Just steps from the beach
Kick back in a hammock in Hawaii
You can sleep just steps from the beach at Waimea Plantation Cottages on Kauai.
Wake up to the waves crashing, pour yourself a cup of local java, and then wander under the banyan trees.
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A welcome antidote to short days
Fall in love with Mexico's San Miguel
Cobblestone streets, shady courtyards, and intimate cafés would make even a walk across the street feel romantic in San Miguel.
In winter, colorful gardens and houses are a welcome antidote to short days, and the cosmopolitan vibe--a blend of the best parts of Santa Fe, Siena, and Seville--means people still dress up for date night.
Jaw-dropping views of the coast
Laguna Beach, without the crowds
When the summer throngs depart, you get this seaside arts town and its beaches all to yourself. Just 50 miles south of L.A., Laguna Beach has galleries galore, romantic hotels, and jaw-dropping views of the coast.
Winter temps climb into the blissful 70s
Get away to the desert in Phoenix
January is prime time for mountain hikes in Phoenix, where winter temps climb into the blissful 70s.
Head to the Camelback Mountain-Echo Canyon area for the best desert scenery.
Just two hours north of Phoenix
The iron-red mesas, warm days, and miles of miles of hikes into some of the most stunning landscape in the country make it a great winter getaway. And it's just two hours north of Phoenix; less than an hour from Flagstaff.
One of Mexico's most romantic spots
Soak up some sun on Baja's coast
Hole up in an oceanside hacienda in Todos Santos, one of Mexico's most romantic spots. Or choose from 19 other romantic winter getaways, from Palm Springs to San Francisco.
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Southern California's storied island
Catch a boat to Catalina
Bask on the beach in Southern California's storied island and explore the charming harbor town of Avalon.
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Blissfully all yours
Go off the beaten path in Santa Barbara
Yes, Santa Barbara can be a tourist-magnet, but the temperate California city has pockets that are blissfully all yours (think pool-side cabanas, pastry, and plenty of Mediterranean-inspired architecture).
The most content people in the country
Discover the secrets to Hawaiian happiness
Hawaiians are the most content people in the country. What can the rest of us learn from them? Get their aloha secrets, including the best places to unwind on the islands.
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America's Coolest City
Find year-round summer in San Diego
Gorgeous beaches, surfer dudes, and Shamu? Always. But they no longer define San Diego. America's Finest City? More like America's Coolest City, with lovely winter temperatures that will make you want to extend your stay.