Santa Barbara Two Ways

Eat, stay and play like a local or a tourist. There’s no wrong way to enjoy this cozy and refined beach town. I lived in...
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Traveling with Julia Morgan

Our travel writer visits some properties designed by Julia Morgan, who is responsible for the look of more than 800 buildings in California and...
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Time for a Lift

Tahoe ski resorts take visitors sky high in summer. Summer hiking season is here, and for many of us, that means pointing the compass “up...
The Boat Oyster Bar

Weekender: Point Reyes

Take a couple of days to rediscover this region of natural beauty and culinary bounty in West Marin. On one of the first clear days...
MacCallum House Water tower

At the Water Line

Spend the night in one of Mendocino’s historic water towers. “Isn’t it a little ironic,” said my husband, Mike, “that we’re going to stay in...
sundial bridge

After the Flames

Our travel writer visits Shasta County after the Carr Fire devastated so much acreage this past summer. In the mid-1980s, Fou Choy Saechao, a Laotian...
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Clear Lake and Beyond

Lake County’s treasures await visitors who are ready for some gentle adventure. At the corner of Main Street and Konocti Road in Kelseyville, a modest...
Peak Solitude

Peak Solitude

Whether you go glam (or glamping), Yosemite in the wintertime brings a special quiet beauty and the place to yourself. Six years ago, inside what...
City Lights

City Lights

It’s cold—it’s San Francisco, after all. It’s also crowded—it’s Union Square—but that adds to the happy energy. Your ankles are wobbly, and you don’t...
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Winter Escapes

Get away to the lake with a stay at one of these lovely spots, where reservations fill up fast. It’s that time of year: You...

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