Past Stories

Glen Ivy, Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Why You Must Go: Glen Ivy is known for its mineral hot springs, but it’s the mud, man. The mud. You will feel like you’re slathering cat poo on yourself at first, but keep remembering it’s detoxifying red clay—again, no...


Coronado Island, Hotel del Coronado

Why You Must Go: Culture, culture, culture. In a state that doesn’t have too many buildings that’ve hit the century mark in age, the Hotel del Coronado is a jewel. The Victorian-era seaside resort is still glorious after 12...


Borrego Springs, the Borrego Springs Resort and Country Club

Why you must go: If you’re seeking an escape from the typical fanfare surrounding most vacation destinations and you’re temperature tempered (we arrived on the Summer Solstice at a sprightly 118 degrees in the afternoon), B...



Big Bear, Stargazers Inn

Why You Must Go: It’s usually 20 degrees cooler in Big Bear than the rest of the Inland Empire. Enough said. But beyond that climate glory, Stargazers Inn is an inimitable Bed & Breakfast that has an observatory in the&he...


29 Palms Inn, Twentynine Palms

Why You Must Go: 29 Palms Inn sits nestled just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. Since it opened in 1928, the same family has run this hidden gem in the desert, and they’ve managed to keep the look and…


Wuksachi Lodge, Sequoia National Park

Why You Must Go: The 102-room Wuksachi Lodge is open year-round and is located just two miles from Lodgepole Campground and the beautiful Kaweah River. It is especially family-friendly, with huge rooms and enough bedding to acc...



Crowne Plaza Resort, Ventura

Why You Must Go: Besides being a bit away from the harangue of large crowds at area beach communities, just getting to Ventura is half the fun! A short ride on the Metrolink connecting to Amtrak will get you to…


Santa Barbara, Inn of the Spanish Garden

Why You Must Go: The Spanish Garden Inn just purrs relaxation and romance. From the deep water soaking bathtubs to the early evening wine bar, the colonial setting is perfect for a one-night getaway or a weekend to rekindle the...


Orchid Inn, San Simeon

Why You Must Go: William Randolph Hearst knew something about vast open spaces and the importance of sea air, and San Simeon has both. Essentially bordering the sprawling 40,000-acre expanse of Hearst’s estate, zebras can be ...



Salton Sea

Why you must go: Though it was the prime destination pick of Angelino vacationers just after World War II and well into the 1970s, with boating, hotels, fishing and marina clubs, the Salton Sea has all but a tarnished, near-vac...


Long Beach, The Queen Mary

Why You Must Go: The novelty of staying on a luxury passenger liner turned troopship turned hotel is reason enough to hop in the car and head west to Long Beach. The room windows are portholes, and this ship is…


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Palm Springs, The Springs of Palm Springs

Why You Must Go: Looking to get away from the crowds, yet still enjoy boutique shopping, great restaurants and vibrant nightlife? Then The Springs is your place! Summer months in Palm Springs afford lower rates and the opportun...



Las Vegas, Palms Resort Casino

Why You Must Go: Palms Resort Casino is not probably but definitely the hippest, coolest, most happening hotel among any that you’d find on the Strip. Opened in 2001 as the brainchild of the Maloof brothers (owners of the Sac...


Ojai, Ojai Cottage

Why You Must Go: Rustic and charming Ojai Cottage is located just minutes (and exactly one mile) outside of downtown Ojai, surrounded and secluded from peering eyes by majestic oaks. This 1930s stone cottage is a throwback to n...


A Week in the OC

Sure, you’ve visited Orange County. But if you’re like me, you always couch surf or make the drive back home on the 55 freeway after a long day of surf and sand. But what about spending a weekend, or a…



Oceanside, Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort

Why You Must Go: Imagine waking each morning to the smell of clean salty sea air and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore, watching as a lazy fog unfolds to reveal the vast Pacific . . .…


Riverside, Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Why You Must Go: You can easily spend three days inside the walls of this Euro-centric hotel without losing your ass at the gas pump! It beats dealing with subpar airline food and three-hour layovers any sweltering Inland day. ...


Desert Hot Springs, Miracle Springs Resort and Spa

Why you must go: You like pools, you love spa therapies, you long to relax, you’re all about great dining and service, but you don’t want big city distractions and you definitely don’t want to pay an arm and a…