2015 Weekend Getaways Contest

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2015 Getaway Contest prizes will be awarded by Reader editors, but to help break any “ties,” so to speak, you can use the thumbs-up icon (next to the title in each article) to show love for contest winners. Winning articles will be published here over the next six weeks, and we’ll award prizes after all articles have been published.

Check “Gather No Moss” in print for Getaway Contest winners starting 4/9.

Weekend Getaways submissions

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 ...

Welcome to East Jesus, CA

Up the road from Salvation Mountain, miles from anywhere.

Overlooking the Salton Sea in the shadow of mature Ironwood trees rests a man still much loved. The former “mayor” of East Jesus, a fenced community of free-roaming, ever-rotating artists, musicians, scientists and builders located ...

Swashbucklin' to Catalina

Sailing to Two Harbors for the infamous Buccaneer Days festival.

The southern California waters from Mexico to Point Conception are generally safe and secure to navigate. But at the end of September, be on the lookout: buccaneers are known to frequent the waters off Catalina ...

Finding peace at Lake Shrine

Escape from L.A. stress in Pacific Palisades.

If you’re in L.A. and seek a respite from the traffic and stress, there's a place that just may restore – at least temporarily – a sense of tranquility to your being. The Self Realization ...

Tour Del Mar

Scenic North County bike route features a few surprises along the way.

Like most San Diegans I'm familiar with the touristy parts of Del Mar (Del Mar Fairground/Racetrack and the beaches) – the scenic coastal village between Soledad Valley and the San Dieguito River – but didn't ...

Indiana Jones in Coachella Valley

Coachella's got a lot to offer besides its namesake music fest.

Horses in the desert? What?? The Coachella Valley already offers a ton of activities – from hiking to the infamous Coachella music fest to epic pool parties to camping locales like Joshua Tree. Growing up ...

Backcountry to Baja

Otay Mountain, Tecate, T.J.: four-hour day trip adventure.

Awhile back we traveled to Nicaragua. Much of the country’s road systems are inaccessible by car, and if you wanted to explore the interior you were forced to walk, ride a bike or rent a ...

Following the devil in Anza-Borrego

Close to home off-roading adventure.

Mud walls towered over us as we twisted and turned down the narrow canyon. Smoke trees scraped the truck where they leaned in over the rutted track, and a couple of times there was a ...

Must-see Joshua Tree

Camp, hike, climb or stargaze – the closest national park is 3 hours away.

During the winter months, there's nothing more accelerating for the spirit than peacefully camping out in a temperate desert like Joshua Tree National Park. Less than three hours away from downtown San Diego, the park ...

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