November 18, 2011 |
The Cuyama Valley is just 30 miles northeast of Santa Barbara and two hours from downtown Los Angeles, but it's a world of its own, rimmed by stark, rugged mountains, sparsely populated and little known. At the extreme southern end of the valley, the location where Cuyama Orchards grows apples is particularly remote, surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest, with only bobcats and bears as neighbors; it has no telephone lines or cellphone reception, and when it rains hard, the adjacent Cuyama River floods the only incoming road for a week or more.
October 29, 2011
Hilo is quiet and green and close to the volcanoes. A great place to stay is a house called the Zen Hideaway, at www.vrbo.com. It can sleep as many as six and is beautifully furnished. It's in the country and quiet, but you can walk to downtown Hilo. Zen Hideaway, (877) 849-8986, www.vrbo.com/213980 . One to four guests, $179 a night (with a five-night minimum). $1,250 a week. $195 a night for a four-night stay. Kent Webster Newbury Park
May 22, 2011 |
Lush greenery and water features make this contemporary home in upper Laurel Canyon a tranquil hideaway with an indoor-outdoor flow that invites outdoor entertaining. The two-bedroom home, near the Mulholland Tennis Club, features custom interior finishes and doors that open from nearly every room to either the enclosed front courtyard or the private backyard with saltwater pool. The house, built in 1960, is owned by James White Jr., a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer whose cover shots can be seen in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and GQ. Neighborhood residents include many in the entertainment industry and other professionals.
May 6, 2011 |
Brazilian-born leading man Rodrigo Santoro splits his time between Hollywood and Rio but certainly gets the best from our city whenever he's in town. Following breakout turns in "Love Actually" and "Charlie's Angels II," Santoro has appeared in TV's "Lost" and Steven Soderbergh's two-part epic "Che," and plays the lead in "There Be Dragons," which opens nationwide today. We dare you not to swoon as he describes the perfect date, gives a harmonica lesson and tips us off to his casual haunts.
May 2, 2011 |
For years, U.S. intelligence officials speculated that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in the nether regions of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. You might imagine remote caves, badlands and jagged rocks. But Abbottabad , in northern Pakistan, where a U.S. special forces team killed Bin Laden early Monday, is more getaway town and less rugged hideout. Situated at an elevation of about 4,100 feet, Abbottabad is a popular summer destination in Pakistan. The town, north of Islamabad and east of Peshawar, experiences cool summers, a major plus in a country where temperatures in some areas routinely exceed 100 degrees in the summer.
March 6, 2011 |
When French travel writer Pierre Loti took an ox cart to Angkor shortly after Westerners rediscovered it in the 19th century, he found creeper-choked ruins and the profound silence of the Cambodian jungle. Siem Reap, population 100,000, now at its threshold, has scores of fancy resort hotels, a pub street, a new branch of the national museum and an international airport where millions of tourists arrive every year to see the fabled temples of Angkor. The Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Southeast Asia from 800 to 1400, built monuments all over Cambodia, but the rigors of getting to them, many in rough territory ringed by land mines left after Cambodia's long civil war, kept many travelers away.