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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 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...

  • Old and new mix on a weekend escape to Encinitas

    Old and new mix on a weekend escape to Encinitas

    My husband and I have been visiting downtown Encinitas, Calif., for years, drawn by its laid-back vibe and mix of beach bohemian and new-age spirituality. That counterculture feel is still there, but the times they are a changin’. We hit the streets to practice the Zen art of shopping, dining and...

  • A new excuse to escape this weekend to Catalina Island: blown-glass sculptures

    A new excuse to escape this weekend to Catalina Island: blown-glass sculptures

    Think "Catalina," and you picture blue sea, beaches and rugged backcountry. Now there's a new reason to hop on the Catalina Express to what William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum tycoon who bought Santa Catalina in 1919, dubbed "the island of romance." The dazzling blown-glass sculptures of acclaimed...

  • Roam with the wild horses on a weekend escape to Reno

    Roam with the wild horses on a weekend escape to Reno

    We can thank Velma Johnston, better known as “Wild Horse Annie,” for the thousands of mustangs that roam the high desert of northern Nevada. In 1955 the Reno woman convinced state legislators to halt the roundup of wild horses on state lands for sale to pet-food makers. Federal lawmakers followed...

  • A frilly, frothy weekend escape to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Wash.

    A frilly, frothy weekend escape to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Wash.

    Easy ingredients for a frothy, frilly, lavender-infused weekend: Round up three girlfriends, a few purple shopping bags, a love of all things floral and head north to Washington state for the hugely popular Lavender Weekend in sunny Sequim, pronounced “Skwim.” We strolled, sniffed, tasted, clipped...

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