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Back in 2003 I was surprised and excited by the announcement of a title to be published by Stewart Tabori & Chang: Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die: Fly-Fishing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella. I fly fish. It’s my favorite recreational activity, and I’ve travelled around the country from west to east to enjoy the great fishing to be found from California to Montana, New Mexico to Wyoming, Vermont to Pennsylvania. Fifty places? Sign me up.
Alison Gervais, senior production manager, takes a trip back to her home state to discover one of the 50 places to sail before you die… but decides to attend the Newport Jazz Festival instead.
Ah, Newport. Newport, Rhode Island, that is. The harbor is spectacular, the bars and restaurants are hopping, and the town itself is rich in New England history. One of the four original towns of Rhode Island, the Astors and Vanderbilts built some of the most beautiful summer “homes” here, stunning mansions erected during the mid-nineteenth century. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in Newport and both Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower made this their summer go-to spot. It’s been host to the legendary America’s Cup. And of course, it’s where Dylan went electric in 1965.
Summer is rapidly approaching, and if you’ve had weather like I’ve had in Portland, Oregon this spring, you’re REALLY READY to get outside. For some, a walk to the local ice cream parlor might be enough. Others might prefer a slightly more adventurous outdoor excursion.
In the last seven years, I’ve compiled wish lists for outdoor enthusiasts of various strains – including fly fishers, golfers, sailors, scuba divers and hikers. These “must visit before you die” venues are chronicled in my “Fifty Places” series from ABRAMS and Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Many of these places – say the Bolivian jungle for fly fishing or the Kangshung Valley in Tibet — are a bit too out of the way, strenuous or just plain uncomfortable for family enjoyment. But some are just right to help you introduce your kids to the outdoor pursuit that’s close to your heart. I’ve listed a few of these venues below.