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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 — and even for luxury touring in Chile.

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Road Trip Books and TripsSummer 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 great trip even if you’re working with a small budget. And what’s better than a great read to accompany your days on the road? We’ve taken three recently released travelogues and paired them with a relevant road trip, so you can explore America from the comfort of your favorite chair, the driver’s seat, or both. Read more

View from Rooftop of The Shangri-La Hotel in Santa MonicaLos 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 of everything, from eclectic dining (such as The Misfit for a terrific small-plate menu and neighborhood happy hour ambiance) and shopping (along the pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade and in the new Santa Monica Place mall with its rooftop dining deck) to walking/jogging/biking (on the paved beachfront path that runs to neighboring Venice Beach) and even kitschy fun on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel (at Pacific Park atop the historic Santa Monica Pier, shown above at left). Plus, the sunsets from the cliff-top park that spans Ocean Avenue are always spectacular. I recently toured four hotels in Santa Monica, each offering a very different style and all worthy of a stay during your next visit.

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