Thursday, January 29, 2009

Things to do Valentines Day San Diego

Valentines Day 2009 falls on a Saturday this year and your love is not going to settle for a box of candy. Take your partner out for the day and explore all the wonderful places San Diego has to offer. Share Valentines day on an adventure the two of you will both enjoy. Here is a list of fun romantic places to visit on Valentines Day in San Diego.
Palm Springs Tramway Here is a cool idea for an adventure. Climb climb 5,873' feet in about 15 minutes rotating 360 degrees on your way up. Over night package available.
San Diego's Largest Valentine's Day Singles Party DateandDash is taking over Wine Cabana for a night of networking, flirting and dancing. There will be fun icebreaker games, hors d'oeuvres, prizes, drink specials and more.
Julian Historic Gold Town Apple pie and gold mine tours. This 1870s gold rush town is east of San Diego in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. The scenic drive is half the fun.
Two-Hour Harbor Cruise of San Diego BayFriends, family and loved ones will have a blast sharing time together, relaxing and enjoying the views. Two hour cruise aboard an elegant, comfy yacht.
Quail Botanical Gardens Features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest and California native plants. Take a romantic walk and enjoy the ocean views from the gardens.
Torrey Pines State Reserve One of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast.Rare and elegant Torrey Pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches.
Old Town San Diego Recreates the setting of California early years. Historic buildings house museums, shops and restaurants. Ride red trolley cars from here to downtown San Diego.
Temecula Valley Wine Tasting Many of the wineries offer picnic areas and some of the larger operations have restaurants. Perfect romantic trip for Valentines Day.
Kayak the La Jolla Seven Sea Caves - Take a guided kayak tour of the sea cave and see these hidden treasures. No experience is required all equipment is provided for you.
Premium Valentine Package Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa San Diego package includes a deluxe guest room, three course dinner for two at Atoll restaurant, choice of a glass of wine or champagne, two 50 minute spa treatments and unlimited spa access during your stay. Walk barefoot along the sand, meander through the tropical gardens

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Things to do Valentines Day Los Angeles

Valentines Day is on a Saturday this year opening up all kinds of opportunities to celebrate this special day with your loved one. Don't settle for a box of candy or flowers get out and enjoy the day or even an over night getaway. Here is a list of romantic places to visit on Valentines Day for Los Angeles and Orange County.

Palm Springs Tram - See some of the most spectacular views in Southern California. Ride from the desert to the mountains. Weekend packages are still available but filling up fast. Lots of snow and a great place to cuddle.
Julian Historic Gold Town - Famous apple pies and gold mine tours. Located in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains north of San Diego. Julian is a favorite day trip or weekend getaway.
Los Angeles Farmers Market - Have breakfast or lunch at original 1934 Los Angeles Farmers Market. Shopping at the specialty shops and then head next door to the Grove to check out the upscale stores and take in a movie.
Catalina Island Just off the coast of Southern California is an island that looks much like California did two hundred years ago. Fun for a day trip or weekend adventure.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood Ride up into the hills above Hollywood on a guided trial ride. Enjoy a fantastic view of Los Angeles while on your old west adventure.
Crystal Cove Beach One of the few places left in Orange County where you can walk for miles along the coastline and see it in its natural state. Have lunch at the Beachcomber Cafe on the beach at Crystal Cove.
Laguna Beach Wide sandy beaches, tide pools, shops, and world class restaurants. One of the most romantic towns along the Southern California Coast.
Balloon Above The Desert See some of the most picturesque landscapes in California. Vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses of Palm Springs.
Grape Escape Hot Air Balloon Adventure Take flight with the birds and observe wildlife marveling at the sight of a beautiful hot air balloon floating overhead. View lakes, citrus groves, wineries and estate homes.
Kayak the La Jolla Seven Sea Caves - Take a guided kayak tour of the sea cave and see these hidden treasures. No experience is required all equipment is provided for you.
Sunset Gondola Huntington Beach Sunset Gondola brings the romance and tradition of Venice, Italy to the canals of Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour. Daily, 10am to 11pm
Temecula Valley Wine Tasting Many of the wineries offer picnic areas and some of the larger operations have restaurants. Perfect romantic trip for Valentines Day.
Oak Glen Take a trip to a relaxing country getaway. Oak Glen is famous for Apples, Cider, Antiques, U-Pick apple orchards and fruit stands. About a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Things to do Valentines Day San Francisco

Valentines Day falls on a Saturday this year making it the perfect time for a day trip or weekend getaway. If you are planning to stay in town or head out on an adventure with your loved one. Here is a handy list of things to do on Valentines day in San Francisco.

