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Anne Z. Cooke
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Anne Z. Cooke, a travel and adventure writer, covers the world from digs in Los Angeles and Colorado. A regular contributor to the McClatchy-Tribune wire service, to a dozen major daily newspapers and a travel editor at Splash Magazines Worldwide, she has been travel blogging for the Huffington Post since late 2010. She looks for the back story, and with readers in mind, covers the good, the bad and the remarkable. The front-line is her preferred location, from which she reports on topics ranging from wildlife conservation, budget travel and environmental issues to family travel, deluxe resorts, steamy spas and wildlife safaris.

A traveler since her parents took the family to Mexico, she’s been city touring, museum-loitering, spa-lingering, volcano-watching, river rafting, fmountain camping and float-plane fishing ever since. Her travel and feature stories about same have appeared in print and on the internet in various publications including the National Geographic Traveler, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, Arizona Star, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Entries by Anne Z. Cooke

Mexico's No. 1 Baja Beach Resort: The Villa del Palmar, South of Loreto

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:42 PM

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If you're at your wits end, desperate to find a last-minute gift for your parents, your daughter or your club's long-serving president, treat him, her or them to a vacation at the Villa del Palmar resort, in Mexico, south of Loreto on the...

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At Home at Ballyfin: Ireland's Best in Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:34 AM

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BALLYFIN, Ireland- As the carriage rounded the lake and headed uphill, Billy the Irish cob glanced back at Lionel Chadwick, the coachman at Ballyfin Manor, as if to say, "I'm ready, old son. What about you?"

"Chirrup," clucked Chadwick, twitching the reins,...

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Eat, Play, Live It: The Old Inn On The Green, in the Berkshires

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:59 AM

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If you visit the Old Inn On The Green on a hot August afternoon, a glorious sight awaits, a restorative balm guaranteed to banish hot pavement and stifling humidity. Leafy oaks and maples shade the white clapboard Inn's peaked roof and...

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Alaska's Monster Salmon: Finding Kings on the Kenai

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:22 PM

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Here's what it's like fishing the Kenai River: Since 4 a.m., you've been straddling a narrow path on the edge of a rushing current, your back against a steep slope of hard-packed mud. There's barely room to...

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Doing the Volcano Crawl: Getting High in Ecuador

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:41 PM

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I'm embarrassed to admit it: I know more about the medieval history of England and France than I know about South America. Shameful, I know. These countries are our closest neighbors, but we rarely bother to stop by and say hello....

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The London Pass: Discovering Hidden Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 8:57 PM

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Would you like to hear how I forgot to make a reservation to visit the Tower of London, where the entrance fee is £19.5, but skipped to the front of a two block-long line (avoiding a three-hour wait), and didn't have...

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Escape to the Costa Brava: A Traveler's Rite of Passage

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:40 PM

LLAFRANC, Spain- I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, on the northeast coast of Spain. Navigating by the rising sun they flew in shifting groups, black-tipped wings pumping air and red beaks pushing forward. I was...

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Hello, Dali! Spain's Bad Boy Is Back

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

HELLO DALI! You're Still Going Strong

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PORT LLIGAT, Spain -- What's old in Catalonia, but as new as tomorrow's headlines? Not the Greek ruins at Empuries or Girona's Roman road, the Via Augusta. Certainly not the vineyards, long cultivated...

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Bahn Voyage! Through Germany by Train

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Hey there, yes, you, the traveler with the phrase book. Are you touring Germany this summer? I'll bet you're planning to rent a car to get around. For Americans, driving is second nature, the right to go where we want, when we want, and damn the torpedoes.

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Santa Fe's One-time Treasure: See It Now!

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 7:29 PM

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You have to ask yourself -- as did I: Why is the exhibit currently at the New Mexico Art Museum, in the art-mad capital city of Santa Fe, in multicultural New Mexico, attracting so many visiting artists,...

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My Best Last-Minute Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:04 PM

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Has your Christmas Day (or Druid solstice, Kwanza, Hanukah, whatever) been torpedoed? Mine has. The happy, if chaotic, family gathering I proposed months ago is history, ruined by the lure of the open road. As of yesterday, the 22 aunts, uncles,...

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Airport Rip Off, Or Was It?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Talk about a disappointing wind-up to an magical vacation in Ecuador! The two bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream I bought in a duty free shop in the Quito airport were confiscated by a "security" official when I changed planes in the San Salvador airport. Grabbed without a work of explanation....

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Following the Big Blue Line to Mazatlan

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 5:31 PM

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If you've been to a party in Mazatlan, Mexico, you know what they mean by "fiesta." Now multiply by 10, add a chorus from Julio Iglesias and a wow from Lady Gaga, and you'll have a faint idea of the welcome celebration awaiting cruise passengers...

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Fans of La Fonda: Night at the Museum

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 12:42 AM

SANTA FE, NM- Whenever I wander through the halls of the historic La Fonda Hotel, the "inn" at the end of the Santa Fe Trail, I think of the 2006 film, Night At The Museum. When the exhibits come to life, the...

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Untamed in Ucluelet

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:53 PM

UCLUELET, Canada- When you're a gypsy by choice, ever searching for new horizons, seeing it all seems possible. Then one day you take a hard look at the cluster of pins stuck into your world map, each one marking a memory, and you realize how much you've missed....

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Searching for Grizzly Bears? Follow the Salmon

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:13 AM

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TOGIAK, Alaska- Do you want to see grizzly bears in the wild? Of course you do. This summer's trip to Alaska wouldn't be complete without photos to post on the internet and send to your Facebook friends. What's the Last Frontier all about without...

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Bountiful Yountville: The Epic Journey Begins

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 10:01 AM

If California wines still baffle -- so many labels! -- you might want to spend a weekend in Yountville, on Route 29 in Napa Valley. A village by this city boy's standards, it's 12 blocks long and four blocks wide, perched on a bit of real...

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Chasing Bullfights

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 2:30 PM

I didn't expect to spend my last afternoon in Mazatlan at a bullfight. Not this girl. The plan was to lie on the beach in a sun-induced stupor, a day alone with my thoughts. But there it was on the wall, the poster pasted at eye-level, two-inch-high letters blaring "Bullfight...

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Cal Jet Makes Sunny Mazatlan Accessible

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 7:00 AM

I wasn't on Cal Jet's inaugural flight to Mazatlan, but not for lack of wishing. I'm going soon to help celebrate the happy news that the airline, operated by Idaho-based XTRA Airways, is starting twice-weekly non-stop flights to Mazatlan's golden shores from five cities: Los Angeles,...

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Germany's Winter Wonderlands

(18) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 7:00 AM

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The holidays came early for me this year, no thanks to old Saint Nick. With visions of twinkling lights and sugar plums dancing in my head, I left California behind to cross the pond in early December, heading for Christmas markets in

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