Monday, October 20, 2014

Liz's Travel News and Views - Cranberries, The Bachelor, Halloween Happenings

The site of recent filming of The Bachelor TV Show
It's a very romantic spot at La Fonda
Sometimes there are interesting tidbits to share between articles. So I decided to do a little newsy blog entry when I have enough of interest to share:

Santa Fe Bachelor Filming
They're busy filming an episode of  the TV Series, The Bachelor, in Santa Fe New Mexico. Rumor has it that one segment is being filmed on the beautiful terrace at La Fonda overlooking Santa Fe's venerable Cathedral Basilica St. Francis. I've been on that terrace and the adjoining ballroom and think it is a very romantic place. It is filled with flowers and has a tiled fountain.  The series is due to air early next year.

Washington Cranberry Harvest
I recently returned from the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington. Cranberry harvest was in full swing. A relative newcomer to the cranberry farming scene, Starvation Alley Farms, is taking the culinary world by storm with their organic Cranberry for Concoctions. Of the 1700 acres of cranberries in production  on the Long Beach Peninsula Starvation Alley Farms is the first to succeed at achieving the challenging USDA Organic Certification. You'll find their specialty juice at local farmers markets and at some of the finer bars in Portland and Seattle. 
Even dogs enjoy the cranberry harvest on the
Long Beach Peninsula of Washington

I purchased a bottle and have been having a great time mixing it with soda water produced by my home SodaStream home soda maker. It's delicious and healthy.

This is an ideal time to get to the Long Beach Peninsula and see the cranberries being harvested. It's close to the end of the season. More Information.

Halloween Hauntings
Meanwhile, closer to my home you can enjoy some Halloween fun in Portland, Oregon. Offered by Portland Walking Tours, the Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour (Thursday–Sunday, $9-29) doubles as a Ghost Hunting 101 crash course for prospective paranormal investigators. Guests wield electromagnetic field meters and other ghoul-detecting gear while venturing to the top three haunted places in the city, including the infamous Merchant Hotel. Along the way, certified ghost hunters explain how they distinguish between hoaxes and hauntings, demonstrate paranormal documentation tactics and classify different types of hauntings. The early tour, starting at 7 p.m., is family-friendly, while the more expensive (and scarier) 10 p.m. tour is for adults only. More Information.

Want to enjoy brews with your ghostly apparitions? The Haunted Pub Crawl from BeerQuest PDX (Oct. 10–Nov. 2, $45-49) unites fun-loving specter-seekers on a tour of Old Town Portland. With its cobblestone streets and beautiful 19th-century buildings, this district is steeped in history and is purportedly home to a sizable ghost population. Imbibe up to seven drink samples, including award-winning brews from Old Town Brewing, while experts deliver nonstop doses of goose bumps. More Information.

Meanwhile in Washougal, Washington, just across the river, you can enjoy a brew with your favorite Zombie friends. The Zombie Brewfest  takes place on October 25th at Doomsday Brewing in Washougal. Wear your best Zombie attire.