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.
Amtrak Pacific Surfliners California

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

Monday, May 26, 2008

San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo The San Francisco Zoo is northern California's largest zoo. With it's location overlooking the Pacific Ocean the zoo is an ideal place to spend the day. Kids will really enjoy taking a ride on the historic Little Puffer miniature steam train and hopping on the Dentzel Carousel for a spin. With over 900 animals to view plan on spending at least four hours at the San Francisco Zoo. The San Francisco Zoo is located on the Great Highway between Skyline and Sloat Boulevards, next to the Pacific Ocean. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. General admission prices are: Adults $11; Seniors and Youths $8; Children age 3-11 $5; and, Children age 2 and under are free. For San Francisco residents: Adults $9; Seniors and Youths $4.50; Children ages 3-11 $2.50; and, Children age 2 and under are free. Parking is $6. The first Wednesday of each month is free for all visitors. San Francisco Zoo 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, California 94132. (415) 753-7080

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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Sea World San Diego - Sesame Street Bay of Play

Sea World San Diego - Sesame Street Bay of Play Sea World has a new two acre play area for kids. Three kid-friendly rides, a muscial production called "Big Birds Kids Party" and a 4-D movie starring Elmo and his friends. The rides journey through an imaginary ocean; Abby’s Sea Star Spin, a 36-passenger teacup-type ride that turns around and around as it whirls and twirls; and Oscar’s Rocking Eel, which rocks and spins and slides from side to side. The two-acre area, slated to open Memorial Day weekend (May 24), also will feature Sesame Street character meet-and-greets; photo opportunities; and boatloads of laughs and hugs. Sea World San Diego

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Things to do Memorial Day weekend Orange County - Knott's Berry Farm Pony Express

Knott's Berry Farm  Pony Express
Knott's Berry Farm opens Pony Express roller coaster this weekend. The nine million dollar ride is the worlds first roller coaster to feature pedestal-style seating. Riders sit on fiberglass ponies and go from 0 to 38 miles an hour in 2.5 seconds. The old west-themed coaster will take riders through a series of banked turns and hills over a 1,300-foot track. Looks like a fun ride to try out this weekend.
Southern California Amusement Parks

Monday, May 19, 2008

Third Street Promenade Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade Santa Monica Downtown Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is a Los Angeles premier shopping destination. More than 200 shops line the street and no cars are allowed. The Promenade's has outdoor sidewalk cafes where shoppers dine while pushcarts vendors ply their wares. Assorted street performers entertain along the three-block stretch no traffic zone. After dark, and especially on weekends, the Promenade really comes alive with dozens of clowns, musicians, magicians and comedians. The world-famous Third Street Promenade is located in Downtown on Third Street between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway

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.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Things to do on Mothers Day California

If you are looking for something a little different than taking Mom to the local restaurant then you might want to consider a day trip. Head out with the family to a local destination and spend the day visiting one of California's many unique destinations. Two excellent resources for local California trips are which covers Southern California and has hundreds of places to go with Mother. For Northern California Moms another great resource to plan your day trip is California Day Trips. This web site covers the entire state of California, but has loads of Northern California destinations.

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center Located halfway between Sacramento and Stockton on the way to the Bay Area, Lodi is California’s other wine destination. Lodi has long been California’s number one source of varietal grapes, and its old-vine Zinfandel has even achieved cult status among connoisseurs, yet few wine labels mention the area. That’s changing as an aggressive local growers’ group promotes the area’s grapes and wineries increasingly recognize their quality. As a result, Lodi is starting to gain credit on wine bottles. Your first stop on your Lodi wine county trip should be the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center. Learn about the local history, taste some local wine and pick up a wine trial map. Located only 35 minutes south of Sacramento and 90 minutes east of San Francisco - the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is a must stop sight in the Northern California wine country. Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, CA 95242 Open Daily: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sutter Buttes - Yuba City California

Sutter Buttes
Yuba City's western horizon is dominated by the Sutter Buttes, renowned for being the "Smallest Mountain Range in the World." The range is actually circular with a diameter of 10 miles and covers an area of about 75 square miles. The mountains are the remnants of a volcano that has been dormant for over a million years. South Butte, the highest peak is 2,117 feet above sea level. North Butte is 1,863 feet and West Butte is 1,685 feet above sea level. Before modern levees and dams were built to contain the rivers, winter storms and spring run-off frequently turned the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea making the Sutter Buttes an island refuge for Indians, settlers and wildlife. The Buttes have had many names over the years. The Maidu Indians called them "Histum Yani" which translates as, "Middle Mountains of the Valley" or "Spirit Mountain"

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Fullerton Train Days Pictures

Disneyland train at fullerton Train Days
Fullerton Train Station
Fullerton Train Days
Fullerton Train Days are going on this weekend at the Fullerton Train Station. This is a fun free event for kids and their parents. May 3 and 4 Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Salt Creek Beach California Summer Day

Some very lucky critters have beach front homes on some of the most expensive property along the Southern California coast. On top of the bluff guests pay hundreds of dollars a night to stay at the Ritz Carlton hotel. On the beach below the expensive hotel this family of squirrels enjoy a life on the sand and pay nothing.

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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
Fillmore Western & Railway Co

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