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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

  • Discover San Luis Obispo's relaxed, bohemian sensibility on a weekend getaway

    Discover San Luis Obispo's relaxed, bohemian sensibility on a weekend getaway

    San Luis Obispo is a charming college community on the Central Coast where visitors are encouraged to slow down and enjoy all that the city has to offer: good food, good vibes, sunshine and a healthy lifestyle. Downtown is the place to be, thick with tree-lined streets, stores, bars and restaurants....

  • A weekend escape to this Phoenix resort soothes, with hiking, great food and art nearby

    A weekend escape to this Phoenix resort soothes, with hiking, great food and art nearby

    Amazing what a few days at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort on the north side of Phoenix will do for you. It's a short flight or a half-day's drive from L.A., and my husband, Skip, and I can quickly be a world away. The Pointe, 15 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport, has lush grounds and eight pools...

  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a vibrant weekend getaway

    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a vibrant weekend getaway

    Some consider the neatly laid-out town of San Miguel de Allende a Mexican Disneyland. Full of stucco colonial buildings whose paint jobs I would describe as watermelon gelato, electric cantaloupe and tres leches, San Miguel is an Instagrammer's playground. With a festive vibe and burgeoning food...

  • Downtown Salt Lake City is a place to play after hitting the slopes

    Downtown Salt Lake City is a place to play after hitting the slopes

    Downtown Salt Lake City is livelier than it used to be. City Creek Center, a 23-acre mall-and-housing redevelopment project (retractable roof, trout pond, completed in 2013) is a big part of that, as is the Greenbike sharing program, also begun in 2013. A loosening of liquor laws hasn't hurt, either....

  • An enlightening weekend in Mendocino's romantic seaside surroundings

    An enlightening weekend in Mendocino's romantic seaside surroundings

    A weekend wedding on the Mendocino headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean was the ideal occasion to celebrate newlyweds Danny and Amanda, as well as give me an opportunity to enjoy the scenic town of Mendocino, Calif. Fellow wedding celebrants Edna and Ray Morales stayed in the room next door...

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