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February 21, 2010
CALIFORNIA Hilly haven The 19th century hunting retreat up in the hills north of Healdsburg offers stunning views, luxurious lodge rooms and cottages, sumptuous breakfasts, and extremely kind and accommodating innkeepers. Old Crocker Inn, 1126 Old Crocker Inn Road, Cloverdale; (800) 716-2007, www.oldcrockerinn.com. Doubles from $130. Dawn Seltzer Glendale
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HOME & GARDEN
February 23, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
A Palm Springs estate built in 1977 for Oscar-winning actor William Holden has come on the market at $5.5 million. Sitting on 2.5 acres in the gated Southridge neighborhood, the 8,000-square-foot desert retreat has mountain and city light views, custom-carved double entry doors, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a master bedroom suite with dual fireplaces, a 36-foot-long walk-in closet, a TV area, a sunken terrazzo spa tub and an...
TRAVEL
September 4, 2011 | By Anne Hurley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Betty MacDonald Farm is still everything its first owner described in her memoir "Onions in the Stew": a beautiful retreat with a breathtaking view of Puget Sound, lush fruit trees and bald eagles nesting just outside the windows. The farm in the 1940s and '50s was the ideal spot for MacDonald to raise two daughters while cranking out bestselling books that detailed, with a contemporary comedic sense, every step, and misstep, that led her here. Happily for the legion of MacDonald fans - and for nature lovers visiting nearby Seattle - the farm and its grounds are largely as she and her second husband, Don, left it when they moved to Carmel in the 1950s.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2009 | Roger Vincent
Shamed by images of wealthy corporateers cavorting at the expense of ordinary people, U.S. companies canceled an estimated $1 billion worth of conferences in the first two months of this year and trimmed back on others. Hoteliers are calling it "the AIG effect," after the insurance company that took a public drubbing for spending freely on corporate perks despite its financial turmoil.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Tassajara Mountain Zen Center lies at the end of a 14-mile drive down a dirt track near a Central California town few people know  (Jamesburg). And that's the point: The remote inland setting in the Santa Lucia Mountains about 25 miles south of Big Sur provides an ideal  place to shut out the daily grind and unplug. When monks aren't being trained at the center, which was founded in 1967, Tassajara opens its doors each year to vacationers and guests. Last year 5,200 people came to engage in a retreat, meditate, do yoga, go hiking in the surrounding Ventana Wilderness, dip in the nearby hot springs, eat at the center's  vegetarian kitchen and reconnect with nature and themselves.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Police quashed a demonstration Wednesday at Inglewood High School after hundreds of students attempted to walk out of their classrooms in protest of school administrators, authorities said. Dozens of officers responded to a disturbance call from the school at 231 S. Grevillea Ave. about 1 p.m., Inglewood Police Lt. Jacqueline Layne said. KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported the students were upset over a news report that the financially troubled Inglewood Unified School District recently sent principals and administrators to a retreat at a luxury hotel in La Jolla at a cost of more than $38,000.
SPORTS
June 11, 1988
Isn't it about time the Singing Cowboy instructed his Anaheim Stadium organist to start playing "Retreat" instead of "Charge?" LEAH WILSON San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1985
I can't help but believe that the voters of Los Angeles made the correct choice on Proposition 1. It became particularly evident when one reads comments from Chief Daryl F. Gates, which were phoned in from the "retreat for high ranking officers of the Police Department" in Oxnard. I'll just bet, even without looking, who paid for this retreat. What a good and useful way to spend tax money. HARVEY PULLIAM-KRAGER South Pasadena
NATIONAL
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Anyone needing a break from all those speeches and protests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can find solace through some riverside meditation and yoga. Meditate '08 is a six-day retreat on the banks of the South Platte River coinciding with the convention. Its organizers aim to give delegates, candidates, demonstrators and locals a chance to reconnect with their inner selves. Even though some might think the idea "trippy," retreat co-chair Don Morreale said that it would counter "angry energy" emanating from protests.
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