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Holi-date Night
’Tis the season to get creative with date night. So here are 10 ways to get some quality holiday time together. 
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Sleigh Ride for Two Whether it’s in the city or the country, every sleigh ride comes with 100% chance of cuddling. If you want the perfect postcard scene, try one of the top-five scenic sleigh rides according to Trails.com.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Ice Skating There’s nothing like a little ice to warm things up. Couples' skate the night away, then hit the wine bar to wind down. If you’re feeling adventurous, plan a trip to one of the best ice rinks in the world.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Impromptu Sledding Sure, it’s great to hit the ski resort for some pro-style tubing (is that even a thing?), but you can also take advantage of the midweek snowstorm. Here’s an easy way for you and your date to make a homemade sled. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Not-so-Secret Santa The rules are easy: go to any shopping area, designate a max gift dollar amount (like $20), then split up for 30 minutes while you find something special for that special someone. Then exchange gifts over dinner and a nice glass of wine.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Holiday Movie Marathon When the weather outside is frightful, curl up on the couch with a holiday classic. The best holiday movie of all time is debatable (it’s A Christmas Story), but you can’t go wrong with any of the holiday movies on POPSUGAR’s list.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Snowshoeing If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s a reason it’s the fastest-growing winter sport in the world. Even better, it’s easy to do. Strap some on and go for it, or check out this tutorial from Snowshoe Magazine.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Couples Massage We’re feeling more relaxed just thinking about it. Kick back and enjoy some romantic time together while you both get pampered. Or if you want to try the home version, this video tutorial can get you started.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Visit Non-Relatives As in rent a house near your very own. Why? You’ll be treated like a guest without the travel time, and you’ll get away from any household chores. You can just enjoy each other’s company and let someone else wash the hand towels.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Couples Cooking Class Even if you’re already an accomplished cook (does French toast count?), there’s something romantic about sharing a cutting board. And if you’re in the Seattle area, here’s a handy list of classes.
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Restaurant Roulette OK, so you’re not into cooking. Then how about a game of chance that ends with someone cooking for you? Just put 10 names of local restaurants you haven’t tried yet into a hat, and pick one for that night. Voilà, date night is served.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Must-See Holiday Lights
Make your holidays cheery and bright with a visit to some of the most amazing light displays on earth.
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City Centre Lights—Vienna City streets and shops bathed in monochromatic white lights and giant light-encrusted chandeliers make this a decidedly European experience (fans of red and blue lights, you’ll find those as well). Check out the view here. (Photo courtesy of Flickr WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Grand Palace Light Show—Brussels An architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Palace gets a modern holiday treatment: a giant projected light show with a full musical score. Words can’t do it justice, but here’s the video.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Austin Trail of Lights—Austin, TX Now in its 52nd year, this collection of lighted tunnels and mind-blowing displays features more than two million lights that take a whopping 15,000 man-hours to create. Experience a bit of last year’s magic here. (Photo courtesy of Dear Wesleyann Photography)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Christmas Illuminations in Paris As if anyone really needs yet another reason to visit Paris. But the holiday displays from November to early January make the City of Light even more breathtaking. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find on historic streets such as Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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An Old-Time Christmas, Branson, MO Silver Dollar City busts out all the stops, with “five million lights, one thousand decorated trees, two Broadway-style musical productions, thrilling amusement rides . . . and endless holiday comfort foods and treats.” Sounds like our kind of festival. Start planning here.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Kobe Luminarie—Kobe, Japan Commemorating the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, this light festival presents “a symbol of hope, recovery, and renovation.” The intricate designs of this 200,000-light display are both poignant and breathtaking, and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Marufish)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Christmas in Tivoli Gardens—Copenhagen This is no neighborhood block with a few light displays, this is all of Tivoli decorated in lighted spruce trees, 60,000 colored balls, and 40 km (24 miles) of fairy light strings. See more of the Tivoli festivities here. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Pedro Plassen Lopes)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Rockefeller Center—New York, NY There’s still nothing like this American classic set in one of the greatest cities in the world. From ice skating at Bryant Park Winter Village to watching the Radio City Rockettes kick in the holidays, it’s an unforgettable, can’t-miss experience. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Anthony Quintano)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Christmas Ship Festival—Seattle, WA Only in Seattle do the holiday lights arrive via ocean. A Pacific Northwest tradition for 62 years, this parade of festively adorned ships travels to 65 shoreline areas where beachside viewing parties revel in the holiday spirit. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling
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Winter Festival of Lights—Niagara Falls, NY Yes, that Niagara Falls. From November 19 to January 21, the Festival of Lights illuminates the city and the falls with a rainbow of holiday cheer. And it’s more than just a selfie opp. Find out more here.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
Girls’ Winter Wonderland Weekend
Snow. Lights. Wine. Now that’s how to spend a weekend with the girls. So grab your parkas and hit one of these winter wonderlands.
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Winter Carnival in Québec City You know you’re in a winter wonderland when CNN ranks you as one of the “top-10 destinations for celebrating the holidays.” The city is truly transformed for the season, with holiday markets, tours from costumed guides, and live concerts.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Leavenworth, WA What if a Bavarian village suddenly appeared in the middle of Washington State? Well, you’d name it Leavenworth and turn it into one of the most enchanting winter villages around. On top of the pageantry, there’s also tubing, snowshoeing, and skiing nearby.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Government Camp, OR Tucked into the shadows of Mt. Hood, this cozy town keeps you close to the holiday action with a tree-lighting ceremony, light shows, a fireworks display, great skiing (of course), and cosmic tubing. This is, indeed, a vision to behold. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Mt. Hood Territory)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Bozeman, MT Travel + Leisure calls it one of “America’s Prettiest Towns.” With mountain views every direction you look, a quaint yet vibrant downtown scene, endless snow, and even dogsledding, it’s a sure-fire holiday hit.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport, ME Voted the No. 2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV, Kennebunkport puts on a fantastic preholiday show. And with a hat parade, lobster trap tree lighting, pooch parade, and Santa arriving by boat, it’s anything but expected. (Photo courtesy of Robert Dennis)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Aspen, CO As if we really need to talk you into going to Aspen in the winter. But have you seen fireworks explode over holiday lights? Of course, you can always hit the slopes too. With wall-to-wall events, you might not have time though. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Swanson)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Tahoe, CA You know it has ski resorts, but it’s also chock-full of holiday spirit. For classic holiday fun, hit the Northstar Noel Nights festival or take the Polar Express train. Or try the Heavenly Holidays in South Lake Tahoe to see ice sculpting, concerts, and a 16-foot snow globe.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Asheville, NC Asheville rolls out all the stops—a national gingerbread house competition, a winter lights display at the North Carolina Arboretum, and a cliff-rappelling entrance by Santa himself. Our favorite attraction might be the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room mansion decked out in holiday cheer. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Jim R Rogers)
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Nantucket, MA There are plenty of festivities to get you into the holiday mood in Nantucket, but our favorite is the Christmas Stroll. In the 1970s, it provided an opportunity for people to shop local. Now it’s a holiday-defining event that brings out the whole town.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth was old-school before old-school was cool. Their Vintage Christmas is big on nostalgia and holiday lights. Skate the night away at the Puddle Dock Pond. Or take in the holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
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Holiday Party Themes
You could take away all the gifts and just leave all the holiday parties. This year, try one of these party themes to holiday-up any gathering.
