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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...

Perfect Getaway: The Eastern Sierra

Colorful scenery, culinary excursions, and Old West adventures await

Mark the change of seasons with a drive along the Eastern Sierra, where U.S. 395 threads a colorful path through vibrant autumn scenery. The 230-mile roadway through Inyo and Mono counties is flanked by stands of aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees in hues of gold, orange, and red until the end of October. Designated a state scenic highway, the route passes along the charming cities of Bishop, Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes, and Bridgeport, and the eastern side of Yosemite National Park. Pack your binoculars and be prepared for challenging mountain trails to reach some breathtaking views. 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...

Perfect Getaway: Ventura

Uncrowded shores, waterfront dining, and a busy late-summer calendar

In-the-know beach lovers sneak up to Ventura for its sandy expanses, Victorian-era charm, and easy access to Channel Islands National Park. You’ll find the local late-summer calendar packed with events. The county fair, which runs through Aug. 10, offers a bacchanal of funnel cake, fireworks, and free concerts by the Barenaked Ladies and the Beach Boys. Catch “Who’s Minding the Store?,” an exhibit that examines the role of immigrant grocers, before it closes at month’s end at the Museum of Ventura County. 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...

The Irvine Connection: James Irvine and the Redwoods

Learn how James II’s tree-hugging efforts in the 1940s were rewarded

Among the network of paths at Prairie Creek is the James Irvine Trail, named for the founder of The Irvine Company. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, James Irvine II (1867-1947) relocated to the family ranch in Orange County, but kept his ties with Northern California. He joined the Save the Redwoods League in 1921 and remained a $2-a-year member for 23 years. A $15,000 donation to the league established a grove of redwoods that bears his name, and he provided an additional $85,000 to help the league purchase more of the ancient forest from timber companies. 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...

Perfect Getaway: Santa Barbara

Give your car a vacation, too, and explore the pedestrian-friendly city

Just being outdoors is a pleasure in breezy, scenic Santa Barbara, where every vista includes the shimmering Pacific or the golden faces of the Santa Ynez Mountains. With Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner delivering passengers near the heart of town, it’s easy to leave your wheels behind for an adventure on foot. 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...
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Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

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Editor's Letter, October 2013

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