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Snapshots of the Recession

  • Coastal resorts in Orange County struggle at height of travel season

    Coastal resorts in Orange County struggle at height of travel season

    Luxury hotels in the Laguna Beach area, the most lavish examples of recent efforts to create a magnet for high-end pleasure travel and business meetings, suffer in the still-fractured economy.

  • On Balboa Island, vacationers live large

    On Balboa Island, vacationers live large

    But the downturn has started to affect the O.C. tourist haven. While some beachfront homes still rent for $5,000 a week, others have cut rates. Shoppers go for discount souvenirs and eat out less.

  • Mission Bay is lighting a fire under summer

    Mission Bay is lighting a fire under summer

    Mission Bay, the heart of San Diego's tourism industry, is looking for a Fourth of July boost

  • A county fair may be just the ticket

    A county fair may be just the ticket

    Minutes after the gates to the San Diego County Fair swung open last weekend, Rick Smith ran toward the carnival rides, trying to keep up with his two sons, 7 and 10. With one of the worst recessions in a generation, were the Smiths going to spend less? Would they perhaps skip a few carnival rides,...

  • Big Bear Lake turns into a staycation destination

    Big Bear Lake turns into a staycation destination

    Mike Meyer and Ronnie Russell prefer to vacation far from their Newport Beach home, but a recent excursion found them plying the placid blue waters of Big Bear Lake aboard a faux pirate ship. The couple own a condo in this mountain community, and this is where they now spend a lot of their down...

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