Try these RV resorts on your next trip to California

By Rachel Schnalzer
Design and illustrations by Jade Cuevas

Hello, Golden State adventurers. Fancy a trip back in time?

In this edition of Escapes, you’ll find ways to step back in time on your next weekend, including vacationing in a chic 1960s caravan or immersing yourself in the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. .

Read to the end for the chance to tour Hearst Castle from your couch, complete with cameos from actors in period outfit. Where did you travel this summer? If you have any recommendations, please feel free to to reach for a chance to be included in an edition of Escapes.

🚙 Book a vintage trailer on your next trip

Instead of booking a hotel room for your next weekend, choose vintage digs in one of the retro trailer stations crop up in southern California.

“We are a hotel, but a hotel with a difference”, Carey Jonker, cooperator of Waypoint Ventura vintage caravan hotel, Times contributor Rosemary McClure said. “Some people are interested in a unique night time experience. Our retro trailers are a cool element that makes them happy.

In addition to their nostalgic vibe, refurbished trailers often include comforts such as air conditioning, heating, kitchens, showers, and Wi-Fi. Resorts may also have rental bikes, playgrounds and swimming pools on site.

Here are some of the parks McClure recommends in his story:

  • Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground in Buellton: an ideal starting point for a weekend in wine country (from $ 179 per night)
  • Caravan outpost in downtown Ojai: more upscale, with guest chefs, wine tastings and movie screenings ($ 200 to $ 400 per night)
  • Launch tip in Lake Elsinore: If you like going on the water, this is for you – the resort offers pontoons and fishing boat rentals ($ 130 to $ 200 per night)

The Hicksville Trailer Palace is a gated complex in Joshua Tree with a saltwater lake, canned ham-style trailers, a caboose, and a cart.

(Rosemary McClure)

🌻 A melancholy entry into the art of Vincent Van Gogh

Where to find ultra-enlarged versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, a sunflower bar and an AI version of the Post-Impressionist painter himself?

In the old Amoeba Music building on Sunset Boulevard, it’s there.

Tickets are on sale for the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit, which Times arts and culture writer Deborah Vankin recently visited, finding experience novel but melancholy.

“It was perhaps the bittersweet to come out of the worst of the pandemic, with the opening of the art world and the launch of new exhibitions; perhaps it was inside the old Amoeba Music building, a beacon of independent music that now housed a traveling exhibition; or maybe it was the gigantic wall projections of Van Gogh’s sunken, tortured eyes, now staring at a jumble of reporters taking selfies. But the melancholy grew with the screenings and the music, ”Vankin wrote.

In addition to the 40-minute looping video installation and Sunflower Bar, visitors will find touching Van Gogh tributes created by other artists and a gift shop featuring everything from fine china to Van Gogh socks. .

“Immersive Van Gogh” runs until January but can be extended. Tickets from $ 39.

Images of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.

The “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibition, as it was being installed.

(Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times)

Find travel inspiration in this San Diego garden

Visiting San Diego this summer? Take a quick detour to Harper’s Topiary Garden, where you’ll find dozens of sculpted shrubs overlooking the front yard of a house in Mission Hills. The owners drew inspiration from their travels across North Africa, Europe, Asia and beyond to design the shrubs, according to Hidden san diego.

The Harper Topiary Garden is located at 3549 Union Street. While owners are comfortable with visitors photographing the garden, be respectful and do not encroach on their property.

Visit the garden on your way to or from the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway Museum, or another downtown attraction.

Animated illustration of shears pruning the shrubs.

(Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times)

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🏰 Admire Hearst Castle from your sofa

Wish you could stop at Hearst Castle on your road trip to California 1 this summer? It’s still closed to in-person visitors, but there’s a new way to get a glimpse of the glamorous Central Coast destination.

Airbnb Online Experiences now offers “Hearst & Hollywood” online tours of the castle, led by domain guides. The experience takes virtual visitors to fan favorite spots such as Neptune Pool, Casa Grande, and the gardens where William Randolph Hearst and guests Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and Bette Davis spent time.

Prepare for theater, too. “Along the way, you may meet people dressed in period clothing as we recreate the customer experience of Mr. Hearst’s era,” the list explains.

the 75 minute tour starts at $ 16 per person, with proceeds going to the Foundation at Hearst Castle. If there are no places available when you click on the link, check back later for future openings.

Courtyard of the Casa del Mar in Hearst Castle.

Visit Hearst Castle via an online tour led by estate guides.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

What i read

  • Flight attendants say airlines need to do more to deal with unruly passengers, reports Times economic journalist Hugo Martín.
  • Have you encountered a “missed connection” while traveling or hiking? You will want to read this story by Mary Forgione, Associate Editor of The Times.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park was shrouded in smoke from the Dixie fire. It is to provide a precious “Lesson on climate change” for visitors, Ashley Harrell reports in SFGATE.
  • Hawaiians Use Social Media To fight against overtourismsays Cassie Ordonio in the Honolulu Civil Beat.
  • What does it make of surf in all coastal states in the USA? Brent Rose describes his experience in Outside Online.
Photos of holding hands, a couple of hikers and a chocolate bar.

Find your hiking companion

(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Photo of the week

Visitors sit on the foundations of houses in Sunken City, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro.

Visitors sit on the remains of the foundations of houses in Sunken City, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Song of the road

Song: Samia’s “Show Yourself”
Favorite lyrics: “While driving with Gabe through layered arid lands, we all met in Brooklyn while we were still in a group.”
Best place to listen: Driving through Red Rock Canyon State Park in California 14

Red Rock Canyon State Park, California

Red Rock Canyon State Park, California.

(David H. Carrière / Getty Images)

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