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Desert Getaway

Scottsdale offers the ultimate oasis for weekend retreats or luxurious weeklong escapes. By Sharon Stello   A six-hour drive—or a quick flight—from Orange County, the majestic landscape of the Sonoran Desert unfolds as you travel through Arizona. The shapes and shadows of rocky outcroppings and saguaro cactus shift as the sun sinks...

Island Adventures

Luxurious resorts, stunning scenery and eco-minded excursions make Turks and Caicos an ideal retreat. By Sharon Stello   Gentle waves of turquoise water lapping onto white sand beaches. Flocks of pink flamingos taking flight. Sea turtles swimming among the mangroves. Wild iguanas roaming around remote islands. Bright-colored fish flitting between coral reefs....

Powder Powerhouses

Hit the slopes on freshly groomed trails with plenty of amenities at some of the West’s best ski resorts this season. By Ashley Ryan   Southern California is often a slice of paradise, with year-round sunshine and warm weather that makes Christmas on the coast feel more like springtime than winter. However, there...

The Pacific Side of Los Cabos

Experience a different kind of serenity in Baja. By Steve Zepezauer   Whether you’re a geography nerd or not, the thought of visiting a place on the map that is so ridiculously distinguishable can be somewhat mind-blowing. Walking within a few hundred yards of the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula is...

New and Hidden Gems

Rediscover San Diego by exploring some of the city’s latest additions and lesser-known spots worth seeking out. By Ashley Ryan and Sharon Stello   Often overshadowed by its bigger tourist attractions, San Diego is filled with eateries, shops and other destinations that are among local favorites. Here, we offer a glimpse at...

Gone Glamping

From cabins to fully furnished yurts, several locales along the coast offer rustic yet luxury lodging, plenty of amenities and a chance to unwind and immerse in nature. By Sharon Stello   After the year we’ve all been through, nothing sounds better than spending a stress-free weekend relaxing in nature—but without giving...

An Emerald Oasis

On the heels of its 150th anniversary, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park offers an urban escape filled with gardens, museums and hidden treasures. By Sharon Stello   As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, some may be pondering future travel plans, but still desire a driving-distance destination until the pandemic is officially over....

Hospitality Reinvented

While the pandemic and related travel restrictions have wreaked havoc on the hotel industry, this downtime has allowed for renovations, a re-creation of outdoor space and the opening of new luxury properties. By Justine Amodeo   Whether it’s the worldwide distribution of vaccines, a slowing down of COVID-19 cases or the desire...

Ski Season

Soak up everything that California's snow-filled mountains have to offer as you hit the slopes with pandemic safety measures in place. By Ashley Ryan   What began as a stay-at-home order that, for many, allowed extra time for watercolor painting, reading books and taking virtual yoga classes has evolved into months and...

A Whale of an Adventure

Catch a glimpse of some of the ocean’s largest mammals while aboard local vessels. By Ashley Ryan   As the glittering waters along the Laguna Beach coastline are marine protected areas, it’s no surprise that various species of whales move in to make this part of the ocean their highway, dinner table...