Thursday, January 31, 2008

Save Trestles Beach

Trestles Beach
Save Trestles Beach
Save Trestles
On Feb 6 the California Coastal Commission is set to have a hearing about the fate of the famed surfing beach Trestles. The plan is to cut a toll road that will run through San Onofre State Park. This project threatens precious coastal open space, water quality and the surf break at Trestles. Hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists and other opponents of the toll road are planning a rally outside the CCC hearing. Anyone interested in joining the protest is asked to arrive by 9am at Del Mar Fairgrounds - 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The taking of Public State Park land for private-interests paves way for the eventual loss of all State Park land. Every thing possible must be done to stop this toll road from spoiling one of Southern California's last unspoiled stretches of beach.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Buttonwood Farm Winery - Santa Barbara County

Buttonwood Farm Winery is not one of those huge mega wineries it's only has a 39-acre vineyard. No fancy restaurant or spa, just spectacular surroundings and a small tasting room. The winery produces about 8,000 cases of wine a year and offers tastings for $7.50 which includes a Riedel crystal stem glass. You can visit Buttonwood Farm Winery at 1500 Alamo Pintado Road daily from 11:00 to 5:00. The wine county of Santa Barbara has dozens of boutique wineries to explore. Perfect for a day trip or a romantic getaway. Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard 1500 Alamo Pintado Road Solvang, California 93463

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Laguna Canyon Winery

Laguna Canyon Winery Laguna Canyon would be the perfect place to grow rows of grapes however most of the hills surrounding the canyon are park land. All is not lost though, you can still taste wine processed in the canyon at Laguna Canyon Winery. The grapes are purchased from vineyards in northern California, Washington and Oregon. After being trucked in the grapes are crushed, pressed, fermented, oak barrel aged, blended and bottled at the canyon winery. Tasting room hours are: Tuesday - Sunday (11am - 6pm) Wine glass with logo and tasting fees waived with purchase of a bottle of wine. The Lagauna Canyon Winery is a nice stop in or our of Laguna Beach. Stop by on your next trip and taste the delicious wines.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Reagan Library Over one million visitors have walked through the museum since it opened in 1991. Visitors can view the history Ronald Reagan from his days as a glamorous Hollywood star to his inauguration as the 40th President of the United States. Highlights of the museum are a replica of the Oval Office, documents, photographs, and artifacts from eight in the White House and Air Force One the presidential plane. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, California 93065

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hilmar Cheese Company

Hilmar Cheese Company Located in California’s Central Valley, Hilmar Cheese Company processes 11 million pounds of milk per day producing over 1.3 million pounds of cheese per day. Self-guided tours available anytime during the day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. They also offer group and school tours. After your tour stop by the visitors center for complimentary cheese & gourmet food tasting or have a complete lunch at the Deli Cafe. Hilmar Cheese Company is a very family friendly place to visit with your kids. Next time your traveling in the California central valley stop by and enjoy the tour. Hilmar Cheese Company, 9001 North Lander Avenue, Hilmar, CA 95324 (209) 667-6076 Directions: From I-5, go North on Highway 165 through Los Banos proceeding 35 miles to Hilmar. The visitor center is on the left. From Highway 99 at Turlock, go south on Lander Avenue (Highway 165) four miles and look for the Visitor Center on the right.

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Cable Car Museum San Francisco

San Francisco Cable Car MuseumThe San Francisco cable car museum is located in the Washington-Mason powerhouse and car barn on Nob Hill. Displays include an antique grip car and trailer that operated on Pacific Avenue, photographs, mechanical displays and gift shop There's also a shop where you can buy a variety of cable car gifts. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street. Hours: 10 am - 5 pm Admission is Free 1201 Mason St. San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 474-1887

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

USS Hornet Museum Alameda, CA

USS Hornet Museum The USS Hornet Museum museum is located at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, in Alameda, CA. Located less than 30 minutes by bus or ferry from downtown San Francisco. There are currently four levels available for public viewing. Tours through the USS Hornet aircraft carrier are self-guided, but for a more in depth tour take a docent-led tour. Open every day from Everyday: 10am to 5pm Adults: $14 Kids $6. Read reviews of the USS Hornet

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Carson Mansion Eureka California

Carson Mansion The Carson Mansion in Eureka is one most photographed houses in California. William Carson, a timber wholesaler and one of the richest citizens of Eureka, had this Victorian house built, mainly of redwood; its numerous prefabricated, almost Gothic-looking wood carvings and painted windows, together with its many interlocked sections, give it a unique appearance. 143 M Street Eureka California.

