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January 28, 1996
Michael Krikorian's "Food Quest" in Berkeley (Weekend Escape, Jan. 21) missed one of the best, if not the best place to buy a grilled sausage in all of California. Top Dog. Located on Durant Avenue near the Pacific FIlm Archive, the Top Dog offers a wide range of dogs to choose from. When I think of a weekend escape to Berkeley, I'm thinking of a couple of Top Dogs and an interesting film at the Pacific Film Archive. CHRISTOPHER SCHAEFER Long Beach We recently visited Ripplewood Resort, Big Sur Library and Glen Oaks Restaurant after reading Judy Dugan's "Low-Cost Coast" (Weekend Escape, Sept.
April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
February 19, 1995 | SHERRY STERN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Stern is deputy editor of The Times' Calendar section. and
An especially murky week was winding down as I drove over the horizon and entered Ventura County. As if on command, the sun broke through the darkened sky, welcoming me not only into the county but into a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation. * With that midday embrace of sunshine, the freeway aggravation of a holiday weekend was quickly forgotten. Exiting the 101 about two hours north of my home in Orange County, I found the winding California 33 to be all charm.
April 4, 2014 | By Marc Stirdivant
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags; [805]
May 14, 1995 | MARK WATSON, Watson is a Santa Monica-based free-lance writer. and
A lake is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Baja California. If you think of water at all, the odds are it's the sea or a long cool drink down by the pool. Or maybe dying out in the desert due to a lack of it. Yet only 40 miles south of the border, tucked away high up in the Sierra de Juarez Mountains, lies Laguna Hanson--Baja California's only substantial freshwater lake. I'd heard about it, but I must admit I had my doubts.
March 5, 1995 | JIM SCHACHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Schachter is an editor for The Times' Business section. and
The first view of the Anza-Borrego Desert is dramatic in a way that seems almost impossibly stark to the city-dweller's eye. Sixty-two miles from the freeway, after the twists and hills of California 79 and San Diego County highways 2 and 22, you climb to a mountain pass and then, as the road drops beneath you at an 8% grade, there is the desert, all exposed granite boulders and iron-reddened cliffs, deep-blue sky and surprising green scrub--huge and silent and empty. Well, nearly empty.
January 22, 1995 | PATRICK MOTT, Mott is a Santa Ana-based writer
It's fairly safe to say that most humans have never seen a live polo match for one of the following reasons: 1) They don't know anyone personally who answers to "Your Royal Highness"; 2) They don't own jodhpurs and riding boots and don't carry a crop to breakfast; 3) They have nicknames like "Butch" instead of "Bitsy" or "Trip"; 4) They know how to hang out but have no idea how to hobnob; 5) They don't have a clue as to where the nearest polo field is.
April 16, 1995 | JIM HOLLANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Hollander is a Times copy editor
One of the biggest achievements in my life was getting my wife to admit that there is an alternative to camping in the Sierra. Not that sleeping under a canopy of royal sequoias isn't a near-religious experience. And I sure wouldn't want to ruffle John Muir's feathers. But after her first trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Leslie confided that her Northern California-bred instinct to turn up her nose at the sandy, arid environs of the state's southern half was shortsighted.
January 29, 1995 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER, Turan is The Times' film critic
If you don't need what Tassajara has to offer when first you think of going, by the time you reach its simple wooden gates and "Zen Mountain Center" sign, you certainly will. For this Zen Buddhist monastery sits at the dead-end bottom of a twisty hairpin dirt road, rutted and rocky, that winds for 14 unnerving miles through the Los Padres National Forest and the Ventana Wilderness, first pointing up to nearly 5,000 feet and then heading what feels perilously like straight down.
May 17, 2012
Memorial Day looms like a giant prize for the work-weary. But where to go? In the May 13 issue of the Travel section, we outlined seven weekend escapes that can give you a break from the tedium of the daily turmoil. We suggested getaways to Ventura , San Francisco , Del Mar , Portland , Ore., Las Vegas , Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage and San Juan Capistrano . Watch for a story on Arroyo Grande in this Sunday's print edition and online.
March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
You might know Claremont as that town with five liberal arts colleges and two graduate schools within its city limits. What you might not know is that it boasts a vibrant downtown, called Claremont Village, where more than 150 mom-and-pop restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and music venues create a relaxed atmosphere for all ages. If that weren't enticing enough, the Metrolink/Transit Center drops off passengers just a baseball toss away. The tab: A king bed at Casa 425 begins at $195.
March 21, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner
The village of San Simeon, just across Highway 1 from the sprawling 80,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the entrance to Hearst Castle, is an overlooked gem on California's Central Coast. Whether you stop for a wine tasting or spend the day sightseeing, kayaking, windsurfing or hiking, this sleepy hamlet offers plenty to do. The tab: $330, including meals and one night at the Pelican Inn & Suites in nearby Cambria. The bed I snagged a last-minute booking at the Pelican Inn & Suites for $159 (6316 Moonstone Beach Drive; [888]
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205,
March 7, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
My wife and I were in need of a bit of tranquillity in October, so we headed to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California for a weekend of standup paddle boarding. The coast's rugged beauty, flat-water rivers and scenic headlands honeycombed with sea caves and archways make it ideal for paddling on your own or on a guided tour with Standup Paddle Mendocino (Van Damme Beach State Park, Little River, Calif.; [707] 937-0700, . Guided tours $60 to $75)
February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
February 14, 2014 | By Susan Spano
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
May 21, 1995
Eureka! You have responded to pleas for affordable "Weekend Escapes." I applaud and thank you for making Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ("High Style, Low Desert," March 5) a weekend escape that I would definitely endorse. People who need a weekend escape don't need to spend a fortune to satisfy their need for relief from the drudgery of the office. Some of the trips have been so exorbitant they should have been billed as "weeklong escapes." Please continue to keep "Weekend Escapes" within a reasonable low budget--which doesn't always mean camping either.
January 25, 1998
I would like to take this opportunity to forward my compliments regarding the Travel Section. Every Sunday brings a new and exciting destination. However, there is one aspect of your endeavors that consistently frustrates myself and my friends: the Weekend Escapes. They are more than competently written, but I am dismayed by the choices of destination, primarily based on budget. I am in my late 20s, as are most of the people I know. Because of financial constraints, the few extra dollars that I do put aside for a weekend adventure are limited.
February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
If you're 25 or younger, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff, Ariz., walking distance to Northern Arizona University. The area is populated with people your age, an independent bookstore, an independent record store, restaurants and plenty of watering holes with cheap drinks. If you're older than 25, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff as a fun, inexpensive reminder of what it feels like to be a college student. Either way, you'll have a good time. The tab: Rooms at the Weatherford start at $75 and top out at about $139.
February 2, 2014 | By Katrina Woznicki
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
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