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Brown leaves and gray skies may have inspired the ‘60s classic “California Dreaming,” but flowering hillsides and blue skies will be on tap during a springtime visit. And there’s no better way to appreciate the Golden State’s scenic beauty than with an exhilarating seven-day drive down the Pacific Coast... Read More

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Any magazine will tell you, luxury pampering is out. Prevention is in. My only problem with this healthy-sounding shift in spa philosophy? Lots of spas that are really great at the former are kind of feigning competence in the latter. The truth is, the number of spas that can... Read More

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A 4,000-acre playground for nature lovers, Morro Bay State Park lets patrons enjoy its undeveloped estuaries and hiking trails day and night. Take advantage of the 3-night, Spring Break Family Escape package at the Inn at Morro Bay, located right on the lush grounds of this state-appointed nature preserve.... Read More

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Mention Sonoma County, California to anyone and chances are they’ll immediately conjure up images of charming vineyards set amid gently rolling hills in the countryside – sheer bliss for wine enthusiasts and romantics. But, why daydream about this alluring destination when you can experience it first-hand without losing your... Read More

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Now that winter’s chill has lost its luster, warm up in the Golden State at one of gay-owned and managed Joie de Vivre’s eclectic, individually styled properties. With three new promotions, keeping it in the family definitely has its benefits. Book a “Third Night Free” from now until May... Read More

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The Luxury When golf great Jack Nicklaus deemed Pebble Beach’s oceanfront fairways along the rocky Monterey Coast “possibly the best in the world,” he meant it. Built in 1919, the legendary course completed a decade-long conditioning project this summer, led by Nicklaus’s former rival, Arnold Palmer – just in... Read More

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Giving yourself an early present this holiday season shouldn’t be too difficult with Hyatt’s 24-hour, 40 percent off sale at 19 of its upscale resorts. Rooms at these mostly 4-Diamond/4-Star properties start at $83/night and are in top destinations like Hawaii, Florida, Texas, California, and the Caribbean. This offer is... Read More

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Fly Virgin America from as little as $39 each way and see why this budget airline has been receiving high marks from air travelers. Each aircraft boasts mood lighting, personal entertainment, WiFi, and comfy leather seats. The latest sale includes short haul flights like San Francisco to San Diego... Read More

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California’s Golden Gate State Park encompasses 59 square miles of dense forests and gorgeous mountain peaks in the scenic San Francisco Bay Area. At the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge near Sausalito, guests enjoy access to over 80,000 acres of diverse outdoor terrain. Escape for day hikes and mountain biking... Read More

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SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Opened in May, the surfer-chic Shorebreak Hotel capitalizes on the recent rebranding of Huntington Beach, California, as Surf City U.S.A. It offers a hip and sophisticated take on Orange County culture with plush oceanview rooms, courtyard fire pits around which s’mores and cocktails are served, and... Read More

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Spa treatments are no longer limited to the confines of a dimly-lit treatment room. These days you can have your massage alfresco, in and under water, and, now, aboard a Venetian gondola floating in the waters off San Diego’s Coronado Bay. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort introduces Voga Voyage... Read More

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Each fall, there’s a whole lot of hoopla over scenic cruises along the coast of New England, however voyages in the Pacific Northwest can be just as dramatic – and often significantly cheaper than East Coast sailings. In addition, cruises along the West Coast visit ports in California as... Read More

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Best Beaches in the U.S. for Remote, Secluded Escapes
iStock InternationalSeashells may be all you share the sand with at these secluded U.S. beaches

Seeking out sun, surf, and sand is an easy enough task, but is it possible to stir seclusion into the mix, too? Our editors say “shore”! We’ve dug deep into our arsenal of secret sands to present our top picks for secluded U.S. beaches, where quiet coasts invite in-the-know... Read More

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The city of Long Beach, California celebrated the debut of the Carnival Splendor’s 7-night itineraries to the Mexican Riviera, further establishing the cruise line’s presence on the West Coast and creating an estimated $14 million for the city of Long Beach. The 3,006-passenger ship is Carnival’s newest, and will... Read More

iStock InternationalTake couples therapy to a whole new level at these romantic spas

By: Maryann Hammers Most spas tout the “three R’s:” relaxation, rejuvenation, and renewal. But we’ve rounded up a global list that embraces a fourth “R” – romance. Aromatic mineral pools and private, candlelit, seaside massage terraces are just a few of the perks found in our favorite romantic spas. But... Read More