Andrea Minarcek

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Where to Find the Prettiest Sunsets in SoCal: Ojai

Taking in the sunset over the Topa Topa Mountains, from Meditation Mount. Ojai’s legendary “pink moment,” when the setting sun casts a scarlet glow across the Topa Topa Mountains (pictured above), is pretty enough to plan a weekend getaway around. We sent writer Jess Chamberlain to this Ventura County village—80 miles northwest of L.A.—to explore. Here below, her five favorite Ojai […]

Thanksgiving Potluck: Mashed Potatoes

This month, we are cooking our way through Deborah Madison’s freshly revised New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone. Senior travel editor Andrea Minarcek takes a bold stab at this Thanksgiving classic. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. In my family, it’s a party on par with Christmas—without the stress of gift giving. The present we give each other instead is one huge, decadently indulgent meal. I […]

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Your New Favorite Wine-Country Town: Saratoga, CA

When you think of Northern California wine country, Napa and Sonoma likely spring to mind—but Silicon Valley? Probably not. The tech industry there gets plenty of attention, but its wineries deserve just as much buzz (not to mention the Michelin-starred dining, gorgeous hiking trails, and tranquil Japanese gardens).

San Diego’s Coolest New Addition

It’s tiny in size—just 225 square feet—but San Diego’s first parklet made a big impact when it opened in 2013. The mixed-use space, designed by local architect Christopher Bittner, helped to center the city’s focus on North Park, an eclectic neighborhood that’s now a hotbed of independently owned boutiques, restaurants, and breweries. The parklet sits at North Park’s heart, near […]