By Melanie Haiken on April 2, 2011
Lately, loads of folks have been asking me for recommendations for the perfect spring break getaway for sun and surf. Well, I’ve got the answer: Santa Barbara.
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By Melanie Haiken on October 20, 2010
A garden gate lures at Tenaya Lodge Like many Californians, I love Yosemite but don’t visit very often, scared away by the hordes of tourists who can turn the valley floor into a giant big parking lot, albeit one with spectacular views. But there’s an easy way to enjoy Yosemite while at the same time [...]
By Melanie Haiken on August 21, 2010
Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a thing for swimming holes. My criteria are pretty standard: cold, clear, water, big sun-warmed rocks to spread yourself out on, the rushing sound of nearby rapids to soothe your mind. But there’s one more requirement that makes finding the perfect swimming hole more of a challenge. [...]