Central Coast, California

From rolling green hills planted with vineyards to Mediterranean-style beaches, California’s Central Coast offers a tranquil escape seeped in history. Tour Missions, castles and vintage early California towns, then pause to savor the agricultural bounty of the region.

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The West’s Best Polar Express Trips

It is already magical when you have the opportunity to travel aboard one of the West’s historic rails with steam locomotives tracing some of the nation’s most beautiful scenic valleys and mountain ridges.  Combine such a journey with a holiday tradition that makes little ones wide-eyed and you have pure holiday magic. Just hop aboard an iconic train for a …

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Soar (backwards) over Snowy Big Bear

Skiers and snowboarders at Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, may or may not be in for the record snowfalls, but that’s not a problem. Although the most recent storm dropped a respectable amount of snow, the $12 million investment in snowmaking equipment a few years ago guarantees snow buffs non-stop powdery fun all winter. New thrills …

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Lots to Love in Lompoc

For wine-lovers like me, Lompoc’s stellar location – at the base of the award-winning Santa Rita Hills wine region – makes it a perfect base of operations for wine tasting. I arrived on a recent weekend, checked into the year-old Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc – a wine-country chic new-build and home to one of the area’s newest farm-to-table gourmet restaurants …

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