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Santa Barbara, CA Pretty as a Picture Page 8 | Before this coastal community was a tourist destination it was a mecca for artists. They were drawn by natural beauty and the light of an exceptional southern exposure. Today, visitors enjoy a vibrant, historic community with an ambience that’s earned Santa Barbara a reputation as America’s Riviera.

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13 | Artwatch: Steve Cook

22 | O’Hare Outbound

24 | Beyond LAX

26 | America’s Best Places: Aspen

Pick Your Pleasure 28 | America’s Best Events

30 | Wine Adventures

32 | Spa-tacular Retreats

Cody, WY Western Myth Made Easy Page 18 | The idealized Western town Buffalo Bill Cody created serves as the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and a living link to the romance of the cowboy era. A new air terminal makes it easier than ever to access all the adventure.

36 | Spring Getaways

38 | Crossword

40 | It’s Our Journey

Colorado Springs, CO

42 | Behind the Scenes

Must-Do Rocky Mountain Adventure Page 20 | From howling at the moon with a pack of wolves to viewing the world from an elevation of 14,000 feet to marveling at the wonders of the Air Force Academy Chapel, a trip to Colorado Springs offers incredible experiences.

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On the Cover Resting in the Shade, a 34” x 42” oil painting on canvas by Central California Coast artist Steve Cook captures the essence of a laid-back day at the beach in Santa Barbara. Learn more about the artist and his work on page 13.

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Page 14 | In any season, this resort at the head of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay offers a bounty of outdoor recreation and a long list of things to see and do. During spring and summer a roster of events including the National Cherry Festival add to the fun in a place that may be the Midwest’s best vacation haven.


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“As I dodge each person in my path, I realize there are different types of wheelers; the ‘schlepper’ drags the wheelie as far behind as is humanly possible, ‘the aimless’ zigzags making it impossible to pass and the ‘road hog’ insists the wheelie take up two lanes.” He made me smile. As did Glennda Abbey of Billings who sent me an identical never-used Renegade bag. Like many modern travelers, she prefers to stroll and roll through airports. Not as

uplifting was the irate reader who insisted I’d fabricated the whole story. I explained that Ziploc bags are the secret to maximizing space. Most correspondents wanted to know where they could find a bag like mine. A couple of luggage companies wanted to borrow it to explore production possibilities. And so it continued, until last month when I received an email that bowled me over. Jim Buckheit of Sacramento, California has solved the carryon dilemma and substantiated my capacity claims. A frequent business traveler, often frustrated by overhead compartments jammed with roller bags, he said: 1-Ball Solo Tote from Storm “I had to find a bag like yours and see if I could ditch my wheels. The size looked familiar. Then while bowling with my team I stared at my bowling bag (13” x 12” x 11”), which has one exterior pocket. It was almost an exact fit and it worked great! If I am going business casual I can pack four days’ of work clothes, jeans, toiletries and workout clothes and the bag easily fits under the seat with room for my feet. (I wear 11 EEE). The woman at the pro shop has been spreading the word. The best thing? The bags are $24.99 or $27.99 [for a Storm 1 Ball Deluxe Tote with shoe compartment.] They come in many colors and are durable, made to carry heavy weight. They even have a reinforced shoulder strap.” Like me, Mr. Buckheit uses vacuum bags to stretch the space. So dear readers, the bag saga concludes on a happy note—just the way we like things at this publication. Happy Skies,

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Colleen Birch Maile Editor in Chief

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Regular readers may recall that I consider myself a carry-on queen, able to pack two-weeks’ worth of stuff in an amazing little cube of a bag without wheels. I’ve been toting my Ricardo of Beverly Hills Renegade since 1997. Its odometer has turned over many a time, and it’s beginning to age. So, last year I put out a call for a replacement—and started a firestorm of controversy. Or at least that’s how it seemed in my sunny little corner of the world. After all, my job is to share good news about the people and places United Express serves via SkyWest Airlines. Disney may think they’ve got the happiest places on earth, but they’ve never been to my office. It’s positively awash in fun festivals, hometown heroes and lovely landscapes. Indeed my rant depicting roller bags as inefficient, traffic hazards was a departure from my upbeat norm. The level of response it generated was astounding. It’s nice to know I have comrades like Jordan Radnor who often travels between New York City and Aspen and recently emailed,

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Creating A Culture of Excellence Dear Passenger: The temperature is on the rise and that means it is a great time to start thinking about a summer vacation. If you haven’t decided where you want to go yet, take a look at some of the destinations featured in this edition of SkyWest Magazine. From the beaches of Santa Barbara, California to the Western adventure of Cody, Wyoming or the white water fun of Wausau, Wisconsin, there are dozens of easily accessible destinations that are perfect for every traveler. For me, the problem is usually narrowing down all of the places I want to visit. Almost as important as choosing the right summer destination is picking the airline that will take you there. SkyWest Airlines operates more than 1,700 daily flights to 160 cities across North America, thanks to the committed efforts of more than 11,000 aviation professionals. Not only are these men and women some of the best trained in the industry, they take the time to ensure each of our passengers has an exceptional travel experience. Let me explain what I mean. Just recently, a passenger deplaned from a flight, unintentionally left the secure area at the airport, and missed her connecting flight after the security screening closed for the night. Adding to the stress of her situation, this Thai-speaking passenger had limited English skills. Fortunately, a customer service agent stationed at her eventual destination in Wisconsin was fluent in Thai and was able to call the woman to explain what had happened with her flight. But this SkyWest team member didn’t stop there. Rather than leave the woman to try and catch another flight, he drove to the airport, picked her up, bought breakfast, and dropped her off at her destination. While this type of situation doesn’t happen every day, it is a great example of SkyWest’s commitment to quality customer service for every traveler. At least thirty-five SkyWest professionals, who share those values, have been involved in getting you on your flight and to your destination safely today. Our team takes pride in providing each of the communities we serve with access to world-class air travel. Now I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy your United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines. Welcome aboard! Sincerely,

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In 1602, Spanish sailors, pummeled by a storm on the Feast Day of Saint Barbara, took refuge in the sheltered channel. They named the spot in grateful tribute to the harbor’s gentle nature. Later, a Presidio was founded, and in the hills above the sea, Franciscan friars built California’s tenth adobe mission. An earthquake destroyed the structure in 1812. However, between 1815 and 1833, the Mission of Santa Barbara was rebuilt with such care and detail that it has forever been known as the Queen of California’s Missions— the only one to be continuously The Mission, oil on canvas 24” x 30”, by occupied and used as a church throughout its history. The beautiful mission sets the tone of Mediterranean grace and elegance that’s carried out through the rest of the town. Santa Barbara’s Andalusian ambience is no accident. Long before Santa Barbara was a tourist destination it was an arts destination. Its southern exposure creates a rare opportunity for artists to capture California’s coast without the glare of a western sun. That exceptional light and extraordinary landscape drew a steady stream of EuropeanFrom Stearns Wharf, Courtesy of Discoveries Vineyards

merica’s Riviera creates an ageless scenario—sand and sea, salt air and sky, lush green foliage punctuated by classic red tile Spanish roofs— symphonic color set against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. A quirk of geography carved out an unusual southern exposure for this section of the California coast. The climate is mild—warm and breezy in winter, heavenly in summer, sun-kissed all year through. The dazzling setting never fails to strike a chord, commanding attention, demanding respect and inspiring creative souls. It’s always been that way.


From Stearns Wharf, oil on canvas 24” x 48” featured on the Discoveries Vineyards Merlot label, this painting by artist Steve Cook depicts a view from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara Harbor looking up State Street towards the mountains.

trained artists to this part of the Golden State in the late 19th century. About the same time, wealthy industrialists, rich from Santa Barbara’s oil heyday, began building estates in the area, and the artists found a solid market for their work. The town grew up fast in those boom years. Its working class had little concern for aesthetics in architecture. Wood and brick structures were constructed in a mishmash cover artist Steve Cook. of styles. Only a few remnants of the Old Spanish days remained. There were just a handful of the old adobes, the Presidio’s fort and the community’s focal point—the Queen of the Missions. Inspired by that facility’s grandeur, a Community Arts Association campaigned for a greater appreciation of architectural quality and consistency in construction as early as 1922. Their cause got a great boost in 1925, when an earthquake leveled much of the town. Citizens agreed to fashion a new city in keeping with the namesake mission’s design. Santa Barbara adopted the

Mission Revival Style for all its public buildings. Private residences followed suit. Terra cotta, tile and wrought iron accentuated a fresh medley of Moorish and Mediterranean styling. Red tile roofs served as perfect counterpoints to the deep blue sea and rich green gardens. Stark adobe reflected the white sands of a glistening shoreline. The natural beauty had attracted the interest of Hollywood even before the earthquake. During the first part of the 20th-century, the world’s largest silent moviemaker, Flying A Studios, took up two city blocks around State and Mission streets in downtown Santa Barbara. More than 1,200 films were produced in the area back in the day. The set for Cecil B. DeMille’s original 1923 version of The Ten Commandments remains buried in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes north of town. skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 United express |

