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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.

  • Plenty new to enjoy in Oceanside, Calif.
    Plenty new to enjoy in Oceanside, Calif.

    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.

  • An obstacle course of chowder, sweets and mud
    An obstacle course of chowder, sweets and mud

    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...

  • In Alpine, Calif., visit wild animals during day, poker table at night
    In Alpine, Calif., visit wild animals during day, poker table at night

    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 ([800] 979-3370, www.zerve.com/LionsTigers)....

  • Templeton, Calif.: A different way to roll in a rustic haven
    Templeton, Calif.: A different way to roll in a rustic haven

    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...

  • A plunge into fun at San Diego's Mission Beach
    A plunge into fun at San Diego's Mission Beach

    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.

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