Friday, May 30, 2008

Amtrak Pacific Surfliners California

Amtrak Pacific Surfliners California Amtrak's sleek Surfliner trains hug the Pacific Coast from San Diego to San Luis Obispo California. Riding the train gets you off busy Southern California roads and gives you fantastic views of the California beaches. Highlights or your rail trip include Del Mar, Trestles surf beach, San Clemente, Union Station LA, Ventura, Santa Bararba, Jalama Beach and Pismo Beach.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

San Antonio Winery Los Angeles California

Maddalena Restaurant San Antonio Winery San Antonio Winery is the only producing winery in Los Angeles. At one time more than 90 wineries thrived amid the hundreds of acres of vineyards in what is now downtown Los Angeles. Most were shuttered by Prohibition, but San Antonio acquired an exclusion to provide sacramental wines for Catholic masses, a tradition it carries on today. The winery remains in its original location on Lamar Street, in what is now Downtown L.A.’s emerging River District. The San Antonio Winery, City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #42, is located at 737 Lamar Street in Los Angeles. Maddalena Restaurant is open daily 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. Winery tours are offered daily on the hour between noon and 4 P.m. For information, call (323) 223-1401 or access

Saturday, May 24, 2008

K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing

If your looking for some excitement but don't want to travel too far from home check out K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing. They have four indoor racing centers in Southern California. Race state-of-the-art high-torque electric Pro Karts that put the old-style sluggish gas-powered karts to shame. Each Arrive & Drive session is about 10 minutes long, and may include anywhere from 1 to 12 drivers. First time racers will receive a mandatory briefing session on rules on safety. At the end of each session you will receive a detailed print-out of your scores, position, and ranking. K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing caters to Adults and Teens (anyone over 4' 11") and also run corporate and team building events. Southern California race centers are in Irvine, Anaheim, Ontario and Carlsbad.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Southern California Memorial Day things to do: Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Once a year on Memorial Day weekend thousands of people head to Garden Grove for the annual Strawberry Festival. This year the festival celebrates it's 50th anniversary. Fifty years ago Garden Grove was a sleepy little farming town in rural Orange County. Today there are only a few acres of farm land left but the city still takes time out to remember it's farming heritage.

The Celebrity Grand Marshal is Oscar Award-Winning actor Martin Landau. The four-day event, which is the second largest city festival in the Western United States, will be held at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Garden Grove. Last year’s attendance was over 250,000.

Highlights include the official giant strawberry cake cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening and Saturday’s parade which starts at 10 a.m. with floats, bands and equestrians. Celebrities scheduled to be in the parade are film and television stars Rhonda Fleming and Dick Van Patten, Young and the Restless star Kate Linder, KOCE Real Orange news anchor Ed Arnold, Chris Warren, Jr. who plays Zeke in High School Musical, Jennette McCurdy from Nickelodeon's iCarly, Sammi Hanratty from ABC's Pushing Daisies, and the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Field Cate from ABC's Pushing Daisies,Zane Huett from Desperate Housewives, and Mike Conway, the grandson of Francis X. Bushman, silent film star and the very first Garden Grove Strawberry Festival parade grand marshal. Many will stay after the parade to sign autographs.

The 50th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26, 2008. Friday hours are 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The festival is held on the village green at the corner of Garden Grove Blvd and Euclid street in Garden Grove, California. Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

McDonald's Museum San Bernardino

The location of the first McDonalds, right on Route 66, was instrumental in the success of this new concept in food service. People driving cross country were happy to find quick and cheap meals. The outside of the McDonalds museum is decorated with many pieces of nostalgic Route 66 signs. inside you will find McDonalds memorabilia of every size, shape and form. The museum is has been restored by Albert Okura, who also owns the Juan Pollo restaurant chain. Admission to the museum is free and it is open 10am to 5 pm daily. McDonald's Museum 1398 N E Street San Bernardino, CA 92405

Monday, May 12, 2008

Glamis Sand Dunes

Glamis Sand Dunes
The Glamis Sand Dunes are the most popular off-road destination in Southern California. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive on various holiday weekends, often grouping in popular areas during specific times of the day, such as Oldsmobile Hill in the afternoon and Gecko Road in the afternoon. The BLM estimates that over 1.4 million visitors come to these sand dunes each year for day-use riding or to camp over weekends and ride in the dunes.
The Glamis Sand Dunes, also known as Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, are located southeast of the Salton Sea in southern California at the border with Arizona and Baja California del Norte, Mexico. The field is approximately 45 miles long by 6 miles wide and extends along a northwest-southeast line that correlates to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions. The dunefield is a wilderness area, with the only significant human structures being the All-American Canal that cuts across the southern portion from west to east and the Coachella Canal on the eastern border of the dunefield. The name "Algodones Dunes" refers to the entire geographic feature, while the administrative designation for that portion managed by the Bureau of Land Management [1] is the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in California, with over 118,000 acres of land. OHV activities are permitted on some of the sand dunes, while other areas are permanently or temporarily closed. A camping permit is required upon arrival.

Belmont Park San Diego

Belmont Park San Diego This old time amusement park has been in Mission Beach since the 1920s. At one time the park was scheduled to be dismantled but due to the efforts of a dedicated group of people the beachfront attraction has been restored. The two main attractions are the Giant Dipper roller coaster and The Plunge, San Diego's largest indoor heated swimming pool. Next time your in San Diego check out this historic playground. Belmont Park 3190 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Things to do on Mothers Day

What to do with mom on Mothers Day is a question we are all asking ourselves. Many people are taking mom out on Saturday instead of Sunday to avoid the crowds. Here are some suggestions to take Mom on Mothers Day.

Give your Mom the day off, no dishes, no clean up, just a relaxing journey on our vintage train with a fabulous luncheon prepared onboard just for Mom and her family. Mother’s Day Luncheon Train: Sunday, May 11, 2008: Two trains to choose
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AMTRAK California Special Offer - For Travel on National Train Day: May 10, 2008 – Receive 25% off Coach Fare! To take advantage of this 25 percent off the regular adult Coach fare, tickets can be purchased in advance at staffed stations, at Quik-Trak machines, or online at San Joaquins and Pacific Surfliner passengers may also call 1-800-USA-RAIL, and refer to Special Fare Code V586. Up to two children ages 2-15 may accompany each adult at 50 percent off the full fare. California Amtrak Surfliner

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Ocean Views Ventura California.
In honor of mothers everywhere, The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel is hosting a pair of elegant Mother’s Day affairs. Toast your mother at the festive Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 11th at the hotel’s penthouse ballroom, the “Top of the Harbor,” which offers breathtaking views of the mountains, the historic Ventura Pier and the Channel Islands. Or treat her to a fine dining experience at the Mother’s Day Three-Course Dinner, which will be offered on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th at the hotel’s newly-opened C-Street Restaurant, offering California Inspired Cuisine.

Take mom on a day trip. Southern California has some really unique and interesting places to visit. Bring along the whole family and enjoy a fun day with mom on Mothers day