Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Old Place Diner Agoura California

The Old Place Diner along Mulholland Highway is expanding service serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Drop by anytime from 7 am to 12:30. On the menu are Blue Corn Meal Flap Jacks and Rustic Thick Cut Sourdough French Toast. Before heading out to explore the Santa Monica Mountains stop by the Old Place and fill up with a good old fashion breakfast.
More about The Old Place.
The Old Place 29983 Mulholland Hwy Agoura (Cornell), CA 91301 818-706-9001

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from California Day Trips Travel Blog. After you relax and enjoy your turkey dinner with friends and family you still have three more days of holiday. Just the right amount of time for a day trip or two.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Orange County Market Place Holiday Events

Orange County Market Place Holiday Events
Orange County Market Place (Costa Mesa Swap Meet) is kicking off the holiday season by helping people that can not shop during the season Those bringing a donation of a new and unwrapped toy or clothing item any Saturday or Sunday from November 28 through December 20 will receive free admission ($2 value) to the swap meet. In addition, coupons will be handed out for a free 4” x 6” photo with Santa valid the same dates. ($10 value).
Other events planned include: Santa Claus arrives in a red 1929 Ford Roadster at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 28 to kick off the holiday shopping season and begin his annual stint at the Orange County Market Place. During the same weekends of the toy and clothing drive, Santa will be posing for photos and listening to wishes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment will be offered during the holiday season including the Mitchell Marionettes Puppet Shows, which will be featured the weekends of November 28 and December 20. All shows are free and will be held at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. near the Santa photo operation. The Orange County Market Place, in its 40th year, is open every Saturday and Sunday, except during the annual Orange County Fair in July and early August. Nearly 1,000 merchants offer a variety of products and services. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 and kids 12 and under are free. Free parking is also available. Preferred parking is $5. The Orange County Market Place is located at the fair grounds in Costa Mesa, California

Monday, November 16, 2009

California's Happy Cows are from New Zealand

The California Milk Advisory Board is about to film a new series of ads about California happy cows. I'm sure most of you have seen these ads on TV. Wide open green pastures with happy cows contently grazing on grass. It seems that the cows in California are not that happy and filming of the new ads will take place in New Zealand. The real reason is cost, film production is expensive in California, and many movies, TV shows and commercials are now being filmed out of state and country. So the next time you see a commercial for California happy cows chances are they are New Zealand cows.

It seems that this post has come to the attention of the California Milk Advisory Board. In fairness here is their view on where California's Happy Cows are being filmed:
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – November 16, 2009 – California’s dairy cow population, and their millions of loyal fans, can rest assured that the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) has always and will always film its California “Happy Cows” in the Golden State using California production resources. In an official statement, the CMAB today reiterated these facts and its disappointment with a Los Angeles Times article that spurred several inaccurate media stories and cast a shadow over the popular campaign.

“It’s time to set the record straight,” said Michael Freeman, vice president of advertising for the CMAB. “ABC7, and the Los Angeles Times, which originated the story, misreported Friday that the California Milk Advisory Board is filming new “Happy Cow” commercials in New Zealand. This is completely untrue. The board is filming a portion of its new “Auditions” campaign on a sound stage in New Zealand. These new commercials feature UN-happy cows from all over the world auditioning to come to beautiful California. All commercials showing happy California cows, including the ones shown during several news broadcasts on ABC7 in San Francisco and Sacramento last Friday, were filmed – and will always be filmed – entirely in California. Additionally, though a portion of the Auditions production is going overseas to take advantage of greater cost efficiencies, more than 90% of the CMAB’s advertising production budget will be spent in California next year.”

Four days of work on the new Auditions campaign will be filmed in New Zealand while an additional six-to-eight weeks of post-production activities for each of the 10 spots will take place in California. The breakdown of California-based work versus overseas work is 100 to 1.

“It’s unfortunate that during a year that’s seen the worst economic devastation in the U.S. dairy industry since the Great Depression the media chose to focus on this small detail rather than on the economic impact the economy is having on an industry that contributes so greatly to the state’s bottom line,” said Stan Andre, CEO of the CMAB. “In 2009, California has seen 10 percent of its dairies shut down. Others are hanging on by a thread. Yet, these hard-working dairy farmers continue to produce the quality dairy products we’ve come to expect in this state at below the cost of production. They need our help, not the dissemination of incorrect information that is damaging to one of the few tools on their side: the highly successful California Happy Cows advertising campaign.”

