Weekend Getaways

The Presidio: Old Town national landmark

Explore San Diego's origins on the grounds of this 1700s Spanish fort.

Set above Old Town, San Diego’s forty-acre Presidio Park is a National Historic Landmark preserving the first permanent European settlement on the West Coast and the site from which exploratory missions embarked into California's interior. ...

Surf meets street eats: Oceanside's Sunset Market

The Thursday evening street fair makes for a North County draw.

Every Thursday night for the last eight years, starting at 5 p.m., Oceanside’s Sunset Market kicks off. Consuming four blocks down near the pier, this market’s more than your standard farmer’s fair. With live music ...

The Queen Mary's Sir Winston's smoking deck

First-class aboard the historic ship in Long Beach. (Cigar optional.)

There is no smoking on the Queen Mary. Signs are posted everywhere stating just that. So, when we arrived at the topmost deck to dine at the luxurious Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge, I noted ...

Weekend Carlsbad

Coastal picks in North County: Carlsbad's just far enough to get away.

I love vacations so much that I’ve made the effort to take one every month the past year. But why spend tons of money traveling to far-off destinations when we San Diegans have so much ...

See (and surf) SoCal's sand dunes

What to do, where to eat & stay on these close-to-home desert adventures.

I typically love the sea, sun and sand. Interestingly though, not all the sands I’m drawn to lie in coastal regions. In fact, most of the sand on Earth is stacked in massive piles in ...

Overnighter in the Laguna Mountains

Noble Canyon Trail's alpine scenery is a quick drive and hike away.

There is no need for hiking trips to be epic. The Laguna Mountains, less than 50 minutes from mid-city San Diego, are a lovely alpine retreat and world away from the city. Even quick trips ...

The real Hollywood

Two roads diverged: is there anything really worth seeing in Tinsel Town?

Written on an open Word document on my computer in a $30 Budget Inn motel room in Glendale, CA. The walls are lavender, and the money saved from not spending the night in Hollywood is ...

Altadena: a rustic Los Angeles

2.5 hours north, there's lots to discover for history & outdoor lovers alike.

Author Zane Grey said, "In Altadena I have found those qualities that make life worth living." Walking down Mariposa Street, “Millionaire’s Row,” where Grey’s home still stands – past the oversized craftsman-style bungalows and through ...

30 miles south in Baja: Popotla & Rosarito

Foodie must-sees, including Popotla's off-the-beaten-path seafood heaven.

Up for a short drive to a different country? Rosarito Beach is just 20 scenic minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border – but it’s more Mexico than it is Tijuana, and adventures are waiting. The greatly ...

Escape the Go: Fiesta Island

You don't have to go far to travel, Mission Bay reveals.

We didn’t have anything like this in Chicago. We didn’t have a jutting piece of terrain you could drive out on, pull your car off the road wherever you felt like it, and set up ...

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