Weekend Getaways

Art meets nature in Idyllwild

Find mountain-town charm just two hours north of S.D.

Just two hours north of San Diego, nature and art commingle: Idyllwild is a quick mountain getaway for those of us in low-lying Southern California cities, but also a haven for artisans who want to ...

Playa y vino: best bets for a Baja weekend

Escape to La Misión (K-59) and these Guadalupe Valley vineyards.

Like many other folks, my wife and I like tasty wines and panoramic ocean views, especially if they’re less than an hour away. So we often head out to La Misión, a tiny Baja village ...

Joshua Tree for the uninitiated

Reasons to make the nearby national park your next weekend adventure.

There are few things as graceless as someone begging for help with pure and unbridled fear in their eyes. Which about sums up my position at Indian Cove Campground during the waning hours of a ...

Get away, stay local: a weekend in Uptown

Staycation in Hillcrest, Balboa, North Park and environs.

My best weekend getaway is when I leave my car parked on the street outside my apartment in Hillcrest from 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon til Monday morning at 7: Friday Friday afternoon I go ...

Catalina's calling

Your guide to a weekend – and world – away on island time.

Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands (but not included in the Channel Islands National Park), lies 22 miles off the southern California coast. Though it is privately owned by the Santa Catalina Island ...

Why Mount Laguna?

Escape to wilderness just an hour east in Cleveland National Forest.

Forget the hustle and bustle of the town. Grab a tent, pack the cooler, and head out east to Mt. Laguna. Only an hour away from San Diego proper, once you turn onto Sunrise Highway ...

Car-less in Mission Bay

The case for a waterfront bike-cation (take the Green Line trolley).

A former wetland dredged in the 1940s to create a water playground surrounded by public parks, San Diego’s Mission Bay is nirvana for those who like easy, scenic bicycling. Paved trails that line much of ...

Cheese dreams in Baja's Ojos Negros

One-of-a-kind foodie escape just 40 minutes east of Ensenada.

It’s a holdover from Baja's Gold Fever days. A hideaway from the bustle of Ensenada. Drive an hour inland through curvy roads, past an ashram and a blue Madonna painted on a boulder, and eventually ...

L.A. in a day (by train)

Make it a Metrolink day trip and see Olvera Street, MOCA, and more.

If you like variety, follow me to an L.A. experience that will challenge your senses – not your purse. The walking exercise on this day trip approximates six miles; I took all day, but you ...

Getaway Contest winners: spread the word

Winners in the Reader's inaugural writing contest will be published over the next six weeks.

With an incredible variety of submissions in the Reader’s first-ever travel writing contest, all of the winning articles are deserving. And that makes our jobs tough. 2015 Getaway Contest prizes will be awarded by Reader ...

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