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Let It Snow What’s more unique than a snowflake-themed party? The good news: no mittens or cold weather required. And it’s easier than you think with these decorating tips from Party Delights.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Holiday Movie Costume Party Oh, the options are endless. Will you go as the Grinch? Elf? Bob Cratchit? No Scrooging on the food and wine, though. Check out this list of the best holiday movie characters for inspiration.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Pet Holiday Party Cutest. Party. Ever. Why let the people have all the fun? This pet-themed party will have your guests, with fur or otherwise, begging for more (see what we did there?). 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Holiday Karaoke Party Forget having a silent night, crank up the music and pull out the holiday song list. Don’t have your list handy? Start with these 20 Christmas songs people never get sick of. Hmm, “never” is a strong word.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party The ultimate throwback Thursday. Or Friday or Saturday too. Are you in, ol’ chap? If so, foxtrot your way to this guide to throwing a Great Gatsby Party.
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Giving Tree Party Sometimes, it’s much better to give than to receive. Ask guests to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots program to go under the tree, and brighten up the holidays for a child in need. Find your local Toys for Tots program here.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Naughty or Nice Party Real lumps of coal are so cliché. We prefer the chocolate variety—goes much better with a glass of wine. So get your list, check it twice, and then check out this Naughty or Nice Party board.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Tree-Decorating Party You’ve got a tree. You’ve got a bunch of friends. See where we’re going with this? Grab the decorations and make it a group thing. And to add a theme to the tree, try one of these suggestions from Dream Book Design.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Flannel Party We love a holiday sweater as much as anyone, but it’s not the only cold-weather warmer. Get cozy with a flannel party. You can start with some inspiration or download this printable PDF with flannel-themed décor.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Blue Christmas Elvis has entered the building. Turn his iconic holiday song into an epic party theme. This should get you well on your way. Uh-huh.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
Grown-up Game Night
When it’s a grown-up get-together, Monopoly just won’t do. Here are 10 great games to get the party going. 
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Say Anything Grab a card, pick a question, and then get creative. Questions include things like, “Who is the most annoying celebrity in show business?” and “What’s the best thing about being a woman?” Best answer wins. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Curses

Players take turns putting “curses” on fellow players—actions they must obey at all times of the game. Including things like, “Whenever the player on your left speaks, constantly interrupt them by saying things like, ‘Really? Is that so? Fascinating.’” 

perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Two Truths & a Lie A free game that requires no game pieces yet has guests relinquishing their innermost secrets? We’re in. Each person takes turns telling two truths and one lie about themselves, and then others guess which one is the lie. We guarantee someone will surprise you.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Adult Hedbanz It’s worth it purely for the stylish headwear. A classic game of “What am I?” but the answer sits attached firmly to your forehead. Ask yes or no questions to get to the answer. And if you want to get really creative, make your own cards.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Wits & Wagers This is what a trivia game looks like where pretty much no one knows the answers. The questions are random, like, “How many shapes of pasta are there?” and the answers are guesses. Players then “bet” on which guess is closest. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Twister The ultimate party game needs no introduction. It’s not that kind of party, you say? OK, just set one board on the floor and walk away. We bet your guests are tangled in knots faster than you can say, “Left foot, blue.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Game of Phones Ok, how cool is this: your phone becomes your game piece as party guests are challenged to find their best selfies, show off their funniest texts, or play the first song that comes up on shuffle.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Buffalo Pick two cards, then come up with the name of the person the cards describe. Sound easy? Try “Misunderstood” and “Time Traveler.” Or “Flying” and “Librarian.” The combinations and answers are endless. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Five-Second Rule We promise there’s no eating food off the floor. Instead, the five seconds are the precious little time a player has to answer such questions as “Name Three Things You Do When No One’s Looking.” It’s one of Ellen’s favorite games too.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
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Left Center Right A great group game, players roll and then have to do what the dice tells them—send a chip (or dollar) to the person on the left or on the right, keep it, or lose it to the center pot. Winner takes all.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
DIY Holiday Decorations Party
A homemade decorations party is exactly what the holidays need. Start with a group of your girlfriends, and just add wine, glitter, and glue.
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Crafty Stockings Go beyond the classic red boot with these 37 crazy, crafty stocking ideas. From turning old sweaters into new stockings, to creating stockings out of antique wood, there’s something for every Santa’s helper.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Holiday Wine Bottles Decorating a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle wine is nearly as fun as sipping a glass of it. Decorate the table with wine bottle snowmen, penguins with scarves, or our own personal favorite—the snowflake bottles.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Mini Holiday Trees With just a handful of materials and a little effort, you’ll soon have an adorable mini forest of holiday trees. Throw in a small electric tea light to warm up the vibe at the holiday table.  
