Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Southern California Halloween Haunts and Scary Events

Halloween in Southern California is celebrated by most amusement parks and attractions. Events range from family friendly to down right scary. The biggest and best is still Knott's Scary Farm. Over 1000 monsters roam the park at night and do their best to scare the hell out of you. With the success of Knott's the other them parks have all come out with there own versions of fright night. Not all the haunts are scary some are mild and let younger kids enjoy Halloween in a safe and friendly environment. Here is a list of Halloween events in Southern California form mild to wild. included are some links for discount tickets.

Knott's Scary Farm Haunt. The world's first and largest theme park Halloween event is back for a 37th year, with 13 terrifying mazes (including such all-new attractions as Uncle Bobo's Big Top of the Bizarre and Dia de los Muertos in 3D), 7 live shows, 3 horrific scare zones and 1,000 monsters roaming the grounds.Save $23.00 on Knott's Scary Farm Haunt

The Empty Grave Haunted House at The Anaheim GardenWalk - Haunted House is a themed Halloween attraction featuring state of the art special effects, live actors and animatronics. Completely redesigned for 2009, The Empty Grave promises over 50,000 square feet of terror. Empty Grave Haunted House $10.00 off admission

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights -
The most horrifying movies have come to life at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. For the first time ever, you’ll take on the infamous traps from Saw in an all-new maze. And if you survive, you’ll face Michael Myers from Halloween and the masked miner from My Bloody Valentine. If you’re still standing after that, check out the Bill and Ted Show, all new for 2009. Then experience a tribute to the cult phenomenon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights $10.00 off admission

Old Town Haunted House Matinee for Kids Pasadena - Descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building, where mysterious occurrences have taken place in the building's spooky110-year history. In fact, something lives down there in the dark....not someone, but something. This is a lights on, kid friendly, tour and walk through of the normally terrifying Old Town Haunt. Old Town Haunted House Matinee for Kids save $5.00

Old Town Haunt: The Award Winning Haunted House Adults Pasadena - Award-winning walk-through attraction, guests can explore the haunted history of Pasadena, including the basement of one of the oldest buildings in Old Town that has its own spooky past. The haunted house will be filled with sets and props from movies and TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Old Town Haunted House Aave $10.00

Queen Mary Shipwreck 15 Nights of Terror -FiveTerrifying Mazes.
Vampire Village: This haunted village dates back long ago, with twists and turns and fog below. Located to the north of the Shipwrecked Queen, some villagers have been known to scream. Alas, have no fear, for there are friendly Transylvanians near.
The Graveyard: The Un-dead have awoke from a long blissful sleep, to chase those whose footsteps will not give them peace. Tread lightly if you dare, and are so bold, for from out of the fog may pop-out something cold!
Isolation ward There is no escaping this straight jacket of a maze, patients may enter and exit in a haze. Handle them with care with good bedside manner, or be forced to answer to the dreaded Nurse Slasher!
Blackbeard's Revenge (Pirate Maze): Angered Pirate Spirits haunt the sea, from years of trying to overthrow the Queen Mary. This maze will delight the scurviest of mates, with a dozen or so Pirates that will give chase.
Paranoia's House of Horror: Take a trip down memory lane, where Classic Haunted Characters are ready to bring the pain! Thru the dark depths of the ships bowels you will be, restrooms are nearby if you need to pee. So run, hide, scream all you want, nothing will stop these Masters of Haunt. Price: General Admission - $29 Per Mortal. ($19 Preview Nights on October 2 & 3)

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveils Fright Fest Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia amusement park brings back some traditional Halloween treats, including coasters in the dark, a Mr. Six dance party and my all-time favorite: Colossus backwards. Fright Fest 2009 runs Fridays through Sundays in October at Six Flags Magic Mountain (except for Friday, Oct. 2). The Halloween event is included in the price of general admission to the park. Save $20.00 off Six Flags Magic Mountain Tickets

Monday, September 28, 2009

San Simeon State Park Camping

San Simeon State Park
San Simeon State Park is the most affordable place to stay near Hearst Castle. During the summer reservations are a good idea. From October 1st through the middle of March campsites are first come first serve. There is a self pay system where you mark your camping spot number on an envelope and deposit it in a box along with the fee. There are two campgrounds here San Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Primitive Campground. If your on a budget camping is a great way to cut down on expenses. However if you don't have your own RV staying at a hotel might end up being cheaper when you add in the cost of gas plus your rental fees on the RV. Here is a list of places to camp along the California central coast San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. The community of Cambria is located 2 miles to the South and offers gas stations and grocery stores. close to: San Simeon

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Old Place Restaurant Mulholland Hwy