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Fairs and Festivals Calendar for Vendors

Search Fairs, Festivals, Craft Show Vendor Calendar to find the perfect place to showcase your crafts or products. With over 700 events posted on the calendar weekly it is easy for Crafters, Artists, Food, Commercial and Music Vendors to pick a productive festival. A basic listing and the newsletter are both free. And for a minimum membership fee you get all the details about each location including costs, booth fees, attendance and contact info. also has an active discussion forum where you can exchange ideas about fairs, festivals, craft shows from a vendors point of view.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia

Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia If you like roller coaster then Magic Mountain is the amusement park for you. There are 15 coasters including Superman The Escape: First amusement park attraction to attain speeds of 100 mph, Tatsu:The world's tallest, fastest and longest flying roller coaster, with a suspended-track and Ninja: The world's fastest suspended roller coaster. Recently Six Flag has been adding more family friendly attractions with a new children's theme area and rides. The parking charge of 15 dollars is very expensive try to car pool to save money. Also do some research online for discount tickets they run special prices all the time. To save on food get your hand stamped and go to one of the nearby fast food places outside the park. 26101 Magic Mountain Pky Valencia, CA 91355(661) 255-4100 Read reviews and find discounts for Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air MuseumPalm Springs Air Museum has of the world's largest collections of flying world war two warplanes. The museum has three main display hangars, theater, gift shop and airport access for flight demonstrations. Many of these aircraft have been used by motion picture companies in movies set during the second world war. This is truly a world-class venture, and should be a 'must-see' for any Palm Springs visitor . Even if your not a fan of world war 2 aircraft the classic cars on display there make it worth the price of admission. The museum is about a three hour drive from LA. Palm Springs Air museum 745 North Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, California 92262 760-778-6262

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Moonlight Beach Encinitas

Moonlight Beach Encinitas Moonlight State Beach is popular with families. The wide sandy beach has lifeguards, a playground, clean restrooms, and outdoor showers. It also has a snack bar and just a short walk from downtown Encinitas. The "moonlight" in the name of this beach comes from the fact that local residents used to come to the area for midnight picnics early in the early 1900s. Encinitas is a coastal city in northern San Diego County, California. The downtown shopping district is over 100 years old with historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants. The beach is located west of I-5 on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yreka Western Railroad

The Yreka Western Railroad is a short line railroad in Yreka, California which operates the "Blue Goose" steam excursion train between Yreka and Montague, a distance of 7.5 miles.

First laid in 1889, the railroad offers scenic views of Mount Shasta and the Siskiyous. The trip takes about one hour in either direction, with a 90-minute layover in Montague for passengers to enjoy the town's shops and restaurants. 300 E Miner Street, Yreka, Ca

Update: Yreka Western Railroad  has closed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Toad Hall Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Nature trails and natural plants cover the 78 acres of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Self-guided and docent-guided tours are available for visitors to the garden. The Mission Dam, built in 1806, stands just beyond the redwood grove and above the restored aqueduct that once carried water to Mission Santa Barbara and is a historic landmark. Open daily. November 1-Febuary 28, 9am-4pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends; March 1 to October 31, 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-6pm weekends. Garden shop open same hours. Guided tours Monday-Friday at 2pm, Saturday-Sunday at 10:30am and 2pm. Admission: adults $5 and teens $3, children 5-12 $1 and children under 5 free.1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Read reviews about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the only Pacific West coast lighthouse that you can climb to the top. Tours of the light station and tours of the grounds are available daily. One of the unique features of the lighthouse is that you can actually spend the night there. The Point Arena Lighthouse accommodations feature four keeper homes & one keeper's room. The lodgings are right next door to the lighthouse on private property. No other hotels or homes are anywhere close by. You will need to bring your own food there are no restaurants nearby. Read reviews about Point Arena Lighthouse

