Forty-eight hours of fun? You've got it. Here are weekend escapes that offer rest for the weary and restoration for the body and soul.
Oceanside boasts all the trappings of a seaside town: good surfing, a pier and shopping. Add to that a new ocean-view hotel, fresh eateries and a secret garden. Take the train there and enjoy.
Marathons and 10K races are so last year. Obstacle races are the craze among fitness buffs, combining trail running with obstacles such as 8-foot walls, barbed wire, monkey bars and tractor tires. Plus, mud — big pits of gritty, sticky mud that clings for days to your clothes and hair. Three...
The hilly scrublands of the Cleveland National Forest, just east of San Diego, are home to the Lions, Tigers & Bears rescue sanctuary. Its 1 1/2-hour tour, by appointment only, is a well-spent $32 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and younger ( 979-3370, www.zerve.com/LionsTigers)....
The unincorporated community of Templeton, Calif., just south of Paso Robles, is a secret worth discovering. Templeton was established in the late 1880s as the southern terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad and has had several iterations over the years: first as a railroad town, then as...
Surfing, gawking and a ride on the Giant Dipper — all this and more await at San Diego's centennial-celebrating Mission Beach. Walk, skate or bike — it's the best way to get around.
Weekend Escape: The former western movie set near Joshua Tree has rustic charms while remaining peacefully disconnected from online world.
Weekend Escape: Grab some kettle corn or a gyro. Listen to music. Pet a pig. That and much more is part of the weekly Thursday evening event that draws throngs to Palm Canyon Drive.
Carrizo Plain, known as California's Serengeti, is home to antelope, elk, foxes and all sorts of birds. Camp out amid a serenade of yelping and melodious song.
Weekend Escape | Buellton, Calif.: Sleep in vintage Airstream trailers and visit Mendenhall's Museum at this rising Santa Barbara County spot.
Weekend Escape | Claremont: A vibrant downtown beckons, where you can get your fill of restaurants, shops, art galleries and more.