Maui Last-Minute: Three Days, Three Stays

Little Beach

Little Beach

On my seventh trip to Maui, I flew there on less than 24 hours notice. The mission: visit Maui in three days, with three types of accommodations, in three different towns. The methodology: choose one bed and breakfast, one large beach resort, and one vacation rental. All accommodations had to be affordable, centrally located, clean, quiet, charming, and—the clincher—have an unobstructed ocean view. The result: three unique ways to enjoy peace, relaxation, and the true “aloha spirit.”

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The Other Side of Sacramento

Take the drawbridge over the Sacramento River to Clarksburg

Take the drawbridge over the Sacramento River to Clarksburg

Sacramento is known for its history, politics, and the river that runs through it. It’s also a great base from which to explore the region. On this trip, a girlfriend and I stayed in downtown Sacramento after spending the day in Clarksburg, 20 minutes southwest of the city. And instead of a weekend jaunt, we were gone for a little more than a day—though it seemed longer.

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Nanuku Resort Highlights Fijian Culture and Adventure

Sunrise over Nanuku Resort and Spa, Fiji

Sunrise over Nanuku Resort and Spa, Fiji

On Nadi, the mainland of Fiji, a true island experience awaits. Nanuku Resort and Spa is located two hours driving distance from the Nadi airport. Nanuku will arrange for a private car transfer to pick you up and greet you with a flower lei, a cold face towel, and Fiji water for the drive. You can also choose to take a 20-minute scenic charter flight from Nadi to Nanuku’s private airstrip. Either way, you will arrive in style.

I traveled by car and we drove along the coastline, seeing all sorts of things from gorgeous waterfalls and shorelines to animals and fascinating people in villages and cities along the way.

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Laguna Beach: An Art Lover’s Paradise

Public art on display in Laguna Beach

Public art on display in Laguna Beach

In the early 1900s, painters such as Frank Cuprien and Edgar Payne found themselves drawn to the isolated coastline and scenic beauty of Laguna Beach, California. Together with other plein air artists they established the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, kicking off the city’s lasting reputation as an artist community. Today, art creators and admirers alike are drawn to Laguna and the city’s art offerings in a variety of forms and mediums.

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Serenity at Old Edwards Inn

Old Edwards offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a heated mineral pool with a winter enclosure

Old Edwards offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a heated mineral pool with a winter enclosure

Every once in a while, serenity finds me. Sipping a frothy cappuccino at Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina, I’m relaxing on the emerald lawn, listening to a bird symphony. Bunnies hop across the lawn; a fat robin chases another worm. Golden clouds billow over the Blue Ridge Mountains. White magnolias, pink azaleas, and lavender hydrangeas adorn the inn’s splendid gardens under a shimmering robin’s egg blue sky. Sometimes you don’t need to do anything to be happy. Just close your eyes and listen.

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