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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 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...

  • Finding Ventura County's fine food and shopping

    Finding Ventura County's fine food and shopping

    I didn't often think of Ventura County as a proto-foodie haven, but that was before I learned about Adolfo Camarillo, an early 20th century visionary, landowner and philanthropist (and the town’s namesake). Camarillo introduced new crops to the area, forever altering the local economy. Now you...

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