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Flying A moved to Hollywood shortly after talkies became popular, but Santa Barbara retains its superstar status. Sunset Boulevard (1950) and The Graduate (1967) are among classics filmed in part in Santa Barbara. More recently Sideways (2004), Seabiscuit (2003), There Will be Blood (2007) and It’s Complicated (2010) joined the long list of movies benefiting from the Spanish-style community and its environs. Proximity to LA makes Santa Barbara a favored getaway for movie stars and other members of the film community. The seaside retreat is so closely linked with the rich and famous that local lodges tout the chance to “sleep like a celebrity.” Legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and the Kennedys loom large here. Modern day icons including Oprah, Ellen, and Barbra (as in Streisand) call it home for at least part of the year. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that reflects Santa Barbara’s artistic sensibilities. It is not surprising that one of its oldest and most beloved cultural institutions is the Santa Barbara Museum of Art located at 1130 State Street. Founded in 1941 by local citizens, it has expanded over the years to include a permanent collection of more than 27,000 pieces. Its holdings span more than 5,000 years of creativity and include antiquities rivaled in the Western U.S. only by the Getty Museum. Its Latin American and Impressionist collections are special features, and it boasts the only intact mural in the U.S by renowned Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Flight of the Magnolia, by Paul Nash a pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and watercolor on paper is part of the exhibition Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington on display as part of the Santa Barbara Art Museum’s 70thanniversary celebration.

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A bird’s eye view of the county courthouse considered the most spectacular public building in America.

Ludington, scion of a wealthy New York family, first came west to attend boarding school in Ojai in the hills above Santa Barbara. That was in 1915. While traveling abroad he developed a love of art and made his first significant purchase—a painting by Andre Derain, a member of the Fauve school— when he was only 24 years old. In the mid-1920s, Ludington’s family purchased an estate in Montecito where the passionate collector eventually constructed an art gallery to house what became one of the West Coast’s finest art accumulations. He bequeathed those works—including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Redon and Rouault; ancient Roman and Egyptian sculptures; and 18th-century European furniture and furnishings—to the museum. In so doing, Ludington helped build a cultural repository as unique and sophisticated as the city itself. Santa Barbara has been called America’s Riviera for so long and so often that the term borders on triteness. Yet, it is an accurate description. This is the place to enjoy a continental experience without leaving American shores. This is a pedestrian-friendly town and the Red Tile Walking Tour is a great way to become acquainted with major landmarks and significant structures. Along the self-guided route, visitors learn about the 1823 adobe home of the Presidio’s Commander Jose de la Guerra, as well as an impressive array of other quaint residences dating to the mid-19th century. The fabulous county courthouse at 100 Anacapa Street is a standout among all these locations.


The Little Mermaid, oil on canvas 16” x 20” by cover artist Steve Cook

Built in 1929 it is more palace than public building, featuring intricate turrets, balconies and Tunisian tile. Docents lead guided tours at 11 each weekday morning. Participation is highly advised. However, it is also possible to wander through on your own. Either way, know that the Mural Room on the second floor will provide a lasting impression. An electrical fire caused extensive smoke damage last year, but the painting has been cleaned, if not completely restored and the room remains a mustsee. Visitors are invited to enter (albeit quietly) even when meetings are in session because this is one

site no one should miss. The doors are crafted of leather; the walls’ vivid murals chronicle California history. The landscaping is equally impressive. Sunken Gardens planted on the site of the 1872 courthouse provide a dramatic site for weddings and other special events. For a bird’s eye view of the courthouse complex, the city and the sea beyond, head to the top of the 85-foot “El Mirador” clock tower. An elevator makes it easy to ascend the four stories. Save your energy for your walking tour. Getting around the compact city center without wheels makes for fascinating fun. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project, an enviro-friendly community organization, now promotes the Red Tile Tour map, originally developed by the Chamber of Commerce. It also offers other walking-tour maps. They cover everything from the flower-bedecked downtown central shopping area to the waterfront. Five distinct beaches meld to form the city’s shoreline. Several are connected by bikeway. There are plenty of places to rent pedal power—bikes, adult trikes, bicycles built for two, even family-size surreys. All ages love this city by the sea. Every form of ocean fun is available here, from sunset cruises to seafood dining; kayak rentals to kids’ play areas.

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sense of aesthetics. It’s beautifully designed and a Celebrating 40 joy to walk through. years of wildlife conservation. That’s true every"View from the Palmwhere Garden" you go in this city. acrylic on canvas Susan Belloni Among the most popular self-guided tour maps offered by the Car Free Project is one that details a trek to the Santa Barbara Mission, 2201 Laguna Street. The walk takes visitors through two city parks and a residential neighborhood, and helps them discover and understand sites they might otherwise overlook. (For more information see www.santabarbaracarfree.org.) The Mission, with its long history and current liveliness, should be high on the list of any Santa Barbara itinerary. The structure, constructed by Chumash laborers, descendants of the area’s original inhabitants, remains an architectural marvel. Like Santa Barbara’s elegant seaside, the mission is a constant in a city that is as timeless as it is vibrant. Strolling through the landscaped grounds makes the visitor acutely aware that this is not a place for haste. n 500 Niños Drive Santa Barbara California, 93103 www.sbzoo.org (805) 962-5339

This painting of the Palm Gardens at the Zoo was created by local artist Susan Belloni as part of the zoo’s 40th anniversary in 2003. It is currently in a private collection. For more about the artist and her work visit susanbelloni.com.

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Mark Your Calendar The Santa Barbara Art Museum’s 70th Anniversary Exhibitions Include: June 4 – August 28 Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks from the Hammer Foundation and Blaffer Foundation – this selection of important paintings includes works by Corot, Chagall, Degas and Renoir.

Through July 24 Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington highlights the extensive modernist works on paper gifted to the museum by founder Wright S. Ludington. Due to their sensitivity to light, these drawings and prints (by the likes of Picasso, Degas, Matisse and Derain) can only be displayed sporadically and for short periods of time. Sculptures by Rodin, Bourdelle and Assip Zadkine complement the two-dimensional works.

Through September 4 Ori Gersht: Lost in Time is the first Western U.S. exhibition of this British artist’s photographs and films and represents five years of his recent work. The series references paintings by David, Cotan and Chardin among others.

Through September 18 diSTILLed Moments: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection These 20th-century still-life paintings and photographs hint at the range and scope of a genre that has existed since the classical age of Greece.

Zoo painting: Susan Belloni/www.susanbelloni.com

Wildlife Adjacent to East Beach, Begins Atthe 40!charming Zoological Garden benefits from SanAnniversary Bash ta Barbara’s heightened


Art Watch

Cover Artist

Steve Cook

Painting with a Passion

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teve Cook, the artist responsible for this edition’s cover, Resting in the Shade, knows California’s Central Coast. The San After the Harvest, oil on canvas 36” x 36” Diego native and avid surfer has been painting the landscape of Santa Barbara and its environs since moving to the area more than 30 years ago. Eight years ago, he left a long career in manufacturing and turned his attention to the easel full time. “By then I had my studio and was spending more and more time painting. My mom was an artist and I inherited her talent. But until ten years ago, I was pretty much selftaught. Then I took some college classes and workshops. In the last four or five years it’s become my main passion. I surfed every day for more than 45 years. Now I paint more than I surf.” Beyond Retirement, oil on canvas 40” x 50” The results of that passion are Resting in the Shade, oil on canvas 34” x 42” large oil paintings of vineyards, seascapes and the coastal lifestyle. Collectors and wineries have taken notice. Cook’s work hangs in tasting rooms, and adorns labels. His depiction of Santa Barbara landmark Stearns Wharf is featured on the Discoveries Vineyards Merlot label. It also helps illustrate the preceding feature on Santa Barbara. So do Cook’s paintings of the historic mission and a young surfer. Like all of his work, they reflect the Coastal area’s strong plein-air tradition. “I divide my time between the studio and outdoors. I tend to work from plein-air studies or photos. This area developed a really strong school of landscape painters. I think the Gold Coast between Ventura and Monterey still lends itself to the California Impressionist tradition. It’s still After Lunch at the Cliff House, oil on canvas 24” x 36” undeveloped and so beautiful.” Learn more about Steve Cook and his work at stevecookfineart.com. n skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 United express |

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raverse City, Michigan may be the Midwest’s best vacation haven—especially in summer when its lovely location at the head of Grand Traverse Bay offers low humidity, balmy breezes and plenty of sunshine. A fortunate bit of climatic serendipity typically delivers temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and cloudless days. Good weather enhances a landscape marked by luxuriant rolling hills, golden beaches and translucent water. It’s easy to see why thousands of visitors flock here each year. The natural environment creates a perfect backdrop for recreation, and Traverse City caters to all ages and interests with a huge roster of things to see and do. As gateway to the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, it offers easy air access to more than 200 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, including the spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This gorgeous mélange of soaring sand, cobalt water and verdant forests poses lots of fun options. Climbing the dunes affords amazing views.

