The resurgence of urban life is prolific throughout America. Once dilapidated city buildings are being reconfigured, painted, polished and shined, resulting in uber-chic districts. Streets splayed from the heart of downtown unravel into cultural treasure-troves of trendy restaurants, exotic hotels, and unceasing activities. Los Angeles is no exception. Within a three-mile radius of Union Station,

Death Valley, California. The name is foreboding, with visions of bovine skeletons and snakes slithering between the chaparral. I am here to tell you it’s nothing like that. My neighbor, Lynn, and I decided to take a few days and check out this 3.3-million-acre national park. Sand dunes, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys, snow-covered peaks and

According to the Travel Industry Association of America, shopping and outdoor activities are the top two pastimes for domestic travelers. With this revelation, the entrepreneurial spirit of Southern Californians has combined the joy of shopping with the pleasure of the outdoors to create shopping tours. Each has its own offerings, but all include fun. So

Nestled between Huntington Beach and Seal Beach in Orange County lies Sunset Beach — a one-mile stretch of sand that epitomizes the California dreamin’ lifestyle of yesteryear. This small town — population 1,288 — has retained its charm by preserving its mom-and-pop restaurants, quaint B&Bs and locally hosted festivals. Read article here:  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-kick-off-your-summer-at-laidback-sunset-beach-2006may20-story.html

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must heed the clarion call to drop big bucks on something totally impractical. Such a time came for my husband and me a few weeks ago. We marshaled four buddies and flew to Napa Valley for lunch at the French Laundry Restaurant. Read article here:  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-high-life-is-waiting-in-napa-valley-2006apr16-story.html

Maybe you weren’t able to attend the Oscars in Hollywood this month, but you can still get a chance to see stars-in-the-making — and directors and producers — closer than you think. Film festivals have gained popularity through the years, and their numbers have grown way beyond Sundance and Cannes. The excitement of seeing might-be

Two hours north of San Diego lies the “enchanting Charm of Old China in Los Angeles.” The founding fathers of the Asian community made this proclamation on June 25, 1938, upon the grand opening of the Central Plaza in the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown. The Chinese were first recorded to be in Los Angeles in

In a time when “newfangled” is everywhere, it’s nice to break away and spend a day steeped in history. Santa Anita Race Track is such a place. This 71-year-old icon offers a respite from the “keep up with the Joneses” modern world. The ubiquitous “faux this” and “nouveau that” don’t exist in this simple playground

In the hazy distance off the Ventura County coast lies an archipelago, a conga line of five islands that is the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Born of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, today the Channel Islands play host to abundant marine life such as Sheep Head fish, Red Sea Urchins and

LURED BY THE OPULENT MOTOR-YACHTING SCENE, a San Diego businessman chartered a 115-foot Benetti for three weeks off Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Total cost: $305,000. “My wife and I have been going to the south of France for 20 years, and we would always see the luxury yachts,” says the businessman (who requested anonymity). “We said