The latest economic impact data available, from 2007, shows that the California dairy industry provided 435,000 jobs to the state. These include on-the-farm and beyond-the-farm jobs in transportation, processing and retail.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fort Hunter Liggett Road Trip

Fort Hunter Liggett
Located in southern Monterey County Fort Hunter Liggett is a sprawling army base used to train our troops. Fort Hunter Liggett is also home to several historic structures buil by the Hearst family and Mission San Mission San Antonio. Just about anyone can enter the base as long as they have identification. You must present to the gate guard a valid driver’s license (for the driver and any passengers over the age of 18) auto registration and proof of insurance. There is a gas station on base, non-military drivers are limited to five-gallons. Be sure to fill up your tank before you attempt this drive. For more details and directions read the full Fort Hunter Liggett article here.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Things to do Thanksgiving Weekend Southern California

The long Thanksgiving is upon us with most people having at least four days off. Amusement parks and attractions are offing discounts that can save you as much as fifty percent. If your budget is tight, we have included free and low cost things to on Thanksgiving weekend. Whatever you decide to do take at least one day to explore Southern California. We have the best weather in the country plus more things to do and places to see than any other state. Get out there and enjoy the long weekend with friends and family. Here is a list of the most popular things to do Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California.
San Diego :
Legoland Save $15 dollars on a one day Hopper ticket (Legoland-Sealife Aquarium) or $17 on a two day triket.
San Diego Zoo - Buy a best value package and get Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram, the Children's Zoo and all exhibits and shows.
Sea World San Diego SeaWorld 2 Days of Fun ticket is valid for two days admission to SeaWorld San Diego within 7 days of first use. Second day is only eight dollars.
USS Midway Guests off all ages can enjoy over 60 exhibits, 25 restored aircraft, optional flight simulators, out door café and gift shop. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour, featuring USS Midway.
Palomar Observatory Take the winding road up Palomar Mountain and enjoy the view. Admission is free, bring along a picnic lunch of Thanksgiving leftovers.
Mission Trails Regional Park Just eight miles from downtown San Diego. Visitors can explore nearly 6000 acres on one of the many hiking trails. Start your trip at the informative visitor center.
Orange County:
Knotts Berry Farm Lots of new rides and places to eat for the whole family. Knotts usually has discount coupons and tickets year round.
Disneyland All time favorite for kids and adults. One day discount tickets are just about non existent but you can save on two, three and five day passes. On your birthday Disneyland is free.
Upper Newport Bay - Ecological reserve protects over 75 acres of wet lands. The back bay loop is very popular with hikers, runners and bike riders. You will be amazed how beautiful the back bay is. Perfect for a hike or family bike ride.
Mission San Juan Capistrano - Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. The historic mission is a must see in OC.
Discovery Science Center - 120 hands-on exhibits, live science shows, and a 3D laser show. Kids participate in live science and more. One of the best places to take kids in Southern California. Discount print at home tickets available.
Irvine Regional Park - Perfect for a family day trip. Bring along a picnic and and sit under a shady oak tree. Ride the miniature train, go fishing, pony rides, paddle boats or rent a 4 wheel surrey. Very affordable and fun day for the entire family.
Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory - The Griffith Observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since 1935. Admission and parking is free. The Hollywood sign can be see from the grounds of the Observatory.
Downtown Hollywood - Los Angeles's most famous city is one of the first places visitors from around the world head. Lots of things to do and see including historic buildings and the walk of fame along Hollywood Blvd.
Universal Studios Get two days for the price of one. See all the shows, ride all the attractions and take the movie tour and come back the next day for one low price.
Santa Catalina Island - Just off the coast of Southern California is an island that looks much like California did two hundred years ago. The trip to the island takes about two hours and depart from Long Beach, San Pedro and Orange County.
Little Tokyo Historic District - Japanese Village Plaza is the heart of Little Toyko Locates in downtown Los Angeles,Little Toyko is a facinating place visit.
Los Angeles Zoo Botanical Gardens -
Located on a 113-acre site in Griffith Park with than 950 animals and almost 7,500 plants. Excellent Zoo and gardens with some outstanding animal exhibits.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Irvine Park Railroad is getting in the Holiday spirit with its annual Christmas Train. This year the first Christmas train will pull out of the station on November 27th. While waiting to board the train, there will be activities for kids to enjoy in Santa’s Village next to the train station. Carnival games, Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas cookie decorating are all part of the fun. A full kitchen menu is also available at the Train Station. Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train takes kids on a ride to the north pole where they can visit with Santa Claus. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to the train station. The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the following dates:
November 27th, 28th and 29th
December 4th, 5th and 6th
December 11th – December 23rd
Christmas Train rides cost is $8.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.
Parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM. More about Irvine Park Railroad.