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San Ramón and the Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden

San Ramón is a gateway to Costa Rica’s northern lowlands via a mountain road that crests the cordillera, then begins a long sinuous descent to La Tigra. This agricultural and university town is known for its Saturday feria del agricultor (farmers market). A mere nine miles north is the Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden, where superb hiking trails and truly wonderful places to stay.

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Where to Eat in Lana‘i

If you’re wondering where to eat in Lana‘i, your first choice is do you want to go low-key and local with a quick, satisfying bite to eat, or would you prefer a dining experience with an atmosphere as elegant as your meal? Lana‘i has it all.

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Restaurants in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i

Restaurants in Kalaheo have a satisfying range of dining styles, price points, and cuisines, making it fairly easy to find something to fit your tastes and mood. There’s a good selection of American, Italian, and local foods, and don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids—most places are kid-friendly.

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Where to Eat in Koloa, Southern Kaua‘i

The food in Koloa, southern Kaua‘i, at first glance seems fairly basic fare, but it covers a satisfying range of tastes and moods; there’s delicious sit-down meals, plate lunch to go, fiercely-local ice cream and shave ice, and of course a farmers market for fresh goods, some tasty ready-to-eat options, and even handmade crafts.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.