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The thing you tend to forget when you're planning a road trip with young kids is that they don't like to leave the places they like. Children are natural-born Buddhists—fervent in their devotion to the here and now. Whatever the next roadside attr...
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It makes sense that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter; after all, what’s more romantic than escaping the cold and cozying up with a loved one?And when you’re with someone special, a ski chalet with a roaring fireplace is every bit as w...
Place California, Island Hotel Newport Beach, Newport Beach The Deal Stay and Play: one night in a room with a private balcony; two rounds on the Ocean North or the Ocean South at Pelican Hill, both of which reopened late last year after upgrad...
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What you pay for your hotel depends on when—and how—you book. We tested seven methods (from online travel agents and aggregators to the hotels’ own reservation channels) on five different U.S. hotels over a six-week period. The lessons learned? Al...
See our list of 20 Great American Beaches. It’s no surprise that this summertime, American travelers are planning to stick close to home. But that’s no cause for disappointment: the United States has 95,000 miles of shoreline, including plenty of...
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...
Eating well has always been easy in wine regions. It makes sense: people who pay close attention to what they drink don’t typically settle for fast-food cheeseburgers. But dining well is different from eating well, and in many wine areas it has be...
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I grew up in California in the 1960’s, the place every clear-thinking kid on the planet wanted to be: 650 miles of sandy beaches, Disneyland, the "scene" in San Francisco. But my family didn’t take vacations to those spots. We didn’t even take vac...
Unlike Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach, two of the hotter hot spots on the southeast coast of Florida, St. Pete Beach—on the central west coast of the Sunshine State—is lazy and low-key, quiet and calm, unpretentious and unassuming. More old...
Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805/571-4217 ), along with heirloom-tomato soup and petit filet of beef with pom...
It's a starry night, and i am sitting in an ancient ranch house tucked deep in the Lompoc hills, two or three miles down a dirt road from El CaminoReal, the purported route of the padres. The house, set beneath a spreading oak tree with a pickup t...
Whenever I talk to Europeans who are here to see America, I tell them how important it is to explore the rest of the country, not just New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles. What about the rustic charms of Lake Tahoe and the Adirondacks, ...