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Columbus Day Weekend Event Fisherman's Wharf Monterey' Bay

Fisherman's Wharf Columbus Day

The Old Fisherman's Wharf Association is holding a special free "Everything Italian! Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf Columbus Day Weekend Celebration" event on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th.

 Join Christopher Columbus, Queen Isabella and the Knights of Columbus in the celebration of Monterey's Italian heritage on beautiful Fisherman's Wharf at the first ever Columbus Day weekend event.

The "Everything Italian! Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf Columbus Day Weekend Celebration" will highlight special Italian dishes featured at the many Wharf restaurants in honor of the holiday.

 On Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, there will be many fun family activities, including special "guests' from history including Queen Isabella and her court, Christopher Columbus, the Knights of Columbus, local performers and entertainment, live music, and much, much more.

Experience a "voyage" on the seas with one of the Wharf's Whale Watching boats, deep sea fishing boats, sailboats or the Little Mermaid Glass Bottom boat.

 Come see Coastie the Safety Boat on Fisherman's Wharf and learn about water safety in a fun way. Coastie is shaped like a real Coast Guard Cutter and moves, speaks, listens, plays MP3's and activates his lights, and water squirter all by remote control.

 He's perfect for hugs and kisses from small friends. Plan your visit to the City of Monterey's nearby historical sites that weekend, including walking and bus tours, live battles, and more -- all open to the public for this special celebration.

Off The Beaten Track Hollywood

Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Most tourist never get much further than Hollywood Boulevard when they visit this iconic city.

If you're looking for a little adventure while in town then check out Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The cemetery is the final resting place of stars such as Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield.

To get the most out of your visit we suggest that you take guided tour.

You can pick up a map at the gift store and go it on your own but chances are you will miss out on many of the interesting facts and places located throughout the historic site.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery tour guide Karie Bible ushers guests from crypt to mausoleum, narrating historical tales and legends along the way. Upon arrival, cemetery security guards will instruct guests where to park on-site.

 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour - $15 for a two-hour Hollywood cemetery tour for two (a $30 value)

Paul Bunyan Days Fort Bragg

Paul Bunyan Days Fort Bragg

Paul Bunyan Days Fort Bragg August 30, 2013  through September 3, 201

Arts and crafts fair, Babe the Blue Ox, beer tasting, BBQ, parades, marching bands, and the original ugly dog contest!
Logging Show
Labor Day Parade
Kid’s Stuff
Ugly Dog Contest
Old Fashion Dress Review
Craft Show
Belle of the Redwoods
Kangaroo Kort
Pie Sale
Fish Fry
Labor Day BBQ
Library Book Sale
Fireman’s Water-Fight & Ball
Horseshoe Tournament
Gem & Mineral Show
Classic Car Show
Footlighters Gaslight Gayeties
Walk in the Park
Logger Breakfast at Fort Bragg Grange

California Travel Off The Beaten Path

We have launched a Tumblr Blog and will be featuring  unique places to visit in California.

We will be be posting deals and destinations here on Blogger and reserve the Tumblr blog for more unusual things.

Some of them may be off the beaten path while others may be hidden in plain view.

As we travel around California we will be posting images real time. Tumblr was recently purchased by Yahoo and should be getting some exciting new updates and improvements.

 If you have a Tumblr account be sure to follow California Travel Off The Beaten Path

Catalina Express Free Ticket Contest

To celebrate the Centennial of Catalina Island’s Avalon, Catalina Express is having  a Facebook giveaway on anniversary day, Wednesday, June 26.

Entries will be accepted through July 10. On July 12, 2013, one lucky Catalina Express Facebook fan will win 100 Days of Travel to Catalina.

The winner will be able to travel to Catalina as often as they like, based on space availability, until October 22, 2013.

Catalina Express has also launched the Avalon Centennial Planner filled with hundreds of dollars in savings for travelers to the island.

 In addition, throughout 2013, Catalina Express continues its Free Round Trip on Your Birthday giveaway.

IF you don't win the contest you can buy discount tickets to Catalina Island here.

Helicopters Make Catalina Island Sightseeing Easy

Catalina IslandThe Santa Catalina Island Company is launching Catalina Heli Expeditions, which pairs aerial sightseeing of the island’s natural environment and dramatic coastlines with opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

These customizable tours, which include any combination of heli-hiking, heli-biking and heli-picnics, are exclusive to guests of the Pavilion Hotel in Avalon.

Guests going on a guided heli-hiking excursion are taken to their choice of two exclusive locations, Empire Landing or Ballast Point, where they may choose between two challenging hiking routes.

 The Empire Landing route involves trails and dirt roads, with intermediate ascents and descents before joining an unpaved road leading to Two Harbors.

 The Ballast Point hike involves more vertical gain, taking hikers from sea level to the ridge line bordering the town of Two Harbors. Both hikes are fairly strenuous, approximately two hours in duration and are recommended for advanced hikers.

Heli-bike tours begin and end in Two Harbors and include bike rentals. Guests are greeted at the Two Harbors Heliport and taken to the Dive and Recreation Center, where they are fitted with bikes and helmets for their excursion.

They then set off to bike along the unpaved dirt roads that wind along the coastline of Catalina’s West End’s pristine coastline and through the island’s rugged interior.

More about visiting Catalina Island.