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Magic in Moss Landing

Magic in Moss Landing

A surprisingly perfect staycation spot

Viewers of Anthony Bourdain’s new show “The Layover,” which features the famed, foul-mouthed chef making the most of cities in just 24 hours, know it can be tough to get the true feel of a place in such a short time. But it’s not impossible … And it certainly helps when the locale in question is, say, the tiny fishing hamlet of Moss Landing instead of Rome or New York City.

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Harbin Hot Springs

Harbin Hot Springs

Soak your way to serenity at this natural retreat center
There’s a getaway, and then there’s a getaway. The kind where you find yourself totally unplugged, cell phoneless, surrounded by beauteous nature, and getting a little closer to a place of pure calm. This is the type of getaway you can expect with a visit to Harbin Hot Springs.

Located way up in the middle of nowhere (also known as Lake County, Calif.), Harbin was, once upon a time, a gathering place for Native Americans, and then became Lake County’s first resort when it opened as a developed destination in the 1860s. Harbin as it is today—a nonprofit retreat center run by the Heart Consciousness Church—was founded in 1975.

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A Rejuvenating and Breathtaking Experience

A Rejuvenating and Breathtaking ExperienceMost of us are consumed by our busy lives. Think about it. We’re either working extended hours stoking the fires of our careers, raising a family, maintaining a relationship or lost in a whirl of social media madness. (Yes, I think we’ve all caught on by now that our “relationship” to social media is just downright tiring. Who can keep up?)

Which is why I relished the refreshing surprises that awaited me during a recent stay at Monterey’s Portola Hotel & Spa. I had lived in Monterey for a time years ago and I was always curious about what it would be like to stay at this portal. Now that I live in Santa Cruz, I decided it could be an ideal destination for a Staycation.

And it was.

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Charming Channel Road Inn

Charming Channel Road Inn

It’s called “A Santa Monica Retreat By The Sea,” and for good reason. The Channel Road Inn, right off Highway 1, in the Rustic Canyon area of Santa Monica is a gem of a bed and breakfast. If you’re going to the Los Angeles area, and you’re looking for high-end service and accommodations, without a severe price tag, then the Channel Road Inn is exactly where you want to stay. It’s quite possible that this charming inn is located in the best possible place in all of the Los Angeles area. At one side of the inn sits an ocean view, with a two-minute walk to the beach and the well-known bike path. To the other side is a drive through Rustic Canyon, a beautiful area laced with luxurious but original homes, windy roads, sweeping vistas, and the Will Rogers State Park practically in the backyard. And in addition, commerce at Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, and the famous 4th Avenue stairs are just around the bend. This is a centrally located inn whose location is exceptional.

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Sand Rock Farm

Sand Rock FarmHistory and charm await at Aptos’ bed and breakfast gem
Just off Highway 1 on Freedom Boulevard, the Historic Sand Rock Farm bed and breakfast is the ideal staycation getaway: close to home but, nestled on 10 gorgeous tree-filled acres, remote enough to feel like an escape. For visitors to the area, the South County inn has a convenient location between Monterey and Santa Cruz.

More than 100 years old (the original cottage was built in 1887), the house retains an old-fashioned farmhouse feel, with cozy common areas and roomy, charming suites. Proprietor Kris Sheehan was sure to embrace the house’s original features when she bought and renovated it in the late ’90s. Managing to capture its antique allure while polishing it with top accommodations, Sheehan opened Sand Rock Farm for business in 2001.

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North Coast Country Inn

North Coast Country Inn

Try a secret getaway in Gualala
What’s one sure way to enjoy a breather from town and all the usual suspects? Head to a place you’ve never heard of before. Better yet, head to a place you can’t even pronounce upon first (or second) try. When you want to trade in Santa Cruz’s bustling beaches for an untouched oceanfront view, and you want an alternative to the usual Big Sur minimalist camping trip, it pays to venture into the unknown.

The “lost jewel in the crown” of Mendocino County, Gualala (say it aloud as “wa-LA-la”) churned out one surprise retreat when I recently made my way to the North Coast Country Inn located in the more remote part of the Pacific Coast Highway. How remote? Gualala hosts a population less than 2,000, lies just below Point Arena on the map, and is about four hours from Santa Cruz. Most people are used to taking Highway 128 to drive around it, missing this pristine spot off the beaten track.

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Get Immobile at RiverPointe

Get Immobile at RiverPointe

How one Napa stay is giving mobile homes a good name
A visit to a region of world-class wine and indulgence doesn’t have to mean stuffy hotels with cramped elevators and fancy rooms packed as tightly as a patron’s overly chic set of Versace luggage. Enter the RiverPointe Napa Valley. Transforming small mobile homes into quaint cottage-style getaways with private wooden decks nestled along the Napa River, RiverPointe has taken a unique approach to pampered living. And it works.

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A Weekend in Wine Country

A Weekend in Wine Country

A luxurious and tasty stay in Paso Robles
I’ve been on a red wine kick lately (and if you aren’t, also, I recommend picking up the habit). I’m also always on the lookout for easy weekend getaways—and considering my recent wine fetish, where better to visit than Paso Robles, Calif., where the wine flows like water? Centrally located between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the sleepy Old Western style town has a booming wine industry that’s giving Napa a run for its money. So, armed with an extraordinarily low wine I.Q. but some eager taste buds, I headed to Paso (as the locals call it) for a wine country staycation.

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Light Humor

College comedy questions a post-racial America in ‘Dear White People’
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What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

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