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Beaded Ball Ornaments These adorable orbs will spruce up any tree (no pun intended). They take a couple hours to perfect, but the directions are a snap, so even the most novice crafter can join in the fun. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Douglas Cootey)
 
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Holiday Pumpkins Halloween isn’t the only day the pumpkin can shine. In fact, these amazingly creative holiday pumpkins can add some serious spice to your décor.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Rustic Wood Candleholders So simple. So cute. With the right log and some votive candles, you’ll soon have a collection of candleholders that are real conversation pieces.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Hot Cocoa Reindeer If those three words don’t have you hooked, we don’t know what will. With these directions, your guests can take home their very own hot cocoa Rudolph – either to adorn the tree, or to break out in case of a cocoa emergency.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Memory Wreath Time to put those Facebook albums to good use. Gather your friends, a big box of picture frames, and a photo printer and turn fun photos into real-life holiday wreaths. We like it.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Joy Sign Art A wreath, white paint, and a board, and you’ve got yourself a craft party. OK, so technically the sign doesn’t have to say, “Joy,” if you can think of another three-letter holiday word with an o in the middle.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Glitter Deer These are almost too cute for words, but we’re going to try. In just seven short steps, you’ll have a glittery masterpiece. And who doesn’t still love to break out the glitter?
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Date Night At Home
Looking for quality time together but can’t get away? Try these 10 fun and flirty date nights at home.
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Backyard Movie Get out of the house and into the yard for a romantic evening together. Setting up an outdoor theater is easier than you think. Start by building your outdoor movie screen.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Game Night for Two Put away the kiddie games and revisit old classics. Or find a new favorite for just the two of you. Here’s a list of some of the best two-player games for couples.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Make Something Sweet A couple that cooks together, well, you know. Try a decadent dessert recipe that takes a little teamwork, and a whole lot of sweetness. Like one of these 25 Romantic Desserts.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Adult Coloring Books There’s a reason for the craze—adult coloring books have been shown to reduce anxiety by helping to “switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment.” You’ll find plenty of options from online booksellers.
 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Live Theater. In the Living Room. Dress up (or dress down) and enjoy a Broadway show streamed right to you. Broadway HD lets you buy or rent Broadway shows without tripping to New York.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Learn Some New Moves From ballroom to salsa or hip-hop, YouTube has a plethora of how-to videos. Pop one on your big screen, slide aside the coffee table and let the dancing begin. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Don’t Say a Word: Couples Meditation Slowing down and practicing mindfulness together can reduce anxiety and help strengthen your bond. Try these simple meditation techniques with your significant other. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Plan a Vacation Together And not just because you both deserve it: studies show that our happiness increases during the vacation-planning process. It turns out the anticipation of a vacation can be even more beneficial than a vacation itself.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Learn a Second Language C’est bon! Or muy bien, if you prefer. With free apps like Duolingo you can start learning French, Spanish, Italian or even Brazilian Portuguese. And with a practice partner at the ready, it can become a weekly date.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Your Own Private Wine Bar Get your favorite wine and cheeses, and his and hers wine taster flight boards with glasses, to turn the dining room table into a classic wine bar.
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Dog-Friendly Trips
Pamper your pooch and yourself in these ten doggy destinations.
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AUSTIN, TX Southern hospitality knows no bounds. What other city boasts over 200 dog-friendly restaurants and the chance to do yoga alongside your pooch? A center for animal activism, Austin is also the largest adoption-only city in the States.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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ASHEVILLE, NC George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate might just make for the best dog-walking grounds in the entire country. With over 8,000 acres to explore, you and your furry friend better pack a picnic!
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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SAN DIEGO, CA The center of the dog-surfing world, San Diego and its surf dog surf-a-thon draws spectators and participants from near and far. For those yet to find their sea legs, there’s always the annual National Dog Party Day. (Photo courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center's Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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DEL MAR, CA For a more calm, secluded feel, travel just north of San Diego to the charming town of Del Mar for its dog-friendly stretch of beach. The dog-walker’s heaven is one of Southern California’s few destinations where you won’t need a car. (Photo courtesy of Visit Del Mar Village)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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MILWAUKEE, WI Paddle boating with your pooch! Lake Shore Paddle Sport Rentals gives pets and their owners the chance to cruise with their furry friends. Multiple waterfront trails make for some truly scenic strolls.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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ORLANDO, FL Join thousands of dog and art-lovers in Winter Park, Florida each April for the Doggie Art Festival. Pet-inspired artists, pet-related vendors, adoption organizations and live music make this free event a hit for pups and their parents.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM You know a town takes its dog hospitality seriously when city hall holds a Mayor’s Dog Ball every year. Besides that, 33,000 acres of public parks and 300 days of sun mean plenty of time and space for the outdoors.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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DENVER, CO A whole lot of dog parks, including four downtown, plus even more sunshine means plenty of outdoor adventures in the Mile-High City. And to recover, Hotel Teatro offers “Pawdicure” (and pedicure) specials.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN Events like the Dog Dayz of Summer: Canine Carnival ensure plenty of fun in the sun for pups in Minneapolis. If it’s a bit chilly, curl up with a good book and a treat at Birchbark Books. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Johan Larsson)
 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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SEATTLE, WA Magnuson Park in Seattle shows how much the city loves four-legged friends. Its 8.6 acres of off-leash area includes a Lake Washington doggie beach, and a play zone just for smaller dogs.(Photo courtesy of Flickr Wonderlane)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
Breathtaking Hikes
From scenic winding trails to majestic mountaintop views, these 10 must-hit hikes will bring out the nature lover in you. 
