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August 15, 2004

California: Desert barbecue

Tootie's Texas Barbecue, 68-703 Perez Road, Suite A1, Cathedral City 92234; (760) 202-6963, "This upscale barbecue features meats that have been slow-cooked for up to 17 hours. They'll put your barbecue on a jalapeno cheese bun, a plain white bun, or on corn or flour tortillas. Portions are generous and prices reasonable. Owners Willard Sterling and Steve Vinson are native Texans." Entrees range from $6.25 to $11.95.

Nina Murphy

Redondo Beach

Montana: Natural high

Blue Sky Cabins, HC50 Box 4483, Red Lodge 59068; (406) 446-0186, "Secluded location and spectacular views at these luxury cabins in the middle of the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges. The full kitchen comes stocked with breakfast food, and there's lots to do year round." Cabins from $180 a night.

Shirley Kaub

Thousand Oaks

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