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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 of sampling the good life, pure and simple, in Calistoga, Calif.

    A weekend of sampling the good life, pure and simple, in Calistoga, Calif.

    Napa Valley may be one of the premier wine regions on the planet, but Calistoga has no hint of the haute tourist scene you'll find elsewhere in this bucolic region of California. Instead, it retains its small-town charm. Kids ride bikes to an ice cream shop that sells decades-old baseball cards,...

  • Finding the Latino heart and soul of Albuquerque in historic Barelas

    Finding the Latino heart and soul of Albuquerque in historic Barelas

    Before there was an Albuquerque, there was Barelas, now just a neighborhood south of downtown. Barelas, a former Spanish colony that dates to 1662, sits along the Rio Grande at what was once a strategic crossing point. The neighborhood's Latin roots are very deep; the first homes were built here...

  • Foodies are hungry for San Diego's Little Italy, a hub for top chefs

    Foodies are hungry for San Diego's Little Italy, a hub for top chefs

    San Diego's Little Italy has become a hot foodie destination, with big-name chefs opening restaurants. But not to worry: The neighborhood has remained true to its heritage, with Italian-themed restaurants and festivals. You'll still find plenty of fine Italian fare from old-fashioned to new wave....

  • For $300 you can live two nights like a bird in Big Sur (BYO pillows)

    For $300 you can live two nights like a bird in Big Sur (BYO pillows)

    There's camping, there's glamping and then there's the best of both — sleeping in a human-sized nest overlooking the ocean and the Big Sur coast, where you're exposed to the elements without worrying about pitching a tent. Twigitecture artist and Big Sur resident Jayson Fann designed the nest for...

  • Avoid crowds but indulge your inner teenager in a weekend getaway to Oregon beaches

    Avoid crowds but indulge your inner teenager in a weekend getaway to Oregon beaches

    Carmel or Coney Island? I like long, relaxing walks on the beach at sunrise and sunset, along with browsing in bookstores. Others prefer volleyball, sand castles and boardwalks. My wife and I recently visited the Oregon coast and in Cannon Beach and Seaside, separated by only eight miles, we found...

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