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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 train depot B&B, family-friendly beach, moonlight cliff walk in Capitola

    A train depot B&B, family-friendly beach, moonlight cliff walk in Capitola

    Santa Cruz might have name recognition, but Capitola, its tiny neighbor (population 10,000) just down the highway on Monterey Bay, was an ideal summer getaway for my wife and me and our young daughter. The village was a lumber port in the 1800s, but when the bloom was off that rose, it reinvented...

  • Boats, sea breezes, sunshine and food, food, food on Shelter Island

    Boats, sea breezes, sunshine and food, food, food on Shelter Island

    Shelter Island in San Diego is not an island. It's connected to the mainland by a strip of land. But that's a good thing. You can drive right onto the tiny area to enjoy its marinas, hotels, restaurants and bayside park. If you plan right, you can even catch a show at Humphreys Concerts by the...

  • Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

    Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

    Oh, beloved Boise, or Boy-C, as the locals pronounce it. Spend a weekend in this rapidly changing Idaho city and you realize why its downtown has been rated as among the top 10 in the U.S. It also features cultural attractions such as the Basque Block and the Boise Philharmonic, and it's minutes...

  • Solvang's Danish charm gets millennial updates: craft beer, contemporary food

    Solvang's Danish charm gets millennial updates: craft beer, contemporary food

    Ah, dear, sweet Solvang. Founded by Danish Americans, this Santa Barbara County town of 5,385 bursts with windmills, turrets, cupolas, half-timbered inns, bakeries and souvenir shops that make you want to pinch their stucco-coated cheeks, even if sophisticates sneer at the kitsch. Solvang felt...

  • The summer side of Whistler, Canada: Golfing, mountain biking and more

    The summer side of Whistler, Canada: Golfing, mountain biking and more

    When you think of Whistler, British Columbia, you might recall the 2010 Winter Olympics and the area's prominence as a Canadian ski destination. But there's more to it than ski runs and après ski, as I learned on a recent trip. Whistler is about variety. It has Whistler Mountain Bike Park, a world-class,...

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