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by Amanda Bjerke

Other hiking trails meander through dense woods and flat plains. The more sedentary traveler can get a sense of this place by driving the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a seven-and-a-half mile loop that climbs to the top of a 450-foot bluff. The national lakeshore park also includes the restored logging village Glen Haven, a former company town that now gives visitors insight into late 19th-century Michigan life. The South Manitou Island Lighthouse, also part of the Sleeping Bear Dune preserve, is now a museum and no longer functions as a lighthouse. However, the facility’s lantern continues to shine from May through November. Traverse City’s location, at the far western end of the Eastern Time Zone, means you have to wait quite a while to see that lighthouse beacon glow. Summer days are long. Sunset lingers well past nine and that means more time to play. Besides all the water sports you’d expect on a peninsula, this area is also a cyclist’s paradise and a golfer’s dream. Trails crisscross the region. The Traverse Area

Traverse City Images: Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, traversecity.com

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Opposite page: Vineyards share space with one of the area’s renown cherry orchards. Above: Picking cherries; Horse Shows by the Bay event; National Cherry Festival parade

Recreational Trail (TART) is among the best maintained and easiest for visitors to navigate. The paved path (boardwalk through marshy areas) offers a ten-mile route along Grand Traverse Bay, through downtown Traverse City to Acme Township. Bike rentals are available at Brick Wheels on Eighth Street in Traverse City. As the capital of Michigan’s Golf Coast, Traverse City offers 18 courses within 20 miles of the airport. Several have achieved national commendations. All benefit from beautiful vistas. The availability of public courses and an assortment of budget-stretching packages at high-tone, golfcentric resorts make it easy for everyone to enjoy time on the greens. When the sun finally sets, Traverse City bustles with nightlife. Fine dining establishments, nightclubs and casinos are all part of the mix. And as if Traverse City’s enviable lifestyle weren’t enough to lure visitors, the city and the surrounding area add to the recreation ante with a calendar crammed chock-ablock with special events. The granddaddy of Traverse City good times is the National Cherry Festival. Now in its 83rd year, it salutes an enterprise that has remained a mainstay since 1852, when the first European settler, missionary Peter Dougherty, planted the original orchard. In the early 20th-century, the local timber industry crashed and the economy plummeted. Ingenious locals looked to their lovely orchards and tasty fruit to entice visitors. Folks have been coming ever since. The National Cherry Festival, to be held July 2 through July 9 this year, features more than 150 events including an air show, arts and crafts fair, concerts, sports competitions, picnics, pow-wows and parades. Many are cherrycentric. There’s a pie contest, Cherries D’Vine, a showcase of regional cherries and grapes, and a Cherries Grand Buffet. Cherry chili anyone? How

about some cherry tiramisu? The menu varies from year to year, but the selections are always awesome, and a bit astounding. The cherry festival established Traverse City as a tourist destination in the early 20th century. The community’s popularity has never waned. There is always a reason to celebrate here. All summer long, Traverse City events shine a spotlight on all that makes life on this peninsula so special. Although the region remains home to most of Michigan’s 3.8million tart-cherry trees, the hillside orchards now share space with award-winning vineyards and wineries. The fruit of the local vine is heralded during Old Mission Blossom Days, the weekend of May 14 this year. A mere $15 buys entrée to tastings at all seven Old Mission Peninsula wineries and a souvenir wine glass. The following weekend the lakeshore village of Empire produces its Annual Asparagus Festival, a springtime ritual that includes games, dinners and a gathering of poets writing odes to the green veggie. On May 28, Eastport hosts the Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival. This tribute to Michigan’s state stone includes a day of Petoskey hunting, stone skipping, demonstrations and prizes. The Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest, one of the nation’s most unique events of its kind, kicks off June 1 and continues through June 5 with a full complement of field trips, hikes and lectures from experts and environmentalists. As part of the adventure, a tall ship, two-masted schooner carries participants to Bellows Island for a close-up encounter with Double-crested Cormorants and nesting Caspian Terns. The homage to local wines continues with the Leland Food and Wine Festival, June 11 and Divas Uncorked, June 17. Aimed at the fairer sex, it’s held at Old Mission Peninsula wineries. skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 United express |

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The same weekend, the Hot Air Balloon Rally fills the sky with mass ascensions and a nighttime balloon glow that rivals the stars. Fourteen miles from Traverse City, the PolishAmerican community in Cedar, kicks up its heels with Polka Fest June 30 through July 3. Continuous oompa-pa music accompanies hearty food, plenty of drink and traditional dancing. Among the region’s most prestigious events, Horse Shows by the Bay, June 30 through July 31, attracts thousands of the nation’s best equestrians competing in show jumping, dressage and Grand

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Prix events. There are special exhibitions and a family day full of activities for young horse enthusiasts. Spectators are welcome at all weekend Feature Events. Admission to most presentations is just $5. It’s not easy to sit indoors on a sunny Traverse City day. Yet, the Traverse City Film Festival manages to lure movie buffs from the beaches, golf courses and trails with an outstanding selection of independent, foreign and documentary films. The event, held July 26 through July 31 this year, also includes premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures. Many events are held at the vintage State Theater and the City Opera House. For those who can’t bear to head inside, free family movies are shown al fresco every night at Open Space Park. It’s located along the serene shore of West Grand Traverse Bay. From the peaceful respite of beaches and sand dunes to high-energy festivals and celebrations, Traverse City always gives visitors an opportunity to pick their pleasure. No wonder they keep coming back. n


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egendary pitchman and impresario Buffalo Bill Cody developed his namesake community and promoted it as the “Gateway to YellowThe Buffalo Bill Historical Center stone National Park and one of the Wild West’s last unsettled places.” That was in 1895. By stellar touch point with history. The institution’s then the former Army scout and buffalo hunter was billing as the “Smithsonian of the West” is well an international celebrity. He toured the world with deserved. Five distinct museums all provide a Wild West show that included the likes of Annie uncommon cultural experiences. The Whitney Oakley and Sitting Bull and orchestrated a mythoGallery of Western Art presents the works of icons logical American West as part of the act. including George Catlin, Thomas Moran, Albert In Wyoming, Buffalo Bill created the idealized Bierstadt, Frederick Remington and Charlie Russell. 19th-century outpost based on the real estate The Plains Indian Museum serves as a repository industry’s basic tenet—location, location, location. for an impressive collection of artifacts, sensitively Proximity to Yellowstone made Cody desirable presenting the region’s earliest people—their then and it still does today. The community that culture, traditions and values. The Firearm Museum began as a shrewd business venture remains true to offers a comprehensive collection of American its founder’s vision. Yellowstone is still the nation’s weapons—especially the Winchester, the gun that most popular national park. It remains home to won the West. The Draper Museum of Natural dazzling natural wonders—Old Faithful and other History, 20,000 square feet of highly educational volcanic geysers, mud pots and fumaroles; waterand interactive exhibits, explores the geology, falls, lakes and rivers, mountain meadows and wildlife and human presence in the Greater towering peaks. It still harbors grizzly, wolves and Yellowstone Region. Founded in 1917, the year of course buffalo. Cody continues as the park’s Buffalo Bill died, to preserve his vision, the preferred eastern gateway. The small community nestled among massive rolling hills serves visitors as a perfect patch of civilization, the ideal complement to Yellowstone’s pristine scenery. Comfortable and charming, it boasts antique shops, art galleries and plenty of dining options. A new easy-to-use air terminal, (left) welcomes visitors to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park (right). Mostly, Cody continues to draw visitors to relics of Buffalo Bill’s day. The Irma historical center is the west’s oldest and most Hotel, built by the showman in 1901 and named for comprehensive museum. Its seven-acre building his daughter, retains the original ornate cherry contains almost 35,000 artifacts, 20,000 books and wood bar, a gift from Queen Victoria. Every sum260,000 archived photos. mer night on Sheridan Street, in front of the Irma, Cody’s new airport makes getting to Yellowactors in 19th-century garb go down in a blaze of stone’s majesty and Buffalo Bill’s mythology gunfire to the delight of guests. convenient and comfortable. The $6-million facility There’s much more to Cody than cowboy opened earlier this year as part of a $12-million kitsch. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center provides a improvement project. The new 28,000-square-foot


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energy-efficient terminal, almost doubles the size of its predecessor. It includes the Landing Café, a comfortable eatery with unobstructed views of the runway. A new baggage scanner and a layout designed to efficiently move people and facilitate check-in contribute to the simplicity of the boarding experience. Direct United Express flights to Denver transport travelers from across the globe and around the world every day. The ease of access is an extra incentive to explore the town Buffalo Bill built and the land he loved to promote. The old impresario would be proud! n

Yee-Haw! Cowboy Up in Cody When Cody bills itself as the Rodeo Capital of the World it’s not brag just facts. Every summer-visitor should experience this close kin of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There’s no excuse if you’re in town. The Cody Nite Rodeo puts on a fast-riding, high-flying show at 8 p.m. every evening between June 1 and August 31. The season also includes bigstakes professional competitions. Top bull riders vie for a $50,000 purse during the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bull Competition June 30. It’s a thrilling prelude to one of the crown jewels of professional rodeo. The Cody Stampede, July 1 through July 4, attracts the sport’s biggest names with a chance to nab some of the industry’s largest purses.

