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Silk Road Explores

Bishkek
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Walk Along The Silk Road
Silk Road Explore takes you into the heart of Kyrgyzstan, around the Son-Kul lake and the magnificent Tien Shan mountains. This 14-day journey is one of the most interesting and diverse treks out there—it includes helicopter trips over the South Inylchek glacier, mountain horseback rides, and a folklore show in the capital city of Bishkek. Each night is spent in tent camps that have been set up along the route by the team guides.
Walk Along The Silk Road
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Trek in Ethiopia

West Harerghe
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Journey into the Horn of Africa
This 28-day trek begins near Debre Barkos, in northwestern Ethiopia. The journey is a mix of long drives across the country, boat trips on Lake Tana, Lake Champo and the Omo River, and daily hikes in the Simien Mountains and Mago National Parks. Among those landscapes, you’ll likely spot walia ibex, hippos, and gelada baboons. Trek in Ethiopia provides meals, overnight stays in hotels and lodges, and optional visits to cultural and museum sites.
Journey into the Horn of Africa
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Swiss Alps

Furna
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Straight Out of the Storybooks
As dawn breaks in the Swiss Alps, you’re savoring fresh pastries, local cheeses, and views that give a preview of the day’s plan: wandering along mountain paths and through high green meadows. The seven-day village-to-village Alpinehikers trek with stops in Mürren and Zermatt is outdoorsy without sacrificing comforts such as homemade iced tea brewed with alpine herbs to quench your thirst along the way. This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
Straight Out of the Storybooks
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Bay of Fires Walk

Ansons Bay
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A Seaside Ramble
Off Australia’s southern shore, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires is a remote stretch of white beach and granite painted orange with lichen. Tasmania Walking Company leads a four-day hike that explores the shoreline of Mount William National Park, stopping for the night at a camp of semi-permanent tents in dunes abutting the beach. Your reward for putting in the miles is two nights at the sleek, solar-powered Bay of Fires Eco Lodge (swim, snorkel, spa, repeat). This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
A Seaside Ramble
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Andes Cross

Bariloche
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Sky-high Adventure
Argentina’s Lakes District is all alpine meadows, granite-ringed lakes, and jagged, snow-capped peaks. A four-day trek with Andes Cross includes several challenging summits but also meals and microbrews in a mountain hut⎯and, for the brave, a bracing dip in a glacier-fed lake. This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
Sky-high Adventure
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Amankora

Thimphu
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A Walk into Another World
The forests, mountains, and temples in the high-altitude country of Bhutan deserve to be seen at a walking pace. With five elegant lodges spread across the kingdom, Amankora leads made-for-you treks that thread through the bamboo forests of Khelikha and stop to explore the cliffside temple complex of Paro Taktsang. Bonus: Each lodge offers holistic spa treatments based on Himalayan plant and herb remedies. This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
A Walk into Another World
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The Cookie Jar

Cape Elizabeth
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The Best Doughnut of Your Life at The Cookie Jar
"These are my absolute favorite doughnuts on earth. Old school. No frills," says Alex Carleton. "To me, maple glazed donuts with a piping hot coffee from Cookie Jar is the quintessential autumn morning in Maine."
The Best Doughnut of Your Life at The Cookie Jar
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Scratch Baking Co

South Portland
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Tasty Breads and Desserts at Scratch Baking Co
"I love their delicious, sugary cookies, cakes and desserts," divulges Alex Carleton. "And they definitely have the best homemade breads in Cape Elizabeth. They also have a lunch counter with take-away salads and sandwiches."
Tasty Breads and Desserts at Scratch Baking Co
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158 Picket Street Cafe

South Portland
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Get Your Morning On At 158
"Locals just call it 158. This place is the best for breakfast," says Alex Carleton. "It's as simple as a homemade toasted sesame bagel with homemade lox and cream cheese, or an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich.Their pimento cream cheese, though, is a must-try. It's got a kick to it." This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
Get Your Morning On At 158
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J's Oyster

Portland
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Drink With the Locals at J's Oyster
"J's Oyster is down in the marina area," explains Alex Carleton. "It’s one of these cozy, full bar, and they of course have seafood on the menu. It's a casual spot, the kind of place people blow into after being out sailing all day." This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
Drink With the Locals at J's Oyster
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Lobster Shack

Cape Elizabeth
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Best Lobster Rolls in Town at Lobster Shack
"This place has a lot of charm," says Alex Carleton. "They're known for their lobster rolls, which I definitely recommend. Also bring a six pack of beer and some friends, and you have the perfect evening." This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
Best Lobster Rolls in Town at Lobster Shack
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Street & Co

Portland
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True Maine Dining at Street & Company
“Things in Maine tend to be very understated," explains Alex Carleton. "Street & Company restaurant is a great example: It’s casual and humble with incredible seafood. Get the daily catch paired with one of their incredible cocktails." This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
True Maine Dining at Street & Company
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