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

  • Petaluma is an eggscellent weekend escape from the Bay Area scramble

    Petaluma is an eggscellent weekend escape from the Bay Area scramble

    Petaluma, Calif., once known as the “Egg Basket of the World,” has since softened its image as a hard-boiled agricultural town. It retains some of its agricultural base, but these days it’s more farm to table than chicken coop central. On a recent visit to the Bay Area, my friends Susan and Rich...

  • An easygoing weekend escape in hard-working Lompoc

    An easygoing weekend escape in hard-working Lompoc

    As Southern California cedes to the Central Coast at the Gaviota Tunnel, most travelers stick to the 101. Next time take the exit to Highway 1, a mile or so past the tunnel, and cruise 20 miles through oak-dappled hills and past scattered ranches to Lompoc. Lompoc isn’t a faux-Scandinavian burg,...

  • Did Al Capone sleep here? Never mind: You can rest easy at Two Bunch Palms, a peaceful desert escape

    Did Al Capone sleep here? Never mind: You can rest easy at Two Bunch Palms, a peaceful desert escape

    In the Golden Age of Hollywood, Palm Springs was the desert playground for glamorous types who wished to see and be seen. To avoid the limelight, they escaped to Two Bunch Palms resort [67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs; (800) 472-4334,]. For more than 75 years, Two Bunch Palms has...

  • A weekend escape to Carefree, Ariz., is just that

    A weekend escape to Carefree, Ariz., is just that

    We drove to Phoenix for a family wedding in early November and had most of two days free between evening events. What’s to do, nearby and low-key? Cue the little town of Carefree. The town center feels a bit like a junior Sedona-style art colony, with shops, galleries and restaurants. We found...

  • Los Poblanos is a blissful weekend escape on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Just ignore the peacocks

    Los Poblanos is a blissful weekend escape on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Just ignore the peacocks

    If you're a light sleeper, avail yourself of the earplugs on your bedside table at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm [4803 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M.; (505) 344-9297]. They're to keep you from waking up to the cries of the peacocks that patrol the chef's garden,...

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