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Devils Postpile, National Monument

Devils Postpile Devils Postpile is only open during the summer months. A shuttle bus runs about every 20 minute from Reds Meadow down to the bottom of the valley. The hike to the postpile is very scenic and relatively easy half mile walk. The "pile" are actually 60 foot high columns of basalt. They almost look like a rock waterfall cascading down the side of the mountain. If you are still feeling energetic you can hike two miles further and see rainbow falls. From camping, backpacking, and day hikes to fishing, photography, and horseback riding, there's something to do for everyone. Directions: From U.S. Highway 395, drive 10 miles west on S.R. 203 to Minaret Vista and then another 8 miles on a paved, steep mountain road. Most visitors must park at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and use the mandatory shuttle. The shuttle bus operates from mid-June through the end of September.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Lake Isabella California

Lake Isabella Lake Isabella is located three hours north of Los Angeles in the Kern River Valley. At 11,000 acres (45 km²), it is one of the largest reservoirs in California. The lake offers year round camping, fishing, hiking, boating and water Sports. White water rafting is available on the upper and lower Kern River. Summer months the temperature can reach 100 degrees during the daytime. Surrounded by the Sequoia National Lake Isabella is the best kept secrets in Southern California.

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SPRINTER Oceanside to Escondido

Sprinter Train passenger service began on March 9, 2008 from Oceanside to Escondido. The 22 mile trip will costs riders two dollars for each direction. A monthly pass is $54.00 dollars for unlimited trips. Passenger zip along at speeds up to 55 miles an hour along the Highway 78 corridor. The European-style light rail vehicles stops at15 stations along the route. The $477 million transit system connects with the Coaster, Metro link and Amtrak at the Oceanside transportation center. The train runs seven days a week, 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., with 64 trips daily. The Sprinter is the first passenger train service of any kind along the Escondido Branch since the Santa Fe Railroad discontinued passenger service in 1946. The 22-mile trip will take 53 minutes to complete.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Japanese Friendship Garden - San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden - San Diego The Japanese Friendship Garden was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Garden sits on 2 1/2 acres within Balboa Park, San Diego. The Koi Pond [s a favorite location for weddings and the Ceremonial Plaza can host large receptions. The Exhibit House has rotating exhibits that feature various arts, crafts, and collections from the Japanese culture. The garden was a nice tranquil place to take a moment to relax while visiting the San Diego area. Japanese Friendship Garden 2125 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Route 66 Museum Old Town Victorville

Old Town Victorville California Route 66 Museum in Victorville has a collection of photographs and artifacts related to the history of Route 66. Before interstate 15 was built route 66 was the main route east from Southern California. Route 66 is still alive in some sections but others have all but disappeared. The museum is a good stopping off point for researching a trip that follows the old route. They have brochures, maps and other travel information on points of interest along the old highway. The gift shop offers gifts and products that are exclusive to the route 66 museum.

Cabot's Pueblo Museum - Desert Hot Springs

Cabot's Pueblo Museum Cabot's Pueblo Museum is housed in a unique, 35 room Pueblo type building in Desert Hot Springs, California. Cabot Yerxa took over 24 years to build this historical landmark in the desert. Inside the museum you will find a collection of Native American pottery and early 20th century photographs and artifacts from Cabot’s Alaskan adventures. Guided tours of this historic landmark are conducted Saturdays and Sundays during the open season (January through May). The museum is available year-round for group tours and special events. Cabot's Pueblo Museum 67-616 E. Desert View Avenue Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 For reservations for tours, call 760-329-7610. Guided tours of the Pueblo cost $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students and military personnel.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Point Mugu State Park: Big Sycamore Canyon Campground

