An hour's drive from Portland along the Wine Road (Highway 99W) leads you to the 120 wineries of the Willamette Valley.

The hardest part of visiting Durango is figuring out how to do it all. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, and horseback ride in the San Juan Mountains; water lovers can raft, kayak, or fly-fish the Animas River.

Where can we go for a summer getaway that's not too far from the New York metro area? I'm a baseball nut, my wife prefers music and art, and our kids love boating and biking.

Sports fanatics and phobics alike will enjoy a delightful visit to Cooperstown in upstate New York. In addition to the famous Baseball Hall of Fame, the new National Soccer Hall of Fame awaits in nearby Oneonta. Culture mavens will be equally pleased with the folk and Native American art at the Fenimore Art Museum, the fascinating Farmers' Museum, and in July and August, performances of the Glimmerglass Opera. Lake Otsego is great for canoeing, kayaking, or biking the roads that surround the lake. The adults can quench summer-time thirst with an exceptional beer at the Ommegang Brewery, and all can have a good meal at Gabriella's on the Square, the Hawkeye Bar and Grill at the Otesaga Hotel, the Hoffman Lane Bistro, and the Blue Mingo Grill at the lake. If you'd like to be within walking distance of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Main Street shops, first choice is the family-friendly Inn at Cooperstown, with 16 rooms; $90-230. For a romantic escape, visit dramatic Thistlebrook Bed & Breakfast --an elegantly restored barn--offering beautiful rooms with antique furnishings, outstanding breakfasts, and a peaceful country setting. More inns…

A word to the wise-visit midweek in June for lovely weather and fewer crowds; summer weekends in July and August can be intense.

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