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Ashland, Oregon Paperback – June 29, 2012
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About the Author
David Vokac has been dubbed the Guru of Great Towns. Since 1985 he has crisscrossed America searching for ideal towns combining scenic grandeur, exhilarating outdoor recreation options, and strong regional culture. He believes that in small town America, the true diversity of this nation is captured best. In idyllic getaways, visitors opt for outdoor activities like swimming, boating, hiking, or fishing, and enjoyment of manmade attractions like museums, parks, monuments, and specialty shops.
David was inspired to focus his books on Great Towns by his youth in Cody, Wyoming where he rode horses, ran rivers, and fished in Yellowstone Lake while enjoying a first-rate education in a top-notch school system in the town founded by Buffalo Bill. His subsequent education including a Master of Arts in geography and area development led to professional work in community and park development which honed his interests and skills at finding desirable locales. Following two complete editions of the landmark guidebook about the 100 Great Towns of America, David continues to return to these favored venues and seek more of them to keep travelers updated on getaways and boondock features in this great country of ours, the United States of America.
Joan Vokac, after serving 35 years as a land use planner for the unincorporated villages of San Diego County, now joins husband David in seeking the most exciting getaway towns in the nation. She delights in discovering new towns combining physical grandeur with distinctive local culture. Whether spending a day gliding down a waterslide or hiking a trail, she enjoys returning to a gourmet meal and friendly lodging in one of America's Great Towns. In addition to being an avid researcher and co-author of the most recent Great Towns guidebooks, she is webmaster of greattowns.com and has become an occasional trainer due to her expertise gained from converting the Great Towns information into contemporary media.
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It is unfortunate if anyone avoided this well-researched guide because of a technical error, which the publisher corrected as soon as it appeared. All parties lose, the publisher, the author and the potential tourist.
For the last 20 years, the authors, Dave and Joan Vokac, have stayed at my Ashland Inn on their annual trek back, to verify if they are still comfortable with last years, reviews. You can also be sure their reviews are the real deal. If they review a restaurant, be assured they ate there. Moreover, as past President of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, involved with tourism here for over 40 years, no other authors know Ashland like the Vokacs know Ashland. In fact, I keep a copy of their latest guide on both my bookshelf and on my kindle, for my own use.
Duane Smith, Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland, Oregon.
At first I wondered if I should buy this book based on a comment from a previous reviewer, but I took a chance and I'm so glad I did! I don't know what he was talking about. ... the links work just fine, no problems whatsoever. In fact, we plan to buy more of the their books. In our retirement we are planning many trips throughout America and look forward to these books as a great resource. The Vokac's Great Towns of America books are to the USA what the Rick Steve books are to Europe.
The authors haven't missed a thing. They describe the history, weather, livability, real estate prices, educational level, crime rate, and anything else you might want to know about a town before visiting or moving there, along with honest, detailed reviews of local attractions, places to stay, and restaurants.
Despite being the proud owner of a paper copy of this useful guidebook, I'll probably also buy some of their e-books for my Kindle to ensure instant easy access. I just checked their author page on amazon and they've written guidebooks for many other places. I gave this book five stars and I'd check their page before going anywhere--the only reason to buy any other guidebook would be if David and Joan Vokac haven't written one. I'm really looking forward to reading their Great Towns of America.
With Joan and David Vokac as your guides, you can't go wrong!