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Weekend Escapes for Southern Californians

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. Map

  • Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

    Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

    Oh, beloved Boise, or Boy-C, as the locals pronounce it. Spend a weekend in this rapidly changing Idaho city and you realize why its downtown has been rated as among the top 10 in the U.S. It also features cultural attractions such as the Basque Block and the Boise Philharmonic, and it's minutes...

  • Solvang's Danish charm gets millennial updates: craft beer, contemporary food

    Solvang's Danish charm gets millennial updates: craft beer, contemporary food

    Ah, dear, sweet Solvang. Founded by Danish Americans, this Santa Barbara County town of 5,385 bursts with windmills, turrets, cupolas, half-timbered inns, bakeries and souvenir shops that make you want to pinch their stucco-coated cheeks, even if sophisticates sneer at the kitsch. Solvang felt...

  • The summer side of Whistler, Canada: Golfing, mountain biking and more

    The summer side of Whistler, Canada: Golfing, mountain biking and more

    When you think of Whistler, British Columbia, you might recall the 2010 Winter Olympics and the area's prominence as a Canadian ski destination. But there's more to it than ski runs and après ski, as I learned on a recent trip. Whistler is about variety. It has Whistler Mountain Bike Park, a world-class,...

  • Unwind naturally at Yosemite National Park

    Unwind naturally at Yosemite National Park

    When you need a quick escape to recharge, there's no better place to find inspiration than among the towering granite spires of Yosemite National Park. On two recent trips to Yosemite, my family and I managed to do just that: first in May for a friend's wedding in Yosemite Valley, then a month...

  • Everything's bigger at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo

    Everything's bigger at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo

    Those who know nothing about Amarillo, Texas, might assume it's nothing more than the sort of town where cross-country drivers get gasoline, stretch their legs and dream of being home. Although the Panhandle city is an ideal location to fill 'er up, there's one, shall we say "big," reason to visit...

  • What's shaking in San Andreas? Plenty of California history

    What's shaking in San Andreas? Plenty of California history

    San Andreas, the slow-paced town southeast of Sacramento, might share a name with the recent blockbuster "San Andreas," but don't expect any earthquakes here. Instead, you'll find a small historic district, charming Turner Park and an old courtroom and jail cell that once held "poet bandit" Black...

  • Navigating the madness surrounding Comic-Con

    Navigating the madness surrounding Comic-Con

    Carnaval with Wookiees. That's Comic-Con International, San Diego's celebration of all things comics-science fiction-fantasy. The pop culture feast July 9-12 attracts fans from around the world who jam the convention center and join costumed aficionados whooping it up in the streets, bars and nightclubs...

  • Dana Point a fun-filled family getaway and a romantic rendezvous

    Dana Point a fun-filled family getaway and a romantic rendezvous

    Go nose-to-nose with a bottlenose. Or plant your flag in a pirate cove. Dana Point, a hiccup of a harbor where ranchers once slid cowhides into sailing ships from the nearby bluffs, offers a range of family activities yet is quaint enough for a romantic getaway. The tab: A night at the Laguna Cliffs...

  • Los Prietos Campground is a pleasant place to rough it

    Los Prietos Campground is a pleasant place to rough it

    Los Prietos Campground, nestled among the massive old oaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains, feels worlds away from city life. It's about 19 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, off California Highway 154 along Paradise Road in Los Padres National Forest, one of a few campgrounds near the Santa Ynez River....

  • Arroyo Grande's vintage village is toast of Central Coast

    Arroyo Grande's vintage village is toast of Central Coast

    Nestled on both sides of Highway 101 just south of Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, or A.G. as it's known locally, would be just another town were it not for three blocks of turn-of-the-20th-century charm on East Branch Street — the historic Village of Arroyo Grande. The tab: A weekend stay at the Casitas...

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