Travel Classics Writers Contests
Writers Contest Winner
Best Travel Story Arizona
"I've always wanted to go to a dude ranch -- my fascination probably stems from the first
time I saw The Women as a ten-year-old. Set on the edge of miles and miles of federal land and
within the Sonoran desert, Tanque Verde was everything I had hoped for -- low slung pink adobe
buildings, a large dining room, slouching wranglers with cigarettes dangling from their lips and
spurs on their boots, and a focus on relaxation. I knew I was too arthritic to ride, which was a
huge disappointment, especially when I saw the corral with the dozens and dozens of black, brown,
white, gray, and cream-colored horses milling about waiting to be saddled up. Instead of riding,
I spent my time at Tanque Verde walking around with binoculars slung around my neck and a bird
guidebook and camera in my backpack."
About the Author:
Rachel Dickinson often writes about the intersection of travel, birds, and birding, and
her Travel Classics winning story about Arizona is no exception. She is starting a low-residency
MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College this fall.
Three-nights at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Two signature 60-minute spa services
Private dinner for two created by Chef Andrew Cooper at Terra
Yoga, hiking and wine tasting
Guaranteed Spot in the 2013 Travel Classics West Conference
September 12-15 in Banff, Alberta, Canada
Best Travel Story on Alberta
Deadline: March 1, 2014.
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Best Travel Story Ireland 2013
Luxury 18-day vacation for two in Ireland offered
by Adams and Butler Tours. Deadline: November 1, 2013.
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Best Travel Story Arizona 2012
3-night vacation for two at the new
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.
Best Travel Story Wales 2012
4-night trip for two in Wales
sponsored by Visit Wles, American Airlines and Welsh Rarebits.
Best Travel Story Vancouver 2011
5-day vacation in Kelowna, BC
sponsored by Tourism Kelowna.