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West Maroon Creek Trail, Colorado In a state known for natural beauty, this 10-mile hike stands out. Traverse a gorgeous glacial valley, then over Maroon Pass…at a truly breathtaking 12,480 feet. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Mark Byzewski)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska A jaw dropping eight mile day hike through cottonwood and alder forests before rising above the tree line for spectacular views over the Harding Icefield – 300 square miles of shimmering snow and ice. But check conditions first, as snow on the trail can last through early July. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Amy Meredith)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
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Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, Yosemite, California There’s a reason Yosemite is popular – there’s so much natural beauty in one place. Try the Valley Loop Trail (11.5 miles full loop, 7.2 for half). It’ll take you through tranquil meadows, below towering granite cliffs and along the Merced River on your way to El Capitan. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Glenn Scofield Williams)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii Also called the Hanakapi’ai Trail, this is THE hike on the hike-filled island of Kauai. The 11-mile trail is as beautiful as it is challenging, taking you along the Ke’e Beach past coastal cliffs, waterfall-lined ridges and large, lush valleys. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Giant of the Valley, Adirondacks, New York Giant Mountain is the 12th highest among the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks, and has a view to match. But you don’t have to wait for the summit, there are plenty of lookouts that let you take in the high peaks and expansive valley along the way. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Christopher Rines)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Texas Covering more than 1,000 feet in five miles, the Lost Mine Trail isn’t a walk in the park. But it does give you a chance to see the Casa Grande Peak in all its glory. The summit is unmistakable—the trail ends at a jutted rock that lets you gaze out on Juniper Canyon. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Adam Baker)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Hannegan Pass Trail, Washington The oldest-known volcanic center in the area (don’t worry, it was four million years ago), this hike boasts steeply eroded cliffs along with glacial waterfalls. The best is saved for last though—360-degree views of glorious North Cascade peaks and glaciers including the High Divide, Nooksack Ridge, Mount Baker, East Nooksack Glacier and Ruth Mountain.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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The Highline Loop, Logan Pass, Montana The spectacular views are on display every step of this 11.8-mile hike along the Continental Divide. Wildlife and wildflowers abound, and views of Mount Cannon, Mount Oberlin and Heavens Peak won’t disappoint. Stop at Haystack Pass to eat lunch and soak in the panoramic view at 7,486 feet. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Greg Willis)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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White Oak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Boasting six(!) waterfalls along its trail, this easygoing hike is a visitor favorite. Crisscross over cascading creeks on wooden footbridges (no wet toes) on your way to the 86-foot falls at the top. Even better, it’s open year-round.  (Photo courtesy of Flickr Diane Norgaard
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Noanet Woodlands, Dover, Massachusetts Just 13 miles from Boston with 17 miles of trails. We suggest heading toward Noanet Peak. At 387 feet, it features sweeping views of the glorious Boston skyline. You’ll also find ponds, blooming wildflowers, and a historic mill. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Mike Halsall
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Girls’ Weekend on the West Coast
There’s nothing like a few fun-filled days with your BFFs. Here are 10 west coast getaways sure to please.
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Poulsbo, Washington Also known as “Little Norway,” this quaint town packs plenty of Norwegian charm. Located right on the Puget Sound, it features art galleries, museums, great restaurants and more.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Walla Walla, Washington OK, we may be a liiiittle biased, but Washington wine country is the perfect getaway for women who like great wine. But there’s more to Walla Walla than wine—it’s also one of the top cycling destinations in the state.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Long Beach, Washington Don’t let the laid-back vibe of this town fool you. The city fills the summer calendar with amazing events, from sand-sculpting festivals to beach concerts, arts festivals and Washington’s International Kite Festival.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Maupin, Oregon It’s not big on a map, but it’s big on river rafting. Get a guide or rent a raft, then take a trip down the Deschutes, where you can hit the rapids or choose to paddle around.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Wallowa Lake, Oregon One of the most beloved areas of northeast Oregon, Wallowa offers scenic beauty and outdoor fun. Rent a cabin, then hike, ride or paddle the day away, or take the Wallowa tram 3,700 feet to the top of Mount Howard.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California Ranked the #2 Best Small City and #6 Travel Destination in the United States by Condè Nast, this picturesque European-inspired village is packed with fantastic shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Oh-so-many restaurants. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Catalina Island, California
 Accessible only by ship or helicopter, but it’s well worth the effort with amazing restaurants, shops, and scenery. Rent a golf cart and tour the island, or try the zip-line course that takes you 300 feet above the canyon floor.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Hood River, Oregon The place where the Cascade Mountain Range and Columbia River Gorge meets is a paradise for hikers. As well as for foodies, sightseers, or windsurfers—it’s often called the windsurfing capital of the world. 
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Cape Perpetua, Oregon Take in the sights at this outdoorsy mecca, then get active. Go horseback riding, bicycling, picnicking, or walk through old-growth forests on your way to kicking around in ocean tidal pools.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Seabrook, Washington Old meets modern in this classically new beach town. Rent a cottage, then stroll the beach, hit the shops, or go enjoy the peaceful serenity of the farm district. Then try the wine tasting. Definitely go wine tasting. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
Summer Playlist
Wine, music and summer. Now that’s our kind of party.  Get yours started with 10 of our favorites songs, plus the lyrics that make us love them, then add your own to our Spotify List. 
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Make You Miss Me by Sam Hunt Lyrics that make us love it: “You think it’s easy, but that’s a lie; The only reason that you’re good at good-bye is; Every boy you ever met was too easy to forget; Well, I ain’t going out like that”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Hey Ya! by OutKast Lyrics that make us love it: “You think you’ve got it; Oh, you think you’ve got it; But got it just don’t get it when there’s nothin’ at all”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Wasted Time by Keith Urban Lyrics that make us love it: “Summer dresses drying out on the hood of the car; Only music that we had was out the left speaker; We were living every second ’til the time ran out; We had nothing, but we had it all”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Crazy in Love by Beyoncé Lyrics that make us love it: “Tennis shoes, don’t even need to buy a new dress; If you ain’t there, ain’t nobody else to impress; The way that you know what I thought I knew; It’s the beat my heart skips when I’m with you"
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas Lyrics that make us love it: “Here we come, here we go, we gotta rock; Easy come, easy go, now we on top; Feel the shot, body rock, rock it, don’t stop; Round and round, up and down, around the clock”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Lyrics that make us love it: “Baby, love never felt so fine; And I’d doubt if it was ever mine; Not like you hold me, hold me; Oh baby, love never felt so good”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics that make us love it: “Well I heard Mister Young sing about her; Well I heard old Neil put her down; Well, I hope Neil Young will remember; A southern man don't need him around anyhow” 
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Cheap Thrills by Sia Lyrics that make us love it: “Come on, come on, turn the radio on; It’s Saturday and I won’t be long; Gotta paint my nails, put my high heels on; It’s Saturday and I won’t be long”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun Lyrics that make us love it: “Don’t stop, just keep going on; I’m your shoulder to lean upon; So come on, deliver from inside; All we got is tonight that is right till first light”
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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The Joker by The Steve Miller Band Lyrics that make us love it: “Cause I’m a picker; I’m a grinner; I’m a lover; And I’m a sinner; I play my music in the sun” 
Click here to listen to the playlist. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
’90s Rom-Coms He’ll Actually Watch
Let’s be honest. Wine pairs perfectly with rom-coms. But you probably have to sell you-know-who on it too. Luckily, the glorious 1990s, and this list, are here to help.
