Westways | Winter 2022

The North Trail with Griffith Observatory in the background, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
A delicate balance in Arches National Park

The Utah park where writer Edward Abbey found solitude now epitomizes the tension between wilderness preservation and public access.

 

 

 

Canyon quietude

In southern Utah, there are still many places where you can enjoy dramatic red-rock scenery without the crowds.

Savoring Spain

Riding the divide between Spanish and Basque worlds, the Rioja wine region is soaked in history and mystique.

My SoCal Life

How learning a simple Spanish saying opened a whole new world.

Ask the Traveler

We’ve all been through the wringer, so of course wellness is top of mind as travelers venture out into the world again.

Traveling light

A philosophical approach to finding authentic encounters and achieving true travel bliss.

Slow train to L.A.

A cross-country rail journey provides ample time for reflection, conversation, and observation.

Language app-titude

A wide range of online resources can make studying a foreign language easy and fun.

 

Day Trips

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Ojai

This idyllic town feels a world apart from frenetic city life, thanks to its laid-back, artsy vibe and embrace of all things wellness.

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Atwater Village

This neighborhood between hip Los Feliz and family-oriented Glendale is where inventive restaurants and cool boutiques coexist with dry cleaners and fortune-telling joints. 

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Los Angeles' Miracle Mile

The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is just one reason why it's a good time to visit L.A.'s Miracle Mile. 

 

Bon Appetit

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The Dish: Texas-style barbecue

You’ll find plenty of impressive Southern California joints doling out saucy, sticky plates of meaty mains and stellar sides.

Pepperoni pizza served at Etta
Culver City: Etta

If you’ve ever yearned for an Italian restaurant that makes pastas and pizzas with the skill of a high-end place but without a self-important air, Etta hits the sweetest of spots. 

A dish served at Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery
Pasadena: Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

At Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery, fromage aficionados can explore a thoughtfully curated marketplace or settle into the adjoining dining room for a full-blown meal.

Redlands Oyster Cult

This high-energy culinary hotspot will bring you right back to the old days as soon as you step inside.

Paso Robles: Les Petites Canailles

With Chef Julien Asseo at its helm, Les Petites Canailles offers sophisticated French cuisine with a casual, friendly vibe.

Anaheim: Poppy & Seed

The greenhouse restaurant Poppy & Seed is guided by the seasons, producing ever-changing menus.

San Diego: Sovereign Modern Thai Cuisine

Sovereign’s refreshingly different menu spotlights the regional fare of Issan, known for dishes redolent of fresh herbs and spicy chiles. 

 

Auto

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Miles-to-empty Indicators

Are fuel indicators accurate? Here’s what a AAA survey found.

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Car dealer add-ons

Car dealers try to sell you extras, aka voluntary protection products, but are they worth it?

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Protect your catalytic converter

Catalytic converter theft has become epidemic. Here's how to prevent it.

 

Car Reviews

2022 Mercedes-Benz E 350 4Matic Sedan

As an automotive techno tour de force, the E 350 could well be worth its high price tag.

Infiniti QX60 Autograph

The redesigned Infiniti QX60 offers a different take on upscale transportation—a classy-looking crossover with practicality.

5 top off-road SUVs

If you seek something a bit more rugged than what many SUVs have to offer, give these bad boys a look.

 

Digital Extras

9 cozy winter lodges and resorts

Whether you crave a simple, rustic mountain lodge or prefer a resort that comes with a ski concierge and a gourmet hot chocolate cart, your cocoa cup runneth over this season.

Fun budget date ideas

Change up your usual romantic routine this year: Trade dinner for 2 at your favorite restaurant for an activity that’s both revitalizing and wallet-friendly. Here are some fresh ideas.

10 amazing spas in Southern California

Drawing inspiration from the Golden State, these 10 venues incorporate locally crafted balms and time-honored traditions for one-of-a-kind spa experiences with a sense of place.