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Living Where No One Has Lived Before

If the no-commute lifestyle is calling you, check out these recently opened and soon-to-be available apartments, lofts and town homes in downtown and midtown....

Travel: Rose Among Thorns

In prickly Greater Los Angeles, find your comfort zone in Pasadena, where world-class artwork, renowned architecture and a vibrant old town are in full...

Travel: Santa Cruz Revisited

The Boardwalk still beckons our inner child, but this laid-back beach town is perfect for grown-up pursuits as well. Come rediscover why Santa Cruz...

Travel: The Ghosts Who Come to Dinner

Northern California restaurants tell their haunting tales. Longfellow argued that all houses where people have lived and died are haunted houses. Few could...

Travel: Springtime Oasis

With sophisticated Scottsdale leading the way, Greater Phoenix steps up to the plate as a superb March getaway. Its spring-training baseball games, great golf,...

Welcome to Kid-Friendly Las Vegas?

Or: How our family's love affair with Sin City faded once our daughter learned to read.Our daughter vacationed in Las Vegas twice before she...

Love’s Labor

A local contractor scrambles to get his house ready for his wedding day.Bill Carter was a bit like the proverbial shoemaker whose children go...

You Go, Grill

The days of the charcoal-powered barbecue are over. Take a look at the new outdoor kitchen.Sacramento attorney Greg Thatch had a perfectly serviceable portable...

Travel: Maui Your Way

There’s a place to stay for every traveler on the magnificent island of Maui. Let’s get one thing straight: A trip to...

Travel: The Play’s the Thing

In Ashland, Ore., Shakespeare is big business and lots of fun.You can see five plays here in four days. I did&emdash;for the fourth straight...

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