Tuesday, September 30, 2008

William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach

 San Simeon  State BeachMost visitors turn inland and take the bus up to Hearst Castle but just across coast is highway William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach. If you bring along a lunch there are plenty of picnic tables to sit at and enjoy the view. With a little more time you can try your luck fishing from San Simeon Pier. The beach is located along some of California's pristine coastline, unspoiled by high-rise hotels and golf course's. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve were established in 1990.
William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach is about 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, across from the entrance to Hearst Castle.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Egyptian Museum and Planetarium San Jose

Egyptian Museum and Planetarium San Jose The Egyptian Museum & Planetarium has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the western United States. No need to travel all the way to Egypt, just take a trip to Rosicrucian Park in San Jose California. Inside the museum you will find an extensive collection of artifacts, jewelry and displays of Egyptian antiquity. Take the family on a fun trip and get a great look at what life was like in ancient Egypt.
Egyptian Museum & Planetarium
1342 Naglee Ave, San Jose, CA
Tel: (408) 947-3636

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Seacliff State Beach and Pier

Seacliff State Beach
The most unique feature about Seacliff State Beach is the 500-foot-long pier that connects to the old cement ship Palo Alto. The beach and pier sit in a corner of Monterey Bay known as Soquel Cove. The pier is popular for fishing and the wide sandy beach is good for swimming during the summer. Seacliff State Beach also has a park with a covered area for picnics. There are 26 RV camping only sites at the park. The Palo Alto ship is unsafe and closed to the public, only the pier is open to the public. There is an occasional wedding performed on the old ship by a captain acting as minister. Other than that the Palo Alto is only used by roosting seabirds, including pelicans and cormorants.
From Hwy 1 take the State Park Drive exit into the neighborhood of Aptos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oktoberfest California Style

The Oktoberfest is a festival held each year in Germany during late September through early October. Visitors eat huge amounts of food and drink traditional German beers. California also has it's share of Oktoberfest events, although not as big as the German celebrations they are just as fun. Here are some of the states best Oktoberfest to visit in California.
Alpine Village - Chosen by USA Today as one of the best Oktoberfest in the world. Admission to the Oktoberfest is $5 - Friday Saturday (21yrs & over only) Sunday is Family Day, 12 noon to 7pm. For information and 50% Oktoberfest discount tickets call (310)327-4384 833 W Torrance, Torrance California, 90502
Old World Village - Complete with German bands imported from Europe, dancing, and imported beers (of course) and tasty German foods from bratwurst to potato salad to hot pretzels and apple strudel, Oktoberfest has something for everyone. 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Oktoberfest by the Bay - Traditional Bavarian dancing is provided by the Nature Friends Schuhplattler and takes place every couple of hours. Fort Mason, San Francisco.
Phoenix Club Anaheim - The Express Band will entertain you in our park and the Festhalle. General admission $10.00, $5.00 for members. Ample free parking. The Phoenix Club 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue Anaheim, California 92806 (714) 563-4166

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Avilia Beach Pier

Avilia Beach Pier
In 2000 Avila Beach had a major renovation after the town was nearly destroyed by a huge oil spill. New construction includes a boardwalk and beachfront park. The pier remains the same and is a favorite location for fishing. The primary fish here is white croaker. Avila had the highest fish-per-angler average of any pier in the central coast area. Two thirds of the fish caught off the pier are white croaker. Other speices caught are,jacksmelt, walleye surfperch, shinerperch and calico bass. If you plan on doing some swimming at Avilia Beach here's a little side note. On August 19, 2003, Deborah Franzman, age 50, was killed in a shark attack while swimming 75 yards (69 m) off Avila Beach in about 20 feet of water. She was wearing a wetsuit and fins and sea lions were present. The shark was estimated to be 15-18 feet long. Tourism temporarily declined after the event, but quickly recovered. Fishing from the pier seems to be a much safer activity in Avilia Beach than swimming. Directions: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn left off of Avila Rd. on to Front St. and follow it to the pier.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Free Disneyland Ticket on your Birthday

Disneyland Anaheim
Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, starting January 1, 2009, will let you in free on your Birthday. Considering that admission to the parks is now almost seventy dollars for adults this is quite a big savings. If your planning a vacation to Disneyland and can schedule it around a family birthday you will get a nice discount. In order to get the free birthday admission you will need bring proper ID to the gate at the Anaheim or Florida parks. You must be 18 years of age or older to register your birthday. If you're under age 18, you need to have an adult in your household register your birthday for you. The offer is valid for all Guests, regardless of the place of residency. So if your heading to California in 2009 or already live in the golden state this is a great way to celebrate a birthday and save money. Anaheim Family Vacation Packages for 2009.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

California Avocado Festival Carpenteria

California Avocado Festival
The California Avocado Festival is home to the world's largest vat of guacamole. Visitors can taste avocado food dishes including avocado ice cream. Thousands of people attend the three-day festival each year which takes place during the first weekend of October. The festival offers avocado products,locally made goods and admission is free. Stroll through the Arts & Crafts Venue between 8th and 6th Street on Saturday and Sunday or visit the Commercial Marketplace at the 900 block on Linden Ave all three days. Head to 7th Street for the Kid's Block Party. There will be lots of fun games, face painting and bouncers. October 3, 4, 5. Carpinteria, California.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hotel Del Coronado San Diego

Hotel Del Coronado San Diego
Coronado, CA -When the Hotel del Coronado first opened its doors in 1888, the United States of America looked far different than it does today. At that time, California was separated from the rest of the country by vast unsettled territories.

