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Two unique destinations in the Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean offer travelers of every stripe the ideal getaway: family-friendly resorts, couples-only properties, rustic eco-retreats and design gems that equal anything the U.S., Europe or Asia has to offer. During the past month, I had a chance to experience two unique island destinations.

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When leaves change

The best time to visit is usually mid-October for fall color, but it depends on the weather and your altitude. (Leaves change earlier at higher elevations.).

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Great Western drives

In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails - or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th century aren't going away.

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When skiing is sheer bliss

Winter was still in charge when we spotted them, raggedy brown patches staining the snow at Snowmass Ski Resort, in central Colorado's Pritkin County. In any other year we might have been greeted by mounds of powder on the Cirque, with a generous swath under Sheer Bliss, our favorite chairlift. The basics, indeed, for a last-of-the-season caper.

Videos

Best Kept Secrets-Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q

Video: Andy Stephenson describes the family restaurant that his father started in 1958, serving pit cooked Bar-B-Q and country cooking to generations of families from his business in Johnston County, N.C.
Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com
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Best Kept Secrets-Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q

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Best-Kept Secrets: For would-be seafarers

Best Kept Secrets: NC Girls Weekend 1:37

Best Kept Secrets: NC Girls Weekend

The Bomb Squad That Barks 1:13

The Bomb Squad That Barks