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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...

Travel: Spring Fling in Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands

The days are longer, the weather is warmer … so how to celebrate? An exemplar of European culture, venerable, bathed in the watery sunlight of a Vermeer. Read more...

March Forth Into Spring at Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland

Endless drought and dust-covered palm trees may be our lot, but March should be a month of marbled skies, soft rain, and soggy fields budding with green. And on St. Patrick’s Day, you want to duck into an Irish pub and warm up with a pint of Guinness, right? Of course you do. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Calistoga Ranch

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Hey Active Foodies! Whole Foods Introduces Travel Plans Just For You

Whole Foods Market, your source for all things sustainable and organic, has launched a new travel venture: Whole Journeys. Billed as excursions for “active foodies,” itineraries aim to immerse travelers in local cuisines and authentic culinary experiences: indigenous food festivals, conversation with native farmers, tours of wineries, and chats with local cheese makers fill the five- to 14-day tours. Alongside the usual suspects (Tuscany and Provence) you’ll find trips to the fish markets of the Bosphorus Strait and tea ceremonies in Shangri-La. Most tours cost between $3,000 and $4,500, and include guides, hotels, and most meals. wholejourneys.com 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.