Girls' getaways: From desert to deluxe, adventure awaits

Courtesy of JW Marriott
With three pools and gondolas that travel the hotel’s waterways, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa provides the ideal backdrop for a girls’ getaway.

A friend of mine has been going through a made-for-television bad divorce. While talking with her one day, I recalled the “Sex and the City” movie where all the women hop on a plane and meet in Mexico for a great girls’ getaway – sitting in the hot sun, sipping mai tais and getting massages.


When tackling taxi trouble, just sit back and enjoy the ride

To park and fly or to go by taxi? – that was the question.

Either I could pay approximately $10 a day for long-term parking near Mineta San Jose International Airport and take a shuttle bus to the terminal or I could call a cab or airport coach – approximately $40 each way for the taxi.


Sausalito: Explore the historical city with world-class views

Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Sausalito offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. A number of companies schedule boat tours that sail past Angel Island and Alcatraz.

On a clear day, Sausalito offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, ideal for impressing out-of-town guests. The tourist vibe, however, may impede Bay Area residents from taking Sausalito seriously as a weekend getaway.

“I don’t think we have enough of a draw on social media,” said Teri Goldstein, owner of Travels with Teri ( walking tours in Sausalito and an international tour operator. “We have a bad reputation” because of the hordes of tourists getting off of tour buses “Blazing Saddles-style.”


Enchanting Carmel: A fairy-tale town fit for for Snow White

Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Some cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea resemble dollhouses. The town’s quaint shops and meandering passageways evoke the delights of an English village.

Like most popular sites, Carmel-by-the-Sea presents a tale of two cities: the expensive, flashy and booked-up hot spot versus the low-key, fairy-tale village.

Ocean Avenue and its satellite streets deliver the shiny shops and trendy trattorias, like lively Dametra Cafe at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Street, with long lines out the door.


New Tahoe resort offers five-star experience, with views

Courtesy of The Landing Resort & Spa
The Landing Resort & Spa in Lake Tahoe boasts guest roomswith fireplaces, flat-screen televisions and panoramic views of the lake.

The Landing Resort & Spa debuted with a big splash on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

The recent grand opening of the five-star, 88-room boutique hotel, restaurant, spa and conference center drew a crowd of celebrities that included model Heidi Klum and singer Babyface Edmonds.


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