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Staying in Town? Travel Writer Donna Wares has Suggestions for your Staycation

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Donna Wares is a travel writer, a former editor at the LA Times and most recently, a neighborhood blogger in Seal Beach. Her enthusiasm for California is evident in her projects and it was thanks to her book that we participated in Santa Barbara Car Free. With a long weekend ahead and many people sticking around instead of traveling, we decided to ask Wares her suggestions on what to do. Holiday weekend or not, these tips will work for those looking to explore the Los Angeles region any day.

1.  For many, Thanksgiving is a four or five day weekend with at least a couple days to spare.  Your book Great Escapes has many great suggestions for travels within two-hours, but do you have any more suggestions for places to check out and do this weekend on the fly?

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On most long weekends I tend to gravitate toward an action-packed getaway up the coast or a kickback retreat to the desert. But this tumultuous season of fires, storms and economic meltdowns feels like a good time to stick close to home with a few easy, go-with-the-flow day trips. I love packing a picnic lunch and spending a few hours on the wide, usually deserted wintertime shore of Sunset Beach, which is hidden away along Pacific Coast Highway just north of Huntington Beach. Free parking. No crowds in winter. The perfect reading beach.