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Jerry Maguire First off, DO NOT say “it’s a romantic comedy” out loud. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s epic performance as pro football receiver Rod Tidwell, scoring TDs and dispensing relationship advice, is outstanding rom-com cover for Jerry’s flawed but noble courtship of Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger). 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Groundhog Day Bill Murray is at his best as self-centered, narcissistic Phil the weatherman. But this laugh-out-loud comedy has a poignant message of redemption and true love—it’s only by acting from the heart that Phil can break the Groundhog Day spell and win over his soul mate.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Singles Arguably the rom-com that defines the 1990s. Sorry, Sleepless in Seattle. Singles is also set in Seattle. With grunge. And an ensemble cast of the ’90s “it” crowd. Did we mention little-known writer/director Cameron Crowe? In short, something for everyone.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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There’s Something about Mary The Farrelly brothers meet Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz. What’s not to love? Behind the jokes (which pushed all kinds of boundaries at the time) was the story of love lost and found again. Also, Brett Favre in a shocking rom-com twist.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Boomerang Eddie Murphy shows his romantic side as a successful ad executive and chronic womanizer who finds love after a . . . your husband or boyfriend has lost interest, hasn’t he? Then just tell him Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier AND Halle Berry are all featured.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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As Good as It Gets Okay, so Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt aren’t exactly as cute as Bennifer (another ’90s reference!), but they won Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars for their work in this film—making As Good as It Gets the most recent movie to win both awards.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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The Cutting Edge You might have to put this one on before he gets in the room and cue it up to a hockey scene, because competitive couples figure skating might be a tough sell. But this story of a has-been hockey star and a spoiled rich skater falling for each other is pure gold.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Clueless You can tell him the film is based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Or tell him it’s Paul Rudd being Paul Rudd, before Paul Rudd was really Paul Rudd. That should do it.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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10 Things I Hate about You This film barely squeaked into the ’90s in 1999. Prior to Heath Ledger’s unforgettable turn as the Joker, he played Patrick Verona, a bad boy with a questionable past “hired” to woo a fiercely independent girl in his high school. Sound a little like Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? Shhhh. Our secret.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Chasing Amy Featuring Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams, this story of love and sexual identity has romance, and the bite of a film written and directed by Kevin Smith of Clerks fame.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Secluded Beaches
Go off the beaten path and get sand in your toes at these 10 spectacular secluded beaches.
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Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece This hidden inlet is enclosed within steep cliffs and only accessible by boat. The beach gets its name from the ship that ran ashore in 1980 while being chased by the Greek Navy. The ship remains a beach fixture.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
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Navio Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico You’ll need a four-wheel drive to get to this hidden gem. Once there you’ll find brilliantly blue water, sea grape plants and palm trees. The gentle waves are perfect for relaxing on the shore, or for first-time surfers. (Photo courtesy of Mark Donoher)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Arrifana Beach, Algarve, Portugal Backed by tall cliffs, this beach’s golden sand and surf is accessible via boardwalk stairs from the lively and lovely village of Aljezur. The northern headlands feature the 12th-century ruins of Castle Arrifana from the first kingdom of Algarve. (Photo courtesy of David van der Mark)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
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Makalawena Beach, Hawaii A 30-minute hike through lava fields and dunes, the pristine blue-green water and isolated beauty of Makalawena is truly a sight to behold. Head to the north cove for gentler surf and sand.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Monkey Beach, Malaysia No false advertising here: this beach gets its name from the crab-eating macaque that call it home. A perfect swimming spot, Monkey Beach is one of the few white sand beaches left on Penang Island. (Photo courtesy of Brent 2.0)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Sandcut Beach, Vancouver, B.C. A rugged timber-lined trail leads to this spectacular Canadian pebble beach.  The waterfalls are some of the biggest attractions and are at their strongest in the spring, winter and fall. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Dry Tortugas, Key West Take the Dry Tortugas Ferry or fly into these seven small islands for incredible snorkeling and powder-white sand. Then explore Fort Jefferson, one of the largest 19th-century forts in the United States.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia You’ll quickly see why this spot is dubbed “the most photographed beach in Australia”: sand, surf and marine life blend to create a stunning color palette. Its sand is 98 percent silica, making it a brilliant bright white.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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North Beach, Barbuda, Caribbean Maybe its unassuming name has kept it off the tourist radar. Or maybe it’s because it’s 10 miles from the island’s only town. Regardless, it’ll feel like it’s all yours. Comb the beach for messages in a bottle—a Barbudan favorite.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Playón de Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Located an hour from Puerto Vallarta, these 40 (yes, 40!) miles of beach offer a sea of tranquility and a safe haven for turtles. But jump on that rowing machine first—you can only get there by rowboat. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Best Shopping in the United States
Grab your purse and best friend, and get ready to shop until you drop in these 10 amazing shopping districts.
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NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR Is going “boutiquing” a thing? Well, it is on NW 23rd, where you can peruse local designers and independent shops. Much less formal than Rodeo Drive, you’re in for a casual day of fun exploration and one-of-a-kind finds.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Michigan Avenue: The Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL Magnificent indeed: there is truly something for everyone here, from high-end luxury to iconic retailers, chic designers, kitschy stores and trendy boutiques. And don’t miss the annual Shopping Festival, with fashion shows, celebrity appearances, food and drinks.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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The East Village, New York, NY Old is new again. Spend a day browsing vintage boutiques, record stores and more. Favorites include Fabulous Fanny’s one-of-a-kind eyeglass emporium, legendary Strand Book Store, and Obscura Antiques and Oddities, a former funeral parlor turned novelty shop. (Photo courtesy of KM)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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San Marcos Premium Outlets, San Marcos, TX Great shopping doesn’t have to be full price. Just 30 minutes from Austin, this mall features 145 stores, including retailers “that can’t be found anywhere else in Texas.” And its architecture is based on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Union Square, San Francisco, CA High fashion and fantastic food? Sign us up. From luxury boutiques to big retail stores, Union Square has everything, with plenty of amazing restaurants in between. Finding things to buy is easy, parking is not. So take a cab or Uber if you can. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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The Grove, Los Angeles, CA Right next to the Farmers’ Market, this shopping area “offers the hottest, newest fashions, must-have gadgets . . . the most gorgeous décor and the hippest furniture.” Plus it’s known for celebrity sightings! And don’t miss the outdoor stage with concerts, movies and more. (Photo courtesy of Prayitno)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Soho, New York, NY Fifth Avenue is great, but we prefer the eclectic mix of high-end, kitsch, vintage and modern in Soho. Check out places like Alexis Bittar's jewelry store; the owner got his start selling his designs on the streets of New York.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Pike Place Market & Downtown, Seattle, WA Seattle offers a two-for-one: the world-famous Pike Place Market has everything from crafty to crazy, with fresh seafood to boot. And it’s right downtown, so you’re mere blocks from high-end retailers and the Pacific Place mall
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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King Street, Charleston, SC Here, you can choose your own shopping adventure. Hit the Upper Street Design and Dining District, the King Street Fashion District, or the King Street Antiques District. Don’t miss Alex and Ani for handcrafted original, eco-conscious jewelry. (Photo courtesy of John Hoey)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Newbury Street, Boston, MA With Harvard Square, Charles Street and the “Pru,” Boston could have its own top 10 list. But Newbury’s eight blocks of boutiques, salons and restaurants get our pick. Try Crush Boutique for “casual chic to elegant cocktail.” (Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
Adrenaline Rush
We’re all for kicking back, glass in hand. But it’s nice to shake things up too. And we mean really shake them up.
