Headed to LA for the World Series? Six restaurants that beat Dodger Dogs

With is brick-lined walls and industrila-chic vibe, Bestia is one of theLos Angeles Arts District's hippest restaurants. (Bestia)

Heading for Los Angeles for the World Series? Dodger Dogs are all well and good, but if you’d rather dine on something other than stadium hot dogs topped with blue cheese, slaw and wing sauce, we’ve got some suggestions.


Their tacos have been dubbed the best in Los Angeles by Conde Nast Traveler, which included them in a story about the planet’s best food. That’s high praise indeed. Tasty tacos — the steak picado is braised with bacon! — and chile rellenos within walking distance of Dodger Stadium? Even better. Details: Open daily at 1261 Sunset Blvd.; www.guisados.co.

Grand Central Market

This public food hall near the Broad Museum and Disney Concert Hall is a foodie extravaganza — and it’s two miles from the stadium. Between Wexler’s new-wave deli, Horse Thief BBQ and Olio Wood-Fired Pizzeria, there’s something for everyone. (And if you’re there before 4 p.m., head directly for Eggslut, where the line for divine breakfast sandwiches is intense — and worth it.) Details: The market is open until 10 p.m.; individual vendor hours vary. 317 S. Broadway; www.grandcentralmarket.com.

Bestia is one of Los Angeles’ hippest restaurants. (Bestia)

We understand that most Dodgers fans are here for the game, but the antipasti, blistered wood-fired pizzas and pasta at this Italian restaurant in L.A.’s arts district is so incredibly delicious, you might forget all about baseball. Chef Ori Menashe was named one of Food and Wine magazine’s 10 best new chefs in 2015. They were right. Details: Open daily for dinner. Reservations recommended. 2121 Seventh Place; http://bestiala.com/


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7 hotel deals in Healdsburg, La Jolla, Sedona and more

The grounds at the Hotel Healdsburg include a 60-foot swimming pool in agarden setting. (Photo: Hotel Healdsburg)

Fall is a great time to take advantage of hotel packages that offer shoulder-season savings. Here are five possibilities — plus two Wine Country hotel packages that aren’t so much a “deal,” as they are a lovely way to participate in relief efforts in the wake of the devastating Napa and Sonoma wildfires.

Healdsburg: Both the Hotel Healdsburg and h2hotel, which housed first responders and evacuees during the worst of the crisis, will be donating 5 percent of all direct bookings through the end of the year to two wine-country relief funds, the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and the Sonoma Country Resilience Fund. Book a room, sip and dine at local restaurants and wineries, then make a donation of your own when you check out. Learn more at www.hotelhealdsburg.com and h2hotel.com.

The Hotel Healdsburg grounds include a 60-foot swimming pool in a garden setting. (Photo: Hotel Healdsburg)

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Santa Barbara: The Kimpton Goodland Hotel — which is in Goleta, just outside Santa Barbara — hopes to keep that Oktoberfest vibe going all the way through November with a “Forty Love” package that includes two 40-ounce beers when you check in and a 40 percent discount on the best available rate. Book the package by Oct. 23 for stays from now through Nov. 26.

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Oregon getaway: Savor a perfect day at Sunriver Resort

Horses from Sunriver Stables frolic in a field. (Sunriver)

SUNRIVER, OREGON — I could feel the stress and strain of reality ebb away the moment we rolled into impossibly scenic Central Oregon, where the mountains meet the high desert in panoramic fashion. Here folks are friendly, traffic jams are rare and the views just won’t quit. It’s a wonderland for outdoors enthusiasts in any season, with leisurely horseback rides and leaf-peeping hikes in the fall and sleigh rides and snow play all winter long.

We’ve arrived at Sunriver, where the stunning views of snow-capped Mount Bachelor and the Cascades accompany a lodge breakfast of gooey chocolate-chip pancakes for the kids and spinach-spiked eggs Benedict and spicy tofu scrambles for the grown-ups. Stuffed by the hearty breakfast, we pondered the many options for only a few minutes before moseying down to the stables.

Horses from Sunriver Stables frolic in a field. (Sunriver)

Daphne, my 6-year-old, could have spent the whole day on a dainty little Shetland pony. She wanted to feed him, brush him and basically become his BFF. Older kiddos might hit the trail for an hourlong ride along the Deschutes River and through the woods, where deer and other wildlife can be spotted. The fall, when the trees take on burnished hues and the sun isn’t too intense, may be the best time for a nice long ride. The stables close for riding during the winter, but you can try your hand at dashing through the snow, sleigh bells ringing.

After our equine encounters, we couldn’t wait to dive into the Cove, the resort’s Instagram-worthy pool. I splashed into the zero-entry pool while Daphne plunged down a rock-framed water slide. In the winter, stick to the hot tub, a sanctuary of warmth to cap a day of snowy pleasures.

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