Author Archives: Tom Adkinson

Touches of Disney Magic on a Dreary Day




ANAHEIM, Calif. – Even if you arrive at the Disneyland Resort on a chilly, drizzly afternoon, it’s easy to encounter magic touches that brighten the day. When the bellman at the Grand Californian Hotel detected my anxiety about his putting … Continue reading






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To Market, to Market in Sacramento




SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual. The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ … Continue reading






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Casting for Seafood in Kansas




WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant … Continue reading






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Down-home Dining in Downtown Las Vegas




LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is far from the flashiest attraction at the Fremont Street Experience, the old-turned-new entertainment district that was the original Las Vegas, but it is at the top of my list. You can … Continue reading






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Getting Dirty in Las Vegas




LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It was a good thing that I passed the Breathalyzer test because that meant I got to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers. Mumm’s business may seem a bit over the edge – it’s called Dig … Continue reading






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Rolling on the River in Laughlin




LAUGHLIN, Nevada. — The Colorado River is more than a linear oasis in the desert between Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. It’s also a major recreational asset. While jet skis, powerboats and river taxis do zoom around on this … Continue reading






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Lights on the Colorado




LAUGHLIN, Nevada — The Colorado River provides a nighttime mirror for the casino lights of Laughlin as seen from the Celebration riverboat. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)






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Definitely one of ‘The World’s Last Great Places’




SALEM, S.C. – When Stephanie Couch was a teenager, she left the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana for the very different mountains in the South Carolina Upcountry – and she never looked back. That’s because she got 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee … Continue reading






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Caviar’s California Origins




SACRAMENTO, California – The French Laundry in Napa Valley is beyond my budget, but I have tasted the caviar that’s served at the famous restaurant – and at many other pricey restaurants whose doors I’ll never darken. In fact, I … Continue reading






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Meet the Produce Maven of ‘Farm to Fork’ Sacramento




SACRAMENTO, California – You may never meet Suzanne Peabody Ashworth in person, but if you visit some of Sacramento’s nicer restaurants, you’ll likely dine on food she grows less than 10 miles from California’s capitol. Her patch of the Central … Continue reading






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