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The Slide at the Arcelormittal Orbit, London, England Opening in June of 2016, this 583-foot tube slide will be the longest in the world. Built on London’s tallest piece of public art, the 40-second ride circles the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times, with peek-a-boo views of the London skyline.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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ZERO-G Experience (cities around the United States)
The specially modified Boeing 727 allows passengers to “float, flip and soar” in total weightlessness. The planes are touring across 12 cities in 2016. But at $5K per person, the price is almost as steep as the flight.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Soaring Treetop Adventures, Durango, CO These 27 zip line courses let you soar over the San Juan Mountains and across the Animas River with breathtaking views of rushing water, old-growth ponderosa pines and aspen groves.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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ZORB Globe Riding, Roturua, New Zealand “Globe riding” is a fancy way of saying rolling downhill in a giant inflatable ball. And it’s something you won’t soon forget. Choose between the ZYDRO wet ride or the ZORBIT dry ride. A big meal before is NOT recommended.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Devil’s Pool, Livingstone Island, Zambia With only an underwater rock formation preventing a ride down the falls, it’s been called “the ultimate infinity pool.” Brave guides stand on the lip for safety, and the truly fearless jump in (or backflip) from the exposed rock above. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Stratosphere SkyJump, Las Vegas Las Vegas has never been for the faint-of-heart. So how does a controlled free fall from 108 floors above the ground grab you? Friends can watch your leap from the landing area or the launch zone on the 108th floor.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Cage of Death, Australia Subtle name, right? Never fear, participants are well-protected as they spend 15 minutes in a see-through tank surrounded by 15-foot crocodiles. Each cage accommodates one or two people, so bring a friend. Or “snack,” as the crocodiles call them. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Edge-Walk, Toronto, Canada Who doesn’t like a nice walk outside, 1,168 feet above the ground? Toronto’s tallest adventure lets you become an official “EdgeWalker,” and comes with photos and a video of your walk, and a certificate of achievement.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Tianmen Mountain Cable Car, China Cable cars don’t typically inspire adrenaline rushes. But this is the world’s longest, and one of the steepest around. The 30-minute, four-mile ride takes you over stunning mountain peaks, sheer cliffs and deep valleys on your way to the mountaintop.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Bobsledding, Lake Placid, NY Go for gold at the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Wheeled bobsleds let you race down the half-mile track with summer sunshine. And you get an automatic membership in the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation too!
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Art Walks in the United States
Art lovers, rejoice. Find fantastic art walks from coast to coast. Get your art fix at these 10 spots.
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Castleberry Hill Historic Arts District, Atlanta, GA: 2nd Friday This pedestrian-friendly arts district features a mix of established and up-and-coming artists from Atlanta and around the world. With plenty of great restaurants and bars between the groups of galleries and studios.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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The Downtown Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA: 2nd Thursday The Downtown Art Walk in the Historic Core features almost 50 galleries. But get there early – the event attracts more than 25,000 visitors each month. (Photo courtesy of @the_curatore)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA: 1st Thursday Seattle’s Pioneer Square can lay claim to being the first art walk in the United States. Starting in 1981, the many galleries that pack this historic district open their doors to introduce new exhibits and artists every month. (Photo courtesy of DieselDemon)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Old City, Philadelphia, PA: 1st Friday For 25 years, the now 40-plus galleries showcase a diverse collection of art and restaurants. Don’t miss Bird Park, where you’ll find a rotating sculpture exhibit by artists invited by nearby Gallery Joe. (Photo by B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Art Walk at Wynwood, Miami, FL: 2nd Saturday Fantastic art is everywhere in Wynwood, starting with the walls: you’ll find a stunning collection of wall murals and street art on former warehouses and new buildings. Galleries are open between 7 pm and 10 pm. (Photo courtesy of Kasey Billitz)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA: 1st Saturday Anchored by the Contemporary Arts Center, this collection of galleries, museums and performance centers are free to visit for art-walk lovers starting at 6 pm. Don’t miss the National World War II Museum, one of New Orleans’ most popular attractions.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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SFADA, San Francisco, CA: 1st Thursday A tradition since 1993, San Francisco galleries, from historic to contemporary, welcome all on every 1st Thursday. Several offer wine and light appetizers, and many have local artists on hand to discuss the inspiration behind their work. (Photo courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery and SFADA.com)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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The High Line in the Meatpacking District, New York, NY: Open Daily As a public park, the High Line is open daily year-round. Built on a historic elevated train line above Manhattan’s West Side. This combination of lush greenery and thought-provoking art, including sculpture, performances and billboards promises something unique each visit. (Photo courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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SoWa, Boston, MA: 1st Friday Resurrected from a run-down warehouse district, SoWa (short for “South of Washington”) is a bustling collection of art galleries, studios and shops. You can also enjoy the SoWa Vintage Market and SoWa Open Market, open every weekend starting in June. (Photo courtesy of SoWa Sundays)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Sante Fe Railyard Arts District, Sante Fe, NM: Last Friday Developed on 50 acres of previously neglected land seven blocks from downtown, the Sante Fe Railyard Arts District showcases some of the top contemporary artists in Sante Fe in warehouse-style galleries. It also features a cycling and walking trail. (Photo courtesy of Rennett Stowe)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
Host Your Own Happy Hour
Food, drinks, friends? That’s a happy hour wherever you are. Here are 10 ideas for hosting your own at home.
