WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of December 2017

Open for Business—the Columbia River Gorge

Open for Business—the Columbia River Gorge

As breathtaking as ever, the scenic gorge one hour east of Portland, Oregon is open for business! Veteran travel writer Rich Grant reports on the triumphant recovery from the Labor Day weekend fire that could have had an alternative ending.

Have fun in the Caribbean, thanks to John Canoe

Have fun in the Caribbean, thanks to John Canoe

How much do you know about John Canoe? Probably very little (if anything). But if you happen to be in the Caribbean on certain days, you’ll enjoy jump-up, booty-shaking celebrations of something this African chief did centuries ago. Down there they call it “Junkanoo.”

Mexico’s colorful ‘City of Roses’ had a dark beginning

Mexico’s colorful ‘City of Roses’ had a dark beginning

It’s hard to imagine, but one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities – some say THE most beautiful – was founded centuries ago by a guy who was Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Atilla the Hun and Vlad the Impaler all rolled up into one. Frequent Watchboom contributor Bob Schulman tells us how all this came about.

VENTUS AT MARINA EL CID

VENTUS AT MARINA EL CID

This low key, high Five-Star rated Riviera Maya hotel say No to Loud Music and Dance Parties. Travel Writer Patricia Alisau reports.

SOMEWHERE OVER AT THE RAINBOW

SOMEWHERE OVER AT THE RAINBOW

North on Highway 85 in Greeley is a partially working fluorescent arch, a mound of flickering light over low profile stretch of rooms for rent by the night. The eponymous Rainbow Motel, recently under new ownership, is a family story and undergoing a lift.

WAITING FOR SNOWFLAKES

WAITING FOR SNOWFLAKES

Tabernash, Colorado, ready or not. Powder hounds, here comes the snow. Travel power couple Anne Z. Cooke and Steve Haggerty deliver the goods.

Palm Springs is for the Dogs (and we’re jealous!)

Palm Springs is for the Dogs (and we’re jealous!)

Journalist Carole Jacobs has tried to raise her Chloe to be an unspoiled traveldog. When on vacation she never misses a chance to show that she’s still a pooch, and a very persnickety and pampered pooch at that. R

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