The scenery and setting are grand, but don't expect speedy Wi-Fi and high-thread-count sheets. Instead, you'll find plenty of hiking, rafting and fishing in the Colorado River.
The town in the eastern part of the state is home to a huge rodeo as well as talented leather workers and those wool blankets. Plus a historic inn's home-cooked breakfast fuels you for the day.
My husband wanted to go camping and, in the interest of marital harmony, I agreed. My price? No campfire cooking for me -- we went out for every meal.
Come to this little speck of a town, in the foothills of California's Gold Country, for the wine and stay for the art. The town is still low-key, approachable and fun.
Camping, hiking and plenty of water play are among the summer pleasures at this central Sierra Nevada retreat. It offers many campsites and a resort.
Visitors will find various vantage points for peering 2,000 feet into the magnificent, raw beauty of this gorge. Best of all, they'll have little company in this often-overlooked national park.
Have some pie, spend time with wolves and hike in the wilderness near Julian. Did I mention the pie?
A visit to the California Wolf Center; pie, pie, and more pie; fresh air; and hikes in the hills make for a sweet getaway.
No need for Napa. There are fine choices here for every oenophile, with quaint tasting rooms and more than 400 wineries. Downtown is a throwback to simpler times.
A visit to Quarai at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument makes for a sublime connection to nature and the past. A new hotel, which pays homage to Chaco Canyon, enhances the experience.
Dale Chihuly's dazzling works shimmer in the sunlight and, later, glow under the star-filled sky. You can see these pieces at the island museum until Dec. 11.
Thank Velma Johnston, better known as “Wild Horse Annie,” for the thousands of mustangs that roam the high desert of northern Nevada. Take a tour or explore on your own.
Stroll, sniff, taste, clip and sip your way through five heavenly-scented farms during the popular July event. And there's serious shopping at the accompanying street fair.
Green Valley might be mostly age-restricted enclaves, but the takeaway is that Green Valley is attractive for its setting and outdoor bounty.
A visit to the area is a mash-up of Audubon meets Venice boardwalk, where wild creatures -- winged and human -- abound.
Terrific new restaurants are serving delectable organic Baja fare, wine and craft beers, and artisanal mescals that are becoming the connoisseur's alternative to tequila.
You may think you know the city that's often called the jewel of the American Riviera, but there's much that's new, including the Mill, which is becoming a hip design district with a distinct flair.
Here's the inside story on what to do if you can't enjoy the outdoors on a Palm Desert weekend escape
Maybe it's too cold. Or too hot. Either one is possible in the desert. But you can outwit the weather here at these restaurants and cool (as in fun) museums.
Did Al Capone sleep here? Never mind: You can rest easy at Two Bunch Palms, a peaceful desert escape
This hideway emphasizes wellness--but that doesn't mean you'll be be served cardboard food. Quite the opposite and quite the variety too. Add wildlife encounter, and it's a welcome change of pace.
The abundant rainfall in the Pacific Northwest makes for lush pastures, and the cows and goats grazing here produce the delights that can be the delicious focus of a trip.
Hop on a flight and you can be on the beach by noon. Or sampling cocktails. Or exploring fascinating towns. Here are some ideas for a quick trip to paradise.
An all-day flower tour at Buchart Gardens, whale watching and splendid summer Canadian summer weather highlight a girlfriends' weekend in Victoria, Canada.
A Weekend Escape to the improved and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a stay at one of the city's venerable landmarks.
My continuing search for secret hideaways by the sea took me to tiny Two Harbors on Catalina Island last month, where I hiked and biked, explored quiet coves and overdosed on spectacular views
Curious about the vociferous elephant seals I heard bellowing last fall as I drove Highway 1, I returned in May to Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve near San
Once home to gambling halls, saloons and bordellos, San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter can still kick up its heels. Packed with cocktail lounges, restaurants and pulsating nightclubs, on the weekend it’s a virtual playpen for partying.
Waves crashing on the rugged Mendocino Coast offer a striking contrast to the bland urban landscape of Los Angeles. So when I felt the urge to escape and read about the recently opened seven-room Inn at Newport Ranch, 20 minutes north of Fort Bragg, I booked a stay. My husband, Paul, and I flew to Santa Rosa and drove three hours northwest, a long, but scenic trip, and well worth it: The Inn sits on a 2000-acre cattle ranch that stretches from spectacular ocean cliffs to a forest where redwoods were logged in the 19th century.
After hearing so much about how Oakland has become a new hipster haven, I made a day trip from San Francisco and found it lived up to the hype.
My family's go-to weekend escape -- Monterey -- has become a true memory maker. Whether it's walking along Old Fisherman's Wharf, exploring the renowned
I recently packed my favorite writing pen, sketchbook and camera for a solo trip to Newport, Ore., which was a study in contrasts at every turn. Newport is on
In Flagstaff, Arizona, visit the Lowell Observatory, Pioneer Museum and Buffalo Park, and eat at Black Bart's Steakhouse.
It used to be a stop on Route 66 but then it got bypassed. Now Oatman, Ariz., is a little haven, unless you're bothered by nosy burros.
Fancy cars, vintage diner food and a hike at nearby Stanford University cap a weekend in the Silicon Valley hub of Palo Alto.
Brenham, Texas, between Houston and Austin, is a spring flower destination and year-round supporter of its local ice cream maker.
Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang offers wildlife and horseback riding near golf, the Elverhoj Museum and Old Mission Santa Ines.
Expect lush grounds, great eating and plenty of natural beauty at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix.
Mendocino is a charming, historic hamlet perfect for weddings and romantic weekends. And as a Maine setting for 'Murder, She Wrote.'
Guests coming for the holidays? Keep them busy with noshing and horse racing at Santa Anita Park, the natural world (and shopping) at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia and R&R at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.
Tiny Todos Santos in Baja California has art galleries, seafood finds and an adult-only resort where you can learn to surf, or just watch the waves roll.
Calistoga, Calif., is a charming, small-town pocket of Napa Valley, with mineral springs to boot. And for a change of pace in wine country, the Calistoga Inn's brewery beckons.
Albuquerque's Barelas neighborhood, once a Spanish colony, is a historic district with National Hispanic Cultural Center as anchor.
Cannon Beach and Seaside are Oregon beach towns that can satisfy a variety of tastes. Get to Ecola State Park early.
Estes Park, Colo., by Rocky Mountain National Park, is home to bugling elk and Stanley Hotel, basis for 'The Shining's' Overlook.
Capitola, on Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, is a little coastal getaway with art galleries, a charming village, a relaxing beach.
San Diego's Shelter Island boasts marinas, hotels, restaurants and a bayside park. Best of all, it's not an island so you can drive to it
Solvang, Calif., the re-created Danish town in the Santa Ynez Valley, goes a bit more glam with of-the-moment food and lodging.
Summer in Whistler, Canada, beckons visitors outdoors for golf and mountain biking. The great restaurants and lodging are year-round.