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| Colorado Springs, Co

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et me get right to the point. There aren’t enough words in this magazine to describe all that Colorado Springs offers visitors. So, I’ll cut the fluffy stuff about the natural beauty, the historic qualities of a place founded as a healthful resort back in the locomotive day and the current cultural stuff. (There are lots of museums dealing with art, history and the like.) Suffice to say, if you haven’t been there, go. If you’ve been, go again. This high-mountain community south of Denver offers access to more attractions and adventures than you can accomplish in this lifetime. Don’t believe me? Check out this partial to-do-beforeyou-die list:

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3. Dine at The Broadmoor Hotel. Feeling really flush? Spend a night or longer. This five-star resort oozes class and tradition. Built in 1918 as a railroad destination resort, it remains the Queen of the Rockies and now includes three 18-hole golf courses, and a top-notch tennis facility. The Rocky Mountain views are worth the price tag. 4. Travel the Royal Gorge by Train. A trek through Colorado’s deepest canyon combines unbelievable scenery, encounters with wildlife and a glimpse of history. (Feuding railroads resorted

1. Clamber to Pikes Peaks Summit. This apex may not be the highest of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners (mountains with an elevation of 14,000 feet or more), but it’s undoubtedly the most famous. Get to the top via a winding 19-mile road or a ride aboard the Manitou and Pikes Peak cog railroad. Once there, enjoy the view that inspired the lyrics to America the Beautiful. (Think you’re really tough? Try it on foot. The Pikes Peak Ascent is August 20 this year. A half-marathon takes place the next day. Registration for both events is open now.) 2. Pause in the Air Force Academy Chapel. A marvel of modern architecture, the design inspires awe and wonder. Worship services can be held simultaneously in four separate areas. It is open to the public every day and group tours are provided upon request. 20 | skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express

to both violence and litigation in pursuit of the right to build this track. Bat Masterson was involved. Need I say more?). Today, outstanding meals and good wine are part of many trips. Budget-minded riders can go coach and still enjoy the jaw-dropping view beneath towering 10,000-foot cliffs. This


is the only means of traveling the narrow chasm other than rafting the Arkansas River. (Add that to ˜ another list.) The train departs from Canon City 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.

5. Explore the Cave of the Winds by Lantern Light. Cave of the Winds is located west of

6. Howl at the Moon with a Wolf. Less than an hour’s drive from Colorado Springs, in the mountain town Florissant, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center offers an educational wildlife experience. Arctic wolves, timber wolves, Mexican grey wolves, wolf-dog hybrids, coyotes and foxes are all at home here. Informative tours end with a group howl that includes human spectators and the canines. Full-moon sessions, complete with cocoa and coffee, are held almost every month and conclude with a wolf meet-and-greet. (Children must be eight years of age to participate.)

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Colorado Springs near The Manitou Cliff Dwellings. (The “dwellings” are interesting to see, but with the caveat that the stones used in their construction were brought from southwestern Colorado near Mesa Verde and reconfigured to look like an Anasazi dwelling.) The cave is authentic and a huge attraction, not just because it holds good examples of delicate helectite formations. The real thrill is the chance to make like an oldtimer and explore by the warm glow of a handheld lantern. The guide’s spooky stories contribute extra spine tingles and add to the fun.

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7. Visit the Garden of the Gods. Red-hued spires, balanced rocks and peculiar geological formations with names like Kissing Camels and Llamas Heads are the main draw at this public park. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are popular. So is rock climbing—as long as you obtain a permit from the Visitor and Nature Center. That facility also offers free nature presentations and natural history exhibits. There is no admission fee for the park. Guided bus tours are offered for a nominal fee. Nearby, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is a living history museum that re-creates various eras in Colorado Springs history with a 1775 American Indian settlement, an 1860s homestead, a ranch house circa 1880 and a 1907 Edwardian estate. This is just a start. I could go on about the nation’s only money museum, the sole highmountain zoo in the Rockies, the Florissant fossil beds, Old West gold towns like Cripple Creek and Victor, but I’m out of room. You’ll have to explore for yourself. n

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With more than 101 regularly scheduled departures each day, SkyWest United Express connects Chicago with an abundance of dynamic communities. Here’s insight into a special place just one outbound flight from O’Hare and some Chicagoland attractions, too.

| Moline, IL

Rollin’ On the Great River Road

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The Twilight reproduction of a 19th-century, three-deck steamer

The Celebration Belle, another riverboat reproduction, like the Twilight offers entertainment and theme cruises.

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ooking for an authentic American adventure? Consider a float on the Mighty Mississippi. The world’s fourth longest river courses more than 2,300 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Rolling through the nation’s heartland, it delivers lovely scenery and conjures up visions of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and riverboat gamblers along the way. Combining nostalgia, romance and relaxation is especially easy in the Quad Cities, an area that straddles the Big Muddy along the Illinois-Iowa line. Despite the name, five towns—Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport, East Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa make up the region. (Go figure.) All are worthy destinations in their own right. Each plays a part in a variety of river adventures designed to tempt any traveler. To experience a little time travel, consider a two-day cruise aboard one of the lavish reproductions of the boats Mark Twain described as “Floating Palaces.” Two three-decker boats, the Twilight and the Celebration Belle exude elegance and offer an array of entertainment and special theme cruises. Both depart north of the Quad Cities and offer guests overnight lodging on shore. Families and those on a budget or with limited time should check out the Channel Cat Water Taxi. The best bargain on the river costs just $6 for adults and $3 for kids for a round-trip ticket (a fraction of a fancier ride’s fare). As the name suggests, the open-air boat shuttles along several Quad City stops. This fresh-air taste of the river is a hasslefree way to get to other significant sites including the agricultural exhibits at Moline’s John Deere Pavilion and the restaurants and quaint shops of East Davenport, Iowa. It also carries passengers and their bicycles to the extensive path system on the Iowa side of the river. n

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| Wausau, WI

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he Wisconsin River has always defined Wausau. The waterfront location was first settled as a transportation and trade center. By the mid-1800s, the river provided power and a thoroughfare for a thriving timber industry. Today, the community’s historic lifeblood earns Wausau a spot on the international recreation map as home to one of the world’s best whitewater slalom courses. The Wausau Whitewater Park hosts a hefty schedule of events, including the USA Canoe/Kayak organization’s Junior Team Trials (June 25 and 26 this year), and the Midwest Freestyle Championships (August 20 and 21). All through the season (which extends to mid-September), the park is a must-do experience for locals and visitors alike. No kayaking or canoeing experience is required to get in on the fun. Bleachers make it easy to watch participants tackle rapids and eddies. Their gleeful enthusiasm entices newcomers to the sport. Getting involved is simple. A variety of whitewater classes and training clinics are offered for beginners and

folks who want to learn to roll like a champion and play like an otter. While anytime is a great time to enjoy the Whitewater Park, the Wausau RiverFest, (June 11 through June 12) adds more splash to the experience with events that range from the wacky to the sublime. All-comers are invited to the lower portion of the course for a Hooligan Race of homemade watercraft. Free kayaking demonstrations offer test drives on the flatwater section of the river, and the RiverFest Rodeo features sophisticated paddlers strutting their skills and awing the crowd with whitewater flips, spins and cartwheels. n

| Appleton , WI

Saluting the Grand Old Flag

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ll through the year, Appleton, Wisconsin, a riverside hamlet at the northern end of Lake Winnebago, welcomes visitors with down-home friendliness, a charming landscape and plenty of recreation. Home to Lawrence University, it also benefits from all the art and culture you’d expect from a college town. A rich history unfolds at the intriguing Museum at the Castle, and the downtown bustles with pubs, clubs, coffeehouses and eateries. All of Appleton’s ongoing attractions get a boost during the second week in June. That’s when a giant dollop of patriotism makes this engaging, small city the place to experience nostalgic national pride at its best. It’s been that way ever since Appleton initiated the country’s first Flag Day event in 1950. In the aftermath of World War II, love of country was at an all time high. Congress established June 14 as Flag Day in 1949, and Appleton was quick to rally ‘round

the event. The communal enthusiasm has never waned. This year’s 61st Flag Day Parade and celebration salutes the Air Force and Desert Storm veterans. The parade will include more than 100 marching units, floats and bands. While a high-ranking air force honcho will serve as Honorary Marshall, there is no “Grand” Marshall—aside from the flag. During plans for the first event, organizers decided that Old Glory would always be the main attraction. The procession honoring the flag is expected to stretch at least two miles. Good thing! More than 60,000 spectators typically turn out for the celebration. n

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Beyond LAX

With more than 140 regularly scheduled departures each day, SkyWest United Express is among LAX’s busiest carriers. Many of those passengers find rest, relaxation and a world of opportunity just beyond LAX.

