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Durango, Colorado Tops the ‘Charm per Square Inch’ Scale
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Durango, Colorado Tops the ‘Charm per Square Inch’ Scale

By Galen Patterson Durango rests in the southern Rockies like a beautiful, vibrantly-colored piece of coral in a reef. All roads leading into it run through valleys surrounded by the exquisitely carved mountains of the San Juan Range, just on the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Western Colorado has such a distinct geography…

Classic Cars and Ocean-Front Luxury in Oxnard
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Classic Cars and Ocean-Front Luxury in Oxnard

By Greg Aragon California is full of hidden gems. One of my favorites is the seaside town of Oxnard, where lonely beaches give way to island vistas, while small town charm mixes with gourmet restaurants, fascinating museums and one of Southern California’s most beautiful resort hotels. The hotel is the luxurious Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel &…

Living it up in Lodi, California
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Living it up in Lodi, California

By Greg Aragon Besides being one of California’s most productive wine producing regions, Lodi is also full of natural beauty, charm and history. I recently spent a couple days in town and I already can’t wait to return for more. My getaway began when a friend and I took the 5 Freeway north from Pasadena…

Dusseldorf: Dazzling and Delightful
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Dusseldorf: Dazzling and Delightful

By Greg Aragon Germany is well known for popular tourist destinations such as Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne. But as I recently discovered, there is a fascinating city on the Rhine River that can hold its own among the country’s best travel spots. The city is Düsseldorf, a place where ancient history and postmodern…

One of America’s Hidden Gems: The Navajo Reservation
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One of America’s Hidden Gems: The Navajo Reservation

By Galen Patterson A few opening lines of “Moby Dick” read: “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet, and especially whenever my hypos get…

Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage
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Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage

By Greg Aragon  Did you know there is an historic and lavish presidential retreat just outside of Palm Springs, in the small desert town of Rancho Mirage? If you didn’t know about this, then you are not alone. Until my last visit to the area, I had never heard of it either. But this all changed…

Cayucos by-the-Sea Welcomes Spring with Sea Glass Festival
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Cayucos by-the-Sea Welcomes Spring with Sea Glass Festival

By Greg Aragon California’s majestic Central Coast is speckled with hidden gems lining the Pacific Ocean and none shine brighter than the tiny town of Cayucos by-the-Sea. This is especially true in spring, when the temperature rises, flowers blossom along the hillsides and the city hosts its annual Sea Glass Festival. Located off California Highway 1, halfway between…

Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island
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Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island

By Greg Aragon Catalina is not just an island paradise; it’s a very close island paradise, which makes it a perfect day or weekend getaway for Southern California residents. In fact, at only 24 miles across the sea from Long Beach, the place can be reached by boat in one hour. With this in mind, a friend and…

My Favorite Getaways of 2017
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My Favorite Getaways of 2017

By Greg Aragon The year 2018 is upon us and that means it’s time to look ahead to new and exciting adventures for Greg’s Getaway. But before I do this, I would like to look back on 2017 and a few of my favorite California getaways from the past year. After reviewing my map and hundreds of…

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