California

Tips and Articles in California

It started at a Los Angeles flea market. I was foraging casually through rows of card tables when I spied a book of old postcards: ALONG THE 'LINCOLN HIGHWAY.' The pictures showed scenic spots on a road that didn't look like a highway. It was more...
For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midwes...
35 There was a time when I could start a fire in the rain, tie a stevedore knot, and chop down a small tree, lash its branches together, and turn it into a table and chair. But sometime in my late twenties, I traded in my wilderness skills for hot...
Harrodsburg, Kentucky Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 800/734-5611 or 859/734-5411 Experience the contemplative peace of the material-world-shunning Shakers—without the burdensome celibacy requirement—at this 2,800-acre village, the largest rest...
Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. The good news is that there are a growing number of options. College kids may have made spring br...
See our slideshow of America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods. “The suit-and-tie crowd has a little trouble here,” says David Bishop, owner of Atlanta’s 97 Estoria bar, “but everyone else has a blast.” The here Bishop is referring to is Cabbagetown, a...
Call it a coming-of-age: several leading children’s museums have recently expanded, all while serving as models of environmental stewardship. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the nation’s first for kids, sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly–design...
See our slideshow of Best Resorts for Family Reunions. With three kids in tow, the Pickerings of San Diego still make the trek to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada—a trip they’ve made annually since their honeymoon. “We’ve been going ...
Q: My girlfriend and I are planning to drive up the California coast later this year. We'll need to rent a car for a week. Can we do that without breaking the bank and land a car that's a little more exciting than your basic midsize sedan?—Mark Pe...
5 Great American Drives: The Heartland, Yosemite, The Elvis Trail and More
AMERICA'S HEARTLAND: MINNESOTA I am the product of a Minnesota-style mixed marriage: my mother's from St. Paul, while my father hails from Minneapolis. Como Park versus Minnehaha Falls, the State Fairgrounds versus the Mall of America. My parents ...
San Francisco to Calistoga, California A day of spas, with a side of Syrah Distance 80 miles Driving Time 2 hours The Appeal San Franciscans seeking a holistic holiday have been decamping to Napa Valley’s northernmost town for 150 years. Over ...
When I was growing up in the 1960’s, Laurel Canyon was simply “the canyon.” It was where my brothers and I climbed steep streets on our bikes and built forts in the eucalyptus-scented hills. Sure, some of our classmates’ parents were becoming know...
Barreling down Nevada Highway 374 toward Death Valley National Park and a lemon drop of a sun, it occurred to me that the principal allure of the desert is that nothing quite normal survives there. Take the Goldwell Open Air Museum down the highwa...
Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, Paris, France
Before there was William and Kate or even Charles and Di, there was the duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were the media sensation of their day. Now, 73 years after their scandalous marriage, the couple’s private estate, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie (d...
Baxter Finley Barber Shop, West Hollywood, California, Shave and a Haircut
A new appreciation for good old-fashioned grooming is taking root around the U.S. In West Hollywood, California, reclaimed wood floors and walls covered in bright white subway tiles set the tone at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, from men’s skin-ca...