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Crepe Bar The versatile crepe can go sweet or savory. For sweet, cut up fruit and add some sweet fillings—like hazelnut butter, peanut butter or whipped cream. For savory crepes, try some sautéed onions, cheese, pulled pork or mushrooms. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Just Fondue It Melted cheese plus almost anything else is a surefire party starter. You’ll need a fondue pot and some killer recipes. Cleanup is fairly easy, so you won’t get stuck doing a lot of dishes while your guests enjoy the party.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Kabobs: Fun to Say and Eat Food. On a stick. Enough said. And you don’t have to spend time grilling: there are great no-cook options too. There are tons of great kabob recipes to choose from. Or simply lay out ingredients for a do-it-yourself happy hour.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Custom Cantina Chips, salsa, guac, fiesta! Make your own mini Mexico taberna without spending a lot of dinero. Reuse solid green and red tablecloths from the winter holidays and add a touch of yellow to create a festive cantina scene. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Summer Blossoms Walk into a room full of flowers, and your day will instantly get better. Add bouquets throughout the room, decorate with summer pastels, and serve up custom cupcakes with flower-patterned frosting. Plant some of these to spruce up the yard. (Photo courtesy of Flocke™)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Day at the Beach Set the mood with some sand and beach-inspired décor. Use colorful pails and shovels, beach-themed wine glass charms, and mini desktop sandbox to create your ocean-side happy hour. For the final touch, cue up this (11-hour) video of ocean sounds.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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Cheese & Apples Potluck Even easier than fondue. Stock up on crackers and have half the partygoers supply their favorite cheeses, and ask the other half to bring slices of their favorite apples (there are 7,500 varieties worldwide, but we’re partial to Washington’s). 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Greek Out Nothing complements summer like Mediterranean apps and décor. Hummus, nuts, cheese, pita bread—it’s a quick spread with something for everyone. Check out these Greek recipes from Allrecipes.com. Just add white linens and ocean-blue touches to complete the look.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Tailgate! One-up the typical tailgate with Chateau Ste. Michelle and a sports theme. Who needs a big game? With baseball happening throughout the summer, decorate in your team’s colors and serve snacks in red-and-white-checkered paper trays reminiscent of the ballpark.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Keep It Cool Cool things down on those hot summer evenings by hosting an ice cream party. Yes, ice cream can also be paired with wine. Grab a few cartons or, if you’re feeling ambitious, try one of these homemade ice cream recipes.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
Summer Party
It’s time to gather your friends and enjoy the sun. Here are 10 creative ways to get the party started.
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Yard Olympics Play lawn games at your place or visit a nearby park. Try three-legged races, balloon toss or some “27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games You’ll Want to Play All Summer Long”. PS: Victory pairs well with Chardonnay!
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Garden Party Host a summer soirée—your very own outdoor, fancy party complete with elaborate table settings and decadent dishes. Check out these fancy table settings, then make these delicious appetizers and courses from our very own Chateau Ste. Michelle chefs.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Seafood Bake Summer time is beach time. Grab a few bowls, shell crackers and, of course, melted butter for a seafood bake. Get started with these recipe ideas, and creative table settings and decor to go with the lobster bibs.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay
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"Adult Scouts" Backyard Campire You don’t have to “rough it” to go camping! Sit around a fire pit making s’mores, toast to friends, tell ghost stories, look at the stars and play charades. Bonus: give out badges for tying knots (or tying the knot) and completing other activities.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Candle Night Candles add ambiance to any occasion—this time, they’re the occasion! Set up candles throughout your place. Have guests bring candles and play secret candle (like Secret Santa). And here’s a trick to make a candleholder from a wine bottle.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Karaoke Night Sing songs of summer or your favorite classics. It’s quick to set up, inside or out, and you can easily find plenty of karaoke on YouTube. Now all you need is a group of friends and your favorite wines.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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BBQ Potluck Whether it’s July Fourth or a sunny Saturday, a BBQ always brings out the fun. Fire up the grill and ask friends to bring the sides! BBQ foods usually pair with reds, but check out our pairing guide for help.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Summer Awards As summer winds down, grab a bit of gold spray paint and some fun objects for a summer awards ceremony. Our favorite categories include Best Party, Most Epic Vacation, Best Selfie, Best Instagram and Cutest Couple.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Anchors Away Nothing says summer like getting the boat out. No boat? No problem. Grab your sandals and boat shoes and put together a nautical-themed party. Check out the wide array of décor options here. Bon voyage!
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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"Dog Days" Pet Friendly Party Break out the Frisbees and tennis balls, and host a party with pets! Put water dishes around the yard, and stock up on Zuke’s Mini Naturals treats. And don’t forget Baggies (luckily, those can be decorative too).
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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BFF Birthdays
Birthday. Party. Two of our favorite words. But this is your best friend, so just putting out cake and balloons simply won’t do. 
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Red Hot This theme has one simple rule: red, red and red. Put together red balloons, tablecloths, glasses, red food and of course red wine, to remind her how smokin’ hot she is. Later, you can paint the town, well, you know.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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The Head-Fake Holiday Does your friend like parties but not birthdays? Throw a “holiday party” instead. Just add “plus a birthday celebration for _______” in small type on the invitations and signs. Get creative with this calendar of the 2016 days of observance.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling
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The Instagrammable Picnic Technically, it’s your BFF’s party, but it’s also your chance to show off your on-point hosting skills. Take things outside for the photo-friendly natural light and—bonus!—easy cleanup. Follow these tips from Gaby Dalkin to get your guests double tapping
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Grown-up Slumber Party Why would you not host an adult sleepover? Comfy dress code: check. Excuse for a second glass of wine (no travel!): check. Opportunity to party in the morning: check. Get inspired with tips from Apartment Therapy
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Destination: Birthday A birthday—especially a milestone birthday—is a great excuse to get out of town. Celebrate your BFF’s day by checking off one of the destinations on her travel bucket list. Use this planning checklist to plan the perfect trip.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Surprise Party For the BFF that loves surprises, this one’s a no-brainer. The trick is keeping it a secret, and not letting your bestie think something’s up. Here’s how to pull it all off
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Food Truck Party Not only is this totally a thing, it’s also an amazing way to cater a party. Focus on décor, and leave the delicious, delicious food to the pros. Follow these tips to make your food-truck party a success. 
