A report from the Oregon coast, where minimalists vacation

Aren Elliott explores the beach in Neskowin, Ore.
Aren Elliott explores the beach in Neskowin, Ore.

We just spent a week exploring the beaches and dunes near Lincoln City, Neskowin and Pacific City, Ore. The desolation of this coast is is spellbinding. It’s where minimalists go on vacation.
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Making the most of Mendocino

Iden on the rocks at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, Calif.
Iden Elliott on the rocks at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, Calif.

Mendocino, Calif. — or “Mendo” as the locals call it — is the third stop on our West Coast tour. (We started in Las Vegas and then drove to San Diego.)

By the way, here’s our full report from our family travel website.
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A few missed opportunities in San Diego — and a hit or two

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These shacks at the end of Crystal Pier on Mission Beach were among the highlights of my visit to Southern California last week. You can actually stay in one of the larger cottages right on the pier, which is something I’ve never seen.

San Diego, the second stop on our month-long tour of the West Coast, was quite the experience. I had a chance to reconnect with long-lost relatives and to meet up with the folks at Hertz, who introduced a few interesting new concepts for rental cars.
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What happened in Vegas? (And does it really stay here?)

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This is your brain. This is your brain on Vegas.

OK, not quite, but this is my favorite memory of Las Vegas, seen from the upper deck of a Big Bus tour. It’s the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health building designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.

It’s supposed to represent the different hemispheres of the brain, but I think it more aptly describes what’s going on in your head after a week of nonstop partying.
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From Hilton Head, with love

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Samot/Shutterstock

It’s hard to believe this is our third time to Hilton Head Island in a year. But here we are. It’s summertime in South Carolina.
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