The Old Place Restaurant has been serving up Steamed Clams and steaks for the last forty years. As a matter of fact these were the only two items on the menu until just a few weeks ago. Tom Runyon and his wife ran the small out of the way eatery up until Tom's passing on July 17th, 2009. Celebrity's and locals visited the Old Place Restaurant and kept the Runyon's busy cooking dinners on the open pit grill in the kitchen. The Old Place Restaurant is not your run of the mill diner it looks more like a western saloon and at max only sits 40 people. After Toms passing, who was also the cook, son Morgan Runyon took over the family business. With the help of Tim Skogstrom who runs the Cornell Winery & Tasting Room on the same property the new Old Place Restaurant reopened on September 3rd. Not much has changed the place still looks like a western saloon but the menu has expanded from the original two items. Everything is still cooked over red oak in the kitchen open pit grill and the food is just as good as ever. Here is the new menu for the Old Place.
Appetizers
Steamed Clams $17.00
Cheese and cured meat plate $14.00
Beans w/Pork Loin and Prociutto $6.00
Grilled garden plate $8.00
Noodle & Cheese bake $6.00
Oak grilled Corn on the cob cut in fours $4.00
Creamed Corn $3.00
Dinner
Oak grilled Black Angus Sirloin $19.00
Served with mixed green salad and baked potato
Wild Rosemary Pale Ale Chicken $18.00
Served with mixed green salad and baked potato
Oak Grilled Columbia River Salmon w/ Ruby Red Honey Glaze $24.00
Served with a crispy potato & vegetable medley in a poached cabbage purse
Old Place Beef Stew $14.00
Served with mashed potato
Grilled Vegetable Salad $12.00
Served with an emulsified olive oil & citrus dressing
Add pulled oak grilled chicken $3.00 / oak grilled steak $4.00
Dessert
Blueberry cobbler with citrus whipped cream $8.00
Beer & Wine
Draft Sierra Nevada Pale Ale $5.00
Draft Anchor Steam $5.00
Heineken $5.00 Corona / Lt. $5.00 Draft
Miller High Life $4.00 Olympia Beer Can $3.50
Mike’s Hard Lemonade $2.00
Malibu Valley Vineyards
$6.00 glass $28.00 bottle
Chardonnay / Syrah / Meritage “blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc”
Corkage $20
Buy it next door at Cornell Winery and the corkage is $5.00
Sodas
We feature retro sodas that only use natural cane sugar $2.00
Mexican Coca Cola / Bubble Up “Lemon Lime” / Dad’s Root beer / Martinelli apple juice.
The Old Town restaurant is small only has 5 booths, reservations for 4 or more at each booth so call in advance if you want one. Seating is about 40 people when full between the bar and the booths. Cash only for now credit cards coming soon.
The Old Place / 29983 Mulholland Hwy /
Cornell (aka Agoura) / 91301
818-706-9001

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp

Safari West Wildlife Preserve
How would you like to take an African safari tour without ever leaving California. Safari West Wildlife Preserve near Santa Rosa California makes it possible with three hour tours of its wildlife preserve. Climb aboard a real life safari truck and head out into the bush for wild animal spotting. The animals are not local but wild African beasts including cheetahs, zebra and giraffe. If your looking for even more adventure there safari tents for overnight camping. For a really unique day trip or weekend outing Safari West Wildlife Preserve is definitely worth checking out.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Cheap Things to do Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of summer. Back to school and back to work starts on Tuesday so don't waste this weekend.

If you are on a tight budget there are plenty of places to go that are free or low cost. Even the major attractions are offering discounts trying to bring in visitors before school starts. Here is a list of free, low cost and discounted things to do on Labor Day weekend.

Griffith Park Observatory is one of Los Angeles most visited destinations. Free parking and admission.

Downtown Hollywood Los Angeles's most famous city is one of the first places visitors from around the world head. Free to walk around and if you don't mind a short walk there is free street parking.

Chinatown Los Angeles 16 square blocks of family-owned shops, ethnic restaurants and art galleries. The main street in Chinatown is Broadway.

Little Tokyo Los Angeles The cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. Free to walk around and lots of low cost places to eat.

Getty Museum Center is a fun and educational place to spend the day and admission is free.
Old Town San Diego 32 restaurants, specialty shops, 27 historic buildings and sites. Admission is free.
Mission San Luis Rey "King of the Missions" is located a few miles inland from Oceanside California. Free admission with a small charge if you want to see the museum.

San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is the historic heart of downtown San Diego. The district is eight square blocks off shopping, sidewalk bars and restaurants, boutiques and small specialty shops.

Crystal Cove State Beach one of the most beautiful places in Southern California. There are three miles of pristine beach plus over 2000 acres of park inland from the beach. Beach is free parking 12.00 unless you bike in.

Attractions with discounts for Labor Day Weekend
Legoland California Buy One Day, Get the Second Day FREE or Save $15 on a 1 Day Hopper Ticket!

SeaWorld San Diego SeaWorld Single-Day Tickets only fifty dollars on week days

Six Flags California Magic Mountain Save $24.00 off gate price with print at home tickets.

Things to do Labor Day Weekend Southern California

Things to do Labor Day Weekend Northern and Central

California
Things to do Labor Day Weekend Las Vegas