Wednesday, January 26, 2011

San Pedro California Things To Do

San Pedro offers an experience like no other. It’s a fantastic seaside destination, with many of the attractions offering very family friendly prices.
To start out your tour of San Pedro, how about a trolley car ride. When the Red Car Line was inaugurated in 2003, it was the first time in over 40 years that the cars had run anywhere in Los Angeles. The Waterfront Line is a 1.5-mile ride on fully restored trolleys returned to their original glory. The trip connects the World Cruise Center with attractions along the beautiful San Pedro waterfront.

Read the full San Pedro Waterfront article here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fort Tejon State Park

Fort Tejon’s geographical location is unique, as several ecological regions merge in the area including the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, and Southern California climates. The major plant vegetation is oak woodlands that provide shelter and cover for a variety of animals, including the California condor. Deer are often seen grazing in the meadows during the late afternoon hours in the spring and summer months. California poppies are among the many wildflowers found in the park. More about Fort Tejon State Historic Park.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Valentines Sailing Adventure

You and your sweetheart can sail aboard the official State of California tall ship for a unique Valentines day outing .The schooner Californian will depart from San Diego on Sunday February 13th, from the downtown  Maritime Museum on a three hour adventure.

Sweetheart Sail includes a three-hour adventure history sail aboard the schooner Californian and admission to the museum and its fleet of historic ships. The Californian is a replica of a gold rush era revenue cutter and the Official Tall Ship of the State of California. Join the crew in sailing a traditionally rigged tall ship. Passengers will be invited to haul a line, man the helm and end their day with a cannon salute. Watch the crew as they scamper up and down the rigging to set and furl the sails. Listen as the Californian's crew relate the history of sailing and exploration in San Diego, tales of whaling and sea otter trade, local sea battles, the art of ship's gunnery, life at sea and more. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

California Farm Tours

California farms tours fall under the heading of Agritourism. Farmers and ranchers are now offering U-pick, farm stays, farm tours, on-farm classes, guest ranches, and even weddings. This agri-events give farmers an added source of revenue and teach city folks about farm products they consume in their daily lives. Learn about how food is processed from field to table from local farms and ranches. Farm Tours Links:

Southern California Farm Tours
Central California Farm Tours
Northern California Farm Tours

Agritourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourism has different definitions in different parts of the world, and sometimes refers specifically to farm stays, as in Italy. Elsewhere, agritourism includes a wide variety of activities, including buying produce direct from a farm stand, navigating a corn maze, picking fruit, feeding animals, or staying on a farm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mission San Juan Capistrano Events 2011

Mission San Juan Capistrano has announced the artists and dates of its popular Music Under The Stars concert series for 2011, which begins Saturday, June 25, and continues every other Saturday until the final show on September 3.

The concerts feature picnic dining and dancing to a variety of live music in the beautiful atmosphere of the Mission courtyard. Seating is available either at a reserved table, or on your own lawn chair. Proceeds for the concerts help support Mission Preservation efforts.

The lineup:
Saturday, June 25 -- The Derek Bordeaux Group: Motown, Soul and R&B, The Right Way
Saturday, July 9 -- Savor: A Tribute to Santana
Saturday, July 23 -- The Long Run: Experience the Eagles (headliner); Fortunate Son: Tribute to John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival (opening act)
Saturday, Aug. 6 -- Hot August Night: Tribute to Neil Diamond
Saturday, Aug. 20 -- Sapadilla: Steel Drum, Calypso & Island Music, with Caribbean Jem Dancers
Saturday, Sept. 3 -- The Fab Four: Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles with “Ed Sullivan” (headliner); DJ, Peter Papadopoulos: Beatles’ Era Dance Set, with dancers (opening act)

Concert gates open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Season table packages (at least 1 table for all 6 shows) go on sale March 28; tickets/tables for Mission Preservation Society Members go on sale April 11; and tickets/tables for the general public go on sale April 25.

About Mission San Juan Capistrano:
Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing.

The Mission was founded on November 1, 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra as the seventh in the chain of the twenty-one California missions established by Spain, and is Orange County’s only mission. Every year, over 50,000 students visit the Mission and engage in an inspirational learning experience via the Mission Matters programming, as part of their State required California history studies.

More about Mission San Juan Capistrano

Monday, January 03, 2011

Palm Springs Hiking Indian Canyons

Palm Springs California offers many options for relaxation away from the big city, but few know about the Indian Canyon trails that offer a true break from the hustle and bustle of the city and are a great alternative if you don’t have the time to visit nearby Joshua Tree National Monument. Creeks and waterfalls offer a chance to sit and enjoy a lunch after a stress-relieving hike. Three areas are available and each offers a unique experience. Be sure to pay close attention, as many endangered wildlife can be seen along the way. Hundreds of years ago, the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians settled in the region of Palm Springs. Communities developed around the fresh water supply, and ample hunting was available with the abundant wildlife. Read the fill Palm Springs Hiking Indian Canyons article.