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Decades of Fun It’s never not-fun to get glammed up with a decade-themed party. The secret is to focus on the details, from costumes, to your playlist, to party favors. Here are some tubular tips to help you throw an awesome 80’s party.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Let the Games Begin An outdoor-games theme is a great way to get everyone involved and inspire some friendly competition. You’ll want a good-sized yard, or hit the nearest park. Here's some inspiration to get you going.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Spa Day If a relaxed vibe is your BFF’s thing, you can’t get more relaxed than a spa day. Host it at home and customize the experience to your friend’s likes, and to keep your budget in check. Here’s a great how-to from The Knot
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Moments Worth Celebrating
Why wait for a big national holiday? Here are 10 perfectly good reasons to gather friends and family together.
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Completing Boot Camp Set the date before you begin for added motivation. Then invite fellow boot camp attendees for a party with fresh fruit and other healthy snacks. It’s a great way to keep the healthy going, and celebrate your hard work.
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Obedience School Graduation Ceremony One caveat: taking this too seriously can get weird. But having your pupper finish obedience school is a great excuse reason to throw a party. Besides, what kind of crowd doesn’t love a good dog show?
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Getting A New Job or Promotion These are often more rare than birthdays, so why do we default to a nice dinner out or a single happy-hour toast? Gather your besties together to truly enjoy the moment. Because more challenging work is usually ahead.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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Finishing a Big Presentation There’s nothing like the feeling of walking out of a room after knocking it out of the park. Plan for success in advance and set up a celebratory dinner together or after-work party for the evening after the big presentation. 
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Day of Giving Organize a volunteer party, then after party, for you and your friends. Find a worthwhile charity here, then gather the troops to volunteer your time. Host a celebration afterward where everyone can feel good about doing good.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Friend Appreciation Party How many times do you think to yourself, “I love my friends.” Well, it’s time to let them know too. Have a “Friend Appreciation Party” where you and your friends share stories and show how much you appreciate each other. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Birthdays That End in 5 Who says 25, 35, 45, and 55 aren’t as monumental as 30, 40 and 50? Halfway through a decade usually comes with more confidence and success, so take the time to celebrate life’s midpoints, not just the round numbers.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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“Moved Into New Digs But Haven’t Unpacked Yet” Party There’s nothing like getting a new place. But with all the unpacking to do, the housewarming party can be months away. Instead, throw some tablecloths over the boxes, grab some wine, pizza and friends, and celebrate immediately.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Indian Wells Merlot
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Howl at the Moon It’s kind of like a big disco ball in the sky, right? When the full moon hits, get some glow-in-the-dark décor, set up a telescope for stargazing and have people over to bask in the lunar light. 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Summer Hike Day Everyone has a day hike they’ve been dying to do this summer. So get a carpool together, take on that mountain, then head back home to celebrate reaching the summit. Even if it’s more of a hill.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
Summer Reads
Reserve that lounge chair at the pool right now, because these 10 amazing must-read books will keep you there all summer. 
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Something Blue by Emily Giffin “From the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed comes a novel that shows how someone with a ‘perfect life' can lose it all—and then find everything.”
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Bossypants by Tina Fey “From her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live . . . to her life as a mother eating things off the floor . . . Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Bitter Is the New Black by Jen Lancaster "The soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she’s gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she’d never have to answer for . . .”
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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson "A devious tale of psychological suspense so irresistible that it prompts Entertainment Weekly to ask, ‘Is The Kind Worth Killing the next Gone Girl?’ From one of the hottest new thriller writers, Peter Swanson, and soon to be a major movie.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson "Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terrible human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith “Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. Introducing Cormoran Strike, [in the] acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling "In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.”
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
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Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell “Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail . . . but they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives." 
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand “Madeline’s best friend Grace is hard at work transforming her garden into the envy of the island with the help of a ruggedly handsome landscape architect. As the gossip escalates . . . Grace and Madeline try desperately to set the record straight."
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed and ultimately inspirational read . . . Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice.”
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Craft Parties
DIY for a fantastic party with friends. With these 10 craft parties, you may be launching a new Etsy business too.
 
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Eco-Friendly Totes You don’t have to wait for someone else to turn those plastic bags into something pretty and new. This Etsy post by Claire Cohen from Montclair Made shows you how to turn old grocery bags into your own unique and reusable tote bag. (Photo courtesy of Claire Cohen)
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
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Make Your Own Bath Salts You’ve never had more fun preparing for a bath. All it takes is the right ingredients:

Epsom & sea salt
Baking soda & cornstarch
Glycerin & food coloring
Your favorite essential oils

See the full how-to here.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2015 Columbia Valley Riesling
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Terrariums Greenery adds a soft and calming vibe to any space, and terrariums are great because they’re low-maintenance. You’ll need some basic supplies:
 
Glass containers
Rocks
Potting soil
A mixture of succulents
 
Here’s how to put the whole thing together.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Friendship Bracelets Friendship bracelets aren’t just for kids. And they don’t have to have your names on them—they just have to look great. This link features all kinds of options, from metals, to leather, to florals.
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Yarn Wall Hangings Almost everyone has an awkward space in their home that could use an elegant bit of décor, or a good ol’ pop of color. DIY yarn wall hangings are a cheap and chic way to go!
perfect sip wine pairing: 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
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Flower Crowns OK, clear off a space and roll up your sleeves. A flower crown takes time, but it’s worth it. Even if the boho look isn’t your thing, try not to feel amazing in one of these.
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Cross-Stitch Cross-stitching is another terrific way to beautify—and personalize—your home or office. You will need:
 
Floss (thread)
Aida cloth
Hoop
Cross-stitch needles
 
Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started.
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Hanging Mason Jar Light Hanging mason jar lights will make use of your old jars, brighten your home and make you look extra crafty to your guests. Pro tip: use an Edison bulb for some extra charm. Get started here.
perfect sip wine pairing: 2013 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend
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Beach Cover-up For the beginner sewing crowd, try out this simple beach cover-up project. You’ll need a couple yards of fabric, trim, and a sewing machine. Don’t forget to plan some activities for your guests while they’re waiting to sew! 
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Chunky (No-Sew) Crochet Rug If you’re looking for a challenge with a great-looking payoff, try this no-sew crochet rug project. It’s a chunky, cozy addition to your space that can be a simple floor covering or a place setting for a houseplant. 
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TEST Test for Branson.
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