Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel News this Month

Weekenders, accommodations, renovations, and more



Published:

7 Reasons to
Ski Utah
this Month

skier

1 It takes less than 12 hours to drive there from San Diego. Really! Google Map it. Just a smidge farther than driving to Tahoe.

2 Once you arrive, there are 14 serious Alpine ski resorts within a few hours’ drive from one another. Nowhere in CA comes close to that.

3 Utah’s snow is especially dry because of the state’s land-locked location (no damp coastal weather). The result? A reputation for having the best powder in the world.  

4 The mountains around Salt Lake City get an average of 500 inches of snow every year, compared to about 450 inches in Whistler Blackcomb and around 400 in Mammoth.

5 Salt Lake City’s Super Pass lets you shuttle back and forth from four major resorts for free—no rental car or parking hassles in sight.

6 There’s a new $2 billion mall called City Creek Center. Non-skiers can only get so many massages.

7 Heli-skiing is huge in Utah. It’s pricey ($1,000+ for six or seven runs) but also pricelessly of-the-moment. If you have a few buddies, book your own bird (helicopter) and a guide and spend the day finding secret powder stashes along the Wasatch mountain range.

Sources: skiutah.com, 50states.com

Miramonte Resort & Spa

Also nearby...

At legendary La Quinta Resort (Clark Gable and Greta Garbo hobnobbed here), rooms are $135 a night for CA residents, through January 10 (laquintaresort.com; two-night stay required).

Winter Weekender

Post-Holiday Pampering

This month, Indian Wells’ bougainvillea-clad Miramonte Resort & Spa (pictured above) is rolling out a line of personalized “choose your own adventure”-style spa treatments, including the luxurious diamond facial. Yes, it has trace elements of precious stones! Newly decorated guest rooms feature plush beds and calming earth tones (miramonteresort.com). While you’re in town, nourish your mind as well as your body at the Desert Town Hall lecture series featuring hotshot editrix Tina Brown. Beginning January 29, other speakers include CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta; former Florida governor Jeb Bush; and General Stanley McChrystal. deserttownhall.org // Casey Hatfield

 

Camping in a hotel roomAlt Accommodations

Camping… at the Ritz?

For kids who prefer to rough it but are forced to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, here’s your solution: Hotel staffers will remove your bed or roll-away and replace it with a tent, s’mores kit, a book on the Sonoran Desert, and a desert tortoise stuffed animal. Ask about In-Room Camping as well as the Junior Rangers program. ritzcarlton.com

 

Granada Hotel & BistroRenovation

“SLO” NEWS

Going wine tasting or visiting the Cal Poly campus, but don’t want to stay at the Apple Farm Inn? We don’t blame you. Now downtown has its first luxury boutique hotel and rooftop lounge at the Granada Hotel & Bistro, which just underwent a $5 million reno. Enjoy the 1920s exposed brick and sunlit balconies, plus take advantage of perks like complimentary bike rentals. granadahotelandbistro.com

5,557

Miles to Tokyo on the new Japan Airlines direct flight—the longest distance you can fly from SAN (second farthest is the London-Heathrow flight: 5,485 miles).

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Tijuana's Cross Border Xpress is Now Open

If you’ve overlooked cheaper airfare by way of Tijuana International Airport because of the hassle to get there, it’s time to change your flight search.

Rustic R&R: The Ranch at Live Oak

The Ranch at Live Oak's plush accommodations and serene environs make for a haute detox.

A Family Afar

Let The Experts Lead
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Ultimate San Diego Bucket List
    Whether you’re a native or a newcomer, we’ve got 50 things every San Diegan must do. Now, get started!
  2. 26 BIG Ideas
    San Diego's most innovative thinkers tell us how they would make America’s Finest City a whole lot finer.
  3. FIRST LOOK: Kindred
    Death metal vegan has arrived in San Diego. From the creative minds behind Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment, LOVELIKEBEER—plus one of the country's top vegan chefs—comes Kindred. It's in South Park. It's gonna blow some minds.
  4. San Diego's Best New Restaurants 2015
    From upscale modern Mexican to a hole-in-the-wall Thai spot, food critic Troy Johnson reveals his 10 favorite new eateries of 2015
  5. The Ballast Point Effect
    The Great Craft Sale is on. Constellation Brands recently bought Ballast Point for $1 billion. Heineken bought Lagunitas. MillerCoors bought Saint Archer. What does that mean for the craft beer industry? Experts weigh in.
  6. Architecture: Modern Wonder
    Inside Rob Quigley and Kathleen Hallahan’s award-winning East Village domicile
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

More Than 1,300 Prizes are Ready to be Given Away

What are you waiting for? Buy your raffle ticket now

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

“Will You Marry Me”?

Sharon Jenks, CEO of 6 Degrees, on building business relationships

More Than 1,300 Prizes are Ready to be Given Away

What are you waiting for? Buy your raffle ticket now

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags