Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Southern California Zombie Walk 2008

Southern California Zombie Walk 2008 If you can not wait until October to dress up like a monster here is a chance to do it early. On Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Pasadena, California the Zombies are going to gather and walk the along the world famous Colorado blvd. in Pasadena. The walk is all about fun to help others in need. If you plan to attend bring along some canned goods that will be donated to the local food banks. For more information .
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Fullerton Railroad Days

Fullerton Railroad Days
Fullerton Railroad Days are a fun family event. A weekend of free train exhibits and tours, including restored vintage rail cars and a modern locomotive. A special display from Disneyland will be part of their "Year of a Million Dreams". Other displays will feature railway memorabilia, scenic garden railroads, and numerous model train layouts of all sizes. Local businesses and community groups will staff educational, entertainment, food and souvenir booths. This year there will be an historic Santa Fe steam engine on display. This event gets bigger every year. There are even plans in the works to put a train museum next to the Fullerton train station. Brings the kids and have a great time. Admission id free. Fullerton Railroad Days tenth Anniversary May 3 & 4 2008, Fullerton train station.

St. George Reef Lighthouse

St. George Reef Lighthouse About about eight miles northwest of Crescent City lies another lighthouse, St. George Reef. This one is a littler harder to get to since it is on a rocky Island out in the Pacific Ocean. The light was lit for the first time on October 20, 1892 and continued to shine until 1975 when it was abandoned. To view the St. George Reef Lighthouse from land, go north on the road that hugs the coast in Crescent City. When you arrive at the airport, turn left on Radio Road and follow it to the beach at its end. This is Point St. George, and the housing used for the keepers when they were ashore is adjacent to the parking area. The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society offers helicopter tours out to the lighthouse weather permitting.

Battery Point (Crescent City) Lighthouse

Battery Point  Lighthouse The light house is located in Northern California, just below the Oregon border, in Crescent City. The Lighthouse and its museum is open to the public for tours including opportunities to look into the personal quarters of keepers and their families and the furniture and artifacts they have left behind since the 1850's. Tours include a climb into the light tower. There are displays of many maritime artifacts, photographs and documents that chronicle its history. The Lighthouse is open April through September, tides permitting, between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Visits to the Battery Point Lighthouse and Island are only possible at low tides. Extreme care and caution should be used when crossing the two hundred feet between the mainland and island anytime wave action may cover the crossing area. Sneaker waves at any time can threaten visitors standing on or near the rocks and the shore of Battery Point Island.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Southern California Indian Resorts and Casinos

Pala resort pool Southern California Indian tribes have been busy building resort style casinos on their reservations. Many travelers head to the San Diego back county or the desert region of Palm Springs, rather than making a long drive to Nevada. These new resorts are not just for gaming. Live entertainment, day spas and first class dining are just a few of the things you can enjoy while staying or visiting one of these casinos. Located on reservation land the resorts tend to be in the more scenic areas of Southern California. If you are out exploring the back roads of Southern California, you might be surprised when you come across a Las Vegas style resort out in the middle of nowhere. Guide to Southern California Indian Resorts and Casinos.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Local Trips California

Salt Creek Beach
With the price of gas expected to go over four dollars a gallon this summer many travelers are planning on staying put. Californians have a distinct advantage because they live in a state with so many different regions. Within a days drive you can find mountains, deserts, beaches and world class amusement parks. Many travelers plan on spending their vacation time at home and taking short day trips. Money saved on expensive lodging can be used for gas and dining. Combat the high gas prices by taking local trips and visiting one of California's distinct regions. Summer 2008 can still be fun, even with four dollar a gallon gas.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Mark your calenders June 6 - June 8. Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival offers top-name entertainment, wine tasting, a Kids Faire, Arts & Crafts and a Food Court. What you need to know before you go: HOURS: Friday - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturday - 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Sunday - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. ADMISSION: Friday $18.00 adults; children 12 and under FREE; Saturday $22.00 adults, youth 7-12 $5.00 and children 6 and under FREE; Sunday $15.00 adults, youth 7-12 $5.00 and children 6 and under FREE. 2 Day Package $30.00 for Saturday/Sunday. BALLOON LAUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am launch with balloons returning to the ground by 8:30 am (WEATHER PERMITTING).
Riverside County Parks Lake Skinner Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596

Friday, April 18, 2008

Disney's California Food and Wine Festival

The third annual Disney's California Food and Wine Festival is under way and runs through May 5, 2008. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, seminars and fine food that showcase the diverse flavors of California. Here is a list of events for the festival:

Complimentary (all daily)

Culinary Demonstrations (Pacific Wharf Demo Kitchen)
Wine, Beer or Spirits Seminars & Tasting (Pacific Wharf area)
Festival Gift Shop
Festival Welcome Center (Sunshine Plaza)

Signature Events*

“Taste – Food-Wine-Life” May 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Spectacular celebration of food and wine is a party for all the senses.

Winemaker Dinners, April 11, 18, 25; May 2
Award-winning wines paired with delectable culinary creations, at Steakhouse 55

Festival Wine Receptions, Fridays and Saturdays April 11-26
An evening under the stars, sampling dozens of fine wines.

“Taste Wine Like an Expert” April 13, 20, 27; May 4
Entertaining education with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan

“Taste of California Marketplace” Daily
Food items specially prepared for the Festival, including Lobster Lollipops, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin Slider, Wild Mushroom Risotto and more, available for sale with wine pairings, at selected food locations.

“Napa Rose Cooking School” Saturdays (sold out)
Executive chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose prepares a meal with 16 pupils, who go home with their own white chef’s coat.

*Additional fee required. Advance registration recommended. Events held in Disney’s California Adventure® Park require Theme Park admission which is not included in the price of the event. For more information, go to

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel If you have ever wanted your very own amusement Ferris Wheel now is your chance. The solar powered wheel on the Santa Monica pier is up for sale. For just $50,000 starting bid you can own the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel. According to park officials the wheel needs to be replaced after 12 years of exposure to the Pacific Ocean. Original cost for the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel was 800,000 dollars, so fifty grand is quite a savings. Half the proceeds from the final auction will go to the Special Olympics of southern California.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Innoventions Dream Home at Disneyland California

 Original house of the future Tomorrowland
"Opening this summer will be the “Innoventions Dream Home” in Tomorrowland in Disneyland, an attraction that will remind fans of Walt Disney’s fondness for futuristic ideas. The latest in cutting-edge and inspiring home ideas will be showcased in the Innoventions Dream Home, a 5,000-plus square foot residence featuring integrated digital technology in an immersive “high-tech, high-touch” guest experience. Design and development of the “Innoventions Dream Home” sprang from an alliance between Disneyland Resort, Microsoft, HP, Life/ware and home builder Taylor Morrison.
The notion of a Dream Home has deep roots at the Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney was fascinated with the concept of a futuristic home and he introduced concepts at World's Fairs that led to the first "House of Tomorrow" exhibit in Disneyland (1967). Those early versions featured modern conveniences for housewives, but the story line always focused on progress that led to a better way of living. In 1998, Disneyland opened Innoventions, an interactive pavilion featuring what was then considered breakthrough technology: voice-activated computers, high-definition TVs, smart-cars and satellite broadcasting."
I can see them having some kind of contest that lets you spend a night in the dream home. Many people still remember the original house of the future at Disneyland, it will be interesting to see what the designers come up with this time.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Half Moon Bay

Half moon Bay California
Half Moon Bay is about a 45 minute drive down coast highway from San Francisco. The town of Half Moon Bay has a small shopping area, restaurants and lodging for weekend getaways. There are several state beaches nearby and if you go inland you find an agricultural area which grows flowers, vegetables and pumpkins. Every year Half Moon Bay host a Pumpkin Festival with with a special display of giant, super-sized pumpkins. There is also over 250 booths with handcrafted items made by local artists and craft makers. Half Moon Bay is also home to Mavericks world famous for it's huge surf. Half Moon Bay has something to offer for everyone from surfers to day trippers.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

California Poppy Rese It is now full season for California Poppy viewing. The season should last until at mid-May, with the flowers peaking over the next week or so. Most of the poppies are blooming on the south sides of the hills, but the north slopes have more of a variety of flowers such as owl's clover, forget-me-nots, wild onion, silver puffs, and red maids among poppies and goldfields. Now is a great time to head out to the Antelope Valley see this spectacular California flower show. There are a few things to remember for you enter the Poppy reserve: stay on the trail, Do NOT pick the wildflowers everything is protected and thre are high numbers of the Mojave Green rattlesnakes so watch where you step. This State Reserve, nestled in the Antelope Buttes 15 miles west of Lancaster, California, is located on California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. The reserve is a natural area, where only DAY USE (hiking and picnicking) is allowed. No dogs are allowed.
The Reserve is located 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road.
From Highway 14: Take the Avenue I exit and head west 15 miles. Avenue I becomes Lancaster Road.
From I-5: Take Hwy 138 east and turn right on 170th Street West. Make a left at the end, onto Lancaster Road. Follow the road two miles.
Latitude/Longitude: 34º40.661 N, 117º49.645 W

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

California High-Speed Trains

Anaheim Station
In November, Californians will be able to vote on a 220-m.p.h. bullet train, which would zip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. If Californians approve the $10 billion bond proposal – enough to provide initial financing for the $42 billion system that could link north and south through the agricultural Central Valley –they will likely see the zooming trains in about a decade. Governor Schwarzenegger is pushing the idea for several reasons, including creation of jobs, the lowering of greenhouse-gas emissions per passenger mile, and taking cars off the road.
High speed trains have been around in Europe and Asia for years, now California has a chance to haves it's own network of bullet trains. Not only will the trains be good for residents but they will be able to transport tourist all over the state. Travel form Los Angeles to San Diego a little over an hour, or about two hours from Los Angeles to Sacramento.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Desert Hills Premium Outlet Mall

Desert Hills Premium Outlet Mall
Desert Hills Premium Outlet Mall is one of the biggest factory store malls in California. You can spend an entire day here and not see everything. During holidays and weekends Desert Hills gets very busy. If possible visit during the week when crowds are light and parking is easy. If you are traveling with hubby send him next door to the Morongo Casino while you do your shopping. Desert Hills Premium Outlets 48400 Seminole Drive Cabazon, CA 92230 (951) 849-6641