| Carlsbad, CA

LEGOLAND and The Aquarium— Out of This World Experiences

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rom deepest space to the deep blue sea, Carlsbad, the beautiful ocean-side community just north of San Diego, offers this season’s visitors a new measure of other-worldly experiences. This spring, the LEGOLAND attraction launched STAR WARS Miniland, featuring seven of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars movies. The exhibit allows guests to retrace the major events in the series. It took more than 1.5 million blocks to create the 2,000 STAR WARS Miniland models, including several that stand more than six feet tall. Interactive features activate animation. Guests can also pose with life-sized models of Chewbacca, R2D2 and Darth Vader. Next door to LEGOLAND, the Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium offers an interactive journey through

amazing ocean habitats with lots of fun-filled play stations and learning opportunities. May 6, the aquarium ushered in Octopus Garden, an experiential exhibit designed to demonstrate the fascinating world of cephalopods. Distinctive creatures including octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus display amazing abilities such as camouflage, the creation of ink clouds and jet propulsion mobility that entertain adults and children alike. SkyWest United Express serves Carlsbad through its own friendly, easy-to-navigate airport, making it simple to access LEGOLAND, the aquarium and some of California’s prettiest beaches. n

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involved and no incisions made. Instead, 192 highly focused beams of radiation—delivered in a single high-dose—converge on the specific area where the tumor or abnormality resides. With the help of a computer and the latest imaging technology, physicians can identify the exact spot with pinpoint accuracy. This promising alternative to traditional surgery offers superior outcomes, fewer complications and quicker recovery times, giving Valley residents one more reason to be proud of the community they call home. For more information about Gamma Knife, call: 1-800-ST-AGNES | www.samc.com.


| Sacramento, CA

Beyond LAX

The Delta King riverboat (left) is moored at Old Sacramento State Park. Cambria, an Impressionist depiction of the Central Coast community is a 20” x 24” oil by Franz A. Bischoff and part of the exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum this summer.

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Cambria: private collection courtesy of the Irvine Museum

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alifornia’s capital city offers visitors much more than a tour of the statehouse. Economical, family-friendly attractions also include Old Sacramento, a 28-acre state park that preserves buildings from the Gold Rush days. Costumed guides offer tours of the restored structures and insight into Sacramento’s colorful history. The park is also home to a cluster of museums, including those devoted to the state’s military and its railroad era. The historic riverboat, Delta King, is moored in the Sacramento River within the park. It’s now a hotel with a restaurant and theater. Equally appealing is the Crocker Art Museum on O Street. Established by E.B. Crocker, brother of railroad tycoon Charles Crocker in 1885, it was the first art museum in the West and continues to offer a stellar

experience. Last October it tripled in size with the addition of a 125,000-square-foot building designed to complement the historic structures. This summer the Crocker salutes Impressionism with three separate exhibitions: Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870-1940 (May 14 through September 25) looks at the way French Impressionism influenced the work of artists such as Thomas Moran and Lila Cabot Perry; Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism (June 11 through September 18) includes some of the finest French and American landscapes from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, including pieces by Monet, Courbet and Pissarro; Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff (June 25 – October 23) emphasizes the work of one of California’s most important artists. n

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America’sB est Places | Aspen, CO

Celebrate High-Country Culture

Aspen Theatre performs in reparatory all summer; music fans congregate for festivals

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here’s always reason to celebrate Aspen, a place of profound beauty, unsurpassed lifestyle and an infinitely interesting citizenry. When spring’s thaw yields to summer’s glory, locals salute the good life with world-class events that range from art shows to what may be the nation’s most challenging bike race. No matter when you visit Aspen this year, you’ll discover a unique high-country culture. Consider this smattering of highlights from a very crowded calendar.

June 29 – August 21 | The Aspen Music Festival and School, on the heels of the jazz celebration, presents more than 350 classical events during its season. This internationally acclaimed concert series runs the gamut from orchestral performances to opera, chamber music and contemporary music. Performances are held in the Benedict Music Tent and adjacent concert hall, in Aspen’s

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July 4 | Aspen’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade celebrates liberty in the most traditional way. Afterward, there are plenty of entertaining options—a kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park, an Antique and Fine Arts Fair at the Ice Garden, a community picnic at Koch Park and a free barbecue featuring family art activities on the grounds of the Aspen Art Museum where guests can get an up-close look at the parade float designed by artist Dave McKenzie. August 22 – 28 | Quiznos Pro Challenge. This 600-mile cycling endurance test covers some of the area’s toughest—and most picturesque—terrain. Aspen hosts the “queen” or most difficult stage of the arduous event on August 24. As the name indicates, this race aims to be the most challenging pro-cycling event in American history. It’s the brainchild of Aspen resident Lance Armstrong. The sports icon continues to spend summers riding the hills and trails around this mountaintop community, and visitors can too. n

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June 24 – July 2 | Jazz Aspen Snowmass brings headliners to the Rockies for four nights of concerts in the Benedict Music Tent. This year’s lineup features Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Saturday July 2. The festival also offers free performances from outstanding students playing in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy Bands.

West End neighborhood, just a peaceful stroll from the heart of downtown. The series serves as a training ground for young musicians and gives audiences an extraordinary chance to hear tomorrow’s superstars. No wonder up to 100,000 patrons participate over the course of the summer.

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June 22 – August 20 | Theatre Aspen presents a reparatory season featuring Becky’s New Car, a loopy romantic comedy starring Broadway veteran Sandy Duncan, the brand-new musical Vices: A Love Story and perennial family favorite Annie. (Morning performances make it easy for little ones to enjoy the show before nap time.) The location in Rio Grande Park, next to the river of the same name, enhances every performance with daytime views of Aspen Mountain and night skies strewn with stars.


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America’sB est Events

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Celebrate! It’s festival season! And Americans take every chance to party. They recognize rivers, roses, rodeos and reptiles, arts, artisans and all forms of creativity. There are RenFaires and County Fairs, classic car shows, hot air balloon rallies and music everywhere. Whether they salute an ethnic group, a unique geographic feature or the bounty of the land, each celebration spotlights the spirit of a place. At a time when travel too often yields little more than a familiar encounter with the same retailers and restaurants you left at home, ambling through a festival makes you feel like you’ve been somewhere. So go ahead, enjoy! Here are some of the many terrific happenings in SkyWest Country.

PALM SPRING, CA | Through MAY 15 The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies pays tribute to more than four decades of America’s favorite music and dance. From do-wop to disco, long-legged lovelies make the historic Plaza Theatre a “land of a thousand dances.”

CHICAGO, IL | Through MAY 28 Jellies, at the Shedd Aquarium, mesmerizes visitors with a close look at the fascinating and mysterious translucent jellyfish and their place in the world.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM | MAY 8 – AUGUST 21 A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, presents 60 artworks as it documents the experiences of the women who designed and created some of Tiffany Studio’s greatest pieces.

SONOMA, CA | MAY 20-22 Yellowstone Park | May 8 Celebrate with the Mothers of Yellowstone Park Spring brings bouncing baby bison, long-legged elk calves, and playful bear cubs to Yellowstone Park. This year, why not visit Yellowstone in spring? Wildlife watching, hiking and biking by day; warm meals and a comfortable bed each night. Visit our website for lodging options and activities. www.yellowstonedestination.com

MILWAUKEE, WI | Through MAY 15 Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century, a showcase of the visionary architect’s work, premieres at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

ASHEVILLE, NC | Through MAY 15 Festival of Flowers at the lavish Biltmore Estate welcomes springtime with thousands of tulips and acres of azaleas as the 8,000-acre estate blooms with color.

SANTA BARBARA, CA | Through MAY 15 Presenting Noh Drama: Theater Prints of Tsukioka Kogyo at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art explores the work of this master Japanese print designer.

AUSTIN, TX | ONGOING About Face: Portraiture as Subject, at the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art presents 35 portraits created in diverse media by artists ranging from Rembrandt to Diego Rivera to Andy Warhol. 28 | skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express

The Sonoma Jazz Festival salutes all forms of jazz from cutting edge to punk to old-time with headliners John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow and the Gipsy Kings.

HOUSTON, TX | MAY 22 Art Car Parade, an international phenomenon that last year drew 300,000 spectators to downtown Houston showcases more than 250 amazing examples of art on wheels. They range from flying saucers to fire-breathing dragons.

OCEANSIDE, CA | MAY 27–30 Top Gun Celebration commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Tom Cruise blockbuster filmed in Oceanside with a special outdoor screening, celebrity volleyball tourney and plenty of food.

NAPA VALLEY, CA | JUNE 2–5 Auction Napa Valley, one of the country’s finest events of its kind is hosted by more than 400 area wineries and features a live auction, a strong culinary component with dozens of outstanding chefs and of course fine wines.

