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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

  • A weekend escape to Colorado's deep, steep Black Canyon of the Gunnison

    A weekend escape to Colorado's deep, steep Black Canyon of the Gunnison

    The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was considered deep, dark and impenetrable not only by white settlers but also by Utes native to western Colorado. The area was seldom seen until the 1930s, when Mark Warner, a conservationist and Presbyterian minister in Montrose, Colo., 15 miles away, successfully...

  • Be sure to bring a good raincoat on a weekend escape to Olympia, Wash.

    Be sure to bring a good raincoat on a weekend escape to Olympia, Wash.

    When I called Olympia, Wash., home in the 1990s, I used to tell people I lived at the bottom of Puget Sound. That raised a few eyebrows because it sounded as if I was living underwater. A more accurate description would be that Olympia is near the southern tip of the sound, roughly halfway between...

  • Have some pie, spend time with wolves and hike in the wilderness near Julian. Did I mention the pie?

    Have some pie, spend time with wolves and hike in the wilderness near Julian. Did I mention the pie?

    My housebound spouse was getting cranky; he clearly craved a breath of fresh mountain or desert air. I talked him into an ideal off-season combo for us: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, at the foot of the Cuyamaca mountains, paired with the wooded San Diego County hamlet of Julian. What I didn’t...

  • A wine lover's weekend escape in Paso Robles

    A wine lover's weekend escape in Paso Robles

    Last fall I craved Perugia’s peaceful tranquillity but I didn’t want the jet lag. What to do? Instead of a 12-hour flight to Italy I drove to Paso Robles in less than four. Just as Perugia is overshadowed by Tuscany, Paso Robles is eclipsed by Napa. A mammoth mistake for wine lovers. Downtown Paso...

  • A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

    A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

    “You must see Quarai,” said the friend we were visiting in Albuquerque. “It’s a mystical place.” Eager for a spiritual fix, my husband, Paul, and I drove southeast from the city to this Spanish mission ruin [122 Manzano Quarai Road, Mountainair, N.M.; (505) 847-2585, www.nps.gov/sapu], one of three...

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