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LA's Favorite Weekend Escapes: History, Architecture, Stories (Parts 1 & 2)

Fifty and Better Winter Session

LA's Favorite Weekend Escapes: History, Architecture, Stories (Parts 1 & 2)

Even before the invention of the automobile, Angelinos have escaped the city to play in the nearby mountains, desert and seashore. Enjoy an armchair vacation while we explore their favorites, then and now. We will visit Del Mar, Coronado Island, San Diego and Tijuana to the south; Ojai, Montecito, and Santa Barbara to the north; the San Bernardino Mountains, Palm Springs, Death Valley and Las Vegas to the east; and Catalina Island to the west.  Note: The visits are two of five parts that will be offered throughout 2023.

Part 1: Beach vacation spots include Santa Monica south to Tijuana, north to Santa Barbara and west to Catalina Island.

Part 2: Desert vacation spots include Palm Springs, Arizona and Death Valley. 

Sharon Boorstin is a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in lifestyle, food and travel. In 2019 she won Visit California’s Eureka Award for Best Newspaper Travel Article. In the ‘90s she edited the annual Gayot Guidebooks for Los Angeles and other cities. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Boorstin moved to Los Angeles in 1966 after earning a California Lifetime Teaching credential at UC Berkeley.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older.  


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