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Grand Teton Music Festival 50th Anniversary Season For 50 years, the top orchestral musicians in the country have gathered at the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to make music together each summer. Join the Golden Anniversary celebration this summer with two months of concerts featuring the Festival Orchestra, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Sarah Chang, Yefim Bronfman, Doc Severinsen and more. 307-733-1128 www.gtmf.org


ASPEN | May 20 – July 17 Glasgow-based conceptual artist Cathy Wilkes’s AAM exhibition is her first one-person U.S. museum presentation and the first to focus on her paintings, providing a rare opportunity to reflect on a number of poignant works that have been the artist’s companions during some of the most personal moments of her life. IMAGE: Cathy Wilkes, Mummy’s Here, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin. Private collection.

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BOSTON, MA | JUNE 5–10 Charles River Festival offers up folk, Latin, jazz and world music, dance, art exhibits and craft-making activities along the Cambridge side of the Charles River.

DULUTH, MN | JUNE 25 Park Point Art Fair presents the work of 120 outstanding artists from the Midwest and beyond for sale or simply appreciation. Live music, festival fare and the Lake Superior setting add to the ambience.

VAIL, CO | JUNE 26 – AUGUST 3 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and more in a gorgeous Rocky Mountain setting.

NORTH BEND, OR | JUNE 29 – JULY 3 Sandfest 2011 energizes the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area with thrills, spills, exhibitions, sand drag races and every imaginable utility-terrain vehicle.

WAUSAU, WI | JUNE 11–12 RiverFest makes the most of Wausau’s WhiteWater Play Park with sea kayaking demonstrations and lessons, a freestyle race and the RiverFest Rodeo.

NASHVILLE, TN | JUNE 9–12 Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival celebrates its 10th year with an all-star lineup including Eminem, Mumford and Sons and Alison Krause performing at Manchester, 60 miles south of Nashville.

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MODESTO, CA | JUNE 10–12 American Graffiti Car Show and Festival includes a parade of classics and a tribute to the Happy Days of Music in the town that inspired George Lucas’ iconic film American Graffiti.

CLEVELAND, OH | JUNE 17–19 Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses with art, fashion, a parade and other events centered around duct tape and its hometown.

CODY, WY | JUNE 18 Plains Indian Powwow, now in its 30th season, celebrates the region’s rich, Native American culture through song, dance and exhibitions.

PADUCAH, KY | JUNE 18 – JULY 20 Paducah Photo, one of the mid-south’s largest and most prestigious photography competitions presents the winning works of photographers working in both digital, film and alternative processes at the Yeiser Art Center.

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There was a time in the not-too-distant past when a trip to America’s Wine Country meant visiting California’s Napa Valley. No more. The Golden State still leads the nation in wine production, all right. But now its wine regions spill from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino in the north through Central Coast regions that include Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and more. Even south of Los Angeles, the Temecula, San Pasqual and Ramona valleys grow grapes and make wine. That said, California doesn’t have a corner on the Wine Country experience. Every state boasts wine regions. Michigan, for example, is the country’s fourth largest wine grape producer. Its wineries make in excess of a million gallons each year. No matter where you travel, chances are a Wine Country adventure is near at hand. And, you don’t have to know a Cabernet from a Chardonnay to enjoy the encounter. Wherever you go, you’ll discover lush landscapes, scenic vistas and friendly tasting room hosts eager to share their knowledge. Here are a few of our favorite Wine Country opportunities.

Curtis Winery, California

Established by the Firestone family, Curtis Winery specializes in artisan Rhône-style wines from estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. Its award winners include 2009 Viognier – “Best Buy” in Wine & Spirits Magazine. 2009 Heritage Blanc – “Double Gold Medal” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Enter the code SKYWEST on CurtisWinery. com to save 15% on wine orders, or mention “SkyWest” at the tasting room to enjoy a two-for-one tasting. Expires May 2012

805-686-8999 | www.CurtisWinery.com Curtis Winery is owned by Andrew and Ivana Firestone shown here with their son Brooks.

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Schug Winery, California As former winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Walter Schug crafted the legendary Insignia of the 1970’s and early 80’s, as well as America’s first Syrah. He founded his own label in 1980 to produce elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from California’s cool-climate Carneros region. Today winemaker Michael Cox and managing partner Axel Schug carry on the tradition of excellence set by Walter, who retired in 2007 after a career spanning over 50 vintages in both Europe and California. Tasting room open daily 10am-5pm at 602 Bonneau Road Sonoma, CA. Mention this article for two complimentary tastings. 800-966-9365 | www.schugwinery.com

Robert Hall Winery, California Discover “The Essence of Paso Robles”™ with a visit to Robert Hall Winery—California’s Golden State Winery. Enjoy our sustainably farmed wines as you tour our underground caverns—the largest on the Central Coast—and learn about the winemaking process from vine-to-bottle. Award-winning wines include Cabernet Sauvignon and an expansive portfolio of Rhone wines, Meritage and a Vintage Port. The venue includes an open-air amphitheater, garden terrace and courtyard perfect for weddings, private and corporate events. 805-239-1616 | www.roberthallwinery.com

Traverse City Wine Region Thanks to its moderate microclimate, Traverse City has become one of the country’s most celebrated new wine regions. (USA Today named it one of the Top 10 places to enjoy local wines, and TripAdvisor.com rated it one of America’s Top 10 wine destinations.) And since Traverse City’s wine country is particularly beautiful, with steep hillside vineyards perched above the blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay, wine touring here is a feast for all the senses! 800-940-1120 | www.TraverseCity.com

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Spa-tacular Retreats You may have noticed. The year 2011 is approaching its midway mark. How are you doing with those fitness resolutions? Is it time for professional help? Whether you want to grow stronger, shed a few pounds, or discover strategies to improve your overall health, a spa vacation is a phenomenal way to de-stress and become your very best. Rejuvenating retreats throughout SkyWest country are waiting to meet your every need. They are located in gorgeous settings—places that are worthy destinations in their own right. And, United Express service by SkyWest Airlines makes getting to your getaway easy. Here are a few of our favorite Spa-tacular Spas.

Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, California / Utah The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge offers the most affordable, comprehensive health and fitness experience focusing on exercise, healthy nutrition and education. Awarded one of the top ten destination spas for Best Affordability, Best Fitness Program, Best Hiking, and Best for Weight Loss, guests visit from around the world to participate in our calorie-controlled, structured program that is the exclusive weight loss destination for the NBC’s television show “The Biggest Loser.” Engage in The Resort’s four-point philosophy of fitness, nutrition, education, and relaxation. Achieve the results of a healthy lifestyle with our structured program of fitness, calorie-controlled spa cuisine, education series, and full-service spa and salon. There is something for everyone with over 20 different indoor and outdoor group classes. Meals are prepared by an executive chef with emphasis on creativity and flavor. Guests have access to licensed professionals including Professional Trainers, a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Counselor, and Life Coach, all to teach you how to approach meal planning, recognize habits such as emotional and intuitive eating, and give you the tools to succeed at home. Located in the beautiful southwest corner of Utah and the lush hills of Malibu, our two facilities are perfect for your fitness getaway. 888-870-2639 | www.biggestloserresort.com

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Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway,Colorado John Hendricks, the Founder of the Discovery Channel, has created a vacation destination in one of the most dramatic landscapes in North America. This exclusive “outpost” is called Gateway Canyons Resort, an exciting new vacation experience nestled within the stunning red rock canyons of far western Colorado that offers room to explore, discover and breathe. With an abundance of sun and blue skies, Gateway Canyons marries the wonder of a spectacular setting with the tranquility of a secluded destination. Resting at the foot of the Palisade, The Spa at Gateway Canyons revitalizes guests with deep relaxation and renewal, in harmony with the surrounding ancient landscape. Our collection of eclectic treatment rooms are individually customized with western accents, tiled showers, and a selection of products packed with rejuvenating natural ingredients. Surrounding your luxury spa experience, your customized agenda may also include an unforgettable horseback ride at dusk, vigorous canyon hike or rock climb, raft or kayak trip down the Dolores River, tour of the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, or just some quiet, relaxing time by the pool. After your adventure, delight in premium accommodations, creative cuisine, or simply gaze upon the countless stars. Prepare yourself for a restorative experience for your body and soul. 970-931-2458 | www.gatewaycanyons.com

Red Mountain Resort,St. George,Utah Blended naturally into a landscape of vivid red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, Red Mountain Resort has everything you need to relax, renew and rediscover your passion for adventure. Eighty-two beautifully designed rooms and 24 villa suites are carefully sited on 55 acres of black lava gardens and fragrant mesquite with stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. All amenities, from nutrition seminars to massages, are a short, scenic walk away. Red Mountain’s ideal location allows convenient planning of a customized adventure to Zion National Park, while Snow Canyon State Park is only about a quarter of a mile down the road. Our dedicated staff is here to encourage and support you in being as active or relaxed, social or private, as you wish — whether meeting new friends during an exhilarating rock climb or savoring a solitary walk on our private trails. Come discover why Red Mountain was the winner of eight Reader’s Choice Awards from Luxury SpaFinder Magazine last year and also ranked in the top 100 mainland U.S. resorts by Condé Nast Traveler. Your next adventure awaits. 877-246-4453 | www.RedMountainResort.com

