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Big Sur/Tyra Sutak

With an epic super bloom currently painting the hillsides and roadsides of the coast of California, and the official first day of summer just around the corner, it’s time to channel your inner Jack Kerouac and start planning that road trip up the West Coast. But tackling the nearly... Read More

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Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More

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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California
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From Washington to California, the west coast of the United States is chock full of road trip opportunities, including journeys that cross state and country borders, meander up and down the coastline, bypass mountains and lakes, and offer endless opportunities to stop the car and enjoy. Here are five... Read More

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/Flickr/Nathan Yergler

The region of Big Sur stretches for about 60 miles along California’s rugged Central Coast, where ancient redwood trees reach for the sky, the road wiggles along the edge of the ocean, and from June to October, migrating whales can be spotted offshore. Though the area is best known... Read More

Guestroom at Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur, California
Guestroom/Ventana Inn and Spa

Set on 240 acres in the 240,000-acre Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest in Big Sur, California, the Ventana Inn and Spa, knows how to play to its strengths — specifically, its spectacular position along one of the most beautiful stretches of the California coast. Tucked into the hills... Read More

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Big Sur International Marathon
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Whether you’re a veteran or novice runner, lacing up your shoes for a destination 5k is a great way to tackle your wanderlust as well as your fitness goals — and it helps you stay healthy while you explore a new locale, too. With this shorter distance, enthusiasts and... Read More

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Big Sur

[Updated September 2016] Big Sur isn’t typically synonymous with “budget travel,” but if you’re heading to the dramatic bluffs and funky beach towns in the area, you don’t necessarily have to worry about breaking the bank to do it. By getting a bit creative with where you stay and how... Read More

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iStock InternationalFew can resist the lure of road trips once summer rolls around

By: Becca Bergman With summer around the corner, the open road beckons. In that spirit, we present our favorite American road trips from coast to coast. Some are well-known destinations and others are off the beaten path. Several are steeped in history, while a few pursue remote, wild beauty. Best... Read More

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Ventana Inn and Spa

SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury The elegant digs at the Ventana Inn and Spa grant a lavish retreat seamlessly integrated into 243 private acres of redwoods and craggy cliffs, with ocean views. Visitors can soak under the stars in Japanese hot baths, rejuvenate at the spa, savor locally sourced meals at... Read More

Resort at Paws UpCamping trips at Montana’s Resort at Paws Up factor refinement into rusticity

By: Becca Bergman and J. Gabriel Boylan Luxurious digs in the woods are nothing new, but lately tricked-out yurts and deluxe canvas tents have popped up all over North America and Western Europe.  Some take it over-the-top (fireside butler, anyone?) while others go relatively bare-bones. All emphasize getting close to... Read More