Growing Grapes By the Stars In Patagonia

I spent my first night in Patagonia as a guest in Hans’ and Neomi’s home, elegantly furnished and perched on a small hill overlooking their vineyards without another person or home in sight...

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Wine Blooms In an Argentine Desert

Anyone can be forgiven for not knowing there’s a desert in Patagonia that’s home to a rapidly growing wine industry. Patagonia, Argentina? Desert? Wine? Yup.

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The Sundance Report, Minus Movie Reviews

Here’s what I want to tell you: Sundance is open to the public. You don’t have to be a Hollywood star or rapper to come and see the movies.

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Indianapolis as "Nap Town"? I don’t think so.

Somewhere along the line, probably in the 1900s, Indianapolis got the label "Naptown" because it was said to be so boring, it was a great place to nap. Not anymore.

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Las Vegas Goes Upscale ... Very Upscale

Admit it: At least a few of your friends think Las Vegas is cheesy. The faux Egyptian pyramid, the miniature Eiffel Tower, the indoor gondoliers at the oversized Venetian palazzo . . . But the city just went upscale in a big way with the December opening of the massive CityCenter complex.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Travelers

Gift cards are reported to be all the rage this holiday season, and if you’re a frequent traveler who has a handful of them, here are some cool items and gadgets you might want to consider.

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Tarmac Delays


Rudy Maxa investigates the Department of Transportation's new tarmac rule.

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The Smartest, etc. Cities in America

I wonder why Americans love lists so much? Is it because lists offer to organize a disorganized world? Or because they confirm preconceptions? Every year, magazines sport bold cover lines announcing a list of the smartest, greenest, easiest-to-live-in—and so on--cities in America. I’ll save you the trouble of reading them all by summarizing some recent news.

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Switzerland + Winter=Only Natural

I should only have to mention the word “Switzerland” for you to think of “winter.” Or at least, a fashionable winter. From the elegant main pedestrian street of Gstaad to the chocolate shops of Zürich and the peaks of the Alps, Switzerland is one long ode to snow and winter.

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Santa Monica Pastry Heaven

A great pastry shop is always a happy thing, and although Paris may have store windows filled with lemon tarts and chocolate croissants that make you forget how to spell the word C-A-L-O-R-I-E-S, primo bakeries are harder to find on this side of the Atlantic. Unless you happen to be in Santa Monica.

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.