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St. Regis Aspen Resort-Remède Spa, Aspen,Colorado Remède at The St. Regis Aspen Resort is a sanctuary of both indulgence and relaxation. Remède recognizes that each guest, each face and each body is unique and as such, elects not to simply work from a standard treatment menu, but instead customizes each guest’s treatment to ensure they receive the benefits they seek.   Spa days begin with champagne and chocolates while guests enjoy Remède’s hot and cool plunge pools, steam caves, oxygen lounge, fitness center, movement studio and our signature cascading Confluence waterfall. Every detail is attended to with luxurious throws, warm lighting and heated tables to complete an experience that surpass all expectations. No luxury is spared to create unforgettable results for each Remède guest.   Signature experiences are a full 60 or 90 minutes, ensuring that you receive the most in return for your time and dollars spent. 970-920-3300 | www.stregisaspen.com

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, California Voted one of the “Top 10 Mineral Springs Destination Resorts and Spas” by both Spa Magazine and SpaFinder Magazine—the Resort is located on 125 acres on the beautiful Central Coast. It’s two miles to Avila Beach; near San Luis Obispo, and close to 200 wineries, and quaint communities. Our Day Spa is tucked away within a canopy of sycamore trees and open to resort and walkin guests daily. All spa treatments including massages, facials and body treatments include a private 30 minute mineral spring hot tub soak. 800-234-5831 | sycamoresprings.com

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Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs, Durango,Colorado Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs is the only geothermal waters, massage, and lodging resort in Durango, Colorado, one of the Southwest’s great outdoor recreation destinations. You haven’t been to Durango until you’ve been to Trimble. Our casual atmosphere offers a relaxing place to stay overnight, have a massage, and revive sore muscles and stiff joints in our saunas and mineral-rich therapy pools. Swim in our outdoor, heated Olympic-sized pool during summers, too.   Trimble Spa offers holistic and therapeutic massage and body treatments for relief from everyday mental and physical stress, and pain. Our certified therapists customize every treatment to meet each client’s unique needs—from welcome relaxation to sports injury.   Return home ready for the world again after our lodging and spa packages. Our comfortable two-bedroom residence, The Guesthouse, sleeps two to five (two queens and rollaway) and the kitchen is fully equipped. Our Starlight Room (one queen) includes private after-hours access to the Red Rock Pool. Both are great alternatives to hotels or motels.   Mention Skywest Magazine when you call to reserve and receive $10 off the Rejuvenator, a luxurious combination herbal face treatment, radiant salt glow, and 30- or 60-minute massage. It’s a great way to rebound from traveling. 877-811-7111 | www.trimblehotsprings.com

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Spring Getaways!

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avvy travelers know spring is the season of many advantages. Mountaintop experiences often come at a reduced price. Coastal regions typically enjoy their most magnificent weather and the natural world bursts with new life. Whether you’re in the mood for a luxurious spa, a high-country resort or a day at the beach rest assured that you will beat summer’s crowds anywhere you go. If you’re ready to be impressed by an exceptional vacation check out our best options for smart springtime adventures.

Gunnison-Crested Butte | Colorado In Gunnison-Crested Butte, it just feels right! Rocky Mountain snow melts to reveal an explosion of colorful wildflowers, exciting events, arts and culture, and the spirit of the great American West! Colorado’s oldest rodeo, official wildflower capital and largest lake are just the start of things to see and do. Rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping, boating and fishing abound. See packages for budget-friendly offers on our website or call us for information. 1880s Western and Victorian Rocky Mountain Towns. 800-323-2453 | www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com/packages

Harbor View Inn | California In the heart of Santa Barbara Welcome to Santa Barbara’s premier beachfront luxury boutique hotel. Where casual meets luxury, where the white sands of West Beach and historic Stearns Wharf converge with the four-diamond amenities of the Harbor View Inn. Our lush tropical courtyard is redolent with sweet and colorful blooms. Immerse yourself in the heated pool and Jacuzzi or splash in the wading pool. Linger for hours, soaking up the sun, savoring the sea air and fresh poolside repasts. 800-755-0222 | www.harborviewinnsb.com 36 | skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express


Laughing Horse Lodge | Montana Number one on www.tripadvisor.com With the glorious Montana wilderness outside and cosmopolitan civilization inside—Laughing Horse Lodge is your destination for outdoor adventure, tranquility, and world-class dining. For a romantic getaway, an intimate wedding or boisterous family reunion, our dedicated staff awaits your arrival in Swan Lake. Enjoy a two-night, all-inclusive stay May 20 - June 29 for only $259 per couple. And don’t forget to bring the pup! Non-smoking dogs are welcome! 406-886-2080 | www.laughinghorselodge.com

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay | California Discover the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, a relaxing waterfront retreat surrounded by unique shopping, kayaking, great dining, spectacular coastal trails and beaches, and the rich historical setting of Old Monterey. It’s also located near Carmel by the Sea, Fishermen’s Wharf, 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach’s world-class golf. Our special “SkyWest Getaway Packages” are: SkyWest Aquarium Getaway:  Enjoy a special room rate from $199 nightly Aquarium Family Package:  Includes two children’s tickets (under age 12) to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, complimentary root beer float for the kids in Peter B’s Restaurant from $249 per night.  Kids under 5 eat for free. ·   Subject to limited availability, blackout dates apply, rates subject to change without notice. ·   Not valid for groups or with any other special offers, special rates valid thru September 1, 2011. ·   Must call in and ask for “SkyWest Getaway” for special rates

866-711-1204 | www.portolahotel.com

Santa Barbara Zoo | California Referred to as, “the World’s Most Beautiful Zoo,” the Santa Barbara Zoo is the area’s number one visitor attraction. Situated on the grounds of a former estate built in 1896, it comprises 30 lush hilltop acres across the street from Santa Barbara’s most popular beach. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animals exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats including Asian elephants, Western lowland gorillas, Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, African lions, and many more. Open daily except Christmas, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 805-962-5339 | www.sbzoo.org

Sycamore Springs Resort | California Girlfriend Getaways at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort The perfect all-inclusive package for a fun and relaxing getaway with your girlfriends. Accommodations include a two-night stay in our beautiful threebedroom guest house, dining credit, spa gift bags, champagne, chocolate truffles, mind body classes and local wine tasting passes. Surrounded by beaches and vineyards, we are located in the beautiful town of San Luis Obispo, recently voted the “Happiest Place in the Nation.”  Packages starting at $1,450 all-inclusive for up to 6 people great value with less than $250 per person for the entire getaway. 800-234-5931 | www.sycamoresprings.com   skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express |

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It’s Our Journey, Too

Creating a Culture of Excellence by Jessica Bowers SkyWest Airlines Corporate Communications Coordinator Denver station team members show their SkyWest pride.

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estled in the red rock mountains of St. George, Utah, SkyWest Airlines began providing accessible air service to everyone in the local community in 1972. Now, SkyWest is the world’s largest independently owned regional airline with service to hundreds of destinations throughout North America. The key to such successful growth is a continued focus on the basic fundamentals—working hard to deliver a safe, reliable and exceptional experience for every passenger. If you take a look at any of the communities where SkyWest operates, you’ll find that culture continues to thrive. In Fresno, California, for example, more than 500 SkyWest employees assist passengers aboard 20 daily flights to six destinations. Dena OliverPetty, administrative assistant of InFlight/ Flight Operations Flight Attendant Cindy Dobyns (Fresno), First Officer interacts with the Joan Puim-Walker (SFO) and Captain Bill Kelly ( LAX) pilots and flight attendants based in Fresno, helping to coordinate their flight schedules. “Even though I have seen a lot of growth in the last 13 years, one thing hasn’t changed. SkyWest still cares for its people and passengers. You’re not just a number,” Oliver-Petty said. “I just love the SkyWest people; I love what they stand for. It’s nice to know you work for a strong company, and for a company that cares.” That caring attitude is a way of life for the more than 11,000 SkyWest aviation professionals delivering quality service. Mark Johnson, a maintenance supervisor in Fresno, oversees one of SkyWest’s busiest sheet metal shops. He and his co-workers possess a powerful combination of well-honed skills, natural talent and a determination to achieve. Johnson and members of his hard-working team often travel throughout North America to help maintain SkyWest’s fleet of nearly 300 aircraft. 40 | skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express

