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Rosenthal Malibu Estate Wines - a new Malibu, California winery
Rosenthal Malibu Estate Wines

Move over, celebrity homes and blissful beaches. These days, Malibu is angling to get wine drinkers and foodies into their parts of town. Just 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, it’s home to California’s newest and least-known wine region, already nabbing national awards and garnering the attention of wine... Read More

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Quiet Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, Southern California
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Southern California has no shortage of umbrella-studded white sand beaches and bustling boardwalks. But if you’re looking for something a little more rugged and secluded, these beaches strung along Pacific Coast Highway make great picnic spots — and you could argue that the oceanside drive along the California Highway 1... Read More

Miraval Arizona 2

What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert... Read More

Take a minute and ask yourself which of the following two activities you did on your most recent trip: checked out a new art exhibit, or went shopping at the mall? I’m embarrassed to admit the latter. Not that I go out of my way to find the malls... Read More

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Road Trip Books and Trips

Summer and fall are the best seasons to pick up a good book and hit the open road. Whether you’re in search of quirky roadside attractions, on the hunt for the best leaf peeping locales, or are just looking to get away for a weekend, road trips offer a... Read More

View from Rooftop of The Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica

Los Angeles is such a sprawling patchwork of neighborhoods – from haute Beverly Hills to shabby-chic Venice Beach – that choosing where to stay during a leisure visit can be a bit perplexing. I like to suggest that couples consider Santa Monica, a beachside community that offers a bit... Read More

Hotel del CoronadoHotel del Coronado in San Diego dates to 1888

History buffs rejoice: these 10 historic American hotels offer a lot more than just a place to rest your head. Retrace the steps of storied guests at resorts counting Hollywood celebs, U.S. presidents, and international royalty on their lengthy rosters of legendary one-time lodgers. Or, opt to admire some... Read More