Point Mugu State Park is located 15 miles south of Oxnard off Highway One in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park contains five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills, and 70 miles of hiking trails. The 15,000 acre park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountain State Wilderness Area. Activities include: fishing, hiking, and body boarding. Accessibility: accessible bathrooms and showers are available in the Seamier Canyon campsites. Accessible bathrooms and sand wheelchairs are available in the day use area. Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park, conditions permitting. Camping: Thornhill Broome Beach campsite in the park offers RV beach-front camping and tent camping. There are two campgrounds, Big Sycamore Canyon and Thornhill Broome Beach, which are open year-round. Giant sycamore trees shade the campground at Big Sycamore Canyon. Camping Reservations can be made up to seven months in advance through Reserve America.Point Mugu State Park is 15 miles south of Oxnard on Highway One.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Jalama Beach - Santa Barbara County

Jalama Beach Jalama Beach is one of the most unique places to camp along the California coast. This Santa Barbara County Park maintains 98 campsites, all overlooking the ocean or beachfront. Each site has a picnic table and BBQ pit, with hot showers, restrooms and water nearby. 29 sites offer electrical hookups, and dump stations are available. The Jalama Beach store and restaurant claim to fame is it's world famous Jalama burger. They also have everything you need or forget, for your camping experience. Jalama Beach is approximately 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Camp sites are first come first serve, no reservations. During the summer months trailer rentals are available. Jalama Beach County Park Star Route, Jalama Road Lompoc, CA 93436 Lompoc, CA 93436
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Doheny State beach

Day use area Doheny Beach Doheny State Beach is popular for day use and overnight camping. The north side of the park near Dana Point Harbor is the day use area. To the south, on the other side of San Juan Creek is the camping area. The campground features 120 developed family campsites and the day use area has picnic tables and barbecue grills. Some of the campsites at Doheny are almost on the beach. These prime camping sites fill up fast so it's best to reserve ahead of time. IF you looking for a primitive camping experience then you probably should look elsewhere. But for families looking to stay close to home Doheny State Beach is a perfect place to camp on the sand. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA 92780

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Computer History Museum Mountain View, CA

Computer History Museum Mountain View The Computer History Museum in Mountain View California has the world's largest collections of computing artifacts. This place is truly amazing and admission is free. They have every shape and size of computer and computing device you can think of. There are over 600 unique artifacts from the computer age. Learn about Internet history (not Al Gore), Microprocessors, computer chess and just about any other thing that has to do with computers. The museum is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided and docent led tours are available. 1401 N Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043 (650) 810-1010

Exploratorium: San Francisco

Exploratorium: San Francisco Exploratorium museum in San Francisco is a fun educational place best experienced by kids. There are lots of hand on exhibits that allow children to experiment and learn. The Exploratorium is a wonderful San Francisco attraction and must do for the kids in the San Francisco area. For mom and dad there is a coffee bar, so you can get a hot cup to carry around while your kids enjoy the exhibits. The museum is located in the Palace of Fine Arts, near the Golden Gate Bridge. 3601 Lyon Street. San Francisco, CA 94123

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Things to do on a Rainy Day in Southern California

It never rains in Southern California (well almost) but when it does there are still plenty of things to keep you busy. Some of the more obvious things are movie theaters, dining out and of course shopping at the mall. More things to do on rainy day:

Pirates Dinner Adventure Afternoon and evening shows rain or shine. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is acclaimed as “the world’s most unique interactive dinner show.” Buena Park.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Javelin throwing and jousting in an indoor castle. Medieval Times is a dinner theater and tournament located in Buena Park, Southern California.

Discovery Science Center 120 hands-on exhibits, live science shows, and a 3D laser show. Kids participate in live science and more. One of the best places to take kids in Southern California.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center More than 100 interactive science exhibits in five galleries. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is also home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater. San Diego.

Southern California museums Most museums are indoors and would not normally be on the top of your list on a nice sunny day. Rainy days are a great time to get educated with a visit to a museum.

Amusement Parks If the rain is light the parks stay open and the crowds stay at home. Bring a rain coat and skip the long lines. Call ahead to see if the park is open before you head out the door.