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.
Directions
From Hwy 1 take the State Park Drive exit into the neighborhood of Aptos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oktoberfest California Style

Oktoberfest
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.

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.
Directions
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.

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