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Before you go, here's some of the things or places that have appeared
in the fics. If you’re wondering if there really is such a thing as
a ‘magic muffin’ or where the heck Banff is, you can find some of the answers
here ;) Other links are just places or things that I’ve found and liked
over the years. I thought you might like them too :)
First things first - Good Coffee:
J.J. Bean - home of the splendiferous
Eastside coffee and magic muffins mentioned in Portraits: Endings and Beginnings.
If you’re ever in Vancouver, it’s definitely worth stopping in at this micro-roaster
caffeine haven to get some for yourself.
Kicking Horse Coffee
- I first ran into this in a small coffee shop in Canmore, Alberta.
Yummy beyond belief, and the ‘Grizzly Claw’ blend kinda reminds me of Logan
Tim Horton’s - mentioned in
Alter-Eighteen: Ten Things I Know About You. These little coffee
shops are found all over Canada (and in a few lucky, lucky U.S. communities)
and have not only great coffee, but also the best darn maple donut I’ve ever
Girlie-Marie kinda stuff:
Lush - those of you who live
in Canada, the U.K., or Australia already probably know about the splendiferousness
of Lush. It looks like a grocery store, smells like a flower shop,
and has some of the best all-natural bath and body products ever made.
I’m ashamed to admit how much of my annual budget is spent at Lush ;)
O Canada Soaps - natural
soaps and all kinds of bath and body goodies. This was another Canmore
discovery, and I’ve been addicted to their products ever since.
Manly-Logan kinda stuff:
Logan’s Roadhouse - yes,
Logan has his own restaurant ;) This small chain has a franchise about
75 mins. away from where I live, and I have been known to make the drive
just to eat at Logan’s. It’s slogan - ‘Hit the Road. Head to
Logan’s.’ - is always good advice. For a look at the cover of their
menu, click HERE!
Molson Brewery - North America’s
oldest (and some would say best) brewery, and the Mecca for Logan’s tastebuds
Where was that? The Seasons in Yellowstone stories:
Indiana Dunes - mentioned
in A Year In the Dunes. The national park closest to where I live,
and for my money, a darn fine one ;) The Dunes has a variety of ecosystems
and the ever-shifting Mt. Baldy. What’s not to love about that?
- setting for Winter in Banff. Also mentioned in Rule Number Twelve:
Don’t Make Mountains Out of Molehills. One of the most beautiful places
on earth, period. Lake Louise is absolutely breathtaking. There
are more gorgeous mountains than you can shake a stick at. Elk.
Moose. Sparkling clean lakes. Pine trees as far as the eye can
see. Well worth the trip.
Yellowstone - setting
for Winter in Yellowstone and its sequels. The first national park,
and one of the most amazing. You could spend years exploring this place,
and it’d be time well-spent ;)
Sawtooth - setting for
Winter in Sawtooth. Jagged mountains gave the area its name.
One of the most beautiful places in the Idaho mountains, and that’s saying
a lot. Wonderful camping and hiking here, and a great job has been
done by the forest service to maintain the park’s beauty.
Dillon - setting for
Winter in Dillon. Peaceful, small little mountain town in Colorado
which has the added benefit of a beautiful man-made lake nearby (Lake Dillon,
natch). If you get there before an apocalypse happens, there’s also
some good outlet shopping ;)
Done sightseeing? Time for a chocolate break!
Sarris - a Pittsburgh-area
tradition and home of the downright yummiest chocolate covered pretzels ever.
South Bend Chocolate Co. -
delicious chocolates, but this one’s notable because they produce chocolate
Wolverines ;) Sure, they’re allegedly in honor of the University of
Michigan mascot, but I like to think of them as more Logan-related ;)
Where Was That? Eighteen Cities in Twenty-One Days:
Westchester, New York -
home base of all things X, and where Logan and Marie begin their journey.
- within commuting distance from Philly, but a very nice small town for those
wanting something a little more rural than suburbia. Logan and Marie
stop to get some gloves (and a few knives) here.
