Weekend escapes for Southern Californians

  • Finding the Latino heart and soul of Albuquerque in historic Barelas

    Finding the Latino heart and soul of Albuquerque in historic Barelas

    Before there was an Albuquerque, there was Barelas, now just a neighborhood south of downtown. Barelas, a former Spanish colony that dates to 1662, sits along the Rio Grande at what was once a strategic crossing point. The neighborhood's Latin roots are very deep; the first homes were built here...

  • Foodies are hungry for San Diego's Little Italy, a hub for top chefs

    Foodies are hungry for San Diego's Little Italy, a hub for top chefs

    San Diego's Little Italy has become a hot foodie destination, with big-name chefs opening restaurants. But not to worry: The neighborhood has remained true to its heritage, with Italian-themed restaurants and festivals. You'll still find plenty of fine Italian fare from old-fashioned to new wave....

  • For $300 you can live two nights like a bird in Big Sur (BYO pillows)

    For $300 you can live two nights like a bird in Big Sur (BYO pillows)

    There's camping, there's glamping and then there's the best of both — sleeping in a human-sized nest overlooking the ocean and the Big Sur coast, where you're exposed to the elements without worrying about pitching a tent. Twigitecture artist and Big Sur resident Jayson Fann designed the nest for...

  • Avoid crowds but indulge your inner teenager in a weekend getaway to Oregon beaches

    Avoid crowds but indulge your inner teenager in a weekend getaway to Oregon beaches

    Carmel or Coney Island? I like long, relaxing walks on the beach at sunrise and sunset, along with browsing in bookstores. Others prefer volleyball, sand castles and boardwalks. My wife and I recently visited the Oregon coast and in Cannon Beach and Seaside, separated by only eight miles, we found...

  • For a tranquil weekend getaway, try wine country -- in Carmel Valley

    For a tranquil weekend getaway, try wine country -- in Carmel Valley

    Travelers hunting for a wine country escape — without the hordes of bachelorette parties — are flocking to Carmel Valley, a subdued community just 11 miles inland from Carmel where they can be wowed by sophisticated wines, innovative cuisine and a hidden Central Coast spa. The tab: $260 for two...

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