“We take pride in our work; keeping all passengers safe. Safety and quality are number one, and SkyWest allows us to do that. We fix it and fix it right,” Johnson said. The Maintenance Department’s unyielding attention earns it recognition for “doing it right.” At the beginning of the year, SkyWest received the 2010 FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Employer Award of The Fresno sheet metal team includes (left to right) Excellence, one of its Mark Johnson, Gerold Ricks, Farid Prieto, Cliff Lake and Sergio Saldana many awards. Johnson emphasized that this dedication to quality permeates the company. He said, “I have been all over the system, and everywhere you go everyone has the same attitude, [they are] just excited to be working for SkyWest.” For SkyWest passengers, that translates into quality customer service from the moment they check-in for a flight. All SkyWest customer service representatives understand the importance of treating every passenger with kindness and respect. John Neve just hit his 25-year mark with SkyWest Airlines and has been a part of nearly every aspect of customer service at the Fresno station. He emphasized that one of the best parts of his job is working with the public. Neve’s devotion to providing exceptional customer service has also benefitted his entire team. They all look to him as a mentor whenever they have a question or difficult situation. Each day, thousands of people are moving around the country aboard SkyWest Airlines. As new destinations are added, it is clear that the focus will remain on providing each passenger an exceptional SkyWest experience. Excellence is the lynchpin of the culture these mechanics, pilots, flight attendants and ground personnel are a part of every day. n


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Located steps from Cody’s historic main street, the Chamberlin Inn includes a small boutique hotel, the court house residence, the cottage, and the garden studio apartments, all gracefully nestled within a beautiful brick and wrought iron enclosure, creating a perfect garden setting for a leisurely cup of tea, a sip of wine, a game of croquet or a fully catered wedding. — a boutique hotel — 888-587-0202 www.chamberlininn.com

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behind the scenes

Aircraft Safety Comes First at SkyWest Airlines

“Safety First” is more than just a mission statement at SkyWest Airlines; it’s a way of life. From the moment your reservation is made until you claim your baggage, your safety is our primary concern. The well-being of passengers and crews is always our top priority. SkyWest’s impeccable safety record spans more than 36 years. It is rooted in the highest caliber of trained professionals and supported by a proven fleet of aircraft. The People: Each day, thousands of SkyWest employees are responsible for the safety of hundreds of thousands of passengers. SkyWest’s experienced mechanics, pilots, flight attendants and ground personnel have the know-how and ability to keep their passengers safe. In the Flight Deck: You also have the comfort of knowing you’re flying with some of the most experienced and thoroughly trained pilots the airline industry has to offer. It takes years of training and experience to become a commercial airline pilot, and most come to SkyWest with several thousand hours of flying experience. However, as part of our team, their training has just begun. Before he or she ever flies a passenger flight, each pilot spends another 30 days in initial training; this is reinforced with recurrent training for weeks at a time every year. All the extra effort is geared toward ensuring the highest level of safety for all onboard our aircraft. To ensure that SkyWest remains an industry leader, a comprehensive, results-based training system has been implemented for crew members: the Advanced Qualification Programs (AQP). In addition to classroom instruction, this program trains our pilots for real life situations by simulating a variety of scenarios that are tailored toward airline/industry trends. These training sessions are specifically designed for SkyWest pilots, giving them the opportunity to train for situations they encounter on a daily basis. AQP offers pilots more effective training with practical information and individualized support to consistently produce the industry’s best and safest aviators. In the Cabin: At SkyWest, a flight attendant’s first responsibility is your safety. Like pilots, SkyWest’s in-flight team participates in AQP. This program allows them to undergo comprehensive and results-driven training before they take to the skies. By the end of 42 | skyWest Magazine May/June 2011 united express

training, SkyWest flight attendants are well-versed in emergency procedures, evacuation protocol and passenger service. Flight attendants also continue their training throughout the year and are required to be recertified in First Aid and CPR annually. On the Ramp: SkyWest’s safety practices are evident in our ground operations as well. SkyWest’s customer service personnel initially attend two-weeks of training emphasizing ground safety practices. They learn both in the classroom and on the job. These agents become specialists in aircraft weight and balance. They are also extensively trained to operate the various ground equipment and safely park the aircraft once it arrives at the gate. In colder climates, they also learn how to properly de-ice an aircraft allowing for a safe take-off and flight. Under the Wing: For every hour one of SkyWest’s aircraft spends in flight, one of our mechanics spends two hours servicing that aircraft. SkyWest maintains a strict maintenance schedule. Undoubtedly, an experienced SkyWest mechanic has recently inspected or serviced the aircraft carrying you. All mechanics come to SkyWest with extensive training, including three years of Airframe and Power (A&P) training and certification. Additionally, SkyWest mechanics undergo three weeks of mandatory training every two years to keep their skills sharp and make sure they’re on the cutting edge of the most current safety practices. Each day, all SkyWest aircraft are given attention by a mechanic. Every third day, each plane receives standard service. On the fifth day, a more thorough service and inspection is conducted. Extensive maintenance is scheduled every 54 days with a major inspection every 540 days. Flight Control: This department consists of aircraft dispatchers, system controllers and customer service coordinators located in the Operational Control Center at SkyWest’s headquarters in St. George, Utah. All play an integral role in the airline’s operations. SkyWest dispatch personnel undergo six weeks of intensive training courses, learning in-depth aircraft systems, meteorology and flight planning to become certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon arrival at SkyWest, their training continues with three


weeks of classes followed by an average of eight weeks of on-the-job training, culminating with a two-day competency check. Dispatchers are responsible for preparing the flight release, including fuel planning, route selection, Federal Aviation Regulation compliance and weather analysis. They also monitor flights to ensure safety. The system controllers coordinate the flow of SkyWest flights and ensure optimum coverage of and adherence to flight schedules, economics and utilization of the operation. The customer service coordinators assist the controllers, working closely with the stations to maintain a customer service advocacy, always keeping the passenger in mind. These highly trained individuals work with the rest of the SkyWest team to provide incomparable service, exceptional quality and a safe flying experience.

The Safety Department: More than ever, the airline industry is committed to operating at the highest possible standard. SkyWest has a department wholly dedicated to the operational safety of the airline. The safety department coordinates with all the departments involved with ground and flight operations and acts as a compliance liaison between the airline and the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. The safety department conducts internal safety audits and evaluations of all operational departments. Additionally, SkyWest operational departments each voluntarily participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), a reporting program for pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers dedicated to continuously improving safety. n

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Chef Brandon Miller Fresh Recipe For Success Q. Well, we certainly don’t worry about that at Mundaka. In fact your restaurant is noted for a rapidly changing menu because of your commitment to fresh, local produce. How often do you make modifications? A. The menu changes every day depending upon what I’m excited about. I get together with local farmers like Mark Marino from Earthbound Farms each morning to discuss local vegetables. I get calls from fishermen telling me what they’ve just caught. Once I know what is absolutely fresh, I have a few hours to put a menu together. I don’t rely on recipes. The only recipes that are iron clad are pastries. They must be precise. Everything else is malleable. I love the alchemy of my job. I like to amaze people with my creations.

Q. What’s your best travel tip? A. I find jet noise fatiguing so I always wear headphones to suppress the sound. But if you’re talking about food, if you’re in a scary place and you’re not sure about what to eat, eat the fried food. It takes 375 degrees to fry food and that will kill any bacteria.

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Hometown Hint Carmel is known as a dog-lovers haven. Chef Miller, the proud owner of three French bulldogs, recommends that anyone traveling with a pooch join the puppy party on the white sands of Carmel’s beach. For those who prefer a caninefree experience, he suggests hiking through Point Lobos Natural Reserve just south of town. n

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randon Miller, head chef of Carmel’s trendy Spanish tapas restaurant, Mundaka, approaches his work with an artist’s passion. His mastery at putting unique twists on traditional recipes has earned his eatery top honors in a recent Best of Monterey poll and nabbed him a repeat spot in Yosemite National Park’s Awhanee Hotel Chef’s Series. Despite his jam-packed schedule and demanding career, Miller is no stranger to travel. His quest for authenticity finds him traveling to Spain’s culinary capitals Barcelona and San Sebastian. The efforts pay off. From the imported wine tumblers to the bar laden with pintxos, it is apparent that Mundaka takes more than its name from the Mother Country. Here, Miller offers insight into culinary innovation, travel and Monterey, the place he loves to call home.

Q. How do you spend your down time? A. I usually work 11-hour days and try to take one day off a week—Sunday, although I often do check in on the brunch. We do an amazing Spanish toast that’s reminiscent of a French toast and a selection of soft egg scrambles. It’s very special. When I do get away, I’m a fly-fishing fanatic. I love to get on the Little Sur River and fish for Steelhead. The season runs from the end of May through November. And then again December through the first week of March. Most of the year, that’s where I find complete relaxation. So it’s that or I go out and visit producers. For example, I just went to an abalone farm under the commercial pier in Monterey that’s now growing scallops and also five or six types of kelp. The Spanish use kelp as a thickening agent, so that was a great find. I’m always looking for new ways to impress our patrons.


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experience. Last October it tripled in size with the addition of a 125,000-square-foot building designed to complement the historic structures. This summer the Crocker salutes Impressionism with three separate exhibitions: Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870-1940 (May 14 through September 25) looks at the way French Impressionism influenced the work of artists such as Thomas Moran and Lila Cabot Perry; Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism (June 11 through September 18) includes some of the finest French and American landscapes from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, including pieces by Monet, Courbet and Pissarro; Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff (June 25 – October 23) emphasizes the work of one of California’s most important artists. n

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