Muir Woods National Monument - West coast redwood trees dominate Muir Woods. There are several trails that offer a variety of habitats and degree of hiking difficulty. Today the woods look way much of the Marin County land once appeared.

Napa Valley Wine Tasting - Recognized around the world as a great wine region. Its wines are highly regarded for their superior quality and diversity of style.Napa Valley is home to more than 260 wineries with many offering tours,wine tasting.

Sausalito - A waterfront community that lies across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Sausalito is home to two major children’s attractions: the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the San Francisco Bay Model.

China Camp State Park - The site of a fishing village on San Pablo Bay. The park is enjoyed by hikers and mountian bike riders. 1,640 acres of natural watershed along the shores of San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz Island- One of the most popular visitor destination in San Francisco. The "Day Tour" is most popular. It includes round-trip transportation to the island and a walking audio tour. The view of the San Francisco skyline is worth the price of admission.

Filoli Estate - A 654 acre estate on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Filoli is open for public tours of the gardens and historic house. Attractions include self-guided tours, guided tours, and nature hikes.

Angel Island - Angel Island is the largest Island in San Francisco Bay. Tours of Angel Island's historic sites are offered by State Park Volunteers. Tram tours, bike rentals, camping, and sea kayaking. One of San Francisco's best day trips.

Jelly Belly Factory- Not only is the tour free you also get a free bag of candy at the end of your factory tour. More than 400,000 people tour the facility that includes a large retail store, cafe and birthday party rooms.

Oakland Zoo - Located in 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is home to more than 440 native and exotic animals. There is also a kids zoo with plenty of hands-on fun. Children under 2 years are admitted free.

San Francisco Zoo - Northern California's largest zoological park and conservation center. Over 250 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings nestled against the Pacific Ocean.
Roaring Camp Railroad: Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific RR operates passenger services on one of the oldest and most historic lines in California. Roaring Camp takes you on a trip through the redwoods.

Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz County's 29 miles of sun-drenched, fun-filled beaches offer the perfect setting for nearly every type of activity. The Boardwalk at Santa Cruz Beach has a coaster, bumper cars, merry-go-round and casino arcade.

Half Moon Bay - Four miles of sandy beaches stretch out around Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for a weekend day trip or over night stay. Seasonal fog in the late summer and cool breezes off the ocean are common.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

China Camp State Park

China Camp State Park
During the 1800s, China Camp was a thriving fishing village of over 500 residents from Canton, China. Today the park is a popular day trip from San Francisco. Visitors usually stop first at the site of the old village. It is the historical center of the park and has a small museum on the history of China Camp. On sunny days many people spread picnic blankets on the beach, where sunbathing and wading are popular activities. China Camp is very popular with mountain bikers and during the summer trails can get very busy. Overnight camping is also popular. There are thirty tent only camp sites which are fist come first serve. Location - Directions
Four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay. From Highway 101, go east on North San Pedro Road for five miles until it enters the park.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.0144 / -122.4600 China Camp State Park

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harley Farms Pescadero California

Harley Farms Pescadero California Harley farms does not grow motorcycles as the name suggests but is home to over 200 American Alpine goats. The farm was started fourteen years by Dee Harley with just six goats. Today Dee and her workers produce artisan goat cheese with a variety of unique toppings from flavorful fruits and herbs to edible flowers grown in the garden behind the goat dairy. Tours are by reservation only, contact Harley Farms for pricing and availability. Or you can just stop by, any day between 11am to 5pm and visit the Cheese Shop where you can taste and purchase Harley Farms fresh goat cheese.
Harley Farms Goat Dairy
205 North Street, PO Box 173, Pescadero, CA 94060

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Palm Springs Tram Romantic Package

Palm Springs Tram Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. Take a thrilling ride on the Palm Springs Tram and stay at the Best Western Inn Palm Springs. This package includes two tickets for the tram plus and overnight stay at the Best Western Inn. Guests will find spacious rooms and amenities for a most pleasurable stay. Visitors to this Palm Springs hotel will be treated to complimentary breakfast every morning and free coffee service all day. For a total of $72.80 per person / $145.60 total you get hotel room plus 2 Tram tickets. You save $44.00 its like getting the tram ride for free. Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway to Palm Springs and enjoy the savings. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, located just 10 minutes from downtown Palm Springs and only two hours from LA or San Diego. Palm Springs Tram Package

