Monday, October 26, 2009
San Luis Obispo County is a gorgeous section of California. The rolling hills, vast farmlands, rich soil, temperate climate, and cool ocean breezes make the perfect combination for growing great grapes for wines. The area has boomed in the past couple decades and wine making has expanded and become known worldwide. The county has around 200 wineries, many wine festivals, food festivals, tasting rooms, and much more to offer the traveler wanting to make a day trip. Read the full article on San Luis Obispo County Wineries here.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Los Osos, California is a quaint little town next to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. It is not normally seen as a day trip in itself but there is more and more coming to this little town than in years past. The town is part of a vast area that was once inhabited by the Chumash Indians and then the multiple attempts at dairy farming. The area has two distinct areas, Los Osos and Baywood Park. The Baywood Park area streets are lined with inviting business, antique shops, cafes, and other stores. Read the full Los Osos article here
Monday, October 19, 2009
Hollywood's famous hot dog stand Pinks has added a new location in Buena Park at Knott's Berry Farm. The hot dog stand is located outside the amusement park so if your hungry for a chili dog you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Parking is also free in the three-hour zone along Grand Avenue if you can find a spot. Pink’s started out as as hot dog cart in 1939 on the corner of La Brea and Melrose in Hollywood.. After a several successful years they were able to a move to a permanent building. Pink’s has been dishing up their famous hot dogs to customers for over seventy years. The original hot dog stand is close to many Hollywood studios and the list of movie stars that have visited Pink's Hot Dog Stand is huge. Pink's at Knott’s is open evenings during the week, and weekends for the month of October. After Halloween Haunt is over, Pink's Buena Park will be closed while a larger dining area is built. Pink's is often called Hot Dog To The Stars. You can visit the original Pink's Hot Dog stand at 709 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038-3338.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hollywood is not just for tourists, locals can have just as much fun visiting this historic area of Los Angeles. In its prime downtown Hollywood was the place to be for movie stars and celebrities. Over the years the shine faded and the area became less than attractive. Today downtown Hollywood is undergoing a face lift with new attractions shops and restaurants. The just opened Madame Tussauds Hollywood:is a destination in its self. Other Hollywood sights are Grauman's Chinese Theater Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guinness World Records Museum. And don't forget to take the movie stars home tour. All of these attractions are located along Hollywood Boulevard and are within walking distance of each other. If you decide to go a consider getting a Hollywood CityPass. This handy little booklet can save you about 50 dollars and is well worth having. Out of town visitors and locals can see the sights at a discount with Citypass. A combination of all these attractions are included with the citypass: Red Line Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour, Hollywood Wax Museum,Guinness World Records Museum, Madame Tussauds and the Hollywood Kodak Theatre Guided Tour. More than enough to keep you busy all day long. Learn more about Hollywood and the Citypass here.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The drive from Hearst Castle to Monterey Bay is one of the most spectacular journeys in California.
Coast Highway (CA-1 S/Cabrillo Hwy) hugs the pacific coast for nearly 100 miles.
For the most part the road is a winding two lane ribbon of asphalt that twist and turns its way through the rugged central coast of California.
Tourist buses along with cars take this road daily and experience one of the biggest undeveloped coastal areas in the Golden State.
Allow at least four hours for this drive, longer if you include stops for photos. The little town of Big Sur offers one of the few places where you can find accommodations.
Hotels are expensive and usually full. Camping is another options with several state and private campgrounds.
More information on Cabrillo Highway Road Trip
Saturday, October 03, 2009
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is the best preserved California Mission. Its no wonder that Huell Howser visited this historic destination. Thousands of school children from all over California come to La Purisima to learn about the golden states history. The mission is really amazing as Huell would say. Each building has been restored and are they are full of interesting artfacts and displays. Plan on spending several hours here wandering through the mission and the surrounding grounds. Don't forget to check out the mission animals most are very friendly although the large bull looks rather imitating. Take a drive to Lompoc and see the beautiful mission you won't be disappointed. More information about La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.