911 he invested a massive $3.5 million into the property. After living there for about 10 years the castle became a luxury hotel after Pellat ran into financial trouble and was forced to sell. After nearly being demolished in 1936, the home was luckily transformed into a museum in 1937.

Steam Whistle Brewery
Steam Whistle Brewery

For a true Canadian Pilsner made in the heart of the city, order a Steam Whistle! Even better, enjoy the beer at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse Brewery. The beer, packaged in distinctive green glass bottles, only contains four ingredients: yeast, two-row barley, spring water and hops. How’s that for pure and simple? Take a tour and learn about the unique history of the former home of the Canadian Pacific Railway turned brewery. Also learn why this brewery is making headlines when it comes to green initiatives. We will go ahead and spoil one of the reasons: Steam, the most efficient form of heat, is the exclusive resource used by the brewery to heat water for brewing. This same steam sounds a whistle every hour from 9-5.

For tour times visit: http://www.steamwhistle.ca/tour/tourInfo.php

The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON, M5V 3M9

Burger Werks

Burger Werks

 

Located in the historic old town of Toronto, this industrially decorated burger joint sparks creativity and originality. Burger Werks transforms ordinary objects like light bulbs into salt and pepper shakers and measuring cups into drinking glasses. It’s not just the atmosphere that attracts so many customers but also the food. Whether you are a fast food rookie or a burger expert, you will be impressed with their variety of gourmet burgers. Choose between beef, chicken, turkey, elk or the portobello mushrooms with every type of ingredient to top it. For the big appetites, add one of the shift starters and choose from the famous Tower-O-Rings or go with the Crispy Dills, Big Hot Dipper, Steamrollers or WFT (We’ll take four). You can always enjoy your meal on the lively rooftop patio for a true Canadian view.

For a List of Location Visit: Burger Werks

Paddle Toronto

Paddle Toronto

 

For what is arguably the best view of the city, paddle onto Lake Ontario where the entire cityscape comes into view. Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre is the spot for an active adventure and open-air activities. Whether you kayak, canoe or learn the skills of stand up paddle boarding, instructors are available to take you on a tour of the water and to share some of the city’s history along the way. Choose the 1.5 hours introductory course or go for the SUP Social Paddle/BBQ if you’re looking for added entertainment.

283A Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1A2 Canada

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Get lost in the breathtaking and luxurious atmosphere inspired by Chinese culture at the Shangri La Hotel in Toronto. Even if you aren’t a guest at the hotel, it’s worth a trip to the bar for a cocktail and live music in the lounge outfitted with leather sofas, Italian crystal chandeliers and cozy fireplace. The creative drink menu, listed inside mock library books, brings back classic tastes of 1930s cocktails. *Live music plays every day from Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 12am and on Sundays from 3pm to 5 pm.

188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 0A3, Canada

If the Shoe Fits…

Bata Shoe Museum

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Bata Shoe Museum

Explore the history of virtually every kind of shoe imaginable at The Bata Shoe Museum in downtown Toronto. The museum has more than 12,500 artifacts and shoes from around the world spanning more than 4,500 years. From Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and even sparkling pumps worn by starts, you will find several different cultures represented. Sonja Bata’s passion of collection shoes during her travels spurred the opening on the museum in 1995.

Check the website for current shows and exhibits.

Address: 327 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada

Connect with Culture in China Town & The Jewish District

Toronto's Chinatown

Toronto’s Chinatown

Because of Toronto’s welcoming attitude toward immigrants, you will find a steady influx of new cultures that adds verve, vitality and character to the city. For one of the most authentic experiences, stroll the streets of Chinatown, which is one of the largest in North America. Whether you shop for Chinese herbs and spices, order traditional food, sip Jasmine tea or visiting historic monuments, you will find streets bustling with colorful sights and sounds.

Address: Spadina Ave. (Queen To College) and Dundas St. (East and West of Spadina) Toronto, Ontario

 Jewish District

Toronto's Jewish District

Toronto’s Jewish District

A city of contrasts, you will also find a Jewish District where immigrants settled in the 1840s. Carve out time to visit the Historic Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust Education & Memorial Center and the many synagogues, all giving tribute to their culture. As a tourist you can also enjoy their outdoor market, enjoy a show by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company or take part in the Ashkenaz bi-annual Jewish Festival.

High Park Area, Toronto

 

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