Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bodega Bay San Francisco Day Trip

Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay is perfect for a romantic weekend or a day trip. Miles of beaches to explore, fresh sea food and beautiful Sonoma Coast scenery. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds" was filmed in Bodega Bay. Travel time from San Francisco is about two hours and takes you to a different world. In in 1809 the Russians landed at Bodega Bay and the settlement was used as a base to support the building of Fort Ross. Today the Russians are gone and what is left is a picturesque Sonoma Coast village. Bodega Bay has several hotels and Inns catering to north coast tourists and people escaping San Francisco. Bodega Bay has served as a location for several major films including
The Birds (1963) the film was filmed entirely around the two towns of Bodega and Bodega Bay. Special sites used for shooting included Potter School, the Bay, the two towns which were made to appear as one, and the home and barn across the bay from the town of Bodega Bay.
The Pack (1977) Filmed around Bodega Bay.
The Fog (1980)
The Goonies (1985) Some scenes filmed along the Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay
Puppet Master (1989) Setting is Bodega Bay for the first two, fourth and fifth films.
Sleepwalkers (1992) Opening scene filmed in Bodega Bay.
Bodega Bay is perfect for a day trip or romantic getaway.
Pictures of Bodega Bay

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Things to do in Southern California this Weekend

Looking for fun things to do this weekend in Southern California well here are some great places to go.
Things to do with kids this weekend:
Here are a some kid friendly attractions that have great end of summer deals. Legoland California is offering $15.00 off on a 1 Day Hopper Tickets and $17.00 off two day Hopper tickets. Hopper Tickets include two-day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. They also have a limited time offer if you buy a one day ticket you get a second day for free. Legoland discount tickets.
SeaWorld San Diego is another family friendly place and they also have a great end of summer deal. Single day ticket Adults pay kid's price plus you get a 2nd visit free. You can spend the whole weekend at SeaWorld and only pay for one day. SeaWorld discount tickets.
Aquarium of the Pacific Fun and educational place to go if you live in the Los Angeles area. Aquariun of the Pacific half price tickets.
Romantic things to do this weekend.
Send the kids off to grandma and enjoy some time alone you sweetheart this weekend. Here are a couple of fun romantic places to go in Southern California.
Laguna Beach is one of the romantic places to go in Southern California. With Sandy beaches, tide pools, shops, and world class restaurants Laguna Beach is sure to please. Laguna Beach.
Wine tasting in the Temecula Valley Nothing more romantic than taking a tour of our local Southern California Wineries. Head out together or take a guided wine tour , either way this is a great place to spend a romantic weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Little Tokyo Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival

Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the 69th annual Nisei Week Festival with booths, musical performances, art exhibits and free admission to the Japanese American National Museum. This year's Nisei Week Japanese Festival theme is "A Year of Celebrations" celebrating many centennial milestone anniversaries of community-based organizations and the golden anniversary of the first ever sister-city of the City of Los Angeles, Nagoya, Japan. Here are some pictures from the Little Tokyo Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival.

NeNe dog at Nisei Week Festival This little dog had to be the star of the festival. While its owner participated in the fashion show NeNe checks out the crowd.

Lanterns Nisei Week Festival Lanterns sway in the wind at the Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival in downtown Los Angeles.

Chefs barbecue food at Japanese at the Nesei Festival Chefs barbecue food at Japanese at the Nesei Festival Los Angeles.

Dogzilla Japanese style hot dogs Dogzilla Japanese style hot dogs. Thes dogs are huge and and are a big hit at the Nisei Week Festival.

Karaoke group performs on stage at the Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival A Karaoke group performs on stage at the Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival.
Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival continues today with a parade at 5:30. Events and food all day long. More about Los Angeles Little Tokyo Here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Los Angeles

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Los Angeles
Vasquez Rocks are located north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley. If you have every watched and Star Trek television show or movie you have see Vasquez Rocks. Captain Kirk has fought many alien creatures on these spectacular rock formations. Vasquez Rocks was named after the outlaw, Tiburcio Vasquez, who used the caves as a hideout. Since the days of silent movies the rocks have been a favorite place to shoot westerns and science fictions productions. Today the park is still used as a location for movies but most of the time you can find visitors climbing over the rocks and enjoying the spectacular scenery. There are a couple of picnic tables, a few trails to hike and of course the rocks. It can be windy here and the dust really kicks up so bring plenty of water and some good hiking shoes.
From Los Angeles, take the I-5 northbound to the Antelope Valley Freeway (14 east). Drive about 25 minutes, exit right at Agua Dulce Canyon Road and turn left. You will drive under the freeway and across the Sierra Pacific Railroad and wind uphill until you reach Escondido Canyon Road. Make a right turn and you will see the park off to your right.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road,
Agua Dulce

Monday, August 03, 2009

San Clemente California

San Clemente California
San Clemente is the southern most town in Orange County, California. Unlike other Southern California beach cities San Clemente has so far avoided huge resort hotels and retains its small town charm. The hills and valleys inland have mostly been developed but downtown San Clemente is still full of family owned shops and restaurants. San Clemente is a surf town with several excellent surfing areas in or near the 1,200 foot long wooden pier. A few miles down the coast is the world famous trestles surfing beach. San Clemente State Beach offers beach camping if you are lucky enough to get a reservation. If no campsite can be found there are ample hotels and motels, some with beach views. If you are planning a weekend getaway or So Cal vacation, San Clemente is ideal being located half way between Los Angeles and San Diego. More about San Clemente.