Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Disneyland and California Adventure Run Out of Tickets

Disneyland and California Adventure for the second day in a row halted ticket sales due to large holiday crowds. The week between Christmas and New Year's is traditionally one of the busiest of the year. When Disneyland get this busy lines are long for every ride. If your a local its best to pass until the holidays are over if possible. Southern California has several other major theme parks that are almost as much fun and should be less crowded. List of Southern California amusement parks.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Giant Dipper Rides

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is offering unlimited rides on its Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster for the rest of the year. The goal of the free rides is to break the million-rider mark for 2010. Buy one ticket at the regular price of five dollar and you can ride the historic wooden coaster all day long until Dec. 31. The millionth rider will get a commemorative coin. The Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster needs about 12,000 riders from now until the end of the year to reach the million rider mark.

California Visitor's Guide Encourages Guests to Explore the Golden State

California Visitor's Guide Encourages Guests to Explore the Golden State  "The California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) just released its 2011 California Official State Visitor's Guide and Travel Planner, the ultimate dream guide for planning an unforgettable California getaway.
'Our annual Visitor's Guide is both a glossy travel magazine with compelling editorial, and a practical detailed guidebook,' announced Caroline Beteta, CTTC president and CEO. 'Visitors will find the best ways to explore the wonders of the Golden State, from our glorious beaches and mountains, lush wine country and abundant farmlands to dramatic deserts, dynamic cities and fun ways to play. No matter what your interests, California has something for everyone."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Old Town Orange Food Tour

Food tours are a fun and informative way to discover local neighborhoods. For the fist time Orange County has its own food tour, Old Towne Orange Food Tour . This three-hour guided tour through historic Old Towne Orange is led by two friendly local residents, Deanna and Renee. Stops along the way include local shops and a variety of restaurants. Tastings are a mixture of sweet and savory items, and may include Cuban, Italian and retro Americana cuisine. Tour Samples may Include: Raspberry French Toast, Gourmet Blue Burger, Roasted Potato Soup, Empanadas and Coconut Shrimp and Chocolate Fudge. You’ll enjoy food tastings from a diverse array of cuisines ranging from Cuban to Italian to Retro Americana. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and covers about 1-1/4 mile of downtown Orange, California. The food samples along the way are enough so that for most people lunch afterwards is not necessary. Tours are limited to 15 people and often sell out.  Old Towne Orange Food Tour Tickets and Information

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

California Bullet Trains

If your a tourist visiting Anaheim and would like to take a side trip to San Francisco about your only option is to take a plane. Sure you could rent a car but the 600 mile drive is going to take at least one day of your precious vacation time, and then their is parking and traffic to deal with. Imagine hopping on a high speed train and three hours later stepping off in downtown San Francisco. It would even be possible to take a day trip to San Francisco from Anaheim. unfortunately California bullet trains will not be running any time soon. Construction is scheduled to begin on the first leg of the route in the central valley in 2010 with connecting sections being built as funds become available. If the entire bullet train system is built locals and out of state visitors will have a whole new way to visit destinations in the Golden State. Until that day arrives California has many local trains to enjoy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Where to find Christmas Boat Parades

Christmas in California would not be complete without viewing at least one Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. These festive events are a tradition that started over 100 years ago with the Newport Beach Christmas Parade. Today harbors up and down the coast celebrate Christmas with these aquatic light shows.

Newport Beach Christmas Parade
The grand daddy of Christmas boat parades. Decorated boats of all sizes cruise around the harbor for five nights. This year's boat parade theme is, "Lights, Camera - Christmas," celebrates Newport as a playground of Hollywood stars. Parade hours: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 to 19. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Dec. 19. (949) 729-4400; http://www.christmasboatparade.com.

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights
The 25th Annual Parade of Lights takes place on Sunday, December 12th. Festivities begin with a Santa’s Village event at 3:00 p.m. on the City Pier featuring a visit from Santa, ten tons of snow, and holiday music. Distinguished judges, along with thousand of spectators will cheer on 30 to 50 boats decorated to the theme of “Silver Bells and Winter Swells.” http://www.santabarbaraca.gov.

Ventura Holiday Parade of Lights
Friday, Dec. 17-Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Ventura Harbor Village. Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 7 to 8.30 p.m. Parking is free on the streets and in the beach lots. http://www.venturaharborvillage.com.

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 11th. Rock 'n' roll theme, Elvis impersonators and other legends of rock as boat owners. Fireworks go off at 5:55 p.m. with boats circling from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Best viewing locations, Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village, http://www.mdrboatparade.com.

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
Saturday and Sunday Dec. 11th and 12th. The two-day boat parade is a prelude to the annual Cruise of Lights, December 17 through December 23. Parade: 16400 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Harbour. 5:15 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. http://www.hhboatparade.org.

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
Cruise of Lights: Dec 17 to 23. Narrated boat tours leave daily at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Adults $15, Children $9. Free public parking at Huntington Harbor Mall with busses to the cruise boats. (714) 840-7542 (for both events); http://www.cruiseoflights.org.

King Harbor Boat Parade in Redondo Beach
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 5:30 - 7 pm. From King Harbor Marina to the Redondo Beach Viewing locations from the King Harbor Marina to the Redondo Beach Pier, break walls and restaurants. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 10, 11, & 17, 18 at 7:30pm. Parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at around 9:00 pm.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Restaurant Month - California Travel and Tourism Commission

Restaurant Month - California Travel and Tourism Commission: "California Restaurant Month: Splurge, Savor, Save in January
Sexy outdoor cafes in Southern California, ultra-fresh ingredients in Northern California, amazing seafood along the coast, and all the bounty of California's Central Valley. Virtually every corner of the state has extraordinary restaurants, bistros, and cafes. And now is your chance to try them. 

Introducing California Restaurant Month, a statewide celebration of special savings traditionally offered this time of year. Treat yourself to that urban hotspot you’ve always wanted to try, or plan a quick getaway to gorgeous wine country, the dramatic coast, or a cozy mountain retreat. Click on the regions below, and see where you’ll be making dinner reservations."

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mavricks Big Wave Surfing Contest

The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational has a contest window starts today. The window for hitting the big waves if from from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, which means that the competition can be held any time during that period. The actual start of the contest depends on wave conditions. Once the contest is on competitors have had just 24 hours to arrive in Half Moon Bay. This years contest has been renamed to "The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational" after deceased surfer Jay Moriarity.

The 2010-2011 Mavricks Big Wave Surfing Contest contestants are:
Chris Bertish (South Africa)
Peter Mel (Santa Cruz)
Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz)
Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz)
Grant Washburn (San Francisco)
Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz)
Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco)
Rusty Long (San Clemente)
Kenny Collins (Santa Cruz)
Darryl Virostko (Santa Cruz)
Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz)
Dave Wassel (Hawaii)
Greg Long (San Clemente)
Nathan Fletcher (Hawaii)
Carlos Burle (Brazil)
Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz)
Matt Ambrose (Pacifica)
Grant Baker (South Africa)
Mark Healey (Hawaii)
Kelly Slater (Florida)
Alex Martins (San Francisco)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz)
Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)

The Half Moon Bay Surf Group renamed the contest "The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational" as a tribute to the late Bay Area surfer, Jay Moriarity, who became famous for mastering the waves at Mavericks as a teenager and who died at age 22 in a diving accident. Moriarity was respected in the surfing community for his generous character and pure stoke.