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The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest (Most Beautiful Villages)by Joan Tapper and Nik Wheeler
Synopses & Reviews
What is the allure of the Pacific Northwest? Centuries ago it was the gifts of nature that brought the explorers, fur traders, and pioneers. Today Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia still draw visitors to the sparkling coves and waterways, pristine mountains, and broad beaches — and they charm them with artful towns and spirited communities.
The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest wends its way from nineteenth-century seaports like Port Townsend, Washington, to twenty-first-century ski resorts such as Whistler, British Columbia; from coastal getaways like Cannon Beach, Oregon, to Old West-style main streets in Joseph at the eastern border of that state. And it brings to life the stories of those who made epic journeys across the continent, trudging along the Oregon Trail or building the Canadian Pacific Railway in pursuit of the good life in this corner of North America.
Along with tales of specific towns there are photo essays — on the picturesque lighthouses that protected shipping from the dangers of the Graveyard of the Pacific; on the gorgeous gardens that capitalize on the Northwestern climate; and on wine country, where new and acclaimed vineyards go hand in hand with an emphasis on lifestyle.
Book News Annotation:
This oversize book (10x12.5")is best for browsing or reminiscing about travels rather than for serious travel planning--although it could serve as inspiration for planning, and it does include a listing of hotels and restaurants for each town, along with a reading list for those who want background. Twenty-eight towns in British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon are showcased, each with at least a couple full-page photos, a handful of smaller photos, and narrative text describing the highlights. Special attention is also given to lighthouses, wineries, and gardens. Photographer Nik Wheeler has provided the 240 color photos; the narrative is by Joan Tapper, the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler. There is no index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A tour in words and photographs of the picturesque small towns of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia — their architectural treasures, charming inns, quaint main streets, and magnificent scenery.
About the Author
Joan Tapper was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler and editor of Islands Magazine and the author of The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest, and The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day. She lives in California.
Nik Wheeler is the co-founder of the award-winning Insiders Guide series of illustrated travel guides and the photographer of The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest, and The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest. He lives in California.
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