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Recommendations for the outdoor traveler

Savvy San Francisco world travelers who love the great outdoors should be sure to check out these Orvis 2013 Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters and Guide Award winners. All were recognized as the very Finest Sporting Operations Worldwide. Visit www.Orvis.com for more information on these amazing lodges, outfitters and guides:

Recommendations for the outdoor traveler
Recommendations for the outdoor traveler
Leslie Medalie

Wingshooting Lodge of the Year – Pine Hill Plantation offers vintage Georgia quail hunting with timeless Southern style. Discerning upland bird hunters who seek a truly authentic plantation-style quail hunt will marvel at the Pine Hill Plantation hunting lodge, the only Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting facility that provides hunting exclusively from horseback and mule-drawn wagon. (www.pinehillplantation.com)

Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year – Voted by Forbes as "One of the World's Top Ten Fly Fishing Lodges," Firehole Ranch is a historic property located 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. The ranch is 640 private acres nestled along Hebgen Lake and surrounded by national forest. (www.fireholeranch.com)

Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year – Located in the heart of Quebec's famous Gaspe Peninsula, Camp Bonaventure specializes in sight casting for Atlantic salmon on three of the most productive and clearest Atlantic Salmon rivers in the world, the Bonaventure, Grand Cascapedia and Petite Cascapedia. (www.campbonaventure.com)

International Lodge of the Year – El Pescador, was the very first fishing lodge on Belize’s famous Ambergris Caye, and offers guided fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit. (www.elpescador.com)

Outfitter of the Year – As one of the most decorated Orvis-Endorsed Outfitters, Breckenridge Outfitters is committed to providing the best knowledge, experience and guidance to explore and capture Rocky Mountain angling at its best. (www.breckenridgeoutfitters.com)

Outfitter of the Year – Overlooking the pristine headwaters of the Connecticut River, Lopstick Lodge and Outfitters offers both guided wade and drift boat fly fishing for landlocked salmon, brook, rainbow, and brown trout. (www.cabinsatlopstick.com)

Expedition of the Year – Fortress Lake Retreat is operated by Dave and Amelia Jensen, fourteen year owners/operators/guides, providing a spectacular wilderness fly fishing experience combined with rustic luxury at the retreat. (www.fortresslake.com)

Guide Service of the Year – Rocky Mountain Outfitters specializes in fly fishing in Utah on the Provo River under the majestic beauty of Mount Timpanogos-one of the nation’s premier blue ribbon trout fisheries-and perhaps the only one situated conveniently close to a metropolitan area. (www.rockymtnoutfitters.com)

Guide of the Year – Tim Linehan, of Linehan Outfitting Company, has a long record of achievements being named 1995 Montana Guide of the Year, 1998 Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year, 2006 Orvis Guide Conservationist of the Year and in 2011 he was Finalist for Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year. From 1998-2003, Tim was host of Trout Unlimited Television on ESPN2 and the Outdoor Life Network. Since 1992 Tim has been providing first class fly fishing and hunting adventures in Montana. (www.fishmontana.com)

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Kowalski of PRO Outfitters, a guide who reads the water with uncanny skill while quietly coaching students to place that fly in just the perfect lie. He's also a master of the hunt and adores his beloved pack of setters. (www.prooutfitters.com)

World travelers can get to just about anywhere by using local SFO International Airport. You can reach SFO by Super Shuttle, bus from downtown San Francisco or by BART. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your trip to San Francisco's world-class airport.

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