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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

  • Avila Beach's gentle charm makes for a relaxing Central Coast getaway

    Avila Beach's gentle charm makes for a relaxing Central Coast getaway

    Take the long, sandy shoreline of Huntington Beach. Mix in the gentle waves of Santa Monica. Add a dash of architecture from Key West, Fla. Then stir in  Central Coast wines. What you get is Avila Beach, a quaint but bustling beach town sandwiched between Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. The bed...

  • Chill out at Big Bear Lake

    Chill out at Big Bear Lake

    Those of us whose air-conditioning goes on strike every summer are always looking for a place to chill (in my case, with my dog). Big Bear Lake, a (usually) snow-fed reservoir surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, offers trails to hike, a dog-friendly boat tour and, if you're lucky,...

  • 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...

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