The 1848 discovery of gold in northern California had propelled settlement to the West Coast, but even forty years later, much of America’s interior was still unsettled. Imagine what it must have been like for the hotel’s early guests to leave the comforts and culture of the east and travel through the vast remoteness of the west to reach The Del.

In the early days, most guests traveled to The Del by train, and a trip from the east took seven days. Wealthy travelers journeyed in relative luxury, the wealthiest of whom had their own private rail cars that were hitched up to trains back east and unhitched when they reached The Del. To accommodate private rail cars, the hotel had a spur track on property.

Not only was the hotel part of the movement west, it was part of a way of life, which was epitomized by America’s luxurious railroad resorts. These were the watering holes for the rich, the famous, the privileged, the few. In fact, the hotel’s early patrons very likely spent their days traveling by train from one fabulous resort to another. At one time, the Hotel del Coronado was one of many such resorts; today, it is one of the few that has not only survived, but still flourishes as a wonderful world-class hotel.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oak Glen California

Cider Mill Oak Glen
For over a century Oak Glen's acres upon acres of apple orchards, with their delectable combinations of unique and heirloom varieties, have brought generation after generation of visitors back. Whether they come for the orchards (several offering u-pick), the charming shops, the cozy restaurants. Apple season in Oak Glen is once again in full swing so if your looking for an interesting day trip check out Oak Glen.
From Los Angeles, take I-10 / San Bernardino Freeway east to San Bernardino (approx 50-60 miles). Turn right towards Cherry Valley (0.2 mile), then turn left (east) onto Cherry Valley Blvd. (3.4 miles). Turn left (north) onto Beaumont Ave. (0.8 mile). Road name changes to Oak Glen Road. You'll reach Oak Glen in about five miles.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Los Angeles BBQ Festival

Los Angeles BBQ Festival
Looking for a fun but messy way to enjoy this weekend in the Los Angeles area then this one-of-a-kind BBQ extravaganza is for you. The Los Angeles BBQ festival features the best BBQ pit masters from around the country, a beer garden, and live entertainment featuring a Johnny Cash cover band, Beatles cover band, Metal Shop, and various other acts. The event will bring South side from Texas, LC's from Kansas City, and Bandana's from St. Louis, in addition to local favorites. Tickets are 10 dollars each and do no include the BBQ. Prices will vary depending on the pit master but will average about 10 dollars a plate. So for twenty bucks you get live entertainment and some of the best BBQ in the world, what a deal!
LA BBQ Festival
From September 13, 2008 12:00 PM
Until September 14, 2008 6:00 PM
Santa Monica Pier North Parking Lot
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Agua Caliente Springs Park

Agua Caliente Springs Park Located about 100 miles from San Diego along County Route S-2 you will find this secluded hot springs and campground. The Kumeyaay Indians were some of the first visitors to the springs at what is now call Agua Caliente ("hot water" in Spanish.) Spanish explorer Juan de Anza was the first European to visit the area, in 1775. In more recent times, the springs at Agua Caliente were used by pioneers, soldiers, and prospectors. There are two naturally fed pools a large outdoor pool is a natural 90 degrees, and an indoor therapeutic spa is heated to 102 degrees. Campers can use one of the 140 campsites which have full or partial hookups. Surrounding Agua Caliente is Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in country. Before you visit call ahead for camping reservations and park hours.
Agua Caliente Springs Park
39555 County Route S-2
Ph: 760-765-1188

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Tom's Farm Corona California

Tom's Farm Produce Stand Located along interstate 15 in Temescal Canyon Tom's farm has been selling fresh produce since 1974. Over the years the place has grown into a family destination with kids rides and attractions.
Tom's Farm kids rides While not really a farm (nothing is grown here) Tom's is defiantly a great place to fill up your shopping bags full of fruits nuts and candy. And if your hungry there are several different restaurants serving lunch and snacks.
Tom's Farm nuts and candy The lastest addition to Tom's attraction is a reproduction of an 1800's steam train which takes you on a short trip around one section of the farm. Tom's is a fun place to take the kids for a weekend day trip.
Tom's Farm 23900 Timescale Canyon Road
Corona, CA 92883 951.277.4422

Tall Ships Dana Point

The Ocean Institute is celebrating its 24th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the largest annual gathering of tall ships on the West Coast. The festival will feature a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art & craft shows, exciting living-history demonstrations and a variety of tasty food. Enjoy maritime displays and presentations, Polynesian dancers, sea-chantey concerts, an interactive pirate encampment and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Additionally, you can explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Last but not least, we invite you to explore the Ocean Institute and explore our local ocean life, participate in live parrot shows, play pirate games and join in on special interactive presentations. So, join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the areas rich maritime history.Toshiba Tallships Festival
Saturday, September 6 – Sunday,September 7
Dana Point Harbor