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sunset Ranch Hollywood - Ride Like a Star

Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Sunset Ranch Stables lets you ride a horse along the mountain trails in Griffith Park. During your ride you view the famous Hollywood sign and enjoy vistas of Hollywood and the Los Angeles skyline. Sunset Ranch Stables offers one hour rides ($25) and two hour rides ($40). Rides are available seven days a week, anytime between 9am and 3:30pm subject to availability. The minimum age for a rider is seven (under 15 must be accompanied by an adult riding). No reservations are required for day rides with groups of less then ten people.
On Friday's the nighttime Sunset Dinner Ride($60)takes you on a 90 minute journey through Griffith Park to Burbank where you have dinner at Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant. After you fill up on tacos and margaritas the ride back is under the moon and stars. The ride ends back at the ranch no later then 10:30 pm. Call 323.469.5450 to make a reservation for the dinner ride.
Suggested riding attire: long pants, sweater or jacket, and boots (or any type of flat, comfortable shoe. Please no flip-flops, high heels or sandals). Also, bandannas are helpful for that summer dust!
Sunset Ranch sits at the top of Beachwood Dr. in the Hollywood Hills. At the top of Beachwood, go through the gates at the end of the street. Designated customer parking for the ranch is on the right-hand side after you pass through the gates.

Sunset Ranch Hollywood
3400 Beachwood Drive
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 469-5450

Open 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Daily

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Filoli Woodside, California

Filoli Woodside, California
Filoli is a 654 acre estate on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Built between 1915 and 1917 the estate is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli is open for public tours of the gardens and historic house. Attractions include self-guided tours, guided tours, and nature hikes. Several areas of the formal gardens include some especially designed for weddings. The largest gardens are working gardens for the production of cut flowers for the mansion and for the growing of some vegetables. Filoli offers a variety of special events and exhibits throughout the year, including a Mother's Day Flower Show, summer Jazz at Filoli Concert Series, Holiday Traditions and monthly Afternoon Tea at Filoli.

Filoli is located about 30 miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California, just south of the junction of Highways 92 and 280. Address 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside, California 94062.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Disneyland 2fer Tickets Southern California Residents

For a limited time, Southern California residents can purchase 2fer Tickets to Disneyland. These tickets let you visit either Disneyland® Park or Disney's California Adventure® Park one day and then come back on another day to the other Park. Tickets are $69.00 for 10 and over and $59.00 for children 3 - 9. These tickets should not be confused with Park Hopper tickets which let your visit both parks on the same day. 2fer tickets are valid 30 days from your first use. Use must occur between January 6, 2009, and June 3, 2009. If you want to visit both parks in one day you can upgrade to a 2-Day Park Hopper®. For $25 more, your 2fer ticket lets you visit both parks on the same day for two days. Discounts for one day tickets are just about non existent. If you are planning a longer stay at Disneyland then there are discount tickets that can save you money. This offer is only for Southern California residents and proof of residency is required.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

Vasquez Rocks
If your a fan of Star Trek then these rock outcroppings should look familiar. Captain Kirk and his crew have battled many an alien on this rugged terrain. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 750-acre park of unique rock formations and is located near Agua Dulce Springs, California. Being located north of Los Angeles and Hollywood the unique landscape has been used for many motion picture and television shows. Films that have used the rocks are Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Flintstones, Blazing Saddles plus many more. From Los Angeles, drive north on Interstate 5 (the Golden State Freeway) to State Route 14/Antelope Valley Freeway, which meanders northeast. After you leave the Canyon Country portion of Santa Clarita take the exit at Agua Dulce Canyon Road. At the end of the off ramp turn left. The road passes through the southern part of the rocks, then makes an abrupt right turn. A short distance further, Agua Dulce Canyon Road makes an abrupt left turn, but the park entrance is straight ahead on Escondido Canyon Road. The park entrance to the immediate right. Parking and use of the park is free.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road
Agua Dulce, CA 91350

Monday, January 05, 2009

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest State Park and was established in 1902. The original 3,800 acres have been expanded to about 18,000 acres. Big Basin Redwoods State Park has largest continuous stand of ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco. Located within the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, 20 miles north of Santa Cruz and is a two hour trip from San Francisco. Activities included over 70 miles of hiking trails, nearly 200 campsites and giant redwood trees giant redwoods, many of which tower over 250 feet high. If you live in northern California the Big Basin Redwoods State Park is great for a day trip or a week-long camping expedition. The park is open every day year round from 6:00am to 10:00pm. The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, California, U.S.A.