Erie, Pennsylvania - lots
of very nice lakefront here, plus very close to Canada ;)
South Bend, Indiana -
Logan and Marie stopped to tour the University of Notre Dame (www.nd.edu)
Jefferson City, Missouri -
capital of the state, and a darn nice town ;) Logan and Marie stopped
to eat at a Perkins here.
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Lots of
parks, a zoo, and a garden center :) Motel
6 left the light on for Logan and Marie here ;)
Amarillo, Texas - mid-sized
city in the panhandle. Watch out for the Sabretooth-parts scattered
on the fringes ;)
Santa Fe, New Mexico - if you’ve
never been to the high desert, this is a great place to start your exploration
;) I didn’t send Logan and Marie there, but the best breakfast in the
world can be had at Tia Sophia’s in Old Town.
Los Alamos, New Mexico - home of
the famous (and infamous) National Lab,
where the general Logan and Marie meet up with may or may not have been working
Sedona, Arizona - beautiful
red rocks and some serious spiritual energy can be found here. Also
home of the LaFuente Gallery, which is real, and Moonbeam Charisma, who is
Flagstaff, Arizona - another
beautiful high desert town, and one that gets more annual snowfall than Chicago
;) Yes, I’m just chock-full of trivia……
Williams, Arizona - the
very picture of a perfect western small town. You can take a real,
honest-to-goodness steam engine to the Grand Canyon from here if you like.
Kingman, Arizona - - located
right on Route 66. Marie stops here to get some painting in, and a
few of the Mohave County Parks Department
employees notice ;)
Las Vegas, Nevada - - you’ve
probably heard of this one ;) Marie drags Logan to the Bellagio Hotel and Remy surprises them
Tonopah, Nevada - tons of
Silver State mining heritage here, and lots of scenic beauty.
Reno, Nevada - beautiful views
of the mountains, and just a little gambling ;) Logan and Marie had
it out in the parking lot of Cheryl’s Motel and Apartments here.
Salmon, Idaho - small enough
and cute enough to be your own private Idaho ;) Town pizzeria Last
Chance Pizza appears both in this fic and in Eighteen Stories About Us.
Cranbrook, British Columbia
- last stop on the Logan and Marie tour, just over the border. Lovely
place to wind up, if you ask me ;)
Whew! In need of some more sustenance?
Twinkies - always good for a
sugar rush, and with the added benefit of being a Hank-magnet ;)
Pizzeria Uno - real, honest
to God Chicago-style pizza. Accept no substitutes ;)
Café du Monde - I was
tempted to put this in the coffee section (and make no mistake, their coffee
- cut with chicory - is superb) but what I really love about the place is
its beignets. Best eaten in the wee hours of the morning, after a long
night of fun ;)
Where was that? The Rules:
Dawson Creek, British
Columbia - mentioned in Rule Number Three: Honor Thy Father and
Thy Mother - no Pacey, no Joey, no Dawson, just beautiful scenery.
St. Maries, Idaho - mentioned
in Rule Number Four: Never Assume - no, it doesn’t have an apostrophe
(see? Never assume………), and, yes, there is an actual restaurant called
the Grub Box here ;)
Mall of America - mentioned
in Rule Number Five: Don’t Talk to Strangers - Logan and Marie stay
near here. It’s a mega-complex filled to the brim with shopping, dining,
entertainment, and even an amusement park. Worth seeing, even if you
aren’t a shop-a-holic ;)
Calais, Maine - www.visitcalais.com
- mentioned in Rule Number Seven: Nothing Good Can Come of This.
Logan and Marie stop there on their way to……
Mount Carleton Provincial
Park, New Brunswick - mentioned in Rule Number Eight: Two’s Company,
Three’s A Crowd. Marie and Logan find Jules hanging out here ;)
Prince George, British Columbia
- mentioned in Rule Number Eleven: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words.
Marie corresponds with Xavier from near here.
How about a music break?
CFNY - Toronto station that always
catches my ear when I’m driving around up there ;)
WTMX - my favorite hometown radio
KKND - one of the things I miss most
from New Orleans………