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Field Trips: ‘The Discovery of King Tut,’ San Diego

This is back-to-school month, but must it be so everywhere? Travel should be a thing apart from the ghastly march through retail seasons, so there are no iPads or backpacks on offer here. You’ll learn plenty on these excursions, but this isn’t school. We’re sending you on a mind-blowing field trip. Read more...

Field Trips: Smithsonian Journeys: ‘Inside the Russian Space Program’

This is back-to-school month, but must it be so everywhere? Travel should be a thing apart from the ghastly march through retail seasons, so there are no iPads or backpacks on offer here. You’ll learn plenty on these excursions, but this isn’t school. We’re sending you on mind-blowing field trips. Read more...

Searching for Sanctuary: Theatricum Botanicum & Tuscali Mountain Inn, Topanga Canyon

This August we recommend two beautiful destinations, each a sanctuary of sorts. They couldn’t be more different—in origin, urgency of purpose, or experiences offered—but both are stirring. Consider them opportunities: benevolent, gentle nudges to our humanity, in inspiring settings. Read more...

Searching for Sanctuary: Walking with the Elephants

This August we recommend two beautiful destinations, each a sanctuary of sorts. They couldn’t be more different—in origin, urgency of purpose, or experiences offered—but both are stirring. Consider them opportunities: benevolent, gentle nudges to our humanity, in inspiring settings. Read more...

Summer Jaunts: 'Glamping' in Montana

July is bare feet, keeping the summer corn from rolling through your baked beans and off of your paper plate, fishing a cold drink from a big bucket of ice, and watching the kids eat watermelon as they sprawl on sun-dappled grass. It’s an entire month of wholesome, plebeian pursuits, of picnicking, camping, and road-tripping. Find a wicker picnic basket: we’re “roughing it”… but in style. Read more...

Summer Jaunts: Vintage Campers

July is bare feet, keeping the summer corn from rolling through your baked beans and off of your paper plate, fishing a cold drink from a big bucket of ice, and watching the kids eat watermelon as they sprawl on sun-dappled grass. It’s an entire month of wholesome, plebeian pursuits, of picnicking, camping, and road-tripping. Find a wicker picnic basket: we’re “roughing it”… but in style. Read more...

Escaping June Gloom with English Garden Tours

Pacific gray whales are heading to the Bearing Sea, wildebeests are wheeling north across Kenya, and SoCal residents commence their annual migration to … Home Depot. Parking lots are jammed with red-faced customers wrestling 20-gallon palm trees and shoehorning deck lumber into their SUVs. Our advice: Leave the refurbishing for another day, and go idea-gathering. It’s travel, but you can call it “research.” Read more...

Escaping June Gloom: Hearst Castle

Pacific gray whales are heading to the Bearing Sea, wildebeests are wheeling north across Kenya, and SoCal residents commence their annual migration to … Home Depot. Parking lots are jammed with red-faced customers wrestling 20-gallon palm trees and shoehorning deck lumber into their SUVs. Our advice: Leave the refurbishing for another day, and go idea-gathering. It’s travel, but you can call it “research.” Read more...

Spring Spirit Refresh: Amangiri Resort, Canyon Point, Utah

Philosopher Immanuel Kant was captivated by “the sublime.” Sounds intimidating, but the concept is simple: Mere beauty may delight, but the sublime inspires fear and wonder. It’s the vertiginous awe we feel standing on the lip of the Grand Canyon, or getting a rare view of the Milky Way in a dark sky. The sublime is nature writ large, and we benefit greatly from being reminded that we are small. Or so the thinking goes. Make plans to refresh your spirit within an epic landscape—take your pick!—composed from sea, sky, and sun-warmed stone. Read more...

Refresh Your Spirit at the Mystique Hotel in Santorini, Greece

Philosopher Immanuel Kant was captivated by “the sublime.” Sounds intimidating, but the concept is simple: Mere beauty may delight, but the sublime inspires fear and wonder. It’s the vertiginous awe we feel standing on the lip of the Grand Canyon, or getting a rare view of the Milky Way in a dark sky. The sublime is nature writ large, and we benefit greatly from being reminded that we are small. Or so the thinking goes. Make plans to refresh your spirit within an epic landscape—take your pick!—composed from sea, sky, and sun-warmed stone. Read more...

10 Exceptional O.C. Women

We honor those who follow their life’s passions, and by doing so, make a difference in Orange County and beyond.

With a bachelor’s degree in math and a doctorate in nutrition, 64-year-old Samueli and husband Henry have funded projects that have created legacies in many fields: medicine and wellness, science, the arts, education, and child welfare. The Samuelis take the ethic of charitable giving seriously. It’s always been part of their plan. Read more...

Travel Spring Fling at The Saguaro, Palm Springs

Exuberantly tacky-yet-hip, the Saguaro’s wild colors pop in the middle of the Palm Springs Desert. This is a perfect time to go—local weather is hot enough for poolside lounging and imbibing, but not too hot—and despite its youthful, of-the-moment energy, The Saguaro has undeniable glamour. Grab a chaise and a fresh fruit margarita, look up at the palm trees ringing the sky, and think about the Basque tapas at Tinto Restaurant. It’s a lively place with poolside movies and daily happy hours, but mostly it’s an opportunity to soak up sun and relax: Try the spa’s Sun Dance Citrus Sugar Scrub ($75) or a “grounding” foot massage ($60). You’d find Don Draper here if he were 10 years younger. Rooms—most have a balcony or patio—start at $142 with 14-day advance purchase. jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/riverside-hotels/the-saguaro-palm-spring Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 

Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.

 

A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.

 

Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 

 

Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.