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Haunted San Diego

Everyone loves a good ghost story. San Diego’s claim to creepy fame is home to the “Most Haunted House in America”, but like any historic city, the shivers don’t stop there–a self-guided ghost tour of its creepiest locales is a great way to take in the sights and learn its history. From strange sightings to unexplained noises, here are the spooks and spirits, ghosts and ghouls of haunted San Diego.

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As Seen in Portlandia

A recent 12-year-old visitor said that he wanted to see two places in Portland: Voodoo Doughnut and the feminist bookstore. Like many others, his view of the Rose City had been shaped by the popular IFC series, Portlandia. Here’s a brief rundown on visiting businesses and parks used as sets in the TV show.

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Stowe, VT, and the Trapp Family Lodge

Despite Stowe’s popularity, the resort has eschewed the modern trend of building up the base lodge with condos and restaurants, preferring to work with independent businesses in the community instead. For that reason, Stowe still feels like a real community that happens to have a ski resort, rather than the other way around. Moon guides have the info you need when planning a trip to Stowe, VT.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.